Here's my office hour schedule for this week and next:
- Wednesday, 12/5, 1:30 to 2:30pm
- Friday, 12/7, 11am to noon
- Monday, 12/10, 2pm to 3pm
- Tuesday, 12/11, 1pm to 2pm
- Wednesday, 12/12, noon to 1pm
Here's my office hour schedule for this week and next:
Episode 3 – “The Panizzardi Telegram” by Charlie Overton – VandyVox
"[…] One-Time Pod. And for those interested in using audio assignments in their ..."
"How were typing mistakes dealt with? I assume they happened from time ..."
"Great. The mystery and dimensions of the invisible ink. "
"Excellent work "
"Thanks for this project . Highly informative and well presented. "
"Thank you for this project "
"I really appreciate the argument made by the author that there are various ..."
"The part of your post where you discuss that privacy is a human ..."
"In his blog post titled "An Interdisciplinary Approach," Browkm10 shows how the creativity ..."
"In the post titled "The Allies Work Better Under Pressure," the author argues ..."
Reasons contributed to the fallen of Enigma – Cryptography
"[…] the blog post (http://derekbruff.org/blogs/fywscrypto/2017/10/08/the-allies-teamwork-against-the-germans-human-erro…), the student proposed an interesting idea that the ..."
"In the post Not a Single Factor is Responsible for the Allied Success ..."
The Allies’ Resource Allocation – Cryptography
"[…] his blog post, the student argued that besides the overconfidence of the ..."
"Polish contributions to the cryptographic war were pivotal in the victory of the ..."
The Logic of Codebreakers Beat Enigma – Cryptography
"[…] Never Become Lazy and False Genius During War […] "
How Far Can Motivation Take You? – Cryptography
"[…] the post titled "The Allies Work Better Under Pressure," the author argues ..."
"I agree with the case that the blog poster presented for Germany’s overconfidence ..."
"I largely agree with your post. The Allies' sharing of information was the ..."
"During WWII, the arms race between the Allies and the Axis did not ..."
"Considering the factor of brute force as a crucial step in solving enigma ..."
"To further expand upon Howard’s assertion of the almost unbreakability of Navajo Code ..."
"Fascinating cipher, imagine that! Using syllables in the cipher! "
"The beale codes are broken, www.thebealemystery.org "
"Warning! Crytogram #69 is full of errors -- which I only discovered ..."
Students as (Podcast) Producers – Agile Learning
"[…] the podcasts during class (students had a lot to say), then worked ..."
Students as (Podcast) Producers – Agile Learning
"[…] how I structured the assignment. First, I asked my students to listen ..."
Security vs. Privacy Resources – Cryptography
"[…] several resources relevant to our discussion of Little Brother earlier in the ..."
"As hackers continue to compromise more and more of our data, it is ..."
"As traditional methods of communication are being replaced with digital communication, the Information ..."
"Everyone in this day and age should have a means of access to ..."
"Although privacy is and hopefully will always be an important human right, new ..."
"The technology used for cryptography is being developed at an alarmingly fast rate, ..."
"While all citizens should have the right to their own privacy and the ..."
"The right to privacy should definitely be an inalienable right as a human ..."
"The creation and evolution of digital information has changed the governments relation to ..."
"As technology improves in our evolving society, the movement of information through the ..."
"As the technological development of society advances and the accessibility to sensitive information ..."
"Although new methods of cryptography provide a mean for criminals to evade trouble ..."
"While police insist that wiretaps are the most effective investigative technique to combat ..."
"The Information Age has ushered in a new era of technology and communication ..."
"The internet has created a realm in which the line that separates legal ..."
"When looking at all of the blog posts, this one was immediately compelling ..."
"This is a very analytical take from the text which I really like. ..."
"I appreciated that you tacked this argument from both sides instead of taking ..."
"I find your idea of splitting views on this topic very interesting. However, ..."
"Ethical dilemmas show themselves all the time in real life, and I believe ..."
"While it is true that we do think of the arguments of utilitarianism ..."
