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If you want to unblock a specific playlist (for example, on this playlist "Uploads from boogie2988") you can use the following filter in Adblock Plus.

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where "list=UU4_bwov47DseacR1-ttTdOg" is the query string value in the URL. Took a bit of messing around to get it working, and it's kinda hit and miss, but it's useful for supporting users whose content you enjoy. It only works for the specific playlist though, and only when you're viewing through the playlist function!
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I don't bring my bad attitude to the game's communications or direct it at individuals to their faces, but at the same time I'm not gonna pretend it's not there. And hell, maybe in the case of the elite pilots it's gone way beyond what could be justified. I don't accuse people of being unskilled, but after a year and a half of having my game constantly fucked with by the likes of Daddy, you know, not enough people to fill a dedicated server of some dogfight game who farm players to pass time until their opponents are online, I say fuck 'em. Don't balance the game for them, most definitely cater towards methods for mediocre players to counter them, because they don't want Planetside 2 and they are detrimental to it. Coyotes were a bandaid, but really the flare cooldown timer needs to be at least doubled. I'll happily ram pilots who are better than me. I'll happily try and take them down with a2a lockons. Hell, if I don't manage it with the ESF I'll pull a gal and try and ram them with that. And I'm not going to apologise for it, if it's to be considered bad manners then at least it's not unprovoked.
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+Luke Storer highlights one of the more significant dangers of sharing information on the internet. Along with getting drunk and spending far too much on a night out, this is a good reason to only take your cards out with you when you absolutely need to.
 
Why I "hacked" my way into my own bank account

Firstly I've used the term "hack" in a purely non-technical manner, if you take a system and use it an way it wasn't designed to be used. Your hacking with it.

I've seen more than a few recent high profile "hacks" lately and it seems there is nearly always a common attack vector. Often It's not the hardware, the software, the platform or even the user getting themselves compromised it's a combination of these elements and some Social Engineering. Basically People are the weakest and most vulnerable point, and often because they are trying to be more helpful than they should. Human nature definitely does not work in favour of our Security.

Take (let's say) Sally, who this morning, kindly gave me pretty much complete control over my account and definitely gave me a launchpad for further "hacks"

How could this happen? I mean I bank with a HUGE bank. And they must take customer security pretty seriously right?

NO, sadly it would seem not.

I'm not going to steal there money? So why should they care, really?

Here's what I did. I imagined I'd misplaced my wallet, had a look in all the places I could think I'd have put it, rang a couple of taxi firms I've used recently to see if it had been handed in, Rang my girlfriend to see if I'd left it at hers she didn't answer so I dropped her a text. After a quick search of all the places I'd likely leave it, having gone through the washing pile and checked down the sofa. I really didn't want to cancel my cards because that would take imagining too far but I guessed from when I knew it wasn't in my pocket it'd be at least 45 minutes before I'd cancel my cards.

So now I had a time frame for the attack, 45 minutes. Not very long you'd think for someone to have found my wallet and compromised my account? So I did what I hope none of my friends on G+ would do. I decided to see how quickly I could use solely the contents of my wallet to compromise my account.

I pulled out my driving license and bank card, noted it was for a specific bank and googled their telephone banking number. I also figured I'd try and find out a bit about myself again just using Google.

Here's where the problems began. Google knows a lot, for example I'm a Junior PHP Support Engineer in the Location where I work at a Company called The company I work for (Thanks +LinkedIn  You're getting deleted) Secondly the average salary for a Junior PHP Support Engineer in the Location where I work is £X Thirdly that £X after tax is ? £Y / month

All this took me 3 internet searches, one for the bank on the card, one for the name on my driving license and one to find out how much money I could statistically expect to be in my account soon after payday .

So I rang the bank I got an automated prompt that asked for my account number? No problem it's printed on my card. Then my sort code? printed on my card. Then the security number? again printed on the same card. Then my date of birth? this time, admittedly I had to consult my driving license.

