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Twin Prime Proof Erroneous

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the 2+2=5 dept.

Science 199

mindriot writes "The fairly recent perceived breakthrough in prime number theory regarding twin primes, as mentioned on slashdot, is apparently not quite perfect: 'On April 23rd, Andrew Granville of the Universite de Montreal and K. Soundararajan of the University of Michigan found a technical difficulty buried in one of the arguments in the preprint of Goldston and Yildrim. The main issue is that some quantities which were believed to be small error terms are actually the same order of magnitude as the main term. For now this difficulty remains unresolved.' A more detailed technical description is also available."

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IMPORTANT!!! - The Linux Gay Conspiracy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085608)

Update: "Fist Sport" explained. (05/17/01)


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Tyrants [spectacle.org] .


It has come to my attention that the entire Linux community is a hotbed of so called 'alternative sexuality,' which includes anything from hedonistic orgies to homosexuality to pedophilia.

What better way of demonstrating this than by looking at the hidden messages contained within the names of some of Linux's most outspoken advocates:

Linus Torvalds [microsoft.com] is an anagram of SLIT ANUS OR VD 'L,' clearly referring to himself by the first initial.

Richard M. Stallman [geocities.com] , spokespervert for the Gaysex is Not Unusual 'movement' is an anagram of MANS CRAM THRILL AD.

Alan Cox [microsoft.com] is barely an anagram of ANAL COX which is just so filthy and unchristian it unnerves me.

I'm sure that Eric S. Raymond, composer of the satanic homosexual [goatse.cx] propaganda diatribe The Cathedral and the Bizarre, [Buy At Amazon [50megs.com] ] is probably an anagram of something queer, but we don't need to look that far as we know he's always shoving a gun up some poor little boy's rectum. Update: Eric S. Raymond is actually an anagram for SECONDARY RIM and CORD IN MY ARSE. It just goes to show you that he is indeed queer.

Update the Second: It is also documented that Evil Sicko Gaymond is responsible for a nauseating piece of code called Fetchmail [microsoft.com] , which is obviously sinister sodomite slang for "Felch Male" - a disgusting practise. For those not in the know, "felching" is the act performed by two perverts wherein one sucks their own post-coital ejaculate out of the other's rectum. In fact, it appears that the dirty Linux faggots set out to undermine the good Republican institution of e-mail, turning it into "e-male."

As far as Richard "(cock)Master" Stallman goes, that filthy fudge-packer was actually quoted [salon.com] on leftist commie propaganda site Salon.com as saying the following:

RMS: "I've been resistant to the pressure to conform in any circumstance," he says. "It's about being able to question conventional wisdom," he asserts. "I believe in love, but not monogamy," he says plainly.

And this isn't a made up troll bullshit either! He actually stated this tripe, which makes it obvious that he is trying to politely say that he's a flaming homo [comp-u-geek.net] slut [rotten.com] !

Speaking about "flaming," who better to point out as a filthy chutney ferret than Slashdot's very own self-confessed pederast Jon Katz. Although an obvious deviant anagram cannot be found from his name, he has already confessed, nay boasted of the homosexual [goatse.cx] perversion of corrupting the innocence of young children [slashdot.org] . To quote from the article linked:

"I've got a rare kidney disease,' I told her. 'I have to go to the bathroom a lot. You can come with me if you want, but it takes a while. Is that okay with you? Do you want a note from my doctor?'

Is this why you were touching your penis [rotten.com] in the cinema, Jon? And letting the other boys touch it too?

We should also point out that Jon Katz refers to himself as "Slashdot's resident Gasbag." Is there any more doubt? For those fortunate few who aren't aware of the list of homosexual [goatse.cx] terminology found inside the Linux "Sauce Code," a "Gasbag" is a pervert who gains sexual gratification from having a thin straw inserted into his urethra (or to use the common parlance, "piss-pipe"), then his homosexual [goatse.cx] lover blows firmly down the straw to inflate his scrotum. This is, of course, when he's not busy violating the dignity and copyright of posters to Slashdot by gathering together their postings and publishing them en masse to further his twisted and manipulative journalistic agenda.

Sick, disgusting antichristian perverts, the lot of them.

In addition, many of the Linux distributions (a 'distribution' is the most common way to spread the faggots' wares) are run by faggot groups. The Slackware [redhat.com] distro is named after the Slack-wear fags wear to allow easy access to the anus for sexual purposes. Furthermore, Slackware is a close anagram of CLAW ARSE, a reference to the homosexual [goatse.cx] practise of anal fisting. The Mandrake [slackware.com] product is run by a group of French faggot satanists, and is named after the faggot nickname for the vibrator. It was also chosen because it is an anagram for DARK AMEN and RAM NAKED, which is what they do.

Another "distro," (abbrieviated as such because it sounds a bit like "Disco," which is where homosexuals [goatse.cx] preyed on young boys in the 1970s), is Debian [mandrake.com] , an anagram of IN A BED, which could be considered innocent enough (after all, a bed is both where we sleep and pray), until we realise what other names Debian uses to describe their foul wares. "Woody" is obvious enough, being a term for the erect male penis [rotten.com] , glistening with pre-cum. But far sicker is the phrase "Frozen Potato" that they use. This filthy term, again found in the secret homosexual [goatse.cx] "Sauce Code," refers to the solo homosexual [goatse.cx] practice of defecating into a clear polythene bag, shaping the turd into a crude approximation of the male phallus, then leaving it in the freezer overnight until it becomes solid. The practitioner then proceeds to push the frozen 'potato' up his own rectum, squeezing it in and out until his tight young balls erupt in a screaming orgasm.

And Red Hat [debian.org] is secret homo [comp-u-geek.net] slang for the tip of a penis [rotten.com] that is soaked in blood from a freshly violated underage ringpiece.

The fags have even invented special tools to aid their faggotry! For example, the "supermount" tool was devised to allow deeper penetration, which is good for fags because it gives more pressure on the prostate gland. "Automount" is used, on the other hand, because Linux users are all fat and gay, and need to mount each other [comp-u-geek.net] automatically.

