Have you heard of Lenny? Some telemarketers certainly have!

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2018 - 01:21 PM |
Tagged: scum, telemarketers, funny, lenny

Lenny is a chat bot designed to drive telemarketers crazy, or at least keep them on the phone and prevent them from calling another line.  It is quite simple, with only 16 recorded phrases in total, four to make it sound like he is interested in whatever is being sold and 12 which loop until the caller gives up.  The bot waits for a pause of a second and a half or more before playing the next comment, in slow and muffled Australian accent.  Motherboard had a chat with the person who currently curates the bot, who goes by the moniker Mango, about the bot and how successful it is.

If you are curious on how to make use of Lenny, for bothering telemarketers and not pranking, you can get some info on this Reddit thread.  Again, just skip this if you are only interested in a prank, as it ties up the lines and means telemarketers can continue to call real people to scam them. 


"Lenny is a decade-old chatbot designed to troll telemarketers that has developed a cult following online. It’s remarkably convincing, but is it actually effective?"

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Source: Motherboard

Lucky winners choice; an i7-8086k or a Threadripper 1950X

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2018 - 02:37 PM |
Tagged: Intel, amd, i7-8086k, 1950x, funny

If you are so lucky as to be one of the 8086 people who won an Intel i7-8086K, live in the US and can be one of the first 40 to respond to AMD you can trade in your Anniversary Edition for a Threadripper 1950X.  AMD have offered this limited, tongue in cheek deal for those who prefer a higher PCIe lane count to a higher frequency, at least as long as you are a US resident.   The i7-8086K does offer better overall performance, though it can be finicky as Ken and others have discovered.  The Intel contest is closed, but they do state it may take up to two weeks for the winners to receive a confirmation email, hopefully they arrive in time for those who would like to swap.  The Inquirer has a link to Intel's Twitter response to this move, if you are interested.


"AMD HAS PICKED UP A STICK and decided to give Intel a damn-good prod, as it's offering people who've won the Core i7-8086K the option to trade it in for its own Threadripper 1950X."

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Source: The Inquirer