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7th Jan '17 9:36:58 PM Phys101
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* Physicist Wolfgang Pauli, one of the fathers of modern chemistry, frequently saw experiments explode or fail whenever he came near them. On one occasion, an experiment in a university failed, and the scientists figured it couldn't be Pauli, he was nowhere around, he was on his way to Zurich. Except, as it turned out, he ''was'' in town... waiting for a train connection. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_effect elaborates]].

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* Physicist Wolfgang Pauli, one of the fathers of modern chemistry, frequently saw experiments explode or fail whenever he came near them. On one occasion, an experiment in a university failed, and the scientists figured it couldn't be Pauli, he was nowhere around, he was on his way to Zurich. Except, as it turned out, he ''was'' in town... waiting for a train connection. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_effect elaborates]]. Someone humorously dubbed it the "Second Pauli Exclusion Principle": Wolfgang Pauli and a functioning device can't occupy the same room.
** As a second anecdote, someone tried to fake the Pauli Effect by arranging a chandelier to crash upon Pauli's entrance. Instead, the chandelier got stuck and didn't fall when he released it, turning it into an actual example of the Pauli Effect.
7th Jan '17 9:29:52 PM Phys101
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If it's not the user, but the computer itself, it's TheAllegedComputer.

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If it's not the user, but the computer itself, it's TheAllegedComputer.
TheAllegedComputer. It's AntiMagic if the user's presence turns off magic instead of technology.
26th Nov '16 3:13:22 PM nombretomado
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** The same name is used for the Physical Limitation that adds up to Techbane in [[{{Champions}} ''Urban Fantasy Hero''.]]

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** The same name is used for the Physical Limitation that adds up to Techbane in [[{{Champions}} [[TabletopGame/{{Champions}} ''Urban Fantasy Hero''.]]
25th Nov '16 1:51:46 AM PaulA
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* Science-fiction author DavidDrake often mentions in the prologue to his books how many computers he's managed to kill while writing ''this'' one. Example from the acknowledgments page of a recent novel: "None of the computers I blew up this time were my primary work computer, but they could've been. ...I mentioned blowing up computers, pretty much as usual. My son Jonathan twice rebuilt my desktop unit and kept me operational. I honestly don't know what it is about me and computers; I'm really a very gentle person who wants only the best for his machines."
* EddieIzzard describes the results thus: "[[FailedASpotCheck I've wiped the file?]] ...[[UpToEleven I've wiped all the files?]] ....[[EpicFail I've wiped the]] ''[[EpicFail Internet]]''? Aww, no! [[SerialEscalation I don't even have a modem!]]"

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* Science-fiction author DavidDrake Creator/DavidDrake often mentions in the prologue to his books how many computers he's managed to kill while writing ''this'' one. Example from the acknowledgments page of a recent novel: "None of the computers I blew up this time were my primary work computer, but they could've been. ...I mentioned blowing up computers, pretty much as usual. My son Jonathan twice rebuilt my desktop unit and kept me operational. I honestly don't know what it is about me and computers; I'm really a very gentle person who wants only the best for his machines."
* EddieIzzard Creator/EddieIzzard describes the results thus: "[[FailedASpotCheck I've wiped the file?]] ...[[UpToEleven I've wiped all the files?]] ....[[EpicFail I've wiped the]] ''[[EpicFail Internet]]''? Aww, no! [[SerialEscalation I don't even have a modem!]]"
24th Nov '16 4:34:13 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The [[TabletopGames tabletop game]] ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' includes this in the form of the Hindrance "All Thumbs". For added points, in the part of the book players aren't supposed to read, there's [[spoiler: the "Bollixed" status, which can be randomly generated as a drawback for a PlayerCharacter that wants to start as a BadAss. Bollixed characters actually act as conduits for ''literal'' gremlins, which infest every mechanical device the character touches. And multiply. Exponentially.]] For maximum comedy? Even a MadScientist can be a WalkingTechbane.

