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Forum: Lounge 2021-01-24, 18:50
Replies: 4
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Posted By xilman
A particularly good recitation is available at...

A particularly good recitation is available at opCGFmPKiE0
Forum: Science & Technology 2021-01-24, 18:03
Replies: 67
Views: 3,292
Posted By xilman
Undoubtable relevant here rather than the...

Undoubtable relevant here rather than the soapbox. IMAO.

It is good to see one of the US colonies standing up for itself. (That comment might be a candidate for the soap box :wink:)
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-24, 18:00
Replies: 307
Views: 24,918
Posted By xilman
Some times I despair.

Some times I despair.
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-24, 17:59
Replies: 4
Views: 129
Posted By xilman
Celebrations.

Tomorrow is when we celebrate the life of Scotland's greatest poet.

I know how to make cock-a-leekie soup (First boil your cock ...)

Neeps and tatties are in the fridge ready to be chopped,...
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-24, 16:59
Replies: 307
Views: 24,918
Posted By xilman
Fixed that for you.

Fixed that for you.
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-24, 12:15
Replies: 307
Views: 24,918
Posted By xilman
Not snowing here yet, though we had a very brief...

Not snowing here yet, though we had a very brief flurry yesterday.

We did get snow back in December and have images to prove it.
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-23, 21:38
Replies: 1,258
Views: 84,622
Posted By xilman
At least the UK has escaped that punishment....

At least the UK has escaped that punishment. Though the pubs are still closed :sad:
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-23, 18:50
Replies: 171
Views: 22,190
Posted By xilman
True, but that concentrates attention on intent,...

True, but that concentrates attention on intent, not on offen{c,s}e.
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-23, 18:42
Replies: 171
Views: 22,190
Posted By xilman
A dictum of mine: offen{c,s}e is in the mind of...

A dictum of mine: offen{c,s}e is in the mind of the offended.

From one dude to another (and I may well be older than either you or Uncwilly).
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2021-01-23, 11:32
Replies: 86
Views: 4,608
Posted By xilman
False. The factor you find may well be the...

False.

The factor you find may well be the number itself.

Two distinct prime factors may each be (P-1)-smooth for a particular choice of (B1,B2) but no smaller ones.

4369 = (2^4+1)*(2^8+1)...
Forum: Information & Answers 2021-01-22, 18:14
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By xilman
There are two kinds of computer users: those who...

There are two kinds of computer users: those who take frequent regular backups and those who lose important data.

Everyone, but everyone (myself included) learns this the hard way.
Forum: Hardware 2021-01-22, 15:54
Replies: 16
Views: 679
Posted By xilman
Even that is a non-trivial undertaking when one...

Even that is a non-trivial undertaking when one takes into account the resources needed for the linear algebra stages before the factorization is complete.
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-21, 19:12
Replies: 1,483
Views: 83,031
Posted By xilman
:popcorn:

:popcorn:
Forum: Hardware 2021-01-21, 12:30
Replies: 16
Views: 679
Posted By xilman
How interested are you? If you are...

How interested are you?

If you are particularly interested I could recommend writing your own software, using publicly available sources and algorithms as a starting point.

It might take you...
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-21, 08:27
Replies: 382
Views: 46,341
Posted By xilman
:tu:

:tu:
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-19, 16:20
Replies: 1,483
Views: 83,031
Posted By xilman
It has been reported that three former first...

It has been reported that three former first couples (Clinton, Bush & Obama) will meet with the Bidens for a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington.

It would be nice if they had an evening together...
Forum: Science & Technology 2021-01-19, 08:32
Replies: 64
Views: 8,792
Posted By xilman
Why do you want to make it visible from the...

Why do you want to make it visible from the earth?

Use a few dozen nukes to dig 100-metre craters in a geometrical arrangement --- a diagram of the theorem of Pythagorus, for instance.

Then...
Forum: Science & Technology 2021-01-18, 17:14
Replies: 64
Views: 8,792
Posted By xilman
As I noted earlier in this thread, high-altitude...

As I noted earlier in this thread, high-altitude orbits are unstable to lunar and planetary perturbations over the course of a few megayears.

Also as noted earlier, leaving stuff on the moon is a...
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-18, 16:51
Replies: 85
Views: 3,984
Posted By xilman
At the other end of the scale, I have dipped my...

At the other end of the scale, I have dipped my hands in liquid nitrogen on a number of occasions.

One of our favourite tricks with newbie chemists was to put some rubber tubing in LN2 and spray...
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-18, 07:37
Replies: 85
Views: 3,984
Posted By xilman
Yes, having low humidity is critical.

Yes, having low humidity is critical.
Forum: Science & Technology 2021-01-18, 07:34
Replies: 64
Views: 8,792
Posted By xilman
But you may not. ...

But you may not.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklo
Forum: Lounge 2021-01-17, 19:04
Replies: 85
Views: 3,984
Posted By xilman
Only mildly surprising to me. I've spent 20...

Only mildly surprising to me.

I've spent 20 minutes at 105C and a few minutes at 120C without significant discomfort.

Some USAF experiments back in the 70s showed that people can survive 120C...
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-15, 17:48
Replies: 307
Views: 24,918
Posted By xilman
You live in one of the worst places in the UK for...

You live in one of the worst places in the UK for buying fresh fish. You are too far from the coast.
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-15, 17:34
Replies: 307
Views: 24,918
Posted By xilman
Buying fresh fish isn't too difficult in the UK,...

Buying fresh fish isn't too difficult in the UK, in my experience, though it depends on where you live and which species you want to buy.

Buying fresh seafood which is not fish (crustaceans,...
Forum: Soap Box 2021-01-15, 16:07
Replies: 1,483
Views: 83,031
Posted By xilman
Do I detect an element of personal interest here?...

Do I detect an element of personal interest here? ;-)
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