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January 05, 2005


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That's the response I was expecting... sort of... in a Heisenberg-ish kind of way.



And your point is?

Seriously, this seems to smell a little fishy...maybe just the way it's written (by an engineer/mathematician):

the odds of cosmic radiation causing the computer to generate an incorrect result are less than the odds that the number you're testing for primality is a Carmichael number

So he's saying that the odds of an incredibly unlikely event are LESS than the odds of finding a Carmichael number? Aren't MOST things better odds than the cosmic radiation interference odds? I need numbers! It's sort of like saying you are more likely to eat lunch today than of you turning into a pumpkin at midnight.

On the bright side, it does seem to be an apt name for a phenomenon that says to make it work do it wrong.

By the way if you convert the entire text of your post into ASCII, and then into Binary, and then back to ASCII, you can regenerate the identical post! But it doesn't Get Anything Done.

(this comment brought to you by the letter Epsilon and the number i, and one ornery engineer)

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