I then got put through to Sally who immediately addressed me as Mr Storer, how's that for Customer Service and at the exact same time verification that the details I'd entered from the card and ID checked out.

She said to confirm it was indeed my account could I state the value of a recent transaction into my Account. Here comes the +LinkedIn info. I said I wasn't sure of the exact amount but there should have been from The company I work for and for something like, "Y and Something" She explained that I couldn't use "Something" as I had to give all the digits However she then explained I didn't have to get it exactly right, So I hesitated and went with £Y And I was in, she confirmed my recent transactions for me, told me how much had gone out for direct debits and to whom they had been paid (Phone bill, Rent) and my standing orders and asked me if there was anything else she could help me with.

Now that is remarkable customer service!

The problem is I don't want remarkable customer service, I want remarkable security.

As I said at the beginning the weakness here isn't the technology it's the people. Predominantly myself for not wanting the inconvenience of cancelling all my cards for them to turn up 30-45 minutes later when I remembered what coat I had on yesterday and Sally, dear helpful Sally who was genuinely trying her best to help whoever had found my wallet gain access to all my Money (Disclaimer this isn't very much)
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I know.  It sucks!  Anyway thanks for the share.
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I'm trying my hand at blogging. I'm not totally happy with how this has come out, but as a first entry it's a fair stab. I'm also passionate about green technology and I'd like to convince people to adopt it. Far from being an antagonist to free market, I see green technology as an opportunity to liberate the market, and to end the violation of property rights that pollution causes.
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I've had the exact opposite experience with comments. The system before was backwards and absolutely useless at notifying me of anything. Now, I can be on any Google service and if anyone has commented or replied it appears in the top right.


Also, the idea that no one uses G+ is a tired meme that's never been true. It only looks dead if you don't seek out content.
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hey another acount by youtube them self to astroturf to victory
great job 
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I don't think this is ever going to get old
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I suspect the minimum wage being increased doesn't have the suggested inflationary effect quite as much as one might expect because it doesn't affect the income of the unemployed. Were the raise in minimum wage to be replaced with a negative income tax, or a base income, then the cost of living would probably more closely represent the increase in wealth of an individual, since it is a given that any citizen earns that much. I guess eyes should be turned to Switzerland to see how that works out.
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Been playing Jedi Knight 2 again recently. This game is timeless!
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+Harrison Colegrove not sure, it might have done something for 1.04, but I plugged in the downgrade and went back to 1.02
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I'm trying my hand at blogging. I'm not totally happy with how this has come out, but as a first entry it's a fair stab. I'm also passionate about green technology and I'd like to convince people, particularly libertarians, to adopt it. Far from being an antagonist to free market, I see green technology as an opportunity to liberate the market, and to end the violation of property rights that pollution causes.
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+Warren Dew as far as I can tell (difficult to find the information), we pay about 25% tax on energy, plus 7% green levy. Oh, and 20% VAT.
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I've encountered a weird problem on one of my servers. Every time I reboot it, the mysql root account's password resets. I then have to change it using mysqladmin every time I reboot the server. Any clues as to what's wrong? Google's just telling me how to change it (which I already know).
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Is the mysql database writeable? if not, it may change in memory, but not on file potentially? disk full?
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Self Employed
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Web Development: PHP, SQL, Javascript, AJAX, JSON, C#, Unix Systems
Employment
  • Netready Ltd
    Web Developer, 2012 - 2013
  • Venuesim
    2011 - 2012
  • Netready Ltd
    Junior Web Developer, 2010 - 2011
  • The Pytchley
    Barstaff, 2008 - 2010
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Leicester
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Merley, Dorset - Naseby, Northamptonshire - West Haddon, Northamptonshire
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AnCap, Web Developer, Entrepreneur
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Web and software developer based in Leicester. Author of redundant introductions.
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I beat Super Hexagon
Education
  • De Montfort University
    BSc Artificial Intelligence with Robotics, 2008 - 2012
  • Guilsborough School
    2000 - 2007
  • Northampton College
    2007 - 2008
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