[rc5] A possibly stupid idea
Henry W Miller
mill0440 at gold.tc.umn.edu
Fri May 30 11:38:46 EDT 1997
On Fri, 30 May 1997, Chris Carlin wrote:
> Marc Sissom wrote:
> > Honestly; don't get me wrong here, but if your goal is to find the
> > key ASAP, then you would probably be better off spending the time
> > that you would dedicate to writing this code at a revenue generating
> > job. Then apply the income generated towards the purchase of a
> At the risk of carrying on a dead topic, you are forgetting something.
> You only have to write an OS once, not every time you get a new machine.
> Consider this: a school board here recently GAVE AWAY 700 i386s. About
> 300 didn't
> get claimed and ended up in the trash (I didn't hear about this untill
> it was too
> late). Anyway, if you were to write the OS and install it on 300 i386s,
> I think you
> would surpass the amount of a gain you would get by buying one powerful
My 386 (which was serving as my fileserver and internet gateway, so it
was always on before this contest anyway) takes about 600 mintues to do a
keyblock. a ppc can do a block in 10 minteus. so assume that one ppc
replaces 60 386s. (these number are all very round, but they are close
enough) Now figgure that each 386 eill cost 5 a month for electrisity,
and 30 months (just under 3 years) to find the key. that is 150 each, or
$9300 for electrisity to run all of them. A PPC costs $6000 (probably
loaded with more then you need) plus $150 in electrisity.
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