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Cambridgeshire Couple Mistake Potatoes For Apple iPhone

CRIME of The Day takes us to Huntingdon High Street, Cambridgeshire, where a couple buying an Apple iPhone and laptop from a man with a rucksack round the back of Domino’s pizza shop discover they have been sold potatoes – raw ones.

The man approached the couple and offered them the cheap goods. He showed them the iPhone and the laptop. He walked with them to Lloyds bank and saw them withdraw £650 in cash. He took the money and handed them the bag.

Says Pc Lorna Owen, from Huntingdon police station:

“I am appealing for anyone with information about who this man might be to contact police. I would also urge people to only purchase goods from genuine companies and make sure they know exactly who they’re buying from.”

Sage advice. It’s the kind of advice the police may not be able to hear as they fire apparently illegal Tasers into rubbish sacks round the back of the shops…

Posted: 6th, October 2010 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jeff And Jason Ledellaytner Norton Commando Project Is Feel Good TV

JEFF and Jason Brothers Ledellaytner took their dad’s 1969 Norton Commando.

Dad thought the bike he loved had been stolen.

The brothers got it restored and gave it back to him for Christmas.

Posted: 2nd, October 2010 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


4chan’s Operation Payback Is A Bitch For ACS:Law, BT And You

‘OPERATION Payback Is a Bitch’ is 4chan’s /b/ board targeting of ACS:Law. ACS: Law go after so-called web pirates downloading music, videos and games.

4chan members, who seem to know a lot about downloading stuff, launched a DDoS attack on ACS: Law’s website. And it went down.

You see, if you’re thought to have downloaded a film illegally, ACS: Law will send you a letter demanding payment or else.

One woman called Claire got a letter from ACS: Law demanding £495 for allegedly downloading Chubby Chasers.

On some websites you can buy such films for as little as $11 – which pound-for-pound is very reasonable, we’re told.

The fine is heavy. And if you’ve been accused of downloading illegal porn would you want to go to court?

So the 4chan users set about bringing down ACS:Law by gaining access to their servers and downloading lots of files – including the names, credit card details and addresses of over 5,000 Sky Broadband customers. Sky Broadband and all ISPs are bound by law to make such data available. In this case, Sky’s customers were accused of illegally downloading porn films.

ACS:Law “appears to compile lists of alleged infringers tracked by IP addresses, then appeals for a court order to the relevant internet service provider to hand over more information about the customer before taking the accused to court.”

Sky released a statement, having noticed that ACS:Law’s systems were not all that secure:

“Following recent events, we have suspended all co-operation with ACS:Law with immediate effect. This suspension will remain in place until ACS:Law demonstrates adequate measures to protect the security of personal information.”

ACS:Law’s boss is Andrew Crossley. The Register got him on the phone:

“It was only down for a few hours. I have far more concern over the fact of my train turning up 10 minutes late or having to queue for a coffee than them wasting my time with this sort of rubbish.”

4chan users were listening. This was an incentive to crank up the attack.

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Posted: 29th, September 2010 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comments (12) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The DTV Shredder Is The Skateboard Tank: Flying Segway On Hold

THE flying Segway might not ever make it to the open market, but the DTV Shredder will.

In a bid to attract surfers and skateboarders to the military, Ben Gulak and Ryan Fairhead present the DTV Shredder by Canadian technology firm BOG Werks.

For added grunt, why not strap on a machine-gun and zoom forward at speeds up to 30mph?

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Posted: 29th, September 2010 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sky Broadband Customers Unable To Wait For TV Porn Download Sex Films

NO shock that the names of 8000 Sky Broadband customers are on a list of alleged internet porn enthusiasts have appeared online.

Waiting for the porn to begin on the telly can be a testing experience. The phone–wank rooms don’t start broadcasting until midnight.

And , then, you need to actually use the phone to book a subscription to the Adult Channel or Red Hot Amateur – and the requires speaking to an actual woman or man.

The other option is to order telly porn via the web but by the time your on the sex station’s website you’ve already been confronted with images of strumpets grinding the monitor and you’re thinking about saving the cash and downloading porn for free.

