History SchmuckBait / RealLife

26th Mar '18 9:49:14 PM nombretomado
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** The last widely publicized time that this trick/stunt was attempted was in 1995 when PennAndTeller decided to try it, with Teller firing the gun for Penn to catch the bullet, complete with a US Air Force officer and a Las Vegas Metro Police officer. The stunt was the grand finale for the 2nd annual "World's Greatest Magic" show on Thanksgiving night. Everything worked flawlessly.

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** The last widely publicized time that this trick/stunt was attempted was in 1995 when PennAndTeller Creator/PennAndTeller decided to try it, with Teller firing the gun for Penn to catch the bullet, complete with a US Air Force officer and a Las Vegas Metro Police officer. The stunt was the grand finale for the 2nd annual "World's Greatest Magic" show on Thanksgiving night. Everything worked flawlessly.
10th Feb '18 3:30:06 PM TheKaizerreich
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** A much more harmless prank tech savvy people use on the non savvy is telling them to press ALT + F4 to fix a slow or troublesome program. Pressing both keys at the same time just closes the program.[[note]]Closing the program and restarting it is often actually a pretty good idea if it's being ''very'' slow or freezing up (many applications, especially poorly-written ones, contain [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_leak memory leaks]] which cause them to tie up more and more RAM the longer they're run; this process as a whole is termed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_aging software aging]]), but this is generally better done through a task manager.[[/note]]

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** A much more harmless prank tech savvy people use on the non savvy is telling them to press ALT + F4 to fix a slow or troublesome program. Pressing both keys at the same time just closes the program.[[note]]Closing the program and restarting it is often actually a pretty good idea if it's being ''very'' slow or freezing up (many applications, especially poorly-written ones, contain [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_leak memory leaks]] which cause them to tie up more and more RAM the longer they're run; this process as a whole is termed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_aging software aging]]), but this is generally better done through a task manager. Also note that in many cases, only a complete restart of the computer will actually free the RAM again; simply closing the program may help, but likely won't.[[/note]]
18th Jan '18 10:49:59 PM HighCrate
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* In the late 2000's tons of videos appeared on YouTube claiming to have found glitches, exploits, or secrets in the most popular video game titles at the time (such as ''VideoGame/Halo3'' or ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''). However, once you clicked on the video, it turned out to be a Rick Roll, Screamer, or [=YouTube Poop=]. Additionally, the image was a random screenshot of the game pulled off the internet and placed in a certain position so that it would show up as the video's thumbnail. However, these videos are not as prevalent today due to [=YouTube=] cracking down on misleading content, and users nowadays generally viewing such prank videos as DeaderThanDisco.

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* In the late 2000's tons of videos appeared on YouTube claiming to have found glitches, exploits, or secrets in the most popular video game titles at the time (such as ''VideoGame/Halo3'' or ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''). However, once you clicked on the video, it turned out to be a Rick Roll, Screamer, or [=YouTube Poop=]. Additionally, the image was a random screenshot of the game pulled off the internet and placed in a certain position so that it would show up as the video's thumbnail. However, these videos are not as prevalent today due to [=YouTube=] cracking down on misleading content, and users nowadays generally viewing such prank videos as DeaderThanDisco.
5th Nov '17 7:33:14 AM MrUnderhill
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** Likewise the dd command is sometimes given the nickname [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "disk destroyer"]] on account of how easy it is to mix up the input and output files, which can result in copying your brand-new, empty hard drive over the one holding all your old data instead of the other way around like you probably wanted. Pretty much every dd tutorial out there will warn you to make sure you've set it up correctly.
5th Nov '17 7:24:33 AM MrUnderhill
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* rm -rf / for novice Unix users. Especially don't run it as root. rm is "remove". The -r is "recursive". -f means "don't ask me if I'm sure." The single slash denotes the entire filesystem, kinda like C:\ for a Windows machine, but even more. If you run it as a regular user, it'll delete everything you have access to. If you run it as the superuser, (root, user 1, the administrative user) then it'll delete everything. At which point the computer will stop working. Most modern Unix variants will prevent you from running it, since it has no legitimate use.[[note]] If you want to wipe the disk and reinstall, then you'll use fdisk or dd. If you want to delete everything because the feds are knocking, then you use a secure deletion tool like GNU shred, rather than something that just marks blocks as dirty. There is no reason ever to use rm -rf / for anything other than quickly trashing a system.[[/note]]

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* rm -rf / for novice Unix users. Especially don't run it as root. rm is "remove". The -r is "recursive". -f means "don't ask me if I'm sure." The single slash denotes the entire filesystem, kinda like C:\ for a Windows machine, but even more. If you run it as a regular user, it'll delete everything you have access to. If you run it as the superuser, (root, user 1, the administrative user) then it'll delete everything. At which point Or at least try to until it deletes something system-critical, [[LogicBomb like the computer rm command itself]]. In any case, the system is pretty much unusable afterwards and ''at best'' will stop working.require a reformat and OS reinstall. Most modern Unix variants will prevent you from running it, since it has no legitimate use.[[note]] If you want to wipe the disk and reinstall, then you'll use fdisk or dd. If you want to delete everything because the feds are knocking, then you use a secure deletion tool like GNU shred, rather than something that just marks blocks as dirty. There is no reason ever to use rm -rf / for anything other than quickly trashing a system. If you ''really'' must try this out, make a virtual machine and go nuts.[[/note]]
10th Oct '17 1:04:22 AM Giantsgiants
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** Although not as sophisticated, some professors just post solutions to current assignments online. The catch? If a student simply copied the solution verbatim, the professor would easily accuse that student of cheating. Sometimes the answer or the method is incorrect, making the cheating even more obvious.

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** Although not as sophisticated, some professors just simply post solutions to current assignments online. The catch? If a student simply just copied the solution verbatim, the professor would easily accuse that student of cheating. Sometimes the answer or the method is incorrect, making the cheating even more obvious.
10th Oct '17 1:03:50 AM Giantsgiants
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** Although not as sophisticated, some professors just post solutions to current assignments online. The catch? If a student simply copied the solution verbatim, the professor would easily accuse that student of cheating. Sometimes the answer or the method is incorrect, making the cheating even more obvious.
25th Sep '17 5:56:08 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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** In 2017, a [=YouTuber=] and her boyfriend attempted a variation of the trick - stopping a bullet fired from a .50 calibre Desert Eagle handgun with a phone book. [[spoiler:[[http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/us/fatal-youtube-stunt/index.html The bullet went straight through the phone book into the man's chest and killed him on the spot.]]]] No, really, DoNotTryThisAtHome, kids.
31st Aug '17 9:36:06 AM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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** A much more harmless prank tech savvy people use on the non savvy is telling them to press ALT + F4 to fix a slow or troublesome program. Pressing both keys at the same time just closes the program.
* Lecturers at some Universities to catch students.

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** A much more harmless prank tech savvy people use on the non savvy is telling them to press ALT + F4 to fix a slow or troublesome program. Pressing both keys at the same time just closes the program.
program.[[note]]Closing the program and restarting it is often actually a pretty good idea if it's being ''very'' slow or freezing up (many applications, especially poorly-written ones, contain [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_leak memory leaks]] which cause them to tie up more and more RAM the longer they're run; this process as a whole is termed [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_aging software aging]]), but this is generally better done through a task manager.[[/note]]
* Lecturers at some Universities universities, to catch students.
21st Aug '17 1:16:56 PM ironballs16
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** Similarly, guys should beware being asked "What's the capitol of Thailand?", as the answer[[note]]Bangkok[[/note]] leads to a GroinAttack.
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