Distributed RVS, Darcs, tech love

Daniel Pitts googlegroupie at coloraura.com
Sun Oct 21 03:20:47 CEST 2007

On Oct 20, 2:04 pm, llothar <llot... at web.de> wrote:
> > I love math. I respect Math. I'm nothing but a menial servant to
> > Mathematics.
> Programming and use cases are not maths. Many mathematics are
> the worst programmers i've seen because they want to solve things and
> much more often you just need heuristics. Once they are into exact
> world they loose there capability to see the factor of relevance in
> algorithms.
> And they almost never match the mental model that the average
> user has about a problem.

I read somewhere that for large primes, using Fermat's Little Theorem
test is *good enough* for engineers because the chances of it being
wrong are less likely than a cosmic particle hitting your CPU at the
exact instant to cause a failure of the same sort.  This is the
primary difference between engineers and mathematicians.

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