The Girl in the Spider's WebBook - 2015
"She is the girl with the dragon tattoo--a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution. Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker--a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it..." -- Publisher's description.
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Some good one liners:
“The fact that Russia is little more than a petrol station with a flag on top. They export oil and natural gas, but manufacture nothing worth mentioning. …”
She was like a thief breaking into a house just to point out that it was already full of stolen goods ...
You know, you don’t have to be big and fat and shave in the mornings to be a good hacker. I’ve met twelve- and thirteen-year-olds who are crazy good.
“Do you know what my rabbi says? That the mark of a man is his contradictions….”
Salander was not drinking as if she enjoyed it, but rather as if it she had to get it out of the way.
" ... . How’s Sara?” Sara was Amir’s wife and had just had a hip operation. “Complaining and taking painkillers.” “Sounds like hard work. Give her my best.”
The A.I. Singularity:
-His objective was to achieve A.G.I., or Artificial General Intelligence.” “And what is that?” “It’s when something has the intelligence of a human being, but the speed and precision of a computer. If a thing like that could be created, it would give us enormous advantages within numerous fields.”
-the hypothetical concept of “technological singularity”, the state at which computer intelligence will have overtaken our own. ... It’s no secret that the organization is working hard specifically to develop quantum computers. For the N.S.A. that would be paradise, pure and simple. An effective quantum machine would enable them to crack all encryptions, all digital security systems eventually, and after that no-one would be safe from that organization’s watchful eye.”
On Sexy Primes:
" ... As she looked through the papers and came across the simple sequence 641, 647, 653 and 659, there was no longer any doubt: they were sexy prime quadruplets, sexy in the sense that they differed from each other by six."
(in depth: Sexy primes are pairs of primes of the form ( , ), so-named since "sex" is the Latin word for "six." and not to be confused with prime quadruple which is four consecutive primes, such that the first and the last differ by 8 as 3461, 3463, 3467, 3469.)
Quite a bit on prime numbers:
" It was relatively short: 2305843008139952128. She got it immediately. It was not a prime number, it was – and here her spirits lifted – a number which, according to a perfect harmony, is made up of the sum of all its positive divisors. It was, in other words, a perfect number, just as 6 is because it can be divided by 3, 2 and 1 and 3 + 2 + 1 happen to add up to 6."
-For about a year now Salander had been thinking that E.C.M., the Elliptic Curve Method, would be more promising than previous algorithms, and she had spent long nights writing her own factorization program.
(in depth: Mersenne prime numbers and perfect numbers (2^30) * (2^31 - 1) = 2,305,843,008,139,952,128)
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