iplayfast writes: "The kernel trap has an excellent post of a flame war between GPL2 Linus Torvalds and GPL3 Alexandre Oliva.
Some of the highlights are:
Linus: What kind of logic is that?....
Alexandre: By this reasoning,.... Is this why you're overreacting?
Linus:....How stupid are you to not acknowledge that?
Linus:...I'm sorry, but people who cannot see that difference are just stupid.
Alexandre: No. The FSF actually....
Linus:....If you really thought anything else, you're just uninformed and stupid,
and didn't think things through. ...
Linus:...You're a moron. ...
Various cryptographic challenges — including the RSA Factoring Challenge — served in the early days of commercial cryptography to measure the state of progress in practical cryptanalysis and reward researchers for the new knowledge they have brought to the community. Now that the industry has a considerably more advanced understanding of the cryptanalytic strength of common symmetric-key and public-key algorithms, these challenges are no longer active. The records, however, are presented here for reference by interested cryptographers.
I think they've realized that with cheap cpu's and modern OS's, these challenges are more at risk, and can be cracked more easily. They just don't want to pay the money:)"
iplayfast writes: "Whilst France is currently in the throws of a vicious election campaign, it seems that quietly in the background another victory has taken place. The victory isn't just for freedom, it seems that the victory is for free software. Story here"
iplayfast writes: "The RSA Factoring challenge used to be here has quietly disappeared.
RSA Laboratories has been sponsoring the RSA Factoring Challenge since the 1990s as a way of highlighting progress on integer factoring, the mathematical problem underlying the security of the RSA public-key cryptosystem. The research community has done excellent theoretical work on algorithms for finding the prime factors of very large numbers, and it's always nice when the algorithms are put into practice and prime factors are actually found. The challenges offer a showcase for such accomplishments.
So does this mean all the challenge numbers have been factored? Who won?"