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comment What's the strategy for future directions in cryptography? Bigger numbers/faster searching, or new methods, say, of factoring?
Thanks for the thoughtful answer - it helps me think about what I'm looking for. One thing is, I the ECC direction does provide the kind of answer I was looking for - maybe because it's a qualitative difference rather than simply quantitative. My follow-up question is, have there been break-through developments in methodology, say in ECC, or factoring, that would make the enormous integer-size aspect irrelevant? You already answered this in a way, but can you recommend reading, papers, books, etc? Thanks very much!