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I spent two hours last night proving that a line of advance on a battle map in a widely published book is incorrect.

I compared multiple first-hand accounts, checked aerial photographs, consulted unit war diaries and messaged a tour guide in Italy.

Most satisfying not only as an intellectual exercise, but also to make sense of what exactly was going on on a microscopic scale. I'm going to work on an annotated overlay of a 1944 bombing photo to summarise the information I have gathered when I find the time.
 

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I spent two hours last night proving that a line of advance on a battle map in a widely published book is incorrect.

I compared multiple first-hand accounts, checked aerial photographs, consulted unit war diaries and messaged a tour guide in Italy.

Most satisfying not only as an intellectual exercise, but also to make sense of what exactly was going on on a microscopic scale. I'm going to work on an annotated overlay of a 1944 bombing photo to summarise the information I have gathered when I find the time.
Perhaps contact the author of the book and point out the error?
 

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Yesterday evening my internet connection slowed to a crawl, taking several minutes for pages to load, if they were not timed-out. It affected every site. I did eventually manage to see the New Posts on here. Though not busy, it suggested there was no general collapse of the web.

I amused myself with other things but it had not rectified itself by bedtime. It was still bad this morning and I started to contemplate a call to BT.

With no great faith in success, I restarted the hub - I have not needed to do this for ages. Result! In fact the speed seems better than it has been for some time. :yay:
 
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Yesterday evening my internet connection slowed to a crawl, taking several minutes for pages to load, if they were not timed-out. It effected every site. I did eventually manage to see the New Posts on here. Though not busy, it suggested there was no general collapse of the web.

I amused myself with other things but it had not rectified itself by bedtime. It was still bad this morning and I started to contemplate a call to BT.

With no great faith in success, I restarted the hub - I have not needed to do this for ages. Result! In fact the speed seems better than it has been for some time. :yay:
A few weeks ago mine did the same (plusnet) and though I also restarted the hub etc it, it didn't alter the fact, so I bought a new inline filter (very cheap) and it still made no difference. After two weeks I had resided myself to the fact I would have to buy a new router or even a new pc, but then it suddenly fixed itself, so god-knows what that was all about.
 

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Got Bangladesh in a lucky dip for the Men's Cricket World Cup.

Go for it!!!!!!! Good so far :D
stiull on the cricket. Viv Richards has joined the commentary team for a bit during England/Pakistan. Oh my tail and whiskers! Much coming over all uneccesary! :cheer:
 

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Yesterday evening my internet connection slowed to a crawl, taking several minutes for pages to load, if they were not timed-out. It affected every site. ...
That would have been the same timeframe during which massive failures occurred with Google Cloud.

Modern interactive websites may use the cloud for primary storage and other functions. Furthermore, modern interactive sites increasingly outsource certain functions (e.g., security; access control) to associated services, any of which may rely on cloud storage themselves.

Another forum on which I'm a moderator / admin was blown completely offline all day yesterday (North American time) because of the Google Cloud-burst.
 

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I was out on the farm again this morning. Unfortunately I drew a blank (again!).

On the walk back to the car, I saw something gleaming on the dirt track ahead of me. I thought it was a 10p coin; mentally I intended to pick it up then razz my farmer with it, along the lines of, "You farmers are always complaining about being broke, yet here you are throwing money away!" Such larks.

Then I looked again. What was that near it?



Let me give you a clue:



Yep: it was the battery and battery compartment cover from my Schmidt & Bender 'scope.

Before you ask, I have no idea how it happened. I didn't fall, stumble, or even notice anything out of the ordinary. Thank goodness for keen senses, eh?

maximus otter
 

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That would have been the same timeframe during which massive failures occurred with Google Cloud.

Modern interactive websites may use the cloud for primary storage and other functions. Furthermore, modern interactive sites increasingly outsource certain functions (e.g., security; access control) to associated services, any of which may rely on cloud storage themselves.

Another forum on which I'm a moderator / admin was blown completely offline all day yesterday (North American time) because of the Google Cloud-burst.
It might have been Ogred's fault Enola re: internet slowing down .. that also usually the time he's on youporn
 

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I just won £30 on the lottery!
Nice one! .. but promise me you're not one of those people that choses to buy their lottery tickets/scratch cards within the time frame of 6:45 am, 7:45 am or 8:45 am onwards .. when everyone else behind in the que is just trying to get to work on time : " oooh, erm ..yes .. I'll have two number sixes aaaaannnd ... one number 4 .. no .. two number 4's .............................................. and one 8. And can you check my lottery tickets?" .. "Yes, but you'll need to come to the other till to do that" .. "OK!"

