History Literature / Cryptonomicon

9th Jun '16 12:12:08 AM Morgenthaler
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12th May '16 9:40:34 AM CroatoaEngine
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* ArtisticLicenseEngineering: Waterhouse is inspired by a malfunctioning church organ to create a form of computer memory, consisting of a tube filled with mercury in which a standing wave is excited by a "little paper speaker ripped from an old radio". Electrodes placed along the length of the tube dip into the rippling mercury and generate a pattern of 'on' and 'off' values that denote binary digits. While the contraption described resembles the actual [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delay_line_memory#Mercury_delay_lines mercury delay line memory]] in its general details, it would be useless as an actual computer memory, as standing waves are stationary patterns of low and high pressure, and thus Waterhouse's memory can only store bit patterns such as "010101" or "0011001100", which severly limits its potential capacity. (It should be noted that Turing later mentions that Bletchley Park intends to build a mercury tube memory in which the sound wave actually ''travels'' down the tube, instead of being a stationary standing wave, thus fitting the description of the mercury delay line memory perfectly. Waterhouse inaccurately replies that he has already done the same thing.)


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* [[JapaneseRanguage Nipponese Ranguage]]: Upon arriving in Kinakuta, Randy meets a Nipponese businessman named Ferdinand Goto (one of Goto Dengo's younger relatives), who has the unlikely-sounding transliteration of "Goto Furudenendu" on his business card. A normal transliteration would be closer to "Goto Ferudinando".
13th Apr '16 8:34:49 PM Saber15
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* DoorStopper: Sits at over 1000 pages. Bonus points for the InUniverse Cryptonomicon being a doorstopper which is used as a literal door stop [[Literature/TheBaroqueCycle in another novel]].
6th Apr '16 5:49:38 PM Parakus
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* RunningGag: Despite its harrowing origin, Bobby Shaftoe's obsession with giant, Nip-eating lizards turns into one of these, culminating with a moment where he sees what looks an awful lot like a giant, Nip-eating lizard on the back of [[CrazyAwesome Douglas MacArthur's]] bathrobe.
-->"Was that you screaming, Shaftoe?"
** It turns out to be, on further inspection, some kind of Chinese dragon.
2nd Apr '16 5:12:31 PM GrammarNavi
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* ProperlyParanoid: Both Avi and Douglas MacArthur Shaftoe come across like this. [[spoiler: Of course, it all turn out to be justified when the when it turns out that a ruthless corporate executive and his Filipino mob partners are gunning for the collective heads of Epiphyte(2) corp.]]

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* ProperlyParanoid: Both Avi and Douglas MacArthur [=MacArthur=] Shaftoe come across like this. [[spoiler: Of course, it all turn out to be justified when the when it turns out that a ruthless corporate executive and his Filipino mob partners are gunning for the collective heads of Epiphyte(2) corp.]]
31st Mar '16 4:09:24 AM Parakus
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--->"I [Randy] keep bothering him [Douglas] to get Ordo and encrypt his email, but he won't."
--->"That is really unprofessional," Avi grumbles. "He needs to be more paranoid."
--->"He's so paranoid he doesn't even trust Ordo."
--->Avi's scowl eases. "Oh. That's alright then."

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--->"I -->"I [Randy] keep bothering him [Douglas] to get Ordo and encrypt his email, but he won't."
--->"That -->"That is really unprofessional," Avi grumbles. "He needs to be more paranoid."
--->"He's -->"He's so paranoid he doesn't even trust Ordo."
--->Avi's -->Avi's scowl eases. "Oh. That's alright then."
31st Mar '16 4:08:44 AM Parakus
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* ProperlyParanoid: Both Avi and Douglas MacArthur Shaftoe come across like this. [[spoiler: Of course, it all turn out to be justified when the when it turns out that a ruthless corporate executive and his Filipino mob partners are gunning for the collective heads of Epiphyte(2) corp.]]
--->"I [Randy] keep bothering him [Douglas] to get Ordo and encrypt his email, but he won't."
--->"That is really unprofessional," Avi grumbles. "He needs to be more paranoid."
--->"He's so paranoid he doesn't even trust Ordo."
--->Avi's scowl eases. "Oh. That's alright then."
30th Mar '16 6:00:13 PM Parakus
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* CrazyPrepared: When your cast includes hackers, gun enthusiasts, and Vietman veterans ... pretty much everyone.
** Avi insists that Randy use a 4096 bit key to encrypt certain corporate documents. A key that size would take a battery of then-modern supercomputers thousands of years to brute-force.
** Comstock brings a crack team of photographers and stenographers equipped with a wide array of recording equipment and stimulants every time he briefs Waterhouse. He needs them all (see BlahBlahBlah above).
20th Mar '16 7:15:21 AM Parakus
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: While the two of them are in Italy on a Detachment 2702 mission, Bobby Shaftoe asks Enoch Root if he can talk to the locals. He responds in the negative, saying that his Italian and Latin are a bit muddled, and he would probably come across sounding like [[TheBaroqueCycle "a seventeenth century alchemist or something."]]


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** While the two of them are in Italy on a Detachment 2702 mission, Bobby Shaftoe asks Enoch Root if he can talk to the locals. He responds in the negative, saying that his Italian and Latin are a bit muddled, and he would probably come across sounding like [[TheBaroqueCycle "a seventeenth century alchemist or something."]]
3rd Mar '16 12:10:42 PM Parakus
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: While the two of them are in Italy on a Detachment 2702 mission, Bobby Shaftoe asks Enoch Root if he can talk to the locals. He responds in the negative, saying that his Italian and Latin are a bit muddled, and he would probably come across sounding like [[TheBaroqueCycle "a seventeenth century alchemist or something."]]
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