Monthly Archives: August 2009

Spammy weather

July brought quite an impressive spam storm, which dumped 10,738 messages on me: That’s a record for my inbox, well beyond the spike of 7,506 messages received last October. The mean number of messages over the two-year period shown is … Continue reading

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My column in the new issue of American Scientist is about the challenges of computing with very large numbers. The column ends with an open question, which I want to restate here as an invitation to commentary. Any system of … Continue reading

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