* Posts by Mog_X

110 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Dec 2011


40 years since Elite became the most fun you could have with 22 kilobytes


Damm you Elite!

I still think this was the reason I got a 2:1 rather than a first.

Women in IT are on a 283-year march to parity, BCS warns


"But why male models?"

I'll see your data loss and raise you a security policy violation


Re: Hunter?

I saw that and initially thought of 'hunter2' https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/hunter2

Aliens crash landed on Earth – and Uncle Sam is covering it up, this guy tells Congress


Re: warning

how were the Egyptian pyramids built? - the Goa'uld, obviously.

Linux lover consumed a quarter of the network


Re: Rule one...

We had a similar situation - towards the end of the last century, our company successfully migrated off one of the ancient applications onto a new (for then) platform.

At the celebration party one of the key people was presented with a 9-track tape reel from the decommissioned system as a souvenir.

However this person overdid the celebration a bit and was found later that night by the Met - as the tape had 'property of $big_corporation ' printed on it they thought they had stumbled on an industrial espionage attempt.

It took a late night phone call to the head of IT to get it all sorted out.

Quirky QWERTY killed a password in Paris


Re: Paris...

It's still the 'city of lights', but the light comes from burning cars!

Techie wasn't being paid, until he taught HR a lesson


Re: Fancy pants surname

You really need a " '); drop " in your name instead.


Re: Unique keys

In the 1980s I had to work on one application that used names as the key. This app was used to log information our company had with various suppliers.

As those suppliers could have multiple sites the users eventually ended up needing to deliberately misspell their names - for example 'Heinza' and 'Heinzb'

A character catastrophe for a joker working his last day


Arthur Dent: What happens if I press this button?

Ford Prefect: I wouldn't-

Arthur Dent: Oh.

Ford Prefect: What happened?

Arthur Dent: A sign lit up, saying 'Please do not press this button again.”

Thinnet cables are no match for director's morning workout


Re: Full names please.......

My dad's first name was Leslie which he hated, so he was always known by his middle name (Jack).

Not to dis your diskette, but there are some unexpected sector holes


Re: Closest I've seen...

Type G are the best in the world! - https://youtu.be/UEfP1OKKz_Q

Dell trials 4-day workweek, massive UK pilot of shortened week begins


Re: There s no way to buy more time

Our company has the same restrictions for the same reason, although I think data protection also comes into play as well.

One of the teams I work with recently employed someone - all the interviews were remote and we had the new laptop shipped to a London address.

A week or so later, InfoSec flagged up that this laptop was connecting from Cyprus. The new employee admitted that they had the kit shipped out to them and they had never stepped foot in the UK, so they were immediately terminated.

US Army to build largest 3D-printed structures in the Americas


Can it use STL files?

.If so it would be cool to print a Benchy.

Japanese startup makes baby carrier-style sling for 'Love Robots'


Re: it's real alright


GNU Terry Pratchett

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok


Re: "make it easy to identify foreign bot accounts"

Well, since I'm currently in Sweden according to my VPN, but might switch to the US later on today, I don't think identifying me as being physically in the UK will work very well.....

He ain't heavy, he's my brother: Bloke gives away SpaceX ticket because he was over weight limit


We did Hello Fresh for over a year - they were pretty good and are healthy in the most part.

Stopped it as the quality started to slip, but we had kept all the recipe cards for the meals we liked, so we now do our normal shopping trips using these as a template.

Rolls-Royce consortium shopping for factory sites to build mini-nuclear reactors


Re: SMRs are expected to produce 300MWe per unit.

Yeah - that's entropy, man!

'Admin error': AWS in dead company data centre planning application snafu in Oxfordshire


Re: Rather close together

A large company that I know of has got its two primary data centres separated by less than two miles.

More than half of UK workers would consider jumping ship if a hybrid work option were withdrawn by their company


I came into my work office today, solely so I can pick up a new chair (my company closed an office and are allowing us to have one in return for a charity donation)

It took nearly an hour to drive in. Now sitting at a desk which has far worse monitors than I have at home listening to a couple of 'colleagues' in the next section natter incessantly (including playing phone video clips of their kids to each other)

Now why would I want to return to this full time?

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


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

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.