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Old 2007-12-13, 13:49   #11
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Originally Posted by bdodson View Post
Can't say that I've _used_ factor as a financial term ...
When on the lecture circuit after the RSA-129 factorization, I used to show a slide copied from an article in the (I think) The Times entitled Make Money from Factoring. The joke, of course, being that the article was about financial engineering.

Some years later I was invited to brief some moderately high-up people in the Bank of England on the implications of a public demonstration of the factoring of a hard 512-bit number. The same ambiguity was noted at that meeting.

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