Sunday, January 18, 2009

Are people really THIS STUPID?!?!?!

Image representing Yahoo! as depicted in Crunc...Image via CrunchBaseI participate in Yahoo! Answers, where members post questions to be answered by other members. And some of the questions are real "howlers". here's one:

Where Can i Download A free Legal Keygen or serial number?

For those who are not familiar with software, most software will NOT work unless you enter a serial number when you install it. A "keygen" is a program written by hackers that can generate such serial numbers randomly. As you can imagine, such programs cannot be legal, as it cheats the software maker out of their money.

Which makes the question above beyond ridiculous and into totally moronic scale.

However, that's not the worst offender. Here's one better.

Will someone please help me hack someone else's Yahoo! Mail password?

No, I'm not making this up. This person claims to be helping a female friend who suspect her husband is seeing some other woman and using Yahoo! mail as contact. Does this person not even THINK that 1) this is illegal 2) Yahoo's use policy specifically forbids any sort of this behavior, and 3) Yahoo! Answers may NOT be the best place to ASK such questions?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Will the REAL Miwok Indians please stand up?

A Miwok house ReproductionImage via WikipediaNow that Red Hawk Casino is open by "Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians", another Miwok Indian is getting sued by this band... With a casino feeding their coffers, they can afford to.

So what's the suit about? This man, a Mr. Caballero who CAN trace his ancestry back for 100 years in El Dorado county as a Miwok Indian, through BIA and other records, claims to be the tribal historian of SSBoMI. The SSBoMI, on the other hand, don't want him to use the name SSBoMI and claims "copyright infringement". They claim that they don't doubt that he is Miwok, but he's NOT "Shingle Springs Miwok". Though he claims he is, and he represents 400 other Miwoks in the county.

However, now that a bigger issue has been raised... That perhaps SSBoMI are NOT Miwok Indians at all.

Read the comments section and make up your own mind.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

BART Police Rant

Bart Police car at Dublin/Pleasanton stationImage via WikipediaBy now the whole nation has heard... How a BART Police officer, arresting some rowdy folks New Year's Eve, ended up shooting a young man who's already on the ground and being restrained, in the back. The man later died in the hospital. The whole thing was caught by multiple cellphone cameras and witnesses.

Now the officer has resigned from BART Police so he cannot be compelled to testify against himself.

One theory is that he mistaken his regular duty pistol for the taser, though how can one be mistaken for the other boggles the mind.

A truly WTF situation.

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