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(timesonline.co.uk)   French geek hailed as greatest human calculator after finding the 13th root of a 200 digit number in less than 9 minutes   (timesonline.co.uk) divider line 86
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2005-04-08 07:49:32 PM
Damn! I was hoping he got an award for being the greatest human capacitor, like around 2 farads.
 
2005-04-08 08:02:58 PM
Chipper2, I was going for the greatest human magnet, but I'm stuck to the fridge right now.
 
2005-04-08 08:18:44 PM
Snarfangel That is a worthy goal. Electromagnet or permanent? 'Cause if permanent, and you somehow manage to separate from the refrigerator, it'll be tough walking past parked cars. Hmmm...
 
2005-04-08 10:17:14 PM
I'm the greatest human protractor.
 
2005-04-08 10:31:07 PM
Human? Since when did we consider the French human?
 
2005-04-08 10:48:38 PM
50 years ago this guy would have been the 'Greatest Human Slide Rule'
 
2005-04-08 11:06:27 PM
M Lemaire, who is learning 40 languages simultaneously in his spare time, has promised to reveal part of his technique

forty? damn.
 
2005-04-08 11:08:46 PM
whatshisname

50 years ago this guy would have been the 'Greatest Human Slide Rule'

Or even the 'Greatest Human Abacus'?
 
2005-04-09 12:04:24 AM
I'm so high I can barely count on myself to continue breathing.
 
2005-04-09 01:02:14 AM
I've got the greatest human yardstick.
 
2005-04-09 01:02:59 AM
I'm a math geek, but even to this I say 'who cares'?
 
2005-04-09 01:03:49 AM
455487897897845645612121285789784545456465487879878978456456489789789789789789 789784512354878784212123156787897878

*whew*

 
2005-04-09 01:05:52 AM
"M Lemaire, who is learning 40 languages simultaneously in his spare time, has promised to reveal part of his technique":

He isn't really learning 40 languages, you know. He is really learning how to say "I surrender!" in 40 languages...its sort of different.

/obligatory
//*snicker*
 
2005-04-09 01:07:09 AM
I can say I am learning fifty languages in my spare time! HA!
 
2005-04-09 01:07:42 AM
He tried to find his own root - but then surrendered.
 
2005-04-09 01:10:42 AM
He isn't really learning 40 languages, you know. He is really learning how to say "I surrender!" in 40 languages...its sort of different...

Not to be a jackass, but is it really possible for one soldier to surrender in 40 different conflicts, or againts 40 guys who all speak in different languajes?.

Yet again, he's... Ya know... I'm not saying it, I ain't starting a flamewar without someone posts the Summon Vebets +5 card beforehand.
 
2005-04-09 01:13:14 AM
CygnusDarius:

Not to be a jackass, but is it really possible for one soldier to surrender in 40 different conflicts, or againts 40 guys who all speak in different languajes?.

At least know how to say "it's my first day" in different languages. It could be useful.
 
2005-04-09 01:13:46 AM
if its a whole number its not that hard...
the result is only about 16 digits long after all...
the first few digits of the 200 digit long number will determine at least the first 3 or 4 digits of the 8 digit number and the same for the last few digits... probably only 9 of the digits arent immediately obvious and thats where you need to work.
 
2005-04-09 01:13:59 AM
"I visited this website, and all I got was 2 dozen french popups!"

Good thing I studied ONE other language, and it was French.

The 40 languages thing smells of jackass.
 
2005-04-09 01:14:29 AM
The "personals" chick is hot. I'd hit it with my 13th root anytime!
 
2005-04-09 01:15:36 AM
But can he remember as many digits of pi as I can?

3.141... 5...

Le ha farking ha

I've got, five, just try and beat that, frenchy!
 
2005-04-09 01:18:41 AM
Under the eye of official timekeepers, Alexis Lemaire, 24, ...

Correct my French, but isn't Lemaire French for The shiat?
 
2005-04-09 01:19:00 AM
I'm_a_moran

The "personals" chick is hot. I'd hit it with my 13th root anytime!


After that I read her profile. you better be a sub, my man
 
2005-04-09 01:19:23 AM
Follow instructions for a laugh -

Step 1: Go to www.google.com
Step 2: Type 'French Military Victories'
Step 3: Press 'I'm Feeling Lucky' Button *IMPORTANT*

Step 4: Enjoy
 
2005-04-09 01:19:56 AM
Finding the 13th root of a 200 digit number????


Let's see him find a date. Then I'll be impressed.
 
2005-04-09 01:20:10 AM
40 languages?
I know French, Spanish, some German, some Klingon, pig latin, shizzle, obie, and my own special language...so Im close.
 
