About Useless info of the day: Worlds largest prime number :)
|August 18th, 2005||#1|
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Useless info of the day: Worlds largest prime number :) info
"On February 18, 2005, Dr. Martin Nowak from Germany, found the new largest known prime number, 225,964,951-1. The prime number has 7,816,230 digits! It took more than 50 days of calculations on Dr. Nowak's 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 computer. The new prime was independently verified in 5 days by Tony Reix of Grenoble, France using a 16 Itanium CPU Bull NovaScale 5000 HPC running the Glucas program by Guillermo Ballester Valor of Granada, Spain. A second verification was completed by Jeff Gilchrist of Elytra Enterprises Inc. in Ottawa, Canada using 15 days of time on 12 CPUs of a Compaq Alpha GS160 1.2 GHz CPU server at SHARCNET. "
Here's the number by the way:
Warning: do not open it if you're on Dial-up (unless you have a LOT of spare time available..)
The file (containing only one number!) is over 8mb...
Looks like someone's got WAY too much spare time..
|August 18th, 2005||#2|
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I heard that there was a Prime Number that large, but I didn't think that it would have that many digits. I wonder when they'll discover the next one...
MCpl K. Steliga
Wing Operations/Air Traffic Control
14 Wing Greenwood
Royal Canadian Air Force
Per ardua ad astra
|August 18th, 2005||#4|
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It's also well known as your odds in the lottery.
|August 19th, 2005||#7|
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at least they realised they found it, when a distributed computing group tried to break 64bit encryption they broke it, but didn't find the notice that said they did it for a good two weeks because there were so many "nope, this aint it" messages on their system
If I am asked what we are fighting for, I can reply in two sentences. In the first place, to fulfil a solemn international obligation . . . an obligation of honor which no self-respecting man could possibly have repudiated. I say, secondly, we are fighting to vindicate the principle that small nationalities are not to be crushed in defiance of international good faith at the arbitrary will of a strong and overmastering Power.
Author: Rt. Hon. Herbert Henry Asquith
Source: Statement, to House of Commons, Declaration of War with Germany, Aug. 4, 1914
|August 19th, 2005||#10|
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Mathematicians hear a different drummer than most of us.
“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.”
—John Stuart Mill