Lottery Players (was Re: [RC5] First Impressions)

Roy Wilson emperor at
Fri Mar 6 15:24:05 EST 1998

On Fri, 06 Mar 1998 11:46:07 -0600, Robert Brooks wrote:

>And *we* all know and understand that one block (and one 56k space) is just
>as likely to contain the key as any other block/space.  But there are a
>vast number of people out there (in the "real world") who believe that
>randomness doesn't exist, and would "intuitively" believe that the key is
>more likely to be in the middle... or at the end... or in a section that
>numerically corresponds to the digits in their birthday!

	I believe you missed the point.  Going random from somewhere in the
middle of the keyspace towards *both* ends makes it much harder for a
*competitor* to figure out which keys we've already checked.

Roy Wilson <emperor at> <ICQ 8094267>
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