Tag: cryptography

How to tell you’re in deeper doodoo than yesterday

Your business partner emails you with something like this:

I finally understand Elliptic Curve Cryptography!

Your colleague follows by highlighting their struggles with this mathematical stuff, and then expounds upon all the cool things it can do.

At first you are overjoyed. Then it hits you…

Oh shit…I kinda understand what this guy is talking about, and I haven’t even hit the hard liquor this evening. Dammit…now I’ve got to explain what he’s just done in plain English. Like in writing. @#$%!

On second thought, I don’t have a clue.

Then you go to bed, and hope hell freezes over by morning.

Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal


A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, issued a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a specific court order, even when Americans’ private communications may be involved.

This may seem like bad news if you are a tinfoil hat wearing privacy rights advocate, or good news if you are a tinfoil hat wearing privacy rights advocate AND cryptography lover, like me?