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Old 2006-01-17, 20:44   #5
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"Jason Goatcher"
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Originally Posted by thechickenman
...You cna run double-checks, which a reasonable computer can do in about a week, or trial-factorings, which take about a day each. The drawback is, double-checks give you a pretty much nil chance of finding a prime, and factoring gives you zero chance... but them's the breaks.
I don't know about that nil chance. You have to figure in the fact that the double checks are faster, so you have more chances. And if double checks fall far enough behind, and the error rate is high enough, double checks might have better odds of finding a prime. When the project Seventeen or Bust first started their forced double-check awhile back, the odds went up for awhile.

Strange but true.
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