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Old 2007-03-05, 16:38   #7
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Originally Posted by fivemack View Post
I have just spent about a week trying to factor an aliquot-series number


... in fact a prime number.

Well, at least it's not a subtle and hard-to-track-down bug in ggnfs ...

According to what Bill Gates has said, this is not a fallow research direction:

The obvious mathematical breakthrough would be development of an easy way to factor large prime numbers. Any person or organization possessing this power could counterfeit money, penetrate any personal, corporate, or government file, and possibly even undermine the security of nations.
With more experience, you might enhance your financial and social standing.
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