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Monday, July 28, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - July 28, 2008

WHOA Newsletter

July 28, 2008

I couldn't make this up if tried. . .Then he set fire to his pants for not unzipping properly

Angry man shoots lawn mower for not starting
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080726/ap_on_fe_st/odd_mower_madness;_ylt=AurrlNEaWurldvLpS2DiMPrtiBIF

A Milwaukee man was accused of shooting his lawn mower because it wouldn't start. Keith Walendowski, 56, was charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed.

According to the criminal complaint, Walendowski said he was angry because his Lawn Boy wouldn't start Wednesday morning. He told police quote, "I can do that, it's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want."

A woman who lives at Walendowski's house reported the incident. She said he was intoxicated.

Walendowski could face up to an $11,000 fine and six years and three months in prison if convicted.

A call to Walendowski's home went unanswered Friday morning.

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Polish policemen barred from social networking site - 07/28/08
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080728/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_poland_police;_ylt=AoBQdGVMlGrSTamQyCAa_lztiBIF
Poland's national police headquarters has banned officers from using a popular social networking site similar to Facebook because they were spending too much time using it, a newspaper said on Monday.

‘Shank’ website is aimed at the kids who carry knives - 07/28/08
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/justice/article1476976.ece
A SICK game on Facebook has been removed from the website after The Sun revealed how kids were able to STAB each other.

Colorado Spam King found dead - 07/28/08
http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/news.asp?id=49325
Convicted penny-stock spammer Eddie Davidson has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, apparently after killing his wife and 3-year-old daughter in his home town of Bennet, Colorado, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

Is Social Networking and Blogging Bad for Business? - 07/28/08
http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1498073/is_social_networking_and_blogging_bad_for_business/
Blog and social networking sites continue to rise in popularity as today's tech-savvy professionals stay connected with friends, family and colleagues around the world. But, have business owners considered the impact to their company reputation when employees blur the lines between personal and professional fodder?

Players monitor social network profiles with a hawkeye - 07/28/08
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/2008-07-27-social-networks_N.htm
More college athletic departments are developing or publicizing online social networking policies for student athletes, experts say.

Open courts vs. privacy: Move toward online access to files sparks concerns - 07/27/08
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=e1fb5748-b208-4e9f-8071-dd7c809cdbad
The judges on the Supreme Court of Canada will decide this fall whether to post court documents online, the culmination of years of debate on whether throwing open the electronic doors threatens privacy rights in an era of Internet stalkers and identity thieves.

Scrabble makers sue Facebook over 'copycat' Scrabulous game - 07/26/08
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23521700-details/Scrabble+makers+sue+Facebook+over+'copycat'+Scrabulous+game/article.do
The Calcutta, India-based creators of a Scrabble knock-off that has become one of the most popular activities on Facebook were sued Thursday by Hasbro Inc, the company that owns the word game's North American rights.

FCC poised to punish Comcast over Web blocking - 07/26/08
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080726/ap_on_go_ot/internet_regulation;_ylt=Ai4ebKsx64bIswkCDiV__gD6VbIF
A majority of members of the Federal Communications Commission have cast votes in favor of punishing Comcast Corp. for blocking subscribers' Internet traffic, an agency official said Friday.

Libel: Ex-friend's Facebook revenge costs £22,000 in damages at high court - 07/25/08
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jul/25/law.facebook
After Grant Raphael had a row with his old school friend Mathew Firsht, he wanted revenge. He disseminated a web of lies via Facebook, to cause Firsht stress and humiliation.

Hacker admits online shop thefts - 07/25/08
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_east/7526487.stm
A man who spotted flaws in an online shop has admitted stealing equipment worth £20,000 from the firm.

Google to face charges over Down's syndrome video - 07/25/08
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4397511.ece
Italian prosecutors say a video which showed four youths taunting a teenager with Down's syndrome was an invasion of privacy

Woman Gets 2 Years In Prison For Stalking By Cell Phone - 07/25/08
http://www.wbbm780.com/pages/2665888.php?
A northwest Indiana woman was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday for stalking a man she met over the Internet.

The F Word - 07/24/08
http://www.rakemag.com/blogs/spazz-dad/2008/07/the-f-word
I absolutely loves me some Facebook. And I know what you’re thinking: What the hell is Todd Smith, the Spazz Dad, doing on Facebook? Isn’t he the guy with the Vagina Eye (Chop It Off) and the overactive colon? You are totally right. I have about as much right of being on the hip social networking website as I do in joining the Harlem Globetrotters. But so be it. I’m logged on and Facebookin’ the hell out of things.

