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Comment author: BenAlbahari 16 March 2010 05:27:46PM *  0 points [-]

A lookup table is stateless. The human is stateful. RAM beats ROM. This is not a trivial asymmetry but a fundamental asymmetry that enables the human to beat the GLUT. The algorithms:

Stateless GLUT:
Question 1 -> Answer 1
Question 2 -> Answer 2
Question 3 -> Answer 3

Stateful Human:
Any Question -> Any Answer other than what the GLUT said I'd say

The human's algorithm is bulletproof against answering predictably. The GLUT's algorithm can only answer predictably.

P.S. I wasn't entirely sure what you meant by "private source of randomness". I also apologize if I'm slow to grasp any of your points.

Comment author: FAWS 16 March 2010 05:42:41PM *  2 points [-]


Task + Question + state of the human -> "Any Answer other than what the GLUT said I'd say"

If the human has looked up that particular output as well then that's another input for the GLUT, and since the table includes all possible inputs this possibility is included as well, to infinite recursion.

Comment author: BenAlbahari 16 March 2010 05:51:35PM *  0 points [-]

The problem for the GLUT is that the "state of the human" is a function of the GLUT itself (the window causes the recursion).

Comment author: FAWS 16 March 2010 05:56:05PM 1 point [-]

And the human has exactly the same problem.

Comment author: BenAlbahari 16 March 2010 06:24:07PM *  1 point [-]

You're right; got it. That's also what ciphergoth was trying to tell me when he said that the asymmetries could be melted away.

Comment author: ciphergoth 16 March 2010 11:30:20PM 1 point [-]

Thanks for update! By "private source of randomness" I mean one that's not available to the person on the other side of the window. Another way to look at it would be the sort of randomness you use to generate cryptographic keys - your adversary mustn't have access to the randomness you draw from it.