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eldakka Silver badge

This reminds me of an anecdote about Richard Feynman when he was working on the Manhattan project.

it goes something like:

To relieve his boredom and assuage his curiosity, Feynman taught himself to pick locks, open safes, and so on. A lot of it was social engineering rather than pure 'safecracking' like, for example, using common dates or numbers/algorithms - e.g. some scientists used numbers based on 'e' for example.

So he'd go around Los Alamos picking locks, cracking safes and so on.

In response to this, a Colonel (I think it was) in charge banned Feynman from entering his offices - rather than fixing the safes to make them harder to crack.

This is exactly what the government is trying to do with their new legislation.

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