:mad: ..

I watched a nurse with a much needed pack of Pepsi cans have to dump them on the counter and not buy them instead so she could get to work on time instead the other day because of all of the above.

Good luck and love etc to gamblers but can they please not do it during the rush hour at convenience stores.

I minute past 7, 1 minute past 8 and 1 minute past 9 instead please and the rest of the world will love you for that.
 
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Nice one! .. but promise me you're not one of those people that choses to buy their lottery tickets/scratch cards within the time frame of 6:45 am, 7:45 am or 8:45 am onwards .. when everyone else behind in the que is just trying to get to work on time : " oooh, erm ..yes .. I'll have two number sixes aaaaannnd ... one number 4 .. no .. two number 4's .............................................. and one 8. And can you check my lottery tickets?" .. "Yes, but you'll need to come to the other till to do that" .. "OK!"

:mad: ..

I watched a nurse with a much needed pack of Pepsi cans have to dump them on the counter and not buy them instead so she could get to work on time instead the other day because of all of the above.

Good luck and love etc to gamblers but can they please not do it during the rush hour at convenience stores.

I minute past 7, 1 minute past 8 and 1 minute past 9 instead please and the rest of the world will love you for that.
There was a bloke who used to get tickets from my local shop at exactly 3:15 in the afternoon. If he couldn't get a ticket at that time he wouldn't buy one. He'd stand at the counter checking his watch and make the assistant wait until the exact time or he'd be in the queue staring at his watch and tutting loudly as the queue moved towards the counter and then storm out the shop if his deadline passed.

I asked the assistant if he ever had any luck with his method. She said, "As far as I know, he's won bugger all."
 

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There was a bloke who used to get tickets from my local shop at exactly 3:15 in the afternoon. If he couldn't get a ticket at that time he wouldn't buy one. He'd stand at the counter checking his watch and make the assistant wait until the exact time or he'd be in the queue staring at his watch and tutting loudly as the queue moved towards the counter and then storm out the shop if his deadline passed.

I asked the assistant if he ever had any luck with his method. She said, "As far as I know, he's won bugger all."
Not his fault. His watch was obviously faulty.
 

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Yes very true. I'm probably guilty of referring to things as invented when they are in fact discovered. :sorry: Your clarification is appreciated.

Similar to your example of Brand, many things are discovered quite by accident, are they not? I can't think of one off-hand but I know I've read/heard about something being discovered by some experiment going wrong, for instance, as a sort of such-and-such would have never been discovered if it hadn't been for...

One has to wonder whether scientists et al. throughout history are sometimes purposely meant to discover certain things, perhaps to bump us along a bit. But that's just me speculating :)
IIRC Perkins Mauvine- the first synthetic dye was made from a residue produced whilst trying to synthesise quinine- its a long time since I had a chance to flash my BTEC in chemistry.

Mauvine was a purple and really popular with the upper classes.
 

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Superstitious lot. I don't even entertain the idea of winning from s lottery ticket,. Very occasionally I buy one with a game, such as bingo, to entertain myself for 5 minutes. At least I get something for my money. :dbana:now that's entertainment.
 

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The cat of my best friends was last seen in the mouth of a fox midnight on Friday.

Till the RSPCA phoned them this morning, mocho was found by a passer by, that wonderful soul phoned the RSPCA, who treated him, found the chip, contacted my friends and now mocho is on his way home.
 

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Nice one! .. but promise me you're not one of those people that choses to buy their lottery tickets/scratch cards within the time frame of 6:45 am, 7:45 am or 8:45 am onwards .. when everyone else behind in the que is just trying to get to work on time : " oooh, erm ..yes .. I'll have two number sixes aaaaannnd ... one number 4 .. no .. two number 4's .............................................. and one 8. And can you check my lottery tickets?" .. "Yes, but you'll need to come to the other till to do that" .. "OK!"

:mad: ..

I watched a nurse with a much needed pack of Pepsi cans have to dump them on the counter and not buy them instead so she could get to work on time instead the other day because of all of the above.

Good luck and love etc to gamblers but can they please not do it during the rush hour at convenience stores.

I minute past 7, 1 minute past 8 and 1 minute past 9 instead please and the rest of the world will love you for that.
Nope, I'm not one of those wankers.
I always buy them at the weekend or in the evening on the way back from work.
 
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