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Forum: Lounge 2020-08-05, 20:05
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Posted By xilman
I well remember Flixborough, though I lived too...

I well remember Flixborough, though I lived too far away to experience it first-hand.

A question on a finals paper 2 or 3 years before my examinations used it to see whether wannabee chemists...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-05, 17:26
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Posted By xilman
NH4NO3 itself doesn't burn*. It undergoes...

NH4NO3 itself doesn't burn*. It undergoes exothermic decomposition to (primarily) N2 and H2O on heating. The reaction is somewhat energetic and the products are gaseous under typical conditions....
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-05, 13:46
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
Did the poor little sod die, or did it make a...

Did the poor little sod die, or did it make a full recovery?
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-05, 09:57
Replies: 3,933
Views: 234,343
Posted By xilman
Widely known as the flying bum. Sorry, we...

Widely known as the flying bum.

Sorry, we need to watch our language around here.

Ought to be widely known as the London Derriere.
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-04, 17:59
Replies: 15
Views: 357
Posted By xilman
You have already told us. "if the...

You have already told us.



"if the counting stops on an even": if it does not, the extra odd number is that one which does not have an even counterpart.
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-04, 16:14
Replies: 15
Views: 357
Posted By xilman
This thread is in "Miscellaneous Math" ... ...

This thread is in "Miscellaneous Math" ...

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more.
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-04, 14:50
Replies: 15
Views: 357
Posted By xilman
And if it does not? You have provided a...

And if it does not?

You have provided a proof of theorem that there is one more odd natural number than there are evens.
Forum: Puzzles 2020-08-04, 14:43
Replies: 15
Views: 415
Posted By xilman
Another possibly interesting question: the...

Another possibly interesting question: the quantity hammingweight(PowerSmooth(N))/N appears to converge to a value close to 0.72 ---can one prove that it converges and can one find a relatively...
Forum: Puzzles 2020-08-04, 14:15
Replies: 15
Views: 415
Posted By xilman
There appears to be a typo. Should the...

There appears to be a typo. Should the exceptional sum be taken from 0, not x?
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-03, 22:47
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
Credit where credit is due: whilst The...

Credit where credit is due: whilst The Unspeakable One originated that saying, I am to blame for expressing support.

An aphorism of mine is that Offence is in the mind of the offended.

If you,...
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-03, 10:25
Replies: 967
Views: 38,929
Posted By xilman
The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is...

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran's government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found. (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53598965)
...
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-03, 10:15
Replies: 15
Views: 357
Posted By xilman
I apologise. There is an error in statement of...

I apologise. There is an error in statement of the theorem given above.

It should have read "There is precisely one fewer even numbers than there are odd numbers." The proof itself remains...
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2020-08-03, 09:47
Replies: 15
Views: 357
Posted By xilman
There is precisely one more even number than...

There is precisely one more even number than there are odd numbers.

If a number is odd, so is its negative. All other numbers are even.

However the negative of zero is itself zero....
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-03, 08:34
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
But that is the whole point of the discussion! ...

But that is the whole point of the discussion!

In many languages it is quite literally impossible to specify a "technician" without also specifying a male technician or a female technician....
Forum: Lounge 2020-08-02, 21:17
Replies: 1,454
RIP
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Posted By xilman
Only loosely connected, but this quote from...

Only loosely connected, but this quote from Beverly Hills Cop is a classic:

"Tell Victor that Ramon - -the fella he met about a week ago? - - tell him that Ramon went to the clinic today, and I...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-02, 20:32
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
As in the riddle "What´s the difference between...

As in the riddle "What´s the difference between BSE and PMS"?

I won't reveal the punchline. The gender thought-crime police will be after me.
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-02, 18:10
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
Ah, Isis, I remember it well. I spent quite some...

Ah, Isis, I remember it well. I spent quite some time there in my Oxford days.
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-02, 16:35
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
The word which we are trying to translate is...

The word which we are trying to translate is third-person singular animate.

Your suggestion is admirable for third person plural "their heads". Sumerian, like English, does not distinguish between...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-02, 12:56
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
In this example, "head" is an anatomical term. ...

In this example, "head" is an anatomical term.

In English, "its head" is a straightforward translation, true to the original inanimate gender.

It is impossible, in English, to translate the...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-02, 10:58
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
Ah, you need to read my earlier post: ...

Ah, you need to read my earlier post:



So how would you translate a word which mean both "his head" and "her head"? In what way does the translation of "its head", where the head may belong to...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-02, 10:29
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
You are a native Portuguese speaker, I believe....

You are a native Portuguese speaker, I believe. How would you translate each of "saĝ.ani" and "saĝ.bi" into your native tongue?

This is not a rhetorical question. I do not know the answer and...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-02, 10:12
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
Does Portuguese have the neuter gender? I...

Does Portuguese have the neuter gender? I thought, but would be pleased to be better educated, that Portuguese only has two genders.

Added in edit:

Of course I know the answer to that...
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-02, 10:10
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
Exactly.

Exactly.
Forum: Soap Box 2020-08-02, 09:45
Replies: 69
Views: 1,070
Posted By xilman
"Our" language? There are several different...

"Our" language? There are several different native tongues of people posting here. A good number of them have at least a passing knowledge of at least one non-native language. Verstehen Sie? ¿Lo...
Forum: Science & Technology 2020-08-02, 08:08
Replies: 2,790
Views: 154,880
Posted By xilman
Did a supernova trigger the late Devonian...

Did a supernova trigger the late Devonian extinction? (https://physicsworld.com/a/did-a-supernova-trigger-the-late-devonian-extinction/)
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