Archive for date: June 28, 2009

On Factoring, by Jevons’ The Principles of Science

June 28, 2009 | Math | By: Mark VandeWettering

While reading the section on factorization of large numbers in Knuth’s Seminumerical Algorithms, I encountered a reference to an interesting claim by William Stanley Jevons. I did a google search, and found it in google books: Knuth was quick to point out that the number that he gave was easily factorable in short order (even […]

A Simple Python Program for Factoring…

June 28, 2009 | Computer Science, Cryptography, Math | By: Mark VandeWettering

Sometimes, your interests converge. Over on Programming Praxis, he had a coding challenge to implement Monte Carlo factorization. The last couple of days, I have been thinking a bit more about factorization, so it seemed like a good idea to give it a whack. I cribbed a version of the Rabin Miller primality tester off […]

Use a Wii Balance Board with Linux

June 28, 2009 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

An interesting part of the Nintendo Wii design is that they rely on bluetooth for connecting their joysticks and (as it turns out) their Balance Board peripheral. This makes them pretty darned hackable. I’ve seen lots about using the “WiiMote” with computers, but this is the first I’ve seen that interfaces with the Balance Board. […]