1994-04-30 - Random #’s via serial port dongle?

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From: hughes@ah.com (Eric Hughes)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1994-04-30 06:48:16 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 29 Apr 94 23:48:16 PDT

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From: hughes@ah.com (Eric Hughes)
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 94 23:48:16 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Random #'s via serial port dongle?
In-Reply-To: <m0pwxLM-000IDpC@crynwr>
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>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?  

As Tim mentions, lots of people have talked about doing this, but few
actually have.  Nevertheless, the device is still needed and no one
has done it.

I estimate you could sell 500 at $50 each within four months if there
were PGP support for it.  And I'll give you advertising space on the
archive site.

Real random numbers should be a standard part of every computer.