[WikiEN-l] WikiEN-l Digest, Vol 34, Issue 98

Molu loom91 at yahoo.com
Thu May 11 07:26:00 UTC 2006

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.

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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 numbers together?

Yes, or at least some can ;-)

-- Matt

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