(Off topic) News on quantum computers cracking crypto

Robert J. Hansen rjh at sixdemonbag.org
Thu Sep 10 16:28:31 CEST 2009

On Thu, 2009-09-10 at 10:12 -0400, Brian Mearns wrote:
> In case you missed it, using 15 as a key value is no longer a viable
> option:

Hasn't been for many years.  The advancement is in reducing the size of
the quantum computing device, not in factoring a larger number.

We factored 15 via Shor's algorithm in ... what, 2001?  But it was a
huge, expensive, multimillion-dollar, special-purpose apparatus.

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