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April 11, 2007

#247: Factoring the Time

Factoring the Time

[[One man is sitting at a computer. Another man is sitting at a separate desk. There is a clock which reads 2:53]]

Man at desk: 253 is 11x23

Man at computer: What?

Man at desk: I’m factoring the time.

Man at desk: I have nothing to do, so I’m trying to calculate the prime factors of the time each minute before it changes.

Man at desk: It was easy when I started at 1:00, but with each hour the number gets bigger

Man at desk: I wonder how long I can keep up.

[[Man at desk reaches back and touches the clock]] «beep» [[Clock now reads 14:53]]

Man at desk: Hey!

Man at computer: Think fast.