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World Cup Prediction Contest is conducted in two stages, group winners and match-play winner.

<Stage 1>

You have to pick 2 teams that will advance out of group play (does not matter first place or second place)

For each correct pick, you will be awarded (handsomely) <ONE POINT>.

16 points possible for this round.

<Stage 2>

Knock out!! Once the bracket is set, you will be asked to predict each game's winner, all the way to the final. (Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final game)

Round of 16 <TWO POINTS> for each correct pick

Quarter Finals <FOUR POINTS> for each

Semi-Finals <EIGHT POINTS> for each

Final <SIXTEEN POINTS> for picking the winner

In other words, 16 possible points will be up for grabs for each round, for a total of 80 points.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** ****

Sample Prediction:

Group A: Egypt, Saudi
Group B: Iran, Morocco
Group C: France, Australia
Group D: Iceland, Nigeria
Group E: Serbia, Switzerland
Group F: Sweden, Mexico
Group G: Tunesia, England
Group H: Japan, Colombia

<You do not pick knock out winners until bracket is final>

Round 16: Iran, Morocco, Australia, Nigeria, Switzerland, Mexico, Tunesia, England

Quarter-Finals: Morocco, Australia, Mexico, Tunesia

Semi-Finals: Australia, Tunesia

Final: Tunesia

<Group play prediction must be made before Russia-Saudi Arabia game starts>

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WannaBe: That CP3 body shake aftwr the 3 is just unsportsman like. No need to taunt your opponent, when you know they can score points before you know what hitya. Timeout by Houston is a good move, in my opinion.
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WannaBe: I would like to introduce this article, from 2015 (Gee, who was in the White House at that time? Hmmmmmmm....) Why not an executive order and make it paid position??
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WannaBe: Just curious, have you heard, or are you familiar with American TV show 'Breaking Bad'?
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WannaBe: No, I mean I am lost, I was looking for the Kenneth Rogoff page. Knew I shoudda made a left turn at Albuquerque.
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Apr-10-12  frogbert: neither of the commands i suggested will solve anything, jessica. they can only provide (potentially useful) diagnostics. but running them won't do any harm either.
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  WannaBe: Things that would help me, <frogbert>, and <hatsis>:

<Without Using Hotspot>:

1. As <frogbert> suggested, open a DOS window (Start Button -> type "cmd" in the search program box, select/enter)

Type: ipconfig /all

You should get something like this:

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Fischer
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . :
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : R-tek Gig NIC
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : XX-XX-XX-XX
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . :
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Tell us what you get, if can help us to see if you are getting something from the router itself, or an address from your ISP.

2. Ping (You probably will get 4 time-outs, what is the message that goes with the time-outs?)

3. In the DOS window, type: "tracert" and let it run, (patience, patience) and tell us what you see.

It 'should' look something like this:

1. 2ms 3ms 5ms [123.456.789.0]
2. 2ms 6ms 19ms [234.567.890.0]
3. 8ms 4ms 9ms [345.678.901.0]
4. 8ms 9ms 15ms [456.789.123.0]
5. 10ms 15ms 20ms

This will tell you/us where the connection (if any) stopped.

4. Restore your system(s) to the last known good state, (was this before or after Hotspot was installed?)

It sounds like both Win7 systems <MAY> have gotten some cooties, does any of your neighbors or students in your class use the same internet company as you do?

Have they experienced any issue(s) similiar to yours? (I doubt it, because the symptoms are not ISP related...)

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  Penguincw: < WannaBe: Got to deport all the illegal immigrant penguins back to the southern hemisphere!! >

Yep. It's like crossing a border.

Apr-10-12  hatsis: Okay, try this.

Unplug router for about 10 minutes.
Plug router
To pc or laptop

ipconfig /all
you should see your DNS connectivity

Ipconfig /release
Ipconfig /renew

I hope it helps.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <MannBee> thanks for your help-

One PC is a lap top, 2 years old.

the other is a desktop, 1 month old.

I don't know what kind of router I have.

I have both PCs configured the same and I have the same software on each.

I've been using hotspot shield for 6 years on various machines, never had a problem with it (except for porno ads).

