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Comment Re:Faith-based security (Score 1) 106

Kerchoff's Principle essentially states that the security of a cryptographic system should depend only upon the secret key and not on the secrecy of the system itself. Indeed in the book Cryptography Engineering, the authors claim that they have reviewed may secret cryptographic systems and all of them had flaws.

Comment Re:Mine is actually the toughest (Score 1) 227

When I decide I need to hire someone, I seek out applicants on my own, based on reputation in industry, published works, patents, and other factors. When I identify someone I want to hire, I send my talent team to make contact in person (i.e. stalk them haha), often literally with a tap on the shoulder.

Who do you think work for? The CIA?

Comment Re:Uhhhh (Score 1) 65

I would say you can define most of machine learning as statistical function approximation. I would also add that the theoretical justifications are indeed important and most good texts find some way to justify the computational methods described.

That said, there are many methods in the literature that are heuristic in nature and for which there are no obvious theoretical justifications.

Comment Re:Try being poor (Score 1) 444

It's always possible to reciprocate in other ways. Life becomes very bleak when every exchange is viewed as some kind of financial transaction. Part of the art of being poor is graciously accepting people's generosity without requesting it in the first place. If your friends feel badly about accepting your offer of a meal then, in my opinion, I would say their perspective is skewed.

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