Re: large search spaces don't mean magic

From: Daniel Radetsky (
Date: Wed Aug 03 2005 - 20:00:46 MDT

Randall Randall <> wrote:

> 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.
The problem is that none of us know the probability of the existence of
exploits or ninja hippos, so this doesn't tell us why we should worry about one
and not the other.


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