An interesting and upbeat read.
How’s this for the plot of a spy story:
William Friedman, often regarded as the father of American cryptography, shares a meal in 1951 with his Swiss friend Boris Hagelin. They make a “handshake agreement” where Hagelin’s company will, in exchange for certain payments, allow the CIA and the BND to essentially control the development of the company’s mechanical encryption and decryption machines. For the next 30+ years, the CIA and the BND are able to read the crypto traffic of essentially any country in the world except for the “Five Eyes” (a very private club consisting of Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States), China, and the Soviet Union.
Here’s the thing: this isn’t the plot for a spy story. This is a short summary of something that actually happened. The operation’s codename was Rubicon, the company was Crypto AG, and Rubicon was quite possibly the most successful intelligence operation in history.
An interesting look at Polish-Jewish relations during the Second World War. Definitely worth reading if you’re interested in Second World War history and/or the history of the Holocaust.
A look at certain events during the Second World War:
- Poland’s role in the annexation of Czechoslovakia in the spring of 1939
- the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on August 23, 1939
- the subsequent invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 that marked the start of the Second World War
- the non-role of both the Polish resistance and the Soviet Army during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943
- the role of the Polish resistance during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944
A look at the mess that Social Media has become and some cautiously hopeful suggestions on how we might be able to reclaim some of what has been lost.
An interesting analysis of how extremists, antagonists and manipulators take advantage of the ‘rules’ of journalism to get their message amplified.
A Wikipedia article discussing the Canadian constitutional-grade obligation on the Crown to consult and accommodate on matters that may affect an Aboriginal person’s Aboriginal or Treaty rights.
An article, with references to supporting research papers, that debunks 25 common arguments against climate change.
A video showing the evolution of the top ten most popular programming languages over the years. A few interesting ones to look for are Fortran (top language on the list from 1965 until 1979 and finally falling out of the top ten in early 1998), Ada (appears on the list in 1980 and after spending 1983 to 1994 somewhere in the top three, falls off the list by the end of 1995), and Java (appears on the list in 1995, makes the top three in 1997, sits at the top of the list from 2001 to 2018 when it drops to third where it remains today)..
Not exactly this blog’s usual fare but who can turn down a Liberace segment?
For the youngsters in the crowd, Liberace was seriously into bling before bling was a word. In fact, compared to his usual style, he is actually being