Internet shopping: play your cards right - 07/24/08
http://www.liverpoolconfidential.com/index.asp?sessionx=IpqiNwEiJpqpIDB6IHqjNwB6IA&realname=Internet_shopping_a_guide_for_safe_webuse
In this day and age, if you're not an internet explorer, you may as well be living in the Shire with Frodo and the rest. The possibilities online are endless: you can learn, work, chat, date, play, laugh and shop, all from the comfort of your own home or office. Or even with 3G, I-phone and the rest from just about anywhere, anytime.

Myspace suicide woman 'did what loads of people do online' - 07/24/08
http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/07/24/myspace-suicide-aguments-heard
MISSOURI MOTHER Lori Drew’s lawyer is now arguing that if she is guilty, then so are millions of other internet users every day.

Mayor promises action on Internet abuse - 07/24/08
http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/virginia/dp-va--printshop-interne0724jul24,0,7989956.story
Mayor L. Douglas Wilder says misuse of city computers won't be tolerated. Wilder says appropriate action, which could include termination, will be taken following an audit of the Richmond print shop's computers that uncovered misuse.

Defense Attacks Theories in MySpace Case - 07/24/08
http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews+articleid_2431947~title_Defense-Attacks-Theories.html
The attorney for Lori Drew, the woman accused of harassing a teen by creating a fake online identity on MySpace, is objecting to the prosecution's argument that his client violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Family lose Narnia web name fight - 07/24/08
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/7522240.stm
An Edinburgh couple have lost a battle with the estate of Chronicles of Narnia author CS Lewis over a web domain name.

U.S. newsreader faces jail after leaking saucy emails of 'anchorbabe' co-presenter - 07/23/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/femail/article-1037314/U-S-newsreader-faces-jail-leaking-saucy-emails-anchorbabe.html
A veteran newsreader has been charged with hacking into his glamorous co-presenter's emails and leaking them to the press.
Larry Mendte, 51, is accused of trying to ruin Alycia Lane's career.
Insiders said Mendte and Miss Lane, 34, appeared friendly on camera, but actually loathed each other.

Phones scheme to track unwitting - 07/23/08
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/7520596.stm
A university has been tracking people's whereabouts through the Blue Tooth facility on mobile phones for the past three years, it has emerged.

Do it! Do it! CriminalSearches.com your ex! - 07/23/08
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25820953/
“Do you really know who people are?” That’s the slogan for pay site PeopleFinders.com's freshly launched (and totally free!) companion site, CriminalSearches.com. Do you want to know? Everybody has something to hide ­ so the cliché goes. That’s where CriminalSearches.com comes in.

Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites - 07/23/08
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article4381034.ece
Cyber-criminals have attacked key government and consumer websites, allowing them to steal the personal details of anyone browsing the sites, The Times has learnt.

Scorned lover's ad brings charges, lawsuit - 07/23/08
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2008/07/23/Scorned_lovers_ad_brings_charges_lawsuit/UPI-83881216844006/
A Mount Juliet, Tenn., woman whose ex-fiance blasted her in a newspaper ad said she has filed harassment charges against the man.

Palm City man's stolen credit card used to buy program to prevent identity theft - 07/23/08
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/tcoast/epaper/2008/07/23/0723mcfraud.html
An identity thief apparently used a Palm City man's credit card to charge a program used to prevent identity theft, according to a Martin sheriff's report.

Convicted 'Spam King' gets 4 years - 07/23/08
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=13807
US resident Soloway, who sent millions of unsolicited emails, pleaded guilty to fraud, spamming and tax evasion after being indicted in May 2007. It emerged that Soloway continued to spam even though he previously lost cases brought against him by Microsoft and a US ISP.

Stalker posing as prince arrested in Jeddah mall - 07/22/08
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=2008072312500
A Saudi man in his 30s, well experienced in Internet scamming and posing as a rich prince, was busted while stalking and blackmailing a girl.
He had set up a website that claimed to promote ‘poetry and literature.’ However, as it turned out, the website was meant to attract women visitors who the man would try to cheat by getting their pictures and blackmailing them.

