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Re: [Debconf-discuss] Alternative keysigning procedures

On Mon, May 29, 2006 at 03:49:28PM +1000, Aníbal Monsalve Salazar wrote:
> On Sun, May 28, 2006 at 06:40:28PM -0500, Andrew McMillan wrote:
> >On Sun, 2006-05-28 at 04:54 -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> >>On Sat, May 27, 2006 at 04:47:20PM -0500, martin f krafft wrote:
> >>
> >>>I imagine an improved protocol for the keysigning, which is based on
> >>>an idea I overheard after the party (and someone mentioned it in the
> >>>thread): instead of the everyone-signs-everyone approach, it might
> >>>be interesting to investigate forming groups (based on connectivity
> >>>statistics) such that everyone's mean distance in the web of trust
> >>>can be increased by a fair amount in a short amount of time. At the
> >>>same time, such circles could be used for education by those with
> >>>high connectivity (and thus much experience). The problem here is of
> >>>course the somewhat unreliable attendance of people. Comments
> >>>welcome.
> >>
> >>I agree that this is the way to go.  Who has time to work on implementing
> >>the necessary code?
> [Sending to -devel only]
> I just talked to a friend who is an expert in mathematics (Senior
> Lecturer of Deakin University, Melbourne). He said the problem is a
> discrete programming problem

Of course it is.

> and could be represented as a classical problem with a known solution
> algorithm.
> He will futher look into this problem.
> I'll do the coding of the optimization program (with his help).

Err, discrete programming is a rather complex subject matter to
implement in a general-purpose language, while on the other hand there
are specialized programs to already do that. It's quite likely your
friend has that already.

Fun will now commence
  -- Seven Of Nine, "Ashes to Ashes", stardate 53679.4

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