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Dirty Hands - A cheating scandal in the world of professional bridge
"In eighty-two of eighty-five videotaped hands, Fantoni or Nunes led a card vertically when his remaining holding in the same suit contained an ace, a king, or a queen, and horizontally when it didn’t."
cards  games  cheating 
march 2016 by kevan
Chinese students and families fight for the right to cheat their exams
"The protesters claim cheating is endemic in China and that sitting the exams without help puts their children at a disadvantage."
cheating  china 
june 2013 by kevan
Deconstructing Lichtenstein: Source Comics Revealed and Credited - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews
"David Barsalou has been working for 32 years to track down Lichenstein's source material and shine light on the original comic book artists." [...] "I don't think the people who have been saying Lichtenstein is so great have even seen the source material."
art  cheating  via:james 
february 2013 by kevan
ChessBase.com - Chess News - Cheating suspicion at the Zadar Open in Croatia
"Technologies are so developed now that theoretically, since the games were broadcast live, Ivanov’s friends in the neighbouring room, from Sofia, or even from the Antarctic, could have sent him hints for his moves through chips, which could have been placed under the skin, in the ear, or in the teeth."
chess  cheating  technology 
january 2013 by kevan
Robot Hand Beats You at Rock, Paper, Scissors 100% Of The Time - IEEE Spectrum
"It only takes a single millisecond for the robot to recognize what shape your hand is in, and just a few more for it to make the shape that beats you."
robots  games  cheating 
june 2012 by kevan
Market Data Firm Spots the Tracks of Bizarre Robot Traders - Science and Tech - The Atlantic
"Donovan thinks that the odd algorithms are just a way of introducing noise into the works. Other firms have to deal with that noise, but the originating entity can easily filter it out because they know what they did. Perhaps that gives them an advantage of some milliseconds."
money  hacking  cheating  via:bengoldacre 
august 2010 by kevan
Limbo Of The Lost - An Astonishing Tale | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"[Limbo Of The Lost] has, it is alleged, entirely lifted locations and art from at least five other games, apparently proven in a number of screenshots posted by GamePlasma yesterday. Oblivion seems the main target, along with Thief 3 and others."
games  design  cheating  crime  via:venusberg 
june 2008 by kevan
Lifemanship - Stephen Potter
The targets are all straw men, when Potter's handing out the ammunition of intricately unrespondable-to put-downs, but it's a good document of dated class constraints and 1950s social mores. Some good social metagaming strategies.
booklog  psychology  language  games  cheating 
april 2008 by kevan
CounterWikiHack: History of Cheating in Counter-Strike
"It became more common for a blatant wallhack/speedbot/aimbot/spinhack to enter a server, only to have two thirds of the players who appeared to have been playing legitimately turn their own hacks on, in order to remain competitive and fight back."
games  cheating 
january 2008 by kevan
OFF THE TELLY: Light Entertainment/The Game Still Goes On
"On 23 October 1996 the game began. Runners were released from a television studio in West London, with Trackers in hot pursuit. Seven days later, at 8.30pm, the first episode of Wanted went live on Channel 4."
games  television  history  surveillance  cheating  via:diamond 
november 2007 by kevan
School For Scoundrels (1960)
Psychological warfare, and how far you can take it before becoming a cad. The protagonist goes up against some very thin straw men, but it touches on the greatness of the books, and it's good to see some of the ploys being acted out.
filmlog  4stars  education  psychology  lies  cheating  illusions 
august 2007 by kevan
Memories Of Murder (2003)
South Korean police procedural - an idealistic by-the-book city cop being stationed among cynical provincial detectives, their beaten confessions involving a lot of flying kicks. A slow film with some weird dead-end tangents, but nice aesthetics.
filmlog  3stars  police  death  mysteries  lies  cheating  crime 
april 2007 by kevan
Strand Bookstore: Books By The Foot
"Antique Leather - $400.00 per foot - Beautiful antique leather books with gold tooling, mostly 19th Century books in good condition. Your library of fine antique leather books can be customized by language or color for a higher price."
books  design  cheating  via:leonard 
march 2007 by kevan
Life Style Extra - Farmer Built House Inside Barn To Avoid Planning Permission
"[Farmer Graham Head] built the bungalow, complete with bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, central heating and wall-to-wall carpets, inside the barn and used bales of hay to camouflage it."
architecture  law  cheating  secrets  via:hoaxes 
march 2007 by kevan
Find Misspelled Listings on eBay Auction Sites
Explore the dark and unbidden corners of eBay by autogenerating a search full of common typos. "Slimeline playstaion 2 with 6 games."
