[Cryptography] Cryptonomicon and Solitaire
dave at horsfall.org
Sat Dec 27 13:34:58 EST 2014
I've just finished reading Stephenson's book (although a few things were
left in the air, the discussion of which would be massively OT), and I'm
still baffled by Solitaire, despite reading Schneier and critics.
It seems to be a sort of a self-generated OTP, with some transposition
thrown in for good measure; how else could the three-way cut with the
jokers be explained, for example? Bruce himself regards it as strong
albeit slow, but to quote Mandy Rice-Davies (deceased, alas), he would say
that, wouldn't he...
Speaking of jokers, I have never seen a deck where the two jokers were
*not* the same, and as a kid I used to play those "spot the difference"
games (and still do). Perhaps my eyesight is worse than I thought, so
where exactly is this "star"? Naturally, I don't feel like marking them,
but the only brand that seems to be available in Australia is "Queen's
If ever I saw two jokers that were *not* the same, I'd be checking the
backs of all cards damned carefully...
Assume I'm a CompSci/Maths graduate, with an interest in crypto.
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