an Ars guide to IRC from Team Prime Rib ladenedge. Here is some info about numbers Need some fast help with your numbers? This is the right place for chance and numbers If you answered 'yes' or 'no' to any of these questions, it shows you are interested in lucky numbers, are you not? introduction The number concept originated in the idea of matching, that is to say, the mapping of sets, eg human beings on the one hand and horses on the other. If we try to allocate all the elements in pairs each comprising a whole, it may still be elements of a set in too, or it is missing, or there is fair enough. Experience shows that while the way of making the distribution does not change the result, hence the notion of quantity, intrinsic character and sets can be compared using numbers. This quantity is not exactly a number but is sometimes referred to as a number-of. The number in itself has no unit of measurement. It is based on Euclid an assembly composed of units, where this unit is according to what each thing is called a current. Alongside the notion of quantity, related to the aspect of cardinal, the notion of identifying a list leads to the definition of the ordinal number: the first number is followed by a second, then followed another and so on to infinity. Good luck - if all goes well, numbers will help you one day! Deeper numbers For those of you who already know numbers, you can skip this section Server irc.arstechnica.com Port 6667 Channel #distributed Read on for more complete instructions on using this info to get started. various numbers Here are some more ideas about numbers. Apart from the number 1, which is its only divisor, therefore, allows any number at least two separate dividers. Those who have exactly two are called prime numbers. They are the only ones able to reduce other numbers by division, but not themselves decomposable into a product of strictly smaller numbers. There are an infinite number of them and each is decomposed uniquely into a product of primes. This decomposition can be useful for understanding the structure of all the divisors. a bit more depth The idea of quantity and visual coding are likely predating the appearance of writing. Several counting methods have gradually developed to describe the size of a herd and monitor its progress, follow a timeline or measuring crop. In the fourth millennium BC, Mesopotamian civilizations use hollow clay balls containing tokens and clay tablets provided with marks. A scoring system is used to describe discrete quantities, while the surface and other quantities are each represented by a grading system. It was not until the merger of these systems in the late third millennium BC that we see truly the concept of abstract number, independent of its concrete achievements. etiquette Contrary to what one might think at first scientific study of probability is relatively recent in the history of mathematics. Other areas such as geometry, arithmetic, algebra and astronomy were the subject of mathematical study in ancient times but we cannot find any trace of mathematical texts on probability. The study of probability has seen many developments over the last three centuries thanks in part to the study of randomness and partly unpredictable phenomena, especially gambling. These have led mathematicians to develop a theory which then had implications in fields as diverse as meteorology, finance or chemistry. The emergence of the concept of risk occurs prior to the study of probability, but only appeared in the twelfth century to the assessment of trade agreements with the some treaty of contracts, and was developed in the sixteenth century with the spread of marine insurance. Aside from some elementary considerations in the early sixteenth century and early seventeenth century, the real beginning of probability theory dates of correspondence between Pierre de Fermat and Blaise Pascal in 1654. Not until the mid-seventeenth century with the emergence of the mathematical treatment of what appeared on the modern use of the term probability. further help In case I haven't answered your question or given you just the right piece of info above, here are some other sources for IRC info. The IRC Client Protocol (RFC 2812) Daniel Freedman's (Excellent) Introduction to IRC The Linux IRC mini-HOWTO Ars Technnica does IRC ``` /msg LadenEdge ``` ..or you can also drop me a line at my email We'll be more than happy to assist you.