Grr.. evil Google

July 13, 2004 at 2:56 am

I saw this neat puzzle on google’s blog. I mistakenly read the problem as the first 10 consecutive digits of e which are prime, which the answer is of course 1838606261 after a quickie c# program to determine that (I thought the number would be much deeper honestly). Grr.. I’ll have to go into work on the harder problem now to figure it out. Thanks google for keeping me up so late working on interesting things! :)

Of course, I love google. Don’t let the title of this entry fool you. I’d work there in a heartbeat if I lived in the Bay Area, I was finished with College, and they would hire me. Hopefully in another few years that will be a possibility.

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  1. Anders Tomilsson
    July 20, 2004 at 1:42 am

    I’d go back and debug your code. The solution is not what you posted – I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Your answer 404s when it’s loaded into a browser. If you want to be objective, test your code, the paste it at the web site as the instructions say: If it’s correct, you’ll be taken to a second screen with a tougher puzzle (and it’s more fun). If you give up and need a spoiler, here’s the first few digits: 7427 (it’s earlier in the sequence than what you posted.)

  2. July 20, 2004 at 4:22 am

    Ya I realized it. I had a filter to automagically do the first 6-7 or so primes in one division by doing a sort of seive operation but I guess it didn’t work. Originally I thought it would be fairly deep into the listing so I wanted it to be fast. I removed the filter and suddenly it got the right number. I have no clue on the second puzzle though. Thanks though!

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