RE: random question...

C Matthew Curtin (
Thu, 10 Apr 1997 11:31:33 -0400 (EDT)

>>>>> "Adam" == Adam Haberlach <> writes:

Adam> It would be kind of cool to have everyone who hits the web page
Adam> perform calculations via JavaScript, but Applets cannot do
Adam> direct network stuff (although they can use the Browser for it).

Actually, an applet *can* make network connections from the client
it's running, but only back to the server from which it came.

So, for this to work, you'd need to have the web server handing out
the applets proxy the connections from the applets to the keyserver.

It might be an amusing gag-thing, or a good publicity stunt (i.e., put
links to it in banner ads or something), but I wonder how much it
would help. (We're going on the premise that every little bit helps,
and presumably someone running a Java client isn't running another one
currently. A slow implementation is better than no implementation
running, right?)

We could have a Java client that would chew on some keyspace for a
while, and then report back the status of the search to the server,
and the speed of the search to the client, then show comparative
information like (you would have done x key pairs in the same amount
of time using a native implementation, or something like that...)

Matt Curtin  Chief Scientist  Megasoft, Inc.    I speak only for myself
Death to small keys.  Crack DES NOW!