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General discussion / Re: IT help please.
December 28, 2007, 04:53:18 PM
Have downloaded program on the problem laptop and another, but it won't let me install it due to lack of administrator privileges on the problem one. This whole problem came about after having to create a TCD college profile on it when first going to college. I had to create an administrator's password which I'm 99.9999% sure I haven't forgotten, but all I get is the username or password may be incorrerect message. I've subsequently got a new laptop and am trying to restore the old one back to being a regular laptop, and so need to remove it from the college domain.

Is there anyway I can bypass the restrictions to install the software on the problem laptop or use the working computer as a proxy??

All help is much appreciated!
General discussion / Re: IT help please.
December 27, 2007, 12:25:55 AM
On a similar note, I have managed to misplace the password for the Administrator User on my laptop, which is a bit of a problem....

Is there any way I can get around this, i.e. anyway I can hack the password / delete the Administrator profile/

Thanks in advance...
GAA Discussion / Re: Christmas Gathering?
December 13, 2007, 05:47:00 PM
Quote from: heineken_on_tap on December 13, 2007, 05:34:24 PM
Quote from: Guillem2 on December 13, 2007, 10:10:44 AM
Where's Copper Faced Jacks?

It is on Harcourt street in Dublin. It has a reputation of been a country night club and full of female guards, nurses and teachers. So basically a great place to pull the ladies

A deserved reputation at that! Only time you should pull a bird in Coppers is if you want stabbed or to get your walletnicked the next morning!

Anyone else seen this? Probation and suspended sentences?! The judge saying that a ten year old girl "probably ageed to have sex with all of you". What the hell is going on????
General discussion / Re: Hatton v Mayweather December 8th
December 10, 2007, 03:18:26 PM
Whatever about Sky's Hatton bias, I've been watching the highlights on YouTube and the HBO analyst "Lederman" had the fight level after 7, 66 apiece. He gave Mayweather the 7th, meaning that even though Hatton had been deducted a point, he had him AHEAD going into the 7th! Who the hell hires these guys?!
General discussion / Re: Hatton v Mayweather December 8th
December 06, 2007, 09:24:08 PM
Hitman follows in great British tradition

That neither Ricky Hatton nor the world's favourite sport has exactly taken America by storm was suggested by a press release distributed two days ago by the promoters of Saturday night's megafight at the MGM Grand Garden.

Under the heading of "Ricky (the Hitman) Hatton, beloved in England, wants US fans to know more of his charismatic personality," the "Did You Know?" section included this titbit: "Ricky is friends with Paul Dalglish, who plays American football for the Houston Texans," news which would have been surprising to that NFL team.

Kenny Dalglish's son, of course, plays English football, or soccer, for the Houston Dynamo, a team which just two weeks earlier had won the MLS Cup, but the misinformation was duly reprinted in numerous newspapers and boxing websites around the country yesterday morning.

American sports fans and American sportswriters may be naïve about soccer, but when it comes to self-deception, the eternally optimistic English boxing fan is unrivalled in all of sport.

When tickets for Hatton's fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr went on sale last September, the MGM Grand Garden Arena sold out in half an hour. Of the 17,000 ducats snapped up that day, perhaps 3,000 of them were purchased by British tour operators, but locals estimate that as many as 10,000 of Hatton's countrymen are in Nevada this weekend to support the undefeated Mancunian.

As of yesterday morning, Las Vegas ticket brokers were offering single seats on the floor at $5,000 and up, and four adjacent seats could still be had for a mere $38,000.

It seems unlikely enough that Hatton's army of blue-collar supporters will subscribe at those prices, but a number of Las Vegas casinos will have the fight available on closed-circuit television at $50 a pop, which, given the $54.95 price tag for watching the pay-per-view telecast in one's living room, looks almost like a bargain.

In the meantime, the casinos will spend the next three days cheerfully separating the visitors from across the pond from their money at the gaming tables.

Depending on the always-unpredictable pay-per-view sale in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, Pretty Boy Floyd could wind up with an estimated $20 million for this weekend's exercise. Hatton's take could be as much as $15 million.

Mayweather remains slightly better than a 1 to 2 favourite at the sports books up and down the strip, and the odds would be even shorter but for the recent influx of British money through the windows.

Given the fervour of the Brits, it would be surprising if attendance at tomorrow's weigh-in at the Grand Garden doesn't top the record 7,000 who watched Mayweather and De La Hoya step on the scales in May.

We've seen all of this before, of course. When future Hall of Famer Marvellous Marvin Hagler challenged the very ordinary Alan Minter for the middleweight title back in 1980, Minter was actually the betting favourite at the London bookie shops.

Seven years later the Brits were convinced that Barney Eastwood-managed Herol (Bomber) Graham would inherit the mantle of middleweight greatness once Hagler passed on the torch. Graham was 38-0 when Hagler retired from the ring. The Bomber wound up getting four cracks at world titles, and lost them all.

Saturday night's venue has been the scene of some of these British disappointments. Half a dozen years ago the English had actually managed to persuade themselves that Prince Naseem Hamed, then 35-0, was the second coming of Sugar Ray Robinson - until he was unmasked by Marco Antonio Barrera at the MGM Grand.

An army of supporters at least the size of Hatton's accompanied Frank Bruno to America for his 1996 fight with Mike Tyson at the MGM Grand. Although Tyson had knocked Bruno out in five seven years earlier, this time Bruno was the champion and Tyson had fought just twice since being released from prison, and thousands of beefy Englishmen showed up in Vegas persuaded that their man couldn't lose.

