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There's a statement that has been "pretty much permanently" on a whiteboard-covered wall of the computer lab at my college telling a joke about "the difference between a mathematician and an engineer", that goes through the math behind a specific type of prime number generator, calculates the likelihood that it might fail, and then claims the mathematician cares about that while the engineer knows that is orders of magnitude less likely than a guaranteed algorithm failing due to a cosmic ray hitting it in RAM and flipping one of its bits. ;P

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