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Comment (Score 1) 266 266

It makes you look like a polite host

Not really.

You know, social interaction.

Spoken like someone who as only read about such things. See if Jobs had opened with a lie like "I'm interested in your work" *that* would be a fiction which is has a social purpose (Pro Tip: In my experience just admitting ignorance probably works better). It gives the other person permission to talk about themselves. Whereas "I've read all your books" is actually anti-social. Knuth knows he can't talk about his work because he knows Jobs hasn't read it and probably knows it's beyond Job's ability to understand. Not only that but if he picked up on the obvious lead and wanted to talk about a specific work it puts Jobs in the awkward position to continue to lie or catches him in a lie (awkward for most people, for all I know Jobs lied a lot). A statement like that actually shuts social interaction down (It's the "inter" part that's important - in case your books don't cover that). Not unlike the way bragging shuts down social interaction.

So I get that you might not understand that. Social moires can be subtle. But by the time you're out of college I'm sure you'll have these things down. :-)

Comment (Score 1) 266 266

Reading the story, it is inconceivable that Knuth would have said what he said.

If you take a look at the comments. The other person in the room recalled a somewhat softer rebuke. I'm sorry that either are beyond your ability to conceive.

And surely Steve didn't look like a doofus at all

I think someone who says "I've read all your books" to Knuth really didn't know to what he was referring. TAOCPS was at three volumes in 1986 and I doubt Steve Jobs - based on his not-very technical reputation - would have got through them. Not to mention a few books on math, typography as well as the MIX/360 users guide.

Steve Jobs accomplished some great things - with an enormous amount of help from people who actually knew how to do things - but there is absolutely no evidence that he knew anything about coding. So, to me anyway saying you've read all someones work when you clearly have not and could not. Makes you look like a doofus.

Comment (Score 2) 266 266

Not a bad source for stories about Jobs dickish behavior...and before some /.er wants to point it out I'll do so. There's one story with Knuth where Steve looks like a pretty big doofus. It's been reported that Knuth has denied it - in particular in a talk by Randal Monroe's where he was present - the actual quote from Knuth though could easily be interpreted as avoiding the question rather than denying it.

Comment No...but faking it before a job interview is ok. (Score 1) 267 267

I'll assume the main reason to do this is to get a job, one that in particular advertises for a specific set of skills. One of which is an obscure programming language. Unless you have nothing to do it's probably more worth your time to spend a day before said interview learning enough to fake it. If you want to lie or be honest about this on your resume or in your interview that's up to you and how well you think you can pull that off but if you want your resume to get past HR and make a short list AND you are actively pursuing multiple opportunities. This is probably your best bet.

Comment Re:This guy is a crank. (Score 1) 81 81

"The millisecond a quantum environment is proven capable of cracking most modern crypto like a fucking egg" It is proven to be able to factor large numbers quickly which will make the two major public key systems (DHX and RSA) and in some insanely popular use cases (the internet) we use these to exchange keys for symmetric block cipher but that's hardly 'most modern crypto'.

Comment Re:Hire the best person (Score 1) 341 341

"Well sure, but then there is obviously some other politics at play that should be addressed." - What if there's a latent bias in society? Now imagine how that affects at other levels. For example in getting an education, getting a good education, participating in open source projects and finally "fitting with the team"?

Wouldn't all these things have a winnowing effect on your pool of candidates?

Comment Re:Oblig. Xkcd (Score 1) 247 247

"This got a lot of publicity but it doesn't really add all that much security"

When you don't have a clause starting with "relative to" and/or "given that" this always reads like a sentence fragment. Increasing resistance to certain attacks 1000x may well be worth it in a number of circumstances.

Not to mention you appear to misunderstand the point the cartoon is making. People need to remember passwords. People can remember four entirely random common words but are unlikely to remember ten entirely random characters. Your points about "good priors" is correct but that's why XKCD only rates the 10 character password with 22 bits of entropy instead of 59 (or more since it uses punctuation). However since the WORDS are random - there are no priors.

Even choosing four random words from the vocabulary of an eight year old gives you about 53 bits of entropy. Outperforming the entropy of the an entirely random 8 character password (52 bits - using a 62 character alphabet and 30 non-alphabetic symbols).

Passphrases provide a higher amount of memorable entropy.

Comment Re: sigh.. (Score 1) 107 107

"A hostess at a restaurant"

Uh who's talking about some exceptionally specific situation? Nobody. The poster I was responding to said they "Stopped reading at 'microagressions'" and then appeared to call any and all allegations of microagression a "delusion".

Hence my question is do they believe in the kind of social exchange I describe.

How much net work could a network work, if a network could net work?