Bruno nearly hyperventilated in his corner before the fight even started. Just before the opening bell he frantically blessed himself so many times that Frank Warren was moved to note that he looked like "the Pope on speed". This time Tyson knocked him out in three.

(The lone exception to a trend which dates back to the dawn of time would seem to be Lennox Lewis, but it should be remembered that the Brits didn't exactly embrace Lewis as one of their own. Though born in London, he was a Canadian citizen of Jamaican stock who lived in the US. When he won, he was English. When he lost, or looked bad, he was a Canadian.)

If Hatton is burdened by unrealistic expectations it is because his fans have never seen him lose. (Mayweather sneered at the Hitman's 43-0 record the other day, noting that "if he'd fought 43 Floyd Mayweathers, he'd be 0-43.) The bout will be Hatton's fourth US outing in a row (and fifth overall, including a four-rounder on a Madison Square Garden undercard 10 years ago). Last year he barely beat Luis Colazzo in Boston, with a first-round flash knockdown furnishing the margin of victory, and then went the distance with the largely untested Juan Urango. This June he knocked out Jose Luis Castillo, but Castillo was but a shell of the fighter who'd given Mayweather two hard fights years earlier.

That the bout is being contested at 147lb probably doesn't bode well for Hatton, who struggled against Colazzo in his only previous fight at that weight. (Mayweather, on the other hand, ventured up to 154 for May's fight against De La Hoya; even as a light middleweight he looked quicker than Hatton did as a welterweight.)

When somebody mentioned Hatton's "electrifying" style the other day, Pretty Boy scoffed: "If you call hitting and holding and wrestling exciting, then I guess he's an exciting fighter."

Hatton has traditionally been able to wear down his opponents with relentless pressure, but the expectation here is that he won't even be able to catch up with Pretty Boy, who won't stay in one place long enough to engage him on the inside.

Does Hatton have a chance, then? Well, yes. Mayweather has a well-documented history of chronic hand problems, and as late as last week rumours had surfaced that the American had an injured paw and might seek a postponement.

If Hatton can hang in long enough to do some damage to Mayweather's fists with his face, he might be able to make a fight of it.

© 2007 The Irish Times
General discussion / Re: Corny One for Friday
December 05, 2007, 11:22:39 AM
Self righteous comedy police starting out again I see.

High. Horse. Off. Now. Please.
General discussion / Re: Protein
November 29, 2007, 05:08:28 PM
ML, I mean illegal as in professionally illegal, i.e against doping rules. Don't et me wrong, I don't judge anyone who takes it, I'm just wondering who draws the line and where. Vitamins are slightly different again due to the fact that they don't improve athletic performance.
General discussion / Re: Protein
November 29, 2007, 04:10:17 PM
Regardless, it occurs naturally. Creatine and Protein supplements boost substantially the quantity of a particular substance a person has in their body, regardless of whether it is produced by the body or found in food. What's the difference between it and nadrolone?
General discussion / Re: Protein
November 29, 2007, 03:49:27 PM
ML, a little flaw in your logic. Nandrolone occurs naturally in the body. How is someone taking extra amounts of nandrolone different to someone boosting their protein intake using supplements?
General discussion / Re: Protein
November 29, 2007, 03:28:11 PM
Am I the only person who has an ethical issue with Protein or Creatine? Surely it's like taking any banned substance- a quick fx to catch up on people who've put years more hard work in the gym, no? Cheating is cheating.
As always lads, on the small chance that anyone finds a spare, keep poor little me in mind!
GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry 75-86 v Crossmaglen 97-08
November 27, 2007, 12:36:20 PM
Munster football championship. Quoting the Ballylanders (a team from Limerick, whose county football is relatively decent, even if it's declined somwhat in the last few years) manager before the game against Nemo- "We'll give it a good go." Most St. Gall's (and Ulster)people would have had every faith that the possibility existed to beat Cross. They didn't turn up to "give it a go". Again, comparing the respective championships is ridiculous.
Quote from: gaa.boy on November 25, 2007, 07:13:55 PM
Are the current Cross team (1997-present) the most successful club team ever? I know Nemo had a period of dominance, but I dont know for how long. Can someone answer this for me please?

Cross. undoubtedly.

Yes, Nemo may have seven All-Irelands, but they're spread out over three decades. Once Bellew is fit, Cross will be playing with five of the team that started out in the Armagh championship in 1996- Hearty, Bellew, the McEntees and McConville. Five players, one third of a team still fit and playing. 12 Armagh, 6 Ulsters, 4 All-Irelands and the chance of a fifth to come? Best. Club. TEAM. Ever.
GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry 75-86 v Crossmaglen 97-08
November 26, 2007, 06:31:44 PM
Quote from: blasmere on November 25, 2007, 04:36:43 PM
What a thread!! - you must be bored today O'Neill

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Oisin himself wouldn't even make that Kerry squad!!

Anyway, Nemo Rangers are more succesful than Cross (13 Munster Clubs & 7 All-Irelands - between 72-73 and 88-89 they won 9 Cork titles, 8 Munsters & 5 All-Irelands)

Aye, spread out over three decades. Cross have four, and are odds-on to make it a fifth, in 12 years. Please don't even compare the difficulty in winning a Munster Club title to the Ulster version.