ssh-keygen(1) misinfo: English prose entropy 0.6 - 1.3 b/char!

Pekka Savola pekkas at
Sun Jun 3 08:11:12 EST 2001

On Sat, 2 Jun 2001 auto92089 at wrote:
> For verification:
> 1) do a quick web search
> 2) read Shannon's experiment
> 3) Cover an unseen word in an ordinary book and see if you
> can guess it correctly every second to fourth time.  Consider
> a lucrative career in cryptanalysis if you are consistently
> successful...

Trolling is such fun, isn't it?

Entropy rate does not mean that; if you are shown an English word,
character by character, how long does it take to guess the whole word?

Try a couple of them:


Not so hard is it?  I'm sure Snake Oil Security Co. is looking for new
cryptanalysts; consider applying.

Pekka Savola                 "Tell me of difficulties surmounted,
Netcore Oy                   not those you stumble over and fall"
Systems. Networks. Security.  -- Robert Jordan: A Crown of Swords

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