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 2021-06-28, 02:22 #1 birtwistlecaleb     Jun 2021 23×7 Posts What are relative primes? When i got to Stage 2 of P-1 factoring it said that it was processing relative primes. (480) What does that mean?
2021-06-28, 09:36   #2
BudgieJane

"Jane Sullivan"
Jan 2011
Beckenham, UK

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by birtwistlecaleb When i got to Stage 2 of P-1 factoring it said that it was processing relative primes. (480) What does that mean?
Two numbers are said to be relatively prime if they have no factors in common, i.e. their greatest common divisor is 1.

2021-06-28, 09:50   #3
S485122

"Jacob"
Sep 2006
Brussels, Belgium

22·439 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by birtwistlecaleb When i got to Stage 2 of P-1 factoring it said that it was processing relative primes. (480) What does that mean?

Jacob

Last fiddled with by S485122 on 2021-06-28 at 09:52 Reason: just to say it is a pity that those lazy questions do get answers :-(

 2021-06-28, 12:25 #4 PhilF     "6800 descendent" Feb 2005 Colorado 2×11×31 Posts The answer given in post #2 was much more helpful to me (and probably the OP) than the answer given in post #3. Not to mention a lot shorter. There has to be a happy medium in there somewhere. People around here have gotten really sensitive lately. My point is that it really is OK to answer questions. Many readers like myself can benefit from it.
2021-06-28, 17:31   #6
a1call

"Rashid Naimi"
Oct 2015
Remote to Here/There

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by PhilF The answer given in post #2 was much more helpful to me (and probably the OP) than the answer given in post #3. Not to mention a lot shorter. There has to be a happy medium in there somewhere. People around here have gotten really sensitive lately. My point is that it really is OK to answer questions. Many readers like myself can benefit from it.

2021-06-28, 19:31   #7
xilman
Bamboozled!

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May 2003
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by kriesel "just to say it is a pity that those lazy questions do get answers :-("
+1

One should be careful to distinguish between lazy and incompetent. The latter deserve answering the first time they are asked.

Last fiddled with by xilman on 2021-06-28 at 19:32

2021-06-28, 21:51   #8
S485122

"Jacob"
Sep 2006
Brussels, Belgium

33348 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by PhilF The answer given in post #2 was much more helpful to me (and probably the OP) than the answer given in post #3. Not to mention a lot shorter. There has to be a happy medium in there somewhere. People around here have gotten really sensitive lately. My point is that it really is OK to answer questions. Many readers like myself can benefit from it.
Quote:
 Originally Posted by a1call
I beg to differ : the answer given concerns "relative primes". Just the words are enough explanation. It doesn't expalin it in context.

Generally, if I don't understand a word I would look it up. In a conversation between a few people I might ask the speaker to explain, but not in a conference or forum. On a mathematics related forum the first thing to do is look up the word. The OP is relatively new to the forum, isn't it the right time to tell him to do some research for himself before asking a forum ?

Perhaps the fact that I am not a native speaker, but more or less multilingual makes looking up things more natural for me. (It would be one more reason to try to learn more than one language.)

Doesn't the netiquette say to observe, read and learn before posting ? I see so many new people to GIMPS, asking questions that can be found in the readme file... If only they would read it.

But I might have been a wee bit grumpy.

Jacob

2021-06-28, 22:22   #9
chalsall
If I May

"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002

22·7·359 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by S485122 Doesn't the netiquette say to observe, read and learn before posting ? I see so many new people to GIMPS, asking questions that can be found in the readme file... If only they would read it.
Hear hear!

I think it's OK if a total newbie asks a question or two when they're just starting out. But... It's when they act like children and refuse to learn for themselves after being told where to read that the problems manifest (IMO).

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