[rc5] Sharing or not....

lunaslide lunaslyd at pacbell.net
Wed Oct 29 00:07:27 EST 1997


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At 07:43 PM 10/28/97 -0800, you wrote:
>>I agree with Steve.  Our competition is not Cyberian, or IM, or any
>>other group that decides to start a distributed effort.  Our 
competition
>>is the insane government policies that limit export.  I agree that
>>competition will move technology ahead, and that is VERY important. 
 My
>>feeling is that competition will still exist even if we do share 
our
>>keyspaces.  Here's what I feel is the perfect scenario:
>
>See, you have different goals. Lot's of people here want to do 
chess. They
>aren't competing, they are doing this for the pure academic fun of 
it all.
>Me, I want to compete against other technologies. You, you want to 
send a
>message to the government. 
>
>So what we have, in my brief outline, is 3 different goals. And each 
one
>brings with it different rules for optimization. All are good for 
honing
>new technology. The only upshot of your goal (via bringing in 
Cyberian) is
>that MAYBE, just MAYBE, Cyberian and Distributed can come up with a 
common
>protocol for key sharing, one that could work its way into V3 or 
later,
>that would fine tune the technology. But if we lose our competition, 
then
>we may lose some of that EDGE that keeps us going.
>
>Unlike many people on this list, I think that competition is good 
for
>people, business, and technology. So that is MY goal in this 
endeavor.

Considering that this cracking effort is partly inspired by the need 
for US crypto developers to be able to compete with foreign crypto 
developers, I would have to agree.  We're not just cracking keys 
here.  We are participating in a in a budding technology that will 
eventually (when the bandwith allows) change the way we do computing. 
 I think it's important to keep this experiment 'uncontaminated' by 
keeping it within the Bovine family, to determine the feasablility of 
this model of distributed computing.

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