Old quotes and pictures of the day

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States. --Ladar Levinson, founder of email service provider lavabit.com.
"National security" is the root password to the Constitution. --me

Something to think about...

And Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and Yemen, and Iraq...where we call it "collateral damage".

I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow. -- Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) at the National Press club, 2000.


Photo taken on 11 December 2008 at the Apollo 8 40th anniversary celebration in San Diego CA. Copyright 2008 by Phil Karn, KA9Q.

Phil, no one but you and a couple of your geek friends will ever use the Internet! -- an unnamed supervisor in my Bellcore Applied Research department, circa 1990. (Today he denies having ever said it.)
TCP/IP: The Crap Phil Is Pushing -- one of my ham packet radio "buddies" during the Holy Protocol Wars of the mid-late 1980s.
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means 'my ignorance is as good as your knowlege.' --Isaac Asimov
Reality has a well-known liberal bias. --Stephen Colbert
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not to their own facts. -- Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, James R. Schlesinger or Bernard Baruch
Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware is getting faster. -- Niklaus Wirth
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke. -- North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, as channeled through comedian Andy Borowitz.
Exponentials are not to be trifled with. -- Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, retired Qualcomm CEO
No one ever went broke overselling sex, good food or person-to-person communications. -- me
Any sufficiently advanced communication scheme is indistinguishable from noise. -- me (paraphrased from Clarke's Law: any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic)
It'll be a great day when the schools have all they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber. [This bumper sticker may be old, but it's still good.]
I can't imagine my life as a student without my phone -- a Cornell sophomore who called me on a fundraising drive.
Why would anybody want to walk around campus making phone calls? -- Paraphrased from many fellow students when I showed them my two-meter FM ham walkie-talkie and the repeater with telephone autopatch that a fellow Cornell EE student and I built circa 1976. Their remarks were usually accompanied with rolling eyes and that look we engineering nerds saw so often back then.
Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American. -- Edward Snowden
Encryption works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it. -- Edward Snowden [Sometimes all it takes to change the world for the better is one person with a conscience, nerves of steel and an incredible amount of courage.]
Apparently, only Americans can type. -- me (I got a good chuckle with this line when I testified about my export case to the US Senate and House of Representatives. It expressed the issue in terms even they could understand.)