Police director sues for critical bloggers' names - 07/22/08
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/jul/22/police-director-sues-find-identity-blogger-critica/
Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and the city of Memphis have filed a lawsuit to learn who operates a blog harshly critical of Godwin and his department.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Troubling web site - Datingpsychos.com

There is a web site called Dating Psychos that really should be shut down. I have been working with a victim who dated this guy, stopped dating him and he just couldn't deal with it. He's already put up a few, I got them taken down, he called Animal Control where she lives and claimed she abused her dogs - the dogs were taken away and were going to be euthanized, but she convinced Animal Control that this guy was out to ruin her life. This guy has also called the Social Security Administration on her claiming she's a prostitute trying to get them to investigate her and some other things. It got so bad that she tried to commit suicide a week ago.

I was finally able to talk to an FBI agent in the state where the victim lives and this agent is appalled by this web site. She is going to find an agent in the bureau closest to the victim, but now the cyberstalker has put up a new profile on the Dating Psychos web site that lists her home address, home phone number, photo and more. She's been getting phone calls from men looking for sex. What does it take before one of these whackos comes to her door and forces his way in and rapes and/or kills her?

I told the victim to call the FBI agent (I also called the agent and left a voicemail) and also her local police, who have been no help whatsoever to her. She also tried her local DAs office, but he never returns her phone calls and probably thinks this is just some minor "Internet thing."

I am very concerned, not only about the victim I'm working with, but some of the other people who have had profiles put up on this web site about them. One is a woman with children and the children's photo is on the profile, along with contact information.

This site is truly frightening - the owner doesn't give a shit (he's been contacted by the victim and by me and refuses to do anything); the server hosting the site won't respond to emails or phone calls and I am tearing my hair out. If the site owner does contact the victim, he demands $25 before he'll pull the profile. The last time I looked, that's extortion and is illegal.

I want to make sure this is publicly known - all means to get this profile taken down have been taken by the victim and me. The web site owner is negligent and should never have put the site up in the first place.

The FBI is doing what they can, but until an agent shows up at the victim's door to interview her, she has to live in fear for her life.

I can understand being pissed off at someone you dated, but this site goes way too far and someone will end up injured or dead as a result. If it's my victim, there will be more than hell to pay.

I am hoping the public and maybe the media will put pressure on the web site owner to pull the web site completely, or revamp it so that it's not so harassing and threatening. He's too much of a coward to list his real contact info on WHOIS (web site owner registration), but the email he lists on his web site is J-Dog.

Help me get this site to stop exposing people to harassing phone calls and possible physical injury, rape or death.

Monday, July 21, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - July 21, 2008

WHO@ Newsletter

July 21, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Bet this is a hot case

Men sentenced for setting friend's crotch ablaze
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080721/ap_on_fe_st/odd_crotch_fire;_ylt=AgF_olZGAIENWcAPr9EnsqLtiBIF

Two practical jokers are behind bars for setting their passed-out drinking buddy's crotch ablaze while boozing in Grover Beach. Matthew Craig Pillers and Jack Brent Nicholas Keiffer pleaded no contest to a felony great bodily injury charge.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Pillers, a parolee, was sentenced to two years in prison and the 19-year-old Keiffer got 45 days in San Luis Obispo County jail.

Elliot Tuleja was passed out when the men poured cologne on the man's groin and set him on fire on Jan. 18. Tuleja had second-degree burns on his testicles.

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Bluetooth is watching: secret study gives Bath a flavour of Big Brother - 07/21/08

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/jul/21/civilliberties.privacy
Tens of thousands of Britons are being covertly tracked without their consent in a technology experiment which has installed scanners at secret locations in offices, campuses, streets and pubs to pinpoint people's whereabouts.

Web-initiated harassment of grandma continues - 07/20/08
http://herald-zeitung.com/story.lasso?ewcd=60f1298572b10b1b&-session=HeraldZeitung:42F942F0118e43728APso1E758E1
Web postings urging online and telephone harassment of Herald-Zeitung employees appeared Saturday morning on the Internet hours after an article was published describing similar attacks toward a New Braunfels woman.

Adults play role in Internet abuse - 07/20/08
http://www.newsobserver.com/164/story/1147589.html
Cyberbullying isn't just a problem among adolescents. Adults engage in it, too. From online vigilantism and angry blogs to e-stalking and anonymous ranting on newspaper Web sites, grownups can be as abusive as the meanest schoolhouse tyrant.