I did find something out today-

This is my exact problem: <Windows Trouble Shooter reports that "the DNS server isn't responding and it could not be automatically fixed">

None of my three browsers (IE 8, Chrome, Firefox) can connect to any web page.

However, my Utorrent client can not only connect to the internet, it can function normally downloading video files.

So that means this is my problem:

<Windows 7 - Browser not working but internet is connected>

So I went to this website (using hotspot proxy, the only way I can visit any page):

That page took me to this page on troubleshooting DNS servers:

So I copied and pasted the DNS troubleshooter page onto a document- then I disconnected from hotspot proxy and rebooted.

Then, not using a proxy, just my normal internet connection, I opened the word file that I pasted the DNS trouble shooting instructions on. Then I started following the troubleshooting steps from my Command Line.

1. My PC can ping my own IP address

2. However, when I typed <Ipconfig> into the command line, it told me that all "media is disconnected."

The notes on the DNS trouble shooting page (which I just linked here) tell me this means that a cable is not plugged in properly.

However, if this is true, then how is it possible for my Utorrent to connect to the internet and function properly, downloading files?

I am very confused about this.


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  WannaBe: On my cell phone, will respond in an hour, I can't type on this stupid small keyboard for a full reply.

But I firmly think the answer is in your system, what caused it, I am not 100% sure...

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  jessicafischerqueen: <MannBee> Ok thank you-

<hatsis> I tried your fix, it didn't work, but thank you very much.

<MannBee>: I did what you said, ipconfig-all in the command line, and it showed everything you said, except for two things-

1. Media State: media disconnected

2. Description: Anchorfree HSS Adapter

“Anchorfree Hotpot shield adapter” is listed in the description even though the proxy software is not turned on. Does this mean that the Hotspot Shield is causing this problem?

I'm going to try deleting Hotspot Shield and then retry the ipconfig/alll command to see if "Anchorfree HSS" still shows up in the description.

Since I can't get on a webpage without using Hotspot Shield at the moment, if this doesn't fix the problem, I'll be offline till I'm at work tomorrow.

So thank you very much <MannBee>, I'll report on the results tomorrow from work.

I'm also going to get a Korean speaker at work to telephone my IP provider and get a tech in here to figure this out for me. Ok see you tomorrow.

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  WannaBe: Do it on one PC!! So you can still communicate!
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  WannaBe: Still on cell, drinking my last beer, will ba home in 45 min.

Your media should <NOT> be listed as disabled!

Apr-10-12  Alien Math: <jessicafischerqueen> About what router type have, identify the type of Internet Service you have, provide some idea of cable, wireless, satellite

Some description from a search of, allintext: what kind of router do I have? Provides this link

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  WannaBe: Okay, what <Alien Math> said is also true, one thing I've always said, give me more info, and let me sort it out. =)

Here we go, more instructions...

And only do it to one of the computer, so you can use the other one to communicate, I should be avail. for another 2.5 hours before I pass out on the floor, drooling.

1. Is there a "My Computer" icon on your desktop, either the laptop or the full PC.

Yes -> Right click, select "Manage" -> Device Manager -> Network Adaptors -> Click the plus sign.

No -> Click Start Button -> Find "Computer" Right click on it, Select "Manage" and follow above directions.

Is there a yellow triangle sign next to your adaptors? And are you doing this on Laptop or PC?

1. Laptop -> There should be 2 adaptors, one for the wireless, one for your regular LAN/RJ-45 cable, if more than 3, most likely, the 3rd is a VPN 'adaptor'.

2. Desktop -> There should be only 1 <!!>, unless you have a server model, which usually have 2, the second one as redundency/backup in case 1st one fails.

Do all your adaptors have a yellow triangle icon? (Except one? If so, is the one without the icon your VPN/HotSpot adaptor?)

If the answer is yes, that is your problem.

If the answer is No:

1. On Laptop/desktop, right click on the non-wireless one, select enable.

After yellow icon goes away -> Open DOS window (instruction given in previous lesson #1)

Type: "ipconfig /release" wait for "C:\" prompt to return, type: "ipconfig /renew"

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  WannaBe: If the answer is Yes to the VPN, right click on the 3rd (extra) icon, select "Disable".

