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THE BIRTHDAY PARADOX We probably all heard about it... And I'm not asking you to look the math up in Google, but I would like to have a good verbal explanation of it... Mostly about the paradox thing... I'm specially interested in 23 - does it a special number in any way? Does it mean, that after passing the age 23, half of the people will celebrate their birthday on the same day I do?
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There's nothing special about 23, and it's certainly not a paradox; it's just the number where it is statistically 50-50 likely/unlikely.
40 is the point where it becomes statistically unlikely that there won't be* two people with the same birthday.
Probability calculation is easy; you'll pick it up in minutes. Try working the numbers yourself.
* It's better to work it out that way around, e.g. you could say that an intersection is an absolute certainty if there are 366 people, but that's not very useful -- you have to look into how unlikely it is that there would be only one intersection.
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One of my cars (driven daily) is a little over 25 years old (I bought her new in '91). My Black & Decker toaster oven is 26 years old and works perfectly, as does my circa '91 Casio watch[^]. Almost all my furniture (Scandinavian teak) is also more than 25 years and still looks good. I don't recall ever buying an extended warranty.
My main email is via Live Mail on my desktop, using POP3 - so all emails are received and controlled by the one computer, though the various tablets can access new mail via IMAP so it isn't removed from the server.
And this has been working find for years. Suddenly, sometime today, I realized I wasn't getting emails, but I still do via IMAP. So I figured I reconfigure as IMAP and see if it's Live Mail that needs a kicking, or the hosting service POP3 server.
Stage one: back up the emails. "By heck!" I thought. "That was quick!" So I check, and it's backed up nothing at all. When you highlight a folder in Live Mail it doesn't assume you want subfolders as well... Now it's still running - halfway through the inbox and 5 minutes in! Damn glad I checked!
 Yep: It was Live Mail. deleted account, recreate it and it's working... [/edit]
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
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