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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on April 19, 2002 16:39:46 UTC

Hi Aurino,

I think you have come up with a brilliant idea:

***** Aurino:
So if it passes the test and you know the algorithm, it's "pseudo-random". If it passes the test and you don't know the algorithm, it's "genuinely random". That can only mean one thing: the easiest way to turn a pseudo-random number generator into a genuine one is to forget how you made it.

The problem is, how do you prove you forgot? What we need to do is open a e-business where, for a charge, we provide an exchange of "pseudo-random" algorithms. People can write them and send them to us for some small fee (after all, if they are pseudo-random, they can't be as valuable as the real thing). If we don't look at them we don't know how they work! Once we have an inventory of them, we can sell them with a markup (since the buyers don't know the algorithm the output is "genuinely random")

Now, if they look at the actual program and reverse engineer the thing, turning a genuine random number generator into a pseudo-random number generator, we can sue them under the copyright laws!

Sounds good to me, what do you think? -- Dick

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