The Internet--a private eye's best friend - 07/20/08
http://news.yahoo.com/s/cnet/20080720/tc_cnet/830110093999520783;_ylt=AlI4ZxyxYem26IvRQ_xkspH6VbIF
For private investigator Steven Rambam, the Internet is his most valuable tool in helping to find missing persons, cheating husbands, and your competitor's dirty secrets.

Net needs tightening - 07/19/08
http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080719/LIFE/80719005/1055/LIFE&template=column
Considering that I'm a fierce believer in freedom of speech and in keeping the
government out of our private lives, what I'm about to say astounds me: We must regulate the Internet.

Facebook taunts lead hoodie gang to stab teenager yards from home - 07/19/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1036189/Facebook-taunts-lead-hoodie-gang-stab-teenager-yards-home.html
A teenager was stabbed to death in the street in a dispute over insults traded on the Facebook website by rival gangs.

Web gets sticky for airlines - 07/18/08
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/airlines-internet-services-2098699-phone-flight?slideshow=1
Seat 17D is yapping endlessly on an Internet phone call. Seat 16F is flaming Seat 16D with expletive-laden chats. Seat 16E is too busy surfing porn sites to care. Seat 17C just wants to sleep.

Whatcom Co. fire chief faces harassment charge - 07/17/08
http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_071708WAB_whatcom_co_fire_chief_KS.665e2ae7.html
A fire chief in Whatcom County will be arraigned on a charge of harassment Friday.
Some people are calling for his resignation.
George Henderson is chief of Whatcom County Fire District 18 and it's not the first time he's had legal troubles.

Victim testifies in Internet stalking case - 07/16/08
http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2008/07/16/news/top_news/doc09295c6e07621b468625748800055c3e.txt
A 16-year-old North Carolina girl testified Tuesday in Lake County Criminal Court that she endured more than a year of Internet and phone harassment from an unknown user.

Threatening e-mail gets man 4½ months in jail - 07/16/08
http://www.columbian.com/news/localNews/2008/07/07162008_Threatening-e-mail-gets-man-4%C2%BD-months-in-jail.cfm
A Vancouver man will spend 4½ months in jail after pleading guilty to sending an e-mail message that threatened Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard and other unnamed officials.

Woman fired over husband's email threat to Minnesota professor - 07/15/08
http://www.mister-info.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=11063&format=html
Professor PZ Myers, a biologist at the University of Minnesota Morris in the United States, has been receiving email threats for a post made on his Pharyngula blog in support of a University of Central Florida student who took a consecrated host from a Catholic Mass in protest of the church activities.

Privacy perils of the modern age - 07/15/08
http://lifewise.canoe.ca/SexRomance/Lovewise/2008/07/15/6162871.html
Alicia suspected the messages weren't from Dan. They were a little too flowery, for one thing, and seemed out of context. Plus there were no misspelled words.

'Knock, knock. Who's there? Me. I kill you' - 07/14/08
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/clifton_22663___article.html/christopher_cell.html
A Bessemer City man took out a criminal summons against his first cousin last week, accusing him of threatening him with a recording of a popular comedic routine sent to his cell phone voicemail.

Monday, July 14, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - July 14, 2008

WHO@ Newsletter

July 14, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .He must have one sore butt

Man breaks record by sitting in 39,250 seats
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080710/ap_on_fe_st/rose_bowl_sitter;_ylt=Aqrz39CSbzXOfjroMBZcpw_tiBIF

Jim Purol took a seat at the Rose Bowl, and then another, and then another, until he broke a world record.

The Anaheim man set a Guiness World Record on Wednesday for "Most Seats Sat in 48 Hours" by sitting in 39,250 seats.

He began the task Monday morning, and he's still going, hoping to rest his tush in each of the stadium's 92,542 seats by sometime this week.

The 56-year-old, who already holds several other world records, says he has dreamed of tackling the Rose Bowl seats for 20 years ­ ever since he sat in all 107,501 chairs at the University of Michigan's football stadium.

The feat has taken a toll on his body and his cleanliness, as soot on the seats rubbed off on his clothes. He says he loves the Rose Bowl but calls the place "filthy."

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Alleged 'I kill you' text message leads to cyberstalking charge - 07/14/08
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/cyberstalking_22637___article.html/clifton_charge.html
A dispute between two Bessemer City men and an alleged text message has led to a cyberstalking charge.

