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Comment Re: Encryption (Score 3, Interesting) 110

If the pad is destroyed there is no way you can reproduce it - especially not from memory. As for "brute force" torture is not perfect. If it was, authority would keep using it despite all the "moral" issues. Torture is useless when you create a person who fabricates anything to get you to stop. They will confess to everything, and admit everything, which is absolutely useless because you're left with the doubts of your suspicions being confirmed because they're true, or because the person made it up. Back in the old days when you were going to hang the person anyway it didn't really matter. Nowadays there is still at least a sliver of law and due process left and you have the embarrassing task of having to account for the dead body.

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 3, Informative) 110

Brute force will break any encryption.

Not true. Some encryption simply cannot be broken. However it is a major pain to set up, and you have to trust the parties on either end completely to not copy the pad and to destroy the pad once it has been used. Failing that, however, it cannot be broken.

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Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?