For the record the US government uses the NIST cryptographic transformations as recommended by its own NSA so on a global scale of one to broken they can't be that bad. So for generalist every day encryption they should be fine, if your trying to hide something that might have some sort of national security implications then if your legitimately in possession / generating that kind of information then there will be a different set of protocols and standards to follow. People would shit their pants if the world suddenly turned to using ad-hoc unreviewed transformations because at that point all bets are off, no seriously, all bets are off. Cheers
It just gets better and better..
Yea I would agree with that.. This is a good blog posting on the topic.. http://www.autochthonous.org/blog/
As much as I hate to admit it.. The Oracle stuff for the most part just works and if you have competent DBA's you don't have to worry about it. You may regret using oracle when you get the bill and sometimes it does not have the more esoteric features of the other DB's but you will be glad for its stability and its enterprise focused features in the long run.. And no one will sack you for choosing Oracle.
They could have the spells backfire if they put credentials or access tokens in plain text within the applications.