Wife of Victor Peirce threatened witnesses, court told - 07/14/08
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24017248-2862,00.html
THE wife of slain gangland figure Victor Peirce threatened a witness in the trial of one of her husband's alleged killers, a court has heard.

'World's oldest blogger' dies in Australia at 108 - 07/14/08
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080714/tc_afp/lifestyleaustraliainternetblogging;_ylt=AlvMd2vZyF24TXUdcz94r2P6VbIF
An Australian woman described as the world's oldest Internet blogger has died at the age of 108 after posting a final message about singing "a happy song" in her nursing home.

Homeless man held on cyber-stalking charge - 07/13/08
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-stalker-both_12jul13,0,5418983.story
The man accused of stalking a young woman for eight years first approached her in 2000 when she worked at a convenience store in Des Plaines.

Hacker Sentenced to 2 Years for MySpace Cyberstalking - 07/12/08
http://www.crime-research.org/news/12.07.2008/3450/
A Southern California man who already served federal time for hacking into Lexis-Nexis has begun a state prison term for allegedly using his skills to try and extort phone sex from an internet celebrity.

Strike Two, Jeffrey Robert Weinberg Gets Two Years for Cyber Stalking - 07/11/08
http://www.uberreview.com/2008/07/strike-two-jeffrey-robert-weinberg-gets-two-years-for-cyber-stalking.htm
I could offer some inane advice as to how a geek can survive in a state penitentiary, but Jeffrey Robert Weinberg probably knows better than me. At the ripe old age of 23, he is already done 10 months in a federal penitentiary.

Woman guilty over bizarre internet murder plot - 07/11/08
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2284901/Woman-guilty-over-bizarre-internet-murder-plot.html
A divorcee has been found guilty of plotting to murder her multi-millionaire partner after she hired an "assassin" on a website called www.Hitman.us.com

State employee arrested, charged with cyberstalking - 07/11/08
http://www.newschief.com/article/20080711/NEWS/807110339/1003/news02&title=State_employee_arrested__charged_with_cyberstalking_
A state health inspector from Winter Haven has been arrested and charged with harassing a woman through the Internet.

Combating Computer Rage: Easing Cyber Stress - 07/11/08
http://www.newsfactor.com/news/Combating-Today-s-Computer-Rage/story.xhtml?story_id=023002LZ5HAT
Comparing computer problems with car issues is a striking analogy. As a driver, imagine that, for no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you would have to buy a new car. Occasionally, your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would accept this, restart, and drive on.

Library Assistant Suing Over Mistaken Email Nightmare - 07/10/08
http://gothamist.com/2008/07/10/library_assistant_suing_over_mistak.php
A 24-year-old former library assistant at the fancy Riverdale Country School in the Bronx is suing the city and several police officers over a case of mistaken email identity that landed him in jail for 30 hours and left him publicly disgraced. The trouble started last year after William Hallowell sent a resignation email to Robin Bernsen, the head librarian at the school. She replied sympathetically, according to the Times, and Hallowell moved on with his life.

Canning spam - 07/10/08
http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Style/230937/
Back in the ’ 70 s, when Spam was only the name of a potted meat product, British comedy troupe Monty Python could envision a cafe full of Vikings singing, “Lovely Spam, wonderful Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam...” Now, spam is an in-box full of unsolicited commercial e-mail advertising promising to enlarge your body parts or offering can’t-turn-it-down cell-phone deals. And it’s more likely to make most people swear rather than sing.

Calamus man accused of making more threats against city - 07/10/08
http://www.qctimes.com/articles/2008/07/10/news/local/doc487698b2885ed377490475.txt?sPos=1
Less than four months after a Calamus man was sentenced to probation after being convicted of threatening to put drugs in the town’s water supply, he is facing a hearing next week to determine whether his probation should be revoked.

Hallmark email threat on the loose - 07/09/08
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/blogs/index.cfm?blogid=4&entryid=2032
Security vendor PC Tools is warning users about a round of malicious "hallmark.exe" files. The files are distributed by email and have been downloaded and run by members of the Threatfire user community.

Expert: Cyberbullying On Rise Among Teens - 07/08/08
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/technology/16770253/detail.html
Like their verbal counterparts, cyber names are not sticks and stones, but they are hurting many young Internet users, according to a 2007 survey of middle school and high school students.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Why is it so hard to RSVP?

