Oh Woe is Me! My 360 Cheats Death No More

Red Ring of Death
Red Ring of Death on my Xbox 360 (enlarge)

My Beloved Xbox 360
Launch Day to 20 Dec 2007
Rest in Peace

What a terrible time to have an Xbox to develop the Red Ring of Death. Not only is it Christmas and holidays (who knows how long it’ll take to repair), but it happened on the day I came home with Orange Box, Tomb Raider Anniversary and a new HD DVD drive too!

Yeah, pity me. :cry:

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(Sausages, Canoes)

UK Government Exposes 25m to Identity Theft

From the OMGWTFBBQROFLMAO department, the Government of the United Kingdom, or more specifically, a dumb employee of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has exposed 4 in every 10 people in the UK to the possibility of identity theft and fraud. Yes, that’s every parent with a child under 16, along with every one of those children — twenty-five million people!

How? Because said employee decided to burn two CDs with the unencrypted records of all these people, including full name, address, bank account details, National Insurance number and date of birth and then sent it in the mail, unregistered and untrackable, to the National Audit Office. And then those CDs never arrived. Apology letters are going out to 7 million families.

You just can’t make this stuff up. I’m sure this will go down in history as one of the most incredibly brilliant lessons in data security, ever.

I’m just astounded. In fact, so amused that I had to blog about it. :D

(Rest assured, when this makes it onto Facebook as an imported note, I will be traumatised by not being able to tag 25 million Britons in the note.)

The news coverage starts here: BBC News – UK’s families put on fraud alert

Add comment 12 years, 7 months ago

(The Real World)

NSW Police Bring Shame to Sydney During APEC

ninemsn has video footage of an incident in which a 52-year old father was thrown to the ground and arrested in front of his young son for attempting to cross the road, apparently unaware of an approaching motorcade: 9RAW: Police arrest a man in Sydney’s CBD

Overnight, the man was then held without bail or even access to a lawyer for 22 hours. It’s just sickening, isn’t it?

This incident, which has rightfully had some media coverage this weekend, is just one example of NSW Police overstepping their mark during the APEC summit here in Sydney. Other incidents include the police attempting to arrest protesters peacefully sitting in Hyde Park, until they realised that the area was outside the APEC exclusion zone and allegations abound that police removed required identification while around protesters so it would be harder to identify them later and accuse them of assault.

When I was in the northern part of the city on Thursday, walking through the concrete and steel fence jungle that is fortress Sydney, with unprecedented police presence at every intersection and the sound of helicopters constantly flying overhead, I was truly amazed at the overbearing atmosphere that has taken over our beautiful city — it really felt like I was in some sort of city under siege or moments away from full-scale rioting and massive civil unrest. We let what happen to our city? And for what?!

Of course, none of the expected violence ever eventuated. Not that you’d know the way our police were more than happy to abuse the unnecessary and extraordinary powers granted them. In fact, they are proudly unrepentant.

(Update: It looks like international media like the BBC are starting to give this the coverage it deserves… on their website for now, at least. And I forgot to mention originally… no wonder the police don’t see humour in their bungled waving of the Chaser team through two security checkpoints, as to do so would mean they need to accept they failed miserably in simply doing their jobs!)

Add comment 12 years, 10 months ago

(Food and Drink)

30 Days of SPAM: This Guy is My Hero!

Never let it be said that I only like great food at nice restaurants and that I don’t like simple food as well… for I love SPAM! And OMG look, someone else does too!

To celebrate the release of the book The Book of SPAM, this guy, who calls himself the SPAMFAN, is going to eat SPAM for 30 days straight, from 30 July to 28 August!

Did you know that it’s the 70th birthday of SPAM this year? Me neither, but now I’m inspired! Hmmm… ;)

Add comment 12 years, 11 months ago

(Arts and Culture)

The Blood of Kings — It’s All Over… Essay Time!

After more than two months of work, fun, frustration and elation, it’s finally over. The last show for The Blood of Kings played on Saturday night, to a sold-out audience in Studio 1. For me, who has never been Producer on a theatre production before, it was a crazy, brilliant, rollercoaster ride… but one that was more than worth a trip on.

It actually started shortly after O-Week this year, when Clairie first mentioned that she was looking for someone to produce a play that she had written. I made comments to the effect of: I don’t know anyone suitable and well, I had no experience in producing theatre. When Clairie later told me she had found someone interested in producing BoK though, I was, of course secretly disappointed. ;)

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(Go Go Gadget)

Definitive: GIF is Pronounced “jif”

I’ve been trying to convince everyone for years that GIF, as in the Graphics Interchange Format file format for images, is pronounced “jif” like in “jiffy”, not like in “gift”. But noooo, some people just don’t believe me.

Well Steve Olsen has kindly put together collected evidence on why it’s meant to be pronounced “jif”. Thanks Steve, for the great service to humanity you’ve done!

It’s pronounced like “jif”. Period. The end. That’s final. End of story.

See The GIF Pronunciation Page.

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(Arts and Culture)

Come and Watch The Blood of Kings!

'The Blood of Kings' poster
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(The Real World)

I Hate Incompetence and I Hate Mediocrity

Arrrrrrrrrgh! :evil:

I hate incompetent people. I’m sick and tired of people who don’t give a shit and just do a crap half-arsed job all the time. Whatever happened to striving for excellence, in everything that we do? Be confident in all that you do, but please, learn to do it well.

I also hate mediocrity. I would in the end rather you aim high, genuinely try and then fail, instead of aiming for the bare minimum and not trying at all. At least in the former, you have a chance of do something great. Too many people choose the latter option and are thus destined to mediocrity. In fact, the world seems increasingly full of them.

Please, don’t give up. Don’t be one of them. :cry:

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Does Digital Kaleidoscope look just a little odd, but you can’t pick what it is? Don’t worry, it’s not just you! I’ve made the content column 45 px wider (now 500 px wide) so that it’s easier for me to post Flickr photos in blog entries. And if you’re still playing Spot the Difference, it now displays 6 of my latest featured Flickr images at the top (up from 5). This means that some older posts featuring images and embedded videos may look slightly odd — sorry. If I can be bothered, I’ll fix them someday. add


Microsoft Acknowledges Xbox 360 Failures

It’s about time. Microsoft has finally acknowledged that there are some serious issues with the reliability of the Xbox 360, with an unusually large number of defects and returns of consoles that display the dreaded red ring of death.

Gamerscore Blog is reporting that Xbox.com has posted an open letter from Peter Moore announcing that effective immediately, all Xbox 360s worldwide are covered by a warranty extension to three years for any red ring of death issue. They are also going to do the right thing by existing console owners who have already paid for out-of-warranty repairs by offering them a refund.

You’ve spoken, and we’ve heard you. Good service and a good customer experience are areas of the business that we care deeply about. And frankly, we’ve not been doing a good enough job.

If we have let any of you down in the experience you have had with your Xbox 360, we sincerely apologize. We are taking responsibility and are making these changes to ensure that every Xbox 360 owner continues to have a great experience.

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About Stephen Mok

Originally from Hong Kong, China, Stephen Ka Chung Mok, 23, is a recent Digital Media graduate now living in Sydney, Australia. He studied at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts and remains a Director on the Board of the student organisation Arc @ UNSW. He is currently working as a web user interface developer at Fairfax Digital and experiments with photography and digital video when the mood strikes. (Contact him)

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