Your weakness is not your technique

[Pre-post post-note: an amazing alignment of the stars! Just hours after writing this, I came across the much stronger Lockhart’s Lament. A must read, I daresay.] Professors, teaching assistants, professional exam-writers, lend me your ears; I come to fix the exam, not to praise it. The exams that students solve, live after them; the results … More Your weakness is not your technique

Zero knowledge in the real world?

[Written under the influence of QCSD] Not so long ago, I happened to watch the totally-accurate-in-every-possible-way film, “Travelling Salesman”. tl;dw: a squad of government-hired mathematicians are finally able to prove that P = NP, giving the state the power to answer every important computational question they can imagine (aka rob banks and fight terrorism). But … More Zero knowledge in the real world?