Linux is good for some things

Discussion in 'Computing' started by kym@kymhorsell.com, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Guest

    Dr Who <> wrote:
    >
    > Been getting the Delhi Microsoft scammers ringing up lately and while normally I would just abuse the silly buggers and tell em to piss off, I decide to try a different tactic.

    ....

    A couple years back I had an IRL visit from a young woman -- possibly
    Indian or Sri Lankan -- claiming "The Minister" (I didn't ask) had mandated
    inspections of small businesses for viruses or otherwise signs of
    hacking by the Chinese military. This may or may not have been related to
    some comments I made on a BB about what I can see in the traffic on the
    network of a certain ISP that may or may not be based somewhere N of
    the equator.

    Anyway... while there was an argument from [whomever] I managed to prevent
    them entering the premises by telling them I only had "hack-proof" boxes
    (openbsd).

    I've noticed also than many sites trying to ssh to my gateways & login
    as root characteristically run old Linux 2.4 boxes. (Some of them
    even allow anon ftp access whereby you can leave an appropriate
    "message" as the password). So telling [whomever] you're a Linux shop may be
    less than successful in convincing them you can't be hacked and to go away.

    --
    To publish research in social sciences you need statistics. To do
    physical modeling you need advanced calculus including differential equations.
    -- Trawley Trash <>, 22 Jan 2011 13:49 -0800
     
    , Oct 14, 2011
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  2. John G Guest

    Dr Who wrote :
    > Been getting the Delhi Microsoft scammers ringing up lately and while
    > normally I would just abuse the silly buggers and tell em to piss off, I
    > decide to try a different tactic.
    >
    >
    > Hmm, pretty serious, and these are all Microsoft computers? "yes, most
    > definitely, I can see all this"
    >
    > Well I said, you must have rung the wrong number coz all my PC's are Linux.
    >
    > The effect of that word "Linux" was immediate.
    >
    > BANG - the phone was slammed down in virtually a nano second.
    >
    > Try it out on them.
    >
    > Seems to upset their apple cart some what.
    >
    > Actually I do have one PC running the latest Ubuntu and it is good for other
    > things - quite a decent OS now.


    Telling them you have an IBM XT (remember them? )running DOS 3.1 gets
    the same response.

    --
    John G.
     
    John G, Oct 14, 2011
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  3. Dr Who Guest

    Been getting the Delhi Microsoft scammers ringing up lately and while normally I would just abuse the silly buggers and tell em to piss off, I decide to try a different tactic.

    I let the woman ramble on for a long time about the usual crap they go on with, then hit her with the "which computer is infected" line, but that did no good as they were all infected, and I had to agree it all sounded really nasty.

    The Delhi drongo thinking she had me on the hook then went on with a huge speel about software and hardware licenses blah blah blah etc etc infinitum.

    My PC's were obviously a mess.

    After this had gone on for a long while and she repeatedly told me all my Microsft PC were completely fucked, I asked her if she was sure about that several times.

    "Yes, most definitely, they are all infected". You can see this ? "Yes, most definitely"

    Hmm, pretty serious, and these are all Microsoft computers? "yes, most definitely, I can see all this"

    Well I said, you must have rung the wrong number coz all my PC's are Linux.

    The effect of that word "Linux" was immediate.

    BANG - the phone was slammed down in virtually a nano second.

    Try it out on them.

    Seems to upset their apple cart some what.

    Actually I do have one PC running the latest Ubuntu and it is good for other things - quite a decent OS now.
     
    Dr Who, Oct 14, 2011
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  4. atec77 Guest

    On 14/10/2011 1:08 PM, John G wrote:
    > Dr Who wrote :
    >> Been getting the Delhi Microsoft scammers ringing up lately and while
    >> normally I would just abuse the silly buggers and tell em to piss off,
    >> I decide to try a different tactic.
    >>
    >>
    >> Hmm, pretty serious, and these are all Microsoft computers? "yes, most
    >> definitely, I can see all this"
    >>
    >> Well I said, you must have rung the wrong number coz all my PC's are
    >> Linux.
    >>
    >> The effect of that word "Linux" was immediate.
    >>
    >> BANG - the phone was slammed down in virtually a nano second.
    >>
    >> Try it out on them.
    >>
    >> Seems to upset their apple cart some what.
    >> Actually I do have one PC running the latest Ubuntu and it is good for
    >> other things - quite a decent OS now.

    >
    > Telling them you have an IBM XT (remember them? )running DOS 3.1 gets
    > the same response.
    >

    mention solaris and see what happens

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    X-No-Archive: Yes
     
    atec77, Oct 14, 2011
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  5. Jeßus Guest

    On 14 Oct 2011 13:11:53 +1000, "Dr Who"
    <> wrote:

    I prefer to string them along for as long as possible before
    apologising that my extreme computer illiterateness caused me to
    mistake the microwave for a PC.
     
    Jeßus, Oct 14, 2011
    #5
  6. Frenton Guest

    "Dr Who" <> wrote in message
    news:4e979a69$...
    >
    > Been getting the Delhi Microsoft scammers ringing up lately and while
    > normally I would just abuse the silly buggers and tell em to piss off, I
    > decide to try a different tactic.
    >
    > I let the woman ramble on for a long time about the usual crap they go on
    > with, then hit her with the "which computer is infected" line, but that
    > did no good as they were all infected, and I had to agree it all sounded
    > really nasty.
    >
    > The Delhi drongo thinking she had me on the hook then went on with a huge
    > speel about software and hardware licenses blah blah blah etc etc
    > infinitum.
    >
    > My PC's were obviously a mess.
    >
    > After this had gone on for a long while and she repeatedly told me all my
    > Microsft PC were completely fucked, I asked her if she was sure about that
    > several times.
    >
    > "Yes, most definitely, they are all infected". You can see this ? "Yes,
    > most definitely"
    >
    > Hmm, pretty serious, and these are all Microsoft computers? "yes, most
    > definitely, I can see all this"
    >
    > Well I said, you must have rung the wrong number coz all my PC's are
    > Linux.
    >
    > The effect of that word "Linux" was immediate.
    >
    > BANG - the phone was slammed down in virtually a nano second.
    >
    > Try it out on them.
    >
    > Seems to upset their apple cart some what.
    >
    > Actually I do have one PC running the latest Ubuntu and it is good for
    > other things - quite a decent OS now.


