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How to contact a perfect stranger?

heironymouscoward (683461) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 10

Posting an email address to Slashdot is too indiscrete for my purposes. A telephone number can be abused. Perhaps the simplest way to meet is the old-fashioned way, in a dimly-lit cafe, for instance near the Bourse.

Posting an email address to Slashdot is too indiscrete for my purposes. A telephone number can be abused. Perhaps the simplest way to meet is the old-fashioned way, in a dimly-lit cafe, for instance near the Bourse.

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Hmm.. (1)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 10 years ago | (#7533022)

Get a throwaway email address, and post that? Example journal entry:
Evil_Toy_Maker, I saw your picture and would like you to come visit me at the Days Inn tonight. email chunkylover53@yahoo.com to get the room #.
Actually, it's hard to guess the real answer to your problem w/out knowing what you're really trying to do, and of course, that's exactly what you probably don't want to say. ;-)

I think I remember reading about a weird crypto algorithm where one person shouts out a big number in public, then another person shouts out a big number in public, and then the two of them somehow "magically" have a secret in common, which they can then use as a session key. Need to look this up, it's been a while... Maybe I'm wrong.

Re:Hmm.. (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 10 years ago | (#7533684)

Here are some popular numbers to shout out:
  • 69
  • 420

Re:Hmm.. (1)

Cyberdyne (104305) | more than 10 years ago | (#7537313)

I think I remember reading about a weird crypto algorithm where one person shouts out a big number in public, then another person shouts out a big number in public, and then the two of them somehow "magically" have a secret in common, which they can then use as a session key. Need to look this up, it's been a while... Maybe I'm wrong.

You can do exactly that using public key crypto: the two parties each broadcast, for example, an RSA public key. They can then use their own private keys to encrypt and decrypt messages - at which point, only those two people can create and read the messages in question, anybody else needs to crack RSA first. (You can make the first 'message' a one-time key using a simpler algorithm - AES or Blowfish, for example - which simplifies matters later on: you now have a securely shared key.)

how to meet a perfect stranger (1)

a126 (726051) | more than 10 years ago | (#7533212)

propose a cafe near the Bourse 24Nov 18:00

Re:how to meet a perfect stranger (1)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#7535524)

Cafe Metteko, opposite o'Reillys. Don't sit, go up to the bar and ask the waiter for an Orval. He'll show you the way. I'll be there until 19h00.

Re: Motes (1)

zsau (266209) | more than 10 years ago | (#7556972)

Sorry to post this to the wrong place, but the right place has been archived. At any rate, I think you're completely evil in making motes move. I have junk overlapping on my desk. If everything (or anything) moved when I put something new down, I'd never know where anything was.

Re: Motes (1)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#7557228)

"Evil" :)

It's a hunch. My UIs always try to display all possible actions. Ergo, all motes should be visible, even if only as small dots.

Re: Motes (1)

zsau (266209) | more than 10 years ago | (#7557971)

Evil is my word for doing something bad, without being offensive, because evil scientists are always better than their archnemisis, so who could possibly be insulted by being called evil?

Anyway, you say yourself: 'but we've found that it's easy to remember what things are by their relative position on the screen'. I really like the sounds of this, but I really don't like the idea of no overlapping. Sounds like GEM/3 or Windows 1 to me :(

But on a different note, I'm suddenly reminded of something else similar. Some research thing I read about/used. If I've used it, it runs on X. It is probably related to Smalltalk in some way (but I'm pretty sure it's not it and not Squeak), even if it's only there's a link on a page that mentions both. But it does the zooming/sub-desktop thing, which is probably the fundamental thing of your idea (because if you have the zooming thing happening, everything else will just come as a natural extension through use).

That's probably not very helpful. I'll try and find it, but not being not entirely sure what I'm looking for, I can't promise I'll find it. (Hell, you might already have found it, I haven't read anything but the two posts you linked to from your /. post.)

Re: Motes (1)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#7558190)

I took "evil" as a compliment.

I've done a little research on implementations of the clutter concept but there are none, AFAICS.

The "everything is always visible" principle is not a problem if you allow objects to become very small, and if you allow the creation of arbitrary levels of embedded desktops.

Anyhow I appreciate the feedback very much. We will be pushing to get a prototype ready early next year.
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