On 02/12/16 00:18, Jeff King wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 02, 2016 at 12:07:50AM +0000, Ramsay Jones wrote:
>>>> In a British context "Mallory and Irvine" were two (male) climbers who
>>>> died on Everest in 1924 (tales of daring...), so it's easy to expect
>>>> (from this side of the pond) that 'Mallory' would be male. However he
>>>> was really George Mallory.
>>>> Meanwhile that search engine's images shows far more female Mallorys,
>>>> so I've learnt something.
>>> "baby name Mallory" in search engine gave me several sites, most of
>>> them telling me that is a girl's name except for one.
>>> Didn't think of doing image search, but that's a good way ;-)
>> Heh, I didn't think about any of this. I was remembering the
>> description of 'Man-in-the-middle Attack' from Applied Cryptography
>> (Bruce Schneier) which implies that Mallory is male.
> I admit that I always assumed Applied Cryptography (and other papers)
> were always talking about a female. But that's probably because I
> started with an assumption about the name in the first place. That
> probably came from watching the Family Ties sitcom as a kid; the older
> daughter is named Mallory (and if you google it, you can see some
> amazing 80's haircuts and clothes).
> We can call her Marsha if you want, instead evoking Brady Bunch memories
> of 60's clothing and haircuts.

I'm not sure it matters too much, but if you are going to
change the name then Eve is also used in the description
of Man-in-the-middle (see "Practical Cryptography", Ferguson
and Schneier).

Ramsay Jones

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