1994-06-17 - Re: Prime magnitude and keys…a ?

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From: Jim choate <ravage@bga.com>
To: stanton@acm.org
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UTC Datetime: 1994-06-17 23:20:17 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 17 Jun 94 16:20:17 PDT

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From: Jim choate <ravage@bga.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 94 16:20:17 PDT
To: stanton@acm.org
Subject: Re: Prime magnitude and keys...a ?
In-Reply-To: <9406171924.AA20166@sten.lehman.com>
Message-ID: <199406172320.SAA22342@zoom.bga.com>
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> Of course it qualifies. No matter how a key gets broken, its
> broken. The point is that if a function exists which will tell you if
> a given number is larger than the RSA private key, that function can
> be used as a factoring algorithm.
I have to disagree. What I am asking is a binary question, not one of 
magnitude. I never care what the magnitude is. Don't want to know it.
Will give it away unopened if I do get it. If all you know is 1/0 then
you can't use it to factor the number. The other aspect of your method
is, yes it can give  you some of the factors, but it has no guarantee 
that you will find all of them. If your algorithm can'g guarantee it 
finds all of them every time then it can't be positively used to factor

> No, what it means is that you would have to break most of number
> theory, and common sense, before having to worry about such a
> function. The risk of exploding in the vacuum caused by all of the
> molecules in the air of this room suddenly moving to the far corner is
> far higher than the chance of such a function existing.
To each their own (opinion). I am not breaking anything, I *am* asking for
a reference. 

There seems to be a particular sub-set of prima donnas on c-punks who feel
it is their duty to stipulate what kinds of questionsss can be asked and
how much one has to know to ask them. I  have only one other question 
for these folks, do you work for the government or the church?