
Gary Wheeler wrote: You don't even want to know what it was like when the reader jammed...
Where did you get the jam? Surely this was BS (Before Supermarkets)
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The reader was a wooly mammoth in a perpetually bad mood.
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Found it on my own reading as I learned about the necessity of prime number use in public/private key cryptography.





In my case it was a book  Algorithms in C++ (Bryan Flamig) ... around 1995 ...





I just had to google it.
That means something, no ?
I'd rather be phishing!





It means that your knowledge of the Classics could be better...
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Yes.
And how many learned the process (if not the name) from Stephen King?
For me, it was due to a Pascal class (circa 1985?), but I had to go to the library to find a book that understood it better than the teacher.
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Hmmm,
I don't know but for many years from around ~19972004 I had about a dozen workstations running the distributed GIMPS client[^].
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Ages ago in school. I remember it was among the first algorithm we implemented when the new Commodore Plus/4 computers arrived at school... After the VIC 20 it was a huge improvement, so we did a lot of graphical presentations of anything in math and physics...
But then I got my personal C64...
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge". Stephen Hawking, 1942 2018





Eratosthenes told me when I was a little child. However I didn't pay attention to him, playing with marbles was far more fun.





And now you've lost your marbles as well?






About 4 of years back while solving Project Euler problems. I ended up writing this:
public class NthPrimeNumber
{
public string GetNumber()
{
long number = 0;
// All prime numbers are denoted by 6n+1 or 6n1 format. So, assumming for
// 10001st number, n is 100000 (in fact it will be lesser than this)
bool[] isComposite = new bool[1000002];
// Since this method will find more than 10001 prime numbers, track how many have been
// found already and once we have 10001 as the count, stop
int primeNumberCount = 0;
int upperBoundRoot = (int)Math.Sqrt(1000001);
for (int i = 2; i <= upperBoundRoot; i++)
{
if (!isComposite[i])
{
primeNumberCount++;
if (primeNumberCount == 10001)
{
number = i;
break;
}
for (int k = i * i; k <= 1000001; k += i)
isComposite[k] = true;
}
}
// if the count is not 10001 yet, there are more numbers to find
for (int i = upperBoundRoot; i < 1000001; i++)
{
if (!isComposite[i])
{
primeNumberCount++;
if (primeNumberCount == 10001)
{
number = i;
break;
}
}
}
return number.ToString();
}
}
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Learned it in Math class. I'm way too old to remember when exactly.
The world is going to laugh at you anyway, might as well crack the 1st joke!
My code has no bugs, it runs exactly as it was written.





5th grade math class (1964) what's a computer class? I liked it so much that I would do it to 100 on a blank sheet during idle moments. My other numbers game was doubling from 1 to get powers of 2. That would have been a couple of years earlier.
In theory, theory agrees perfectly with practice.
In practice, this is virtually never the case.
"*the {VOiCE} says: The truth is analog  not digital."  jonathan HICKMAN





I learned about the Sieve of Eratosthenes in my naive past after i thought i had come up with a novel approach at finding primes since you could use part of this sieve approach to compute primes in parallel (don't get me started). When i found out it was just a modified version of his sieve I fell into depression and never tried to do anything novel again. J/K...but seriously.





From Carl Sagan's Cosmos (original version)





So, why did I learn to read more...
I was interested in Prime Numbers since I was a kid.
When I got my first PC, I decided to write a problem to spin through prime numbers.
And I came up with this TOTALLY UNIQUE Idea.
Once ANY number becomes prime, all future multiples of that number are no longer prime.
(2 being the best example, eliminate every even number in the future)
So every number that is not already a multiple of a prime is then prime, etc.
And I wrote this, and was amazed that I was able to find primes without division!
Mind you: I wrote software to check most of my theory of matrices homework, and Diff Eq stuff...
(Because a monochrome computer screen was not good for much else, LOL)
So, I explain what I built to my lab partner in crime at University, and he says "Oh, you implemented the Sieve of Eratosthenes..." I was crushed. Then I was excited... (I am only a couple of thousand years behind the greeks... I can catch up)... Then I was crushed... (I had classes).
Ah, the good old days...





I have a disc that works perfectly fine in the XBox360 console. I would like to extract it into an ISO file so that hopefully I can get it running in Xenia. Anyway, I have tried apps like PowerISO & CloneCD, and every time I command it to read the disc, all I get is the drive whirring around and making strange noises while the app tells me to insert a disc into the CD. I have a blank CD, and when I put it in the drive, Windows Explorer did not complain one bit and simply asked if I wanted to format the disc. I have no other discs that are not XBox360 game disc.
I did exactly what folks that have videos online tell me to do, but it doesn't work for me. Of course, I have considered whether the CD drive is working properly, but the fact that it so easily accepted a blank disc seems to tell me that the drive is fine.
Any ideas?





You don't. It's specifically against the licensing agreement.
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
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I've had CD's/DVD's that only worked in 1 drive before, frustrating.
If you know how to use a screwdriver pull the drive out of the xbox and plug it into the PC.
remember the "warranty is void" sticker on the xbox are no longer legal.
Signature ready for installation. Please Reboot now.





swampwiz wrote: hopefully I can get it running in Xenia Why would you want to run it in my home town[^]?
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If it was that easy, MS would have a serious piracy problem with the Xbox.





The thing is, if Micro$oft would just let folks play Xbox in Windows 10, I wouldn't be trying to pirate the system. This frustrated affair has put me into superpirate mode, however.





swampwiz wrote: The thing is, if Micro$oft would just let folks play Xbox in Windows 10,
...then they wouldn't have a console to sell.



