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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Martin Spamer NOT Netgear or HP (247 comments)

It is very doubtful these were Netgear or HP, the scammar lie when they call and claim to be from all sorts of Companies, I've had them claim to be Microsoft, BT and Google.

If you type practically any brand name plus the word support or help into search engines you get the adverts for these scammers at the top of the results.

Try it, it works for "HP Printer Support" and "Netgear Router Support" in Google. Moving the adverts from the right to the top of the organic search result list has just played into these scammers hands.

yesterday
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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

Martin Spamer Bitcoin (50 comments)

For "BitCoin to account for more of world GDP than the £/$ by 2015" would be a growth rate of many orders of magnitude.

So if any body believed this to be true (I don't), they would invest in Bitcoin not bet on it.

I want the odds that the Bitcoin ponzi will have completely collapsed by 2015.

about 4 months ago
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How Did Bill Nye Become the Science Guy?

Martin Spamer WTH is Bill Nye? (220 comments)

Massive cultural assumption or what. What about international science presenters like David Attenborough or Brian Cox

about 5 months ago
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BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

Martin Spamer The nature of responsibility (104 comments)

If fact the negligence in this case was the fault of an external IT contractor who stored the captured data on the website CMS, after the requirements has been change to specifically exclude this feature because of security concerns. However the DPA doesn't take this into account. Data loss is an absolute offence, no negligence is necessary. If the organisation loses the data they are guilty.

The size of the fine is not a reflection of the degree of negligence but a result of the damage done . In this case very serious damage because the extremely sensitive nature of the data and who was able to access it.

about 6 months ago
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Terraform Mars with Present Technology? It's Far into Realms of Magical Thought

Martin Spamer Short termism (2 comments)

That it will take a long time is surely the best reason to get cracking, not procastinate.

about 7 months ago
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Alleging 'Malpractice' With Climate Skeptic Papers, Publisher Kills Journal

Martin Spamer Who is funding this stuff ? (314 comments)

It make me wonder who is funding this stuff and more importantly why?

about 7 months ago
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Mystery Rock 'Appears' In Front of Mars Rover

Martin Spamer Weeping Angels (112 comments)

Or Martian's playing the childrens game Statue

about 7 months ago
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Is Earth Weighed Down By Dark Matter?

Martin Spamer except ... (247 comments)

The Moon and Sun would act to counter earths gravity, making it appear lighter not heavier.

about 8 months ago
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Parents' Campaign Leads To Wi-Fi Ban In New Zealand School

Martin Spamer Magnitude Ignorance (294 comments)

The maxiumum power output of Wifi is 200 mW
A mobile phone is 500 mW
240 volt AC cable give off 10 Watts of radio noise.

So are they going to ban lighting and heat as well?

about 8 months ago
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Data Broker Medbase200 Sold Lists of Rape & Domestic Violence Victims

Martin Spamer Staggering (168 comments)

In Europe this data would definitly qualify as Private Personal data for data protection, these people need to launch a million dollar legal action for this compared to too hot coffee.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

Martin Spamer Re:Answer the phone (497 comments)

It is scam, they lie about whom they represent.

I've had calls claiming I own money to Sky, never had it. BT who don't even offer telephone service im my area, Gas & Electric from utilities companies I don't use. I usually call them out their lie and hang up, but they repeatedly call back at irregular intervals.

Holding the line open doesn't cost them much. They use VOIP and break out companies in your locale who they don't pay anyway.

about 9 months ago
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Researchers Use Computer-Generated 10-Year-Old Girl To Catch Online Predators

Martin Spamer No suprising... (545 comments)

Well known in anti-spam lists.

Here is the typical content of the what is know as the sweetie email


Hello sweetie.
My name is (random girls name), I saw your profile today on (random websites) and was moved and become interested in you, I will like you to send me an email so that i can give you my pictures for us to know more better and see how things will go for us.

