UCLA group discovers massive prime number

Page 1 of 1 [ 4 posts ] 

ShadesOfMe
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 30 Jun 2004
Age: 30
Gender: Female
Posts: 16,983
Location: California

27 Sep 2008, 11:49 pm

This isn't a joke is it???

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26914730/



philosopherBoi
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 6 Aug 2008
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,255

28 Sep 2008, 1:15 am

Nope it is not. Finding prime numbers like this is really rare especially when they are so big.

To this day we have yet to find a pattern that can be used to find prime numbers with ease.


_________________
When Jesus Christ said love thy neighbor he was not making a suggestion he was stating the law of god.


jrknothead
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 3 Aug 2007
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,423

28 Sep 2008, 1:24 am

Ah those mathemeticians, always whipping out their prime numbers to see whose is bigger...

heres a cute joke:

What did the constipated mathemetician do?



















He worked it out with a pencil :)



Warsie
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 3 Apr 2008
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,542
Location: Chicago, IL, USA

28 Sep 2008, 2:15 am

so it's over 9000. Literally

also interesting bits yay!

Quote:
The $100,000 prize is being offered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for finding the first Mersenne prime with more than 10 million digits. The foundation supports individual rights on the Internet and set up the prime number prize to promote cooperative computing using the Web.

Large prime numbers serve as the foundation for the cryptological techniques used to keep online transactions and coded communications secure — although the current generation of crypto codes doesn't require numbers quite as big as the one discovered by UCLA.


oh that's why!! ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER

Seriously, lol the EFF is providing this to promote computing and a better internets! Yay!

(they're doing this for reaearch to make the Tor and Freenet networks better) (yes I know the EFF doesn't constntly update Freenet or Tor, lol k)


_________________
I am a Star Wars Fan, Warsie here.
Masterdebating on chi-city's south side.......!