March 5, 2007

Social Bookmarking Is Officially Too Social

Posted in misc at 6:17 am by lugnuthorsefly

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Is it just me, or this getting a bit ridiculous. How many bookmarking sites do we need?

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November 17, 2006

Spam Shakespeare

Posted in misc at 12:34 am by lugnuthorsefly

Remember those old computer poetry programs that would generate random poems from a list of set phrases and words. They would mostly produce gibberish but every now and then spit out something that sounded profound.

It seems they’re now being used to try and beat Bayesian spam filters. I got an email with the following title just now:

“And be vilest men laid up, the Egyptians, and Joan “

Try saying it in your best Kenneth Branagh voice. Go on.

June 20, 2006

World Cup Fever

Posted in misc at 5:45 am by lugnuthorsefly

Listening to the news on the radio on the way to work:

“Early this morning Japan won…”

WHAT???? (PANIC! )

“…a key vote on the resumption of commercial whaling at the International Whaling Commission…”

PHEW! Only whales. For a moment there I thought it might have been about something important, like the results of the Japan Croatia match* 🙂

* Which, if you’re not following the Cup, has great bearing on whether Australia makes the second round.

February 2, 2006

Stage Of Life: A Case Study

Posted in misc, personal at 6:06 am by lugnuthorsefly

My brother-in-law, Mike and I both bought cars on the weekend.

I’m in my mid-thirties. I’m married and have 3 kids. I bought one of these:

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Mike is in his mid-twenties, is single and has no kids. He got one of these:

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UPDATE: A BMW Z4 might be great for picking up chicks but with the Tarago I can pick up the entire Australian Netball Team!

January 11, 2006

Security through incorrect passwords

Posted in misc at 7:51 am by lugnuthorsefly

A couple of months back my wife was rung up by someone from her mobile phone provider offering her a free handset upgrade by virtue of being a long-time customer.

In order to confirm her identity etc. they asked her to provide the password she uses to confirm her identity when she rings them. Fair enough, I suppose – wouldn’t want to send a free handset to some imposter (hey – it could happen).

It only occurred to me afterwards that this could have been an elaborate sting in order to harvest people’s passwords and account details with the prospect of free goodies as bait.

It wasn’t, but an easy way to tell if it was would be to initially provide an incorrect password when asked. A fraudster wouldn’t know you’d given them the wrong password. If the person on the other end of the line starts complaining then there’s a good chance they’re legit.