
Now I have a headache
If it's not broken, fix it until it is





We think Leslie has already thought about it. Prime Conspiracy[^]
 I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.





Just proves that numbers too, have personalities just like us. Some are more prim than others!
Life is too shor





I think prime numbers are jealous little s**** trying to steal Pi's day[^]...
Go away prime numbers, this day isn't for you!





We think that when you're dealing in probabilities you can prove just about anything including black is white and there's an infinite number of monkeys living on Pluto. To put it another way human beings are masters of imposing patterns on stuff where no pattern exists!
I am not a number. I am a ... no, wait!





Seems pretty random to me.
I'm retired. There's a nap for that...
 Harvey





Stop it @BillWoodruff. You can't go hacking around other profiles.
"You'd have to be a floating database guru clad in a white toga and ghandi level of sereneness to fix this goddamn clusterfuck.", BruceN[ ^]





I had to check the calendar  though I missed the 1st of April...
Definitely far too much time at their hand  we should find some useful to do for them...
Skipper: We'll fix it.
Alex: Fix it? How you gonna fix this?
Skipper: Grit, spit and a whole lotta duct tape.






Oh! Pleeeze let me sleep among the stars!
Get me coffee and no one gets hurt!





Pretty cool and thanks but no need for the apologies: excellent post.





Cool!
What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
The metaphorical solid rearend expulsions have impacted the metaphorical motorized bladed rotating air movement mechanism.
Do questions with multiple question marks annoy you???





Those are ugly!!!
I'd rather be phishing!





Maximilien wrote: Those are ugly!!! No, that first link is to Mark's profile page. Look at the second link.
There are only 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't.





"Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy" "A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a longstanding assumption about how they behave." [^].
"Among the first billion prime numbers, for instance, a prime ending in 9 is almost 65 percent more likely to be followed by a prime ending in 1 than another prime ending in 9. In a paper posted online today, Kannan Soundararajan and Robert Lemke Oliver of Stanford University present both numerical and theoretical evidence that prime numbers repel other wouldbe primes that end in the same digit, and have varied predilections for being followed by primes ending in the other possible final digits."
You woulda thunk there was nought left to discover about prime numbers.
I think what the "9's" are doing with "1's" is disgraceful, and stinks of imperialism.
«The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you.» Soren Kierkegaard





Sounds like division in the ranks...





The 1's have had it too good for too long, they have it coming I tell ya.
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine"  random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers."  chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less."  Mike Mullikins uncle





I respectfully have to disagree. Everybody knows that 1 is the loneliest number.





I looked at the title of this thread on the homepage, and thought "that has to be Bill Woodruff".
You have a very interesting linguistic ability.
What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
The metaphorical solid rearend expulsions have impacted the metaphorical motorized bladed rotating air movement mechanism.
Do questions with multiple question marks annoy you???





Is he a cunning linguist?





It says more about the authors than it does about numbers. Prime numbers are prime regardless of how they're represented. Base10 isn't the only option.





PIEBALDconsult wrote: Base10 isn't the only option.
And base10 isn't the only base which demonstrates weirdness:
Quote:
Looking at prime numbers written in base 3 — in which roughly half the primes end in 1 and half end in 2 — he found that among primes smaller than 1,000, a prime ending in 1 is more than twice as likely to be followed by a prime ending in 2 than by another prime ending in 1. Likewise, a prime ending in 2 prefers to be followed a prime ending in 1.
...
Lemke Oliver and Soundararajan discovered that this sort of bias in the final digits of consecutive primes holds not just in base 3, but also in base 10 and several other bases; they conjecture that it’s true in every base.
"These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined."
 Homer





It isn't just the base number 10, if you read the article, you'll find that:
Quote: Looking at prime numbers written in base 3 — in which roughly half the primes end in 1 and half end in 2 — he found that among primes smaller than 1,000, a prime ending in 1 is more than twice as likely to be followed by a prime ending in 2 than by another prime ending in 1. Likewise, a prime ending in 2 prefers to be followed a prime ending in 1.
This really appears to be related to the numbers as such, not an artefact of the decimal representation.
GOTOs are a bit like wire coat hangers: they tend to breed in the darkness, such that where there once were few, eventually there are many, and the program's architecture collapses beneath them. (Fran Poretto)





Perhaps you should try actually reading the article, which mentions other bases. The issue isn't the base, but that the differences between consecutive primes isn't entirely random.





I like it when 6s go with 9s.
"You'd have to be a floating database guru clad in a white toga and ghandi level of sereneness to fix this goddamn clusterfuck.", BruceN[ ^]