The depths of their depravity can be seen in their use of "mount points." These are, plainly speaking, the different points of penetration. The main one is obviously /anus, but there are others. Militant fags even say "There is no /opt mount point" because for these dirty perverts faggotry is not optional but a way of life.

More evidence is in the fact that Linux users say how much they love 'man', even going so far as to say that all new Linux users (who are in fact just innocent heterosexuals indoctrinated by the gay propaganda) should try out 'man'. In no other system do users boast of their frequent recourse to a man.

Other areas of the system also show Linux's inherit gayness. For example, people are often told of the "FAQ," but how many innocent heterosexual Windows [amiga.com] users know what this actually means. The answer is shocking: Faggot Anal Quest: the voyage of discovery for newly converted fags!

Some more proof of Linux's inherent gayness has come to my attention. Readers of Slashdot [slashduh.org] , a prominent Linux evangelism site, often compete to get the "First Post" on a new story. While this may at first seem like harmless inanity, "first post" is actually an anagram for the much more sinister FIST SPORT, obviously referring to the disgusting homosexual practice of "fisting", whereby one man forces first his clenched fist then the rest of his queer arm up into the lower intestine of another man. How any proper Christian person could find pleasure in this practice is abhorrent.

Also on Slashdot, half of the postings to these articles begin with, in big capital letters, I ANAL, which requires no explanation, and is so blatantly filthy it boggles the mind.

Even the title "Slashdot [geekizoid.com] " originally referred to a homosexual [goatse.cx] practice. Slashdot [kuro5hin.org] of course refers to the popular gay practice of blood-letting. The Slashbots, of course are those super-zealous hemosexuals [geocities.com] who take this perversion to its extreme by ripping open their anuses, as seen on the site most popular with Slashdot users, the depraved work of Satan, http://www.goatse.cx/ [osdn.com] .

The editors of Slashdot [slashduh.org] also have homosexual [goatse.cx] names: "Hemos" is obvious in itself, being one vowel away from "Homos." But even more sickening is "Commander Taco" which sounds a bit like "Commode in Taco," filthy gay slang for a pair of spreadeagled buttocks that are caked with excrement [pboy.com] . (The best form of lubrication, they insist.) Sometimes, these "Taco Commodes" have special "Salsa Sauce" (blood from a ruptured rectum) and "Cheese" (rancid flakes of penis [rotten.com] discharge) toppings. And to make it even worse, Slashdot [notslashdot.org] runs on Apache!

The Apache [microsoft.com] server, whose use among fags is as prevalent as AIDS, is named after homosexual [goatse.cx] activity -- as everyone knows, popular faggot band, The Village People [olsentwins.com] , featured an Apache Indian, and it is for him that this gay program is named.

And that's not forgetting the use of patches in the Linux fag world -- patches are used to make the anus accessible for repeated anal sex even after its rupture by a session of fisting.

To summarise: Linux is gay. "Slash - Dot" is the graphical description of the space between a young boy's scrotum and anus. And BeOS [apple.com] is for hermaphrodites and disabled "stumpers."


What worries me is how much you know about what gay people do. I'm scared I actually read this whole thing. I think this post is a good example of the negative effects of Internet usage on people. This person obviously has no social life anymore and had to result to writing something as stupid as this. And actually take the time to do it too. Although... I think it was satire.. blah.. it's early. - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well, the only reason I know all about this is because I had the misfortune to read the Linux "Sauce code" once. Although publicised as the computer code needed to get Linux up and running on a computer (and haven't you always been worried about the phrase "Monolithic Kernel"?), this foul document is actually a detailed and graphic description of every conceivable degrading perversion known to the human race, as well as a few of the major animal species. It has shocked and disturbed me, to the point of needing to shock and disturb the common man to warn them of the impending homo [comp-u-geek.net] -calypse which threatens to engulf our planet.

You must work for the government. Trying to post the most obscene stuff in hopes that slashdot won't be able to continue or something, due to legal woes. If i ever see your ugly face, i'm going to stick my fireplace poker up your ass, after it's nice and hot, to weld shut that nasty gaping hole of yours. - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Doesn't it give you a hard-on to imagine your thick strong poker ramming it's way up my most sacred of sphincters? You're beyond help, my friend, as the only thing you can imagine is the foul penetrative violation of another man. Are you sure you're not Eric Raymond? The government, being populated by limp-wristed liberals, could never stem the sickening tide of homosexual [goatse.cx] child molesting Linux advocacy. Hell, they've given NAMBLA [nra.org] free reign for years!

you really should post this logged in. i wish i could remember jebus's password, cuz i'd give it to you. - mighty jebus [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Thank you for your kind words of support. However, this document shall only ever be posted anonymously. This is because the "Open Sauce" movement is a sham, proposing homoerotic cults of hero worshipping in the name of freedom. I speak for the common man. For any man who prefers the warm, enveloping velvet folds of a woman's vagina [bodysnatchers.co.uk] to the tight puckered ringpiece of a child. These men, being common, decent folk, don't have a say in the political hypocrisy that is Slashdot culture. I am the unknown liberator [xenu.net] .

ROLF LAMO i hate linux FAGGOTS - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

We shouldn't hate them, we should pity them for the misguided fools they are... Fanatical Linux zeal-outs need to be herded into camps for re-education and subsequent rehabilitation into normal heterosexual society. This re-education shall be achieved by forcing them to watch repeats of Baywatch until the very mention of Pamela Anderson [rotten.com] causes them to fill their pants with healthy heterosexual jism [zillabunny.com] .

