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Friday, December 14th, 2001

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1:43a
Make Millions on the Internet
A new peripherals company, Gedanke Tech, is producing modems which are not limited to transmitting and receiving data in bits per second, b/s or bps, but rather in bits per second squared, b/(s^2) or bpss. That is, every second, the current bps rate increases by bpss (this increase is smooth and not incremental).

Please note that this is a perfectly spherical company in a vacuum at absolute zero temperature.

The CEO, who will no doubt die very soon in the vacuum and temperature, wishes to demonstrate how cool the new modems are, with a demonstration while the product is still being improved.

Exercises for the Reader:


Poll #13137 Make Millions on the Internet!

1. How many bpss must the GedankeTech modem rate in order to match speed with a 56k modem downloading a 1 Meg file (assume that 56k=57344 bps and 1M=8388608 bits) from an equal start? Show all work.

2. Generalizing the formula, how many bpss must the GedankeTech modem rate in order to match speed with an X bps modem downloading a Y bit file from an equal start? Show all work.

3. Solve Exercise 1 without using integral calculus. You may use any other accepted mathematical method.

4. Solve Exercise 1 without using the cerebrum in any way. You may use any other human bodily organ, including other parts of the nervous system.

5. Solve Exercise 1 before 1977 without using time travel. You may use Voodoo.

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