[RC5] Removing Stats?

Paul West PaulW at paulw.net
Sat Sep 28 00:32:07 EDT 2002


One of the rules of the contest that RSA published up front is that they got
to make the announcement first.  

Had dnet told anyone before RSA's got around to making their announcement,
RSA could have withheld the prize money.

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert A. Rosenberg [mailto:dnet at rarpsl.com]
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2002 9:42 PM
To: rc5 at lists.distributed.net
Cc: Carl Inglis
Subject: Re: [RC5] Removing Stats?


NOTE - THIS IS A RE-SUBMISSION OF A POST I MADE FRIDAY EVENING THAT 
WENT OUT UNDER AN ADDRESS THAT IS NO LONGER VALID (AND WHICH WAS NO 
LONGER SUBSCRIBED TO THE LIST).


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AAt 10:39 +0100 on 09/27/2002, Carl Inglis wrote about Re: [RC5] 
Removing Stats?:

>It's unfortunate that there was some sort of problem which prevented the
>staffers from verifying the find (ping DNet staffers - any chance of a
>more detail explaining of the problems?) but that doesn't change the fact
>that the project had finished.

Reread the report AGAIN. The actual events were that the key was 
submitted but it took them a week or so to spot its submission. They 
then verified it, submitted it to RSA (who ALSO verified it). This 
occurred as of 14Jul2002. DNET then SUPPRESSED the solution 
information until this week. They KNEW and sat on the info for 2 
MONTHS. In my opinion this represents a BREACH OF TRUST between DNET 
and the Participants since IF, as you claim, the sole purpose of the 
effort is to crack the code (and the Stats are an unimportant product 
of the Effort), then WHY was the project not shut down when the key 
was found AND CONFIRMED?
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