Re: Ideas for improved effort...

Andrew Sterian (asterian@eecs.umich.edu)
Mon, 31 Mar 1997 13:00:15 -0500 (EST)


C Matthew Curtin writes...
> Which is a good argument for getting people to join our effort as
> well. We're already ahead, and our search rate comparisons means that
> we're going to only get more and more ahead. Building in the features
> we talked about on the clients will make this definitely explode.

I wonder if it wouldn't be possible to use other people's efforts to
augment our own. It doesn't make sense to search already-searched
keys. Perhaps the keyserver can be instructed to import a file of
key ranges that have already been searched. Alternatively, perhaps
the keyserver can be "fooled" by a client that uses key ranges published
by other projects to indicate that those keys have been successfully
searched. I'm not saying we literally try to fool the software, but
just thinking of quick 'n dirty ways to legimitately make use of
known searches with a minimum of programming effort on Rocke's part.

Then again, there is the issue of how reliable these searches are.
I'd hate to think that anyone out there is faking successful searches
just to boost their prestige, but it could happen. Perhaps importing
other people's searches is opening ourselves up to abuse.

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