"TSAIS, you are very correct about the Navajo language being a key factor ..."
"Your blog post has many compelling arguments over morality and utilitarianism. While you ..."
"I think you raise a very fair point that it depends on the ..."
"I think you make a valid point when discussing the ethical decision Admiral ..."
"I have a hard time accepting Admiral Hall’s decision as ethical. It was ..."
"In GUNDAMY’s post “Contextual Ethics” regarding the ethics of Admiral Hall’s withholding of ..."
"The Zimmerman telegram is the perfect example of the ethical dilemmas that lie ..."
"Strutte does pose a good argument on the ethics behind withholding information of ..."
"In this essay, the author Micheal Morris argues that universities should have the ..."
"Cryptography — we have seen it everywhere, from the movie screens to the ..."
"Sure, happy to take a look! "
"Dear Sir, I solved part 4 of Kryptos several days ago. The first letter ..."
"Abbey: "still no one has made progress in deciphering K4" No one? Hmm. Not ..."
Timelines, EdTech, and Thin Slices of Student Learning – Agile Learning
"[…] timeline in any significant way, so in 2015 I added a paper ..."
Timelines, EdTech, and Thin Slices of Student Learning
"[…] students to edit the spreadsheet. Conceptually, the work was a bit harder, ..."
Paper #3 – Practical Crypto | Cryptography
"[…] topic ideas, see this summary of a 2014 class discussion. See also ..."
"I found your post moving. Thanks for sharing this story. We didn't have ..."
"It sounds like you appreciate the sense of personal agency in boyd's definition ..."
"I love the title of your post. "Don't share all that stuff online! Maintain ..."
Just in Time-Visualizing Knowledge with Digital Timelines – Digital Pedagogy@Austin College
"[…] course build an online timeline of the history of cryptography using Timeline JS. Here’s ..."
"This is indeed a grim prospect! And perhaps it's the end result of ..."
Little Brother Debate Map (2015) | Cryptography
"[…] arguments. Click on the image for a better look. And if you're ..."
"See Parker's post for a bit of info on the German approach to ..."
"In the passage, Julia suggests that the value of mathematicians as codebreakers was ..."
"Fear was an incentive for the Polish to begin thinking about how to ..."
"I liked that your blog post addressed how both the Polish intelligence and ..."
"Playing from a defensive standpoint definitely granted the Allies certain advantages when it ..."
"You bring up a really good question as to how much the mechanization ..."
"I think you brought up an interesting point with your article: though often ..."
"I agree with you, but would also mention the importance of diverse thought ..."
"Great argument, but could have the Axis powers also done something similar with ..."
"Could the cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park have ever cracked Enigma without the human ..."
"I agree with your argument that a reason for Allied success came from ..."
"I agree with your point, Sara. The Navajo code was a major reason ..."
"What I think is unusual about this argument is that, typically, the use ..."
"I like this argument, and thanks for the source talking about German codebreaking ..."
"Although I agree with your arguments that the Allied cryptographic efforts were driven ..."
"Mechanization of society has allowed for more complex codes to be created by ..."
"The Axis putting pressure on the Allies does seem to be a significant ..."
"You make a good point that technological advances allowed for more methodical enciphering, ..."
"Good questions, Yanrong. I would agree that a "good" cipher is one that ..."
"That's a fascinating question. There were many people involved in codebreaking efforts during ..."
"The Voynich Manuscript is a trip. I suspect it's a hoax, but I ..."
"I worked for and with Elonka for about 6 years at Simutronics (she ..."
"I love this essay, Colleen. You've hit on something fundamental about the nature ..."
"I'm with you on the psychology angle here. What makes a serial killer ..."
"I appreciate that Judge Smith approached his work with this much enthusiasm! The ..."
"Good point, Parker. Just as technology has opened up new options for clever ..."
"Thanks for sharing, Ross. I'm guessing that you and your fellow crypto students ..."
"Since steganography does not fall under the category of cryptography, we have steered ..."
