[rc5] Interesting observation

Bryan Price bytehead at technologist.com
Fri Oct 24 22:26:15 EDT 1997


At 07:48 PM 10/24/97 -0400, somebody wrote:
>Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 17:14:01 -0400 (EDT)
>From: James Mastros <root at jennifer-unix.dyn.ml.org>
>Subject: Re: [rc5] The MAC 64 client, simply *WONT* talk! 
>
>On Fri, 24 Oct 1997 zudark at MIT.EDU wrote:
>> >So my powermac is crunching a swag of random blocks
>> 
>> Of course, at this point in such a large keyspace the odds that any of
those 
>> random blocks overlaps anyone else's is pretty small (unless the random
>> blocks are being drawn from a smaller portion of the keyspace)
>> 
>> -ethan
>
>Only keyblocks 100xxxxx:xxxxxxxx are picked by the random-blocks generator.
>This still allows for a huge span of random blocks, but by reserving a
>portion of the keyspace we should get less overlap, due to those blocks
>never being haneded out.

Actually, you are wrong.  That's 100 decimal which is 64 hex.

And now for something really interesting.  From my log file.

[10/23/97 01:09:15 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:B0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 01:09:15 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:A0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 01:59:00 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:B0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 01:59:00 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:A0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 02:13:23 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:90000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 02:43:56 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:80000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 03:00:32 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:70000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 03:17:08 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:60000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 03:33:43 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:50000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 03:50:16 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:40000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 04:06:52 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:30000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 04:23:49 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:20000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 04:40:25 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:10000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 04:57:01 GMT] Block: 64326FE1:00000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 05:13:42 GMT] Block: 64326FE0:F0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 05:30:18 GMT] Block: 64326FE0:E0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 05:46:57 GMT] Block: 64326FE0:D0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 06:03:33 GMT] Block: 64326FE0:B0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 06:20:12 GMT] Block: 64326FE0:A0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 06:36:47 GMT] Block: 64326FE0:90000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 06:53:23 GMT] Block: 64326FE0:80000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 07:12:55 GMT] Block: 64326FE0:C0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 07:31:50 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:C0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 07:51:06 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:B0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 08:09:34 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:A0000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 08:26:10 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:90000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 08:42:49 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:80000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 08:59:29 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:70000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 09:16:08 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:60000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 09:32:45 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:50000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 09:49:24 GMT] Block: 64326FDD:40000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 10:06:00 GMT] Block: 64326FDD:30000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 10:22:40 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:40000000 ready for processing
[10/23/97 10:39:19 GMT] Block: 64326FDF:30000000 ready for processing

Isn't that real intersting?  All of my blocks start with 64!  So therefore,
I'm crunching blocks in the same space as the random assigned ones.

Not that I would really mind, but my PPC Mac at work just can't seem to get
anything from the proxy servers.  I'm letting it crunch randomly.  I've
tried pointing it to a different proxy server as someone else suggest a bit
ago.  No luck.  Oh well!

I'm sure this'll get fixed soon.


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