On the BBC, we hear from Claire, a woman accused of downloading Chubby Chasers, and who appears to be wearing no clothes (see image):

“The time that I was accused of downloading the film I was in bed. It was very early morning – on a Tuesday. My alarm wouldn’t have even gone off yet. My partner had been made redundant and I know damn well that he was in bed and hadn’t got up and started download pornography. I know we didn’t do it. There was no way we could have done it.”

Men agree. All turn to their lovers and partners and say that that is exactly what happened to them. Before adding that because the porn has been paid for they might as well watch it together. What d’yer say..?

Posted: 29th, September 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Facebook Is Down: Millions Unsure If They Are Married Or Single

FACEBOOK is down. Again.  The Facebook server on which are housed all your mates and photos is down. Are you single or married? How can you know without the Facebook status to confirm?  What gives?

Facebook says they’re working on it. Is this the new anti-stalker feature we’ve been reading about – to turn the whole thing off? It is simple. It works. But the business model might be flawed.

Or is it linked to the Facebook film, the “The Social Network,” a flick that looks at chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, teh 26-year-old worth $6.9bn?

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Posted: 23rd, September 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Making Lights From Dog Poo: The Shite Light

READER Karen brings news of shite powered light. Before you dash out to harvest those bags of strange fruit that dangle from trees in the park, know the facts:. Let there be shite!

Dog owners collect their dog waste in a special biodegradable bag and throw it into the digester –- an air-tight cylindrical container, where the dog feces are broken down by anaerobic bacteria. A byproduct from that process is methane, which can then be released through a valve and burnt as fuel. In this case it is being used to power an old-fashioned gas-burning lamppost in a park.”

Karen: It takes two of those big tanks to power one measly light? What a load of old shite!

Posted: 22nd, September 2010 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


12-Year-Old Female Paedophile Stalks Girl On Facebook

HEAR the one about the 12-year-old girl who was a Facebook paedophile?

Paedos are now so ingrained in the social conscience that children pretend to be them to get other children upset.

And that’s what happened in Australia. When one mother feared her daughter, aged 12, was being attacked by a paedo she called the police. The Australian Federal Police investigated.

One message oozed:

“f—-ng give me your daughters they love me and i love them, you know you cant keep me away from them forever! i am going to be with them they are the mother of my children (sic)”

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Posted: 17th, September 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Beautiful Photographs Of Soy Sauce And Other Small Things: A Gallery

SOY sauce has never looked more beautiful than it does in these pictures from the Nikon’s Small World photomicrography contest. These images are created by doctors, scientists, researchers, photographers and amateurs. They are spellbinding.

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Posted: 8th, September 2010 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Canadian Drivers Encouraged To Kill Schoolgirl In Sick Video Game

A 3D optical illusion of a girl chasing ball across a road is to feature in the street outside the École Pauline Johnson Elementary School in West Vancouver, Canada.

By the illusion is a sign declaring:

“You’re probably not expecting kids to run into the road.”

The aim is to make drivers drop their speed. The image appears when the approaching vehicle is 30 metres away. If travelling at 30km/h, the driver has plenty of time to stop. When within 30 meters of the image, the girl disappears.

Indeed, he might stop so fast that the car behind goes hurtling into the back of him, perhaps squashing a cyclist between the two vehicles

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Posted: 8th, September 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


StickyDrama, Teen Porn And Jonathan Hock’s Streamed Sexual Assault

JONATHAN Hock is the 22-year-old who live-streamed himself sexual assaulting his 20-year-old girlfriend. The video was then was posted on a site called Stickydrama, a gossipy website for teenagers where Jessie Slaughter rose to fame (read more here).

Stickydrama is associated with Sticky-n00dz, a porn site.

Hock has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of voyeurism.

But what of the site that allowed this video to be posted? The site has provided police with a copy of the video. But it was online and viewable for some time.

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Posted: 3rd, September 2010 | In: Technology | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bugs Infest Google

ALL the anti-viral software in the world can’t save Google’s New York offices from these nasty bugs.

It would seem that the posh, gimmicky Manhattan digs of the internet search engine are suffering from the same infestation as so many other locations around town.

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Posted: 3rd, September 2010 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Photos: Elvis Presley’s Mercedes-Benz 600

FOR sale in photos: A Mercedes-Benz 600, once owned by Elvis Presley. You can buy the vehicle at a Bonhams auction on December 6th. Offers above and beyond £150,000 are considered. Whatever you can find in the glove box you can keep…

The autopsy goods have gone.

