Re: Aha! experiences

Michael Nielsen (
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 20:56:44 -0800 (PST)


On Mon, 2 Nov 1998, Spike Jones wrote:

> > Spike Jones wrote: it would be a herculean
> > > task, even for the sunnyvale commercial space division alone,
> > > not to mention a mind-numbing waste of time. i convinced
> > > myself the resources would never be allocated. spike
> >
> > Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote: Keywords. Sentence structures.
> > Statistical correlation. You'd be surprised
> > at what technology can do.
> >
> > In your case, the phrase "offer" and "price" might have been the trigger.

In this connection the emacs command M-X spook is rather amusing. Here's a sample result of a single application:

"Qaddafi SDI security KGB AK-47 Croatian Ortega Legion of Doom FSF cryptographic Uzi Waco, Texas Saddam Hussein terrorist radar"

With sufficiently widespread use of variants of this type of program, monitoring email becomes much more difficult.

Michael Nielsen