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  1. Google installer is trying to do an update.

    Do I need it, or what?

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 26 Feb 2010 12:39 PM
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    26 Feb 2010 02:54 PM Go to last post
  2. Concerning Guidos

    I can find little hard data but as an Italian-American that grew up on the Jersey Shore and lives fairly close still I wanted to clear up some confusion. In general the Guido of today is not the Guido of yesteryear. It was a more generic term of...

    Started by What Exit?‎, 14 Dec 2009 08:45 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    17 Feb 2010 11:52 AM Go to last post
  3. Does holding in pot smoke actually increase absorption?

    Pot smokers normally attempt to avoid breathing out the smoke as long as possible in order to enhance absorption of the active compounds. This makes sense given that pot is fairly pricey (and its supply is undependable. It always sucks when you call...

    Started by Exy‎, 10 Feb 2010 07:29 PM
    • Replies: 15
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    16 Feb 2010 07:23 PM Go to last post
  4. Free Credit Report

    So I went to FreeCreditReport.gov and it sent me to allcreditreport.com for my yearly free credit report. That then guided me to TransUnion, where I tried to get a free credit report. All I saw was attempts to upsell me and never got my free...

    Started by Tinker‎, 09 Feb 2010 11:31 AM
    • Replies: 5
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    09 Feb 2010 05:41 PM Go to last post
  5. Easy MS Word Q: Where do Theme Colors come from?

    I should be embarrassed that I'm asking this, but what the heck. In MS Word, when I choose colors for text by using the little icon in the formatting toolbar, it drops down a choice of colors and I just pick one. Nothing special there. However,...

    Started by Hatshepsut‎, 07 Feb 2010 09:48 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    08 Feb 2010 07:04 PM Go to last post
  6. Embedding video into powerpoint...

    How do you do it? Can anyone help?

    Started by Sarahfeena‎, 04 Jan 2010 12:43 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    07 Feb 2010 02:58 PM Go to last post
  7. Are Europeans universally considered "white"?

    In all indigenous languages I've checked, the term used to describe people of European descent is the same as for the color white. There are things which are definitely lighter than human skin, but those are not labeled as white in any language....

    Started by kk fusion‎, 04 Feb 2010 02:27 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    05 Feb 2010 10:56 PM Go to last post
  8. Picking radio signals in fillings?

    Is this an urban myth or is there actual proof of someone picking up radio signals in their fillings/braces or teeth amendments?? I'm betting urban myth, but if anyone has any proof otherwise, I would be curious to see it.

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 04 Feb 2010 10:33 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    04 Feb 2010 02:27 PM Go to last post
  9. Java XML Processing using SAX (boring)

    Does anyone know a good resource on using SAX? I don't mean an API reference or something describing just the very first steps, but something that explains how to write good code using SAX. I can use it basically. The problem is that the code I...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 28 Jan 2010 03:45 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    01 Feb 2010 05:35 PM Go to last post
  10. Fish oil supplements?

    Anyone know anything about them? I always feel like I should be taking fish oil, since (my sincere efforts to subsist on nothing but lox being insufficient) I doubt I get enough omega-3s. The thing is I understand the quality of fish oil...

    Started by Exy‎, 26 Jan 2010 04:04 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    28 Jan 2010 07:50 PM Go to last post
  11. Help with a web page

    Anyone here have the ability to help building a web page? I have a website and a discussion forum, and I want to start a new one. I am no computer guy, and I had a lot of help when they were done 5 years ago, but those folks are unavailable to me...

    Started by Papaw‎, 10 Jan 2010 07:48 PM
    • Replies: 17
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    19 Jan 2010 07:28 AM Go to last post
  12. Why does coffee help me sleep better?

    Because it shouldn't, right? I usually drink a 44 oz "cup" of coffee every day between 8:am and noon. I rarely take any other caffeine. But at certain times of the year I have a lot of trouble with insomnia. A double espresso shot fixes the...

    Started by Inigo Montoya‎, 12 Jan 2010 10:40 AM
    • Replies: 6
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    13 Jan 2010 04:09 PM Go to last post
  13. Sea-levels to rise by 1.4m by 2100.

    According to the news article here. Could some clever person show what a map of the world would look like after this happened? I've a feeling the UK is going to look a lot skinnier.

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 01 Dec 2009 07:56 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    13 Jan 2010 01:10 PM Go to last post
  14. Can we have a recount, please?

