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Wow, great invention: Now AI eggheads teach machines how to be sarcastic using Reddit

Dealing with chatbots and virtual assistants can be so frustrating that it’s normal for humans to start getting snarky. Such run-ins would be a little more entertaining if the machines could give some of that sass back. Unfortunately, it’ll be awhile before that can happen since computers don’t really understand sarcasm at all …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Sep 2018
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SMS 2FA gave us sweet FA security, says Reddit: Hackers stole database backup of user account info, posts, messages

In a Wednesday mea culpa, Reddit – the online chat board that got a little out of hand and became the sixth most-visited website on the internet – has admitted it was raided by hackers unknown. For four days, specifically June 14 to June 18, miscreants managed to break into the website's cloud hosting and source-code …
Iain Thomson, 1 Aug 2018
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While Zuck squirmed, Reddit revealed it found and killed 944 Russian troll factory accounts

While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress, Reddit confessed to its own Russian problem. A post by CEO Steve Huffman, aka “Spez”, reported that the site has identified 944 accounts it thinks were run by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian “troll factory” whose staff have been indicted for …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2018
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Stanford brainiacs say they can predict Reddit raids

A group from Stanford University says conflicts on Reddit forums follow a reliable enough pattern to be predicted before they happen. A study [PDF] based on observations from 36,000 subreddit communities has found that online dust-ups can be predicted, and the people most likely to cause them can be identified. "We discovered …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Mar 2018
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Reddit 'fesses up to just a little Russian reaming

Searchers for Russian influence on the United States 2016 presidential election have of late swung their searchlights towards Reddit, which has tried to explain its role in the affair. Co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman, aka "Spez", took to the site on Monday March 5th with a his thoughts on the matter. Titled "In response to …
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Oh sh-itcoin! Crypto-dosh swap-shop Coinbase empties punters' bank accounts

Digital currency exchange Coinbase said it inadvertently charged punters for transactions they never made, effectively draining money from their bank accounts. It has promised to refund the money taken. For the past few days, netizens have been complaining that funds had vanished from bank accounts linked to Coinbase without …
Iain Thomson, 16 Feb 2018
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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

Once again Google's Play Store has proved less than excellent at tackling malicious apps, after netizens found a fake version of WhatsApp that was good enough to fool over a million people into downloading it. The rogue program was spotted by Redditors earlier today, and the software looks very much like the real deal. However …
Iain Thomson, 3 Nov 2017
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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

"How screwed am I?" a new starter asked Reddit after claiming they'd been marched out of their job by their employer's CTO after "destroying" the production DB – and had been told "legal" would soon get stuck in. The luckless junior software developer told the computer science career questions forum: I was basically given a …
Jude Karabus, 5 Jun 2017
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Attempt at building kinder, gentler Reddit downvoted off the Web

Reddit can be a nasty, nasty place. So nasty that in 2015 half a dozen Reddit employees – some who said they'd experienced personal abuse or threats of violence from Reddit members – bailed from the company and set their sights on "rethinking the way communities exist on the internet". That plan eventually became Imzy.com, a …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2017
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Google borks Nexus 6 with screwy over-the-air Android 7.0 downgrade

Google’s bad week continues with an emborkened Android update pushed to some Nexus 6 users. A serious cockup at the Chocolate Factory caused an over-the-air (OTA) downgrade to people who had side-loaded Android 7.1.1, dropping them back to Android 7.0 and sending their phones into meltdown. “It makes no sense," complained …
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Weaky-leaks: Furious fans roast Assange in web interview from hell

Video WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was blasted by fans during a live online Q&A – after he, for once in his life, refused to disclose information. The nearly five-year resident of the Ecuadorian embassy in London hopped onto Reddit's Ask Me Anything discussion board where netizens pose questions and the most popular ones rise to …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2017

USPTO: Hi, Ask Me Anything. Reddit: Can we trademark 'AMA'? USPTO: No.

Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" interviews where anyone and everyone answers whatever questions the website's readers throw at them has become an internet staple. Which is probably why the corporation behind the sprawling and poorly designed "front page of the internet" decided it was time to get some letter protection behind it …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Dec 2016
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Reddit explains outage

Last Thursday, office productivity soared when popular online forum Reddit went down for over an hour. Now the site has explained why. Reddit uses a server synchronisation system called ZooKeeper, but turned this off on August 11 so that it could roll out a new infrastructure build with its cloud providers. However, in the …
Iain Thomson, 16 Aug 2016

Cracker hacker 'edits' biggest subreddits

A seemingly benign Twitter pest has popped what they claim is more than 100 Reddit subreddits including those devoted to the upcoming big ticket Battlefield One game, Marvel Studios, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones. Hugely popular subreddits including pics, and TIFU (today I f**ked up) were also defaced. In keystrokes of irony …
Darren Pauli, 13 May 2016
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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

It appears that Reddit has been the recipient of a National Security Letter, after the warrant canary it has published in its annual transparency reports has disappeared. A warrant canary is a technique whereby companies can get around the restrictions involved with National Security Letters, which typically bar the recipient …
Iain Thomson, 31 Mar 2016

Is there anything left to ask Bill Gates? (Other than gissus a million?)

One of the things about being the world's richest man and also one of the most famous is that people tend to be interested in the minutiae of your life and in just about every thought you express. And so it is, with him recently hitting his 60th birthday, we are forced to ask: is there anything left to ask Bill Gates? On …
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Wi-Fi banana all grown up, now a suit-wearing enterprise wall slab

A network engineer who made headlines when he hooked people into his company Wi-Fi network with a banana has rebuilt the system as an enterprise-ready touchscreen device. Last month, El Reg brought you the story of Stefan Milo, the Danish admin who rigged a Raspberry Pi and a piece of fruit to dispense wireless network login …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Feb 2016
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Flickering screens turn Microsoft Surface Books into Microsoft Surface paperweights

Video People who bought the first batch of Microsoft's Surface Book slab-tops are furious that a glitch causes the screens to flicker. Microsoft's support forums and the Surface subreddit are filled with folks claiming their displays erratically wink completely on and off. This happens, we're told, whether the tablet is running on …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2015

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