Enable the LAN/RJ-45 (instruction in previous post) and do the ipconfig /release, ipconfig /renew

Uninstall your program, Control Panel -> Programs -> add/remove program (you may have to wait, while Windoze gathers all info on currently installed programs)

Single click on the program that you wish to remove, the top of the dialog/window will show a "Un-install" option, select it, if asked "Are You Sure", take a hammer and pound on that button. (May have to buy a new computer...)

If all network adaptors does not display yellow triangle icon:

1. How many icons are there for your laptop?
2. How many icons are there for your desktop?
3. What are their names?

This will tell us if the devices installed are 'suppose' to be there. Also, what/who are the makers of your computers (and model)? This will also enable us to track down the components that are suppose to be installed.

Example: Dell's computers have an unique device ID, so if say, you have a Dell laptop, model XYZ, somewhere on the bottom of the machine, or the back, if it is a desktop PC, there is a sticker, with some funky code, like 1U78Z9X, when I go to, I enter that ID, it will show me <EVERYTHING> that Dell have installed.

(Maybe that only works for business purchased machines, but I am throwing it out there, just in case you have a Dell, and I hit the Irish Lottery...)

Like I said, I will be up for another 2 hours... Before I pass out on the floor.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <MannBee> Issue resolved-

I managed to get a Korean friend to telephone my Ip provider- the problem was from their end, not mine.

I suspected this originally, because both of my computers showed the exact same error message and exact same Net configurations.

However, I was confused by the ability of Hotspot Shield and Utorrent to access the internet.

Apparently, Utorrent accesses with its own proxy!

Also, the problem with the Korean IP somehow allowed my blocked IP address to connect to proxies, which allowed internet access.

I don't know the exact details of the problem, because my friend who phoned and got it fixed can barely speak English.

However, it was from the IP company, and it was something they fixed instantly from their end, once my friend phoned them with the problem.

Many, many thanks to you <MannBee>!

I really appreciate your help.

Also thanks to <frogbert> and <hatsis>.

<MannBee>- one last curious thing- my internet works fine now, but when I run the <ipconfig /all> command as an administrator, it still shows "media disconnected."


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  WannaBe: Okay, once again, give me/us more details...

Which computer did you run the command from?

1. Laptop, usually have 2 Medias (Mediaii?) If that is the case, and you don't scroll up on your DOS window, you will not see Media #1

2. Desktop, usually only have 1 Media, that is unless it have VPN installed, and/or is a server, which will give you more than one.

On my laptop, I have work VPN installed, and it lists 17 Medias (Mediaii??) And 15 of them are listed as Media Disconnected.

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  WannaBe: So, in a nut-shell, of all S. Korea, of all the customers that your Internet Service Provider have, you are the only one that had this problem, and your friend called them, (no one else in S. Korea did, apparently) and it was fixed?!

Did you have to do some 'fixin' on your computer? Like reboot? Or did the ISP took care of everything on their side? And your computer just magically started working?

If so, the problem would be pointed at your modem/router, which I/us still have no idea what model/brand it is, (I did post that question to you, in my earlier reply...)

If the issue was at your ISP's HQ, you'd figure every neighbor around you would be calling, and it would be resolved without your friend calling them some many hours later.

Unless all of S. Korea have as their DNS, except you, (which, is very, very, very remotely possible...). At work, we use as our 3rd level/entry DNS.*

Or am I missing out on some details here?

*DNS pretty much/kinda/sorta works like this:

My PC: I want to talk to, anyone know who that is?!

Internal/work office DNS Server: I have no freakin' clue who is, but I'll ask the ISP.

Verizon DSL: I don't have no freakin' clue who is, but I'll ask the national directory.

National Directory: Oh, you want, it is

Verizon DSL: Hey, dumb-ass, it's

Internal/Work DNS Server: Hey, dumb-ass, it's

My PC: Okay, thanks, I'll put it in my cache, so next time, I don't have to deal with your rude-ass!

Two minutes later, My PC: Hey, I want to talk to who is that?!?!

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  jessicafischerqueen: <MannBee> I ran the command prompt from both computers, no difference as far as all of the lists said "media disconnected"- I don't know why they don't admit I'm connected. Maybe one of those secret Korean things nobody understands, including Koreans.