    I know there is no absolute answer to this, but what is the best guesstimate for how many humans have ever existed? I know I could google an answer, but I want you to impress me with your own google-fu. Okay, okay, I'll admit it! I'm too lazy...

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 10 Jan 2010 10:13 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    12 Jan 2010 10:22 AM Go to last post
  15. Electrolysis of water

    Great experiment: Grab a car battery, run leads from each pole of the battery and stick 'em in a bucket of water. Hydrogen bubbles off the negative lead, oxygen bubbles off the positive. Pretty simple right? But wait. I understand that the...

    Started by Inigo Montoya‎, 08 Jan 2010 04:22 PM
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    08 Jan 2010 09:13 PM Go to last post
  16. Etymology of "moreish"

    Recently was the first time that I came across the word moreish, as in "This crack is really moreish." After seeing explanations of the meaning but not the etymology my first assumption was that it was derived from latin mos (pl. mores) meaning...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 07 Jan 2010 04:57 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    08 Jan 2010 08:16 AM Go to last post
  17. Anyway to transfer (Mac) OS from 'puter to 'puter?

    Okay, so I have an ancient piece of crap computer which is running Mac OS 10.3.8. My dad has a Mac running 10.4.11. I have an ethernet cable which I have used to transfer files back and forth, but my question is, is there any way I can copy the OS...

    Started by AllWalker‎, 04 Jan 2010 11:12 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    07 Jan 2010 12:04 AM Go to last post
  18. Why do carbonated beverages "prickle?"

    At any temperature, a carbonated beverage gives the inside of your mouth a tingly feeling. It can range from refreshing and pleasant, all the way to unpleasantly intense or even painful. What exactly is causing that?

    Started by OneCentStamp‎, 31 Dec 2009 01:03 PM
    • Replies: 8
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    06 Jan 2010 02:27 PM Go to last post
  19. Ask the telemark skier

    Dear telemarker: Free the heel, free the mind? Yours in the pins, Muffin

    Started by Muffin‎, 24 Oct 2009 10:07 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    04 Jan 2010 09:35 PM Go to last post
  20. Anyone Familiar With the 'Michael Teachings'?

    I posted this at the other boards but not getting a lot of response. One of my best friends has gotten involved with a group called the 'Michael Students'. It all sounds very cult-ish to me, and I have definietly noticed HUGE changes in her...

    Started by PapSett‎, 04 Jan 2010 04:25 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    04 Jan 2010 05:22 PM Go to last post
  21. Is there a good website for custom "editions" of public domain eBooks?

    I have been reading eBooks in different formats for quite a while and now I've got a kindle and that has renewed my interest. Among the things that I read are books from Project Gutenberg (i.e. public domain, no strings attached.) However there...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 02 Jan 2010 09:10 PM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,635
    03 Jan 2010 03:36 PM Go to last post
  22. Ask the fur farmer

    OK. I shall attempt to spread knowledge and dispel ignorance on the topic of fur farming and the fur business in general. Ask away, Domeboians.

    Started by vison‎, 17 Aug 2009 12:29 AM
    • Replies: 45
    • Views: 15,216
    31 Dec 2009 12:16 PM Go to last post
  23. Firefox Question; Stored Passwords and W7 upgrade

    Because I never upgraded to Vista, I'm going to have to do a clean install on my computer. This means that I'm worried that some of the passwords I've given to Firefox to remember for me may be lost. And I'll never get them back. So I want to...

    Started by OtakuLoki‎, 29 Dec 2009 01:34 AM
    • Replies: 3
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    31 Dec 2009 06:55 AM Go to last post
  24. Why does water expand when it freezes?

    So, the usual science message is that as things got hotter, they expand and as they get colder, they contract. So why, if I freeze water, does it expand? Which part of science explains why water is different, or do all liquids act like that...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 21 Dec 2009 08:09 AM
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 3,073
    28 Dec 2009 07:46 PM Go to last post
  25. Stuttering videos

    About 10 days or so ago, I noticed that when I watch videos on YouTube or other locations, the video stutters and jerks badly while it is downloading. Once the download is complete, things usually straighten up and the remainder of the video plays...

    Started by Clothahump‎, 22 Dec 2009 05:49 PM
    • Replies: 8
    • Views: 1,169
    26 Dec 2009 02:34 AM Go to last post
  26. Upgrading to Windows 7. Advice, warnings and suggestions thread.

