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Largest Prime Number Found

Posted by hs on December 27, 2005

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) project has found the largest prime number for the second time this year. On Dec. 15, the team discovered a Mersenne Prime that is a 9,152,052-digit number. Here’s the press release (may not be online).
Mersenne Primes are a subclass of Prime numbers, and are defined as a prime numbers which are 1 less than a power of 2. 7 is a Mersenne Prime since it is 2^3 -1.

The prime discovered is the 43rd Mersenne Prime discovered so far, but fails short of claiming the $100,000 award from Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to be awarded for discovering a 10-million digit prime number (part of EFF Cooperative Computing Awards).

Keywords: Prime Number, Mersenne Prime, Mersenne, Largest Prime, EFF, GIMPS, Prize, 10 million digit prime, Cooperative Computing Award 

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Winter Solstice

Posted by hs on December 21, 2005

Today is Solstice – Winter Solstice in Northern Hemisphere – the longest night, or the shortest day – whichever way you see it. Sun is over Tropic of Capricorn (and thus in the Southern Hemisphere, its Summer Solstice – longest day/shortest night).

Solstice is not always wonderful, it can be especially hard on some people. Dark periods affect people negatively and they take to various things to get over the blues. The seasonal variation of light causes Seasonal Affective Disorder that is not exactly what the doctor would order for holiday season.
The Winter is officially here!

Keywords: Solstice, Winter Solstice, Longest Night, Shortest Day, Winter start, Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, Holiday Season, NMHA, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Tropic of Capricorn, Sun

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HappyNews.com

Posted by hs on December 12, 2005

CNN is carrying a news item on HappyNews.com (Website focuses on happy news) – a site which, true to its name, focuses only on happy news.

Credo of HappyNews.com is

“Real News, Compelling Stories, Always Positive” is what you’ll find on HappyNews.com.

We believe virtue, goodwill and heroism are hot news. That’s why we bring you up-to-the-minute news, geared to lift spirits and inspire lives. Add in a diverse team of Citizen Journalists reporting positive stories from around the world, and you’ve got one happy place for news. …”

Keywords: HappyNews.com, News, Happy News, Positive

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted by hs on December 4, 2005

A cool gift for Lawyers and other billable-types – The Billable Hour Timepieces from http://www.thebillablehour.com/.

While still on lawyers, here is an interesting blog: the [non]billable hour by Matt Homan. Although the blog seems to be focussed on lawyers, most of the ideas presented lend themselves to all professions (with necessary tweaks, of course).

Keywords: Lawyers, Gift, Matt Homan, Billable Hour, Timepiece, Improvement Ideas, Personal Improvement

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First Snowfall pics…

Posted by hs on December 4, 2005

Some pics from the first snowfall

Snow-covered trees

Trees that look like X-mas trees (well, almost)

Snow-covered car

My car, snug under snow blanket

Sunny days

The trees in sunnier days

For more pics, visit my Flickr page

Keywords: Snowfall, Pictures, Pix, First Snowfall, Snow, Trees, Snow-covered

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