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Monday, November 27, 2006

WHOA Newsletter - 11/27/06

WHOA Newsletter

November 27, 2006

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .At least I
know who to call if I need one

World's biggest rubber band ball
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2087940.html?menu=news.quirkies
A US man has made the world's biggest rubber band ball.

Steve Milton, of Eugene, Oregon, created the ball
out of more than 175,000 rubber bands.

Guinness accepted it as a record breaker after it
tipped the scales at 4,594lbs at a Chicago weigh-in.

The mammoth ball, which has a circumference of
19ft, broke the former record set by John Bain,
whose ball weighed in at 3,120lbs.

The 26-year-old started his ball in November 2005
with just a few small rubberbands.

"It was just a great project with me and my
kids," said Mr Milton, who worked on the ball
with his six-year-old son, Bryce Milton, and his
fiancee's son, Austin Johnson, 7.

"We did a little bit of research on how big
rubber band balls are, and realised there was one
out there that was 3,120 pounds and we knew we could do it."

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NEWS TO USE AND PASS ALONG!

(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found
on the web and were not written or endorsed by
WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

More employers track use of e-mail, Internet - 11/17/06
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/business/16104522.htm
The salacious instant messages to congressional
pages that led to Rep. Mark Foley's downfall in
September should have caught the attention of
millions of workers and employers.

Walk away from workplace bullies - 11/27/06
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/11/story.cfm?c_id=11&objectid=10412527
She's late for work every morning, spends hours
on the internet and sticks the knife into
workmates when they aren't around to defend themselves.

Fan hacks Linkin singer cell data, threatens wife - 11/27/06
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/27/people.linkinpark.ap/
A woman is accused of using a computer at a
national laboratory to hack into a cell phone
company's Web site to get a number for Chester
Bennington, lead singer of the Grammy-winning rock group Linkin Park.

Someone out there doesn’t like me - 11/26/06
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,20409-2469693,00.html
The freedom of the web makes it a perfect place
for the malicious to launch anonymous personal
attacks. Matthew Wall explains how to fight back

Estate agents desperately turn to illegally
hijacking properties for sale off the web - 11/24/06
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23375760-details/I+put+house+for+sale\
+on+Net+and+estate+agent+hijacked+it/article.do
Estate agents are becoming so desperate for
commissions that they are illegally "hijacking"
properties from private sales websites and advertising them as their own.

Gay couple in building row hit by email abuse - 11/24/06
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/229/229122_gay_couple_in_building_\
row_hit_by_email_abuse_.html
A GAY couple who complained about a £33,000 loft
conversion at their home were told: "I hope
you're unhappy, I can't stand you."

Iranian actor in sex video scandal says ex-fiance faked footage - 11/23/06
http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,1954720,00.html
An Iranian actor at the centre of a video sex
scandal has spoken for the first time publicly to
deny being a collaborator in the now notorious home-made film.

Forged Iraq art used to fund terrorism - 11/22/06
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=1732392006
Militants in Iraq and the Middle East are selling
forged art works on auction Web site eBay and in
antique markets in the UK to help fund terrorism, police said on Wednesday.

Spyware Operators Settles With FTC - 11/22/06
http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3645466
Two notorious spyware operators settled charges
Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Both John Robert Martinson, the principal owner
of Mailwiper, and Odysseus Marketing and its
principal, Walter Rines, drew the FTC's attention
for their secret downloads lurking behind free
downloads of screensavers, anti-spyware and peer-to-peer (P2P) software.

Web sites add fuel to fights - 11/22/06
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/annearundel/bal-md.ar.internet22nov22,0,1\
977929.story?coll=bal-local-headlines
Did a popular social networking Web site help
fuel the neighborhood rivalry that has led to
numerous fights at Annapolis High School and
eventually to a mall shootout last weekend?

No Charges In Email Threats Against Flutie - 11/21/06
http://cbs4boston.com/topstories/local_story_325151700.html
A California man who admits he sent threatening
emails to local football legend Doug Flutie will
not face any criminal charges.

EBAY CROOKS STUNG ME IN £37,000 SCAM - 11/21/06
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tm_headline=ebay-crooks-stung-me-in--pound-37-\
000-scam%26method=full%26objectid=18128739%26siteid=66633-name_page.html
FRAUDSTERS racked up almost £40,000 of online
bids after hacking into a young woman's eBay account.
Leanne Mitchell, 22, logged on to her computer to
find her eBay account details had been changed.

Violent games blamed for German school attack - 11/21/06
http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=technologyNews&storyID=2006-\
11-21T150124Z_01_L21769078_RTRUKOC_0_US-GERMANY-SCHOOL.xml&WTmodLoc=TechNewsHome\
_C1_%5bFeed%5d-5
Leading German lawmakers demanded a crackdown on
violent computer and simulated war games on
Tuesday over concerns that they may have helped
inspire a young man to attack his former school with guns and explosives.

FTC offers guidelines to reduce online shopping risks - 11/21/06
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomy\
Name=cybercrime_hacking&articleId=9005278&taxonomyId=82&intsrc=kc_top
Online merchants may be ready for holiday season
Web orders this year, but Grinches will also be on the Internet.
Holiday shopping online is expected to reach new
peaks this year, and with the surge comes concern
over the safety of transactions, according to
technology services company EDS Corp. and the
U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), both of
which have issued guidelines for Web shoppers.

Frontier Crime Fighting - 11/20/06
http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=58&ArticleID=\
20079&TM=51369.65
The Internet is, in its way, a new frontier.
The West had its pioneers, who used the new world
to better themselves, and also its outlaws, who
got the better of others. The Internet is no
different. With all of its practical
applications, there are those who use it for criminal activities.

Calif. court ruling seeks to protect bloggers, Web publishers - 11/20/06
http://news.com.com/Calif.+court+ruling+seeks+to+protect+bloggers%2C+Web+publish\
ers/2100-1030_3-6137323.html?tag=nefd.top
In a victory for bloggers, newsgroup participants
and other Web publishers, the California Supreme
Court ruled Monday that individual Internet users
cannot be held liable for republishing defamatory statements written by others.

IBM Worker Says He Was Fired For Chat Room Addiction - 11/20/06
http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=TZH2XMIKZQ1AEQS\
NDLOSKH0CJUNN2JVN?articleID=194500201
In the lawsuit, the former employee admits that
he spent time in chat rooms during work hours,
but claims his behavior is the result of an
addiction and that IBM should have offered him
counseling instead of firing him.

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