That would be *very* few. Only those who have access to water-cooled mainframes they can
use for personal purposes. Numbers which are factorised now are immensely huge, far beyond
the capability of Windows Calculator. I think posting a factorisation of such a number
without sources would have to be deleted as not being reasonably verifiable.
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 21:28:22 +0000 (GMT)
From: Matt R
Subject: Re: [WikiEN-l] Wikipedia-X-Files
To: English Wikipedia
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Steve Bennett wrote:
On 5/10/06, Matt R wrote:
> I've got a feeling that the factorisation of an RSA number (either [[RSA-200]]
or [[RSA-640]], I forget which) was scooped by Wikipedia last year; or
> at least, I couldn't find any public announcement that predated it at the time.
> Incidentally, factorisations of challenge numbers are one of those exceedingly rare
occasions where researchers can publish original research on
> Wikipedia without it being a problem for us.
Because readers can verify the fact by multiplying the
Yes, or at least some can ;-)
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