Are We Painting Ourselves into a Technological Corner? The NYSE, United Airlines and WSJ Tech Glitches

It was a bad day for the Internet.  At some time that morning, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) shut down, the Wall Street Journal  (WSJ) web site broke and the United Airlines halted all U.S. departures for about two hours due to a router failure. All of these events are, most probably, not related, but it does…

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Who Am I?

I frequently talk to myself.  I think that this is mostly OK, except when I have an argument.  The other day, I asked myself, “Who am I?” and I was surprised with the answer.  It turns out that this is not a simple question, especially if the one asking is a computer (of course, they…

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Why Does My Secret Decoder Ring Keep On Breaking?

I’ve been around the computer business for a long time.  Way back, before the Web and even before computers, if you wanted to send a secret message to someone, you used a simple substitution code.  An example of this was the Caesar cipher. This was a simple rotation or shift of the alphabet. Plain:    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ…

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