The article of interest is a report of a trip to the 1992 EuroCrypt conference by an NSA cryptographer whose name is redacted.We all get a little bored having to sit though presentations that are off topic, boring or even down right silly but we generally don't write our opinions down. In this case the criticisms are cutting and they reveal a lot about the attitude of the NSA cryptographers. You need to keep in mind as you read that this is intended for the NSA crypto community and as such the writer would have felt at home with what was being written.
Take for example:
Three of the last four sessions were of no value whatever, and indeed there was almost nothing at Eurocrypt to interest us (this is good news!). The scholarship was actually extremely good; it’s just that the directions which external cryptologic researchers have taken are remarkably far from our own lines of interest.
It seems that back in 1992 academic cryptographers were working on things that the NSA didn't consider of any importance. Could things be the same now?
The gulf between the two camps couldn't be better expressed than:
The conference again offered an interesting view into the thought processes of the world’s leading “cryptologists.” It is indeed remarkable how far the Agency has strayed from the True Path.
The ironic comment is clearly suggesting that the NSA is on the "true path" whatever that might be.
Clearly the gap between the NSA and the academic crypto community is probably as wide today with the different approaches to the problem being driven by what each wants to achieve. It is worth reading the rest of the article."
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I don't see what the big deal is. How about, put a security guard on the front door, and back door, and lock the door. This isn't that big of a problem. Everywhere else in America, rich people get by with either a doorman, a gate, or both.
Not rocket science.
"When I ask my other tech friends what they would do, they simply suggest changing ISPs. Nobody likes Comcast, but I don't have a choice here. I'm two years into a three-year contract. So, moving is not an option"
Moving is always an option. But you have to eat the cost of one year of Comcast. Sorry, but that's your solution.
That's an interesting take. You found Miami to be uber conservative?
Yes, the keys are a little different. The weather is more mild. The daily highs are similiar, but it's almost constant sea breeze. The daily high of 90 in the summer is not the same sticky hot variety you get inland.
Silicon Valley does a lot going for it, in that it's a nexus with a critical mass of people with money, employees, and business people. But it's not the center of the world.
I do think it's funny that Florida is considered such a redstate. It's not. The major metro areas are demographically similar to many places on the west coast. Highly skilled, younger crowd, and ethnically diverse. Several of the metro areas have a lower average age than the Bay, even. Tampa area average age is 3 years younger than the bay area, for example, at 29.5 years. Both California and Florida have passed gay marriage bands that were later overturned in Federal court.
One thing to watch out for in Silicon Valley is that it is highly susceptible to bubbles. There is almost certainly a tech bubble going on right now - it's not much of a secret. This has fueled an almost insane real-estate bubble. When the jobs start to dry up, which will dry up around the time that the stock market starts to pull back and VC money is hard to find, the situation may be different. Florida has it's own bubbles, but they are primarily in construction and other fields.
Finally, the list of reasons why it's great to be an employee in California are probably the reason why there are some experiments to to place some jobs in other states. In the end, people and talent will go where the jobs are.
It is very difficult to compare states evenly, but it is worth trying at some points. California (actually, like Texas and Florida) is adding a lot of new jobs because it lost so many in the recession. It has a lot of damage to undo. This is a good and bad thing.
Companies don't really move, you go that right. Sometimes, occasionally, they do, but it's not a real thing. But business does come and go, and at least part of that is the result of the business environment.
California population growth is still strong, but both Texas and Florida are growing faster. In all three cases, population growth and a few key industries are doing a lot of the heavy lifting economically.
You have a lot packed into that post. It's a sort of typical Silicon Valley is the center of the Universe attitude. A few interesting things I would just point out:
Florida, like California, is a big state. It's approximately 20 million people, only about 55% of California, but economically, pretty diverse. There is a bubble in Silicon Valley, it's fairly well recognized, and it's going to pop. It's a matter of timing as to when, and luck as to how bad it will be. Many local real estate markets in California are also once again over-valued, and if/when the jobs and inflated stock market deflate, even slowly, the real estate market will be in bad shape (again). California and Florida both had big shocks with foreclosures in the great recession, however, Florida has not put the brakes on new development, which have kept new home prices relatively low.
Weather wise - I mean - you can have your pick. If you live near the west coast, like say Tampa or Bradenton - you are looking at daily average highs from about 70 in the winter to 90 in the summer. If you head down to the islands, it's a narrower band and more comfortable from the ocean winds.
Recreationally, Florida has an amazing network of state parks, and you get a nice variety of beaches - you can have white-sand beaches that are similiar to California, or you can have some amazing active beaches. Yes, there is Disneyworld, and Universal, and Busch Gardens, and SeaWorld. There's a lot to do around those things for adults - Universal for example has a pretty interesting Halloween event if you are into that type of thing.
Politics wise, is obviously in the eye of the beholder, but it's a bit weird to claim Florida is some weird political universe when you've got San Fransico in your backyard, protesting buses. Like California, Florida has a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, which have been reversed by Federal courts. The best comparison between California and Florida government, however, is that in Florida, the State government is basically not part of your life as an individual citizen. I moved to Florida a few years back, and I am fairly convinced that the State of Florida, except for a line item in a motor vehicle database somewhere, has no clue I live here. There is no State Income tax, nothing to file, no refund to beg for. I bought a new car, and there are no trips to city hall, or the DMV. You get a real license plate at the dealer that renews automatically by mail. And that's it. If you live in any of the rural areas, you won't have the state government in your way, and you probably have a town government either. Millions of people live in unincorporated areas, which effectively mean, you own a piece of land and pay some tax to the county, but there is no sub-division of government that makes municipal laws or regulation over you. Yes, that caters to weirdos, but it also caters to people who just want to be left alone, to live a peaceful life.
There are a lot of other positive aspects to living in Florida. We have a robust and dynamic healthcare market in most metro areas, with several large hospital groups fighting for patients. There are a many doctors who compete for patients, and keep prices low. When I shopped for health insurance last year, on the ACA marketplace, I had over 60 plans to choose from, and almost all of them were well below the national average.
Industry wise, we are more diverse in most cities than you'll find in Silicon Valley. The next wave of carnage, like the first bubble, will be epic. In Florida, we have a strong tourism sector, and companies like Mariott and Disney provide many excellent, middle class and professional job, along with roughly 250k lower-wage unskilled jobs. Educationally, Florida has an excellent University system. UF, USF, UCF are all fine universities. On top of that, there is an extensive community college network. For high schoolers, students graduating at the top of their class get free college tuition. And, it''s rather affordable. If you have a child today, you can pre-pay their 4-year university tuition for $178/month, till their 18th birthday. That will cover tuition, fees and some living expenses for any state university. There are good technology jobs in finance, banking, education, R&D, pharma, aviation, manufacturing, tourism, construction and other segments.
Cost wise, almost all areas of Florida beat California hands down. Depending on which formula's you use, Florida is 20-30% less expensive to live in than California, and depending on the area, can be quite a bit more than that as well. Utilities, food, real estate and/or rent are all less on average.
I am all for Silicon Valley, but it's not the center of the world. Florida is doing pretty well - like California there is a lot of immigration, a lot of cultural diversity (and in fact, Florida is growing population wise at twice the rate of California).
Agreed, practically right now, not much value.