Actually, that's not at all how scrotal inflation works. I understand it involves injecting sterile saline solution into the scrotum. I've never tried this, but you can read how to do it safely [queernet.org] in case you're interested.
(Before you moderate this down, ask yourself honestly - who are the real crazies - people who do scrotal inflation, or people who pay $1000+ for a game console?) - double_h [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Well, it just goes to show that even the holy Linux "sauce code" is riddled with bugs that need fixing. (The irony of Jon Katz not even being able to inflate his scrotum correctly has not been lost on me.) The Linux pervert elite already acknowledge this, with their queer slogan: "Given enough arms, all rectums are shallow." And anyway, the PS2 [xbox.com] sucks major cock and isn't worth the money. Intellivision forever!

dude did u used to post on msnbc's nt bulletin board now that u are doing anti-gay posts u also need to start in with anti-black stuff too c u in church - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

For one thing, whilst Linux is a cavalcade of queer propaganda masquerading as the future of computing, NT [linux.com] is used by people who think nothing better of encasing their genitals in quick setting plaster then going to see a really dirty porno film, enjoying the restriction enforced onto them. Remember, a wasted arousal is a sin in the eyes of the Catholic church [atheism.org] . Clearly, the only god-fearing Christian operating system in existence is CP/M -- The Christian Program Monitor. All computer users should immediately ask their local pastor to install this fine OS onto their systems. It is the only route to salvation.

Secondly, this message is for every man. Computers know no colour. Not only that, but one of the finest websites in the world is maintained by A Black Man [stileproject.com] . Now fuck off you racist donkey felcher.

And don't forget that slashdot was written in Perl, which is just too close to "Pearl Necklace" for comfort.... oh wait; that's something all you heterosexuals do.... I can't help but wonder how much faster the trolls could do First-Posts on this site if it were redone in PHP... I could hand-type dynamic HTML pages faster than Perl can do them. - phee [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Although there is nothing unholy about the fine heterosexual act of ejaculating between a woman's breasts, squirting one's load up towards her neck and chin area, it should be noted that Perl [python.org] (standing for Pansies Entering Rectums Locally) is also close to "Pearl Monocle", "Pearl Nosering", and the ubiquitous "Pearl Enema".

One scary thing about Perl [sun.com] is that it contains hidden homosexual [goatse.cx] messages. Take the following code: LWP::Simple -- It looks innocuous enough, doesn't it? But look at the line closely: There are two colons next to each other! As Larry "Balls to the" Wall would openly admit in the Perl Documentation [goatse.cx] , Perl was designed from the ground up to indoctrinate it's programmers into performing unnatural sexual acts -- having two colons so closely together is clearly a reference to the perverse sickening act of "colon kissing," whereby two homosexual [goatse.cx] queers spread their buttocks wide, pressing their filthy torn sphincters together. They then share small round objects like marbles or golfballs by passing them from one rectum to another using muscle contraction alone. This is also referred to in programming 'circles' as "Parameter Passing".

And PHP [perl.org] stands for Perverted Homosexual Penetration. Didn't you know?

Thank you for your valuable input on this. I am sure you will be never forgotten. BTW: Did I mention that this could be useful in terraforming Mars? Mars rulaa. - Eimernase [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Well, I don't know about terraforming Mars, but I DO know that homosexual [goatse.cx] Linux Advocates have been probing Uranus for years.

That's inspiring. Keep up the good work, AC. May God in his wisdom grant you the strength to bring the plain honest truth to this community, and make it pure again. Yours, Cerberus. - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

*sniff* That brings a tear to my eye. Thank you once more for your kind support. I have taken faith in the knowledge that I am doing the Good Lord [atheism.org] 's work, but it is encouraging to know that I am helping out the common man here.

However, I should be cautious about revealing your name 'Cerberus' on such a filthy den of depravity as Slashdot. It is a well known fact that the 'Kerberos' documentation from Microsoft is a detailed manual describing, in intimate, exacting detail, how to sexually penetrate a variety of unwilling canine animals; be they domesticated, wild, or mythical. Slashdot posters have taken great pleasure in illegally spreading this documentation far and wide, treating it as an "extension" to the Linux "Sauce Code," for the sake of "interoperability." (The slang term they use for non-consensual intercourse - their favourite kind.)

In fact, sick twisted Linux deviants are known to have LAN parties, (Love of Anal Naughtiness, needless to say.), wherein they entice a stray dog, known as the "Samba Mount," into their homes. Up to four of these filth-sodden blasphemers against nature take turns to plunge their erect, throbbing, uncircumcised members, conkers-deep, into the rectum, mouth, and other fleshy orifices of the poor animal. Eventually, the "Samba Mount" collapses due to "overload," and needs to be "rebooted." (i.e., kicked out into the street, and left to fend for itself.) Many Linux users boast about their "uptime" in such situations.

Inspiring stuff! If only all trolls were this quality! - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

If only indeed. You can help our brave cause by moderating this message up as often as possible. I recommend +1, Underrated, as that will protect your precious Karma in Metamoderation [slashdot.org] . Only then can we break through the glass ceiling of Homosexual Slashdot Culture. Is it any wonder that the new version of Slashcode has been christened "Bender"???

If we can get just one of these postings up to at least '+1,' then it will be archived forever! Others will learn of our struggle, and join with us in our battle for freedom!

It's pathetic you've spent so much time writing this. - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I am compelled to document the foulness and carnal depravity [catholic.net] that is Linux, in order that we may prepare ourselves for the great holy war that is to follow. It is my solemn duty to peel back the foreskin of ignorance and apply the wire brush of enlightenment.

As with any great open-source project, you need someone asking this question, so I'll do it. When the hell is version 2.0 going to be ready?!?! - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I could make an arrogant, childish comment along the lines of "Every time someone asks for 2.0, I won't release it for another 24 hours," but the truth of the matter is that I'm quite nervous of releasing a "number two," as I can guarantee some filthy shit-slurping Linux pervert would want to suck it straight out of my anus before I've even had chance to wipe.

I desperately want to suck your monolithic kernel, you sexy hunk, you. - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I sincerely hope you're Natalie Portman [geocities.com] .

Dude, nothing on slashdot larger than 3 paragraphs is worth reading. Try to distill the message, whatever it was, and maybe I'll read it. As it is, I have to much open source software to write to waste even 10 seconds of precious time. 10 seconds is all its gonna take M$ to whoop Linux's ass. Vigilence is the price of Free (as in libre -- from the fine, frou frou French language) Software. Hack on fellow geeks, and remember: Friday is Bouillabaisse day except for heathens who do not believe that Jesus died for their sins. Those godless, oil drench, bearded sexist clowns can pull grits from their pantaloons (another fine, fine French word) and eat that. Anyway, try to keep your message focused and concise. For concision is the soul of derision. Way. - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

What the fuck?

