Quantum Crytography to be used for Swiss elections

Jon Callas jon at callas.org
Mon Oct 22 16:21:05 EDT 2007

On Oct 22, 2007, at 12:07 PM, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:

> On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 12:49:40 -0700
> Jon Callas <jon at callas.org> wrote:
>>> Ah, there are some trustworthy photons.  Oops, we can trust them,
>>> but we don't know if they are relevant.  Ah, there's a relevant
>>> photon....
>> And we know they are trustworthy photons because they have
>> certificates signed by an accredited third-party boson.
> Boson or bogon?

Boson. Bosons are force-carrier particles, as opposed to fermions.  
Photons are themselves bosons, but there are other bosons that carry  
other forces. There's the Higgs boson, W and Z bosons, and so on.  
Gluons, the particles that hold atomic nuclei together are also bosons.

Bogons are, technically, bosons as they are the particle that carries  
a quantum unit of bogosity. However, you yourself have criticized  
people who discuss the role of bogosity in quantum cryptography [sic]  
(I prefer the term "quantum secrecy"), and therefore I will say no  
more about bogons and QC.


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