20080829, 10:16  #1 
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"Danny"
Dec 2002
California
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spotting new primes in v5?
This may seem like a stupid question.
In the current version of PrimeNet, the summary page shows the number of exponents cleared (factored composites, LL tests, and double checks) since the last server synchronization. The text "Prime, UNVERIFIED" appears when a prime is reported to the server. However, the v5 summary page doesn't seem to show this data. How are we going to see if new primes are reported once v5 replaces v4? 
20080829, 10:49  #2 
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"Tim Sorbera"
Aug 2006
San Antonio, TX USA
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A very good question, but remember that the server hasn't synced between the two yet, so we don't really know if it has one but is just hidden right now because it knows of no unverified primes. Maybe it will appear under the P column in the correct exponent range (hey, I hope so, it'd make guessing a lot more precise ).

20080829, 20:26  #3  
"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA
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As I wrote in the "Batman!" thread, the best way to keep a secret is to keep it secret, not to make a public announcement that the secret exists. Last fiddled with by cheesehead on 20080829 at 20:32 

20080829, 20:29  #4 
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"Danny"
Dec 2002
California
2,377 Posts 
Well, speculating is part of the fun of discovering a new prime, though.

20080829, 20:33  #5  
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"Tim Sorbera"
Aug 2006
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20080829, 20:40  #6  
"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA
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However, note that such a request is unlikely to be granted if: (a) you have no special or useful qualification (not just mere curiosity and impatience), such as being a previous Mersenne discoverer or being able to materially contribute to the verification effort, or (b) you have a previous history of openly complaining about the secrecy expected from that group's members. I'd love to be in that select group, but I have nothing to contribute to verification efforts, and am not already a Mersenne discoverer. Furthermore, I'd rather not have the emotional strain of keeping the secret. I can't let the secret slip if I don't know the secret in the first place! Last fiddled with by cheesehead on 20080829 at 20:59 

20080829, 23:21  #7 
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"The unspeakable one"
Jun 2006
My evil lair
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I wouldn't want to join the insider's group. I find it much more interesting to not know and thus try to figure things out. Doing the puzzles is more fun than reading the answers.

20081108, 20:02  #8 
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"Danny"
Dec 2002
California
2,377 Posts 
Scott, any word on this?

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