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Monday, November 05, 2012

WHO@ Newsletter - November 5, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Firefighters arrive to find fireplace DVD
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/11/01/Firefighters-arrive-to-find-fireplace-DVD/UPI-74311351791265/

Swedish firefighters said they responded to a report of flames seen through an apartment's window only to discover it was a DVD of a fireplace.

Jonkoping firefighters said they were called Wednesday by workers at a senior care home who spotted flames through the window of a nearby apartment building, Swedish news agency TT reported Thursday.

"We quickly realized that it was one of those DVDs of a fireplace," firefighter Jerker Sturedahl said.

Emergency responders said the TV screen fire video was quite relaxing.

"We even stayed and watched the fire for a while afterward," police officer Goran Gunnarson said.

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Man Expected To Be Charged In Connection With Threat Against Dublin School - 11/05/12
http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/11/05/dublin-jerome-high-school-bomb-threat-charges-expected.html
Charges were expected Monday in connection with the bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Dublin Jerome High School. A man, whose identity was withheld pending official charges, was arrested in connection with the email threat.

Anonymity, trolling and virality: Have we created a culture of bullying online? - 11/05/12
http://www.siliconrepublic.com/new-media/item/30054-anonymity-trolling-and/
In the space of a few weeks, two Irish teenagers took their own lives and subsequently raised serious questions about cyberbullying and the effect it can have on the mental health of young people. With many placing the blame on social networks, we ask if anonymity and the habit of sharing content at another’s expense has created an online culture that fosters bullying.

Cyber Bullying worst at Workplace, says study - 11/05/12
http://topnews.us/content/251496-cyber-bullying-worst-workplace-says-study
Cyber bullying is said to be worse at workplace than at school, revealed a study. The study has unveiled that eight out of 10 employees have witnessed one or more incident of cyber bullying in last six months. The research was being carried out by Dr. Christine Sprigg, Sam Farley and Dr. Carolyn Axtell from the University of Sheffield along with Dr. Iain Coyne from Nottingham University. All the three researchers will be presenting their work at Annual Festival of Social Science conference being organized by the Economic and Social Research Council this week.

Cyber bully targets double transplant patient - 11/04/12
http://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/10025843.Cyber_bully_targets_double_transplant_patient/
A MAN whose life was saved by a heart and lung transplant has been targeted by an internet troll who told him he did not deserve the new organs. Chris Richardson, 28, from Newcastle, was born with a congenital heart defect which meant he spent much of his childhood in a wheelchair. He underwent a lifesaving double transplant at the Freeman Hospital, in Newcastle, five years ago. He takes daily medication to prevent his body rejecting the donor organs and requires steroid injections which can cause weight gain.

A tragic Internet ending - 11/04/12
http://www.observertoday.com/page/content.detail/id/577868/A-tragic-Internet-ending.html?nav=5046
I never dated boys from my high school when I was a teenager. I always went a town or two over. That's because I knew what happened to many girls who did anything with local boys: the news spread like wildfire and they were relentlessly teased. ... Not the boys, just the girls. At least I could remain somewhat anonymous in a different district.

Taking action: Sunday Mirror's campaign to stop paedophiles using Twitter praised by MPs in the Commons - 11/04/12
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sunday-mirrors-campaign-to-stop-paedophiles-1414910
The Sunday Mirror’s campaign to stop paedophiles using Twitter has been praised in a House of Commons debate. Our investigation into perverts exchanging indecent images via the microblogging site was raised in Parliament for the first time and MPs said its impact had created a storm.

State senator’s stalking order extended six months - 11/03/12
http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=2566544&spid=
The no-stalking, anti-harassment order of protection against state Sen. Suzi Schmidt was extended for six months Friday by Lake County Judge George Strickland. The same provisions barring Schmidt from contacting her neighbors in unincorporated Lake Villa are in effect through May 2, attorney David Del Re said. He represents the neighbors who allege that Lake Villa Republican left them a “series of harassing phone calls, text messages (and) e-mails” since December 2010.

Blocking ask.fm 'will not stop bullying' - 11/03/12
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/1103/1224326088995.html
BLOCKING ACCESS to a website at the centre of controversy following the deaths of two teenage girls will not end cyberbullying and could lead to similar sites being accessed instead, Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan has warned. Ms Logan made her comments in Limerick yesterday at the launch of a report undertaken by her office on bullying in schools.

Man gets 6 months conditional sentence for criminal harassment of former lover - 11/02/12
http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2012/11/20121102-191659.html
A Toronto osteopath who sought to ruin his former mistress' life by disseminating pornographic shots and videos to her family, friends and church pals was slapped Friday with a blended six-month conditional sentence. Justice Peter Harris handed Oleg Korbut a mixture of house arrest to be served Monday through Friday -- which enables him to keep working and supporting his wife and six-month-old son -- plus 90 days of weekends in jail, starting next Friday night.

Are you dumb enough to put your bank details online? - 11/02/12
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/micwright/100008176/are-you-dumb-enough-to-put-your-bank-details-online/
Jack has a new debit card. I don’t know him. I’ve never met him. But I’ve seen his card number and I know where he lives. With a little more digging I could have all the information necessary to steal his identity. How? Because Jack took a picture of his new plastic and posted it on Twitter, where it was then retweeted by @needadebitcard. The account, which popped up in May, retweets images of credit and debit cards uploaded to the social network. Its purported aim is to shame users into being more careful, with its profile reading: “Please quit posting pictures of your debit cards, people.”

