Reply to post: Re: There's one circumstance under which I'd let the government snoop me

'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

Adam 1 Silver badge

Re: There's one circumstance under which I'd let the government snoop me

I know it is just a thought exercise but there are two rather glaring issues with such a proposal.

Firstly, it is impossible to get an honest report on the capacity of their data centres. "We can only crack 56 bits in a cluster second, honest guv".

Secondly, are we assuming that five eyes is king of the supercomputer today and into the future. Hint: the top two last month are in China. Are we ok if it takes our guys 1 second per message but some other country can do 100 per second.

Thirdly (can I do that if I am pointing out two issues? Eh, who cares where was I. Thirdly, assuming the math is sound, each new bit of key doubles the key size. It would be most difficult to fine tune this to hover at the 1 second mark.

Fourthly (lost all pretence of making two points now) that deals with the nice Dougs of this world, bus the paedoterrorists will keep using a bazillion bits in their key.

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019