Tag Archive: Fail

TalkTalk: Words fail me

On Friday, as the whole TalkTalk hacking was blowing up in a big way, I sat down to write an article about the fiasco, if fiasco is a strong enough word to describe the mess TalkTalk find themselves in. The problem is that every time I managed to write a bit the story had once again changed. As with many things however, the more you sit and watch it, the more you recognise patterns. Two such patterns that have come out of this debacle are: Here’s another company that has failed to invest in Information Security; The CEO – Dido…
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Why you should REALLY test your app

Until recently I used the arriva M-Ticketing app on my phone. This handy little application would let you buy tickets on your movile and then you could simply show the bus driver the phone screen when getting on the bus. In exchange you would save 10% over the cost of buying the same 4-weekly ticket on the bus in paper form. Sounds good, doesn’t it! This is what technology should be doing. Making our lives easier and driving down the cost of doing business? Perhaps it’s telling then that I have gone back to using a paper ticket, kept in…
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Three Minutes… To describe why you hate Southeastern Trains

Three minutes, as in the period of time. It sounds like something you’d be expected to write about in school after annoying the teacher. I mean, what is there to write about the topic of three minutes? What if we then multiply those three minutes by five, as in the number of days in a working week. We now have a number of 15. Fifteen minutes is enough to actually do something useful… Or not, but it is enough time to do something. It is also the amount of time on average that Southeastern, the train company I find myself…
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The council and the NeverSeconds blog. Bullet meet Foot!

I remember reading about the NeverSeconds blog, which is a nine year old girl writing about her school lunches and raising money for a charity providing school lunches in African school a few months back, most likely on the BBC and thinking that’s nice, before moving onto more important news. Yesterday however the blog went from being a backwater internet site, sitting alongside the society for the observance of paint-drying’s blog to being on the front page of almost every major news website, both technical and otherwise throughout the world. Why? Her council decided to censor her. Big mistake. Lets…
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Another one bites the dust – James Magee

If anybody deserved to be removed from the gene pool for services to stupidity, then here they are. James Magee, a 37 year old musician. James who was two and a half times the legal drink-drive limit decided to cycle along an unlit section of the southbound A10 with no lights and no reflectors. Surely the only thing that could have made it any worse is if he was cycling the wrong way! Unsurprisingly James next experience would have been that of bouncing off the windscreen of a Mini before departing this earth in a puff of stupidity.

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A Kidney for an iPad and iPhone. Steve would be proud!

Normally when we talk about selling body parts for something desirable, we only mean it as a joke. Not so with Mr. Wang a 17 year old from the Anhui province of China who sold a kidney for £2197, a large part of which he spent on an iPad and an iPhone. Unsuprisingly, the fanboy moron involved is now suffering from renal failure and will either live in considerable pain while undergoing dialysis for what remains of his life. Alternatively he will shortly die and will get to meet Steve Jobs up close. Meanwhile the planet will be spared one…
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Todays fight: Darwin vs. India Furness and the Ski Run

As a species we start life at a significant disadvantage to Darwin. While Darwin has lined up a huge number of wonderfully exciting ways in which we can remove ourselves or be removed from the gene pool, we start life with the ability to make noise, usually when it’s least appreciated. Over time we develop ways to keep ourself safe, like remembering to look before you cross the road, and that’s usually enough to keep Darwin at bay. Then though there are times in which even Darwin would be stunned by the lengths of stupidity people will go to in…
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Cocks’ of the week: Cardinal Keith O’Brien and Rush Limbaugh

I have neglected this blog a bit, not because there is no stupidity going on, but because there has been nobody worthy enough to make me sit down and write something. All that has changed today though thanks to Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and his view of the legalisation of gay marriage, and Rush Limbaugh, some dumb-ass yank DJ and his views on access to contraceptives for medical purposes (aka. Slutgate.) According to today’s Evening Standard, the cardinal feels that the governments actions are “madness” and a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted…
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Fail: Telephone “Computer Virus” Scam

The other day I received a phone call from 01234 765093. If you get a call from them, unless you have experience with computers and you fancy wasting their time, then you should ignore them and under no circumstances do what they suggest. Failure to heed this advice is likely to lead to your computer being held ransom pending payment of a large amount of money. Others have reported this as being close to £200 GBP. First you will get a phone call, claiming to be from somebody like Microsoft, or another big company. Lets get one thing straight, they…
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