Dissimulation is of no Avail


"Fire destroys all sophistry, that is deceit; and maintains truth alone, that is gold.
Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.
Fire is to represent truth because it destroys all sophistry and lies; and the mask is for lying and falsehood which conceal truth." - Leonardo da Vinci



"Dissimulation is a form of deception in which one conceals the truth. It consists of concealing the truth, or in the case of half-truths, concealing parts of the truth, like inconvenient or secret information. Dissimulation differs from simulation, in which one exhibits false information. Dissimulation commonly takes the form of concealing one's ability in order to gain the element of surprise over an opponent.





"Francis Bacon has the following to say on the distinction between simulation and dissimulation, "Dissimulation, in the negative; when a man lets fall signs and arguments, that he is not, that he is... Simulation, in the affirmative; when a man industriously and expressly feigns and pretends to be, that he is not." The essay from which this comes can be found here."




"One of the most common techniques of security through obscurity is the use of steganography. Steganography, or hidden writing, is the art of concealing information and messages so that they appear innocent and ordinary to the onlooker, while only the intended recipient of the hidden message will be able to “peel” the concealing layer and understand its true meaning. The concealment possibilities embodied in steganography are almost unlimited. It is, in fact, possible to hide covert messages in nearly every form of digital information passing through the internet: photos, movies, songs, documents, internet surfing, video conversations, news websites, pornography websites, internet games, online radio, television channels and more. The main idea behind steganography is that the secret message can be concealed by making alterations to the digital media that is so small that the human eye - as well as computerized defense measures - will not be able to even detect the use of steganography."








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