I've read your gay conspiracy post version 1.3.0 and I must say I'm impressed. In particular, I appreciate how you have managed to squeeze in a healthy dose of the latent homosexuality you gay-bashing homos [comp-u-geek.net] tend to be full of. Thank you again. - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well bugger me!

ooooh honey. how insecure are you!!! wann a little massage from deare bruci. love you - Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Fuck right off!

IMPORTANT: This message needs to be heard (Not HURD [linux.org] , which is an acronym for Huge Unclean Rectal Dilator) across the whole community, so it has been released into the Public Domain [icopyright.com] . You know, that licence that we all had before those homoerotic crypto-fascists came out with the GPL [apple.com] (Gay Penetration License, according to geekacronyms.org [geekizoid.com] ) that is no more than an excuse to see who's got the biggest feces-encrusted [rotten.com] cock. I would have put this up on Freshmeat [adultmember.com] , but that name is KNOWN to be a euphemism for the tight rump of a young boy.

Come to think of it, the whole concept of "Source Control" unnerves me, because it sounds a bit like "Sauce Control," which is a description of the homosexual [goatse.cx] practice of holding the base of the cock shaft tightly upon the point of ejaculation, thus causing a build up of semenal fluid that is only released upon entry into an incision made into the base of the receiver's scrotum. And "Open Sauce" is the act of ejaculating into another mans face or perhaps a biscuit to be shared later. Obviously, "Closed Sauce" is the only Christian thing to do, as evidenced by the fact that it is what Cathedrals are all about.

Contributors: (although not to the eternal game of "soggy biscuit" that open "sauce" development has become) Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, phee, Anonymous Coward, mighty jebus, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, double_h, Anonymous Coward, Eimernase, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, Anonymous Coward, The WIPO Troll, FreeWIPO, Bring BackATV. Further contributions are welcome.

Current changes: This version is based on the all-too-rare backup copy sent to FreeWIPO [5u.com] by 'Bring BackATV' as plain text. Re-reformatted everything, added all links back in (that we could match from the previous version), many new ones (Slashbot bait links). Even more spelling fixed. Additional stuff done in preparation for the future. Addition of F.I.R.S.T.P.O.S.T. for the sake of decent folk everywhere!

Previous changes: Yet more changes added. Spelling fixed. Feedback added. Explanation of 'distro' system. 'Mount Point' syntax described. More filth regarding 'man' and Slashdot. Yet more fucking spelling fixed. 'Fetchmail' uncovered further. More Slashbot baiting. Apache exposed. Distribution licence at foot of document.

ANUX -- A full Linux distribution... Up your ass!

anyone got some asprin? (-1, Troll)

phunhippy (86447) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085609)

Oh Ok... that hurt... i dunt know what they were talking about.. that really hurt.... two primes? errors? huh.. someone explain for us burnt out hippies please!

Re:anyone got some asprin? (1)

SkArcher (676201) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085647)

Nope, they lost me as well. Those people are Real geeks. :)

It would also appear that their server was a bit fragile, it isn't responding fast and I think it'll be succumbing to the /. effect.

Re:anyone got some asprin? (5, Informative)

SUB7IME (604466) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085718)

Twin primes are two prime numbers that differ by a value of two - for instance, 17 and 19, or 29 and 31.

Re:anyone got some asprin? (3, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086048)

This is slashdot, come on, who cares what the article's about? I rarely understand what's posted on this site, but that doesn't stop me from participating! Hell, I didn't even read the post, much less the article, but based on the title alone there are tons of possible comments to be made about it:
  • insightful conspiracy theories regarding the RIAA planting errors in mathematical proofs in order to foil encryption research
  • pithy but irrelevant quirps about how well linux handles prime numbers compared to windows
  • jokes about how this is really the fault of the Pentium FPU bug
  • tongue twisters and haiku (try saying "twin prime proof error" 10 times fast. and it's exactly 5 syllables!)
  • whines that the site is slashdotted, followed by posts chastising the editors for irresponsibly posting links, which are a direct cause of slashdotting
  • sage comments from wise men with low userids about how this never would have happened if the researchers were doing everything in emacs

Interesting... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085610)


How about calculating the rate of ring growth in trees as well? How about the speed that paint will dry at various temperatures?

gay (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085616)

fp fp fp?

i would like ot say hi to 222yuu

fail (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085763)


i would like ot say YOU FAIL IT! to 222yuu!

fuck you (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085794)

cocksmocking motherfucker

go suck a duck!!!!!!!!

I just... (-1, Troll)

Pinguu (677142) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085637)

can't see the point in this. I think it's a bit of a waste of time and (even more importantly) computing power. Think of all the good causes, trying to find causes for cancer or AIDS, or seti@home that could have used the computing power to a good purpose.

i dunno man (0, Troll)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085668)

How much more do we need to know about the causes for cancer or AIDS?

Shouldn't we be looking for the cures instead?

Re:i dunno man (1)

Pinguu (677142) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085692)

That's what I meant :)
Hmm... I wonder why I was modded down when it was neither a flamebait nor was it offtopic?

Re:i dunno man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085733)

Umm... well let's see... Since prime numbers aren't related to either cancer or AIDS, it was most certainly offtopic.

It was probably flamebait as well because it was unnecessarily antagonistic.

hehehe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085858)

If I knew I was going to get modded "Troll" I would have at least come up with a decent troll :P

If the cures need a more powerful computer... (1)

www.microsoft.com (671608) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085709)

...that need better and more powerful mathematics.

Knowledge never is a waste of time.

Re:If the cures need a more powerful computer... (0, Flamebait)

Pinguu (677142) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085749)

I agree, so maybe they should work on better and more powerful mathematics instead of working on pointless mathematics?

