[RC5] Possible challenge

Jeff Palmer scorpio at drkshdw.org
Thu Mar 7 14:58:50 EST 2002


Interesting,  maybe.   But we would not be eligible to win whatever prize
they offer, as bruteforce is strictly prohibited in the contest rules.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Malte S. Stretz" <msquadrat.nospamplease at gmx.net>
To: <rc5 at lists.distributed.net>
Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2002 9:43 AM
Subject: Re: [RC5] Possible challenge


> On Thursday, 7. March 2002 14:29 CET, Christopher Hicks wrote:
> > On Thu, 7 Mar 2002, Jeff Palmer wrote:
> > > Just a few seconds of research shows d.net would not qualify.
> > >
> > > "This is a "Show Your Work" Problem
> > >  To make sure that you did not just guess an arbitrary bodacion,
> > > you must be able to demonstrate that you have cracked the code by
> > > presenting all your work, and by being able to crack any series of
> > > bodacions. "
> > >
> > > IE. Brute force is not suitable for this problem.
> >
> > Using genetic algorithms, or some other algorihm guessing method,
> > brute force may well be applicable.  But that would be quite far
> > beyond the sorts of brute force projects distributed.net has done in
> > the past.
>
> On the other hand, maybe this would be quite more interesting than
> hunting OGRs for the next few years.
>
> Just my 2c
> Malte
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