Re: large search spaces don't mean magic

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Wed Aug 03 2005 - 19:17:12 MDT

On Aug 3, 2005, at 8:41 PM, Daniel Radetsky wrote:
> This is not about truth, it's about justification. I am
> not justified in assigning any particular probability to the existence
> of
> plausible exploits. So if I treat it as something I ought to worry
> about, I am
> not justified in doing so, and therefore paranoid.

Okay, here's where I think an error is: whether you should
treat this as something you ought to worry about isn't just
a matter of probability; both the probability *and* the cost
matter. Just using the product of those will provide a more
useful measure of whether it would be in your interest to
worry about it than the probability alone.

Randall Randall <>
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