post-quantum computing in GnuPG
Christopher J. Walters
cwal989 at comcast.net
Wed Apr 2 10:54:51 CEST 2014
On 4/2/2014 2:50 AM, Robert J. Hansen wrote:
>> Or someone builds a working quantum computer with many bits and
>> demonstrate a working decryption of RSA-2048 in a few seconds. :-)
Not likely in the near term... Maybe in 5000 years or so, but by then I
suspect computing as we know it will be ancient history (actually it *would* be)...
> Well, you'd need 4096 qubits in the ensemble, representing a state space
> of something like 10^1233 (not a typo).
That's a LOT of zeroes. Maybe my initial estimate was off by several dozen
orders of magnitude...
> At that point I'm going to just give up and offer my services to our new
> Space Overlords from Zarbnulax Prime. Maybe if I help round up pesky
> humans they'll give me a ride in their FTL spaceships!
LMAO! I got a good laugh out of this one. Thanks, I needed that...
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