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997Re: [PrimeNumbers] Re: Factor 500 digits?

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  • Barubary
    Apr 26, 2001
      > IF you're willing to make a completely wild prediction with very little
      > justification for its accuracy, plugging D=500 into this equation gives
      > 2031 as the date when a 500-digit hard integer will be first factored.
      > I'm no spring chicken, but I have reasonable hopes that 2031 will be in
      > my lifetime!

      Actually, it's probably pretty accurate. Quantum computers should actually
      start existing in 20-30 years, and clearly factoring a huge number is a
      great test of their power.

      -- Barubary
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