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How hackers get romantic revenge

Geek guys often dream of finding that perfect geek girl who will make all their dorktacular romantic aspirations come true. But just remember, fellas, hell hath no fury like a hacker-babe scorned, as <em>xkcd</em> so wisely reminds us. Plus, Virtual Roadside has the software to prove it.

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Geek guys often dream of finding that perfect geek girl who will make all their dorktacular romantic aspirations come true. But just remember, fellas, hell hath no fury like a hacker-babe scorned, as xkcd so wisely reminds us.

Moreover, should you find yourself in a situation where your coder-most-fair has dishonored you, look no further than Virtual Roadside's hacker-revenge software, which makes real the "love note" suggested in the Webcomic above (thanks, Boing Boing). Run it, and your target's MBR will be converted into a scathingly real version of this Thinkgeek t-shirt—send the offender one on your anniversary, just as a means of reopening the wound.

This nuclear option of techno-revenge, however, is not be invoked lightly, so Virtual Roadside has a four-question quiz you must pass before you're qualified to use the hackware:

  1. What is the difference between an MBR and a boot sector?
  2. What does interrupt 0×19 do?
  3. What offset does the partition table start at in an MBR, and how many bytes is each entry?
  4. What offset is the "signature" of the MBR located at, and what is it?
If you can confidently answer those questions, you're definitely a catch any geek would drool over, and any jerk should be wary of.

About Jay Garmon

Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

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