[erlang-questions] web authentication

Jack Moffitt jack@REDACTED
Fri Jul 8 17:45:16 CEST 2011

> Actually I have implement RSA
> and a few other things in pure Erlang using bignums - one property
> of these is that they are slow - (which is desirable by point iii) above
> I'd never thought that slowness could be an advantage.

If you are interested in slowness being a feature, you should read the
Bitcoin paper and the other related work on "forced work". It turns
out to be a quite useful primitive for certain things. In Bitcoin for
example, the forced work is also scalable, so the minting of new coins
in the system happens at an approximately constant rate despite
technology upgrades and the influx of new workers.


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