Feeds

UK pub quiz text cheat scandal

Most certainly not cricket

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

As predicted by El Reg, quiz cheats are clogging mobile information services with requests for trivia, as Britain stoops to new lows in the search for a free pint.

The pub quiz is something of an institution here is the UK: you show up at your favourite watering hole with a few friends. You have a few drinks and try to answer questions that make Trivial Pursuit seem anything but. The winning team gets some free beer, or very occassionally, a voucher they can exchange for beer at a later date. It is very simple.

But now, this much loved institution is imperiled, as mobile phone lovers are using text information services to cheat.

The provider of just such a service, RE5ULT, says it noticed that 83 per cent of questions came in during typical pub quiz times: Mondays and Tuesday between 8:00 and 10:00pm.

Founder Sarah McVittee said: "We didn't realise it to begin with but a lot of our customers are using RE5ULT to cheat in their local pub quiz. Of course we would never condone this kind of behaviour."

Despite this, instead of restricting the service to non-pub quiz hours, the company says it has hired more research staff to cope with demand during peak hours, so it looks like our cheating ways are good for the employment figures.

What's more, it's extremely unlikely that these new posts will ever face outsourcing since your average Bangalore callcentre operative is unlikely to know Dirty Den's inside leg measurement.

Pub landlord Ben Hurley is not impressed, however. When told of the scam he remarked: "We thought it was slightly odd that the same guys were winning every week. It looks as though we're going to have to ban mobiles in order to ensure a fair game." ®

Related stories

Former Symbian, Psion boss answers all your questions
Brits cheat insurance to get gadget upgrades

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys
Little men straddle LOHAN, attend tiny G20 Summit... ah, sweet memories...
Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest
New minifigs like Monster Fighters are turning kids to the dark side
Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine
Only I can 'make an empire out of a republic' intones presidential candidate
Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air
Citizens line up for bags of that sweet, sweet mountain air
Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'
Mountain View is prankin' like it's 1999...
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.