38 thoughts on “Verizon Pisses Off Engineer”

  1. I luv this guy. Verizon pissed me off. I went into the main office with my bogus bills. Did their math for them. They called security. Verizon is the WORST company I have ever given money to.

  2. So, does anyone know how much the check is actually for? πŸ™‚ I once got a parking ticket when I absolutely should not have, and the ticket said, “Attach payment securely to ticket.” After I put roughly 100 staples through the check I got a phone call from the city – they refused my check. Goes to show you simply can’t please everyone, no matter how hard you try.

  3. I am not a math major, but here’s my translation (all in dollars):
    0.002 + (-1) + 1 = $0.002
    Yes, e raised to the i*Pi power is -1. Checked in Maple
    I didn’t check the summation, but I remember that 1/2+1/4+1/8… = 1.
    So I think the check is for a fifth of a cent, whatever that means.

  4. I’d say it’s for $0.002. e^(i*pi) = -1, the value of the series should be 1 (if I remember my analysis correctly), leaving 0.002…

  5. I have no clue what that equation works out to be but I would laugh if he got a symbol wrong and the bank accepted it, understood it and took out 20k from his account or something.

  6. E^(i*pi) = -1. It’s some weird thing that Euler noticed one day. The summation comes out to be a good 1. Each of those could be proved in several known ways. They’re very famous and very basic. No mistakes were made, so this comes out to be .002 cents, clearly mocking Verizon. Of course, they are incapable of doing the math or drawing the connections, so they do not realize that they are being mocked. Which only makes it funnier.

  7. Interesting how some of the other things weren’t noticed.
    It seems to be a starter check. Notice number 1053.
    Date is entered as YYYY-MM-DD, not the U.S. de facto MM-DD-YYYY.
    10/02 next to the name, presuming following standard check formats, suggest this comes from a book that was printed in, or from an account opened in October 2002.
    The upper right hand corner number tends to be also the bank account number.

  8. OMG! This is the funniest thing I have seen all year. Nice memo too. I’d like to write a check to Warner…… Oh well nevermind. Nice work, I’m still not certain how much his bill was. Forwarding link to friend πŸ™‚

  9. The math is quite funny. The first term (e^(i*pi)) is just part of Euler’s equation, which is (e^(i * pi) + 1 = 0) where i is the square root of -1. So in fact (e^(i*pi) is just -1. The second part is also a simple integration that equals +1, so the result is .002 -1 + 1, which is .002. In other words, the author is saying “here is my .002c worth”. hehe.

    Love it

  10. OMG, this is funny!
    But don’t you have to write the amount of the check in letters?

    For those who are wondering the maths:
    E^(i*pi) = cos(pi) + i*sin(pi) = -1 + 0 = -1
    The other part is the geometric series which gives 1

  11. Someone does not know how to use maple

    1.002 + (exp(1)) ^(2*Pi)
    evalf[10]( (1) );

    theres your answer, and yes I am an engineer also

  12. OK, I’ll bite. How does e^(i*pi) equal -1? complex exponents seem to have escaped my math classes.


  13. I argued with Verizon for 6 months over being billed for 3 1/3 phone lines. EVERY amount was multiplied by 3.33. It wasn’t until I got the S.U.C. involved that I got in-touch with someone who actually could DO something. Every underpaid, uninformed phone jockey could SEE I had a problem, and promised they could fix it. Apparently, that’s their pad-answer for any problem, regardless of how hopeless your chances of resolution.

    The very week it became legal to dump your landline number to your cell, we said goodbye to Verizon- never to return. I took my 3.33 phone lines elsewhere.

  14. I have no clue what that equation works out to be but I would laugh if he got a symbol wrong and the bank accepted it, understood it and took out 20k from his account or something.

  15. 0.002+e to the power of (2pie) = 535.4936555

    and the limit of the sum of (1/2 to the power of n) as n goes to infinity is 1

    therefore 535.4936555 + 1 = $536.49

    thats the answer, i asked my math teacher… he made it through high school with no calculator

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