[Cryptography] The ultimate random source

Jerry Leichter leichter at lrw.com
Thu Feb 13 19:11:51 EST 2014

On Feb 7, 2014, at 11:14 AM, Phillip Hallam-Baker <hallam at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have a solution to the random number generator problem that can be built for about $50 and is completely verifiable. 
> Parts
> 1 Web Cam capable of focusing at a distance of 6" or less (can use a correcting lens if necessary) neither resolution nor quality is critical.
> 1 Conical flask as used in chemistry, about 6" high.
> 1 packet multicolored candies (smarties, skittles)
> Process
> 1) Dump the candies in the flask, shake, take a photograph with the camera, take the SHA256 hash of the photograph to acquire the 256 bit seed.
> 2) Shake flask vigorously, repeat step 1 as needed
> 3) Eat the candies
And in the latest Snowden leak, it's revealed that the NSA, with help from GCHQ, BND, has for years been infiltrating the makers of colorful candies, and of chemistry flasks.  (The latter actually started after the anthrax scares of 2001.  Western intelligence organizations have had trouble infiltrating the Web cam makers as the Chinese were already in place there.)

                                                        -- Jerry :-)

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