Friday Squid Blogging: Magnapinna Squid Photo
Neat photo. Video, too.
As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
Posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM
Crypto generally relies on the difficulty of factoring large primes
There is a famous theory that proposes there are an infinite number of pairs primes separated by only 2 (ie 11/13, 17/19 ).
This result shows that there are an infinite number of pairs separated by no more than 70million (other workers have pushed this down to 600)
It doesn't suggest anything to help you factor a prime, or even identify if it is one of a pair, or even if it is prime.
@Bruce Clement - thank you. That explains why my new prime factoring software isn't working as well as I had hoped ;-)
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