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Old 2016-02-27, 00:10   #1
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Old 2016-02-27, 00:35   #2
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What is the slowest computer you currently run GIMPS on?
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Old 2016-02-27, 00:49   #3
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Where is your favorite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?
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Old 2016-02-27, 01:39   #4
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If you could go back to early 2005, which would you choose:

Option 1: Get $100,000, participate in GIMPS, but don't find any mersenne primes.
Option 2: Find 4 mersenne primes (just like now) but don't earn a cash prize for any of them.

Assume that no other options exist, so you can't get $50,000 and only discover 2 MP's.

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Old 2016-02-27, 12:27   #5
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Hello Curtis Cooper and all

Do you think that prime numbers 'grow' like weeds?

I'm aware of the book by Hawking that is titled something like - God gave us the integers.

(That does not imply that the integers were made by man.)



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Old 2016-02-27, 13:33   #6
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How many computers do you have working on GIMPS?
Are they working 24/7?
Do you have a favourite CPU (i.e. Intel 8088, Pentium, Core2Duo, Core i3/i5/i7 etc.)?
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Old 2016-02-27, 16:31   #7
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What has the estimated cost for finding each prime been for the University?
Is the school management explicitly aware of the costs?
Do you foresee a day when UCM ties with UCLA for MP's found? What is your estimate for when that will be?
Do you only run Prime95, or do you also run Mprime, MLucas, or any GPU based programs?
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Old 2016-02-28, 04:25   #8
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Supposing there was no GIMPS, what other current DC project(s) would you be crunching (doesn't have to be math-related)?
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Old 2016-02-28, 05:23   #9
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Don't you think A NEW ALGORITHM is long over due? Anything people have been working recently?
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Old 2016-02-28, 11:02   #10
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Any plans to join us at FermatSearch ( ) ?
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Old 2016-02-29, 04:07   #11
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What's the best maths joke you know that everyone would appreciate?

What's the best maths joke you know that only mathematicians, physicists, and engineers would appreciate?
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