Re:If the cures need a more powerful computer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085913)

What was once pointless mathematics has often become the most important. Just because you don't have the farsight to see a point doesn't mean there will never be one. Anyway, it sounds like trolls to me. It's hard to tell ignorance and humor from trolling.

IANAMathGeek, but (2, Insightful)

Rxke (644923) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085940)

it's not pointless, that"s why you were modded down. Now don't ask ME what the point is, i really suck in mathematics (but stil love it though) but if you see somewhere the word 'prime', think computer en/decryption, et. c. i even guess it could be used for cancer research....

Not a bad question (1)

Ghoser777 (113623) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086018)

Does anyone know if there are any known benefits to having infinitely many twin primes? Are there any unfinished proofs that depend upon this result or the negation thereof? Not there is anything wrong with researching interesting questions - sometimes seemingly idle questions like these can bring very important results, either from the final conclusion or from the process taken to reach the conclusion.

Matt Fahrenbacher

Twin Proof Erroneous (-1, Troll)

m$ is teh sux0r (676776) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085648)

Well, everyone makes mistakes. At least they aren't as sux0r as M$.

Re:Twin Proof Erroneous (-1, Offtopic)

m$ is teh sux0r (676776) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085946)

I am disappointed by your moderation. My only conclusion is that this has been influenced by the evil corporation known as Microsoft. Please fix this grievous misappropriation of mod points ASAP.

Yours truly, m$ is teh sux0r

I have genital herpes (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085650)

What does everyone think about that? I'd like to have some other people's opinions here. I value the opinion of the Slashdot community and would appreciate feedback.

Re:I have genital herpes (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085678)

is your name Kathleen Fent, by any chance?

Re:I have genital herpes (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085689)

No, but I may have been involved (perhaps indirectly) with her. I could have gotten it from anyone really -- Kathleen gets around, so I really don't have any idea.


Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086288)

She also has crabs, Taco. Better go back to rimming Cowboi Kneel's blimp-like anus.

imagine that! (-1, Offtopic)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085652)

The slashdot "editors" ran a bogus story!

HAHAHA you must feel like suck idiots! Next time, check the stories!

Re:imagine that! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085797)

Yeah, right, like I can imagine CmdrTaco rejecting a story because he read the math and found the error.

Re:imagine that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085879)

Yeah, right, like I can imagine CmdrTaco rejecting a story because he read the math and found the error.

[CmdrTaco] On page 17 the small thingy is just as big as teh big thingy, but its supposed to a small thingy, so that doesnt work. Next.

Re:imagine that! (2, Funny)

idfrsr (560314) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085899)

Yeah, right, like I can imagine CmdrTaco rejecting a story because he read the math and found the error.

Actually, the most probable result is that CmdrTaco read the story and didn't find the error, but the error's order of magnitude was too large and so it resulted in a dupe.


Idea may lead to new record, not twin prime proof (5, Informative)

Dominic_Mazzoni (125164) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085653)

The last paragraph of the "more detailed technical description" is interesting (shown here in LaTeX notation):

The consensus is that the definition of $\gamma_R$ needs to be changed so that terms like this one do not appear. However, it is not obvious how to do this change. Work is continuing by Goldston and Yildirim and others to rectify the problem. It does seem reasonable to believe that an improvement on the current world record for small gaps between primes will be achieved by these methods; however, the more dramatic result $p_{n+1} - p_n < (\log n)^\alpha$ for some $\alpha < 1$ seems less likely.

Unless I'm misunderstanding something, it would be more clear if they said that the inequality above holds for infinitely many $n$, because it certainly couldn't hold for all $n$.

Essentially they're claiming that it's less likely now that the twin prime conjecture will ever be proved using this method, but there's still a pretty reasonable chance that the proof will result in something along the lines that there are infinitely many pairs of consecutive primes that differ only by x, where x is not quite as small as 2 (which is what the twin primes conjecture says) but x is smaller than any value of x that was previously proven. Which would be cool, but nothing to open champagne over.

reminds me of a bad math joke (5, Funny)

schematix (533634) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085654)

heard this in an engineering class the other day... What's the contour integral around Western Europe? A: Zero, because all the Poles are in Eastern Europe!

Re:reminds me of a bad math joke (2, Informative)

dracken (453199) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085747)

A worse math joke - Why did the mathematician name is dog cauchy ?

Because he left his residue at every pole

Ducks :P

Maths jokes = Instant karma! (5, Funny)

Dthoma (593797) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085874)

Q: What did the constipated mathematician do?
A: He worked it out with a pencil!

Q: What's purple and commutes?
A: An Abelian grape.

Q: Why do you never hear the number 288 on television?
A: It's two gross.

Q: What do you get when you cross a mosquito with a rock climber?
A: Nothing. You can't cross a vector and a scalar.

Q. How many mathematicians does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. 1, he gives the lightbulb to 3 engineers, thus reducing the problem to a previously solved joke.

Q: What's big, grey, and proves the uncountability of the reals?
A: Cantor's diagonal elephant.

Q: What's yellow and equivalent to the Axiom of Choice?
A: Zorn's Lemon.

Q: What's yellow, normed, and complete?
A: A Bananach space.

Q: What is very old, used by farmers, and obeys the fundamental theorem of arithmetic?
A: An antique tractorisation domain.

Q: What is hallucinogenic and exists for every group with order divisible by p^k?
A: A psilocybin p-subgroup.

Q: What is often used by Canadians to help solve certain differential equations?
A: the Lacrosse transform.

Q: What is clear and used by trendy sophisticated engineers to solve other differential equations?
A: The Perrier transform.

Q: Who knows everything there is to be known about vector analysis?
A: The Oracle of del phi!


Halfway through a recent airplane flight from Warsaw to New York, there was nearly a major disaster when the flight crew got sick from eating the fish. After they had passed out, one of the flight attendants asked over the intercom if there were any pilots in the cabin.

An elderly gentleman, who had flown a bit in the war, raised his hand and was rushed into the cockpit of the 747. When he got there, took the seat, and saw all the displays and controls, he realized he was in over his head. He told the flight attendant that he didn't think he could fly this plane. When asked why not, he replied,

"I am just a simple Pole in a complex plane"

So, they just had to rely on the method of steepest descents.