    I will soon be taking my laptop (work test bed and traveling machine) and upgrading it to Windows 7. I will report some notes and thoughts on it here. I have Win Vista on it now but plan on a clean install. There is nothing vital on the laptop and...

    Started by What Exit?‎, 18 Dec 2009 11:03 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,247
    20 Dec 2009 02:02 PM Go to last post
  27. UK to USA culture influence

    Due to Hollywood and MTV a large amount of American culture has been accepted and picked up in the UK eg. Halloween has become a much bigger event, we have lots of House lights at Christmas nowadays. Can anyone think of a major cultural...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 15 Dec 2009 08:41 AM
    • Replies: 28
    • Views: 3,497
    18 Dec 2009 11:44 AM Go to last post
  28. Universal Remotes

    Does anyone have any experience with a universal remote that can replace an HD cable box' remote, as well as the TV's remote, especially with programmable macros (or even automatic ones) that turn on and off the cable box and the TV at the same...

    Started by OtakuLoki‎, 14 Dec 2009 01:06 PM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 936
    15 Dec 2009 05:10 PM Go to last post
  29. What is the best way to track down the name of the location of a photograph?

    I'm finding google is a bit of a drag. Any constructive advice would be gratefully received. :lol: apologies - should have said IN a photograph as opposed to A photograph. I know where the photograph is. It's on the interwebz.

    Started by Lupers‎, 11 Dec 2009 05:41 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    15 Dec 2009 05:58 AM Go to last post
  30. I am a dope.

    I am a dope, as in a dummy. I clicked on "mobile" at the bottom of the page and now I can't find my way back to the proper appearance of Mellophant. Help?

    Started by vison‎, 14 Dec 2009 12:24 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    14 Dec 2009 12:32 AM Go to last post
  31. How do I know if I've got H1N1, or a good old-fashioned cold?

    Or when should I start getting worried?

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 17 Jul 2009 08:11 AM
    • Replies: 23
    • Views: 2,648
    11 Dec 2009 07:04 PM Go to last post
  32. Vibrators and complexion

    Since they were first available for home purchase, vibrating devices have been advertised as being "invigorating" for the complexion. Even today, personal massagers are sold with their boxes claiming that they're for giving you "a softer, healthier...

    Started by Zuul‎, 11 Dec 2009 03:06 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    11 Dec 2009 05:39 PM Go to last post
  33. Let's say I want to buy a racing car

    Well, I don't really, but it is something I have wondered before. Let's say I wanted to practice car racing as a hobby. I don't mean being truly competitive in any series, but still a relatively serious hobby. I would already have a cetrain...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 08 Dec 2009 10:02 PM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,088
    09 Dec 2009 01:08 AM Go to last post
  34. Do you use cheques?

    Banks in Great Britain are looking to get rid of them as more electronic methods of payment are rolled out and cheque guarantee cards are being phased out as well. Personally, I might use a cheque once or twice a year, but everything else is...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 25 Nov 2009 06:59 AM
    • Replies: 26
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    08 Dec 2009 05:57 PM Go to last post
  35. Free DVD authoring software

    Does anyone know a good free Video DVD authoring program? It could be for Windows or for Linux. So far I have tried DeVeDe which is a bit spartan and DVD Styler which is an unstable piece of shit. I need something that creates...

    Started by Feirefiz‎, 03 Dec 2009 09:35 PM
    • Replies: 3
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    08 Dec 2009 03:07 PM Go to last post
  36. Old music

    My Mum is 85 and it's hard to find anything to give her for Christmas. But she would love a CD with some of her old favourite songs on it. I mean OLD songs. By people like Elsie Baker and Harry McClintock. I found some of them on I-tunes. ...

    Started by vison‎, 07 Dec 2009 11:07 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    08 Dec 2009 11:35 AM Go to last post
  37. Ask a Pagan

    Anyone have any questions for a random polytheist?* I can't claim to explain things about paganism in general (if such a thing even exists), but I'll do my best to field questions about my beliefs and how I arrived at them. I thought I'd throw...

    Started by Orual‎, 20 May 2009 11:35 PM
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    07 Dec 2009 05:01 PM Go to last post
  38. How was the year determined before Christ came along?

    For example, what did they call 50 BC at the time?

    Started by ivan astikov‎, 07 Dec 2009 01:56 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    07 Dec 2009 02:39 PM Go to last post
  39. I need a new dog - suggestions?

    With a few qualifications. I have owned a beagle/dachsund mix, a beagle/something mix (looked pretty much like a beagle but with a kind of merle coat), a German/Australian shepherd kind of dog, and a German shepherd/Husky/Chow kind of dog. I...