Sigh. My next door neighbor asked me to come to her jewelry show last month. I did. I booked a show to take place this afternoon. I wrote up a list of 30 people I know. The jewelry lady doing the show dutifully sent out postcards to everyone. Only one person called me to tell me she couldn't make it; three others emailed me to say they couldn't make it. I made phone calls to most of the rest, got no reply, left a message and still haven't heard from them. I emailed a bunch of folks, some of whom did reply they couldn't come. Saw one person while out shopping and she said she couldn't come. Out of the 30, less than 10 let me know one way or the other.

Why don't people RSVP, even just to be polite?

I had to tell the jewelry lady the party was off. She lives about an hour away and I am not going to let her waste her gas to come here for nothing. She's nice, but she just couldn't believe no one was coming or ordering anything and even offered to call people herself. I told her, you know what? If people can't let me know if they're coming, or place an order, then forget it. She's worried I won't get the hostess gift. I could care less about that. I honestly wish I hadn't booked the damned thing in the first place. I hate doing these parties, but did it as a favor to my neighbor (who, BTW, is one of the ones who didn't call me back to tell me if she could come today or not - hello?).

So, if anyone does show up out of the blue today at 2 pm, they're being dragged into my office, taken to the jewelry web site, and I'm gonna force them to buy one piece of jewelry. So there.

Speaking of RSVPing, folks have been good about doing that for our wedding reception party on the eVite web site, but some people insisted on emailing me privately to tell me they couldn't come instead of just RSVPing on the web site. So now I have to keep track of those to figure out a tally of who's coming. But at least people are responding to that invite.

Pfft.

If you didn't get an eVite from me, it's because I either didn't have your email address to send it to or thought you were too far away to want to come to Maine. Email me at netcrimes@netcrimes.net or reply here if you think you'd like to come - it's August 16th at our house. I'll be happy to send you a formal invite via email.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

RIP Tony Snow

It's deaths like these that make me treasure every day I am alive.

RIP Tony Snow, a true journalist.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

WHOA Newsletter - July 7, 2008

WHO@ Newsletter

July 7, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Reminds me of "Sanford and Son" (yes, I'm showing my age)


Man accused of faking heart attacks to avoid bills

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080705/ap_on_fe_st/odd_fake_heart_attacks;_ylt=AgMx4exnepk28JbGbktsylbtiBIF

A 52-year-old Milwaukee-area man has been accused of faking heart attacks to avoid paying restaurant bills and cab fares.

Police say the Waukesha (WAWK'-uh-shaw) man took a cab to a mall Monday and pretended to have a heart attack. The cab driver left unpaid.

Authorities say the man then ran up a $23 bill when he had a steak dinner at Applebee's. He again pretended to have a heart attack.

This time the fire department took him to a hospital. A doctor there recognized the man as having pulled the same stunt in the past few weeks.

He was charged Thursday with defrauding a restaurant as a habitual criminal. He could get up to nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine.


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Stolen data live on in Google searches - 07/07/08
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/07/06/BUHR11CK6Q.DTL&type=tech
A Colorado woman logged on to her computer in April, voted on a CNN poll, shopped for airline tickets and calculated payments for a $25,000 car loan from Wells Fargo.

Combating Computer Rage - 07/07/08
http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1465685/combating_computer_rage/
Along with road rage, therapists now treat "computer rage." Nearly 2,000 complaints against Dell have been made to state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, recently prompting a state judge to order the computer retailer to more clearly disclose, among other revelations, that most consumers don't qualify for "next day" repair service. Even more complaints about the Xbox 360 video game system have been reported to the Better Business Bureau.

Financial Scams Come in All Forms - 07/07/08
http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1465674/financial_scams_come_in_all_forms/
Last week's column on sweepstakes fraud targeting the elderly generated a bevy of calls and e-mails. Everyone, it seems, has heard about _ or been a victim of _ some kind of telemarketing or Internet money scam.

Scroungers.com: Website charges £95 for tips on claiming maximum disability benefit - 07/05/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1032392/Scroungers-com-Website-charges-95-tips-claiming-maximum-disability-benefit.html
An internet company is doing lucrative business selling cynical tips on how to squeeze the most disability benefit from the Government – for £95 a time.