    What other things are that?
     
    Frenton, Oct 14, 2011
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  7. Clocky Guest

    John G wrote:
    > Dr Who wrote :
    >> Been getting the Delhi Microsoft scammers ringing up lately and while
    >> normally I would just abuse the silly buggers and tell em to piss
    >> off, I decide to try a different tactic.
    >>
    >>
    >> Hmm, pretty serious, and these are all Microsoft computers? "yes,
    >> most definitely, I can see all this"
    >>
    >> Well I said, you must have rung the wrong number coz all my PC's are
    >> Linux. The effect of that word "Linux" was immediate.
    >>
    >> BANG - the phone was slammed down in virtually a nano second.
    >>
    >> Try it out on them.
    >>
    >> Seems to upset their apple cart some what.
    >>
    >> Actually I do have one PC running the latest Ubuntu and it is good
    >> for other things - quite a decent OS now.

    >
    > Telling them you have an IBM XT (remember them? )running DOS 3.1 gets
    > the same response.


    It doesn't matter what you tell them, as soon as they know you aren't a
    victim of their scam they're no longer interested..

    The trick is to convince them that you are seeing what they expect you to
    see and string them along until they ask you to go to the site they use to
    log into your computer. Tell them you are getting a 404. They will try to
    get you into multiple alternatives. Keep telling them you really want to get
    rid of your viruses and need them to help you... and they work themselves
    into a frenzy trying to work out why you can't log in.

    They really want those commissions when they get that close.
     
    Clocky, Oct 14, 2011
    #7
  8. Parko Guest

    On Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:11:53 +1000, Dr Who wrote:

    > Been getting the Delhi Microsoft scammers ringing up lately and while
    > normally I would just abuse the silly buggers and tell em to piss off, I
    > decide to try a different tactic.
    >
    > I let the woman ramble on for a long time about the usual crap they go
    > on with, then hit her with the "which computer is infected" line, but
    > that did no good as they were all infected, and I had to agree it all
    > sounded really nasty.
    >
    > The Delhi drongo thinking she had me on the hook then went on with a
    > huge speel about software and hardware licenses blah blah blah etc etc
    > infinitum.
    >
    > My PC's were obviously a mess.
    >
    > After this had gone on for a long while and she repeatedly told me all
    > my Microsft PC were completely fucked, I asked her if she was sure about
    > that several times.
    >
    > "Yes, most definitely, they are all infected". You can see this ? "Yes,
    > most definitely"
    >
    > Hmm, pretty serious, and these are all Microsoft computers? "yes, most
    > definitely, I can see all this"
    >
    > Well I said, you must have rung the wrong number coz all my PC's are
    > Linux.
    >
    > The effect of that word "Linux" was immediate.
    >
    > BANG - the phone was slammed down in virtually a nano second.
    >
    > Try it out on them.
    >
    > Seems to upset their apple cart some what.
    >
    > Actually I do have one PC running the latest Ubuntu and it is good for
    > other things - quite a decent OS now.


    I got one of those calls once. They were totally confused when I told
    them I don't have a Control Panel or 'C drive'.



    --
    Defenestrate Windows ®
     
    Parko, Oct 15, 2011
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  9. gordon Guest

    I just say that I don't have a computer.

    But I also like the idea of stringing them along as far as I can to see what
    happens...

    "Parko" <> wrote in message
    news:j7ajtc$883$...
    > On Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:11:53 +1000, Dr Who wrote:
    >
    >> Been getting the Delhi Microsoft scammers ringing up lately and while
    >> normally I would just abuse the silly buggers and tell em to piss off, I
    >> decide to try a different tactic.
    >>
    >> I let the woman ramble on for a long time about the usual crap they go
    >> on with, then hit her with the "which computer is infected" line, but
    >> that did no good as they were all infected, and I had to agree it all
    >> sounded really nasty.
    >>
    >> The Delhi drongo thinking she had me on the hook then went on with a
    >> huge speel about software and hardware licenses blah blah blah etc etc
    >> infinitum.
    >>
    >> My PC's were obviously a mess.
    >>
    >> After this had gone on for a long while and she repeatedly told me all
    >> my Microsft PC were completely fucked, I asked her if she was sure about
    >> that several times.
    >>
    >> "Yes, most definitely, they are all infected". You can see this ? "Yes,
    >> most definitely"
    >>
    >> Hmm, pretty serious, and these are all Microsoft computers? "yes, most
    >> definitely, I can see all this"
    >>
    >> Well I said, you must have rung the wrong number coz all my PC's are
    >> Linux.
    >>
    >> The effect of that word "Linux" was immediate.
    >>
    >> BANG - the phone was slammed down in virtually a nano second.
    >>
    >> Try it out on them.
    >>
    >> Seems to upset their apple cart some what.
    >>
    >> Actually I do have one PC running the latest Ubuntu and it is good for
    >> other things - quite a decent OS now.

    >
    > I got one of those calls once. They were totally confused when I told
    > them I don't have a Control Panel or 'C drive'.
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > Defenestrate Windows ®
     
    gordon, Oct 18, 2011
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