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The interior of a Mercedes-Benz 600, once owned by Elvis Presley, which is to be auctioned by Bonhams on December 6th at Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey.

The King:

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Elvis, Lisa Marie & Priscilla Presley at Christmas. Family, Father, mother & daughter.

Posted: 2nd, September 2010 | In: Technology | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Facebook Killers Murder Three Teenagers – Mary Bale Is Protected

THREE teenagers in Colombia named on a Facebook “hit list” have been killed. The dead are 19-year-old Norbey Alexander, 16-year-old student Diego Ferney Jaramillo and 17-year-old Eibart Alejandro Ruiz Munoz.

In all, 97 named appear on the list. The others are all alive. Although a warning has been posted that all must leave Puerto Asis, in southern Colombia:

Get out of town within three days or suffer the same fate as the victims.

The note has since been blocked by Facebook.

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Posted: 26th, August 2010 | In: Technology | Comments (21) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How Facebook Promotes The Call To Legalise Marijuana

DO adverts to legalise marijuana tempt you to smoke a joint? Facebook had been carrying adverts for weed legalization group Just Say Now. The adverts were headed “End the war on marijuana”.

You might not have noticed them. But the Just Say Now ads have been banned. The ads are now free to air. And why were they banned? Well, here’s the reason:

The image in question was no longer acceptable for use in Facebook ads,” wrote Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes in an e-mail to Wired.com. “The image of a marijuana leaf is classified with all smoking products and therefore is not acceptable under our policies.”

A pot leaf need not be linked to smoking. You can bake the stuff and make it into a tincture. Or you can smoke it like David Cameron or Barack Obama. Had they have been arrested they would have earned criminal records. But they escaped. Not everyone is as lucky.

Says Just Say Now:

After our advertisements appeared over 38 million times on Facebook, the social network giant decided to pull the plug. Why? Because our logo contains a pot leaf. We’re fighting back against this censorship and standing up for marijuana legalization. Will you join us?

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Posted: 24th, August 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Earth From Space To A Plant Cell – An Amazing Gallery Of Life

ENJOY this gallery of Earth. It’s a dot in space. And then you zoom in. And in. The details are all. And finally you see the building blocks of life. These are incredible pictures. All you ever wondered and thought about is here…

Posted: 19th, August 2010 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comments (4) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Two Men ‘Killed’ By Exploding Nokia Mobile Phone

TO Rajasthan, India, where an exploding mobile phone has killed 23-year-old farmer Gopal Gujjar. He died from injuries sustained to his neck, right ear and shoulders.

So says Sky News:

The victim, named as 23-year-old Gopal Gujjar…

Or as the Herald Sun says:

Manoj Singh, 24, was found dead Monday night with burns to his left ear, neck and shoulders in a forest near Bandha village close to the city of Kota in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.

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Posted: 18th, August 2010 | In: Technology | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: The Qatar Supercars Of London In First Gear

LONDON is throbbing to the oil-rich Al-Thani royal family;s supercars. Outside the Dorchester Hotel you can see a Pagani Zonda, a Bugatti EB Veyron and a McLaren Mercedes SLR. There is also a huge salmon pink Rolls Royce, and another red one close by.

The other cars are a £1.2 million Koenigsegg CCXR and £350,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce, both have been clamped while parked outside the Harrod’s shop the family’s Qatar Holding group bought from Mohammed al Fayed.

The Koenigsegg does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. Only six were made. So drive carefully – spare parts are tricky to come by.

Of course, in London the top speed is 7mph – something the supercar should reach in the time it takes for a white van delivery driver to go from calm to explosive. But the thing is that although being stuck in traffic is for everyone, not everyone gets to sit in the traffic in a work of art.

It’s all relative:

My car is a supercar

His car is a sports car

Their car is over-compensating for a small penis

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A Pagani Zonda sports car (front) and a Rolls Royce, both displaying Qatar number plates, are parked outside The Dorchester Hotel in central London.

Posted: 10th, August 2010 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


STAR WARS I-PAD BRIEFING: Video Guide

THE Star War iPad Brief is unbelievable – way better than a laptop.

