20051217, 16:50  #56  
Jun 2005
2·191 Posts 
Quote:
If prime numbers are truly distributed randomly, then it's still as likely another prime will be found tomorrow as it was a week ago. This sounds like the same logic that believes a number is 'due' to come up with dice, because it hasn't in awhile. Drew 

20051217, 17:02  #57 
1001001101000_{2} Posts 
Both logics dont really make sense.
If a coin is tossed, and heads comes up 100 times in a row, there absolutely is a measureable advantage for tails to come up. However... who really knows.. Answer, Viswanath, and Fibonacci. Mp do tend to cluster, and then have gaps. I know more about this than anyone here, because I studied the general sequence. My data has given me a more acurate picture of the clustering, and gapping. The statement was more declaritive in nature. Last fiddled with by TTn on 20051217 at 17:03 
20051217, 17:24  #58  
"Sander"
Oct 2002
52.345322,5.52471
29×41 Posts 
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20051217, 17:41  #59  
Jun 2005
382_{10} Posts 
Quote:
However, I believe you're correct, because that's the way randomness is. In any case, you can't say anything definitive about when we'll find the next Mersenne prime. Drew 

20051217, 18:05  #60 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
2·3·293 Posts 
Strange... If I remember correctly, the last time a Mersenne prime was found, some users were able to narrow down the list of possibilities to about 4 or 5 almost immediately. But I don't know how they did it...

20051217, 18:43  #61 
Dec 2002
787 Posts 
Can someone change the header to 'holy math, new Mersenne prime?'

20051217, 18:55  #62 
Feb 2005
Colorado
2×263 Posts 
I prefer "Holy Tethered Cow, New Mersenne Prime?"

20051217, 18:58  #63  
"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria
2^{5}·7·11 Posts 
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Alex 

20051217, 19:38  #64 
Dec 2003
163 Posts 
As a past discoverer, I'm supposed to be notified automatically by the server.
I have not heard anything. I'll phone Ernst now. 
20051217, 19:49  #65 
∂^{2}ω=0
Sep 2002
República de California
2^{2}×31×79 Posts 
I just got a PM from George  he has no email access but is apparently able to login to his mersenneforum account, although I can't vouch for the speed of his internet connection.
Briefly: the usual suspects have been rounded up to do the independent verification(s), and George will be back tomorrow evening to do his usual contactthediscoverer thing and check the originalrun data (results.txt output and last savefile). If it pans out, this will be a nice holiday stockingstuffer (though I'm not at liberty to say just how large a stocking one would need, heh, heh. ;) Luke, I don't know what happened w.r.to the automatic notification you mentioned  George manages that stuff. Last fiddled with by ewmayer on 20051218 at 02:50 Reason: Spelink has gun too dey doggs 
20051217, 20:38  #66 
Oct 2005
Italy
3·113 Posts 
If I understand well, in the past there were some false positive ?
They were due to software or hardware problems ? 
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