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January 16, 2013, 08:25:47 AM
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Wouldn't it be nice a little hardware just like a calculator, where you could type 256 bits and get the correspondent public address?
I think it would be useful that it had no internet connection and was very cheap... so that a very dumb guy, could know by heart the private key and not needing anyone or anything else to get to know the correspondent bitcoin address.
Also having a document with very clear algorithms explaining it step by step how to do it manually with pen and paper!

Ultimately anything with a keyboard can have a key logger installed and be using communications to tell what was typed but with a cheap calculator like a smart card with chip and solar panel seems safer...

Would be great there was a torrent file of all referenced materials of the paper: "How to Build Time-Lock Encryption" by Tibor Jager. And having its magnet link published on bitcoin blockchain!
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January 16, 2013, 01:44:20 PM
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I was thinking in a smart card design that could make the trick.
The card would have 256 holes, each corresponding to a little solar panel.
The holes could be covered and uncovered using small sliding windows of the plastic card.
And you would have a display and a chip to make the combination of holes/bits of your private key display the correspondent public key.
Of course, it could also become a ludic toy for people that really believe in their luck and are looking for a particular combination to result in addresses they have in mind...

Imagine Bitcoin-Central using this simple design in their debit cards, making them super cool to play around with...

Would be great there was a torrent file of all referenced materials of the paper: "How to Build Time-Lock Encryption" by Tibor Jager. And having its magnet link published on bitcoin blockchain!
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January 16, 2013, 07:46:41 PM
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I'll sell you a slide-rule for 2btc.

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January 16, 2013, 07:56:12 PM
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I'll sell you a slide-rule for 2btc.

Will you also teach him math?
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January 16, 2013, 08:24:39 PM
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. . . so that a very dumb guy, could know by heart the private key . . .

 Huh

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January 16, 2013, 09:21:12 PM
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. . . so that a very dumb guy, could know by heart the private key . . .

 Huh

I agree... Huh

How is a very dumb guy going to memorize 256 bits?  Also, how is your "calculator" supposed to help him do that?

What you might be interested in are brain wallets where you memorize a passphrase that can be converted into a private key.

https://www.bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf
While no idea is perfect, some ideas are useful.
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