* Posts by Mog_X

58 posts • joined 9 Dec 2011


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?

You can easily secure America's e-voting systems tomorrow. Use paper – Bruce Schneier


Re: Instant Gratification

Here in the UK most of the results after an election have been made within six hours of the polls closing - some constituencies have an unofficial race to make the first declaration.

In the US there should be a delay, as people would still be voting on the west coast as the first results come in from earlier time zones.

Braking bad? Van with £112m worth of crystal meth in back hits cop car at police station


Always remember the first rule....

Never break more than one law at a time.

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames


American English - also know as English (Simplified)

Uncle Sam to blow millions on mind-control weapon tech that can be fitted without surgery


Re: Mood control

World Eaters Space Marines with the Butcher's Nails implants?

Blood for the Blood God!

Just the small matter of the bill for scrapping Blighty's old nuclear submarines: It's £7.5bn


Eject warp core?

Why weren't these subs designed so the reactors could be just hoisted out without having to cut the entire thing in half?

Starfleet (either the Enterprise or another ship) used to eject their warp core every other week, so the technique is well known......

FYI: You could make Tesla's Autopilot swerve into traffic with a few stickers on the road


Re: Stickers?

I can see this becoming much worse when the proposed speed limiters come in in 2022 - a few '20' stickers placed over selected signs that show a much higher speed is going to cause unexpected braking with all the 'fun' that could cause (especially for those behind who didn't have a limiter).

NASA's first all-woman spacewalk outside ISS cancelled – due to lack of spacesuits that fit


Re: In Case of Emergency?

an EVA suit isn't going to help you much - wouldn't you just aim at a soft spot on Earth and fire the thrusters?

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties


Metal fans do tend to be well behaved, despite the perceived view. The main rule at a concert where a pit forms is 'if they fall down, pick them up'.

Also something a Tube employee said to our group when we were off to see Slayer at Brixton Academy a few years back - "there are 'band hoodies' and 'brand hoodies' - we never have problems with the former"

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us


Re: First they came for the coffee

an electrical safety audit was commissioned from which the filter machine was excluded and, without it's up to date sticker

That's why it is always useful to have a roll of PAT Test stickers handy.....

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?



I guess IBM want some new Minions....

Amazon's self-driving AI robo-car – THE TRUTH (it's a few inches in size)


Robots and controlling satellites (Ground Station)?

AWS has morphed into Cyberdyne Systems.

Nuke icon, as we all know how this ends up....

Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs


Re: Red

“Were you listening to me, Neo? Or were you looking at the woman in the red dress?”

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force


Space Marines?

The Emperor Protects!

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken


Re: While we're on the subject ...

I saw Iron Maiden last night and we all sang 'Happy Birthday' for Bruce's 60th .

He is (just) a few years older than me, but I wish I had half his energy.

Megaphone icon as that's the only way I will be able to hear anyone today.....

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed


Re: Surely though

The CEO and Inspector Knacker being in the same Lodge would be a complete coincidence....

UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics


How to keep the BBFC busy...

If anyone can report a site for containing adult content, perhaps a little script to randomly select a site (or 50) every second and generate a report to them might be in order.

Perhaps start with the .gov.uk pages first...

Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music


Re: High End Audio

By the time you can afford the kit you won't get the benefit.

My case in point - mid fifties, mortgage paid off and could easily get a decent system, but since I now have tinnitus (partly caused by numerous rock concerts, plus one of my dogs barking too close once), a bog-standard set of headphones are just as good.

Same applies to televisions - why get a 4K screen if I'm looking at it through varifocals?

Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network


Re: Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

A cult is a small unpopular religion.

A religion is a large popular cult.

Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required


Re: Salary isn't just a number

TonyJ, I sort of did the opposite - lived in the South East (well, about 30 miles north of London) and hated the commute and crowding. When my company did a relocation further north many of my colleagues jumped ship, but I took the relocation package.

Now I'm living in the same (I suspect) National Forest that you are next to, with a 30 minute commute and a bigger house.

Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn


Re: To be fair...

How about Iron Maiden's 'The Trooper'? It does involve Russians, but possibly not to the benefit of the song's protagonist...

Hacked Brit shipping giant Clarksons: A person may release some of our data today


In James May's voice....


London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!


Surprised that he hasn't said 'paying more tax on driverless cars is part and parcel of living in a big city'

How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?


At least they weren't using Call of Duty footage - "Remember, no Russian".

Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy


Re: Lies, damn lies and BT excuses

There's the solution then - "What's that BT? A tractor seems to have cut the fibre cable that runs through our village? That is the third time this month - if only there was a way of preventing that happening...."

'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport


Re: 09.30

My wife used to be a bus driver in London (before she got better!) and called the 9:30 pensioners the 'Twerlies' , as in 'Am I too early?'

User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing


Re: I have some sympathy with your view

To be fair to the user, there are legitimate reasons for the colour schemes to be changed - red/green colour blindness and other visual impairments can make some screens difficult to see.

But as other people have said, the absence of a 'Test Environment' label on the screen is the real problem.

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'


Re: HR Fail

I've always referred to them as 'the anti personnel department'

New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'


Upvote for the Culture reference. Other suitable names could be 'Well I Was In The Neighbourhood' , 'Outstanding Contribution to the Historical Process' or 'Honest Mistake'

Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger


Re: @appendicitis

Did you feel two hands on your shoulders when he did the examination?

Publishing military officers' names 'creates Islamic State hitlist'


Re: A tip for terrorists

If I go on this tour, will I be able to see what colour the boathouse is?

Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move


Re: Big surprise

"It always embarrassed Samuel Vimes when civilians tried to speak to him in what they thought was “policeman.” If it came to that, he hated thinking of them as civilians. What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians the only other thing they could be was soldiers."

Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge


A cult is a small unpopular religion.

A religion is a large popular cult.

Edit - BlartVersenwaldIII beat me to it.

RBS and Natwest online banking goes titsup


So that's why...

I had to sit outside our new house in the cold with our annoyed cats in baskets for three hours whilst we waited for the solicitors to transfer the funds so we could get access to the keys.

Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking


Re: a very well known company supplying fantasy wargaming products

No wonder their figures and kits are so expensive in the last few years - they are still trying to recoup their losses.....

Job alert: Is this the toughest sysadmin role on Earth? And are you badass enough to do it?


Re: If I were thirty years younger

Antarctic Stargate of course. The job application should have also said 'possession of ATA gene a distinct advantage'

High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables


I've had three TP-Link adaptors fail over the last year, all because of blown capacitors (this seems to be a common fault with these). I managed to fix one, but the passthrough versions were too fiddly. Now relocated the router to a central position and gone back to wireless.



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