Re: Another key analogy

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Sat, 19 Apr 1997 00:36:06 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 18 Apr 1997, Alex Bischoff wrote:

> I was thinking about the haystack, and I was wondering what it'd be like
> if these were real keys we were trying out. So, I decided to figure out how
> many times around the Sun a line of keys, laid end-to-end, could go.
> Note #1: This is based on the assumption that an average key is 2 inches
> long. I think that's pretty close to true, and I even measured my own keys
> to make sure.

An interesting idea... I think, though, you have to account for the actual
possible permutations when assuming the size of a "real" key. I don't
think 2 inches would provide enough physical space for a tumbler style
lock. =)