
View Poll Results: Which news item would you like to see the most?  
"Fastest known general primality test discovered"  4  12.12%  
"Fastest known factorization algorithm discovered"  7  21.21%  
"High school student proves Riemann Hypothesis"  6  18.18%  
"Intel unveils 1TFLOP 'Infinity' processor"  8  24.24%  
Other (maybe write your own?)  8  24.24%  
Voters: 33. You may not vote on this poll 

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20060103, 23:59  #1 
Bemusing Prompter
"Danny"
Dec 2002
California
2·17·71 Posts 
What news item would you like to see the most right now?
So it will probably be quite a while before M44 is discovered. So, in the meantime, here is a thread that will hopefully keep you guys from getting bored.
What hypothetical news item would you like to see the most right now? (I personally like #2.) Of course, if you don't like any of those choices, you may make up your own. (As a matter of fact, I'll probably write some later.) Last fiddled with by ixfd64 on 20060104 at 00:02 
20060104, 00:17  #2 
Oct 2005
Fribourg, Switzerlan
2^{2}×3^{2}×7 Posts 
I take #2 too :)

20060104, 03:22  #3 
Cranksta Rap Ayatollah
Jul 2003
641 Posts 
my vote goes for seeing RH proven (or disproven)
who it's discovered by is irrelevant 
20060104, 03:25  #4 
Cranksta Rap Ayatollah
Jul 2003
1010000001_{2} Posts 
for one thing, everything else up there seems temporary in its importance, whereas RH's (valid) proof will be important as long as there are people to understand its importance.
For another, we already have a fast factorization algorithm, don't we? We just don't have the hardware to implement it. Last fiddled with by Orgasmic Troll on 20060104 at 03:26 
20060104, 12:54  #5  
Bamboozled!
"πΊππ·π·π"
May 2003
Down not across
2^{2}·3·11·83 Posts 
Quote:
We have a number of algorithms that run in polynomial time on nonTuring machines. In recent years Shor's algorithm for the QTM has been the most talked about. If we had a machine that could perform arithmetic on integers of any size in sublogarithmic time, we could compute factorials in polynomial time and use binary search to find factors. Read that last sentence very carefully. It may not mean what you think it means at first sight. We have arithmetic algorithms which are polynomial time in the lenght of their inputs. Unfortunately, the factoring algorithm described requires arithmetic on integers which are exponential in the size of the number being factored. Paul 

20060104, 13:22  #6 
Feb 2004
France
2·3^{3}·17 Posts 
Intel 1TFLOP 'Infinity' processor
"Intel unveils 1TFLOP 'Infinity' processor"
???? Do you have links about this where I could understand what you mean ? Tony 
20060104, 14:05  #7 
Aug 2003
Europe
2·97 Posts 
The discovery of 'The' formula that defines all :)
But a. does it exists? And b. what do we do with it? But more seriously. My "news item that I would like to see the most right now" would be rather more political/economical. That the governments in the world turn to sense and form one society based on respect, love, future, improvements and so on. Not discriminating, wasting money (some new laws of the country I am currently in are quite ridiculous), inventing rules to limit freedoms and more. But that is rather impossible and off topic :) But less seriously. Aliens from outer space visiting!!! 
20060104, 14:05  #8 
Nov 2003
1110100100100_{2} Posts 
My vote is "other"
The headline should read: "Bush and Cheney impeached. To be tried for murder" 
20060104, 15:16  #9  
Bamboozled!
"πΊππ·π·π"
May 2003
Down not across
2^{2}·3·11·83 Posts 
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Not a hope in hell of your wish coming true. The US won't even let its citizens fall under the jurisdiction of the ICJ, let alone those who arguably have state immunity. Some day, perhaps, the UK and the US will have reciprocal extradition procedures too  though I blame the UK government for the present state of affairs. Paul 

20060104, 15:21  #10  
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
6DE_{16} Posts 
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20060104, 16:11  #11 
"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria
2,467 Posts 
Something like "Inexhaustible clean energy source discovered, cure for AIDS and cancer found, world hunger problem solved, peace on earth and lifetime supply of free ponies for all!" would liven up my day.
Other than that, what Bob said would be pretty sweet, though I'd rather have the other Neocon puppet players trialed than Bush. This whole mess wasn't his idea, he's too dumb to have ideas of his own. If I have to choose from the list, I'll pick the factoring one (of course). Alex 
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