PGP5i supports RSA keys?

John Smith jsmith58 at
Mon Aug 25 12:17:50 PDT 1997

>TWOK!  Au contraire, mon ami...
>Eric Drexler estimates that with nanotech, it should be possible
>to create a 1 GHz processer that fits in 1/8 of a cubic micron.
>It would take 1E24 such processors to factor a 2048 bit number.
>If we wanted to factor that 2048 bit key in 1E6 seconds, a couple
>of weeks, we would need 1E18 processors, which would fit in a cube
>100,000 microns on a side.  This is 10 cm on a side, about the
>volume of a soccer ball.  A far cry from the whole earth, no?

GURK!  I meant that it would take 1E24 seconds for one such
processor to factor a 2048 bit number.  The rest is right.

Use an 8K bit key and it will be 1E30 times harder than a 2K key.
Now your soccer ball is comfortably bigger than the earth.  You
will have to convert the sun into a CPU to break it with nanotech.


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