[RC5] Removing Stats?

Carl Inglis wyrdrune at yoshiwara.org.uk
Fri Sep 27 10:51:44 EDT 2002

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On Friday 27 September 2002 8:49 am, Oliver Otte wrote:
> > yeah, you're the only one
> He isn't.
> Removing stats since 07/14 is cheating, nothing else than that.

Cheating? Who is getting cheated?

> The project did end yesterday, because the announcement was made that
> the key was found.

The goal of this project was to find the key. Therefore the projected 
ended when its goal had been achieved and the key found. This was 
14/07/2002. If the goal of the project had been to produce the stats, 
then you might well be justified in feeling cheated.

> Some people did RC5 for fun or for stats, and d.net used those peoples'
> cycles, and doesn't want to give credit for that since 07/14 now. Now
> how sick is that?

It's not sick at all. Would you be whining if the key had been found 2 
days ago and they were removing the last two days worth of stats?

You seem to be implying that DNet are doing something which will be to 
their gain by trimming back the stats to the date the project actually 
finished. What would that be then?

I did RC5 for fun, and because I thought it was a worthwhile project. 
Whilst I accept that the cycles that my machines have done since 
14/07/2002 are wasted, that's the nature of computing. Not everything 
works as it is supposed to.

You appear to have lost track of the core reason this project was created. 
It was created to use distributed computing to try a brute force approach 
to cracking the RC5-64 encryption standard. It was *not* created for 
people to have dick-size-wars over how many blocks their machine(s) can 

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