[RC5] prize monies

Bryan Talbot btalbot at ucsd.edu
Fri Jan 29 10:54:13 EST 1999

	At 03:33 PM 1/28/99 -0800, Michael L. Dawson wrote:
>Now that DES III is over, I have some concerns about the prize monies.
>For starters, my concern is about the deep crack machine that EFF
>developed. It apparently can process atleast 35 times faster than my
>little desktop which causes me to think that there will be no way in the

Damn dude.  Your desktop machine is _REALLY_ sinkin fast!!!
DeepCrack does about 80 Billion kps if I remember correctly.  How fast is
your machine again?  By your reasoning, their machine is only equivilant to
35 computers, so why do you say there's "no way" for the other 100,000
computers participating to win?

Personally, I never thought my team would ever win the prize money.  It's
like playing the lottery, it'd be nice to win, but I don't really expect it
to happen.  I have no problem with EFF getting charity money and prize
money; afterall they are a worthy receiver or they wouldn't have been
selected for the charity list.  I choose them as my prefered charity and
I'm glad they got the money.

What do you think would have happened if a misconfigured or unconfigured
client reporting blocks as rc5 at distributed.net won?  Or if nugget or bovine
won?  Think d.net gets the prize and charity money?  You bet.

>world for any ordinary person/machine to win a DES contest. Well...
>maybe not "no way", but the odds have been substantially altered. (It
>would be interesting to know whether or not the winning keyspace would
>have been processed by any other team or individual member had deep
>crack not participated during the same time frame)
>It seems a bit unfair to me that EFF and it's various officers/members
>will garner 80% of the prize money. My feeling is that any person or
>organization under the auspices of d.net should not be allowed to
>receive the charity portion of the prize if they win the contest. It
>just smells real fishy to me.
>Another concern I have is that if deep crack is allowed to participate
>in future DES contests, then the percentage of prize monies should be
>altered to provide a little more incentive to those of us who are not
>part of a well financed team, or even a poorly financed team for that
>matter. For instance, the prize money could be broken down like this,
>20% to d.net (this is well deserved in my humble opinion) After d.net's
>cut, then the winning team/individual member should be entitled to
>atleast half of what is left over, which is 40%. A 20/20 split in the
>case of a team winning. The remaining 40% then would go to a non-winning
>charity. Personally, I'd prefer the Red Cross to get the money. It's
>internationally recognized and you know the money would be spent on
>something very positive, like helping out quake or flood victims, and
>not to further code breaking efforts that will eventually enrich only a
>select few of the overall group of participants.
>Please don't misunderstand me. I'm very excited to be a part of d.net
>and will continue to participate atleast until SETI at HOME comes online,
>and perhaps even beyond that time. But I do feel that my concerns are
>valid and should be addressed by the membership-at-large.
>most sincerely,
>van nuys, ca. USA
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