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VMs: RE: No stats no fun
Warmly received by a person who's made those mistakes. Thank you.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx]On
> Behalf Of Rene Zandbergen
> Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 3:38 PM
> To: vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: VMs: No stats no fun
> --- Nick Pelling <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> seems ready to disregard statistrics gathered
> about the VMs over the last few decades.
> > Well... I'd like to see the solution to which 91
> > years of statistical
> > analysis have carried us, but apparently there's a
> > big fat void there. But
> > feel free to prove me wrong, I don't mind! :-)
> Also, everybody up to now has been using images
> of the MS (copyflo, photostats etc) and
> this has not led us anywhere, so perhaps we
> should discard them as well?
> Spass beiseite, it's not the statistics which are
> wrong, but it's the lack of understanding of
> them that could be a problem.
> The stats that have been produced up to now will
> tell you _exactly_ where the text of the VMs is
> unusual. This is where our chances for cracking
> it lie.
> Whatever encryption method you may propose, its
> effect on the statistics of the plain text can
> be predicted. No amount of arm-waving can replace
> a proper analysis.
> I have quite a bit more to say about this, but
> prefer to keep it short for the moment. There
> are lots of fascinating statistics which Stolfi
> has collected, which still have not received
> ther deserved attention.
> Disregard at your own risk (that goes for me too).
> Cheers, Rene
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