* Posts by Vigilant Mouse

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Waledac botnet 'decimated' by MS takedown

Vigilant Mouse

Further decimated

Interesting that a collection of people who all accept (I would think) that absolute precision is required when communicating with electronic devices in order to get the desired result, cannot get their heads round the fact that equal accuracy in spoken/written language (just another communication mechanism) is just as important when conveying precise meaning. In fact it is even more important, given the level of fuzzy logic employed by most human beings.

PM: UK airports to get perv scanners next week

Vigilant Mouse

Dodgy airports....

So the government has decided to ban direct flights to the UK from Yemen, which will be really effective against would-be terrorists who haven't yet worked out how to change planes and arrive from somewhere nice and secure like Amsterdam.

Church of England takes on Ofcom

Vigilant Mouse

Useless priests?

I'm a priest.

And I work in the IT industry. (No, this is not a logical impossibility, but I suppose it might render me doubly useless.)

And I have a loud voice (no-one has yet dropped off in one of my sermons.)

It's still a good idea to have the microphones. For example:

1. They are an integral part of the loop system for people with hearing aids.

2. They allow us to do things in one part of the church (or hall, or grounds) and be heard in other parts - useful (for example) when interring ashes in the rain but not all the older people want to stand in the downpour.

And anyway, priests aren't the only people who speak in church. Ordinary people read lessons, lead prayers, make announcements, tell stories, sing..... they haven't all got loud voices.

Would you rather we paid a lot of money for new microphones, or sent a larger donation to help out in Haiti?

Lots of young adults still sexting shock

Vigilant Mouse

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Reminds me of the old story of the two Oxford dons sunbathing at Parson's Pleasure (part of river bank where male nudity was permitted and females in punts had to disembark and walk round a path at the back to avoid embarrassment). One day a punt-load of young ladies decide to ignore the rule and punt straight past. Flustered dons grab towels and cover selves....when women gone, one don asks why other had covered his head, while he had covered his nether regions. "What on earth did you think they'd recognise?" replies the other.

Conficker borks London council

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Ealing, queen of the dullards

<Someone will have to remind the Council how cash works>

I live there, and believe me, that isn't the problem. Someone will have to start employing council staff who can retain a certain amount of imformation in their heads or even - in case of emergency - look things up on good old-fashioned pieces of paper.

Just try booking a council-owned hall or meeting room. The staff at the town hall can't deliver post to the correct offices. Other staff can't tell you whether the room is free or how much it should cost. They regularly lose cheques. And no-one would be prepared to take the awesome responsibility of actually handling some money.

German inventor gushes over portable women's weebag

Vigilant Mouse

Portable women?

Might I humbly suggest that the composer of the headline of this piece takes a grammar lesson?

Quite apart from anything else there is the appalling implication that one bag is to be used by more than one woman, whether or not they are involved in a Finnish wife-carrying challenge at the time.