[RC5] Proposal of organization of effort to win prime number contest

Roby Van Hoye DeRoby at mail.dma.be
Mon Apr 12 21:04:02 EDT 1999

At 00:25 12/04/99 -0400, Ben Fletcher wrote:
>Roby Van Hoye wrote:
>> Let D.net become a user on GIMPS, redistribute the errr, keys. (might be
>> tricky, although...) and let the winner have 20% of the revenues, 20% goes
>> to D.net (v3 servers) and the rest is given to a good cause (medical help
>> for Kosovo for instance)
>> It can't be that difficult to include the Prime client inside the D.Net
>> client as the source code comes for free..
>> My $0.02
>> Cu
>> Roby.
>Interesting thought, but I do have one fundamental question:
>Why would someone like me, a relative newbie without strong loyalty to
>d.net, want to give up any percent of the $50k in return for nothing? 

'GeekNess with a capital G' ;-)

D.net would be able to zip trough this in no time (err, well, it might take
even us a while, but you know what I mean... ) 

*I* will never make it to the Top 1000 producers at GIMPS, but it'd be
great to become part of the number one (with a large marge) GIMPS producing
D.Net entry... (does this make sense, even gramatically ?)

The GIMPS effort does only half a terraflop, but somewhere on the D.net
pages it reads we do 'a damn lot of MFLOPS'
(http://www.distributed.net/statistics/stats.html ,the number doesn't fit
the page :-), hell, I think we have about 12 times the computing power
compared to what the entire GIMPS effort has to offer !!

>If I want to help d.net or a charity, I could just give them a piece of
>the action after I win (that'll happen).

True, but as a team we stand stronger... Now you **might** win something,
together we're in business ...

>This next comment has probably been made several times regarding the
>Prime client, but why doesn't it check in more often (by default) so
>that users can look up more meaningful stats and GIMPS has a better
>handle on the status of things?  The reason I make the comment here,
>though, is that the D.net Prime client could make a higher priority of
>intermediate stats and attract more people like me who get a kick out of

voila, GIMPS is rather 'scientific' minded whereas D.Net is more 'geek'
minded. (that off course is my personal interpretation and is in no way
meant to be offensive or insulting !!!)

>My $0.015 :)

You lost half a cent on stamps ? :)

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