Archive for the 'Cryptography' Category

Kruskal Count

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

♠♡♢♣♤♥♦♧ Murali told us about this amazing card trick his professor did in his statistics class. The professor asked a student to shuffle a deck of cards and then lay all the cards face up in a straight line. Every card was given a value between 1 and 10. The value of the numbered cards [...]

Hacking the Papal Election

Saturday, April 30th, 2005

Bruce Schneier has a nice article in the latest cryptogram on hacking the papal election.The bottom line is when an election process is left to develop over the course of a couple thousand years, you end up with something surprisingly good.