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(redmist) Re: Re: Random numbers generator

by redmist (Deacon)
on Feb 07, 2001 at 23:06 UTC ( #57020=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Random numbers generator
in thread Random numbers generator

davorg is right. Computers (as they now exist) can never produce a truly random number. This is because, as Bruce Schneier puts it, "Computers are deterministic beasts: stuff goes in on one end, completely predictable operations occur inside, and different stuff comes out the other end." This enables back-computation.

Computers need humans to be truly random. They do this by having humans entropize their entropy pool with mouse movements, thus enabling the creation of Truly Random numbers.

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