"I was also fascinated by the “Famous Unsolved Codes and Ciphers” when exploring ..."
"I also find this aspect of cryptography very interesting, and hearing of Elonka's ..."
"I agree with Charlotte and Andrew; I was intrigued by the Kryptos sculpture, ..."
"I, too, found Elonka Dunin’s section on “Famous Unsolved Codes and Ciphers” to ..."
"When looking on Elonka’s website, I was also fascinated by the topic of ..."
"Good point, Andrew. It's quite possible that the Americans would have kept Hall's ..."
"I would agree, Charlotte, that there's a "who pulled the trigger" element to ..."
"I think your timeline is a bit off here, Mason. Hall decided not ..."
"Great point, Emily. Hall was making a decision based on a number of ..."
"That's a good question, Suzy. Had things turned out differently, would that have ..."
"You argued that while people may view Hall's decision as something unethical, it ..."
"Throughout your blog post, you compare the atomic bomb decision and Admiral Hall's ..."
"I liked how you looked at the difference between personal ethics and national ..."
"The post suggests that Admiral Hall’s decision was ethical in the context of ..."
"You bring up some good arguments that agree with Admiral Hall's decision to ..."
"You said Admiral Hall made the more ethical choice because in the end ..."
"I agree with your argument that the British decision to initially withhold the ..."
"At the point in time when this code was being cracked, America had ..."
"You raise a good point that, even though he knowingly withheld info from ..."
"Admiral Hall had few good options to choose from in his dilemma. In ..."
"I thought you brought up a good point that ethics depends on the ..."
"Overall, I really liked how you addressed that there is no one correct ..."
"I agree with your opinion that Hall's reasoning behind his actions were understandable. ..."
"As a summary, it seems that you're saying that it was ethical for ..."
"You raise a good point that the US had a right to know ..."
"I agree with the notion that people are far from giving up on ..."
"Or, perhaps, like "National Treasure," the Beale cipher is a work of fiction! "
"Christian’s post from 2014 regarding the question “Why do you think that the ..."
"I find this incredibly interesting; in the first blog post, we responded to ..."
"This blog post really resonated with me, although it was mostly the final ..."
"I agree with "clausen"'s answer to his question as posed in the end ..."
"I find this post interesting because it not only talks about how the ..."
"It can't be that hard. It has to be able to be broken, ..."
"I agree strongly with Marianna's post, and I think the main reason people ..."
"I agree that Louis XVI’ s Great Cipher was very difficult to crack ..."
"I agree and find interesting the push and pull of cryptographic use throughout ..."
"While reading Singh’s narrative of the Beale Cipher in The Code Book, all ..."
"In response to the reading question: “The Great Cipher used by Louis XIV ..."
"I agree that in modern society, the general public is more concerned about ..."
"There's something off about the formatting of your post. Did you copy and ..."
"I don't know how old you were when you received your first email ..."
"Excellent opening! I like your use of personal narrative to lead into and ..."
"more to this list : The Imitation Game (2014) A Beautiful Mind (2001) "
Why is Congruence Hard to Learn? | Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP
"[...] sprocket has m teeth and the chain has x links. How frequently ..."
The Debate: Security vs. Privacy | Math 115F: Cryptography
"[...] when we discussed Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA, and then a ..."
"I do agree that Roman numerals would add a layer of complexity to ..."
"Dear Dr. (Professor) Derek Bruff, I am independent Beale Papers researcher: Kenneth Andrew Bauman 5101 W. ..."
"Kristin... Merry Christmas! Perhaps I have solved the Beale Papers cryptogram B1. In July of 2005, ..."
"I have applied to become a group member of Math 115F: Cryptography. I have ..."
"Glad to know that our discussion of Moore's Law helped you follow this ..."
"I thought this was a clever section, too, especially the parallel between someone ..."
"Given your paper topic, I thought you might like this section! "
"I also found myself confused as to what I would do as I ..."
"I completely agree with this post that the NSA's attempt to make cryptography ..."
