dave lee: 10 ridiculous pictures of “hackers”

I feel for them, I really do. Stock photographers, I mean. We turn to them whenever we can’t get real pictures … and so often we rely on those poor creative minds to come up with ways to illustrate the unillustratable.

Anyway, while searching around for a picture to go with a story about a recently shut down botnet, I was inspired to collect a few of the most absurd examples out there – for no reason other than because I can. Enjoy.

(some people telling me they can’t see these images… while others say there’s not a problem. Life’s too short – if they’re not there for you, sorry. Just imagine some freakish looking fellas trying to attack computers. In masks.)


(Looks harmless enough.)

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dave lee: When Apple looks back at its history, it will want to forget the iPad 3

We’ve all had a while to dwell on it: the iPad 3 is a rare low point for Apple.

Back in March, there was a strange mood in the air at Kings Place, the venue for the UK launch.

The message was clear: don’t mention the weight. Seriously. As we were paraded into the demo room, a man just ahead of me picked up the new device and immediately remarked how heavy it was compared to its predecessor.

An attendant, the usual attentive Apple employee, gently took it out of his hands and placed it on the table to demo some of the features. Today “isn’t about comparing” he said.

Later, a Times journalist tweeted how when he’d taken out his own iPad 2 to actually compare the two, one of Apple’s people actually took the iPad 2 out of his hands, and for a short while, would not give it back. Read more »

dave lee: Why Friends Reunited might just pull off a comeback

Relaunches are never seen as a positive step. I mean – unless something has failed, it won’t ever need to relaunch. It can just, you know, continue.

Which is why Friends Reunited, once the king of UK social networks, will be on the end of some fairly bad press today; mostly from those who’ll say “PAH! Facebook blew you out of the water”, and leave their analysis essentially at that.

But let’s take a closer look at Friends Reunited have done with their relaunch attempt. (My report is here)

They’ve teamed up with the Press Association the country’s biggest archive of images. Not only this, but they’ve also got the British Library on board, providing the country’s biggest archive of, er, anything.

Where Facebook’s entry for you being born is right now a blue box simply saying ‘born’ – Friends Reunited can offer a host of content from that day: newspaper cuttings, iconic images and soon, they hope, material items.

What car did your dad drive you home in after you were born? Add it. What was on TV that day? Add it. You get the picture (you can probably add that too…).

Friends Reunited’s biggest problem first time round was one of impatience. Had it waited, like Facebook, for the technology to catch up with it – they too could have offered targeted advertising.

As it happened – it was only Mark Zuckerburg’s stubbornness which prevented Facebook from entering its own paid subscription-powered early grave.

The sense I got from talking to Friends Reunited’s new owner Chris van der Kuyl was one of of cautious excitement. He believes they’re onto something pretty good which can be monetised in the future – but only when the time is right.

But of course, the internet – and social media in particular – is an industry built on this painful concept of ‘buzz’. Friends Reunited right now has publicity, but whether or not that will turn to buzz is an entirely different question.

That siad, I do feel this is one to watch – even if you do feel completely out of touch by admitting it.


dave lee: The Verge and The Kernel: Technology journalism’s refreshing new face

“Hello humans,” he says, looking almost surprised that anyone has bothered to turn up.

“This is our first show. We have a million planned, literally.”

The scene resembles something from the mid-nineties, your typical late night smokey chat show fronted by a charismatic presenter who will probably never air at any time other than 1am — which is just the way he likes it.

But this isn’t a show about music, or film, or theatre or art. It’s about technology. That’s right – a show for geeks. And the presenter, Joshua Topolsky, isn’t delving into the mind of some troubled musician or actor – he’s talking to entrepreneurs, CEOs and other people responsible for some of the tech that is, to some people at least, changing how we live.

