[vcf-midatlantic] Random numbers

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Sun Apr 9 00:32:16 EDT 2017


> On 04/08/2017 03:27 PM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>>> There are multiple large books published about it.  There are
>>>> financial-industry-quality high-speed hardware random number
>>>> generators on the market, used for generating crypto keys.  Some are
>>>> quite elaborate, using very fancy algorithms to de-bias the number
>> stream.  Some use reverse-biased P-N junctions as their initial
>> source, and some even use tiny bits of radioactive materials coupled
>> to scintillation crystals and photodiodes.  It's a fascinating field.
>> Generating true randomness is actually very, very hard.
>>
>> Simple game for kids :)
>
>   Yes, of course.  I just thought you might be interested in some
> background.

I am to an extent.

Here's an article I wrote last summer:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/quantum-physics-meets-it-security/



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