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Old 11-29-2007, 10:50 AM   #1
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Finally, I received my PhD-degree in computer science ...

... last friday (in particular in "Information Security & Cryptography").

It was a lot of hard work over the last 3 years! My thesis' title is

"Collision-Free Number Generation: Efficient Constructions, Privacy Issues, and Cryptographic Aspects",

226 pages, writting in English.

In Austria the PhD-degree is called "Dr.techn." for those of you who wanna know that.

You might ask why I'm writing this here on the msgboard? There is a simple reason for that:
after the academic ceremony my family gave me a nice present: the VIRGIL DONATI SIGNATURE SNARE DRUM.

That was the best present they could have given to me!! I'm very happy now (about both the PhD-degree and the snare drum ).

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Old 11-29-2007, 11:32 AM   #2
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Congratulations Martin!!!!!!

WOW, good job man! And good of your parents to give you that snare. It's a crackin' smackin' mean machine! It's such a great snare!!

Seriously, good job finishing your PhD. I'm only on my way towards bachelor in Danish with digital communication and aestethics...

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Old 11-29-2007, 11:50 AM   #3
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Ha! Awesome Martin, congrats!! I'm so jealous! =D
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:05 PM   #4
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Congrats Martin! Good job!

How does the snare drum sound?
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:22 PM   #5
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Glückwünsche both for your degree and VD snare!!
We're all proud of you
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:58 PM   #6
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Happy for you Martin. Enjoy your new success and the snare.
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:25 PM   #7
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Congratulations to you!
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:38 PM   #8
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i feel happy for u man. a year ago i got my phd from nuclear physics. and no snare came along...
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:24 PM   #9
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Thanks a lot for your congrats!

The snare drum sounds excellent! Soon I hope to buy
a new drum kit. I thought to buy the Pearl
Reference kit, but I'm not sure yet since we have
no serious drum store here where I can test it.

Any other suggestions concerning a new drum kit?
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:22 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by jagdkommando

Any other suggestions concerning a new drum kit?

A Mapex Orion!!
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Old 11-29-2007, 11:32 PM   #11
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Two thumbs up from Oakland!!!

One for the snare!

The Other For the degree!

That's really awsome man!
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:46 AM   #12
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congrats! on the university degree
(and ofcourse the snare)..
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:39 AM   #13
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That sounds like a really interesting degree!

What kind of work will you be doing with it??

Please tell us more!
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:10 AM   #14
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Congratulations my friend!!
i have 2 exams to finish 2 diferent Magister level in Sofia university,"musical computer technologies" and "Musical Pedagogy - percusion profile"
maybe my girl friend buy me a new sticks after that )))
good idea for a new drum set,in Bulgaria whe have the same problem,dosn't have a musicshop with good choise!!
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:51 PM   #15
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Thanks for your interest.

The last four years I mainly focused on
fundamental research in IT-security and
cryptography. Thereby, I spent most of the time
on developping new techniques
from theory point of view, i.e. I concentrated
on algebra.

My dream job would be to remain in the research
area, but it is hard to get a job there (especially locally).
Moreover, the money you earn is not as much
as one might think. If you remain at the
University you can (more or less) research whatever
you want, but the money is not very much
except if you are a full professor. For the
latter I'm too unexperienced yet .

My current main problem is that I want
to return to my home city, where my wife
lives in our flat. But the job situation
(for research) there is questionable. I'm
currently working in a town which is 150km
away from my wife. So I meet here only on
weekends . So it's time to go back.

If I get no research job I'm forced
to enter the industry as a security specialist.
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