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The human mind is far less random than we like to think.
Common phrases, thoughts, and ideas pop up in patterns
and the same associations are made at various times.
Furthermore certain emotions and memories are likely to
give rise to the same speech patterns.
I propose a
study of the human mind that uses
observation of the way a subject reacts to various stimuli
as he goes about his life. These stimuli would include
everything from "being bored all day" to "hearing the word
fruitcake" to "hearing his father say "how are you".
When a sufficiently large collection of information
about how a person speaks, thinks, writes, and types is
made it can be used to tremendously reduce the search
space for a passphrase.
Also useful as a general
study in psychology and the real-world limitations of the
[hippo, Feb 24 2011]
||Yes, by recreating an accurate reproduction of someone's entire life from childhood, we can more accurately guess what that person's password might be.
||I do like the fact that this would only be practical in cases where knowing a person's password is more valuable than diverting your available resources towards creating a fully researched multimedia experience requiring months of dedicated effort by a small but talented team of individuals.
||A rubber hose would be far cheaper.
||The idea reminds me a bit of Inception.