I believed we will get to be better friends or even more and remember that color or distance does not matter but LOVE matters alot in life). Reply me back with my email address hope to hear from you soon from ...... reply at (XXXXXX@hotmail.com )

I assumed 419 scam, labelling gullible responders as paedophile is grossly irresponsible!

about 10 months ago
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SEC Alleges 'Bitcoin Savings & Trust' Is a Ponzi Scheme

Martin Spamer BitCoin is a Gullibility Filter (176 comments)

One explanation about why he was able to carry this out was undoubtedly the fact that BitCoin it'self acts like a gullibility filter, attracting those that are both gullible and greedy.

about a year ago
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British Porn-Censoring MP Has Website Defaced With Porn

Martin Spamer Clause 28 (266 comments)

This is the same party that banned equal rights sex education in Schools.

If they have the public support for censorship they claim why did they hide the announcement behind what will probably prove to be the biggest story of the Summer?

about a year ago
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NSA Utah Data Center Blueprints Reveal It Holds Less Than Thought

Martin Spamer Misdirection and dilution (197 comments)

About once a year I send an email to my paranoid friends which includes a few buzz phrases.

Dear Spooks,

It is once again time for me to provide you with an update on nefarious activities on the Wild Wild Web.

While you are clandestinely surveilling me through your prism of delusion, why not take a moment and stand back and ask your self; is what you are really doing protecting liberty or slow chiselling it away.

Have a good.

about a year ago

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Prosecutor recognises

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Martin Spamer writes "The British Crown Prosecution Service has dropped obscenity charges against Darryn Walker, who faced trial under the Obscene Publications Act for publishing an online rape fantasy, 'Girls (Scream) Aloud', about pop group Girls Aloud on his blog.

Free speech campaign group Index On Censorship said that the case threatened the rights of writers and internet users.

Avedon Carol, spokeswoman for campaign group Feminists Against Censorship, said this attempted prosecution represented a dangerous precedent.

Outlaw.com suggests the court case that could have redefined UK citizens' right to free speech on the internet.

Prosecutors offered no evidence,after receiving expert testimony, and the judge ordered a directed not guilty verdict.

The case was brought following a complaint by the self appointed and unaccountable Big Brother of the internet the Internet Watch Foundation which has previously been involved in the controversial to blocking the Wikipedia and Amazon for hosting obscene images of album and book covers."

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Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Martin Spamer writes "The space MMOG Eve-Online where mining rock plays a big part of the economy has recently been hit by a huge in-game scam. The aftermath of the EIB scam... was 700 Billion ISK, (yes that was Billion) might raise $119,000 USD if sold on ebay. Where the conversion rate of 100m isk to 18 USD. These events have prompted claims of player deaths, death threats, and speculation about What Would You Do With 700 Billion ISK?"

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Slashdot port scanning

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

My logs today revealed the following two port scans.

Fri, 2009-09-04 15:24:10 - TCP Packet - Source:216.34.181.45 Destination:X.X.X.X - [PORT SCAN]
Fri, 2009-09-04 15:24:12 - TCP Packet - Source:216.34.181.45 Destination:X.X.X.X - [PORT SCAN]

So I left wondering why slashdot is port scanning from 216.34.181.45?

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Programming Tests

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I recently attended an interview for a role as Software Architect. At the interview I was asked to complete a written programming test. The first two questions where to write in Java the functions IsOdd() & ToUpper(). This was so monumentally stupid I didn't know where to begin. My first through was that the test was really designed to see If I would stand up and point out the stupidity of the situation. Apparently not. They really did want to test a Software Architects skills with a programming test. They really didn't understand why these two functions are out of place in an OO language. They really didn't understand why static utility functions are a really bad idea. They really did want two functions that broke the Java language naming conventions. They really did want two functions that not only re-invent the wheel but have a cyclomatic complexity of 1. After two hours of this and other stupidity I asked why they had spent two hours asking a Software Architect programming questions. To which the interviewer responded "Oh we call our Developers, Software Architects because it impresses the customers". Needless to say I made my excuses and left, something I should have done much earlier.

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Interactive Digital Television

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  about 12 years ago

Interactive Digital Television using IP over ADSL offers a way to smash the existing broadcasters monopoly, and open the mass public to unique and original programming from independents content producers. The technology built on open standards provides low barriers to entry for independent content producers and offer a number of additional services to make a compelling customer services. This disruptive technology is both cheaper and more capable than Satellite and Cable offerings; it is the future.