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1910 ridiculous pictures of “hackers”
20When Apple looks back at its history, it will want to forget the iPad 3
27Why Friends Reunited might just pull off a comeback

30The Verge and The Kernel: Technology journalism’s refreshing new face
29Phonedog boss responds to Twitter lawsuit reaction
5‘I’ve spoken to four journalists in four years’ – Why news publishing CMS development needs a desperate rethink
21Meet MuslimF*ckJew, one of the many reasons why we must force Google to get a grip on YouTube
3Beware the spinfographic – the latest weapon in churnalism
16Audio: A.N Wilson says ‘bollocks!’ on Today, world doesn’t end
29#Oslo’s Twitter troublemakers, and the mysterious BBC ‘appeal’ over WiFi
29What Google+ means for news organisations
8Ten BBC tweeters you might not follow yet but should
27#BBCSMS: Without the wires, our social media aspirations crumble
13To the UK’s shame, we missed the chance to make our own Huffington Post
26Is your impartiality compromised by who you follow on Twitter?
8Tumblr, the sleeping giant for journalists on social media
28Bowen and Grammaticas, and why UGC will never replace journalists
24Journalists deserve to be paid for engaging in comments
10Sir John Bond: The man who paid £600 to edit his Wikipedia entry
14Serene Branson: The disturbing viral video which exposed us all
31Five reasons why the Kindle is possibly my favourite device ever

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8Five things I've learnt about… pay walls
29Five things I've learnt about… football writing
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4I'm back! Another new job…
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28Draft post 2
26The passion press: a business model?
21Draft post
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13Let's make love, not walls
12Nothing like a bit of passion
111-0 to the Evening Standard
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26Twitter to introduce paid pro accounts
25Tipping point: The Big Journalism Bail Out
18Just one example of how a blog can help your career
11Twitter Tales: Euston's choir
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3Video: The end of the Rocky Mountain News
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10Join the NUJ? Why?
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19Overheard in the Newsroom: My new favourite site!
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15Video Journalism will save newspapers in 2009
15Google ads on my blog
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14The Guardian in Katine: An analysis
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10(Updated) Two mysteries behind the fake Daily Mail tweeter
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8Huff Post: How Google can help journalism
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8Google's Eric Schmidt on saving newspapers
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7Whatdotheyknow.com: Freedom of Information in Action
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6Full movies on iPlayer — since when?
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4Earthquake video back to haunt me

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16The mistakes that made 2008
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8Snapshot of my day
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3I'm using the new WordPress
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6Adam Smith: I've changed my mind
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6BBC Election night: Where it went wrong
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24Heil Coren!
23Labour conference across the web
21What's the difference between online and broadcast video?
18Robert Fisk: "To hell with the web, it's got no responsibility"
7Web advertising needs to be measured in exposure, not clicks
6The world reports the news, Intelligent Aggregated Editorial reports the world
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4The Great Journalism Job Drought 2008
3J-school debate: The best route to success?
24If only Lamb had an N95: How newspapers can succeed online
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19Young journalist blog ring now open
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8Introducing NewsWire: If you run a journalism school, you need to do this
7Me on Radio New Zealand's Mediawatch
1Hyper-local is dead. It's time for hyper-personal
1Some queer goings on at OneNewsNow.com
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30City AM goes sub-less
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22Outdated and useless wire services: BE GONE!
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1The eagle has landed
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30Ernest Hemingway on blogging
30links for 2008-05-30
22Open debate: OK to endorse Wikipedia for journalism research?
20The earthquake video finally reaches the BBC
7Give all journalists their own '20 per cent time'
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4Ignore me for a bit…
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30[VIDEO] EXCLUSIVE! Behind the scenes at Terminal 5
30Adrian Monck speaks at Cambridge WordFest '08
26Portfolio fodder: YouTube madness, walking on water and a screwdriver attack
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19[AUDIO] Me on BBC Radio Lincolnshire
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14Journalism masterclasses
10Nick Davies on "Harry's War"
8Facts and figures behind the earthquake
8My day at Sky
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15How important is Twitter for student journalists?
15Poor chap!
8Five things student editors should do with Facebook in 2008
7This can't happen
4American Football = The worst sport ever created
3Save Pervez
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23The speed of the web
17Nelson! There's being right and there's being nice
17The Student Journalism Blog
17Get the most from training and fast-track your career
17Oh you're just Scrabulous darling
16And here's the Gnooze!
14Carnival of Journalism — What are students doing online?
11Shall we have a quick rehearsal?

