Vinge on PKE ? (really idiot savants)

Jonathan Corbet corbet at
Mon Feb 6 07:37:21 PST 1995

> These so-called "idiot savants" can easily factor
> 100 digit numbers.  The ability to solve such problems is not tied to IQ,
> as there are many such people with IQs of 150+ who cannot solve them.

Gee...such a person could do a pretty thorough job on a 512-bit RSA key.
How many of them do you suppose the NSA employs?



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