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On Encryption, Part 2: Of Rung Bells and Cats Out of Bags

Last time, we discussed the basics of encryption, and talked about concepts like security through obscurity, Kerckhoffs’ principle, Linus’s law, and the fundamental challenge of encryption (the adversary and you). In this post, we’ll discuss how those concepts apply to ideas like backdoors and deliberate flaws in encryption software, and then I’ll end with a […]

On Encryption, Part 1: The Morality of Mathematics

I have been privileged throughout my life to be surrounded by many intelligent and articulate people. Between friends, colleagues, and family members, I regularly have a chance to engage in real, honest, and meaningful discussion on a wide range of subjects. I value and cherish this fact for numerous reasons, not the least of which […]

What You Do vs. Why You Do It

I really enjoyed this TED talk by Simon Sinek, and wanted to share it. It’s a great discussion about leadership, and it has this gem of a quote in it: “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it, and what you do simply serves as the proof of what you believe.” […]

The once and future green car?

A repost of an excellent article by friend and fellow CWRU alum, Kyle Niemeyer.

We stopped dreaming – Neil deGrasse Tyson

This is a fantastic video. It is worth the 5 minutes to watch, simply to understand why the space program was important…and why our society is hurting without it.

Rise of the Olympians: The Passing of Steve Jobs

I had originally intended to make a post in the next day or two about some of the most egregious and frustrating things that I hear about statistics (a topic of interest to me as an analyst and designated “stats guy” at my job). But last night, as I was mulling over an outline of […]