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#0 install windows
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have you forgotten our discussion about hardware single-purpose «firewalls»? which are not firewalls but trivial TCP endpoints.
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«all purpose firewall» sounds akin to «Maxwell's daemon»
on a very deep level
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I will eventually put everything there too. I did not finish translating my old stuff yet (to be honest, «just started» would be more precise)
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the same comment as for the «ransomware» post:
why not mercurial?
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my reply to this weighs for a whole new article.
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Also, in real world scenarios we are forced to make estimations and ad hoc measurements to evaluate the quality of the oracle function, otherwise we should imply that every oracle is perfect and quality of any human generated password is exactly ZERO, since it has next to nothing of «entropy».
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Sure there is. We have a generator function and an oracle function, and we have a relation between two which is quite complicated.

Humans are remarkably bad as generator functions (it is easy to build a good oracle for them). IIRC there were experiments when people are told to simulate coin flipping game and make up a result — it is quite predictable and nowhere close to random. So most of the time it is useful to deploy an external source of entropy and generate passwords that are just as random as they seem.

And here is some funny consequence: if a human is allowed to choose one of several randomly generated passwords he likes most, we must assume that there is an oracle function that could predict that choice with amazing precision. And it's measurable in terms of entropy degradation, so entropy is not that useless at all ;-)