Interactive Digital Television.
- True Interactive Television (iTV) can conduct polls and quiz's in real time, it can also break out into on Demand Content at any time.
- True Interactive Electronic Programme Guides (EPG), can search for your preferences amongst the morass of polularist trash. Smart programme notifies can provide hints based on previous logged preferences and behaviour.
- Interactive

Content On Demand.
        Video (Movies/News/Documentaries);
        Audio (Music/Radio);
        text and other media;

Server Side PVR.
- Technical advantages, more flexible and reliable;
- Cost advantages, lower centralised cost;

Interactive Service
- Telemedicine
- Order a Fast Food Delivery (Pizza) using your remote from an Arm Chair.
- Mail Order goods (Video,CD) and services (Insurance,Investments,University Prospectus).

Internet access.
- Open Standards (HTTP, RTSP, MPEG, SMTP, SNMP)
- High speed Broadband connections.

integrated Communications Portal
- Email
- Instance Messages, SMS, IRC etc.
- VOIP
- TAPI

Think this is a pipe dream ? Well you'd be wrong we are doing all these today:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/annualreview/10.shtml
http://www.broadcastpapers.com/data/KingstonCaseStudy01.htm
http://www.mpowerassociates.com/broadhorizons/BH%2520Symposium/keynotes/presentation_ppt/MikeAlexander.ppt&e=912

Interactive documentaries (The Blue Planet,Walking with Dinosaurs) from the BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/annualreview/10.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/humber/connecting/6.shtml
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/696116.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/689887.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/696138.stm

Interactive Advert, technology applies equally to Games and Movies where you choice the plot development.
http://media.guardian.co.uk/mediaguardian/story/0,7558,759378,00.html
http://www.depaultrust.org/tv_ad_links_page.html

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Dear Mr. Architect,

Martin Spamer Martin Spamer writes  |  about 12 years ago


Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion.

My house should have between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdowns for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one at a later time.

Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correct all the deficiencies that exist in my current house (the floor of my kitchen vibrates when I walk across it, and the walls don't have nearly enough insulation in them).

As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly maintenance costs as low as possible. This should mean the incorporation of extra-cost features like aluminum, vinyl, or composite siding. (If you choose not to specify aluminum, be prepared to explain your decision in detail.)

Please take care that modern design practices and the latest materials are used in construction of the house, as I want it to be a showplace for the most up-to-date ideas and methods. Be alerted, however, the kitchen should be designed to accommodate (among other things) my wobbly 1952 Gibson refrigerator.

To assure that you are building the correct house for our entire family, you will need to contact each of my children, and also our in-laws. My mother-in-law will have very strong feelings about how the house should be designed, since she visits us at least once a year. Make sure that you weigh all of thses options carefully and come to the right decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any decisions that you make.

Please don't bother me with small details right now. Your job is to develop the overall plans for the house and get the big picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be chosing the color of the carpeting. However, please keep in mind that I like blue and my wife likes cream.

Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources to build the house itself. Your first priority is to develop detailed plans and specifications. Once I approve these plans, however, I would expect the house to be under roof within 48 hours.

While you are designing this house specifically for me, keep in mind that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone else. It therefore should have appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. Please make sure before you finalize the plans that there is a consensus of the potential homebuyers in my area that they like the features this house has.

I advise you to run up and look at the house my neighbor build last year, as we like it a great deal. It has many things that we feel we also need in our new home, particularily the 75-foot swimming pool. With careful engineering, I believe that you can design this into our new house without impacting the construction cost.

Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary at this time to do the real design, since they will be used only for construction bids. Be advised, however, that you will be held accountable for any increase of construction costs as a result of later design changes.

You must be thrilled to be working on as an interesting project as this! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials and to be given such freedom in your designs is something that can't happen very often. Contact me as soon as possible with your ideas and completed plans.

PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions I've given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility to resolve these differences. I have tried in the past and have been unable to accomplish this. If you can't handle this responsibility, I will have to find another architect.

PPS: Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel trailer. Please advise me as soon a possible if this is the case.

received via chain email, author/copyright unknown.

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