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> going on, I am led to beleive that Cypherpunks is setting up
> a distributed system to break some cryptographic system or
> factor a large number.
We are trying to show that the US Govt' crippling iof exportable "secure"
protocols to 40 bits leaves them open to CRACKing by others than the NSA.
> I would expect that a constant net connection would be a requirement to
> participate in such an interesting event.
No -- that is the preferred way, but you can use a network connection
(WWW or direct socket) to get part of the address space to search,
process it offline, and then report back your findings later.