shops  cheating  hacking  mutation  via:lmg 
february 2007 by kevan
Cheating Is Good For You - Forbes.com
"Imagine reading a book and getting to a difficult passage in chapter three. And then imagine the book won't let you skip to chapter four until you have signified you understand that passage. This is how many video games are designed."
cheating  games  via:foe 
january 2007 by kevan
Google Book Search is a plagiarist's nightmare. - By Paul Collins - Slate Magazine
"MacBride, a linguist employed by Google, idly ran a phrase from England Howlett's 1899 essay Sacrificial Foundations through Google Book Search. [...] To his surprise, he got more back than just Howlett."
books  writing  cheating  web  coincidences  history 
december 2006 by kevan
Daring Fireball: 'Beta' Is Not an Excuse
"No, what 'beta' means in this context is 'buggy'. It’s a euphemism that siphons the cachet of 'beta' in its traditional sense - that certain nerdy coolness that comes with being part of a private development process."
programming  design  cheating  illusions 
november 2006 by kevan
How to Steal a Million (1966)
A light and pointlessly elaborate art-forgery heist, pulled off by a reluctant but obligingly over-prepared Peter O'Toole.
filmlog  3stars  art  crime  money  cheating  police  france 
november 2006 by kevan
PC Savegames
Zip archives of game saves, useful for salvaging unplayable bits of games that don't bother having useful cheat codes.
games  cheating 
november 2006 by kevan
Safety Last! (1923)
Disconnected setups to the iconic climbing scene, although the clock-hanging is nicely underplayed. And I'd forgotten how great it is that silent films just don't bother captioning dialogue where the gist is obvious, and how much of that there is.
filmlog  3stars  business  cheating  architecture  money  time  via:raven 
october 2006 by kevan
The Asylum
Odd film company that specialises in cheap knock-offs of big films, a day or two before they're released. "Under a powerful Mayan curse, snakes are hatched inside a young woman. [...] With only hours to live, she jumps on a train headed for Los Angeles."
films  cheating  coincidences 
august 2006 by kevan
Comment is free: Are the Millionaire three innocent?
Jon Ronson reassesses Charles Ingram. "People are known to cough on unconscious triggers. People with coughs and throat irritations may experience the need to cough as the correct answer to a question - one which they knew - were read out."
television  games  cheating  law  ronson  via:lmg 
august 2006 by kevan
badscience » Ka-Boom! Science! COOL!!?!
The fake science of Brainiac. "The sheer volume of water then totally drowned out the thermal shock-wave I was expecting to shatter the bath. This was an expensive filming day. [...] They could not go home empty handed."
science  television  lies  cheating 
july 2006 by kevan
Forging Ahead in Moscow - Los Angeles Times
"International experts say that 12% of the pharmaceutical drugs in Russia are counterfeits. In one recent study, a large proportion of the headache remedies surveyed contained no active ingredients at all."
business  lies  cheating  art  medicine  via:hoaxes 
july 2006 by kevan
Telegraph | News | Speed trap driver moved 40mph sign to 'prove' he wasn't breaking the limit
"A motorist is facing jail after trying to evade a speeding ticket by removing a 40mph road sign and attaching it to a lamppost 10 miles away."
transport  crime  cheating 
june 2006 by kevan
Times Online - Cheating chefs leave bad taste with fake food
"The site also explains how to inject wild-mushroom flavour into duck, make a 'wine sauce' with a violet-coloured powder, add a zest of bottled scallop to scallop tagliatelli, and spray saffron perfume on to a marzipan turnover."
food  france  cheating  illusions  science  via:hoaxes 
june 2006 by kevan
The Case of the Midwife Toad - Arthur Koestler
Great, detailed profile of Austrian biologist Paul Kammerer and his controversial experimental work in the 1920s which seemed to show evidence for Larmarckian inheritance. Amphibians are weird.
booklog  frogs  evolution  science  cheating 
june 2006 by kevan
Slate: If steroids are cheating, why isn't LASIK?
"Golfers get a different three-dimensional view of the green after [laser eye surgery]. It's different. Lasik actually produces, instead of a spherical cornea, an aspherical cornea. It may be better than normal vision."
sport  cheating  drugs  eyes  medicine  via:waxy 
june 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Mrs Beeton couldn't cook but she could copy, reveals historian
"Although she was a plagiarist, she was adding value. [...] Mrs Beeton had the radical idea of putting the ingredients at the start of the recipe [and] thought that it might be a good idea to write how long something should be cooked for."
food  history  cheating  books 
june 2006 by kevan
Poynter Online - Forums - Piece on plagiarism was plagiarized
"David Edelstein, our film critic, conceived of this idea and tracked down 20 articles on the subject of plagiarism pegged to various scandals. Then he did a big cut-and-paste job and wrote a denunciation of plagiarism that is roughly 99% plagiarized."
