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comment Is generating random numbers using a smartphone camera a good idea?
Thanks for taking the time to answer, very informative, and a lot for me to think about.
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comment Is generating random numbers using a smartphone camera a good idea?
Why would the camera be turning on and off?
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comment Is generating random numbers using a smartphone camera a good idea?
@LucasKauffman "if your random generation is in fact weak (limited amount of possibilities) or predictable then your crypto is useless". Right, hence the question. Producing keys doesn't have to be (and probably shouldn't be) tied to any particular cryptographic app, and I've no plans to build a cryptographic app, no "rolling my own" in sight. What I'd like, is a way to generate keys that is easy and secure and accessible. Everyone knows how to take a picture, whether with the camera or through an app.
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comment Is generating random numbers using a smartphone camera a good idea?
@LucasKauffman I'm not "rolling my own" - if an input source is truly random then what have I rolled? That I wrote some code to access a camera or a microphone? Do I need to be a cryptographer to write a program that reads from an input source? Strangely, no, I don't think so. When I release my successor to AES, then your point will have some merit.