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New parasitic computing proof uses JavaScript to compel computation\

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jack ware
09-02-2008
05:14 AM ET (US)
I agree: "Teresa Nielsen Hayden:
A person who has one antisocial habit may well have another, or several. These guys are using parasitic computing to hunt for 32-bit primes, which are the basis of PGP. A complete set of those primes will break any PGP encryption. This is a strong-arm solution to the otherwise nontrivial problem of generating them. In the meantime, even an incomplete set of 32-bit primes will give you a start on breaking PGP encryptions."
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Teresa Nielsen HaydenPerson was signed in when posted
07-09-2002
04:01 PM ET (US)
A person who has one antisocial habit may well have another, or several. These guys are using parasitic computing to hunt for 32-bit primes, which are the basis of PGP. A complete set of those primes will break any PGP encryption. This is a strong-arm solution to the otherwise nontrivial problem of generating them. In the meantime, even an incomplete set of 32-bit primes will give you a start on breaking PGP encryptions.
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Eric ScolesPerson was signed in when posted
07-08-2002
10:48 AM ET (US)
What's interesting to me about this is that, in essence, everybody becomes everybody else's commons: As long as I'm online and browsing with JavaScript enabled, anybody's site can suck my MIPS.

If you think about it, it's quite similar to the way that commerce scavenges our intellectual (and labor/financial) resources. Or, more to the point, similar to the way that our own consciousness participates in the memetic ecosystem.

As this sort of interaction develops, it will prompt action to limit it, but those actions will miss the point in a way: This is actually a perfectly natural occurrence, just as their limiting actions are.

More detail on my blog [1]...
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Cowboy XPerson was signed in when posted
07-06-2002
12:32 AM ET (US)
Rather than a frame, couldn't this be done as one of those "invisible popups," like the kind that spam porn sites on desktops periodically?

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