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  Re: [c2k8]: Developer Blog: grunk@ - SSH Fingerprint Visualization Support (mod 6/66)
by Anonymous Coward (12.153.51.253) on Wed Jun 18 16:04:07 2008 (GMT)
  > For us mortals it's not so much useful for ease of remembering, as ease of comparison. With existing fingerprints, people tend to compare just a few positions in the key. If you have two of the "ssh nethack mode" images, say, one on-screen and one printed on a card, comparison is quicker and easier.
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I'm not so sure that comparison would be easier with this method, GIVEN the user has a printed card. I would find it much easier to compare a compact, linear sequence of hex digits by placing said card on the screen below the SSH fingerprint (I would print it in roughly the correct size to match most terminals I would expect to use); in fact, base-64 encoding would probably make the printed-card method even easier. I actually found the difference between the two fingerprint images YOU published to be very subtle.
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