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Vaidotas Zemlys
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This got me thinking what is the origin of the name of Easter in Lithuanian: Velykos. It turns out it is of Slavic origin, literally big, from big day.
 
Saying that Easter was named after Eostre is like saying that March Madness was named after Mars. The basketball tournament is not directly named after the god of war but after the month in which it is held.

According to Bede, the word Easter came from Ēosturmōnaþ, an Anglo Saxon name for the month of April. The name of the month in turn derives from Eostre, much as March derives from Mars.

Outside the English speaking world, the name for Easter is derived from Pascha, the Greek and Latin form of the word Passover, with no etymological link to Eostre.
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Oh my god what a good video.
 
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Nice debunking. I haven't read the original article because I assumed from the title that something was misunderstood. It is sad that the actual situation was even worse.
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Apie 7 ir apie 13 minutę neaiškus tipas mosuoja rankom.
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Testify! Very insightful post.
 
No one ever says "The unemployment rate has dropped by 0.1% for no apparent reason."
When watching the TV news, or reading newspaper commentary, I am frequently amazed at the attempts people make to interpret random noise. For example, the latest tiny fluctuation in the share price...
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Praise the hard working
 
Now live -- I spent the last few months rewriting the backend of SageMathCloud, making many performance and stability enhancements, since the system was literally about to collapse under load.   I've just made those changes live at https://cloud.sagemath.com. 
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It has recently come out that the British government has wasted half a billion pounds. They did this by building up a huge stockpile of Tamiflu, in case of a flu epidemic. It has now become clear that if there is such an epidemic, it won't be mitigated to any significant extent by Tamiflu.

How could this have happened? Surely any government, before spending that much money, would insist on very strong evidence from clinical trials that the drug in question was worth buying. The answer is that the drug companies did not make their data available, and papers reporting on the clinical trials were written by employees of those companies, so basically we just had to trust them. And it turns out, after a four-year battle to get hold of the data, that trusting them was a very bad thing to do. Worse still, it seems that this kind of situation is absolutely normal. A more extreme example of the benefits of open science would be hard to find.

The link below tells the story in more detail. If you want a longer read, then +Ben Goldacre writes about it, and the general situation concerning drug trials, very interestingly here:  http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/apr/10/tamiflu-saga-drug-trials-big-pharma
Britain stockpiled drugs for predicted bird flu in 2005 and swine flu in 2009 that independent scientists say are no cure
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Crappy Tardis....
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Any insight into Tolkien's mind is worth knowing about :)
 
The quote in this quote, as well as what it tells us about Tolkein, is simply marvellous:

"The book that provided Tolkien with the word ond ['stone'] was finally identified in Vinyar Tengwar #30: Celtic Britain by Professor John Rhys, that according to Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick Wynne "consists of over 300 densely-set pages and eschews neither etymological discussion, untranslated Latin passages, nor untransliterated Greek words". This was Tolkien's preferred reading at the age of eight.)" (http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/vice.htm, emphasis original)
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aha, die Legionäre melden sich zurück.....
gebt ihnen ein Glas Wasser mit viel Glaubersalz......
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    B. Sc in applied mathematics, 1998 - 2002
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