• Hi Guest, The forum will be moving hosts on 26 July and as such will be closed from Midday until the move has completed.
    As we will be with new hosts it may take a while before DNS get updated so it could take while before you can get back on the forum.
    I think it will take at least 4 hours but could easily be 48!
    Ark Royal
  • There seems to be a problem with some alerts not being emailed to members. I have told the hosts and they are investigating.
  • Sorry for the ongoing issues that you may have been experiencing whilst using the forum lately

    It really is frustrating when the forum slows down or Server Error 500 pops up.

    Apparently the hosts acknowledge there is a problem.
    Thank you for using our services and sorry for the experienced delay!
    Unfortunately, these errors are due to a higher server load. Our senior department knows about the issue and they are working towards a permanent resolution of the issue, however, I'd advise you to consider using our new cPanel cloud solutions: https://www.tsohost.com/web-hosting

    I will have to investigate what the differences are with what We have know compared to the alternative service they want us to migrate to.
    Keep safe.

Brain Teasers


1. A man was born on the Isle of Wight in 1938, on a date not divisible by 2, 3, or 5, and in a month that does not contain the letters "e" or "i". When does he become one year older?
Doh ! Ah, I wonder if there is a catch . Does he become one year older at 23.59 on the night before his birthday? That would be 31 st December. Maybe that’s why the question doesn’t ask for his date of birth?
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The various bonuses given by the betting companies to the punters made me think of this one.
It's a mathematical problem but not all of the parameters to solve it are given - you have to think what parameters are needed and the method to solve the problem of course.

Here it goes:

In the countryside there is a storage hut belonging to a farmer.
Inside the hut there are some pieces of cheese in various places and the mice who like the cheese run around and search for cheese.
The farmer who is a good guy decides to leave more pieces of cheese in the hut so the mice eat better.
As a result the mice out and around the hut hear of this and decide to pay a visit.

Evidently the idea of entering the hut is good in the beginning, because of more cheese, but also evidently as the mice population
grows it becomes difficult to find cheese.
So the extra mice decide to leave.
But the population inside the hut will fall so it again becomes advantageous for the mice to return.
But then again it becomes difficult and there is no reason for them to stay and so on.

What will happen in the end ?
My guess is that a steady state will eventually be reached in which the mice population will be in more or less the same situation
as the original mice in terms of finding cheese.
But is this really so and do we have any real life experiences of this type ?