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by Bill Porter
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Would you like to become a millionaire?
Replies: 35
Views: 5401

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

I was hoping for some practical advice, which is rather lacking on this thread.

This is guaranteed to work: lend Donald Trump a billion dollars.
by Bill Porter
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Health benefits of brain games
Replies: 37
Views: 3625

Re: Health benefits of brain games

Most of the dementia-garbage in the Press is simply clickbait. It trades on 'news' as fact; that is; a false optimism based on a presumably trusted source. Alas, as with much else, it retains a grip on beleaguered folk. "Bananas help arthritis"; "a poem a day keeps constipation at bay"; "Brexit mea...
by Bill Porter
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Scotland headline
Replies: 31
Views: 6477

Re: Chess Scotland headline

I still remember the 'Make Aimi McDonald a very rich lady' charity appeal on 'At Last the 1948 Show.'

Absolutely heartrending to see the problems she had that only a lot of money could cure.
by Bill Porter
Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Yearbook
Replies: 28
Views: 2545

Re: ECF Yearbook

As a historical tool the Yearbook is extremely useful but maybe the time has come to replace it with an on-line living document. The matter of historical record is important. AFAIK, the English Chess Federation's attitude on internet publishing varies from 'do not bother about archiving' to 'active...
by Bill Porter
Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 30008

Re: EU referendum aftermath

This one was not an open goal; Cameron hit the last shot of the match. Cameron waited till Corbyn had asked his allotted questions and so Corbyn had no opportunity to reply to this one. Some politicians would have seen this coming and got their retaliation in first. Corbyn probably reckoned Cameron...
by Bill Porter
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 30008

Re: EU referendum aftermath

It's bad enough that a few dozen frontbench labour MPs have spontaneously resigned at two hourly intervals but when a highly respected prime minister whose only minor error has been getting the wrong result on his 'sure thing' referendum says It might be in my party’s interest for him to sit there. ...
by Bill Porter
Mon May 02, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Performance Issues
Replies: 15
Views: 2582

Re: Performance Issues

I was thinking of
Bill Porter wrote:Persistent login not enabled
The default timeout is usually an hour in that case.
by Bill Porter
Mon May 02, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Performance Issues
Replies: 15
Views: 2582

Re: Performance Issues

Persistent login not enabled might be the problem iff combined with a long enough delay for timeout between starting and submitting the post....

Or if the ip address has changed as often happens with me, I sometimes have to reauthenticate.

Maybe phpbb is getting more security conscious?
by Bill Porter
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Court case
Replies: 58
Views: 10463

Re: Court case

I don't accept pathetic excuses about the parents of these children being vunerable. No proper parent would ever allow a stranger to discipline or touch their child. I don't believe there's any country in the world where this won't happen without your consent if the authorities believe, rightly or ...
by Bill Porter
Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF enewsletter
Replies: 63
Views: 5575

Re: ECF enewsletter

Those who are both ECF members and whose email address is known to the ECF Office will have seen this new initiative from the Publicity Manager. http://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-enewsletter-is-out/ I signed up for it a while ago. You don't (or didn't) have to be a member. Good to see the ECF now ...
by Bill Porter
Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing the prison
Replies: 18
Views: 2191

Re: Playing the prison

Stewart Reuben wrote:There is a book about, I think, CHESS IN PANKHURST PRISON
Suffragette chess?
by Bill Porter
Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Whatever happened to the ECF Forum?
Replies: 24
Views: 3295

Re: Whatever happened to the ECF Forum?

I notice robot/spammer Williams has been a member of the other place since 15th December.
I expect he/she/it will disappear soon after this post.
Perhaps the question should be: What value is a forum only moderated by proxy?
by Bill Porter
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 72
Views: 13063

Re: New Year Honours List

Mick Norris wrote:There are some good people on the list, as well as the bad ones - from a professional point of view, I would like to see fewer financial services people honoured and more sent to prison
A select few achieve both distinctions. :)
by Bill Porter
Mon Nov 09, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE rating of online tournaments
Replies: 21
Views: 1510

Re: FIDE rating of online tournaments

Games played in FOA shall receive standard rating (according to FIDE regulations) as if the games were played over the board, but these games do not count for title norms and cannot be included in title certificates. It's hard to interpret this statement as anything other than FIDE is willing to to...
by Bill Porter
Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Change of Policy or Slip up?
Replies: 19
Views: 2364

Re: Change of Policy or Slip up?

The Wayback Machine client advertises itself to http servers with a http user agent of ia_archiver Obviously the WBM cannot authenticate itself and generate queries to retrieve data from a web site whose content is primarily stored in a database such as Oracle or MySQL. It is most successful for fl...