writing  cheating  meta  via:hoaxes 
may 2006 by kevan
100 Ways to Win a Tenner - Paul Zenon
Odd mix of cleverly unintuitive card and coin and pub-table tricks, and just as many completely unforgivable wording-the-bet-misleadingly semantics. Written with an embarrassing-to-read ongoing mates-from-the-pub explanatory narrative, as well.
booklog  magic  cheating  psychology  money 
march 2006 by kevan
Donald Crowhurst - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"He encountered difficulty [and] secretly abandoned the race while reporting false positions, in an attempt to win without actually circling the world. Evidence found after his disappearance indicates that this attempt ended in insanity and suicide."
cheating  lies  sport  death  delusions  water 
march 2006 by kevan
Los Angeles Times: Vernon Shoo-Ins Shoo Outsiders
"By strictly limiting who can live in the [93-person population] city, Vernon officials handpick their constituents. [...] They only allow people who are city employees. Anything that smells like residential property, they disallow."
politics  cheating  nomic  via:holly 
february 2006 by kevan
Wired News: Sony Draws Ire With PSP Graffiti
"When asked about the criticism, Smith countered that art is subjective and that both the content and the medium dovetailed with Sony's belief that the PSP is a 'disrupter product' that [... etc]."
advertising  graffiti  cheating  camrad 
january 2006 by kevan
lunchclock.com - Covertly Extend Your Lunch Hour!
Configurable pop-up Javascript clock. "If, for example, your lunch period is 12:00 until 13:00, and you set a lunch period extension of 1 hour, lunchclock runs fast during the morning and reaches 12:00 when it is really 11:30."
time  business  cheating 
december 2005 by kevan
Not Quite What the Doctor Ordered
Brand mimicry among Dr-Pepper-tasting drinks. "If there was ever any doubt that Dr. West is is cohoots with Dr. Fine, then just look at the last two can designs of each of these."
drinks  advertising  cheating  via:zarba 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | 'They have given me somebody else's voice - Blair's voice'
The Sun disingenuously connecting their own headline quote with a photo of a bombing victim, a professor of, er, media studies. "You don't even have to be a sophisticated analyst to see what they are doing with the visual rhetoric and verbal anchorage."
news  cheating  terrorism  politics  meta 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Picture perfect
Jeff Wall. "Writers have it very easy. They have the pleasure of imagining these scenes. Working on that picture, I really learned about what Ellison's 1,369 lightbulbs means. You can only have a few on at a time."
photos  art  cheating 
october 2005 by kevan
The Observer | Tobacco firms' subtle tactics lure smokers to their brand
"These 'installations' [...] created lounge areas by placing comfortable red sofas in front of video screens showing scenes redolent of Wild West 'Marlboro country' to convey the essence of the cigarette brand while circumnavigating sponsorship bans."
advertising  cigarettes  cheating  camrad  via:wmmna 
october 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | How do hunters plan to get round the ban?
Appalling Nomic-style loophole-surfing. "While the Act forbids hunting of hares, it allows hunting of hares which have been shot. [...] There is no guidance on either how shot the hare has to be or what it has been shot with."
law  dogs  cheating  nomic  sport  via:holly 
september 2005 by kevan
Press Your Luck
Beating a non-random game-show prize sequence: "In November of 1983, he recorded every episode of Press Your Luck over the course of several weeks. [Larsen] froze the images to examine randomized tile sequences frame by frame."
cheating  money  random  television  hacking  via:qwghlm 
september 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Counterfeit goods rock virtual world
"[EverQuest players] saw the price of everyday goods - like the Wand of the Living Flame and the Dark Shield of the Void - plummet after some participants discovered a way to duplicate valuable items for free."
games  money  cheating  business 
august 2005 by kevan
TRN: Camera sees behind objects
Simple, but astonishingly effective - illuminating a hidden surface one ray of light at a time, and measuring the properties of it when it's reflected as far as a camera, to establish the colour of the initial surface, pixel by pixel.
technology  light  mirrors  cards  cheating  via:wmmna 
june 2005 by kevan
Eat Hufu - The Healthy Human Flesh Alternative!