Star Wars plus iPad – it’s an internet hit readymade.

It’s best to watch it on the iPad – way better than viewing it on a PC or a Mac.

You can zoom in on things.

And, of course, it’s awesome…

Posted: 10th, August 2010 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ciaran Finn-Lynch’s Stem Cell Windpipe Is Science At Its Best

CIARAN Finn-Lynch has had his windpipe rebuilt using his own stem cells. This is our uplifting story of the day. Science is not all guesswork on global warming. Science matters.

The North Irish boy was taken to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for the operation. Stem cells were removed from his hip and injected them into a donor windpipe (removed from a body in Italy), a collagen tube with no cells attached.

The organ was implanted and the magic of stem cells rebuilt the windpipe. The boy can breathe again:

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Embargoed to 0001 Friday August 6 Ciaran Finn-Lynch, aged 11, who is the recipient of the world's first child stem cell supported tracheal transplant, with his parents, Colleen and Paul (surnames not given) at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

Posted: 6th, August 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For Sale: Diana Dors’ 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster (Pictures)

FOR Sale: The 1949 Delahaye Type 175 S Roadster bought by Sir John Gaul of Monte Carlo for Miss Diana Dors.

Price: $4,000,000-$6,000,000 US

Spec: 165 bhp, 4,455 cc naturally aspirated overhead valve inline six cylinder engine, four-speed electro-mechanically actuated Cotal Preselector gearbox, Dubonnet coil spring front suspension, De Dion rear axle with semi-elliptic springs, and four-wheel hydraulic finned alloy drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116″.

The Car

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The Star

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19 year old film actress Diana Dors and her new husband Dennis Hamilton, 26 year old representative of an engineering firm, leaving Caxton Hall register office after their wedding.

Posted: 3rd, August 2010 | In: Technology | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Shame Of Owning A Gold Ferrari

THE shame of having to travel by car when all your mates have trains. That gold-plated Ferrari is pathetic.

Dear dad…

Posted: 26th, July 2010 | In: Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Women On the Web And Other Vindictive Vigilantes

ZOE Willaims tells Guardian readers what women look for on the intenet. Clue: it;s not porn, banking, sport, Zoe Williams or laughs:

Contrary to popular presentation, Mumsnet is not the only site women visit. There are acres of girly chat. Not very much chat-traffic is criminal or exploitative, but check out the Facebook groups for a flavour of how unpleasant some of the supposedly mumsy stuff is. There’s a proliferation of vigilante rage directed at child abusers: “jamie bulger’s killers should never have been released!”; “i bet i can find a billion people who are against jon venables and r thompson!!!!”; “Don’t forget about Maddie”; “Justice for Baby P”. The numbers of signatories are enormous – sure, at over 37,000 names, the Venables/Thompson page loses a bet with itself about finding a billion. But 37,000…

And let’s not forget Siobhan O’Dowd, with her “38,000” Raoul Moat Moatites.

Posted: 17th, July 2010 | In: Technology | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Is Miscrosoft’s Virtual Boy Milo The Ultimate Paedophile Training Tool?

MILO, the Microsoft boy, is the answer to wannabe paedophiles’ dreams. Now the perverts can practice being a paedophile without having to go to the expense of a puppy of a trail of Smarties.

Milo has been devised for – get this – Miscrosoft’s hands-free Xbox 360 motion controller called Kinect.

The brains behind this creepy boy, who apes you movements and emotions, is the UK’s Peter Molyneux:

“I want to introduce a new revolution in storytelling. Films, TV, even hallowed books, are just rubbish because they don’t involve me. It’s a sea of blandness.”

Anything can be improved with a virtual boy. Take this article. How much better it would be if a boy was sat in the corner picking his nose or torturing a grasshopper with a magnifying glass? Can you resist kicking Tiny Tim’s wood-wormed legs away or getting the young Jesus to attract Disciples with a cheeky wink and a Twitter advert to “Follow Me Now With Twitter And Audi”.

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Posted: 14th, July 2010 | In: Technology | Comments (22) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


If It’s Not An iPhone Why Would I Want It A Video

IF it’s not an iPhone why would I want it? NSFW:

Posted: 11th, July 2010 | In: Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0