2005-04-09 01:20:36 AM
that would be "le merde" or "la merde" if it's your girlfriend.
 
2005-04-09 01:20:46 AM
I'm impressed regardless. I didn't even know 13th roots existed!
 
2005-04-09 01:21:55 AM
...to an accuracy of one decimal place.
 
2005-04-09 01:23:28 AM
Ummm, not quite, Sussman. Merde = shiat. Not maire. Could have something to do with horses, but I'm too tired and lazy to look it up.
 
2005-04-09 01:23:44 AM
deltableh

I'm impressed regardless. I didn't even know 13th roots existed!

It's late, and I'm feeling sarcastic. take any number and multiply it by itself 13 times.
 
2005-04-09 01:26:13 AM
and I have enough trouble doing that on a calculator
 
2005-04-09 01:27:25 AM
the majestic_pickle

haha :) good deal
 
2005-04-09 01:28:08 AM
 
2005-04-09 01:33:31 AM
13th root? Hah! I spit on his 13th root and fart in his general direction!
 
2005-04-09 01:34:54 AM
"M Lemaire, who is learning 40 languages simultaneously in his spare time, has promised to reveal part of his technique. His favourite numbers are 13, 67 and 37"


My favourites are 12, 35 and 42. Thought everyone would like to know. Also learning 45 languages, and will not reveal any techniques, so there.
 
2005-04-09 01:42:16 AM
Psssh, the root was an integer? Call me when he's giving decimal approximations to a few digits.
 
2005-04-09 01:47:34 AM
13th root in nine minutes?

I'm impressed, most people would struggle to get two roots in nine minutes...

/Aussie joke, in case you don't get it
 
2005-04-09 01:59:22 AM
Hm pretty cool
 
2005-04-09 01:59:53 AM
the majestic_pickle, welcome to 1999.
 
2005-04-09 02:02:05 AM
Richard Burton (the explorer not the actor) could speak over 200 languages, 78 fluently, and he could speak Arabic in any dialect so well he made it all the way in to Mecca and out alive.
 
2005-04-09 02:17:26 AM
"Richard Burton (the explorer not the actor) could speak over 200 languages, 78 fluently, and he could speak Arabic in any dialect so well he made it all the way in to Mecca and out alive."


Yeah, but did he ever shag liz taylor in her prime?
And who's more famous? Him or Richard Burton?
 
2005-04-09 02:35:54 AM
Nerdular Nerdance.
 
2005-04-09 02:37:41 AM
2005-04-09 02:02:05 AM Wert789

Richard Burton (the explorer not the actor) could speak over 200 languages, 78 fluently, and he could speak Arabic in any dialect so well he made it all the way in to Mecca and out alive.


Yeah, but using suicide to travel up river always seemed a bit extreme to me.
 
2005-04-09 02:38:27 AM
Suddenly, I don't feel as smart as I did yesterday.
 
2005-04-09 02:47:42 AM
NEEEERRRRRRRRDDDDDD!!

1 word in 40 languages doesn't make you a genius. It means jack shiat. If he learned fluently 40 languages recently in his spare time I'd be impressed.

So its alot of memorization. Who cares? He's about as relevant as anyone in MENZA.

Solve one of the worlds problems or something, then I'll be impressed.
 
2005-04-09 02:48:42 AM
Yep, I'm an idiot... but you will get my surrender when you pry it from my cold dead hands. It will be with my calculator.
 
2005-04-09 02:51:13 AM
John_Mach



"...welcome to 1999. I've memorized the internets and can say that's teh old!
 
2005-04-09 02:58:23 AM
Holy motherfark. I am utterly speechless, aside from this typed-out drivel.
 
2005-04-09 03:12:43 AM
I'm not sure what the added value of calculating roots of 200-digit numbers is, but it must be nice if you can do it.

If he's that smart, why doesn't he spend that time and brain power designing a real star drive. That would at least be useful to a lot more people.

I can believe he's smart enough to learn 40 languages although it's heinously difficult. It's not because I can't do something that somebody else can't. Of course, if he never uses these languages he's not going to be a great success actually producing these languages when he needs them. Unless there is something like a genius who is not at the same time deeply autistic, who can learn something and recall it perfectly 25 years later when he uses the knowledge for the very first time. And that with perfect or near-enough-to-be-good-enough inflection and accent to make himself understood or writing without errors.

There is no substitute for natural genius. That's the way the world works. The fact that we're not working to induce genius in as many children as we can speaks very much of the kind of species we are and why we are in the mess of shiat that we are today. It doesn't take a genius to understand that much.

/sadly not a genius.
 
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