20080929, 15:30  #837 
6809 > 6502
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Aug 2003
101×103 Posts
2×4,441 Posts 
I have several machines that are dropping off the Primenet4 server in favor of the v5 server.

20080929, 15:36  #838 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
2×3×293 Posts 
Maybe it's better to track the number of accounts? There are 42574 at the moment.
Have to go to class now... 
20080929, 17:17  #839 
Jun 2003
Ottawa, Canada
7·167 Posts 
Yay, the US press has finally woken up! Good to see the story spreading well now. A friend of mine tipped me off that it showed up on the News channel on his Nintendo Wii.

20080929, 21:56  #840 
"Mark"
Feb 2003
Sydney
13·43 Posts 
I just heard Edson Smith interviewed on the radio (ABC 702 here in Sydney) as I was waking. Good interview, he explained the distributed computing aspect well and promoted GIMPS. The host Adam Spencer also gave GIMPS a followup plug a few minutes later.
It was far better than most of the press articles, which make it sound like you need a large network to be involved, and which frequently don't mention GIMPS. 
20080929, 23:43  #841 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
2×3×293 Posts 
http://blogs.abc.net.au/nsw/702_breakfast/ is Adam Spencer's page on that website. I don't see any mention of Edson Smith. How can we listen to a record of the interview?
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20080930, 01:46  #842 
"Mark"
Feb 2003
Sydney
559_{10} Posts 
I don't see a way on their website. I've sent a message to them asking if it is possible, but I suspect the answer will be no or $. Btw, don't trust everything on Adam's bio page. I think they're shielding his gentle listeners from his maths degree & time as announcer on a rock station.

20080930, 06:44  #843 
Jul 2003
So Cal
2^{2}·3^{3}·19 Posts 
It made David Letterman's opening monologue tonight.

20080930, 06:52  #844 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
2·3·293 Posts 
I seem to remember a post earlier in this thread claiming that one news source claimed that the announcement of the primes was delayed so as to determine which prime was larger. Does anyone have a link? I think it would be even funnier than any comment Letterman could make on it (speaking of whom, do you have a link for his monologue?)
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20080930, 08:11  #845  
"Lucan"
Dec 2006
England
6,451 Posts 
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Poisson distribution with mean 2 and standard deviation SQR(2). If you calculate the probability that the number of primes is >6 you will find it is considerably greater than that suggested by the fact that we are 3 standard deviations from the mean. You are inviting an unwarranted approximation to a normal (Gaussian) distribution. As I said before, your judicious choice of 20M45M also skews calculations. David Last fiddled with by davieddy on 20080930 at 08:20 

20080930, 16:44  #846  
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
2·3·293 Posts 
Thank you Techworld.... http://www.techworld.com.au/article/...t_prime_number
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20080930, 16:56  #847 
∂^{2}ω=0
Sep 2002
República de California
2^{3}·1,229 Posts 
Here's a link to the 29 September show  the gag line was
"A group of mathematicians have discovered the largest prime number, which has 13 million digits. Coincidentally, that is the price tag on the Federal bailout." 
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