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Cuneiformist
The Imperfectionist

USA
4953 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2008 :  06:18:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Cuneiformist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Mabuse

Originally posted by Cuneiformist

Sometimes, it is clear I am waaay behind on things like computers and technology.
...and I had to look up the second amendment on wikipedia to get the point. However, it was a very good point.
Um. What was the point?
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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9640 Posts

Posted - 11/15/2008 :  17:10:13   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
RSA is an encryption method used to encode documents, using two very large prime-numbers as keys. It was patented by MIT, but the algoritm got used in a popular e-mail encryption program called Pretty Good Privacy (or short: PGP) before the patent expired (2000).
Also, heavy crypto-programs was classified military, and RSA crypto (and thus PGP which was distributed as open source) was classified as munitions within the US export regulations.
Making RSA encryption available to countries that are/were under export restrictions like Cuba, Soviet Union/Russia, Iran, etc. was considered criminal.

Edited to add the actual point:
The author of PGP got around the export restrictions as munitions by publishing a book with the cource code of the PGP program. Selling and exporting books goes under freedom of expression, the First Amendment.

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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25752 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2008 :  12:30:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What with all the other election excitement, it took me this long to wonder how Hal Bidlack did in his quest for election. He lost, by a rather large margin. He's vowed to run again in two years, though.

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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13311 Posts

Posted - 11/17/2008 :  12:55:05   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

What with all the other election excitement, it took me this long to wonder how Hal Bidlack did in his quest for election. He lost, by a rather large margin. He's vowed to run again in two years, though.
That's too bad. He ran in a very heavy Republican district and he knew it was a long shot. You have to admire his tenacity though.

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25752 Posts

Posted - 11/23/2008 :  18:52:34   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Awesome video.

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Hawks
SFN Regular

Canada
1383 Posts

Posted - 12/18/2008 :  22:26:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Hawks's Homepage Send Hawks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My son is in to a childrens program called The Wiggles. Inevitably, you end up listening to what goes on in these sorts of programs. In a Christmas special, one of the characters introduces a guest: John Fogerty! I must admit that I feel a bit ambivalent about this. On the one hand, I get a "oh, how the mighty have fallen" feeling. On the other, it's quite cool to hear the guy sing "Rockin' Santa".

METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL
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Hawks
SFN Regular

Canada
1383 Posts

Posted - 12/18/2008 :  22:31:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Hawks's Homepage Send Hawks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The world record for doing the most push-ups in one go is 10,507. At least I'm not three orders of magnitude away from that...

METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL
It's a small, off-duty czechoslovakian traffic warden!
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Hawks
SFN Regular

Canada
1383 Posts

Posted - 12/22/2008 :  17:44:51   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Hawks's Homepage Send Hawks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Merry Christmas from Sweden

METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25752 Posts

Posted - 12/25/2008 :  23:43:36   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Catwoman died on Christmas. Nurse Chapel preceded her by a week.

The world is obviously going to hell in a handbasket.

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Dr. Mabuse
Septic Fiend

Sweden
9640 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2008 :  03:08:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Catwoman died on Christmas. Nurse Chapel preceded her by a week.

The world is obviously going to hell in a handbasket.

Major bummer...


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Hittman
Skeptic Friend

134 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2008 :  09:30:26   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Hittman's Homepage Send Hittman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I never remembered Ertha as Catwoman. That honor went to Julie Newmar.

Catwoman, Emma Peel, 99 and Mortica Adams began my lifelong love of sexy brunettes, who always seemed much more intriguing than blonds.

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marfknox
SFN Die Hard

USA
3739 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2009 :  20:07:03   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message  Reply with Quote
After just three months of trying, I have happy news on the baby front. Assuming this one takes, I'll be a mom for reals in September.

"Too much certainty and clarity could lead to cruel intolerance" -Karen Armstrong

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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 01/13/2009 :  21:56:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by marfknox

After just three months of trying, I have happy news on the baby front. Assuming this one takes, I'll be a mom for reals in September.
Congrats, marf! The two things I've never regretted in my life are helping bring my daughter into existence, and being too lazy to kill her when she pooped her diapers.


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
Edited by - HalfMooner on 01/13/2009 21:56:53
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 01/14/2009 :  15:02:50   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I saw Daniel Dennett yesterday. He was at Stanford University, giving a follow-up Q&A session to his talk there of the previous day. Sadly, I'd missed his Stanford Presidential Lecture ("The Evolution of 'Why' as the Key to Free Will") due to mistaking the second appearance for the first. D'oh!

I didn't understand the Q & A well enough to justify a separate posting on one of our fora, due missing the main talk, my own general weakness in philosophy, and the fact that I've not yet completed any of his books.

I was sitting, I believe, next to Douglas R. Hofstadter, who introduced himself merely as "Doug." On a hunch, I later Googled Hofstadter, and the guy's pictures look like the Doug I spoke with pior to the session with Dennett.

Hofstadter mentioned he's working at Stanford with a group which studies the interface between technology and culture, and that he's the "culture" part, with most of the others being tech weenies. When I asked Doug when the Technology Singularity was coming, he shook his head and said something like, "Maybe never." When I then suggested that maybe we've been experiencing it for years, he agreed this was possible.

Hofstadter also volunteered his curiousity as to when and if the computer people will take responsibility for the present recession. The guy really doesn't like geeks much. (Hofstadter, by the way, mentioned he's quite familiar with SFN.)

Damn, I'd read Doug's Gödel, Escher, Bach decades ago and loved it. I wish I'd known who I was speaking with yesterday!

I did get my new copy of Darwin's Dangerous Idea signed by Dennett at the end of the 1-1/2 hour session, and shook his hand, thus adding his handshake to a collection that includes JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dennett (or "Danny" as I now call him) is a jolly old elf. He speaks naturally and in the most general English he can use for a topic. He fills his talk with humor and wit.

At very serious risk of misrepresenting Dennett, the discussion revolved mainly around free will within a "deterministic" universe, and how humans being able to ask "why" is central to both free will and our ability to make ethical decisions.

I can't wait to catch up with Dennett's writings.

One Horseman down, three to go.

[Edited considerbly, after I realized I'd (probably) chatted with Douglas R. Hofstadter.]


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
Edited by - HalfMooner on 01/14/2009 18:22:46
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13311 Posts

Posted - 01/14/2009 :  15:15:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I met Dennett at TAM4. (Didn't get a picture though.) You're right Mooner, he is a cool guy for, you know, an egghead... He was one of the highlights of that TAM.

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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