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Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
This passage comes toward the end of the novel. It is somewhat long so I recommend that you print it out. The set up: Randy Waterhouse and Enoch Root discuss Greek mythology. In particular why Enoch's amulet for the Societas Eruditorium has Athena on it.
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february 2017 by zm
Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon
Until the take-down notice arrives, text of Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" is here. I like this as a searchable repository of quotes from a book I find eminently quotable.
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november 2014 by JJLDickinson
Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon
Men who believe that they are accomplishing something by speaking speak in a different way from men who believe that speaking is a waste of time. Bobby Shaftoe has learned most of his practical knowledge—how to fix a car, butcher a deer, throw a spiral, talk to a lady, kill a Nip—from the latter type of man. For them, trying to do anything by talking is like trying to pound in a nail with a screwdriver. Sometimes you can even see the desperation spread over such a man’s face as he listens to himself speak.Men of the other type—the ones who use speech as a tool of their work, who are confident and fluent—aren’t necessarily more intelligent, or even more educated. It took Shaftoe a long time to figure that out.
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august 2013 by legumbre
Cryptonomicon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Still on the required reading list. And as actual as it could be. Just started rereading again after 13 Years. July 09, 2013 at 11:05AM
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july 2013 by franzschuier
Enigma machine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"It has been estimated that 100,000 Enigma machines were constructed.[42] After the end of World War II, the Allies sold captured Enigma machines, still widely considered secure, to a number of developing countries."
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july 2013 by mrchrisadams
n Neal Stephenson's novel Cryptonomicon, the character Enoch Root describes a cryptosystem code-named "Pontifex" to another character named Randy Waterhouse, and later reveals that the steps of the algorithm are intended to be carried out using a deck of playing cards. These two characters go on to exchange several encrypted messages using this system. The system is called "Solitaire" (in the novel, "Pontifex" is a code name intended to temporarily conceal the fact that it employs a deck of cards) and I designed it to allow field agents to communicate securely without having to rely on electronics or having to carry incriminating tools.
algorithm  cryptography  encryption  security  cards  cryptonomicon 
december 2012 by zethraeus
Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor - Slashdot
A fascinating interview of Stephenson. Includes answers to questions on Cryptonomicon and "In the Beginning was the Commandline."
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may 2012 by jatstelnet
More Fair Than Thoughts Of Mortal Men - Chapter 1 - cryptonomicon - Marvel, Thor (2011), Lord of the Rings (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Loki. Middle Earth. Faramir. SO VERY COOL.


After Loki falls from the brinks of the broken Bifrost, he sinks deep into the hidden clefts of the Nine Realms to lick his wounds. But by fate or luck he lands in a long-forgotten side to the Midgardian realm. Graced with the company of a man who knows his pain, he delves deeply into the wars of the remaining peoples against the growing darkened glow that shadows the East. And though he does not initially intend to stay, he finds more than one hook that keeps him rooted to the affairs of this Middle Earth.
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december 2011 by isweedan
Neal Stephenson - Cryptonomicon
"Snap out of it! She doesn’t give a shit about you or me. She just wants to have all of the good parts of being a Finn without the bad parts.""What are the bad parts?""Having to live in Finland," Shaftoe says.
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december 2011 by legumbre

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