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Bill has just completed his Masters by Research in Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Wollongong. His research topic was in Lattice Based Cryptography.

Bill is currently working as a sub-contractor for small companies and organisations developing desktop and/or web-based applications.


Sep
29
answered When did the alternative meanings of 'beard' start being used?
Sep
29
answered Difference between “selfish” and “self-centered”
Sep
28
comment Origin of the of the phrase “feeling blue”
@ColinFine - That's a fair point, and I suspected that you would be taking this line of reasoning, so I did a bit more research on the topic and, the earliest reference that I was able to find that relates to the naval origin of the expression is in a US Armed Forces newsletter dating back to December 2003. The explanation mirrors that one in wiki, however, there is no certainty of where this author got his information from either. As a matter of course, I will email the webmaster of www.navy.mil to find out the source of their information.
Sep
27
comment How did the phenomenon of doubling words come about?
Oh, well! Hopefully, someone else will come up with a better suggestion. Good luck!
Sep
27
comment How did the phenomenon of doubling words come about?
P.S. You may also try this link. You may have better luck there.
Sep
27
comment How did the phenomenon of doubling words come about?
Fair enough. I thought that I'd just try, try my luck.... ;-)
Sep
27
answered How did the phenomenon of doubling words come about?
Sep
27
comment Meaning of the valediction “Yours, &c.”
I tend to agree with the above answer since AskDefine offer a similar answer, except that its usage was in the USA by lawyers when they concluded a formal letter, or when they signed off in court papers that would also be read by a judge. It also makes reference to the letters in Jane Austen books.
Sep
25
comment When a foreign word or phrase becomes English
@Mark - I am not sure, either, but hopefully the wiki links should provide you with further information, or at least where else to look.
Sep
25
answered When a foreign word or phrase becomes English
Sep
25
answered Respectful alternative to “Madam”
Sep
24
comment Is there a term for loanwords that are borrowed back into their original language?
As a post-script to my answer, it can be argued that words like democracy and Mesopotamia were coined to describe a particular process or location, even in ancient times. Other words, not listed above, could have simply altered in meaning like many words have altered in meaning in the English language.
Sep
24
answered Is there a term for loanwords that are borrowed back into their original language?
Sep
24
comment Origin of the of the phrase “feeling blue”
@ColinFine - Actually, I have found the origins of feeling blue in three places (other than the wiki link which you have so kindly corrected), namely, www.answers.com, yahoo.answers.com, and www.navy.mil. While some do mention the Greek mythological definition, they all mention the naval origins of the idiom. Would you like to remove the naval origins from these links too...?
Sep
22
comment What do you call the body of water into which a river flows?
@Shawn - no problem! Hope you find what you are looking for.
Sep
22
comment What do you call the body of water into which a river flows?
@Shawn - The closest I have been able to find is an estuary, which is a partly enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea. I don't think it is the answer you are looking for though.
Sep
22
comment What do you call the body of water into which a river flows?
Not sure if it has a name, unless there's a geological name for it. I'll do some research.
Sep
22
answered What do you call the body of water into which a river flows?
Sep
19
comment Have I got a little story for you
I think it's to add emphasis to what I am going to say; the emphasis, of course, being on the I.
Sep
19
comment What do you call oxidized fruit?
@PeterShor - Fair point, which is why I did further research, and discovered that it's commonly referred to as browning of fruit, even in the scientific community. Maybe I should add my P.S. and P.P.S. notes to the answer? I think whoever is reading this, though, will get the general idea.