Young Hands Club

August 26, 2019

Week 7 tasks

Filed under: Shreyas Ragavan — Shreyas Ragavan @ 5:24 a.m.

Priority 1 : Tasks 1, 2
Priority 2 : Tasks 3, 4, 5
Priority 3 : Tasks 6

  1. [ ] : 10 lines, minimum.
  2. [ ] Continue reading the book Serious Cryptography
    1. The primary goal is to cover the necessary portions to move forward with, and atleast an overview of encryption as a concept, and the process of hashing, which will help me understand signatures.
  3. [ ] Learning about software and the software industry (Spillover from week 6)
    1. [ ] Summarise / Discuss:
    2. [ ] Summarise / Discuss
    3. [ ] Read:
    4. [ ] Summarise / Discuss:
  4. [ ] Complete partially finished pending Python basics revision.
  5. [ ] Open Data : Wages dataset
  6. [ ] Learn + Summarise :- systemd | init ( Refer log)


  1. 2. "Continue reading the book Serious Cryptography "

    It's unseemly and verging on illiterate to reference a book by its name only and it's doubly disgusting when you do it the very first time you mention the book in your text. No words "found on the internet" can be a reference for anything and *who* wrote some text matters first and foremost, before the words themselves! Don't do this again, ever.

    For the reasons above, there is also absolutely nothing I can say about this "book" you happened to found and took for the Bible or something.

    At any rate, the reference book for crypto is Handbook of Applied Cryptography by Menezes, van Oorschot and Vanstone, CRC Press (my edition is 1997). There isn't much worth reading outside of it specifically for crypto as discussed previously on #trilema:

    Comment by Diana Coman — August 26, 2019 @ 2:06 p.m.

  2. Okay! > I do not usually refer to a book like that and as such did include a link in the V blog post to the book (which was actually the first time!), but forgot to add it to the post here. The book is : Serious Cryptography - A Practical Introduction to Modern Encryption, By Jean-Philippe Aumasson. I'll have to check the edition.

    Comment by Shreyas Ragavan — August 26, 2019 @ 4:54 p.m.

  3. And of course I did not take it to be a bible !? It was 'a' book, and it seemed to cover the topics I wanted to read in a structured way, and the intention was to ask and confirm before going any deeper. By structured way - i mean not having to constantly look up fundamental terminology like 'hash digest' or concepts like 'how the hell does SHA-512 work' and sift through crap! I thought any book would be better than this to begin with, and once I started reading - it was quite fascinating and so continued :- Note that all of the above happened yesterday in the space of barely 2 hours.

    Comment by Shreyas Ragavan — August 26, 2019 @ 5:06 p.m.

  4. Re "Bible" - that's about the only book cited just by title :D

    But you see, if only you'd have asked the question on irc, it's quite possible that Stan or someone else (if I wasn't around at that time) would have pointed you directly to the book anyway.

    The trouble with "a" book is that nowadays everyone anywhere writes a book in fact, for all the pretense to editors and whatnots. And I can tell you this as one who has a "printed book" of which the editors had no idea and/or feedback whatsoever. So "a" book is pretty much still the same thing as "something found on the Internet" except in a more misleading way because it gives the impression that it was much more serious than that and you have no way of knowing/checking before spending your time with it.

    Comment by Diana Coman — August 26, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

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