# Re: Ask any human to choice a number between 0 - 0xFFFFFFFF

*From*: Jean-Luc Cooke <jlcooke@xxxxxxxxxx>*Date*: 23 Jan 2007 15:50:53 GMT

You assume joe public knows the difference between real numbers and

integers. Most can't do currency conversions or understand that

removing the tax %-age before applying it is better than after applying

it.

So when I say "pick a number between 0 and 42949267295" to someone walking

down the street, they'll pick "2" much much more often than "2559065124" and

certainly never 2559065124.31642.

Your attention to detail is valued by me, but perhaps not my the OP.

But I guess that's why you need to point it out to them. :)

JLC

Pubkeybreaker <Robert_silverman@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I don't know the answer to the question.

I do know, however, that regardless of whom you ask, the answer you

will get had probability 0 of being selected.......

I realize of course, that I am being somewhat obtuse, but I want to

point out

the importance of being careful in specifying the problem. Your

question

said "number" and not 'integer'.

For a number drawn at random in [0, 0xFFFFFFFF], the probability that

it

has a finite representation is 0.

I select the number 973FAC1E.E9000173625FFA27......

Do not say "number" when you mean "integer".

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**References**:**Ask any human to choice a number between 0 - 0xFFFFFFFF***From:*Dennis Yurichev

**Re: Ask any human to choice a number between 0 - 0xFFFFFFFF***From:*Pubkeybreaker

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