Monday, March 05, 2001
No, ladies and gentlemen. We've gone one better. This is not some cheap-publicity-stunt "disappearing key" nonsense. With our system we have dispensed with the key altogether.
Our new (patent pending) "keyless" encryption scheme combines a monoalphabetic substitution cipher with transposition and dispersion.
We can't say too much else about it right now because we are in talks with "a well-known software company from the Pacific Northwest" (one that has recently suffered from bad publicity in which it's founder, when talking on stage, likened the stability of its flagship OS to "the very bedrock of this fine city of Seattle", and was immediately struck down by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake) about licensing our keyless technology to them for inclusion in their next release (codenamed Windows XP. Oops. Guess I gave it away there!)
Heads up cypherpunks. There's a new sherriff in town, and he's cdnqacdnl cdnfcdnl cdszzcdnl!
So what's this cryptosystem called? We have given it a snappy & memorable name that playfully makes reference to the key underlying transformations involved. We call it "Opotthopirtopeenropay".
For more info on the complex linguistic transformations involved, click here and here.
Saturday, March 03, 2001
Stormy weather pelts the South, heads for
the East Coast this weekend
Severe thunderstorms and flooding rain in the
South are the first attack of a system that will
bring a major snowstorm to the Northeast and
or nothing at all, since all the same site says on its hour-by-hour forecast for my area is that there's a chance of snow showers for a few hours between Sunday night and Monday morning. Weather.com is the online presence of The Weather Channel (sidenote: I note with interest and not a little incredulity that their UK equivalent folded after only a few months of broadcasting on cable. This amazes me since the weather is one of Britons' favo(u)rite topics of discussion, and British weather is notoriously fickle and hard to predict. This being the main reason that British & European weather forecasting technology is the best in the world, and is probably also why the techniques for scientific weather forecasting were invented by a Brit, Lewis Fry Richardson. But I digress ...) and THEY are saying that the coming storm, which, incidentally, is now being predicted by more and more of their computer models, even those of which were previously saying it WOULDN'T happen, will "rival anything the East Coast has seen in the past Century".
It would be understandable if, say, Fox and CBS, or NBC & the Weather Channel disagreed, but the Weather Channel can't even maintain a consistent story across its various media outlets.
This may all seem like a storm in a teacup (had to try and work in that particular meteorological metaphor somewhere) to the Brits, since I believe that pretty much all weather forecasting in the UK is still done by the Government-run Meteorological Office, from their Cray server farm in beautiful Bracknell, the city of roundabouts. Here in the US, the spirit of free enterprise reins (rains?) supreme, and there are numerous, competing weather services, ranging from the Government's National Weather Service (which makes it sound as though they control the weather - and maybe they will one day what with all the talk of chemtrails and HAARP) to privately run outfits like Accu-Weather. Heck, every local news station it seems has its own super-duper Doppler radar system to show you animations of green and blue blobs moving around a map.
So, by the time most Reprobates read this (if, indeed, they bother), we will know one way or the other whether this turns out to be the Storm of the Century, or whether it will all just blow over like so many blowy-over things.
We apologize for the lack of a closing parenthesis.
Friday, March 02, 2001
Seriously, we should just bombs these assholes back to the Stone Age ...
Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80040e14'
[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Procedure 'p_SelBlogPerms'
expects parameter '@PID', which was not supplied.
/Functions/setUserData.inc, line 6
Aaaaaaaaaargh! I hate you Bill Gates!
Blog me up, buttercup
This is the Reprobates blog. I haven't quite figured out what relationship this thing is going to have with the mailing list yet, but hopefully that will become clearer as time goes by ...
Well, here's a clue: I suspect that there will be things like this that make their way to the blog that wouldn't make it to the mailing list, simply because they're not sufficiently, well, you know ...
Don't forget, there's all sorts of neato features already on the yahoogroups.com reprobates page such as the message archive and chat rooms'n'shit, and, call me a cynic, and sure enough I don't know, but I'd be surprised to hear that any of you are exploiting these wonderful features today ...
Anyway, drop me a line, let me know what you think.