The Company Deleted by One Line of Code Was a Hoax!

Yesterday we reported that a man had mistakenly deleted his entire company using just one line of faulty code. Now it turns out that the entire thing appears to have been made up by the poster as a publicity stunt.

Marco Marsala posted on the Server Fault forums asking for help earlier this week, explaining that his careless use of the “rm -rf” command in Unix had caused him to accidentally delete the contents of all of his servers, including the backups. The story became incredibly popular online and was reported by a number of major news sources as well as garnering a large number of responses to his original post, with a variety of sympathy, pity, and derision.

On Friday, the post was deleted by Stack Overflow, the parent forum of Server Fault and later a post made by a moderator, Sven, brought to light that the story was, in fact, a hoax. The poster, Sven, a Server Fault moderator, pointed to an Italian news report that detailed that the story was part of a marketing stunt by Marsala in order to promote his company and gain visibility. Marsala told the paper that the whole thing was “just a joke”. A statement by Stack Overflow revealed they did not find it quite as funny, saying “The moderators on Server Fault have been in contact with the author about this, and as you can imagine, they’re not particularly amused by it.”

In many ways, it could be surprising how many people believed the story, especially on a forum populated almost entirely by those knowledgeable in technology. It is yet to be decided how Server Fault will deal with the hoax topic, with Sven currently allowing the community in question to decide its fate.

Nintendo NX Controller Was a Fake – Here’s How It Was Done

Earlier this week, a programmer, claiming to be in possession of the Nintendo NX dev kit, revealed photos purporting to be the controller for the new console (above), the design of which certainly matched a patent Nintendo filed last year, and the object itself appeared of a high build quality. The leaker – Frank Sandqvist, posting under the name kankki, Senior Project Lead, NX Hardware Design at Nintendo of Europe –  has subsequently revealed on Friday morning that the controller is a fake, writing on NeoGAF:

“I made this fake. Let’s see if I just got myself banned.”

He then posted a link to a YouTube video, exposing how he created the fake controller:

Sandqvist – inspired by a similar hoax the previous week – created the black, button-less gamepad using a copy of the Nintendo controller patent, some nifty CAD skill, and a 3D printing lab. The printed body of the controller was then primed, painted, and decorated with a shiny front plate, shoulder wheels, and a ‘confidential property’ sticker. It sure seems like a lot of work for a hoax that lasted little more than a few days, but it certainly had some fooled.

“When I saw that Photoshopped/rendered white fake, I thought it looked quite easy to reproduce, albeit with a switched-off display,” Sandqvist told Digital Trends. “So that same night I started modeling it up in Autodesk Fusion 360. And I thought it would be interesting to see if I could fool the Internet. At the same time, I guess it could stand as a reminder to people that you can’t really believe these kind of leaks nowadays with the rise of 3D printing.”

Former Intel Sub-Contractor Arranged Bomb Hoax Call to Avoid Work

Aaron O’Neill is a 20-year-old former sub-contractor for Intel who asked a friend to make a hoax bomb threat to avoid attending work. Unbelievably, he gave money to his friend, Colin Hammond to make the hoax call from a public payphone. Mr. Hammond warned Intel employees that there were bombs located in the premises which would blow up within 12 hours. During the phone call he said:

“You will not find them. This is a warning, we’re everywhere now,”  

He then claimed the call was from:

“Islamic State.”

During the court proceedings, Judge Martin Nolan described the pair as “profoundly stupid”. Hammond defended himself and claimed he was paid to carry out the phone call. Furthermore he described O’Neill as someone who:

“.. hates work and I made a phone call so he wouldn’t have to go to work.”

Eventually, Hammond was ordered to complete 200 hours of community service due to an ongoing two-year prison sentence when his case was dealt with in October. On Tuesday, the Judge also ruled “there was no reason to depart from the same sentence” for O’Neill but adjourned the case to January and awaited to hear from the Probation Service to see if he was eligible for community service.

Judge Nolan described the entire situation and said:

“It is a very, very strange way to avoid going to work,”

It really is staggering how distasteful, stupid and lazy O’Neill is and this should be a hard life lesson for him.

Update: FrozenCPU to Remain Open!

An update following our earlier coverage of this story, which can be found here, it turns out FrozenCPU is not shutting up shop after all. Following a sympathy/reminiscing thread over on HardForum.com, Mark Friga, the owner of FrozenCPU had contacted the admin team of the forum to express his concern for this subject and nipped it as soon as he could.

Taken directly from the forum post:

EDIT: We just heard back from Mark Friga, the owner of FrozenCPU.com, a long time enthusiast community supplier, and he explained to me that FrozenCPU is in fact not going out of business as rumored earlier today. He said that FrozenCPU is currently running a skeleton crew and to please bare with his company while the it is ramping back up to 100% employee capacity.

More questions are being raised now as to why they have cut down on hours recently and exactly how long before they reach “100% employee capacity” with no information as of yet published to the homepage. As soon as we know, we will update.

MPAA Settlement Figures Are Nothing but Hot Air

The Sony hack has provided us with a lot of insight in what is going on behind the lines and at places the public usually doesn’t even know about. The amount of leaked data was huge and there are still people going through it to discover all the hidden secrets.

