Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
If you are looking to make any bets, then maybe you want to read about my bet about P=NP. You can also see my observations about electronic commerce. or my old collection of thoughts of the day. It's mostly famous quotes.
I started out as a mathematician, but retrained myself as a computer scientist. As a scientist, everyone wants their work to have maximal impact, and sometimes that requires you to change the way you think. My primary research interests are in information retrieval, cryptology, network security, parallel computing, and computational number theory. (I was working on cryptography before it was cool, and I may still be working on it afterwards).
I've had a web page for nearly a decade now, and it's less compelling than it used to be. Nowadays people create blogs, but I manage to find other things to do with my time. I still regard my scientific publications (or here or here) to be my most important publishing outlet because it has an archival value and peer review (unlike the web). Some say that personal web pages are passé now, but I disagree. Personal web pages are one of the profound social changes that we are witnessing - the resurrection of the political leaflet, the small business, and the individual. It's a remarkable outlet for free speech, and can fundamentally change the social fabric of the world.
I started a tongue-in-cheek criminal web site called DigiCrime, Incorporated as an educational mechanism back in 1995, and it still generates some of the weirdest email you could imagine. It's now out of date, but I don't have the heart to kill it off. People sometimes remember a joke better than a technical explanation. That's why I started SIGCRAP.
Where would the world be without bomb making instructions here. But before you leave, you might want to check out my absolutely HUMOR PAGES. Be sure to see the picture of my uncle the axe murderer, my daughter's web page, and a book I want to write. And of course, be sure to check out my own criminal creation of DigiCrime, or my latest hobby.