* Posts by Mog_X

94 posts • joined 9 Dec 2011


Say what you see: Four-letter fun on a late-night support call


Re: Security Guard Bothering

or "Smeee Heee"....


Re: How to deal with calls

So a bit like Geordi Le Forge trying to help the Pakleds?

Remember the 'guy in a jetpack' seen flying close to passenger jets? Probably just balloons, says FBI


Re: It was “Witchie-poo” of the West, astride her “Vroom Broom”

"Who are You, Who are so Wise in the Ways of Science?"

Cisco requires COVID-19 shots for all US staff – even remote workers


Looking at the numerous 'awarded' posts on the HermanCainAward sub on Reddit, being under 60 with no health conditions (**) isn't a risk-free stance by any means.

(** - they are mostly American, so I suppose that is a health condition in itself)


Re: Get rid of the religious exemption.

As at least one hospital in the US has stated in a message to its staff, unless they can truthfully say that they have never taken or will never take any of the following:

Acetaminophen, albuterol, aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, Tums, Lipitor, Senokot, Motrin, Maalox, Ex-Lax, Benadryl, Sudafed, Preparation H, Claritin, Prilosec, and Zoloft

Then they can't use the 'fetal cell lines' excuse, as these have all used them during R&D.

Ofcom swears at the general public for five days during obscenity survey


Re: Well, Burma.

Does that count as a "Non-English word"?

Catch of the day... for Google, anyway: Transatlantic Cornwall cable hauled ashore


Re: just a short seaside donkey ride from GCHQ's Bude listening post on the cliffs

Also just a short walk from one of the wonders of the modern world - Bude Tunnel!


Re: cable effort

The house I grew up in was also a 1930s semi, with the floorboards between the junction box under the stairs to the back door running perpendicular.

My dad wanted to run power out to the garage and was trying to work out how to do it, when our cat stated nosing around the hole.

After a lightbulb moment, he tied a string to the cat's collar, took up a single extra floorboard by the back door and my mum opened a tin of tuna at the other.

Cue the cat making a quick trip under the floor, after which the cable was connected to the string and pulled through.

Cat enjoyed the tuna.

More than half of companies rethinking back-to-office plans amid variant uncertainty and vaccine mandates – survey


Re: Office half full or office half empty?

Our company has well over 100,000 employees, with probably about 10k office based.

Frequently during lockdown people have asked if they can work abroad and that's always been (quite rightly) rejected due to tax reasons as you said, but also because of GDPR and other regulations.

We've ended the leases on two of our offices (one in London, the other in the Midlands) and have fully rejigged our ways of working, with the expectation that we would only go into an office once or twice a week at most.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland


Re: Castling

.... well, there go my holiday plans.

Fancy joining the SAS's secret hacker squad in Hereford as an electronics engineer for £33k?


Re: Slightly over specified?

They might also need some painting experience in case the boathouse doors need touching up...

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns


Re: Won't Someone Think of the Children?

Having Nirvana's 'Nevermind' album cover that's been downloaded from Spotify on your iPhone will be a hanging offence...

Gung-ho tank gamer spills classified docs in effort to win online argument


Re: You are... not me

I'm surprised - not by the information in your post about classified information, but that an Allegro could reach a high speed....

Pentagon scraps $10bn JEDI winner-takes-all cloud contract


Re: Obligatory Star Wars MisQuote

Commander Cody, the time has come.

Execute order 66

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'


Re: Tricky to do that with people.

The NHS made the reasonable assumption that they would be needing as many hospital beds as possible, so sending 'bed blockers' back to their care homes was one of the main ways of doing this.

At the time there wasn't much evidence to believe asymptomatic spreading, but of course hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Also as John Brown mentioned, a lot of the cases were brought into care homes by the staff which probably happened within hospitals as well.

An anti-drone system that sneezes targets to death? Would that be a DARPA project? You betcha


.. spraying the whole city with small-arms fire?

Isn't that what happens in most US cities on July 4th?

Does the boss want those 2 hours of your free time back? A study says fighting through crowds to office each day hurts productivity


Re: What office?

Same for my company - we had one main office and two smaller satellite sites in London, plus two large offices in a Midlands town separated by about two miles.

The satellites and one of the Midlands sites have not had their leases renewed, plus we are only expected to go into an office for the '3 Cs' (Collaboration, Coaching or Celebration) , which is likely to be one day a week at most.

Don't cross the team tasked with policing the surfing habits of California's teens


Re: Unions... double edged sword.

You can't mention London Underground and unions without linking to this song -


Pentagon confirms footage of three strange craft taken by the Navy are UFOs (no, that doesn't mean they're aliens)


Re: Nowadays a better name is UAPs

The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO.

Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

A floppy filled with software worth thousands of francs: Techie can't take it, customs won't keep it. What to do?


Re: A reel of tape valued at £1M

Back in the early 90s our company had successfully migrated one of the key applications from an old platform.

At the post-implementation party one of the key people was presented with a reel tape from the old system as a present. He got a bit inebriated that night and was found by Plod in a semi conscious state, still clutching the reel.

They thought that they had stumbled upon a major hacking incident and called our IT director to say as such. It took a few hours to straighten everything out and our guy didn't get in any trouble (although the story stuck with him for the rest of his days there)

Surprise: Automated driving biz finds automated driving safer than letting you get behind the wheel


Re: Different defects

Pity Anne Sacoolas didn't take that into account...

