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Science Daily: New Approach to Generating Truly Random Numbers May Improve Internet Security, Weather Forecasts

Posted by rjbiii on February 22, 2010

You read correctly: weather forecasts. The article says this with respect to the importance of randomness:

According to Bernhard Fechner of the University of Hagen, and Andre Osterloh of BTC AG, in Germany, the “quality” of a random number is a measure of how truly random the number is. This quality affects significantly any security or simulation in which it is used. If a so-called random number is not truly random, then someone could predict a security key and crack the Internet encryption on bank accounts, e-commerce sites or secure government websites, for instance. Similarly, if the random numbers used in scientific models of the weather, climate, or the spread of disease and economic boom and bust are predictable, then systematic errors will creep into the models and make the predictions unreliable.

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ABA’s Chart Comparing Lit Support Applications

Posted by rjbiii on February 22, 2010

May be found here. Note it is a PDF.

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