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    N+1. This is a test.

    How bad do you have it? Would you go and get this bike?

    http://albany.craigslist.org/zip/1954061759.html

    I passed the test and didn't inquire, or did I fail?

    In case the ad gets taken down, here's the text:

    Old Rusty Bicycle (Cropsyville)

    I have an Old Rusty Bike that may not even be ridable but I just don't know. It would be perfect to give to a snotty niece of nephew for their birthday (or save till christmas) just to watch the smile melt from their face as they tear the wrapping off this filthy second hand bicycle that looks like a halloween prop pulled from a lake. The tires will probably need some air but you can ride it like it is for an intense workout; so great for recently laid-off pound packing soccer moms looking for a free way to lose weight. Also, if you pick up this two wheeled heap by sunday I'll throw in a free steel helmet that appears to be worn by a vietman veteran. The helmet is in good shape, has no war scars or blood stains and may even be worth something and most certianly is worth more than the bike. And if worst comes to worst maybe you could have them melted down as scrap metal and make a few bucks. Opportunity knocks... will you just walk away when you could be ridin' away?
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    Rather than a legitimate ad, this sounds more like someone trying--and failing--to get a Best of Craigslist mention.
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    I must of failed the test... I don't get it. Why would you want to go buy a bike if he describes it like that. he didn't even list a price or actual description of the bike other than mentioning how horrible it was.

    I googled N+1 and found a book on literature politics and culture....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamabb View Post
    I must of failed the test... I don't get it. Why would you want to go buy a bike if he describes it like that. he didn't even list a price or actual description of the bike other than mentioning how horrible it was.

    I googled N+1 and found a book on literature politics and culture....
    N is the amount of bikes you have, N+1 is the amount of bikes you should have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamabb View Post
    I must of failed the test... I don't get it. Why would you want to go buy a bike if he describes it like that. he didn't even list a price or actual description of the bike other than mentioning how horrible it was.
    It was in the Albany NY Free listings.

    Some of us just go and get free bikes, regardless of the lack of information. At best they can be restored. At worst, you get a few usable parts.

    Even the free steel pot didn't motivate me for this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Limey1212 View Post
    N is the amount of bikes you have, N+1 is the amount of bikes you should have.
    not to be picky....but why not b+1? bike doesn't start with n, it starts with b.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablosnazzy View Post
    not to be picky....but why not b+1? bike doesn't start with n, it starts with b.
    It's a math thing. N is usually used as a variable in these sorts of cases (probably standing in for number). Just like x is the first variable used in algebra most of the time (and y is introduced if you get a second one), n seems to stand for how many of something you have. At least as far as I can tell.

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    Free is always a good thing!

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    Maybe dude's wife is tired of all his bikes and told him he needs to get rid of at least on so now he can at least say, "Honey, I put an ad up on Craigslist, but no one wanted it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    It's a math thing. N is usually used as a variable in these sorts of cases (probably standing in for number). Just like x is the first variable used in algebra most of the time (and y is introduced if you get a second one), n seems to stand for how many of something you have. At least as far as I can tell.
    ahh, yes, that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    Maybe dude's wife is tired of all his bikes and told him he needs to get rid of at least on so now he can at least say, "Honey, I put an ad up on Craigslist, but no one wanted it).
    Sounds like something I would do.
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