I always suspected it was the IP provider's cock up because both of my computers did the identical thing at every turn.

Like I said, however, it was the curious ability of Utorrent and Hotspot proxy to connect that threw me off the idea that it was the IP provider's fault.

Unfortunately, I may never really know why or how it was my problem- maybe Korean people did have the same problem and had to phone?

The reason I can't tell you any more than I did is that my friend can barely speak English. He can certainly speak Korean, however, it took about 15 minutes for him to clear this up for me on the phone.

Thanks very much for that informative, and funny, information on how the "information requests" work on the internets!

It would make a good play I think.

Anyways thanks <Wannabe> you are the best, always helping on computer problems like you do.

I really appreciate it.

<frogbert> I really appreciate the link you sent me on Hotspot Shield- I read it, and I'm investigating the link of superior alternatives.

I'm not going to install Hotspot on any computer again. Thanks to you, I have a great list of alternatives.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <MannBee> I just ran across this rare photo of you whilst researching some chess history. I believe the photo was taken just before you entered the 1950 West Kentucky Brass Band League Tournament?

Apr-11-12  frogbert: <in a nut-shell, of all S. Korea, of all the customers that your Internet Service Provider have, you are the only one that had this problem, and your friend called them, (no one else in S. Korea did, apparently) and it was fixed?!

Did you have to do some 'fixin' on your computer? Like reboot? Or did the ISP took care of everything on their side? And your computer just magically started working?

If so, the problem would be pointed at your modem/router>

i'm in agreement with wannabe in the above - i'm still puzzled about what the issue *really* was.

anyway, i'm happy that you're back online without any dependence on that questionable proxy software. note: <i would've got rid of that *specific* web proxy software for several reasons.> even if you've been a long time user. there are (much) better alternatives - the one you're using is practically an ad platform, and several of the ips that it makes you operate under are blacklisted for various questionable activities (spamming and worse). and their privacy notice is *not* impressive - you effectively send all your communication to them unencrypted while you're using their proxy.

anyway. my advice, your choice. :o)

Apr-11-12  frogbert: <I always suspected it was the IP provider's cock up because both of my computers did the identical thing at every turn.>

well, you claimed to have installed exactly the same software on the two machines, and that they had the same network configurations, so the above argument is *slightly* killed by your own previous statements. :o)

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  jessicafischerqueen: <frogbert> good point. But both PC configurations and software additions were working perfectly fine, and then suddenly both stopped working at the same time. I suppose I thought a simultaneous hardware fault in either one very unlikely because of this.

However, in support of your point, a certain update in software such as Hotspot Shield might suddenly render both network configurations inoperable.

I actually deleted Hotspot from both computers and also Utorrent from both computers in an effort to find out what might happen.

But if either software had somehow made a permanent change in the PC registries, uninstalling them wouldn't necessarily return operation to normal.

Luckily it was as simple as a phone call to the IP company, but in Korea no phone call is simple for me because I can't speak Korean, and no Koreans can speak English. Almost none. Even most of the Korean English teachers can't speak English.

And I can't speak Korean so I was lucky to have a Korean friend available to make the call for me. Took him fifteen minutes but it took a lot longer than that to get him to understand what I wanted him to do, exactly.

At any rate thanks for all of the help <frogbert>, especially for that VPN software review.

I'm looking forward to using that list to scout out a more reliable, less intrusive, and less shady proxy product.

No more "Hot Porno Ad Spot" for me.

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  WannaBe: <jessicafischerqueen> Follow my instruction posted previously, see if your network adaptors are actually disabled.

The one where you go into "Manage" -> Device Manager.

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  WannaBe: This is embarassing, especially for the Bruins.

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  Jim Bartle: And they included Gary Beban Jr., Marques Johnson Jr., Mel Farr Jr. (oops, he already graduated), Randy Cross Jr., and Troy Aikman Jr. Maybe we've found the reason for the team's haplessness the past few years.
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  WannaBe: <JB> Bwahahahah!! You forgot Lew Alcindor Jr., maybe it would be Lewis Alcindor III by now! =)
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  WannaBe: Maybe the organizer(s) spent the last 34 years on the 'Moon'.

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