Subject: Re: System clock resolution and random numbers
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org, current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Ty Sarna <email@example.com>
Date: 05/02/1997 10:28:18
In article <Pine.A22.214.171.1240501104751.37255Afirstname.lastname@example.org> you write:
> > 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.
> Does that mean that those of us in the bay area don't get to have random
> numbers in the summer and the fall? :-)
Well, people in the PNW could make a business of collecting entropy this
way and selling it on CD to those in drier climates :-)
Actually, one of Tom Clancy's books mentioned an idea like that --
matched pairs of CDs of high-quality random numbers used as keys.
Pop them in the microwave when you're done.