• Cryptography

    Paranoid Crypto thought of the day

    Aside from massive damage to theThe prime effect of the Edward Snowden/NSA  leaks will probably be a move to encrypting everything.

    Then I thought, maybe that was the intent.    What if the NSA has broken public key encryption and they now have everyone they’re interested in choosing to use it?  It’s using self-selection to do a lot of work for them.

    Not likely I admit, but still…

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  • Health

    My massive health insight of the past week

    In the past three years I

    1. have given up smoking
    2. have given up alcohol
    3. have given up artificial sweeteners
    4. no longer view sleep deprivation as heroism and get much more sleep than I used to
    5. have gone paleo (i.e. no sugars/starches, minimal carbohydrates and high fiber) in my diet

    And while I haven’t stopped aging the signs of aging have more or less vanished.  I now think that aging, up to about fifty or so, should be viewed as your body not forgiving you for damaging it.

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  • Evolution

    My mild problem with evolution

    In the beginning there was creationism.  Then knowledge expanded and science proved itself useful and people realized that many of their original ideas were wrong.  Evolution was a fine advance in the theory of everything.  Since then though progress on that theory has stopped and people have replaced it with endless waves of confirmation bias.

    Both creationism and evolution are unprovable, after all, it’s not like we can recreate either one in a lab.  Any evidence that comes up can be cherry picked and rationalized, I can come up with several plausible theories on why birds have feathers, why women are (supposedly) more monogamous than men, why we have genders, etc. But it seems like Darwin came up with the theory of evolution lo those many years ago, and everyone stopped looking for theories on the origin of the species, and just set out to defend it against creationism, and never put any effort into coming up with something better. It’s as if someone discovered that it was easier to haul crops into town on a wagon, and then committed himself to the wagon, and no one ever thought of the truck.

    Why hasn’t there been anything new?

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  • Adages

    Quote of the day

    From MMM

    The older I get, the more I realize that the future really does arrive on a regular basis.

    The ability to image is a crucial part of day to day functioning…

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