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Stan James
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Use the Enigma machine: http://enigmaco.de/enigma/enigma.swf
 
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AAMENWXVYYIJPHCUXH!

Nice visualization!
I think Earnest's day code is still valid.

Did you know, that the enigma machine is not a german but a swedish invention?

I liked the book about crypto from Simon Singh that tells such facts.


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Yes, I enjoyed the Code Book. Also Cryptonomicon, fiction with crypto woven in and out. A passage about people stepping up and down off curbs as they cross streets really stuck with me.
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Yes,
Cryptonomicon was really great. Five or six weeks ago I finished it for the second time. Simply had to read it again.

I can't remember the passage with the curbs. Where was it?

I also enjoyed the naming joke with root@epiphyte.com


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Re curbs ... WWII Waterhouse was in London waiting for traffic and had one of those stream of consciousness runs that if people had light bulbs on their hats and you only saw lights going up and down you could time them and eventually work out a map of London. I thought it nicely captured the type of insanity required of a crytpo pattern-seeker like him.

People and events and ideas from Cryptonomicon weave in and out of the Baroque Trilogy. I don't really recommend three 900 page books to someone without knowing them better, but I enjoyed the vast majority of the trilogy a lot. Lots of crypto (hidden messages) in long, rambling letters where every 100th word is significant or some such. A funny look at history here and there. And a computer with gold bar punch cards.
 
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Yes, now I remember the scene. And also that the scene was somehow repeated with a GPS receiver in Manila...

I didn't read the baroque cycle yet, but after having a look on the wikipedia page about it, I'm thinking about it.


But I have to admit, that I also haven't read "snow crash" yet, so perhaps I'll have this first.

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