OK, so lots of chicks dig Dan Brown, and I finally decided yesterday to read one of his books to see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately the first one I found was Digital Fortress. I slogged through the first few chapters and decided that the guy didn't know diddly about crypto. A public key is the same as a passkey? I don't think so, Danny boy. NSA being stymied by something encrypted by two different algorithms? Give me a break. Assuming something is an unbreakable code rather than just the output of a randomizer? Not bloody likely. How can someone read this tripe after Cryptonomicon, written by a real computer programmer? I give up. Maybe I'll try Da Vinci Code someday.

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