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Re^5: Very Large Hex Combinationsby BrowserUk (Pope)
|on Aug 04, 2005 at 16:27 UTC||Need Help??|
Update: Minor brainfart there. The point of the post still holds, but you'll need to multiply all the numbers by 2**( 640 * 480 ):
Assuming 24-bit color, there are 640 * 480 * 2**24 possible bit maps. That's 5.15e12.
To put that number in perspective, if you could generate 1/second, it would take you 163,319 years.
Now let's say you secured the services of 163,319 computers for 1 year and generated them all. It would require ~5 million million million million GB of storage to hold. So, let's say that the disks/tapes were available.
Now to find that perfect picture that you are going to take of your great Aunt 5 years from now, all you've got to do is wade through all the mostly black and mostly white and mostly blue and mostly grey, and all those where you chopped off her head.
If you can reject 1 per second that's gonna take you...
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