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eavesdroppers never hear any good of themselves

If people are talking about one when one is absent, they probably aren't saying nice things. They may be talking about you, but I don't think you should hover at the door like that—remember, eavesdroppers never hear any good of themselves.
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Eavesdroppers never hear any good of themselves,

 and Listeners never hear any good of themselves.
Prov. If you eavesdrop on people who are talking about you, chances are that you will hear them say unfavorable things about you. (This implies that you should not eavesdrop.) Child: Mommy, I heard Suzy and Lisa talking about me, and they said I was a crybaby! Mother: That just goes to show you, dear, that eavesdroppers never hear any good of themselves. I knew that Mother and Dad had gone into the other room to discuss my situation, and I was tempted to put my ear to the door and listen to them, but I remembered that listeners never hear any good of themselves.
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An eavesdropper, who knows both the protocol and the function f, listens to the communication to obtain information about f(X, Y).
th] tier and eavesdroppers are characterized by two independent homogeneous Poisson point process (PPP) [[PHI].
In practical scenarios, however, the eavesdropper is probably passive, so it might be difficult to attain its instantaneous CSI due to the absence of feedback.
If the channel conditions between the legitimate transceiver and the destination are worse than those between the source and the eavesdropper, then using multiple antenna systems and node cooperation is preferable [5]-[8].
Instead of protecting the entire image, preventing an eavesdropper to decode key portions of the image saves energy while still maintaining a desired level of security.
Repeatedly, the narrator delays revealing to the reader the whole importance of a given scene--Marcel's spying on the Duke and Duchess to learn about his invitation, for example--until later in the narrative, which mimics the experience of the eavesdropper who encounters information he does not initially understand.
Gaylin provides both a broad and precise theoretical treatment of the epistemological challenges eavesdropping presents to both eavesdroppers and readers.
In a pharmacy at Glen Square, 24-year-old Dora Dunn leaned over the counter and peered into the parking lot, as if to check for eavesdroppers before she spoke.
The SEU-8200 is neither susceptible to attack by eavesdroppers nor decipherable by using current analytical methods.
China seized top-secret documents from a downed US spy plane which revealed eavesdroppers could identify officials by the sound of their voices, it was reported yesterday.
But that would only be the case if the Home Secretary had long ago established a legion of eavesdroppers in every dwelling in Avalon.
5 tonne "diplomatic bag" contained anti-bugging equipment, routinely used by international embassies to protect them from eavesdroppers.
When new keys are used for each session, eavesdroppers or snoopers cannot use old keys to decrypt new messages.
Thus, they require that would-be eavesdroppers have considerable computing resources to crack the code.
There's also an HTTP Digest Authentication mechanism, which can authenticate a user to an HTTP server without exposing the user's password to eavesdroppers.