You know that during the Great Flood, Noah brought along two of every species for reproductive purposes. Well, after a few weeks on the ark, all the couples were getting along fine, except for these two snakes. Day and night, Noah worried that this was going to mean the end of this species.

Finally when the flood ended and the ark hit ground, the two snakes darted out of the ship and headed to the nearest picnic table where they started to "go at it". It was then that Noah realized that...

Adders can't multiply without their log tables.

Re:Maths jokes = Instant karma! (-1, Offtopic)

NineBall (627668) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086072)

You're lucky I used up all of my modpoints modding your previous comments down overrated, or else this really would get a big, fat, overrated moderation. Wait a minute... bugger.

Re:Maths jokes = Instant karma! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086208)

yuo = t3h gh3y

Re:Maths jokes = Instant karma! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086236)

Me=hunt you down and kill you

Re:Maths jokes = Instant karma! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086264)

Nineball, you didn't succeed in modding down all my previous comments Overrated, and the ones you did mod down were already all at Score: 1 so it didn't matter anyway. I've got enough karma to handle the quite insignificant karma deduction in either case. You missed some of my previous comments such as those at
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=66 091&cid=6085936 and
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=6 6091&cid=6085842.

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Re:Maths jokes = Instant karma! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086372)

I dunno what that's from, but it says uid, and gid.. and talks of groups and users. So therefore it must be SCO's unix code. You're the one that put it in linux, aren't you, Coward?!

Re:Maths jokes = Instant karma! (1)

moonbender (547943) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086092)

I'm a CS student in my second semester, and I only got two or three of those. Guess I'll have to pay more attention my analysis classes. ;)

Re:Maths jokes = Instant karma! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086250)

That is ok, I am a CS student with one semester to go and I only got 5 or 6.

The answer... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085687)

The answer is 46.

Re:The answer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085696)

42 retard

Re:The answer... (1)

jagilbertvt (447707) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085840)

You are both wrong. Neither 42 nor 46 is a prime number.

Even more (1)

Ghoser777 (113623) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085910)

And because all the digits are even, no matter what base they were written, you will still have an even number unequal 2, and hence will be not a prime.

We know that 42 is the answer, but we don't know what the question is. Clearly we haven't found the question yet.

Matt Fahrenbacher

Re:Even more (1)

Nihilanth (470467) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086098)

at the risk of straying offtopic somewhat, I thought the question was "what do you get when you multiply six by nine?", when he pulled the scrabble tiles out of the bag in the third book.

i interpereted this as a kind of "indirect proof", whereby if you can actually prove that 6x9=42, you can prove literally anything.

Re:Even more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086293)

I took that as meaning that the whole experiment was a flop from all the telephone sanatisers causing the question to be wrong.

Error? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085701)

Damn, I forgot to carry the 1...

The Slashdot effect (2, Funny)

AtomicX (616545) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085714)

Their webserver it seems, " is apparently not quite perfect:" It has already been /.ed Obviously evidence of a conspiracy to cover up the mistakes in the theorem. Sssshhh!

Re:The Slashdot effect (1)

KingDaveRa (620784) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085816)

Their webserver it seems, " is apparently not quite perfect:" It has already been /.ed Obviously evidence of a conspiracy to cover up the mistakes in the theorem. Sssshhh!

Maybe they should set the maximum connections on the server to a prime number.

The Slashdot Lame Joke Effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086406)

Perhaps all of the overwhelmingly humorous Slashdotters were also involved. All the laughter from your joke must have caused folks to spit all over their keyboard. In the process of cleaning up, they probably hit the reload button several times, tragically ruining the website. If you would kindly discontiue this, we will not have any future problems.

predicted posts to this article (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085726)

All posts will fall into one of three categories:
  1. I knew that this proof was wrong all along. Here is the solution. [nonsense with malformed LaTeX] We covered this in my 1st year Number Theory class.
  2. WTF does this mean? Woah these guys are teh smart. Kudos to them! If it weren't for open source someone would have sued them to prevent the mistake being revealed.
  3. Kathleen Fent has no balls!! I HAD A PINT OF CID0R LAST NITE AND I AM SO DRNUK NOW!! TEE hee!!

Re:predicted posts to this article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085787)

There is nothing trollish in the parent. It merely illustrated the problem with almost all posts that appear on math topic articles. This really isn't a site that mathematicians frequent, at least not ones past dilettante level.

Re:predicted posts to this article (1)

rock_climbing_guy (630276) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085869)

Actually, I know a mathematics professor who has talked about reading on /.

Re:predicted posts to this article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086420)

So among the nearly 700,000 Slashdot users, you can confirm that ... Oh you didn't say he has an account. You can confirm that of the million page views per day, one might possibly be from your Math Professor? That's nice. Obviously Slashdot has a much bigger Math following then previously thought. Hopefully math.slashdot.org will start up soon. Maybe they can come up with an even more offensive color scheme than games.slashdot.org.

I have an alternate proof (4, Funny)

CTalkobt (81900) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085740)

but the space that I'm allowed to type in here is too short.. :-)

Re:I have an alternate proof (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085897)

You just tried to pull a Fermat, my friend. Unfortunately, you failed it. Why? You see, the space with which one is provided in to post is a form sent over HTTP as POST data. As such its maximum size is approximately 64 kilobytes, or 65,536 characters. Andrew Wiles' proof of the theorem, based upon the fact that Fermat's Last Theorem was in fact a subset of the Shimura-Taniyama-Weil conjecture ran to approximately 100 pages of text. 100 pages of plain text, assuming a maximum of 200 characters per line and no more than 70 lines, runs to just 14,000 characters, greatly below that which may fit inside the Slashdot comment space. Besides, Fermat's original marginalum read "Demonstrationem mirabilem hanc marginis exigiutas non caperet".

