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Forum: Soap Box 2022-01-23, 17:17
Replies: 741
Views: 72,535
Posted By retina
Weapons are not defensive. They are weapons. ...

Weapons are not defensive. They are weapons.

Shields, walls, camouflage and saying sorry; those are defensive strategies.

Weapons are for threatening, maiming, killing and posturing.

If no...
Forum: Soap Box 2022-01-23, 17:01
Replies: 741
Views: 72,535
Posted By retina
We should not ban nuclear weapons either. There's...

We should not ban nuclear weapons either. There's no point, right? Because different weapons are just as effective, like rocks and sarcasm. :razz:
Forum: Soap Box 2022-01-23, 16:20
Replies: 741
Views: 72,535
Posted By retina
Not give a gun to them in the first place.

Not give a gun to them in the first place.
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-22, 09:04
Replies: 37
Views: 613
Posted By retina
The time span of ~2600 years makes comparisons...

The time span of ~2600 years makes comparisons difficult.

If a Pythagoras equivalent was born in this era could (s)he make any contribution today?

Also Ramanujan and Galois died far too early...
Forum: Forum Feedback 2022-01-22, 02:14
Replies: 23
Views: 539
Posted By retina
I only allow my browser to render plain text and...

I only allow my browser to render plain text and still images.

Other stuff like pdf, zip, mp3, mp4, etc. must be downloaded, then opened in a native app with limited privileges and without network...
Forum: Soap Box 2022-01-21, 08:56
Replies: 741
Views: 72,535
Posted By retina
Should any company be allowed to sell guns in the...

Should any company be allowed to sell guns in the light that they can be used to threaten, injure and ultimately kill people?
Forum: Factoring 2022-01-20, 17:41
Replies: 27
Views: 829
Posted By retina
The suggestion to practice on smaller numbers...

The suggestion to practice on smaller numbers first is very good. No sense in wasting weeks on a large number only to discover your configuration is wrong and it fails.

Here are some numbers you...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-20, 14:14
Replies: 1,651
Views: 170,768
Posted By retina
Now you guys made me read about this Novax thing....

Now you guys made me read about this Novax thing.

AIUI he met all the criteria with regard to recovery from covid within 6 months and/or got the vax (for him it was the former). But the problem...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-19, 15:40
Replies: 1,651
Views: 170,768
Posted By retina
Perhaps instead of mandating vaccines, those...

Perhaps instead of mandating vaccines, those choosing to not take them are given an extra right that the vaccinated don't get to enjoy: The right to die from covid without taking up any resources...
Forum: Factoring 2022-01-19, 10:47
Replies: 27
Views: 829
Posted By retina
Erm? My calculator says that 154×log₂10 =...

Erm?

My calculator says that 154×log₂10 = 511.5769... so 154 seems right.Haha, maybe.

Ability to do so doesn't guarantee an equivalent amount of desire or motivation to do so. I wonder if the...
Forum: PrimeNet 2022-01-15, 00:17
Replies: 2,416
Views: 272,110
Posted By retina
Report pages mismatch

https://www.mersenne.org/report_milestones/ All exponents below M(59451331) have been tested and verified.https://www.mersenne.org/report_classic/ Low High Numbers Primes Factored...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-13, 04:53
Replies: 65
Views: 1,056
Posted By retina
Same is true for dates and leading zeros in phone...

Same is true for dates and leading zeros in phone numbers.

Always import in text format. Don't let it auto detect (or whatever it calls it) the contents.
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-12, 14:30
Replies: 1,651
Views: 170,768
Posted By retina
But some random nobody on the Internet said that...

But some random nobody on the Internet said that crap works, so clearly it will be better than the vaccines tested and certified by competent people that know what they are talking about.

Rational...
Forum: Astronomy 2022-01-09, 14:58
Replies: 83
Views: 6,197
Posted By retina
Pointing the mirror directly to the Sun would...

Pointing the mirror directly to the Sun would make for a nice temporary light show. A $10B firework. Thanks for the idea. :tu:
Forum: Astronomy 2022-01-09, 14:34
Replies: 83
Views: 6,197
Posted By retina
Yes, but it is more than that. Test equipment...

Yes, but it is more than that. Test equipment doesn't align or calibrate itself.

The root problem was with procedures that were not followed to ensure such a basic error never occurred. The...
Forum: Hardware 2022-01-08, 23:16
Replies: 9
Views: 365
Posted By retina
Discard that old thing. They only get worse over...

Discard that old thing. They only get worse over time. The effort to constantly babysit them, worrying about new problem sectors, isn't worth it IMO.

As for buying new ones: Just buy whatever is...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-05, 13:57
Replies: 27
Views: 503
Posted By retina
Yeah, I know it is not a high precision timebase,...

Yeah, I know it is not a high precision timebase, but it's all we have in this universe.

Plus, something I should have mentioned in my previous post. The epoch should start at the BB, not some...
Forum: Miscellaneous Math 2022-01-05, 13:30
Replies: 10
Views: 512
Posted By retina
% is just a division in disguise. So your code...

% is just a division in disguise. So your code does use division.

Your code does what is known as trial factoring, TF for short. It isn't revolutionary.
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-05, 06:55
Replies: 27
Views: 503
Posted By retina
I wonder if there is confusion about the notions...

I wonder if there is confusion about the notions of absolute time and relative time.

The time drifts caused by gravitational differences between places, and speed differences between entities,...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-05, 00:02
Replies: 27
Views: 503
Posted By retina
So how many bits should be used? Assuming...

So how many bits should be used?

Assuming the proton does decay then the heat death of the universe is estimated at a maximum of approximately 10106 years. Allowing for nanosecond resolution that...
Forum: Astronomy 2022-01-04, 09:34
Replies: 83
Views: 6,197
Posted By retina
Under-promise and over-deliver. It sure...

Under-promise and over-deliver.

It sure would be embarrassing if after all these longevity predictions the heat shield rips, or the secondary mirror jams, or a meteorite strikes the transmitter.
Forum: Astronomy 2022-01-01, 22:44
Replies: 83
Views: 6,197
Posted By retina
L2 is fine. L2 orbits are unstable and require...

L2 is fine. L2 orbits are unstable and require fuel to maintain an object there.

So after the fuel runs out the craft will gradually drift away and fall behind into a heliocentric orbit, clearing...
Forum: Lounge 2021-12-31, 16:57
Replies: 1,651
Views: 170,768
Posted By retina
It's good to have a healthy skepticism of what...

It's good to have a healthy skepticism of what models predict will happen with this pandemic. I have, on occasion, refrained from posting news items about projections based on models.

Meanwhile,...
Forum: Lounge 2021-12-31, 02:25
Replies: 1,151
Views: 105,271
Posted By retina
Starlink publish the satellite positions...

Starlink publish the satellite positions publicly. So anyone can check the DB to see it their space station will be in close proximity soon. But that is still no excuse for littering LEO with rich...
Forum: Marin's Mersenne-aries 2021-12-25, 03:07
Replies: 29
Views: 1,300
Posted By retina
There is no obligation to test exponents the...

There is no obligation to test exponents the others have suggested. So there are no grounds for complaints IMO.

If you want to test them then go ahead. Else leave it to the person suggesting to...
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