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Have you actually ever written an exploit for one? It'll cure you of that problem really fast.

(I'm being serious, not snarky).

This is actually a very good advice, especially for people like me who have hard time visualizing how complex things work. For example, when I tried to understand what the meet-in-the-middle attack is, and couldn't, it was incredibly helpful to implement it (https://gist.github.com/1062437). Then I understood.

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