"I think that there is more to think about when you say that ..."
"It is true that sharing information via Facebook, Twitter, Email, and Instant Message ..."
"You state that you would want to defend your right to privacy in ..."
"I never truly felt privacy was that important when the trade off was ..."
"Though I understand that the NSA was only trying to protect American citizens ..."
"While I do believe that there are certain things that are meant to ..."
"I believe that the real problem was not that he had a password ..."
"The idea that the government could prohibit math because it is too advanced ..."
"While I agree that the web of trust is a powerful tool that ..."
"Privacy is something sacred to a person’s freedom. This is why the ..."
"Just like you, I never understood why privacy was such an important principle ..."
"I agree that I never really had a good argument for online privacy ..."
"I agree with you about very strong crypto possibly being used for criminal ..."
"One of the dozen or so quotes I wrote down when I first ..."
"Great last line! This line also struck me: "a surprising feat, given ..."
"Great analysis of the technical challenges of decrypting the Great Cipher. There were ..."
"Yes, Bazeries did "get on a roll" with a (lucky?) insight. I'm guessing ..."
"Good points, particularly that there were still plenty of challenges in decrypting the ..."
"The NSA is building a big complex in Utah, and one of its ..."
Blog Posts as Student Writing Assignments :: Agile Learning
"[...] time and one of the items in the course that’s new to ..."
Tough Questions about Grading Standards :: Agile Learning
"[...] the course blog. The other significant graded assignments in the course were ..."
Experiments in Class Participation – An Update on My Cryptography Course :: Agile Learning
"[...] which we discuss a reading, I post a few open-ended questions on ..."
"I have a high degree of certainty that I have solved Dorabella. Please ..."
Social Pedagogies: Authentic Audiences and Student Motivation :: Agile Learning
"[...] my paper!” I told him that’s why I wanted him to write ..."
Ethical or Not? Clicker Questions about Academic Integrity | Agile Learning
"[...] The third question was perhaps the most interesting. When it came to ..."
Mary Ellen Bertolini
"Thanks for commenting. I did this for myself as well as for my ..."
"1. The most compelling reasons in favor of making strong encryption available to ..."
"1. I feel that the argument that the government is not infallible, and ..."
"1.I believe that the two most compelling reasons to provide strong encryption publicly ..."
"1. Well, for one, hackers and criminals exist, regardless of whether they can ..."
"1. Strong encryption should be available to the public because of every ..."
"1. (a) As a society born out of liberty and freedom, we have ..."
"1. Encryption should be available to the general public even at the risk of ..."
"My name's Moshe Rubin, and I've been involved in the recent disclosure of ..."
"My favorite part about you essay was how you emphasized the Hill cipher's ..."
"Your essay was very well-rounded and progressed nicely through the history, as well ..."
"I felt that the Vernam method, the method responsible for the Lorenz cipher, ..."
"I was surprised to learn that this cipher remained unbroken until this year, ..."
"This exploration of the Wheel Cipher achieves clarity of history through the explanation ..."
"This cipher seems rather complicated and difficult to explain, especially because it is ..."
"I found this paper very engaging and interesting to read. The history connected ..."
"This exploration of the Purple Machine and its connection to the Enigma effectively ..."
"I found the entire method of enciphering a message with SIGSALY to be ..."
"This was a very well written paper that flowed very well. It think ..."
"I found the historical section of your paper to be the most interesting ..."
"Overall, this is a very good paper. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and ..."
"Nevermind that penultimate paragraph in my comment, I wasn't thinking clearly. Of course ..."
"I also was interested in reading a paper on the same cipher I ..."
"This paper is informative and concise. Aubrey does a good job of explaining ..."
"I found it interesting that a cipher invented nearly over a century ago ..."
"This was an interesting paper to read because it covered a cipher that ..."
"The major strength of this paper is its clarity. Your descriptions are ..."
"This was a wonderful essay, top to bottom. It was very clear and ..."
"Overall, this essay was a very engaging and interesting read. Courtney did a ..."
