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Re: Re: Re: Auto-reaping of duplicates

by demerphq (Chancellor)
on Oct 24, 2001 at 05:27 UTC ( #120975=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Re: Auto-reaping of duplicates
in thread Auto-reaping of duplicates

Well I have quite a bit of trouble believing that two posts, with different authors and different names would generate the same MD5. I suppose its possible but I guess the post would have to be very very long indeed. I seriously doubt that its possible to get the same MD5 from different data when the data is small, especially as small as a post would be. But then I dont know the full workings of MD5...

Of course however, the extra check is cheap so why not...


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Re (tilly) 4: Auto-reaping of duplicates
by tilly (Archbishop) on Oct 24, 2001 at 08:41 UTC
    It is possible to get conflicts once there are more than 2**128 possible posts, which takes 128 bits. That fits inside of 43 bytes, so it is certainly possible to get two posts that collide.

    In fact as long as we stay well below 2**64 posts (order of magnitude), the odds are very good that there are no accidental duplicates at all. It is possible that somewhere there is, but the odds are negligable.

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