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Old 2005-12-16, 19:13   #23
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Originally Posted by ppo
... but waiting for the double confirmation to complete is a necessary step to give credibility in the academic world to the discovery.
Yes. Doing the verification a) with a different program written in a different language, b) with a different hardware, c) by a different person, and d) in a different place, leads to a null probability of a mistake, I think.
Though re-starting prime95 from a saved intermediate file may repeat a mistake.
But the probability to have prime95 saying "prime!" while the number is composite is really, really, really, really, really, ... small, I think.
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