-Snowden has an extremely warbly voice. Schneier has more of a pedantic, nasally voice like Wozniak (I think this is probably what I sound like). Further examples of extreme warble are the Cinema Sins guy and the Don’t Be Dumb guy.
-Schneier is constantly thinking in terms of systems and information flow, and he’s a lot more obsessed with his particular pet peeves (tending to lecture). Snowden’s cognitive style is much more fluid, abstract, and social.
-These guys are actually a lot smarter than me, even though I seem smart because I generate a lot of high-level ideas. Psychoticism is only a good thing when paired with IQ and conscientiousness, and otherwise harmful to cognition.
-At one point they mention the academic community has essentially caught up with the NSA in terms of conceptual knowledge, which is an unusually clear illustration of what happens when an organization filters out psychoticism. Historically, it’s always been assumed that intel folks are ten years ahead. Nowadays, their only advantage is personnel and equipment because they have crazy money. It’s not that there’s no math left to uncover in crypto, it’s that the NSA excludes geniuses capable of paradigm shifts. So they’re stuck relying on the academic community to generate new ideas.
-I bet if these two had a kid, it would look like Tex. This is where I got the idea for red vs. black mousterians as explained in the NH. Schneier is a black mousterian, Snowden is amud; mix them and you get Tex, a red mousterian.