[RC5] Possible V3 addition.

Phil Gregory pgreg430 at neors.cat.cc.md.us
Wed Mar 11 15:30:15 EST 1998


> I was wondering what other people thought about a couple of ideas that I had
> concearning the rc5 contests.  Some people have had some concearns lately
> about getting their bosses approval on running the Distributed.net clients.
> One of the ideas that I had, that would really help me and the company I
> work for out tremendously, would be to add some "time correcting" code to
> the current clients.

[snip, snip]

Well, if this is implemented, (and that's probably a long shot) it should
be optional.  I know that there are a number of people out there that
don't like the changes that the current client makes to their systems
(i.e. adding registry entries in Win95).  These people and probably others
would not like the idea of the client monkeying with their system time.

I'd also want to be careful to avoid creeping featurism here.  If the v3
spec gets too many "additions" grafted onto it, it could rapidly become
very unwieldy.

(As an aside, if you want your computers' times to be correct, take a look
at xntpd for UNIX variants, and for Win95/98/NT, there's a section at

There are two rules for success in life:
Rule 1:  Don't tell people everything you know.
                                 Phil Gregory
                              phil_g at geocities.com
            (Finger pgreg430 at neors.cat.cc.md.us for my public key.)

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