* Posts by Mog_X

37 posts • joined 9 Dec 2011

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.

Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor


Just drinking my first cup of the day from my Aeropress when I read this - as you say, it is simple and pretty easy to clean.

We've got a Tassimo at home, but it only fills a standard cup 2/3 of the way. I need a full mug to get me going in the office.

Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins


The rowing lake idea was proposed several years before the London Olympics, so I doubt it will ever get going.

Knocking down some houses might upset some friends of mine - if they move the route a bit further south it will go through my vegetable patch as well (you'll know where I live if you know the area, based on my username)

I ain't Spartacus - I cycle pretty fast, so I think I wouldn't hold up the Class 153 units :-)


They can't rebuild the Bedford - Cambridge part on the same route now - some of it was built over (and I now use part of it as a cycle track on the way to Sandy).

If they had thought of this back in Beeching's time it might be a bit different.

Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

Black Helicopters

3D spacial-perception awareness?

Is that a requirement for squeezing yourself into a holdall and doing up the zip? Do they 'assist' you if you can't do it yourself?

Women crap at parking: Official


"almost always, when men and women are in a car together, the man drives"

Not in my case. My wife is a better driver than me - probably because she's done a number of driving jobs in the past (including a London bus for 3 years). I navigate though.

Also gives me the opportunity to drink....

UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished


Re: Bring on the home brew

Also SmartStill for your, ahem, distilled drinking water...

Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think


Re: Biggest thing my cat ever brought in...?

One of mine once dragged a (just about still alive) fully grown male pheasant in through the catflap.

Another one has a fondness for rabbits - eats the whole thing except for the guts (which he tends to leave under my desk). Took him to the vets one time as he had injured his paw. Vet was very impressed when the full body x-ray showed two spinal cords - the cat's plus a bunny one in his stomach!

Taxpayers to cough more for multi-billion pound failed NHS IT project



If I order something online from Amazon, I have a reasonable expectation that they will keep my credit card details, address and other personal information safe - is is their own interest to do this because of loss of business and fines if they didn't.

In comparison, the history of government departments leaving unencrypted discs on the train, emailing info to the wrong people, corrupt staff and simple incompetence does not fill me with confidence about giving them unrestricted access to my medical details.

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