
View Poll Results: Which news item would you like to see the most?  
"Fastest known general primality test discovered"  4  12.12%  
"Fastest known factorization algorithm discovered"  7  21.21%  
"High school student proves Riemann Hypothesis"  6  18.18%  
"Intel unveils 1TFLOP 'Infinity' processor"  8  24.24%  
Other (maybe write your own?)  8  24.24%  
Voters: 33. You may not vote on this poll 

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20060105, 09:11  #23  
Bamboozled!
"πΊππ·π·π"
May 2003
Down not across
2^{2}×3×11×83 Posts 
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You should have seen the report about the RSA129 factorization printed in the Daily Telegraph. It was so wrong it was hilarious. Paul 

20060105, 09:26  #24  
Mar 2003
Braunschweig, Germany
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I mean, what if the unpublished 'algorithm' is in fact an artificial intelligence those two scientists created by mistake? And now that damn thing is factoring huge numbers without a glitch like there is no tomorrow but insists that 29 factors into 13 and 2 and that humankind is just too ignorant to understand this. Add to this the fact that said AI assures everyone that it's able to chat with the the now 'defunct' Mr. Riemann ("Hey Bernhard, they still did not get your ancient RHjoke") and that it refuses to work at all without a constant input steam of digitized John Wayne movies. What a mess. It's pretty clear to me why they keep the lid on the algorithm :) Tau 

20060105, 09:35  #25 
"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria
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Maybe the computation wasn't quite finished yet. Let's just hope the computer isn't blown up to make room for a highway.
Alex 
20060105, 10:54  #26  
"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA
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Alex, you've got it!
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It's about to discover 29 + 13 = 42  the answer to everything! Clearly, Stephenson's and Carlos's AI is on the track of something far more important than mere integer factorization !!! Quote:
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"The End Is Near!" Quote:
Last fiddled with by cheesehead on 20060105 at 11:06 

20060105, 20:23  #27 
Feb 2004
France
2×3^{3}×17 Posts 
Riemann
For those interested by what will happen in 20 years, a famous newpaper in France thinks that the Riemann conjecture will be solved in 2025 by an Indian Mathematician : Mani Sikdar, from Bangalore.
Riemann solved ! (in French !). Based on the book of Marcus du Sautoy. (The whole paper is an anticipation of our world in 20 years from now). So you have your answer ! RH Tony 
20060105, 20:34  #28  
"Phil"
Sep 2002
Tracktown, U.S.A.
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20060106, 11:39  #29  
Mar 2003
Braunschweig, Germany
2×113 Posts 
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A disproof of the RH would be far more interesting I personally believe that the RH is false but the first counterexample will involve very huge numbers. My reasoning is philosophical and involves the possibility that prime number spacings somehow encode the finite information of our universe as a whole. Under that base assumption, with an infinite number of prime spacings and finite information to code, the RHimposed 'order' on prime number distribution will only hold up to a certain value. Err  i better stop here, got a 'crank warning' for the last paragraph Tau 

20060106, 13:04  #30 
Oct 2004
Austria
2·17·73 Posts 
My vote is "other". My favourite news would be "Worldwide peace makes military obsolete"

20060106, 17:46  #31  
Jun 2005
Near Beetlegeuse
2^{2}·97 Posts 
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I assume you're talkling about 4legged animals that eat hay and oats and, for some reason I've never managed to fathom, make young girls go weak at the knees? 

20060106, 20:26  #32  
Jul 2004
Potsdam, Germany
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At least in France, one could leave away the "world hunger problem solved" part now, as it's redundant. 

20060107, 02:43  #33 
Bemusing Prompter
"Danny"
Dec 2002
California
2414_{10} Posts 
Time to write another one!
August 26, 2007 Intel unveils 1TFLOP 'Infinity' processor Following the recent breakthroughs in superconductor technology, Intel has developed a 1TFLOP (1 trillion floatingpoint operations per second) doubleprecision processor. Previously, the 8 GHz P5 processors topped out at 32 GFLOP/s (0.032 TFLOP/s). This change will revolutionize the computing world. Earle Ady, the founder of distributed.net, a distributed computing project dedicated to solving computational problems that require many steps, said "This will greatly benefit the scientific community." Intel said in a report that it will be available at around Q1 2008. Prices will start at about $25,000 USD per unit, but may drop as other firms advance their technologies. 
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