No point in explaining something so complicated…

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“I’m working in cryptography, it’s way too much to explain,” you blow off the question. This might be your one break from thinking about research the last thing you want to do is try and explain it to your parents, you’d probably end up just confusing them. They’re smart but have no idea how this stuff works. You tried explaining public and private keys to them a couple years ago and it ended in hours of back and forth. However, this doesn’t stop them from asking any questions.

Your uncle Robert who once upon a time watched a few numberphile videos thinks he would understand, “oh yeah, I’ve heard a lot about cryptography. It looked real promising with these bit coins, but when they brought in all the nfts, and doge coins and all that nonsense I think it really went downhill.”

He totally thinks it’s you’re studying crypto-currency, what do you do?

Ignore the misunderstanding

Correct Robert and explain your research

Published by B McGraw

B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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