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable


Re: DR Plans

Our two main DCs were until very recently only a mile or so apart, but if something took out both, it would also mean that a good chunk of west London was also on fire, so some lost data would have been the least of our problems....

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff


Re: Would you lye to me?

That is very basic of you.

London calling: 5G coverage in British capital grew during second half of last year with fastest speeds on Vodafone


5G should start improving....

once more of the Covid-19 vaccine gets rolled out.

(adding joke icon just in case, but I suspect Reg readers don't fall into that conspiracy group)

Games Workshop finds that in the grim darkness of the 3rd millennium, there is only ERP


Tzeentch is the project manager.....

"Everything is going just as planned"

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah


All These Worlds Are Yours

Except America - Attempt No Landing There

(This is good advice for most of the civilised world , irrespective of the presence of the monolith)

Ticketmaster cops £1.25m ICO fine for 2018 Magecart breach, blames someone else and vows to appeal


Will there be a service / handling fee added onto the fine?

Samsung to introduce automatic call blocking on Android 11-capable flagships


Re: Orange dialler already has this covered

The reverse is true when you try to call doctors - the call blocker is called a receptionist.

You're stuck inside, gaming's getting you through, and you've $1,500 to burn. Check out Nvidia's latest GPUs


By the time you have enough disposable income to drop on the 3090, you are probably around the age when your eyesight is starting to degrade so you won't get the full benefit.

Same applies with audiophiles with tinnitus or age related hearing loss.

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles


"Brothers and sisters are natural enemies! Like Englishmen and Scots! Or Welshmen and Scots! Or Japanese and Scots! Or Scots and other Scots! Damn Scots! They ruined Scotland!"

A bridge too far: Passengers on Sydney's new ferries would get 'their heads knocked off' on upper deck, say politicos


That is familiar to anyone who has tried to take a boat under Potter Heigham bridge in the Norfolk Broads.

Snortical warfare: Wild boar launches amphibious assault against German beachgoers


Agree - look what happened to Robert Baratheon (first of his name, King of the Andals etc...)

EU orders Airbus A350 operators to install anti-coffee spillage covers in airliner cockpits


Re: Other liquids


What was it we had for dinner tonight?

Elaine Dickinson:

Well, we had a choice of steak or fish.


Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old


Re: HR droids...

When I was working as a student at a well-known (orange) UK supermarket in the early 80s, the manager saw me coming back into the store after lunch with a computer magazine for the VIC-20.

"Do you know about computers then? Do you want to run the System 25 on Saturdays?"

That's the point when I realised that IT was a lot less physical effort than stocking shelves.

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer


Re: How did they learn he was Dalit?

The caste equivalent of 'Gaydar'?

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time


Re: I called the cops

I thought the emergency number was now 0118 999 88199 9119 725…3

Singapore to require smartphone check-ins at all businesses and will log visitors' national identity numbers


What happens if you forget to record one of the 'entry' or 'exit' events? I'm reminded of this from HHGTTG:

"A fabulously beautiful planet, Bethselamin is now so worried about the cumulative eroision by ten billion visiting tourists a year that any net imbalance between the amount you eat and the amount you excrete whilst on the planet is surgically removed from your bodyweight when you leave: so every time you go to the lavatory there it is vitally important to get a receipt."

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


At the very least, the captain would have been kept informed of the situation at home and it would have been up to him to tell the crew.

I thought they had to listen in to Radio 4 on long wave anyway - if it went off air they were allowed to nuke Russia.

In any case this is a daft reaction by the Admiralty, as they have been effectively all been members of the same household for months. It is no different than me having a BBQ in my garden with the wife & kids.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much


How secure is this app?

It would be a terrible shame if the details of the Cambridgeshire informants got leaked, wouldn't it.......

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police


If you have a problem and call the police, then you now have two problems.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees


Re: Gobsmacked!

Surely you can't be serious?

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia accused of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone with malware-laden WhatsApp message


To clear this up...

The Saudis wish to invite Mr Bezos to their embassy in order to 'cut' to the chase......

This is the coat with the bone saw in the pocket.

Tabletop battle-toys purveyor Games Workshop again warns of risks in Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP project


Pity Duncan Rhodes has just left - a bit of Agrax Earthshade would have sorted it out.

Need an extra coat icon....

UK data watchdog kicks £280m British Airways and Marriott GDPR fines into legal long grass


And in related news...

ICO bosses have had their BA flights upgraded to first class and their hotel rooms at Marriott to the best suites until further notice.

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors


Ok, one last time....

This printer is small, but those are far away.....


No wonder Bezos wants to move industry into orbit: In space, no one can hear you* scream


If Amazon are involved, I guess that food and air for the personnel would be the least of their concerns....

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


Re: Marx would be proud

"We won't buy your shares on the open stock market, but we'll change the rules and set the price to what we want and you have no choice but to accept this"


short time later


"Why are all these companies pulling out of Britain?"

I just love your accent – please, have a new password


As seen (heard?) in Sneakers....

“Hi, my name is Werner Brandes. My voice is my passport. Verify Me.”

Quick question, what the Hull? City khazi is a top UK tourist destination


What about Bude Tunnel?

The best tourist attraction in Cornwell.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision


Re: Too bad it took a collision

"Control of the port and starboard throttles was split between two helm stations"

So if the ship has taken damage on the bridge whilst in conflict with the Russians/Chinese/Swiss (delete where applicable) and one of the helmsman is taken out, can it then only steer in circles?



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