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I'm not dead yet!

There is still a chance of 2-128 that our IsPrime function will give you the wrong answer. To give you an idea of how small this chance actually is, the chance that you will be killed by a meteroite while you read this sentence is far larger. Still alive? Okay, so don't worry about it.

I love geek humor.



Oct. 4th, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
Modified gambler's fallacy. The odds of OptimusPrime generating the wrong value is independant of our getting hit by a meteor.
Oct. 4th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
Additionally, it's reasonable to assume that one will call the function in question quite often, yet one will not read the sentence over and over to see if they will get smacked by a meteor this time.
Oct. 4th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
Especially since the consequences of guessing wrong and getting smacked by a meteor far outweigh the consequnces of a bad function call.
Oct. 4th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Depends. If the function is wrong, you get a bad cryptographic key, which can be a big problem if you happen to be working for, say, the NSA.
Oct. 4th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
I'll tell you what, I'll get the wrong crypto key for the NSA, you get hit by the meteor.
Oct. 4th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'll tell you what, I'll get hit by the meteor, you'll be responsible for the destruction of free society. Personally, I'm not interested in living in a Koranocracy. :^P
Oct. 4th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
Last I heard, the koran won't shield you from 2500 degree heat.
Oct. 4th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
I fail to understand. "Koranocracy"? How is the Koran equatable with a lack of privacy and free society?
Oct. 4th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
I can just imagine it now...
The world as we know it is gone after an incredible meteor strike. The impact itself was greater than all the combined Hollywood special effects depections of meteor impacts. One of the few survivors turns to another.
"GodDAMMIT, Bill! I told you to stop reading that sentence!"