"Hufu is designed to resemble, as humanly possible, the taste and texture of human flesh. If you've never had human flesh before, think of the taste and texture of beef, except a little sweeter in taste and a little softer in texture."
food  cheating  via:leonard 
may 2005 by kevan
Ananova - Photographer criticised for pictures of man falling off bicycle
"Photographer Liu Tao was accused of lying in wait to take his pictures instead of warning people of the danger."
photos  transport  cheating  water  china  weather  via:arbroath 
may 2005 by kevan
Thirty-Eight Ways to Win an Argument, by Schopenhauer
"By contradicting your opponent you may drive him into extending the statement beyond its natural limit. When you then contradict the exaggerated form of it, you look as though you had refuted the original statement."
cheating  language  politics  via:arbroath 
may 2005 by kevan
Welcome to Play Buddy.com
An utterly ruthless bunch of card-counting, Scrabble-board-scanning client-side robots to help you win unfairly at Yahoo games. Includes a Quantum-Leap-style pool-aiming laser overlay, ludicrously.
games  cheating  cards  scrabble  software 
april 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > How to Humiliate Friends, One-Up Rivals and Pick Just the Wrong Gift
Stephen Potter's Lifemanship is back in print. "Visitors of all ages should be encouraged to talk about their friends, after which you should say that you 'wished B. was here' because you never tell 'stories behind people's backs.'"
society  cheating  books  psychology 
april 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > How to Humiliate Friends, One-Up Rivals and Pick Just the Wrong Gift
Stephen Potter's Lifemanship is back in print. "Visitors of all ages should be encouraged to talk about their friends, after which you should say that you 'wished B. was here' because you never tell 'stories behind people's backs.'"
society  cheating  books  psychology 
april 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Ten ways to beat the system
An astonishly churlish and petty take on consumer 'empowerment': "They did not turn up when you were in; let them find out what it's like. You still won't have a fridge, but they have to deliver it, so there's little they can do." Good links, though.
shops  cheating  advertising  money  phones 
april 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | To cut a long story short
History of film trailers, with some odd trivia: "The makers of the trailers for the recent movie A Series of Unfortunate Events, knew the movie they wanted viewers to be reminded of - Edward Scissorhands - and so they bought the rights to its score."
films  advertising  cheating  secrets  history 
april 2005 by kevan
SSRN -The Perfect Crime by Brian Kalt
"This article argues that there is a 50-square-mile swath of Idaho in which one can commit felonies with impunity. This is because of the intersection of a poorly drafted statute with a clear but neglected constitutional provision."
law  cheating 
march 2005 by kevan
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Wal-Mart to get around law limiting size
"Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, is employing a new tactic to get around a Maryland town ordinance that limits store sizes - build two outlets right next to each other."
shops  law  cheating 
march 2005 by kevan
The Big Scam
Entertaining (if mundane) MMORPG scam; building up a trustworthy investment group with plenty of fake investors and false enthusiasm, and running off with the real investors' money.
cheating  games  money  mmorpgs 
march 2005 by kevan
WSJ.com - Attention, Shoppers: Bored College Kids Competing in Aisle 6
Scavenger-hunt games, and variants, in empty night-time supermarkets. "Finally, when Ms. Zimmerman looked the other way, the team asked a blue-smocked saleswoman for help, a violation of the game rules."
games  shops  cheating 
february 2005 by kevan
The Register: Cheated wife on spyware wiretap rap
"A Florida wife who installed spyware on her husband's PC in order to catch him in flagrante while he indulged in Yahoo! Dominoes with his online lover has been found guilty of violating state law."
games  surveillance  cheating  love  law 
february 2005 by kevan
The Register: Interview with a link spammer
Perhaps it's more script kiddies, than generic spambots and manual life-pod slaves. "It could be argued that a website owner is actually inviting content to their site when they allow comments."
spam  interviews  cheating  money  programming 
february 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Online School That Gave Cat an MBA Is Sued
"Investigators paid $299 for a bachelor's degree for Colby Nolan - a deputy attorney general's 6-year-old black cat - claiming he had experience including baby-sitting and retail management."
cats  cheating  crime  education  spam 
december 2004 by kevan
MDN: Troubled souls paying ultimate price to suicide pushers
"After gathering a group of interested parties, many Suicide Pushers will arrange for somebody else to take over leadership of the group and then usually vanish into cyberspace without taking part in the suicide pact."
cheating  death  japan  psychology 
december 2004 by kevan
The Times: The robot infiltrator that will lure pests to their doom
Pest control as an inverted game of Lemmings. "If the robots go to the light shelter, cockroaches follow - the desire for companionship proving stronger than the need for dark."
cheating  illusions  insects  light  robots 
november 2004 by kevan
Cabinet Magazine Online - By The Numbers: An Interview with William L. Bird, Jr.
