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Forum: Business 10 April 2014, 04:32 PM
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Posted By ganzfeld
That's sort of like replying to "you can't...

That's sort of like replying to "you can't copyright a natural material" by saying "but this painting is made of nothing but natural materials!" It's not the materials, nor the numbers themselves...
Forum: Business 04 April 2014, 11:19 PM
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Posted By ganzfeld
I haven't read the book in the OP but it sounds...

I haven't read the book in the OP but it sounds as if the author was trying to make a joke about the fact that large key encryption were once (until 1998?) classified as munitions that couldn't be...
Forum: Business 04 April 2014, 09:11 PM
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Posted By ganzfeld
In the case if the awards, it does take days (and...

In the case if the awards, it does take days (and multiple machines) to confirm any primes that are found but it's nothing compared to the problem of finding them in the first place. The specific...
Forum: Business 04 April 2014, 09:44 AM
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Posted By ganzfeld
Icon605 True. Two years before that book was published,...

True. Two years before that book was published, the EFF had already awarded 50 thousand USD for the first million digit prime number.
Forum: Business 27 March 2014, 02:45 AM
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Posted By ganzfeld
It is a work of fiction so it's not surprising...

It is a work of fiction so it's not surprising that it contains fictions.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation does give awards for large primes (https://www.eff.org/awards/coop). The next award is...
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