Saturday, 28 July 2007

Digg and Microsoft

This is not about my research but I found interesting to comment about it.

Few days ago Digg and Microsoft signed an agreement where Microsoft will be the provider of contextual advertising.

I predict some change in Digg during the next six months:

- You won't be able to criticize Microsoft, if you do that, then you will be banned
- You will need to use IE with DRM
- If you comment about Linux, you could be sued by infringement of bogus MS pattens
- You could get infected by a worm just to click in posts
- You won't be allowed to submit news about Linux, Apple or Google
- The site sometimes will display a blue screen

Friday, 20 July 2007

True Random Generator Service

  It is based on the " 'Quantum Random Bit Generator' (QRBG121), which is a fast non-deterministic random bit (number) generator whose randomness relies on intrinsic randomness of the quantum physical process of photonic emission in semiconductors and subsequent detection by photoelectric effect".

  Why is this good? well because software cannot generate real random numbers, they just can generate pseudo random numbers.


  If interested there is a QRBG Service that you can access it online. Today there are C++ libraries, MathLab toolbox and CLI access. They are also planning to support web access.