"But the decline of paint by numbers also has to do with changing cultural values; eventually, our notion of "authenticity" totally rejected this kind of allegedly assembly line, cookie-cutter activity."
art  cheating  history  interviews  paint 
november 2004 by kevan
Wired 12.11: The Geek Guide to Kosher Machines
Adding time delays and uncertainties to electrical appliances; rule scams to spare Orthodox Jews from "work" on Sundays. Some standard ovens come with a secretly-activated "Sabbath mode", brilliantly.
cheating  religion  secrets  technology 
november 2004 by kevan
MagicTricks.Com - Thumb Tips
Didn't know about these, before yesterday - rubber flesh-coloured thimbles to hide silk handkerchiefs in, rather artlessly. But proper magicians can get away with brightly-coloured ones and sleight-of-hand, apparently.
cheating  magic 
november 2004 by kevan
Wired News: Inventor Rejoices as TVs Go Dark
Life imitates Munnery's Buckethead Tellyban (who had giant lorry-mounted transmitters disabling whole flatblocks): "When activated, it spends over a minute flashing out 209 different codes to turn off televisions, the most popular brands first."
cheating  hacking  technology  television 
october 2004 by kevan
Our Brains Cheat During Learning
"The brain builds a repertoire of rote responses to frequently encountered problems that it can use to save time and effort."
brains  cheating  education 
october 2004 by kevan
Wired News: New Tack Wins Prisoner's Dilemma
Brilliant: "Tit for Tat" beaten by teams of cooperative agents that use opening moves to communicate, and sacrifice themselves if they meet their team's master agents.
cheating  games  prison  simulation  society  software 
october 2004 by kevan
Drinkstuff.com - Fake Fags Warning Stickers
Humorous labels to stick over the top of the deadly-serious ones. "You could be hit by a bus tomorrow", "Please don't tell my mum".
cheating  cigarettes 
october 2004 by kevan
Wikipedia: Conkers
"The first recorded game of conkers using horse chestnuts was on the Isle of Wight in 1848. Until then, children used snail shells or hazelnuts."
cheating  children  games  trees  snails 
october 2004 by kevan
press-citizen.com | Town feels 'Wrath of Con'
Surreal Shatner-led "reality TV" hoax. "Shatner told the Rev. Rich Adam of St. Mary's that he wanted to blow out the church's 100-year-old stain glass windows just to get his reaction."
cheating  films  hoaxes  television 
october 2004 by kevan
New Scientist: Concrete evidence
Stonehenge has been tidied up and concreted a lot, on the quiet. "Even many of the local people in Avebury weren't aware that a lot of the stones were put up in the 1930s."
cheating  history  stone 
october 2004 by kevan
Spurious Correlations
Some excellent examples. "Because no infant has ever conducted an orchestra, the data from infant mortalities should be excluded from the comparison standard."
cheating  illusions  maths 
september 2004 by kevan
IOL: Businessman jailed for making up DNA results
"A British businessman was jailed on Friday for making up the results of more than 100 paternity tests after his lucrative DNA analysis business became swamped with work."
cheating  genetics  prison  scams 
september 2004 by kevan
Revenge CD and Ear Plugs
20 tracks to annoy neighbours with, including "Practicing Scales (Violin)", "Inhuman Screams", "Drill" and "Orgasm (Outstanding)". Much better than the automated drilling machine I was considering.
cheating  humour  sex  simulation  sound  technology  war 
september 2004 by kevan
MSNBC - Are poker 'bots' raking online pots?
"If you've got a bot that can play 25 casinos, two tables apiece, even if you're playing a (mid-level) $10/$20 game … that's $1,000 an hour."
cards  cheating  games  money  robots 
september 2004 by kevan
The Times : Damien Hirst
"Right at the top of Science is a room full of Picassos. Hirst buys them on eBay. They are all laughably bad fakes; some have laughably bad letters of authenticity. Hirst stamps them and signs them, making them fake Picassos, but original Hirsts."
art  cheating 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Bad Science | Sitting pretty
"I've been writing this column for nearly two years, and I still haven't managed to stiff a single multinational cosmetics firm: they're just too good at constructing legally defensible pseudoscience."
cheating  law  science 
september 2004 by kevan
Fraud Frond.com
Camouflaged plastic tree mobile-phone masts - there are over 32,000 in the US.
cheating  phones  technology  trees 
september 2004 by kevan
Ananova - Fake ghostbuster busted
"Mr Rai was caught and admitted he was the ghost all along." Would probably have gotten away with it if not for meddling kids.
cheating  ghosts  hoaxes  lies 
september 2004 by kevan
Mudd Math Fun Facts: Finding the N-th digit of Pi
If you work in base 16, you can calculate any specific digit of pi, whether or not you know the previous ones.
cheating  maths 
september 2004 by kevan
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