[PLUG-TALK] Could--Will

spike spooner spike at pcez.com
Wed Mar 8 09:38:35 PST 2006

Jeme A Brelin wrote:

> On Tue, 7 Mar 2006, Andrew Becherer wrote:
>> Did I miss the news break where some genius found a method a 
>> efficiently factoring really large numbers?
> Of course not, but the fact that you know it's something that could 
> happen should tell you that it's something that will happen.

(1) Andrew doesn't _know_ that factoring has any significant future 
speed improvements.
Expressing an idea doesn't make it a possibility.
(2) Knowing something could happen doesn't tell you that it will happen.
The next coin you flip could land heads. But will it?


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