"This paper does a great job of tying the Dorabella Cipher into other ..."
"After reading this essay, what stood out to me as the most interesting ..."
"This essay was really interesting. I liked how it included multiple possibilities ..."
"I largely agree with Erin. I enjoyed learning about a code that we ..."
"Erin- I really enjoyed the initial backstory of the relationship between Wheatstone and Playfair. ..."
"Max - You did a great job explaining the mathematics of the Hill ..."
"1.) Though it seems unconstitutional at first for the NSA to leave DES ..."
"1. I think the NSA was justified in doing this. If one does ..."
"1. The NSA was justified in their actions because they were the world's ..."
"1. Yes, the NSA was justified in doing this because the interest of ..."
"1. The NSA was not justified in doing this. In trying to keep ..."
"1. I think that the NSA was justified in doing this. Even though ..."
"You did a really good job of explaining the Vernam method. The ..."
"1. We Americans love our freedom, so we're up in arms when organizations ..."
"1. The NSA has a tendency of being a big pain in everyone’s ..."
"1. The NSA was justified in their actions because their priority is ..."
"I liked that this paper was written on a truly unique topic, one ..."
"I wrote my paper on the same cipher, the Playfair cipher, but I ..."
"1. Cryptography played a pivotal role in many of World War Two's most ..."
"1. I believe that it was even more essential than what we had ..."
"1. Cryptography was essential to the Allied victory in World War Two. The ..."
"1. Doubtless, cryptography played a vastly important role during WWII. The fact ..."
"1. Cryptography was crucial in WWII. Without cryptography, the war would have lasted ..."
"1. I still feel like the success of Allied cryptographers was the main ..."
"1. Singh makes it very obvious that cryptography played a vital role ..."
"1. Cryptology was indisputably very important in World War II. Many important victories ..."
"1. Cryptography was certainly one of the most important factors in the Second ..."
"1.Just from reading Singh’s book, yes I would say so. But this is ..."
"1. I’m not sure I would go so far as to say that they ..."
"1.) Though Bletchley Park's achievements certainly gave the Allied powers a leg up, they ..."
"1.I would absolutely agree with this statement. Having the knowledge of where German ..."
"1. The achievements of the cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park undoubtedly had a profound ..."
"1. The work done at Bletchley Park was no doubt key to the ..."
"1. Bletchley park’s achievements were the deciding factor in the Allied victory during World ..."
"1. I would not say that Bletchley Park was the singular deciding factor. ..."
"1. A war on the scale of WWII is never decided by ..."
Using Clickers to Facilitate Peer Review in a Writing Seminar – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education
"[...] students’ first essay assignment, a three-page opinion piece addressing one of three ..."
"1. It's impossible to pinpoint the victory specifically on Bletchley Park because there ..."
"1.) Though at first it does wrong for Admiral Hall to keep this a ..."
"1. It's difficult to say whether or not this decision was the correct ..."
"1. I think Admiral Hall’s decision was ethical. While a good deal of ..."
"1. The decision was not ethical because Hall endangered human life through his ..."
"1. The decision to not immediately inform the Americans of the unrestricted u-boat warfare ..."
"1. I think this was an ethical decision on Admiral Hall's part even ..."
"1. I think that it was an ethical decision because America found out ..."
"1. Yes, Admiral Hall's decision was ethical because he used discretion in ..."
"1. This was a tough decision, but I think it was an ethical ..."
"Ok, I was 90% sure that was the case, but I figured it ..."
"Nope, but I'll be there from 4-5 on Monday. "
"Dr. Bruff, I remember you mentioned office hours would be different at some point, ..."
Resources for September 30th | Math 115F: Cryptography
"[...] of the movies featuring cryptography I mentioned today were listed in an ..."
"1. After the Vigenere Cipher was broken and made the news, people began ..."
"1. I think this growth in interest can largely be attributed to ..."
"Rachel, you're cracking me up. "
"1.) During this time the Vigenére cipher had just ..."
"1. Cryptography became something that was not just for spies and governments, but ..."
