Tim Peters wrote: > [email@example.com] > >> You're both lying. > >> > >> I am going to warn you. > >> > >> Neither of you will live to see 2007 because of this lie becaue there > >> will be angry people who will kill you, as there is so much money at > >> stake. > >> > >> Billions will be lost. > >> > >> It's not like you can reverse it now either. > >> > >> You killed yourselves. > >> > >> It might have seemed like a small lie to both of you, but your names > >> will live in infamy, while you will not live at all. > > [Rick Decker] > > ... > > It appears that this one was the real thing after all. > > Smelled real to me at first sniff ;-) This is his idea of being magnanimous > in victory -- LOL. > > > I haven't noticed any angry mobs bearing torches and pitchforks > > yet, but I'm keeping watch. Actually, now that I think of it, > > it's hard to imagine what their motivation would be. I mean, > > if Tim Peters and I had concocted a plot to supress James' > > miracle factoring result, just where would those missing > > billions of dollars have come from? Angry cryptographers? > > I can see it now: Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman leading > > a black-ops gang from NSA in an assault on the > > secret lab of the arch-factorers Peters and Decker. > > Believe it or not, I suspect James is confused about a few things here :-) > If you really want to know, I can point you to some posts he made only to > sci.crypt, where he fleshed out his doomsday scenarios in more detail. > Here's a taste: > > From: firstname.lastname@example.org > Newsgroups: sci.crypt > Subject: SF: Problem is easy implementation, massive impact > Date: 19 May 2006 17:10:56 -0700 > Message-ID: <email@example.com> > > ... > > Some initial fallout that I project: > > The death of eBay, Skype, and Amazon.com among other companies. > > A tremendous blow against all the wireless companies. > > A drop in stock markets around the world. > > Potential for a tremendous drop in the value of the U.S. dollar, > followed by spiraling inflation. > > ... > > Of course that was about an older method. Ah, there was a great bit in that > message, which you have to agree with but perhaps not in the intended sense: > > I have procrastinated, threatened, posted incomplete work, work > full of error, and hoped, hoped, hoped that some sanity would > intervene, but we are at the threshold, and none has. > > > > I'd better tell Tim to make sure we have enough piranhas > > in the moat. > > I don't need no stinkin' piranhas. Follow the money, Professor! A > fundamental error in James's thinking is that billions will "be lost". Of > course that's utter nonsense. Billions will _move_: this is a zero-sum > game at its start. It _should_ be obvious to a smart cookie like James that > I must be getting paid, and paid big, by the people _to_ whom these billions > will flow. So long as I'm helping these greedy bastards get filthy rich by > lying my ass off to persuade a gullible public that Surrogate Factoring > attempt #27 is no threat to 1024-bit integers, they in turn make _damn_ sure > I'm one of the best-protected guys on the planet.
This smells of a long con. You better believe me, Tim Peters, if fake-"Henry Gale", Hanso or Widmore ever read sci.math, you just might get abducted and end up on some island in the South Pacific.
Be careful. Be very vey careful.
> I don't know what arrangement you've made with the Council of 33, and being > an academic I suppose you may be doing this because you actually believe all > that "pure math" guff. Hmm. Tell you what: if you need protection, let me > know. I'm not even half as evil as my masters, and, frankly, I'm tired of > sharing the bathroom with all these bodyguards anyway. Up in that ivory > tower you may not realize how the real world works, such as that angry > peasants can use their pitchforks to effectively pole vault over piranha > moats. These guys know _all_ that stuff. > > > I love sci.math. As I've said before, you couldn't pay > > for entertainment like this. > > That's a funny thing about "free" entertainment. While what you say is > true, if I had to pay for this I wouldn't buy it :-)