Daily Archives: May 24, 2017

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

ON-CALL If it’s Friday, it must be time for On-Call, our weekly column that recounts readers experiences of being asked to dodgy jobs at dodgy times for dodgy reasons.Last week we featured the tale of a tech support chap who took a call from a tech support scammer and managed to keep him on the phone long enough to get him logged in to a Linux box. Many of you liked that story and the On-Call inbox is groaning with your own stories of handling similar scams. So we’re going to give a few of them a run.“Pete” told us that when he gets scam calls he suddenly becomes 94 years old, which gets 60 per cent to hang up. Pretending to be deaf does for another 15 per cent. “I’ll have to go I’ve just crapped myself, I’m 94!” sees another 15 per cent hang up. For the other ten per cent he says he’s “just my self, an obnoxious old git!”“Ben” told us that when scammers call he used to tell the callers he only had Macs, but that didn’t deter many. “Now I tell them we don’t have a computer or a telephone,” he told us. “Most give up, but one the other day tried to argue that I must have a phone.”

Source: Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers • The Register

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Speed bumps for pedestrians installed to slow down tourists at Chinese beauty spot

Chinese tourists are being forced to slow down when they walk past a historic site as authorities were concerned that it wasn’t being appreciated enough.Speed bumps for pedestrians have been installed along a road at Taierzhuang, an ancient town and heritage site on the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal.There are more than 50 bumps – in an eye-catching stripey yellow and black – which are officially described as calming devices but are also fast earning themselves the nickname “washboard road”. Tourists have to negotiate more than 50 bumps CREDIT: REX/SHUTTERSTOCKPictures of the humps were shared on social media by People’s Daily China and showed dozens of people concentrating on their feet and stepping carefully now that they are prevented from walking freely.

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9 Drunk Vs Sober Illustrations That Show How The World Changes When You’re Drunk

These drunk vs sober illustrations below will perfectly show the differences between how you see things while you’re drunk, compared to how they really are for everyone else, or even you when you’re sober. Now please don’t confuse this gallery with how things change when you’re sober vs drunk, it’s two different things.This gallery shows the differences of how things look to someone who is currently drunk and how the same things actually look to a sober person. Honestly, i had way worse illusions after i drink a few shots of vodka on my birthday and the world quickly changed.

Source: 9 Drunk Vs Sober Illustrations That Show How The World Changes When You’re Drunk

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Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.The Guardian has seen more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts that give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm.

Source: Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence | News | The Guardian

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