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28Journalist wanted
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24Merry Christmas from jBlog
20Lunch with Andrew Gilligan
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19If you're a columnist, look away now!
16The best football interview this year
16Five things that can make a newspaper website absolutely postively wonderfully great
14Free internet for all, courtesy of Google
13Oh god, my ears! My poor ears!
11Look to your left…
11links for 2007-12-11
10"And you can't do that with a Google search!"
8links for 2007-12-08
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6Andy's Road to Wembley
5Gilligan: "He's a good egg"
4links for 2007-12-04
4Death to the Sunday papers!
4In Praise Of… Alan Johnston's book
3What would you ask Andrew Gilligan?
2Why you shouldn't work for free
28New Lincoln blogger
28Labour of Love
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25Burton Albion vs Cambridge United
25links for 2007-11-25
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14Everyone do the Can Can!
125 Ws and an H for the new journalist generation
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5Cambridge students miss out on May Ball
3links for 2007-11-03
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1links for 2007-11-01
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25Ridiculous Comment Award 2007
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22Lincoln bloggers
19For Danny
19links for 2007-10-19
17Jeff Jarvis and Roy Greenslade on journalism education (and, er, me!)
17Attention Lincoln students
17links for 2007-10-17
15In Praise of… Productive meetings = the way forward
13Great piece on multi-journalism on The Knowledge
13links for 2007-10-13
12Mindy McAdams advice on liveblog
11Setanta not paying lower league clubs?
10It's just not cricket
7Hooray! It's ShortList Thursday!
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2Jurassic Newsroom (cont.)
1For those that don't understand social networking and why it's brilliant
1The Good Old Days
28Liveblogging the student elections
28links for 2007-09-28
27The Rules of the TV Journalism Class (according to the University of Lincoln)
26Gate Police: Socksgate?! Get out.
26New evening newspaper for Lincolnshire?
25Sports journalism
25Hate to say I told you so…
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14Joan Rivers
14Podcast: The Week in News with Danny and Dave
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8I'm impressed with you, GQ.
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6Converging the student newsroom
4BBC on your iPod? Don't bother…
29Grantham Journal uses Google Maps to track rogue heron
26What to do with a student newspaper website?
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20Football club closes training sessions over citizen journalism
19Pause in posting (maybe, dunno…)
15Cola Conundrum
155 steps for teams producing journalism (aka The Gospel)
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12Good Reads: New-look NME not hitting the right notes
9McCann coverage
9Make money with a 13 year-old
8My Work: Get your hands off my football club, MyFootballClub!
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8Read all about it!
7Chemical Brothers – The Salmon Dance
6Yvonne Ridley
3Facebook saga: Let's put it in perspective
3More Americans than Brits read our online papers
3U's Blog: Missing the Point-on
3No news today
30Citizen Journalism: What are we afraid of?
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27BBC reversal not the first occurrence
25Give us a Kiss
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13The Gate Police
4Free at last
28Yes, their worries are quite different
26'Think Alan Johnston'
24Sir Wooden
21Murdoch tries to leap off sinking ship
1150,000 Guardians… how many more?
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3The Big Bloated Corporation
2Goodbye to Royalty
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29jBlog LiveBlog: Springwatch
19In praise of BBC sports journalists…
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8Let's have a coffee
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20The Linc: Issue 2
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8Iran Rants
4Have you got a wiki side?
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26British Press Awards
20Podding along
14A right hungry chap
11Pictures of the Year International
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27It just can't happen
21My work: Technobile
17Dartboard Confessional
17Me, the serious writer!
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31Stressful week
25Old Skills
22Semester B
19Please be nice to Jade Goody
19Panda Porn
17More Michael…
17No heroes in journalism anymore
16I need a hero!
15Stuck up old woman
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10Time Magazine: Photos of 2006
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31Jackson Mourns
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