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Forum: Lounge 2022-01-17, 16:56
Replies: 4
Views: 94
Posted By xilman
Have you installed Wine? All I did was extract...

Have you installed Wine? All I did was extract the ZIP to a fresh directory, changed there and ran wine CHIPS.EXE
Forum: Hardware 2022-01-17, 16:46
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By xilman
Disk arrived, eventually. Courier's fault, not...

Disk arrived, eventually. Courier's fault, not Scan.

Disk swap went easily but I had to RTFM to work out how to incorporate it into the raidz. Now resilvering smoothly and quickly.

The other...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-17, 13:41
Replies: 4
Views: 94
Posted By xilman
The old ones are sometimes the best.

Anyone else remember this one?

Just discovered it works perfectly under Wine.

I spent many hours playing it almost 30 years ago and started to waste more time this last weekend.
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-17, 13:36
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
Let me know if you want the list of 15949...

Let me know if you want the list of 15949 5-letter words I have available. Probably not optimal because it contains some very obscure words.

Now wasting my time on a refugee from the early 90s....
Forum: Hardware 2022-01-16, 16:39
Replies: 89
Views: 10,687
Posted By xilman
The drives in my Dell workstation have been...

The drives in my Dell workstation have been running reliably 24/7 for 10 years now.

Not sure how long the "model name : AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor" machine has lasted but again, 24/7. It...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-15, 07:57
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
Hi Don, welcome back. Not seen you around here...

Hi Don, welcome back. Not seen you around here for quite a while.
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-14, 17:47
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
Three again today.

Three again today.
Forum: Soap Box 2022-01-13, 15:13
Replies: 194
Views: 37,679
Posted By xilman
While it may well ruin your whole day, it most...

While it may well ruin your whole day, it most assuredly will not wipe out mankind.

We are just too widespread and too resourceful.
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-13, 15:11
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
Got it in three today.

Got it in three today.
Forum: Factoring 2022-01-13, 14:16
Replies: 1
Views: 238
Posted By xilman
Fibonacci /Lucas Data

I have been asked:

Hi,

mersennus.net seems to have been down for several weeks.

Do you know anything about it? AFAIK it was run by Blair Kelly.

Can't answer it myself. Can anyone here...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-13, 14:07
Replies: 1,190
Views: 124,849
Posted By xilman
My M-i-L was known for having a semi-colon. She...

My M-i-L was known for having a semi-colon. She used the term to describe herself.
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-13, 12:11
Replies: 1,190
Views: 124,849
Posted By xilman
A colon can completely change the meaning of a...

A colon can completely change the meaning of a sentence. For example:

Jane ate her friend's sandwich.
Jane ate her friend's colon.
Forum: Information & Answers 2022-01-12, 18:05
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By xilman
Strictly speaking the private key is derived*...

Strictly speaking the private key is derived* from (not is the factors of) the factors of the public modulus.


* That is currently the most computationally efficient way of finding the private...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-11, 14:16
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
I play that way without turning it on explicitly....

I play that way without turning it on explicitly. Perhaps that is why I am doing so poorly (2 games, 2 wins, 4&5 probes).
Forum: Hardware 2022-01-11, 13:15
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By xilman
Just ordered a WD Red Plus from Scan. It was...

Just ordered a WD Red Plus from Scan. It was available for a couple of quid cheaper elsewhere but I have had very good experiences with Scan.

Thanks, all, for your advice.
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-10, 18:01
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
That was my approach. I am far from certain that...

That was my approach. I am far from certain that it is optimal but it is surely not pessimal.

Precisely which three words are best is still an open question AFAIK
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-10, 18:00
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
Nope, I did not and would admit it if I were. ...

Nope, I did not and would admit it if I were.

I did teach Alec Muffett of a way to store dictionaries which is particularly efficient for both storage and accessibility.

If you don't know who...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-10, 17:56
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
Yes, there is a strategy. Finding it as a...

Yes, there is a strategy. Finding it as a function of the number of guesses is left as an exercise for the reader.

My Jotto program maximised the entropy of the 4th and subsequent guesses. The...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-10, 15:37
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
Hmm, according to Wikipedia, the Jotto I played...

Hmm, according to Wikipedia, the Jotto I played is a more complex version than the ones given there.

There are six hidden 6-letter words. A probe word is given six scores, one per hidden word. The...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-10, 15:23
Replies: 49
Views: 595
Posted By xilman
Alternatively, a greatly stripped down and...

Alternatively, a greatly stripped down and simplified "Jotto".

So far, I have just winged it. I do have a list of 15,949 five-letter words left over from when I was password cracking and playing...
Forum: Astronomy 2022-01-09, 19:20
Replies: 83
Views: 5,967
Posted By xilman
That is an interesting claim. I have no reason to...

That is an interesting claim. I have no reason to doubt you but I will "trust but verify" regardless.

Given that Gaia, which is much smaller and less reflective than JWST, is visible from L2 with...
Forum: Hardware 2022-01-09, 10:09
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By xilman
Thanks. Been checking them out with mixed...

Thanks. Been checking them out with mixed results. For instance a 1-star review at...
Forum: Hardware 2022-01-09, 08:30
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By xilman
I tendto use such things as read-mostly devices...

I tendto use such things as read-mostly devices holding material easily recoverable.

An on-line mirror of a CD and DVD collection is the standard use case.
Forum: Hardware 2022-01-08, 18:37
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By xilman
4TB disk recommendation.

One of the three disks in the ZFS array is going bad. The other two are keeping things working but I should replace them.

Can anyone recommend good models of 4TB SATA disks at a reasonable price?...
Forum: Lounge 2022-01-07, 16:31
Replies: 1,842
RIP
Views: 196,006
Posted By xilman
Sidney Poitier...

Sidney Poitier (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-59907931)
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