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Cloudflare Uses Lava Lamps to Generate Encryption Keys

The web performance and security company, Cloudflare has shared one of the methods it uses to ensure randomness when generating encryption keys. Rhett Jones reporting in Gizmodo: "Cloudflare provides security and domain name services for millions of the most prominent sites on the web. The company has built a solid reputation for its secure encryption and one of the key factors in its system is a wall of 100 lava lamps in the lobby of its San Francisco headquarters. ... The most simple explanation is that a lava lamp is a great way to generate randomness. Coding just isn't great at generating random numbers because, at its heart, code requires a system to mimic chaos."

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