- 10/22/2013 9:08:11 AM
That's the beauty of DVR and on-demand viewing. How many of us actually watch shows as they air these days? Nothing more frustrating than having to sit through commercials!
- by SRS1, Master Analyst
- 10/21/2013 11:27:40 PM
Now I am going to have to add Elementary to my long list of shows to watch—where do people find the time to watch so many shows? I am excited to see how much research they've done in creating a good story.
- 10/14/2013 11:22:40 AM
Of course there would be a P vs NP episode on Numb3rs! One more reason for me to watch. ;-) As for your friends and their cryptic address, yikes, they will keep me away, that's for sure!
- by SaneIT, Data Doctor
- 10/14/2013 8:02:54 AM
Well that's one way to keep your audience low and your diversity of readership narrow. Other than a site were you just want to have a safe haven for your hobby I can't imagine being that hardcore about not wanting people on your site. I'm sure there's a government watch list for that type of thing.
- by Nnanci, Blogger
- 10/14/2013 5:11:59 AM
Beth, - Even in Numb3rs, season 1 or 2 there's an episode where the P vs NP problem features prominently. The main character who's a mathematician is sort of fanatical about everything math. So at one point he retreats into his own room to work out P vs NP at a time when he's really needed on something else.
His dad and FBI brother and Physicist friend all got a bit impatient with him and talked to him about it. He was stubborn at first but by the time it ends, he had resigned to the fact that there are many other things he could be useful at as a mathematician. And indeed easier ways of making a million dollars!
But to something else, i actually know 2 or 3 guys who have their address in cryptic on their websites. And say something like: "Apply a β-reduction to derive". Like if you can't decode i prolly do not wanna hear from you anyway...lol.
- 10/10/2013 8:05:43 AM
@SethBreedlove... speaking of government incompetency!
This was a great idea, but boy you'd think they've have been really, really, REALLY careful that the problem was absolutely 100 percent before posting!
- by SaneIT, Data Doctor
- 10/10/2013 7:22:56 AM
I guess it's hard to think rationally about how to kill someone since it's not really a rational act. I can't say I saw the show but I guess if you want to make sure someone is dead shooting them would be one of the most effective ways to do it mathematically I'm sure they could have devised a plot to sabotage their car or blow them up unibomber style but if you look at the effort that goes into it the shorter quicker way to get the job done probably involves a gun.
- by SethBreedlove, Data Doctor
- 10/9/2013 10:26:31 PM
This reminds me of a job posting by the Australian Air Force. In order to call the number to apply, a prospect had to solve a math problem. Sadly, no one (outside of the Austrialian Air Force) has been able to solve it.