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* The [[TabletopGames tabletop game]] ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' includes this in the form of the Hindrance "All Thumbs". For added points, in the part of the book players aren't supposed to read, there's [[spoiler: the "Bollixed" status, which can be randomly generated as a drawback for a PlayerCharacter that wants to start as a BadAss.badass. Bollixed characters actually act as conduits for ''literal'' gremlins, which infest every mechanical device the character touches. And multiply. Exponentially.]] For maximum comedy? Even a MadScientist can be a WalkingTechbane.
30th Oct '16 11:12:16 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{GURPS}}: Thaumatology'' has a ritual called "Machines Hate You" that makes machines and computers mess up in way that will make the target's life miserable.
** ''GURPS Supers'' also has the Dampen power, which allows a character to turn this on and off at will... unless they have the [[PowerIncontinence Always On]] drawback to the power. One NPC created in the ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'' book has this unfortunate combo.

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* ''{{GURPS}}: ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'':
** ''GURPS:
Thaumatology'' has a ritual called "Machines Hate You" that makes machines and computers mess up in way that will make the target's life miserable.
** ''GURPS Supers'' also has the Dampen power, which allows a character to turn this on and off at will... unless they have the [[PowerIncontinence Always On]] drawback to the power. One NPC created in the ''GURPS Mixed Doubles'' book has this unfortunate combo.
22nd Oct '16 12:29:20 PM Kaiseror
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* [[{{ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW}} IDW's Transformers comics]] bring us an Autobot named Damus, tellingly known as "Glitch" to his friends, who has this as a power. Yes, he's a robotic WalkingTechbane. Luckily for him( and his comrades) his powers only effect non-sentient machines.

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* [[{{ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW}} IDW's Transformers comics]] bring us an Autobot named Damus, tellingly known as "Glitch" to his friends, who has this as a power. Yes, he's a robotic WalkingTechbane. Luckily for him( and his comrades) his powers only effect non-sentient machines.[[spoiler: At least until his power evolves to the point where it can cause a cybertronian spark to explode, and the fact [[EvilOverlord Megatron]] [[CorruptTheCutie corrupts]] him into becoming the vicious leader of the [[TortureTechnician Deception]] [[LoonyFan Justice]] [[KnightTemplar Division]], He now goes by the name of Tarn.]]
13th Oct '16 1:28:26 PM DocProfessor
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* Weaponized in the Literature/Magic20 series. Any wizard deemed untrustworthy will be sent back to their own time, stripped of any powers, and given a magnetic field that disables all electronics. This prevents them from finding some way to access the file again.
27th Sep '16 2:39:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Glitch Girl of the ''LegionOfNetHeroes'' has this as a superpower. When she can keep it under control, it's fairly useful. When she can't...

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* Glitch Girl of the ''LegionOfNetHeroes'' ''Literature/LegionOfNetHeroes'' has this as a superpower. When she can keep it under control, it's fairly useful. When she can't...
20th Sep '16 7:21:35 PM nombretomado
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--->'''Jason:''' Yee-ha! It accepted my order! I've got ''StarWars'' tickets! ''(praying pose)'' ''AttackOfTheClones'' heaven, this angel is ready for entry. ''(pondering pose)'' I can't believe how long I had to wait online, though. The movie theater's website must've really been swamped.\\

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--->'''Jason:''' Yee-ha! It accepted my order! I've got ''StarWars'' tickets! ''(praying pose)'' ''AttackOfTheClones'' ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' heaven, this angel is ready for entry. ''(pondering pose)'' I can't believe how long I had to wait online, though. The movie theater's website must've really been swamped.\\



*** To put it in context, the past three strips had Jason being camped out in front of the computer trying to get tickets for ''AttackOfTheClones'' for what is strongly implied for an extremely long time (as Jason put it, the connection to the Pavilionplex's web server was running slower than a Bantha on Hoth), and the reason for the long delay was revealed to be because one of the Pavilionplex staffers somehow mistook the Pavilionplex's web server for the butter server and soaked it in soapy water, making the staffer applicable for this trope for the sheer stupidity of his action. Also qualifies as an EpicFail.

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*** To put it in context, the past three strips had Jason being camped out in front of the computer trying to get tickets for ''AttackOfTheClones'' ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' for what is strongly implied for an extremely long time (as Jason put it, the connection to the Pavilionplex's web server was running slower than a Bantha on Hoth), and the reason for the long delay was revealed to be because one of the Pavilionplex staffers somehow mistook the Pavilionplex's web server for the butter server and soaked it in soapy water, making the staffer applicable for this trope for the sheer stupidity of his action. Also qualifies as an EpicFail.
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