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Submission + - What pranks have you pulled on scam callers? 1

flatulus writes: My wife has been getting calls repeatedly from "the Windows IT department" about our computer. She tells them she's not biting and hangs up.

This morning I had the pleasure of answering the call. It went like this:

"Hello?"
"Hi, this is the Windows IT department calling about your computer."
"A computer? what's that?"
"I'm calling about your computer."
"Computer? I've never heard of this. What is a computer?"
"What is a computer? OK, buddy — get lost" (hangup)

So, what fun stories do you have about pranking scammers?

Submission + - Blowing up a pointless job interview

Nemo the Magnificent writes: Ever been asked a question in a job interview that's just so abysmally stupid, you're tempted to give in to the snark and blow the whole thing up? Here are suggested interview-ending answers to 16 of the stupidest questions candidates actually got asked in interviews at tech companies in 2013, according to employment site Glassdoor. Oil to pour on the burning bridges.

Submission + - The 47 dumbest moments of 2013 (time.com)

harrymcc writes: Over at TIME.com, I rounded up the year's dumbest moments in technology. Yes, the launch of Healthcare.gov is included, as are Edward Snowden's revelations. But so are a bunch of people embarrassing themselves on Twitter, both BlackBerry and Lenovo hiring celebrities to (supposedly) design products, the release of glitchy products ranging from OS X 10.9 Mavericks to the new Yahoo Mail, and much more.
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Submission + - Botnet uses default passwords to conduct "Internet Census 2012" (bitbucket.org)

An anonymous reader writes: By using four different login combinations on the default Telnet port (root/root, admin/admin, root/[no password], and admin/[no password]), an anonymous researcher was able to log into (and upload a binary to) "several hundred thousand unprotected devices" and run "a super fast distributed port scanner" to scan the enitre IPv4 address space.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - True Tech Confessions (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "Recursive deletes, deep-sixing servers, bugs that become rewarding features — InfoWorld's Dan Tynan serves up seven true tech confessions by IT pros. 'You might have deleted the entire contents of a server by accident or wiped out three months' worth of government agency data without a reliable backup on hand. You may have pulled a youthful prank that cut off Net access for thousands of your employer's customers. You could have deliberately shared your log-ons with everyone else in the company in order to make a point or unplugged network servers willy-nilly, just to see what would happen,' Tynan writes. 'Some names have been changed to protect the guilty. Don't laugh. One day, you may find yourself in eerily similar circumstances.'"

Comment Re:"Where do you live?" (Score 1) 920

An "i've never left my country, you insensitive clod" option would have been nice.

I ticked Australia, as I live here and I've never been to another country. I tried ordering pizza from another country once, but they wouldn't deliver. I suspect they were trying to get out of the "in 30 minutes or it's free" thing.

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