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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

LordWabbit2 How many times (359 comments)

How many times did he try this and it didn't work? He just kept trying until he got one lazy/incompetent teller and bingo! Scam!

7 hours ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

LordWabbit2 Re:If this helmet is that great (184 comments)

I would imagine it would take a lot of rewiring to get the camera's etc in place. My father used to work for an aerospace company as an electrician, trust me, there is not a lot of room in fighter jets to just add more stuff. Components would need to be replaced with miniature or more compact versions to make more space for the new equipment, this in turn would require changes to the wiring harness etc. etc. Probably be cheaper to buy an F-35 than try retrofit another plane - well maybe not considering the price tag of the F-35!.

5 days ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

LordWabbit2 Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

There are ALWAYS people in a company of significant size who are not pulling their weight, or for whatever reason are no longer team players, no longer have the skills required etc. etc. This sounds like a classic chaff cutting exercise (soz to those who are losing their jobs though), I am sure having MS on your CV will help tons in getting another position, and since IT is in high demand at the moment it should not take long :-)

about a week ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

LordWabbit2 Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (752 comments)

No, it's probably the separatists who wear a Russian uniform and were delivered by American transports using American bought Russian equipment so that America can stick it's nose into another war to fuel it's war machine.

about two weeks ago

Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

LordWabbit2 Re:The appcrap boom is over (171 comments)

If your comment wasn't already a 5 (and I actually had points) I would mod this. There is so much cr@p in the app stores it boggles the mind.

about two weeks ago

Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

LordWabbit2 Re:debug my software please (62 comments)

Or they just post an advisory stating that your software is a big pile of steaming security holes and to avoid it at all costs.

about two weeks ago

India Launches Five Foreign Satellites

LordWabbit2 Is it true, or is it another lie. (85 comments)

I wonder how accurate that figure is, even Russel Peters jokes about how if you want your taxes done "right" you take it to an Indian book keeper.

about a month ago

The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

LordWabbit2 Re:Haha, nobody will do this. (208 comments)

Ditto, don't play much online anymore, tired of paying for a 6 hour single player campaign, there are better alternatives out there for single player games. Was VERY disappointed in Watch dogs :-(

about a month ago

Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

LordWabbit2 Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

The only reason they are "free" to speak what they feel like is because they have all been brainwashed by their own media machine into only speaking what they are trained to. Spend an hour or two on Russia Today to get an idea of how biased news reporting is (including RT, but it illustrates the point). I have feeds to several eastern and western news sites hoping somehow that the amalgamation of the two will be closer to the truth.

about a month ago

UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

LordWabbit2 Re:They are dumping... (212 comments)

putting African TV manufacturers out of business
Wahahaha, that's real funny, we Africans get our TV's from the same place you do. China.

about a month ago

New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

LordWabbit2 Re:American Date Format (134 comments)

Sorry, but as a programmer different dates formats are a bloody pain in the ass. Say it like you want to (while putting a pancake on your head, I don't give a shit) but store it (ie. type it) in ISO format. YYYY-MM-DD

There are a lot of systems which transmit data as strings (xml, json, csv) which need to get parsed back into datetime and a simple thing like YYYY/MM/DD instead of YYYY-MM-DD can cause a cluster fuck of note. If everyone just used the ISO format my job would be a lot easier.
As a developer who helped fix the Y2K issues that would have happened at a major bank I am well and truly tired of different date formats.

about 2 months ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

LordWabbit2 Re:That sounds like great news (626 comments)

lol, must be nice where you live, where I live (South Africa) a lot of the time the real criminals ARE the cops.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

LordWabbit2 Re:Relax (466 comments)

Been there seen that, trying to refactor a steaming pile of cr@p right now into something that doesn't fall over if a user farts.
Doesn't help that it's really old code, changed by people who could not be bothered to figure out how the underlying system worked and just hacked away at it like a drunken monkey in front of a keyboard until it sort of worked.
To add insult to injury, when they needed to add a table or a new report they simply used whatever was at hand instead of sticking to the framework or report generator the system was built on. So now it's a mishmash of four different data layers, three different report generators, and two different programing languages, all because figuring out how nHibernate and Crystal Reports worked was too much effort.

Some programmers should be shot.
Or at least made to maintain their own steaming piles of cr@p.

about 2 months ago

How To Prevent the Next Heartbleed

LordWabbit2 Re:How about (231 comments)

If you are pushing out a lot of traffic then you would typically offload crypto duties to an application delivery device like F5 so your farm does not have to worry about the load of decryption/encryption.

about 3 months ago

WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

LordWabbit2 Re:Hello 911? (449 comments)

Heh, when I phone my land line company (we only have one) I have to enter the 10 digit phone number, then when you eventually get to living person the first thing they do is ask you for your phone number. Fvck knows why you have to enter it in in the first place. Fvck knows what happens to it afterwards.

about 4 months ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

LordWabbit2 Re:I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

When I see how much hardware and electricity is wasted digging chunks of hardened carbon out of the ground, I can only shake my head.

When I see how much hardware and electricity is wasted jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, I can only shake my head.

We humans tend to do things because we want to, not because it makes sense to you.

about 4 months ago

Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

LordWabbit2 Re:HUH? (150 comments)

I worked for a bank back in the day, was told to make code changes to the online screens to add an extra 'service fee' to the clients account, had to add a checkbox so that it could be switched off if the client complained. Checked it a couple months later, not many people even noticed it or complained, netted them an extra half a mil a month.
Don't trust banks / bankers / insurance / sales people. They do not have your own best interests at heart.

about 4 months ago

Java 8 Officially Released

LordWabbit2 Re:Damnit (302 comments)

80 000 lines? Come back when you work on a real system.

about 4 months ago

What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

LordWabbit2 Re:Pizza place (322 comments)

And stable, you can whine as much as you like about the death of the mainframe, but until there is a reliable solid alternative it will be around for many many more years. (And no Linux might be more reliable than windows, but it does not come close).

Let's also not forget the billions of lines of code you will have to rewrite.

about 6 months ago



1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about 8 months ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library have put the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online.
The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year project to digitize some of the most important works of their collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books.
Among the first up on the site Tuesday, are the two-volume Gutenberg bibles from each of the libraries and a beautiful 15th-century German bible, hand-colored and illustrated by woodcuts.
The 2 million pound ($3.3 million) project is being funded by the Polonsky Foundation, which aims to democratize access to information.
The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and is one of the most important research libraries in the world. The Bodleian is the largest university library in Britain."

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Bit-heist: Over $1mn in bitcoins stolen from Australian online bank

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about 9 months ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "An Australian bitcoin bank holding over US$1 million of the crypto-currency has been hacked, leaving an unknown number of users with nothing – one of the largest thefts in the currency’s four-year history.

The incident took place on October 26, when the bank was hacked, with 4,100 bitcoins valued at $1.3 million stolen, the service’s operator only known as ‘Tradefortress’ said. He refused to give his name to the press, also stressing he was not much older than 18.

  It took the bank’s owner two weeks to notify the affected customers."

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$30,000 iPhone docking station

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The 8ft long speaker dock pumps out a massive 1000 watts of power and weighs in at over 700lbs. Making it the worlds loudest iPhone speaker dock. Unfortunately no specifications are available for whats inside this monster at the moment."
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