> For example, factoring letters is very easy. Suppose m is > a million digit number which has two prime factors. I can > factor it in one second, voila: m=pq. > > Of course, this is completely useless, and is not factoring > at all. It's just *pretending* to factor. Take the method to > the code-breakers at the NSA, and they'll look at you like > a fool. They aren't interested in phony-factoring with > letters. They're interested in real-factoring, with numbers.
I find it funny that, in trying to point out the shortcomings of a certain type of argument, you make use of the same type of argument.
Can we really take the method to the code-breakers at NSA, as you suggest? I bet this would be very difficult if you tried it, because I suspect you would have a great deal of difficulty tracking them down due to their relative anonymity. You're just *pretending* we do this, not do it for real.