April 16, 2004

600,426,974,379,824,381,952 ways to spell viagra

Actually, after correcting a mistake in the algorithm, there are 1,300,925,111,156,286,160,896. [link via Helen Anderson]

Perhaps this is an example of what the NRC's 1992 report on Computing the Future meant by saying that "new computer technology will have to be fitted to customer needs much more precisely".

Posted by Mark Liberman at April 16, 2004 03:12 PM