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Thursday, December 19, 2002 :::

I have not been blogging regularly for a week or so. But that is mainly because we have a special session of the Chennai .NET User group today, with Shawn Nandi, program manager ASP.NET coming over. So I have been quite busy trying to set things up...

You love instant messaging and use your MSN messanger often?? Then be aware that AOL owns the patent for Instant messaging. Yes, AOL has been awarded the patent as the inventor of Instant Messaging and the patent allows AOL to sue any other company that offers similar IM product...:-)
You can check out the full story at Patent creates IM wrinkle

A bit of interesting trivia to end this blog:
On 24 November 1971, someone using the alias "Dan Cooper" invented a new way to hijack an aircraft, or at least a new way of getting away. He took over a Northwest Orient flight from Portland to Seattle by claiming he had a bomb. On the ground in Seattle, he exchanged the passengers and flight attendants for two hundred thousand dollars and four parachutes. Taking off again, he told the pilots to fly at 10,000 feet toward Nevada. Then, somewhere over southwest Washington, he lowered the plane's back stairs and parachuted away. He was never caught, and the FBI still doesn't know who he is or whether he survived. This attack was new. It was thinking outside the box. The attack exploited a vulnerability in the seams of the security system: we spend a lot of effort securing entry and exit to aircraft on the ground, but don't really think about securing it in the air. (Also notice the cleverness in asking for four parachutes. The FBI had to assume that he would force some of the hostages to jump with him, and could not risk giving him dud chutes.) Cooper "cheated" and got away with it. He also inspired lots of copycats. In fact, so many attackers tried the same trick that Boeing installed something called a Cooper Vane on their planes, preventing the back stairs from opening in flight.

::: posted by Anand at 11:00 AM

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