Muli Ben-Yehuda's journal

August 27, 2003

Sitting at the semester’s last algorithmics lesson

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 11:25 AM

[Tuesday evening]

Even though I usually enjoy Algorithmics lessons, this one is rather boring so far, covering material I’m already familiar with. I printed out at work ESR’s and Rob Landley’s analysis and rebuttal of the amended SCO complaint, and for some masochistic reason I can’t wait to read it. Yet the break is so far away…

One of the good things about algorithmics lectures is that Dudu oftens delves into interesting stories that have a bearing on the subject at hand. A case of in point is the story he just told of the founding of RSA corporation, and how Rivest, Shamir and Adelman came up with the idea of RSA. Unfortunately, whenever he tells such a story, he invariably gets at least one small detail wrong. I don’t know if it’s carelessness, lack of attention to detail, or maybe simplification for the audience’s sake, but the mistakes grate on my nerves. So far I have resisted the temptation the correct him, because it’s always an irrelevant triviality that’s not worth disturbing the flow of the lesson for. Also, I don’t like arguing about details without a reference at hand. Instead of correcting him, I rant to my livejournal and you, gentle reader, get to read…

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