    Started by Raymond Onion‎, 07 Nov 2009 03:53 AM
    • Replies: 10
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    04 Dec 2009 02:40 PM Go to last post
  40. Ask the Martial Artist

    Per What Exit's suggestion, I am opening this in Q&A; would a mod please move it to Ask The Expert? I am a 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and own a school in Houston, TX. I have some familiarity with other styles due to cross-training. Feel...

    Started by Clothahump‎, 06 Oct 2009 07:49 PM
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    04 Dec 2009 12:42 AM Go to last post
  41. PodCast Help Needed

    1. In conjunction with my blog about Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease, I would like to feature a podcast once a week (twice if possible). Because I have limited funds, free or cheap would be good. 2. Several of you have already suggested some sites...

    Started by Quasi‎, 01 Dec 2009 07:25 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    03 Dec 2009 08:58 PM Go to last post
  42. English speakers' pronunciation of "Don Quixote"

    Whenever I hear anyone mention Don Quixote, they put the break between the two words in the middle of "Quixote" rather than between the actual words. They pronounce it as "Donkey Ho-tee", not "Don Key-ho-tee". What's the deal with that?

    Started by elmwood‎, 03 Nov 2009 03:41 PM
    • Replies: 18
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    02 Dec 2009 06:37 PM Go to last post
  43. Google Chrome OMG!!!!!

    Do any of you have this as your browser? Holy crap! Wholly crap! I got tired of IE8 cutting out on me 3-4 times an hour (don't know why) and decided to use Chrome instead. Big mistake, for da Quas' (given what's going on with me as a...

    Started by Quasi‎, 29 Nov 2009 07:02 PM
    • Replies: 10
    • Views: 1,324
    01 Dec 2009 02:43 PM Go to last post
  44. Who invented the umbrella?

    It has been raining like crazy for the last couple of weeks and I have no idea who came up with the modern umbrella. The idea of a portable covering to keep off the rain has been around for centuries. But anyone have any idea who came up with the...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 30 Nov 2009 07:38 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 846
    30 Nov 2009 08:47 AM Go to last post
  45. Is it possible to start a business from scratch ?

    I'm wondering wether it is actually possible to start completely from scratch without breaking any laws or regulations. At a bookshop this weekend I was flicking through Paul McKenna's I Can Make You Rich and read something that was quite...

    Started by Chew Barker‎, 11 Nov 2009 04:58 AM
    • Replies: 3
    • Views: 1,057
    27 Nov 2009 03:08 PM Go to last post
  46. Could someone be forced into recue if they were stranded on a deserted island?

    For the sake of questioning, let's use the example of Tom Hanks from Cast Away. An American citizen survives the crash of a private commerical airplane in the middle of nowhere and becomes stranded on a previously undiscovered island. After...

    Started by beebs‎, 27 Nov 2009 01:31 AM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 877
    27 Nov 2009 06:56 AM Go to last post
  47. Could illegal actions committed only at WiFi hotspots be tracked to an individual user?

    Let's say that I suspect someone is illicitly using my credit card to buy things online. Let's further say that the person I suspect has a laptop but no home internet connection. Whenever this person uses the internet he or she goes to a hotspot....

    Started by Skald the Rhymer‎, 22 Nov 2009 05:23 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    25 Nov 2009 01:39 AM Go to last post
  48. Is Bing as good as Google?

    I use Google for just about any internet search and I am very used to the layout, the results and the ads down the side. I can usually make return the results I want. Now, Microsoft has released Bing across here a little while after the US and so...

    Started by CatInASuit‎, 19 Nov 2009 08:26 AM
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 1,541
    25 Nov 2009 12:03 AM Go to last post
  49. Why can't pocket calculators do 0^0?

    Mathematically, 00 is defined to be 1, but the result can't be deduced using the four basic operations. Is this the reason why a pocket calculator usually returns an error?

    Started by kk fusion‎, 13 Nov 2009 06:30 AM
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 2,006
    24 Nov 2009 09:26 PM Go to last post
  50. Ask the technical author

    Not sure if this will generate any interest, but I know we have a bunch of writers here, both professional and aspiring.... I have two books on bookshelves as well as am currently in negotiations with my publishers for a third. I write books...

    Started by threnody‎, 29 Oct 2009 11:01 PM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,337
    24 Nov 2009 05:34 PM Go to last post

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