Re:I have an alternate proof (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086084)

100 pages of plain text, assuming a maximum of 200 characters per line and no more than 70 lines, runs to just 14,000 characters

100 x 200 * 70 > 14,000.

Re:I have an alternate proof (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086376)

Actually, 200*70*100 = 1 400 000, which is far larger than the maximum number of allowed characters in a sig.

wow, that's gotta suck (5, Insightful)

cheezus (95036) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085771)

To think you solved something like that, and to be ready to publish, after all that hard work.... then...... oops. guess that doesns't work

man. i feel sorry for those guys

A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (2, Interesting)

KingDaveRa (620784) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085798)

I see a lot about these sorts of massive mathematical problems. I can understand calculating pi to the nth point as it is used in calculations, but what sort of benefit does mankind get from working out twin primes? In fact, do primes do anything for us anyway?

I'm well aware of what primes are, I just have never found a use for them!

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (2, Insightful)

cybercrap (319182) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085836)

Yes considering a lot of our encryption is based on prime numbers. So you figure a simple way to get around it and you make a lot of encryption outdated and useless. So yes, it is important.

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (4, Informative)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085847)

Well, pretty much all current cryptography techniques depend on primes. Whether knowing anything about the occurrence of twin primes has any bearing on crypto, I have no idea.

The longer answer to your question is: who the hell knows? One of the fascinating things about math is how results that seem utterly abstract when they're [invented | discovered] (not going to get into that argument right now) turn out to have profound applications years or decades or even centuries down the road. Linear algebra was an interesting but rather small and not terribly important field of study before computers came along ...

The twin prime problem may remain a curiosity of number theory forever, or it may turn out to be fundamental to some new application that's just down the road; there's no way to know. But given the history of math's progress from pure theory to the basis of technology we use every day, I'm betting on the latter.

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (1)

Obyron (615547) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085877)

Whether knowing anything about the occurrence of twin primes has any bearing on crypto, I have no idea.

I have very little knowledge of primes and cryptography, but I do know that the holy grail is the search for larger primes.

Could the importance of twin primes be that if a corrolary is found that will allow one to predict higher prime numbers because of the n that separates them, it would then become easier to "discover" larger and larger prime numbers?

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (2, Informative)

Zaak (46001) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086489)

I do know that the holy grail is the search for larger primes.

Actually, finding large primes is pretty easy [wolfram.com] . Taking a large number and finding its prime factors is not. This conjecture/proof doesn't seem to have any immediate bearing on cryptography.


Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (5, Informative)

rock_climbing_guy (630276) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085856)

One really good example of what prime number theory is good for is cryptography.

For example, in mathematics, it is a well-known fact that it is an easy problem to multiply two numbers. It is a very hard problem to take a number and factor it into the numbers that were multiplied to get the number, especially if it is a very large number.

If we multiply two very large prime numbers, the result is a very large number that is very difficult to factor; when it is factored, the result will be that it factors only into the original two very large prime numbers.

Prime numbers also have application in the idea of 'remote coin flipping.' ie. Using prime number theory, it is in theory possible for me to do the equivalent of flipping a coin and you having to guess if it's heads or tails.

If you still don't understand, consider this. Which is easier to do:
Multiply 13*17*19*29*57*91*43
Factor 27159925611 into it's prime factors.

If you can find an easy way to do the second problem, you just might find yourself considered a threat to national security.

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085891)

Multiply 13*17*19*29*57*91*43
Factor 27159925611 into it's prime factors.

If you can find an easy way to do the second problem, you just might find yourself considered a threat to national security.

Easy. :-)

Here's my easy way, I verified that 13*17*19*29*57*91*43 = 27159925611. I already know that 13, 17, 19, 29, 57, 91, and 43 are prime. No sweat, but you did make it easy by using the same factors.

It's also easy to run "factor 27159925611". My slow CPU can do it in under .01 seconds.

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (4, Funny)

gloth (180149) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085906)

$ factor 27159925611
27159925611: 3 7 13 13 17 19 19 29 43
$ echo '13*17*19*29*57*91*43' | bc

Thus, on the command line, the factorization is easier!

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (3, Informative)

acidblood (247709) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085918)

Your example is pretty poor, in the sense that special-purpose factoring algorithms (Pollard rho, Pollard p-1, Lenstra's ECM) can comfortably factor numbers with many small factors, regardless of the number's size. In fact, ECMing 40-digit prime factors out of numbers with tens of thousands of digits is commonplace today, as is ECMing smaller-sized factors from numbers of millions of digits.

Now factoring a number 200 digits long with only two (and equally-sized) factors would be a world record.

The sibling comments are being wiseass. (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085936)

If you're so damn good at factoring products of primes, factorise 18446743979220271189!

Re:The sibling comments are being wiseass. (1)

rock_climbing_guy (630276) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086003)


18446743979220271189! =

184467439220271189 *
184467439220271188 *
184467439220271187 *
5 * 4 * 3 * 2

That was easy!

Re:The sibling comments are being wiseass. (1)

imyourfoot (643296) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086269)

Lol at the sibling... anyway, the real answer is 4294967279 × 4294967291.

Re:The sibling comments are being wiseass. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086335)

Did you cheat and look at the info page for 'factor' too? Now that's the smart way to solve the problem - RTFM!

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (3, Interesting)

HeghmoH (13204) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085871)

Pi accurate to about forty-some digits would be accurate enough to calculate the circumference of a circle the size of the visible universe with an error the size of a proton.

How, exactly, is calculating billions of digits of pi useful, again?

On the other hand, primes are used for all kinds of good stuff, such as protecting your credit card numbers from evil people. Your conceptions seem backwards.

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (1)

kimgh (600604) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085926)

1. To look for patterns (See Carl Sagan/Contact)

2. Test out new computer hardware/software

3. The thrill of the chase. Some people climb mountains, other people calculate billions of digits of Pi.

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (0)

HeghmoH (13204) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086461)

1. To look for patterns (See Carl Sagan/Contact)
Right.... You'd be more productive feeding the Bible into a random number generator.

