1994-04-29 - Random #’s via serial port dongle?

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From: nelson@crynwr.com (Russell Nelson)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1994-04-29 20:27:18 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 29 Apr 94 13:27:18 PDT

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From: nelson@crynwr.com (Russell Nelson)
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 94 13:27:18 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Random #'s via serial port dongle?
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   Date: Fri, 29 Apr 1994 07:08:19 -0400
   From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@snark.imsi.com>

   How do you pick the random section in the first place? Oh, I see, we
   use a random number generator!

This has probably been discussed before, but has anyone built a little
device that amplifies the white noise from a transistor junction, and
converts it into serial data?  You could easily build a self-powered
dongle that sits on an RS-232 port and continuously spits out truly
random bytes.

I could probably sell them for $25 if I could sell more than a hundred
of them.  Is there a market for true random number generators?

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