Subject: Re: System clock resolution and random numbers
To: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Kevin P. Neal <email@example.com>
Date: 05/01/1997 03:29:02
At 11:42 PM 4/30/97 -0700, Jason Thorpe wrote:
>On Wed, 30 Apr 1997 23:11:10 -0700
> "Michael L. VanLoon -- HeadCandy.com" <michaelv@MindBender.serv.net> wrote:
> > I just read an article where some SGI engineers are using Lava Lamps
> > and color digitizing cameras for near-perfectly-random generators.
> > Who wants to incorporate that into the kernel? :-)
>...At this juncture, doing so would probably be a bad idea, since SGI
>is attempting to patent the idea.
Wow, that's dumb.
I know: build a sheet of some material that conducts electricity when wet, but
only on the wet spot.
Attach a system to detect the wet spots on the sheet. Generate random number
seed from the location and timing of the wet spots.
Put sheet out in rain.
Can I patent this as well? *hmmpffft*
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