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Forum: Number Theory Discussion Group 2020-07-10, 16:34
Replies: 15
Views: 241
Posted By xilman
You quoted Happy5214 in the same way I'm quoting...

You quoted Happy5214 in the same way I'm quoting you.

You clicked on the "Quote" button, not the "Post Reply" button.

Technical point in that your text clearly addressed the OP, not the person...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-07-08, 13:09
Replies: 2,752
Views: 152,305
Posted By xilman
A possible experimental test for quantum gravity....

A possible experimental test for quantum gravity. (https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphy.2020.00207/full)
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-07, 21:15
Replies: 1,419
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Views: 88,639
Posted By xilman
Thanks for letting me know. I'll contact Arjen...

Thanks for letting me know. I'll contact Arjen Lenstra who was on very good terms with Ron, whom I once met at Arjen's house when he still lived in the US.
Forum: Lounge 2020-07-07, 20:37
Replies: 1,419
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Views: 88,639
Posted By xilman
Isaac Newton, by all accounts written by his...

Isaac Newton, by all accounts written by his contemporaries, was a thoroughly unpleasant guy.

Edmund Halley, one of my heroes and a thoroughly pleasant guy, was one of the few who could tolerate...
Forum: Operazione Doppi Mersennes 2020-07-06, 19:41
Replies: 10
Views: 533
Posted By xilman
My guess is trial division.

My guess is trial division.
Forum: Hardware 2020-07-06, 12:46
Replies: 12
Views: 364
Posted By xilman
As a grad student, and then subsequently in my...

As a grad student, and then subsequently in my first paid employment, I worked with a team designing a 32-bit AM29xx machine which had comparable performance to an 11-750 at a third of the price. I...
Forum: Operazione Doppi Mersennes 2020-07-05, 16:51
Replies: 10
Views: 533
Posted By xilman
Interesting! Ernst, I believe you have...

Interesting!

Ernst, I believe you have software attempting to factor this number. Can you confirm
Forum: enzocreti 2020-07-05, 08:40
Replies: 22
Views: 925
Posted By xilman
To which he would reply "you used the AND...

To which he would reply "you used the AND operator, not PLUS.
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2020-07-04, 19:54
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By xilman
That's a relief. I thought I was suffering from...

That's a relief. I thought I was suffering from dementia-related memory loss.
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2020-07-04, 17:29
Replies: 2
Views: 62
Posted By xilman
Anyone else seen the Beowulf movie? Parts of...

Anyone else seen the Beowulf movie?

Parts of it are excellent but the depiction of Grendel's mother seems more designed to titillate the modern audience than to remain true to the original.
...
Forum: Computer Games 2020-07-04, 12:21
Replies: 39
Views: 5,436
Posted By xilman
That's the one. I'd forgotten its real name.

That's the one. I'd forgotten its real name.
Forum: Computer Games 2020-07-04, 08:55
Replies: 39
Views: 5,436
Posted By xilman
I rather liked Lemmings but never got too far...

I rather liked Lemmings but never got too far into it.

Wasted quite a bit of time on Doom as well but never became good enough to consider moving on to Doom 2 or Quake.

Anyone remember Theme...
Forum: Computer Games 2020-07-04, 07:16
Replies: 39
Views: 5,436
Posted By xilman
Back in the day I wasted many hours on rogue,...

Back in the day I wasted many hours on rogue, nethack and larn.

Even earlier, it was ADVENT and a couple of games for which I no longer know the names. One was a purely text-based lunar landing...
Forum: Tales From the Crypt(o) 2020-07-03, 16:14
Replies: 17
Views: 490
Posted By xilman
I've really no idea how long it would take me. ...

I've really no idea how long it would take me. It's been a long time since I did anything that small.

A week on a single commodity PC is my guess. That's only 10K minutes.
Forum: Tales From the Crypt(o) 2020-07-03, 12:26
Replies: 17
Views: 490
Posted By xilman
Technically this is not a MITM, which requires a...

Technically this is not a MITM, which requires a device between the end points, not at an end point.
That has not yet been established but it seems rather likely to me.

It is, of course, possible...
Forum: Tales From the Crypt(o) 2020-07-03, 08:00
Replies: 17
Views: 490
Posted By xilman
My guess wasn't too far wrong. ...

My guess wasn't too far wrong.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3aza95/how-police-took-over-encrochat-hacked has much more detail.
Forum: Tales From the Crypt(o) 2020-07-03, 06:45
Replies: 17
Views: 490
Posted By xilman
Exceedinlgly unlikely IMO. Far more likely...

Exceedinlgly unlikely IMO.

Far more likely is exploitation of implementation weakness coupled with traffic analysis and infiltration of the user base. Classical espionage, in other words.

IMO,...
Forum: Computer Games 2020-07-03, 06:41
Replies: 5
Views: 133
Posted By xilman
Never played Overwatch so couldn't say. We...

Never played Overwatch so couldn't say.

We are looking for someone to take over a coalition member (Poland) who has dropped out. The gameID is 3294985 at https://www.conflictnations.com/ if you...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-07-01, 15:33
Replies: 476
Views: 19,463
Posted By xilman
That's for newbies. The site for real men,...

That's for newbies.

The site for real men, real women and real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri is listenercrossword.com (https://listenercrossword.com)
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-07-01, 08:16
Replies: 29
Views: 1,123
Posted By xilman
If a man says something and there is no woman...

If a man says something and there is no woman around to hear it, is he still wrong?
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2020-06-30, 09:51
Replies: 2
Views: 62
Posted By xilman
Ænglisc

Ænglisc (https://ang.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C4%93afodtramet) is the West Germanic language spoken in large parts of the British Isles and elsewhere in northwest Europe...
Forum: Languages -- Ancient & Modern, Human & Machine 2020-06-29, 19:54
Replies: 8
Views: 219
Posted By xilman
Sorry. I am always spelling that word...

Sorry. I am always spelling that word incorrectly.

I will go back and fix my posts.

Thanks for letting me know.
Forum: Computer Games 2020-06-29, 16:08
Replies: 5
Views: 133
Posted By xilman
Nope.

Nope.
Forum: Computer Games 2020-06-29, 15:43
Replies: 5
Views: 133
Posted By xilman
Real time war game.

About 3 weeks ago I discovered Conflict of Nations (http://conflictnations.com) which uses an engine to run a number of different scenarios ranging from a predominantly European setting (with parts...
Forum: Factoring 2020-06-29, 14:53
Replies: 10
Views: 546
Posted By xilman
It might just be possible for me to dig out some...

It might just be possible for me to dig out some ~20 year old records of my prior experiments with TMPQS as I then called it. Some of them may exist only in a paper notebook.

Bear in mind that...
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