Microsoft support: Just wiggle the mouse until the problem goes away

Microsoft apparently employs my great-aunt in its technical support department.

The Web is buzzing with this genius workaround Microsoft devised for an Oracle problem while using Excel. I had no idea my great aunt works in Microsoft's technical support team, as this is just the sort of solution she'd likely devise:

Method 2: Move Your Mouse Pointer

If you move your mouse pointer continuously while the data is being returned to Microsoft Excel, the query may not fail. Do not stop moving the mouse until all the data has been returned to Microsoft Excel.

NOTE: Depending on your query, it may take several minutes to return the results of your query to the worksheet.

My question: when can I stop? I've been moving the mouse pointer around for a few days now, but the problem persists. ;-)

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