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Old 2021-02-12, 23:52   #14
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The latter. (Usually Sam did that ecm'ming himself; recently he started opening these to the public. You can safely assume that a t55 level is definitely already done on all of these.)

It does also mean a small mix of other methods, especially if/when they are easier than ecm.
E.g. if Sam hits a c200 with a p59, then he runs a small GNFS himself; and so does anyone who previously participated in these pre-extension sprints.
If you ask me, it is a more meaningful weekend hobby job than moving some seven-digit-seed aliquot sequence 2 or 3 steps higher.
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