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Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 5:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"This user appears to be offline and hence may not respond"? Is this a word? or a term?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 5:33 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By John Morahan (Wunderland) on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 05:02 pm:

frozen? no, but an ingenious idea

By Arjun (Jun) on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 05:28 pm:

"This user appears to be offline and hence may not respond"? not this Is this a word? or a term? there is a sentence that indicates that online users may not be able to type
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 5:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"On the Phone"?
"Out to Lunch"?
Does it indicate that the online is permanently incapable of typing? That he/she cannot type temporarily because of a reason?
Obligatory Q: Is the phrase open to (mis)interpretation?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 5:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Arjun (Jun) on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 05:55 pm:

"On the Phone"?
"Out to Lunch"? neither of these - the phrase refers to all users, not any specific one
Does it indicate that the online is permanently incapable of typing? That he/she cannot type temporarily because of a reason? this one
Obligatory Q: Is the phrase open to (mis)interpretation? yes, of course :)
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 7:28 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the message intended to inform you that the users are typing? are not typing? have not been typing for some time? does it say they are inactive? blocked?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 9:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By John Morahan (Wunderland) on Saturday, May 07, 2005 - 07:28 pm:

Is the message intended to inform you that the users are typing? are not typing? this one have not been typing for some time? and perhaps this one does it say they are inactive? blocked? no, but this is very much along the right lines...
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Sunday, May 08, 2005 - 4:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

idle?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Sunday, May 08, 2005 - 7:01 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By John Morahan (Wunderland) on Sunday, May 08, 2005 - 04:29 pm:

idle? no - not "disinclined to type", but "physically unable to type". And you are not looking for a single word - the sentence implies that those who would otherwise like to type cannot do so.
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Monday, May 09, 2005 - 12:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

offline ?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, May 09, 2005 - 4:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Kapil Kapur (Dinkie) on Monday, May 09, 2005 - 12:04 pm:

offline ? no, but along the right lines - the message informs you that your contacts are either online or...
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 9:51 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

busy ?
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 9:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

away ?
(Stuccosalt)
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

tied up at the moment?
(Stuccosalt)
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

do the words "hand(s)" or "finger(s)" appear in the phrase?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 1:53 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Kapil Kapur (Dinkie) on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 09:51 am:

busy ? no

By Kapil Kapur (Dinkie) on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 09:52 am:

away ? no, but this is one of the possible states in which a contact can be. Contacts that are away, or otherwise not at their computers, are described as...

By (Stuccosalt) on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:49 pm:

tied up at the moment? no, but good thinking :)

By (Stuccosalt) on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 12:49 pm:

do the words "hand(s)" or "finger(s)" appear in the phrase? no. The phrase runs simply "All your contacts are online or ...
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 3:40 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

or signed in? Can they not type because they are using their hands to sign? To do something else?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 8:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Arjun (Jun) on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 03:40 am:

or signed in? no - there is a generic term for bieng away, or out to lunch, or about to be right back, or... Can they not type because they are using their hands to sign? this is not the reason To do something else? no
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 5:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Busy?
Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin)
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 5:21 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"disabled"?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 5:13 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Arjun (Jun) on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 05:15 pm:

Busy? no - that is a specific term. Recall that these people, within the context of the puzzle, physically cannot type...

By Martin Schwenk (Trickymartin) on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - 05:21 pm:

"disabled"? no, but not all that far away...
Kapil Kapur (Dinkie)
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 5:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

incapicatated ?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 12:26 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Kapil Kapur (Dinkie) on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 05:02 pm:

incapicatated ? no - recall that the phrase which appears is of the form "All your contacts are either online or X", which implies that the online contacts are not-X, where being not-X would imply that you cannot type
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 1:00 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does X suggest that
- They are at their desk?
- They are working on the computer/typing something on the keyboard?
- They are connected to the internet?
- The are active (as opposed to idle)?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 2:50 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Arjun (Jun) on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 01:00 am:

Does X suggest that
- They are at their desk? quite the opposite
- They are working on the computer/typing something on the keyboard? ditto
- They are connected to the internet? idem
- The are active (as opposed to idle)? almost exactly so :) More specifically, what it suggests is that they are physically able to type, as opposed to being physically unable to type...
Benjamin Moore (Zenith)
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 10:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Mobile?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 12:17 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Benjamin Moore (Zenith) on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 10:45 am:

Mobile? bingo :)

***** SPOILER *****

Having recently had occasion to use MSN Messenger, I was a little surprised when it informed me that "All your contacts are either online or mobile" (apparently its term for being signed in, but not at the computer).

Since this implies that the online contacts are immobile, what I was wondering was - how could they type?

Well done Zenith, apologies to all for a somewhat silly puzzle, and thanks for not giving up :)
Dref (Dref)
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 7:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Quite silly, indeed. ;)

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