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In Douglas Adams' sci-fi series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," a pair of programmers task the galaxy's largest supercomputer with answering the ultimate question of the meaning of life, the universe and everything. After 7.5 million years of processing, the computer reaches an answer: 42. Only then do the programmers realize that nobody knew the question the program was meant to answer.




Now, in this week's most satisfying example of life reflecting art, a pair of mathematicians have used a global network of 500,000 computers to solve a centuries-old math puzzle that just happens to involve that most crucial number: 42.





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don't bother with these scam "global network computers solving". computers = global warming contributors.we should sue amazon, google, microsoft, apple, nsa for their CO2
Man, I smoke a lot of weed and I still have zero idea wtf you're on about.
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Man, I smoke a lot of weed and I still have zero idea wtf you're on about.
Looks like you picked the wrong week to not start amphetamines.
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I'm actually a little offended by this article's headline and deceptive journalism. The QUESTION was 42 (only kind of, the question was really all whole numbers between, and including, 1 and 99), not the answer. The answer was

x = (-80538738812075974)
y = (80435758145817515)
z = (12602123297335631)
Eh, yes and no. Remember, with math, there is two sides to an equation.

For example: 1+2=3 is the same thing as 3=2+1.

In this case, the equation was x^3 + y^3 + z^3 = 42. They had to solve for x, y and z. But in the end, the answer was still 42. Just because they had the answer at the beginning and needed to solve the rest of the equation doesn't change that. So it isn't exactly deceptive.
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Was it something about my limburger and sauerkraut sandwich that caused it? Dontknow

Do those help dissolve kidney stones? Confused
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don't bother with these scam "global network computers solving". computers = global warming contributors.we should sue amazon, google, microsoft, apple, nsa for their CO2
Have you ever done any Bitcoin mining?
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