May 19, 2016

If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it.

Oliver Sacks

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May 18, 2016

UT computer scientists develop new method for generating random numbers

With an advance that one cryptography expert called a “masterpiece,” University of Texas at Austin computer scientists have developed a new method for producing truly random numbers, a breakthrough that could be used to encrypt data, make electronic voting more secure, conduct statistically significant polls and more accurately simulate complex systems such as Earth’s climate.

The new method creates truly random numbers with less computational effort than other methods, which could facilitate significantly higher levels of security for everything from consumer credit card transactions to military communications.

The new method takes two weakly random sequences of numbers and turns them into one sequence of truly random numbers. Weakly random sequences, such as air temperatures and stock market prices sampled over time, harbor predictable patterns. Truly random sequences have nothing predictable about them, like a coin toss.

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May 17, 2016

It is always the best policy to speak the truth–unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.

Jerome K. Jerome

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May 15, 2016

Oh good, more flooding. Just what I wanted.

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May 12, 2016

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

Ronald Reagan

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