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Comment: Re:Random today, but still random tomorrow? (Score 2, Informative) 395

by ircmaxell (#31235214) Attached to: New Method for Random Number Generation Developed
What bothers me, is the quote:

At the end of the metastable state, the contents of the memory are purely random. The researchers' experiments with an array of flip-flop units show that for small arrays the extra layer makes the random number almost twenty times more 'random' than conventional methods

If it's "purely" random (as they put it), then how can you measure the difference between it and a "conventional" method? Wouldn't comparing a pseudo random source to "true" randomness be like comparing a finite number to infinity? In that you "know" it's more random, but it's impossible to quantify with a finite value (the twenty times qualifier)?

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Hard Drive With Clinton-Era Data Missing From Nat'l Archives 180

Posted by timothy
from the vince-foster's-recipe-collection dept.
CWmike writes "An external hard drive that's believed to contain nearly 1TB of data from the Clinton Administration is missing from the US National Archives and Recording Administration (NARA). The drive includes more than 100,000 Social Security numbers and home addresses of people who visited or worked at the White House. Among those whose information is on the list is one of then-Vice President Al Gore's three daughters. The drive also contained details on the security procedures used by the Secret Service at the White House, as well as event logs, social gathering logs, political records and other information from the Clinton administration. Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) said the Archives was in the process of converting information from the drive to a digital records system when it apparently disappeared. The hard drive was apparently removed from a secure storage area to a workplace where at least 100 'badge-holders' had access to it, Issa noted."

This universe shipped by weight, not by volume. Some expansion of the contents may have occurred during shipment.

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