from the hookt-on-fon-iks-indeed dept.
mikejuk writes "You might think of linguistics as being interesting but not really useful. Now computational linguistics [PDF of original paper] has been used to crack Skype encryption and reconstruct what is being said in a VoIP call. What is surprising is that though they are encrypted, the frames that make up a Skype call contain clues about what phonemes are being spoken."
The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social
sciences' is: some do, some don't.
-- Ernest Rutherford