20081029, 15:04  #892 
"Lucan"
Dec 2006
England
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20081029, 15:15  #893  
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"Tim Sorbera"
Aug 2006
San Antonio, TX USA
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http://v5www.mersenne.org/legal/#awards
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Last fiddled with by MiniGeek on 20081029 at 15:16 

20081029, 17:42  #894  
"Lucan"
Dec 2006
England
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I was interested in the admission that it will take GIMPS "1215 years" to reach 100M digits at the current rate of participation. 

20081031, 19:21  #895 
Jun 2003
Ottawa, Canada
7·167 Posts 
It looks like we are #29 on Time Magazine's 50 Best Inventions of 2008:
http://www.time.com/time/specials/pa...854157,00.html I wonder if it was a fluke they picked 29 since it is also prime, or if it just worked out that way? Last fiddled with by Jeff Gilchrist on 20081031 at 19:30 
20081031, 23:53  #896  
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
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20081101, 02:09  #897 
6809 > 6502
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20081101, 02:56  #898 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
2·3·293 Posts 
Well, I haven't heard about any other team members. I got the impression Edson Smith was solely responsible for installing Prime95, unless you want to count administrative approval as being part of the team.

20081109, 19:31  #899 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
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The headline "45th Mersenne Prime Earns #29 on Time's Top 50 Best Inventions of 2008" has been posted on www.mersenne.org (which by the way has merged with v5).

20081110, 08:27  #900 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
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20081110, 18:30  #901 
Sep 2006
Brussels, Belgium
1,583 Posts 
But even if they are a team, their maths stinks (or is it the maths of the writer of the article ?) : "It's a number that is so long that if you typed it out at 10 characters per inch, it would stretch 20 to 30 miles long, depending on what font you were using." No if typed out at 10 c / inch it will be 52 miles whatever the font (because they defined the font as using an inch for 10 characters. Then they repeat the typesetting fault seen in other articles : "2p1" instead of "2^{p}1" or "2^p1" or even "2**p1". Two other pearls in the article : "In fact, tens of thousands have participated in the search by downloading a free program from GIMPS, which keeps track of which numbers are tested and eliminated, and sends out untested candidate numbers to the GIMPS community for factoring. The process of factoring one number can take a computer as long as two months, Smith explained. But joining forces via the Internet makes the search possible." and"GIMPS tested the number by factoring it using a different algorithm on various kinds of computers. "We had to sweat it out for two weeks until they verified it," Smith said.", they factored it initially and during the verification run ?
Jacob Last fiddled with by S485122 on 20081110 at 18:31 
20081110, 19:29  #902 
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The article was better than average, though. It turns out the number was found on the same type of machine that I am typing on.

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