On Thursday 20 April 2006 14:43, Kae Verens wrote:
> but - I looked at http://www.gayleard.com/ (/huge/ photo there, by the
> way), and noticed that were a lecturer in elliptic curves, as well as a
> coder, and just thought I might mention that Firefox probably has need of
> you to help solve this bug:
>https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=13944>> currently, I'm assigned to it, but I'm kind of at a loss how to address it.
>> basically, the problem is how to draw dashed elliptical curves efficiently.
> any ideas you have on it would be helpful.
I'd guess "elliptical curves" means ellipses,
which are different to elliptic curves.
I don't think anyone particularly wants to draw the latter.
Elliptic curves have the property that you can add points on them,
and this helps solve Fermat's Last Theorem,
and also make sure the CIA's secrets don't get out.
Actually, cryptologists (which I'm not)
using elliptic curves over finite fields,
which are even less drawable.
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