Cyberspace becoming a legal battleground - 07/05/08
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08187/894946-96.stm
It could only happen in cyberspace. Someone commits a crime and posts the evidence online for the world to see.

'Mystery Shopper' an online scam, FBI says - 07/03/08
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribunereview/news/westmoreland/s_575794.html
Courtney Hodge of Youngwood considers herself computer savvy and certainly not the typical victim of an online Internet scam.

Internet addressing agency loses its own addresses
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080703/ap_on_hi_te/domain_name_attack;_ylt=AjCHXlr2kwGRggq6UP5YcnP6VbIF
This doesn't sound good: The nonprofit agency in charge of the Internet's addresses recently lost track of its own.

Police: Teacher stalked boy, 14 - 07/03/08
http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/22847534.html
Deputies arrested a public elementary schoolteacher suspected of “cyberstalking” a 14-year-old boy and entering his house illegally last month in a confrontation about the alleged stalking, the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday.

The five greatest hacks ever - 07/03/08
http://www.metro.co.uk/news/newsfocus/article.html?in_article_id=203030&in_page_id=65
5. Hacking the BBC - live
It may not have been the most complicated hack ever, but it made a little bit of history, being probably the first hack ever to be broadcast live on television. In October 1983, Micro Live - the BBC's two hour live special on computers - was demonstrating a fascinating, little-known technology called 'e-mail'. The presenters showed how it was possible to 'log on' to the computer and access their mail – only to discover, live on air, that their account had been hacked.

'Facebook ruined my life after web hijackers stole my ID and branded me as a prostitute' - 07/03/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1030877/Facebook-ruined-life-web-hijackers-stole-ID-branded-prostitute.html
A woman claims her life has been ruined by someone who set up a Facebook website page in her name describing her as a vice girl.

Interview With 'Net Pioneer Vint Cerf - 07/03/08
http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/operatingsystems/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=208802251
Vint Cerf said this week that he never intended to seriously propose that the U.S. government should nationalize the Internet. But he does think the Internet is seriously broken, with an economic system that discourages competition and innovation and encourages harmful monopolistic practices.

UIC Student Pleads Guilty To E-Mail Threats - 07/02/08
http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/uic.email.threats.2.762634.html
A UIC student pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending university officials e-mail threats about a "mass shooting" at the Near West Side campus in February.

Freshman detained for photographing female students - 07/02/08
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-07/02/content_6813521.htm
A freshman at a south China university has been detained for taking candid photos of female students and posting them on the Internet, police said on Wednesday.

Web is becoming window for teens to stage violence - 07/02/08
http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/383086.html
The grainy, 91-second amateur video begins with a graphic naming the two fighters, both North Tonawanda Middle School students.

Expensive online DNA tests are 'no more accurate than horoscopes' - 07/02/08
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23506464-details/Expensive+online+DNA+tests+are+'no+more+accurate+than+horoscopes'/article.do
Expensive online DNA testing services which promise to unlock the secrets of your ancestors are a waste of money, a study has found.

Town bans drink sales as 10,000 Facebook revellers plan massive beach party - 07/01/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1030858/Town-bans-drink-sales-10-000-Facebook-revellers-plan-massive-beach-party.html
It has been billed as 'the biggest open party Torbay has ever seen'.
But police are so fearful of the impact of thousands of revellers on the community that they have issued a blanket ban on the sale of alcohol in the Devon resort.

Man sues old schoolfriend for libel after he made 'fake' entries on Facebook - 07/01/08
http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-1030615/Man-sues-old-schoolfriend-libel-fake-entries-Facebook.html
A company boss whose personal details were displayed on Facebook under a fake entry yesterday launched a landmark High Court claim for damages.

Girl jets 5,000 miles to kill herself after surfing suicide sites - 07/01/08
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1362858.ece
A GIRL surfed suicide websites for a place to kill herself before flying 5,000 miles and throwing herself off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Employee files suit in Web abuse case - 07/01/08
http://www.state-journal.com/news/article/4022751
Although state officials unilaterally rescinded five of the seven-day suspension imposed on him for alleged computer abuse, a state employee will continue to fight the disciplinary action in court.

Pay up or die - SMS scam - 07/01/08
http://www.news.com.au/mercury/story/0,22884,23950755-5005940,00.html
SCAMMERS are pretending to be hired hitmen in text messages aimed at extorting thousands of dollars from their victims.