Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Bruce Schneier Facts: something for everyone

The math geek in me likes these random facts about the renowned, nay, mythical security expert:

#24: Bruce Schneier once found three distinct natural number divisors of a prime number.

#51: When Bruce Schneier does modulo arithmetic, there are no remainders. Ever.

The puzzler in me loves these:

#40: A vigenere cipher with the Key "BRUCESCHNEIER" is in fact unbreakable.

#61: When Bruce Schneier uses double ROT13 encryption, the ciphertext is totally unbreakable.

And the writer in me thinks these are classic:

#33: Bruce Schneier writes his books and essays by generating random alphanumeric text of an appropriate length and then decrypting it.

#27: Most people use passwords. Some people use passphrases. Bruce Schneier uses an epic passpoem, detailing the life and works of seven mythical Norse heroes.

Absurdity. It's not just for breakfast any more.

(Thanks to John Rogers for the pointer, and Chuck Norris Facts for inspiring the spinoff.)

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