247: Factoring the Time
|Factoring the Time|
Title text: I occasionally do this with mile markers on the highway.
The man at the desk is bored and so decides to prime factorize the time as shown on the clock. Annoyed, the man on the computer decides to switch the clock from 12-hour time (2:53 pm) to 24-hour time (14:53). This proves to be a much tougher job to factorize before the time changes, as the time now shown is a four digit number rather than a three digit number. The man at the desk has been at it for almost 2 hours (1:00 - 2:53). This is also a play on the phrase "Factoring the time", meaning taking the time required to do something or the current time into account when making a decision. There is a widget for OS X to display the current time and its prime factors.
The title text refers to doing something similar with mile marker signs, hopefully not while driving as this could be considered distracted driving.
Also, 1,453 is a prime number.
- [One man is sitting at a computer. Another man is sitting at a separate desk. There is a clock which reads 2:53]
- Man at desk: 253 is 11x23
- Man at computer: What?
- Man at desk: I'm factoring the time.
- Man at desk: I have nothing to do, so I'm trying to calculate the prime factors of the time each minute before it changes.
- Man at desk: It was easy when I started at 1:00, but with each hour the number gets bigger
- Man at desk: I wonder how long I can keep up.
- [Man at desk reaches back and touches the clock] <<BEEP>> [Clock now reads 14:53]
- Man at desk: Hey!
- Man at computer: Think fast.
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