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July 25, 2005

Completely secure

Some time ago different lawyers workin for US government made the same mistake: they prepared document using M$ Word, then they covered confidential part of it by black boxes (as they were probably taught in the law schools) but instead of printing on paper, they printed documents to pdf, producing this or similar files and placing them on internet, without understanding that simple copy-paste reveals the hidden.

No, great minds from our University do not produce any partially classified documents. But they use really fool proof scheme: they print documents in M$ Word, then print on the paper, then scan to pdf files (without running OCR) and send the purely graphical files by email.

Posted by Victor at 09:07 PM

Great Ideas

I am professor of Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto, which motto is "Greate Minds for a Great University". Unfortunately sometimes the greatness of the people who run this great universty is so great, that the lesser minds of the professors cannot properly understand some of their greatest ideas. This blog category will be devoted to this type of the great ideas, mainly in computer organization.

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning. - Rich Cook

Posted by Victor at 01:54 PM

July 24, 2005

Ken Livingstone is no Neville Chamberlain

Some people compare London Mayor Ken Livingstone with former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, because the former practices the same appeasement with respect to Islamist as the latter practiced with respect to Nazi Germany.

However I beg to differ: with all ills Mr. Chamberlain caused, he had a decency to stop this policy after Hitler' invasion in Poland and to resign later while Mr. Livinstone continues his bizarre behavior. Looks more like Lord Haw-Haw for me. Will the end be the same?

Posted by Victor at 06:39 AM | Comments (2)

July 20, 2005

Stragate Atlantis

Series/Sci-Fi/Fantasy, 60 Mins.

"The Intruder", Episode #202.

McKay fears that a computer virus found on Colonel Caldwell's ship might be the work of the Wraith.

My Comment: It is really strange that with Stargate Atlantis expedition equipped by Dell computers, it had not happened in Episode #101.

Posted by Victor at 08:05 PM

July 16, 2005

The first post

This is the first entry of my brand new blog. It is my personal blog, which means that it runs on the server I paid for my own money and in the domain I paid for either. It has nothing to do with my employer University of Toronto or with
Department of Mathematics and thus does not restrict my freedom to post and gives me a moral high ground in comparison with those who use University resources to promote their controversal private views.

My job-related web cite is here.

Note that since this is my private realm, I am the only person to exercise the freedom of speech here which means that all posts or comments appear only after my approval.

Also note that if you want to complain about the content, I am the only person to address and you should do it exclusively through the comment entry and you must provide the valid email address. Anything else constitutes a spam and will be treated accordingly.

Posted by Victor at 11:15 AM