"1. As Singh points out in the text, the cause of the increased interest ..."
"1. As technology continued to improve with inventions like the telegraph, more ..."
"1. In the second half of the 19th century, communication capabilities were growing ..."
"1. I think that most cryptanalysists of that time were familiar with concepts ..."
"1. The fact that the Vigenere cipher had a reputation of being ..."
"1. Because none of the existing strategies for cracking ciphers worked on the ..."
"1) Because the Vigenere Cipher was well know, yet unbroken, many people assumed ..."
"1. The Vigenere Cipher could not be cracked with mere standard frequency analysis, ..."
"1. When faced with the task of deciphering the Vigenere cipher, cryptanalysts before ..."
"1. The Vigenere poses a great challenge to a cryptanalyst because it makes ..."
"1. Cryptanalysts had come to rely on frequency analysis to crack ciphers, and ..."
"1) Due to the development of frequency analysis, monoalphabetic substitution ciphers could ..."
"1. In this environment the people sending encoded messages were probably more careful ..."
"1. During the time of Mary Queen of Scots, cryptanalysis was still in ..."
"1. Since cryptography was becoming more standard, it could be assumed that a ..."
"1. In the time between that of Mary Queen of Scots and ..."
"1. This is creates a different environment, because correspondents are aware that their ..."
"1. The time before the widespread use of the Vigenère was characterized by a ..."
Ethical or Not? Clicker Questions about Academic Integrity
"[...] The third question was perhaps the most interesting. When it came to ..."
"1. Mary Queen of Scots and her contemporaries thought their ciphers were unbreakable, ..."
"1. For some time before the development of the Vingenere cipher, because the codes ..."
"Go ahead and try your hand at the double-letter frequency program, Sam. Thanks ..."
"Dr. Bruff, I found a resource online that allows you to search for the ..."
"Something odd happened when I just tried to download the Word version. It ..."
"nevermind, my bad... "
"Dr. Bruff, just want to let you know that the word file attached ..."
"Interesting. Try the PDF version and see if that comes out with the ..."
"I guess my computer made the congruency symbol look like a little clock ..."
"Although I don't know what you mean by "clock icon," Sam, you're reading ..."
"Is anyone else having a hard time with #4? I'm not sure what ..."
"1. Transposition ciphers have the advantage over substitution ciphers that they are harder ..."
"I just realized that I misunderstood the terms for question one. Here's my ..."
"4. (cont'd) The implications of Mary's unfortunate lesson warn us that codes are ..."
"1. Substitution ciphers seem to be easier to decipher, whether through frequency analysis ..."
"1. Transposition ciphers, which are simply rearrangements of the letters in a message, can ..."
"1. Transposition ciphers, while easy to crack once the reader recognizes the ..."
"1) Transposition ciphers involve the rearrangement of the letters in a message. This ..."
"1. Transposition ciphers are more difficult than substitution ciphers to decipher as the ..."
"1. Transposition ciphers can be simpler, allowing the sender and receiver to communicate ..."
"1. The advantage of transposition ciphers is that someone without knowledge of the ..."
"1. Transposition ciphers are difficult to decipher because of the number of distinct arrangements ..."
"1. The distinct advantage that stands out to me about transposition is that ..."
"1. Transposition ciphers are much harder to decode, offering a higher chance that ..."
"1. Transposition ciphers are more difficult to decipher for the intended and unintended ..."
Resources from August 26th | Math 115F: Cryptography
"[...] read Chapter 1 in the Singh book for Tuesday and (optionally, but ..."
Introduction: Online Discussions | Math 115F: Cryptography
"[...] Mathematics of Codes and Code Breaking Skip to content ..."
Student Motivation and Class Participation – Lessons from “Cognitive Surplus” | Global Posts
"[...] on Amazon!) I’ll post a few open-ended questions about the reading to ..."
Introduction: Online Discussions | Math 115F: Cryptography
"[...] about the readings here on the blog. (If you’re still fuzzy about ..."