2. Test out new computer hardware/software
This is not useful. There are better ways to test hardware/software.

3. The thrill of the chase. Some people climb mountains, other people calculate billions of digits of Pi.
This is not useful.

If you're going to reply to posts, you should try to be more relevant to what they say. I never said calculating billions of digits was boring or stupid, just that it wasn't useful in a practical sense. I said this because the post I replied to said that it was useful in a practical sense. Your rebuttals aren't.

Re : Necessity of calculating pi? (4, Informative)

wass (72082) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085917)

I can understand calculating pi to the nth point as it is used in calculations

Even the most precise calculations don't need that many digits of pi. It's amazing how fast orders of magnitude build up.

Take this extreme example. Suppose you know the radius of the galaxy (define the radius going out to the galactice halo, for instance) to arbitrary precision and your calculation of the circumference is limited only by the precision of pi. If you want to know the circumference town to 10^-15 meters (ie, about the size of an atomic nucleus). How many digits of pi are sufficient?

The radius of the Milky Way galaxy out to the galactic halo is about 65,000 light years, or about 6e20 meters. Only 36 digits of pi would be necessary!!! And this extreme example is of many orders of magnitude larger than precisions of anything that can be calculated in laboratories today. In actuality, one wouldn't really need more then 12-15 digits of pi, if even that much.

Re:A serious question - i'm not trolling, honest! (1)

dublisk (456374) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086054)

First off, do we really need a practical use? Why do we study literature or art? Do we need practical uses for those things too?

Nevertheless, prime numbers are important for cryptography. This has to do with factoring a number into prime powers. Any positive integer can be written uniquely as a product of prime powers. If I give you two primes such as 6421 and 7873, it's easy to just multiply them and get 50552543. However, given 50552543 it's not at all obvious that the only way to write this as a product of prime powers is 6421*7873. Cryptography is based around such functions that are easier one way than the other. A greater knowledge about primes and their distribution means a greater knowledge of making and breaking certain cryptosystems.

For crying out loud! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085842)

This story doesn't have anything to do with SCO! Come on, where's today's SCO story? This isn't funny, man, I need my fix!

My advice? Shit happens. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085851)

Deal with it.

moron identifIEs # FUDging as felonious (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085883)

sumwon bettor tell lairIE/robbIE et ALe.

consult with yOUR creator. that's the spirit.

Formulajamboree (-1, Troll)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085888)

Oh yeah? Well, *I* can prove that women are evil!

WOMEN = TIME x MONEY (Logical statement that women require time AND money - statement only TRUE when both "time" and "money" are TRUE) TIME = MONEY ("Time is Money") WOMEN = (MONEY)^2 MONEY = sqrt(EVIL) ("Money is the Root of all evil) WOMEN = (sqrt(EVIL))^2 WOMEN = EVIL

Formulajamboree v2.0 (NEW with correct formatting) (0, Troll)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085915)

Oh yeah? Well, *I* can prove that women are evil!

WOMEN = TIME x MONEY (Logical statement that women require time AND money - statement only TRUE when both "time" and "money" are TRUE)
TIME = MONEY ("Time is Money")
MONEY = sqrt(EVIL) ("Money is the Root of all evil)
WOMEN = (sqrt(EVIL))^2

Re:Formulajamboree v2.0 (NEW with correct formatti (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085951)

I've always had a problem with this proof, not because it claims that women are evil (which they surely are), but because the correct statement should read


since time and money are independent.

Boolean addition versus multiplication (2, Interesting)

Ghoser777 (113623) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085986)

If I remember correctly:

true + true = true
true + false = true
false + true = true
false + false = false


true x true = true
true x false = false
false x true = false
false x false = false

Which means that addition is like or'ing booleans together and multiplication is like and'ing booleans together. Therefofore, multiplication would seem to be the correct operation, as women are both time and money, not one or the other.

QED ;)

Matt Fahrenbacher

Re:Boolean addition versus multiplication (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086094)

But if you're going to use boolean operations, you run into a problem when you start taking roots.

Re:Boolean addition versus multiplication (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086435)

Let's try to keep the conversation clean, OK?

Re:Formulajamboree (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085948)

Since I'm scared of flying XBoxen, I'll just post to say that you're an idiot. Idiot.

Re:Formulajamboree (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086086)

But sqrt(EVIL^2) is multivalued. It can be EVIL or the complex conjugate of EVIL (EVIL being a complex thing).

From the 2+2=5 department? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6085890)

Did Thom Yorke and crew post this?

It's true! (3, Funny)

Ghoser777 (113623) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085925)

2+2 does equal 5, for sufficiently large values of 2.

I love being a mth dork :)

Matt Fahrenbacher

What is really important (3, Insightful)

MrRage (677798) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085955)

What would be really important is to prove the Reimann Hypothesis. That would tell us a lot about the distribution of primes.

cough (1)

bongobongo (608275) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085991)

sorry, slightly off topic.. but after having a bit of a look around here i've concluded that the most popular phrase on slashdot is 'order of magnitude' :x

Re:cough (3, Funny)

Paradise Pete (33184) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086125)

i've concluded that the most popular phrase on slashdot is 'order of magnitude'

Yeah, and it's not even close. "order of magnitude" is more popular by a... heck of a lot. (heh.)

Under the spreading chestnut tree (-1, Offtopic)

n3r0.m4dski11z (447312) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086068)

I sold you and you sold me:

There lie they, and here lie we

Under the spreading chestnut tree.

next ill hear that war is peace and that the war is in measureable distance of being over... oh wait

"By waging this fight together we will speed the day of final victory," --Dubaya todays retuers [reuters.com]

yes i am aware im horribly off topic but i couldnt resist:: may i be modded into oblivion!

They could still pull it out (3, Interesting)

drdale (677421) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086258)

Remember that an error was found when the British mathematician first announced that he had a proof of Fermat's Theorem a few years ago. He was able to fix it, however, and AFAIK his proof is currently considered sound (albeit LONG).

I found the proof... (4, Funny)

Ridge (37884) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086297)

It was in here [kraftfoods.com] .

Unfortunately, I devoured it. Damn you Bill Cosby!
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