The next revelation coming from here is that the lawsuit settlement figures the MPAA likes to brag about, are nothing but hot air and direct and deliberate lies. This isn’t really a revelation as such, we all pretty much assumed so already. But now it’s also been confirmed.

It shows from a leaked email between the MPAA and Sony, that the actual settlement between the filehoster Hotfile and the MPAA was just 4 million and not 80 million like the MPAA announced. That public figure was agreed upon as part of the settlement. Hotfile shut down its servers shortly after the settlement, but we now know that this also was a part of the settlement and agreed upon in advance.

“The studios and Hotfile have reached agreement on settlement, a week before trial was to start. Hotfile has agreed to pay us $4 million, and has entered into a stipulation to have an $80 million judgment entered and the website shut down,” the email from Sony’s SVP Legal reads.

It’s always been hard to believe anything that comes from the MPAA or media lobby in general, and this sure isn’t making it any easier. Just as the $110 million settlements with IsoHunt or TorrentSpy never did happen, at least not in that size.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of TorrentFreak

People Fall for iOS 8 ‘Wave’ Hoax and Microwave Their Phones

Last year it was the ‘waterproof’ software update that clever, but evil, people over at 4chan thought up. Last time there were some that fell for it, and this time it’s no different. It isn’t the waterproof hoax that makes the rounds again, but rather the new iOS 8 Wave function. This time we heat it up a little bit instead of cooling it down.

In a clever made up, but fake, iOS 8 advertisement, people are told that they can charge their iPhones with their microwave after the update. It takes just about a minute. The fake advertising is being circulated via social networks, and some people are falling for it as it seems.

The mentioned information and function is utter non-sense, and the only thing that will happen is that your phone will burn and probably take your microwave with it to the afterlife. If unlucky you might even burn down your entire house. So don’t try this at home, or any place else for that matter.

There are always people who act first and think later, and as such you can find beautiful images on twitter, of fried iPhones with evil comments on the posters less intelligent actions.

Thank you ThatsNonsense for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of ThatsNonsense

SWAT Team Called in to Tackle Call of Duty Player

There have been a number of times when we have heard about Call of Duty players taking things a bit too personal and getting too frustrated when they get shot or Pwned in-game by another happy camper. There are though some people who take this grudge one step too far and this results in me hearing things that simply make me laugh.

So picture this, you’re happily playing away online against some of your mates (and maybe one or two others that you don’t know) and you end up with the lowest kill-to-death ratio and the lowest kill streak. What do you do? Well I personally would shrug it off and say meh, others who play a little more competitively may shout at the screen in rage and scream down the microphone informing everyone else how pissed they are.

Rafael Castillo from Long Beach however did neither of the above, in fact he was the glorious winner in his game, but his nemesis was boiling in rage over their loss that they proceeded to call in a SWAT team via Skype to take care of the matter. “I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people”; these are the words that Castillo’s raging enemy used and what followed lead to a two-hour stand-off between the authorities and 17-year old Castillo.

Jose, Rafael’s brother told the media, “Some guy threatened to SWAT him, He was pissed that he had lost”. Soon after the call, the Castillo home was surrounded by over 60 law enforcement officers and air support, including members of the Nassau County Special Ops unit.

Thing is though, Castillo’s mum was perfectly safe and well, she was in the kitchen the whole time, which he was playing his game and wearing his headphones.

Jose added: “I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn’t know what was going on” he continued, “Then one of the police officers said somebody called and said that the mother and brother of somebody in this house was killed. I said ‘how is that possible if she’s right there and I’m right here?”

All the while this was going on, Rafael was totally unaware of the situation, not realising that the shouting and screaming was not just coming from his headset.

Not knowing who made the call, the authorities are looking into who Castillo was playing against in order to track down the vengeful player who made the call in a commonly occurring event called ‘swatting’.

Whilst this safely ended in no-body getting hurt, Rafael’s mother has stated that he will not be allowed to play the game again… ever and this has all come to be a total waste of police and law enforcement resources. It may seem like a funny prank to pull on your enemies, but seriously, some people really do take things one step too far and get too engrossed in their games. It’s a game at the end of the day – you lost – you’ll get over it and you’ll have another chance to win.

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Source and image courtesy of Guru3D

Fallout 4 Teaser Website Was A Hoax

Looks like we’ll have to wait a little while longer for details of a new Fallout game from Bethesda. As the now infamous website thesurvivor2299.com has been teasing Fallout information for weeks, only to end up revealing a woman playing sad music on a violin… DAMN YOU INTERNET!

I’ve been really hopeful for this one to be true, despite inconsistencies with the company who registered the domain, despite the loose references and despite the count down on the websites timer ending days before the VGX awards, where it was rumoured that the game would be revealed.

In short, we have been well played this last few weeks and despite the fact that the gaming community had worked hard to crack the Morse code messages that appeared on the site, we all wasted out time.

This has got me thinking though, with weeks of speculation behind us, what would you most like to see in a new Fallout game? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you TheSurvivor2299 for providing us with this information.