'eBay blacklisting has forced us on to dole’ - 11/02/12
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/9650610/eBay-blacklisting-has-forced-us-on-to-dole.html
Jane Lloyd, who runs Saal Fabrics with her husband Simon, alleges that eBay blacklisted their business based on a controversial scoring system, despite them having a 99.7pc positive “feedback” score. Ms Lloyd says Saal Fabrics, which is based in Worcestershire, was selling around £12,500 worth of designer fabric a month on the e-commerce site when it had its account frozen based on eBay’s Detailed Seller Ratings (DSR) system. “We’ve gone from a £12,500 to £15,000-a-month turnover to jobseekers’ allowance. I can’t begin on the financial ruin a huge conglomerate can wreak.”

Halo 4: sexist jerkiness in online gaming is under attack - 11/01/12
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/01/halo-4-online-gaming-abuse
Halo 4 is one of the most eagerly awaited games of this year, and is likely to be one of the most successful. The franchise has shifted more than 46m units before its release next week, and it's no surprise that developers of the game are doing the rounds this week to drum up support. But two developers in particular have made some notable comments about sexism in the game, discussing the moderation policy in Microsoft's online system and coming out firmly against the culture of slurs, abuse and general jerkiness that's often perceived to pervade online first-person shooter (FPS) play.

Pirated novelist gets on board with rogue translator - 11/01/12
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/nov/01/pirated-novelist-rogue-translator-on-board
It was when debut novelist Peter Mountford spotted a rogue Russian translator deciding that the characters in said novel were drinking melted shoe polish, rather than getting high from sniffing it, that he first thought about stepping in. So began a bizarre and bewildering correspondence between Mountford and the man illegally translating his novel for a Russian publisher, which has seen the novelist advise the user known as AlexanderIII on everything from the meaning of "the party line" to "a sea of bullshit".

Accountant Jenny hoped internet dating would find her a man to share country walks with. Instead she was plastered across sleazy lads’ mag sites - 11/01/12
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2226029/Accountant-Jenny-hoped-internet-dating-man-share-country-walks-Instead-plastered-sleazy-lads-mag-sites.html#ixzz2BMWj8JYb
After her marriage broke down, Jenny Beard knew finding love again wouldn’t be easy. Not only was she 42 and the sole carer of her six-year-old son Will, but her demanding career as an accountant left her with precious little time to socialise. Nonetheless, she didn’t want to be alone forever, so when she heard about an internet dating site for single parents like herself, she joined without a second thought, Jenny told Channel 4 News in a programme that will be aired tonight.

Judge orders newspaper to reveal name of commenter - 10/31/12
http://www.kansascity.com/2012/10/31/3894994/judge-orders-newspaper-to-reveal.html#storylink=cpy
A Topeka newspaper has been ordered to identify the person who posted a comment on its website about a story on a murder trial. At the time, the commenter apparently was serving on the jury for that same trial. Shawnee County District Judge Steven Ebberts last week denied a request by The Topeka Capital-Journal to quash a subpoena seeking the name, address and Internet Protocol address of a poster who goes by the pseudonym “BePrepared.”

Alleged hacker caught on camera by cyber-security experts who infect his computer with HIS OWN virus - 10/31/2
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2225743/Alleged-hacker-caught-camera-cyber-security-experts-infect-HIS-OWN-virus.html#ixzz2BMVlxXwI
Cyber-security experts turned the tables on an alleged hacker by using his own malware to film him through his own laptop webcam. Specialists from Georgia's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-Georgia) tricked a man they claim has been targeting their networks by hiding the virus inside a file titled 'Georgian-Nato Agreement'. After the attacker stole that archive from an infected PC in their lab, they were able to seize control of his computer and capture video of him at work.

How to Delete Regrettable Posts from the Internet - 10/30/12
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/506521/how-to-delete-regrettable-posts-from-the-internet/
It might seem that the Internet doesn’t lose track of anything that has been published online. The alleged permanence of tweets, blogs, snapshots, and instant messages worries many privacy activists and policymakers such as Viviane Reding, justice commissioner of the European Union and vice president of the European Commission.

Singer Chinmayi smokes abusive men out of their internet anonymity - 10/30/12
http://www.firstpost.com/living/singer-chinmayi-smokes-abusive-men-out-of-their-internet-anonymity-507418.html
The recent arrest of two men in Tamil Nadu for harassing and threatening south Indian playback singer Chinmayi Sripada on Twitter and social media showed the country how even the virtual world is unsafe for women in India. For a change, it also showed how women can hit back and smoke the abusive men out of their internet anonymity.

'You've brought shame on us all:' Angry family members target Jimmy Savile's great-niece on Facebook after she speaks out about the star molesting her - 10/29/12
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/youve-brought-shame-on-us-all-angry-family-members-target-jimmy-saviles-greatniece-on-facebook-after-she-speaks-out-about-the-star-molesting-her-8230956.html
Relatives of Jimmy Savile’s great-niece have reportedly attacked her on Facebook for speaking out about the star molesting her. The abuse comes after Caroline Robinson claimed that as a 12-year-old she was abused in a room full of relatives, including her late-grandmother - Savile’s sister - who told her “don’t worry, it’s only Jimmy”.

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