GnuPG project holding a fund raising rally

Gnu Privacy Guard, an open source crypto tool compatible with OpenPGP and laterally supporting dozens of different uses is trying to raise funds for a few months of some additional developers time. I use GPG daily, including signing and encrypting my mail, securing online chats, keeping my password store safe, and so much more. Please check it out and help if you can. If you want to know more ways to use GPG, find me on Freenode at #cmdln or keybase.
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2016-01-16 The Command Line Podcast

old-newspaper-350376_1280This is an episode of The Command Line Podcast.

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Bletchley Park Archives to be Digitized and Put Online

I’ve shared my experiences volunteering for the International Amateur Scan League so it should be no surprised I was thrilled to see this story from The Register. The idea has been fermenting at Bletchley Park, now a museum dedicated to preserving the critical role it served in the history of World War II, for five years. The first phase of the project is estimated to take around three years and result in millions of documents being made available online and released into the public domain.

According to the BBC, HP is providing equipment in the form of scanners and volunteers (yay!) will be providing the labor. The BBC article has much more detail on the project and the importance of Bletchely Park. I am especially intrigued by the notion that many of the documents to be scanned haven’t been seen or used since they were involved in the original analysis and code breaking when the center was active during the war.

Bletchley has been in the news most recently due to its various funding woes and the amazing efforts by some to preserve this bit of heritage shared by the fields of computing, cryptology and military intelligence. I hope that as they project gains steam, more people are made aware of the center’s importance, are able to make more personal connections with it, and hence funding to preserve it will become easier.

Fastest Quantum Random Number Generator So Far

EE Times describes some research out of the University of Illinois by professor Paul Kwiat and doctoral candidate Michael Wayne. I wrote about the value of quantum random number generators and the problems with their classical counterparts earlier.

Kwiat is claiming that this technique is faster than anything else out there. It is based on an optical system, specifically the measurement thereof. As the article explains, the delay between measured photons is guaranteed to be random though it fails to further explain why. I imagine the emitter is governed by some quantum property or they are taking advantage of such a property within the detector. They claim 100 Mbits per second with their current setup and expect to achieve 10 Gbits with further refinement.