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Old 02-08-07, 07:22 PM   #1
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How to know when you ticked off an engineer....

Since there are so many of us Foo engineers, I thought this would be good.

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Of course, let's not forget this old gem.

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hahaha I like that second one.

Summation of 1/2^n with n going to infinity. That's just awesome.
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So can someone tell us exactly how much that check is for???
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Time Warner Cable is about to get a very simular check...
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That seems kind of dangerous to me. You'd be relying on a teller at the bank, and the people who process checks for the bank to interpret the amount. They're rather unlikely to know for sure, so they could take out 2 cents from your account, or they could take $20,000.
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So can someone tell us exactly how much that check is for???
0.2 cents.

0.002 dollars is self-explanatory

Euler's formula: e^i (theta) = cos theta + i sin theta
So e^i (pi) = cos pi + i sin pi = -1

Sum of infinite geometric series: sum (n = 0 to infinity) of a x^n = a / (1 - x)
So sum (n = 1 to infinity) 1/ (2 ^ n) = sum (n = 1 to infinity) (1/2) ^ n
= sum (n = 0 to infinity) (1/2) * (1/2) ^ n = (1/2) / (1 - (1/2) ) = 1

Add it all up, and you've got a check for 0.2 cents.
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e^ipi = -1
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0.002
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just call is epsilon

it is pretty much a value approaching zero. let's just say lim f->inf = 0

ahh forgot about the sum of infinite geometric series. it's not 2 cents. it's .2 cents, so it's essentially 1/5 of a cent.
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Hummmm... so is it .2 or .002 we have differing opinions. It's battle of the Math Nerds! (been out of that stuff too long...)
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I'm not an engineer, but that's hillarious.
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Hummmm... so is it .2 or .002 we have differing opinions. It's battle of the Math Nerds! (been out of that stuff too long...)
0.2 cents = 0.002 dollars. We have math nerds who prefer different units.
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Actually, the math guys agree, 0.2 cents.

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e^ipi = -1
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0.002
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Summation = 1

-1 + .002 + 1 = .002 = 1/10 of 2 cents = 0.2 cents
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0.2 cents = 0.002 dollars. We have math nerds who prefer different units.
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0.2 cents = 0.002 dollars. We have math nerds who prefer different units.
There's a backstory behind that which makes this all the more funny:

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If we want to settle this for sure, I can check with my friends dad who is a mathematics department chair and works for a DoD think tank on the side developing complex super algorithms for government decryption.

I bet he'll know.

I like them memo the best.
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There's a backstory behind that which makes this all the more funny:

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So whose signature do we all now have?
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What Now, *****es?
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There's a backstory behind that which makes this all the more funny:

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OMG, I almost wet my pants laughing my a$$ off!



Seriously. I've been through some similar experiences. And it really, really bites.
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So whose signature do we all now have?
I think it's Ivan Seidenberg's.
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It's illegible enough you can claim it's e^2pi, then cash it for $536.49.

The bank isn't going to do anything, I know personally banks wash there hands when an even a fully legible check gets cashed for the wrong amount.
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