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Better Safe than Sorry

In the “Tube” chapter, Captain Waterhouse visits Detachment 2702 and discusses with Colonel Chattan the possible height problem of the women working the bombes. All of the women that work with the bombes need to be tall enough to wire … Continue reading Continue reading

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Weakening the Lucifer: An Abuse of Power

Not all ciphers are created equal. Some are mathematically simple and easy to crack while others are seemingly secure but impractical to use. Then there are the ciphers that are mathematically secure but watered down to be breakable. The Lucifer … Continue reading Continue reading

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Emotion vs. Logic: The Web of Trust

In Cory Doctorow’s novel, Little Brother, the protagonist Marcus Yallow and his comrades form a web of trust as a response to the DHS’s infiltration of the Xnet. The concept of a web of trust intrigued me. As a product … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Temptation of the Beale Ciphers

The $20 million treasure of the Beale ciphers immediately grabs the attention of any amateur or professional cryptanalyst. The sheer amount of money involved with the Beale ciphers serves as the main attraction for those who want to break the … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Durability of the Rossignols’ Great Cipher

The fact that the Rossignols’ Great Cipher remained invincible to decryption for over 200 years can be linked to both the complexity of the cipher and its novelty. The 587 different numbers used in the cipher creates thousands of possibilities; … Continue reading Continue reading

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Problem Solving: Then and Now

Whether it’s Baby Einstein, Sesame Street, or even iPad apps, kids today begin problem solving at an extremely early age. They continue problem solving as they grow older, solving math problems, logic puzzles, and other intellectually stimulating activities. In contrast, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Problem Solving: Then and Now

Whether it’s Baby Einstein, Sesame Street, or even iPad apps, kids today begin problem solving at an extremely early age. They continue problem solving as they grow older, solving math problems, logic puzzles, and other intellectually stimulating activities. In contrast, … Continue reading Continue reading

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