[rc5] key block
sanford at msn.fullfeed.com
Wed Aug 27 16:19:06 EDT 1997
At 04:01 PM 8/27/97 -0400, Seth wrote:
>The mathematician in me is having conniptions! Seriously, this
>conversation is almost bad enough to cause physical pain in a few people
>I know (myself included).
>When we were working on the first 1% of the keyspace, we didn't find the
>key, so that 1% was removed. Then we worked on 1% of the remaining space,
>and still didn't find it, so that 1% was removed. And so on, and so on...
>until this happened sixty four times and we ran out of keys!
>Therefore, we're guranteed to find the key within the first 64%!
>Anybody care to check my math? ;)
I don't understand the significance of 64. If I take (99%)^64, I still
have over 52.5% of the keyspace left. Perhaps you meant 100? (99%^100
leaves about 36.6% left, thus you could 1% of remaining keyspace 100 times
and still not find the key... *grin*)
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