Had an idea - looking for a math buff to tell me if it's possiblewith today's technology.
smb at cs.columbia.edu
Thu May 19 18:01:20 UTC 2011
On May 19, 2011, at 9:48 35AM, Jamie Bowden wrote:
> I know you're having fun with him, but I think what the original poster
> had in mind was more like thinking of a file as just a string of
> numbers. Create an equation that generates that string of numbers, send
> equation, regenerate string on other end. Of course, if it was that
> easy, someone would already have done it
Yes. I guess I was too terse with my answer, but this is known as
Kolmogorv complexity. It's a well-known concept, and in general
you can't construct such equations/programs/what-have-yous. Wikipedia
even gives a proof of that...
--Steve Bellovin, https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb
More information about the NANOG