Archive for September, 2007
Every now and then I see a photo on my MyYahoo homepage and I am stunned. Here is a photo of Canadian bodybuilder Dayana Cadeau as she posed at the Ms. Olympia finals.
If she takes much more steroids, she is going to get testicular cancer. Seriously, has she had a period this century?
And when I saw her, I immediately knew who she looked like- Hank McCoy, aka Beast.
The Gap group, which includes Gap Stores, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, hired an external consultant to manage their job applications. For some stupid reason, the consultant kept 800,000 applications on a single laptop which then stolen. And of course, the data was unencrypted.
From Reuters here:
Clothing retailer Gap Inc said on Friday that a laptop computer containing personal information for about 800,000 job applicants was stolen from a vendor it used to manage that data. An investigation is under way.
The stolen laptop contained personal information for people who applied for store positions with the company’s Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap and Outlet stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada between July 2006 and June 2007.
Gap said the applicants’ Social Security numbers were included in the stolen information and that it is offering them a year of free credit monitoring services with fraud resolution assistance. Canadian applicants’ Social Insurance Numbers were not stolen, Gap said.
The information on the laptop was not encrypted, a fact Gap said is contrary to its agreement with the vendor. But Gap added that it has no reason to believe that the data on the computer was the target of theft or that the personal information has been accessed or used improperly.
I don’t know why Gap doesn’t just come out and point the finger at the guilty consultant. I hope they fire the consulting company. In the mean time, who knew that almost a million people applied for a job at the Gap??
Alicia Silverstone’s ad is not here. But Mary Katherine Ham’s response to this ridiculous ad campaign is below. Just click on the screenshot.
Thanks to Hot Air for pointing to this latest MKH video.
I could almost hear the anguished cries of geeks everywhere when the patch was released. Hundreds of iPhones, hacked by their new owners so they could hook up to their own service provider, were rendered inoperable by a security patch intended to disable such phones.
iPhone says, “Hack me and you fail.”
That’s right, eat it nerds. You ninnies have cried for years about how evil Microsoft was and how “cool” or “inspiring” Apple was, and you shell out thousands of bucks for every piece of junk that starts with a lowercase “i.” Apple wants to remind you: “Who’s Your Daddy?”
From NewsFactor here:
Apple issued a software update on Thursday that puts iPhone hackers in their place. The update renders the devices inoperable.
The drama began in August, when hackers found a way to unlock the iPhone and connect to a cellular service other than AT&T, which has an exclusive five-year deal as Apple’s carrier of choice. Indeed, hackers came out of the woodwork to crack the new handset.
In addition, a group operating at iPhoneSimFree.com indicated users could break the iPhone’s SIM lock and equip the phone with a SIM card that allows the operation of the phone on competing GSM networks. In all, five hackers or hacker groups have laid claim to the iPhone-unlocking crown since July.
On Monday, Apple warned iPhone owners to hack at their own risk, making it undoubtedly clear that unlocking programs used to connect the iPhone to nonsanctioned wireless carriers could cause irreparable damage. Apple warned that the damage could make the iPhone inoperable, and it would void the device’s warranty.
Apple made good on its promise Thursday when it released the software update. Gadget enthusiast sites and bloggers are confirming that some of the hacked iPhones no longer worked after they downloaded the software update. Other hacked phones worked, but only with the original SIM card that forces the iPhone to connect to AT&T’s network.
So is there software instruction that can render iPhones inert? Can that code be injected into iPhones en masse? I smell an iPhone mass extinction coming from some angry hackers.
I have no idea what is wrong with people. This is “animal lover” Gustavo Castanon. He is a disgusting human being. Seriously, dude, a Basset Hound??
From the Devner Post here:
Gustavo Castanon, 33, of Denver is being held at the Denver Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail after being arrested Wednesday on suspicion of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor charge, said Sonny Jackson, a Denver police spokesman. Castanon is accused of coaxing the dog to perform oral sex.
Castanon also has been suspended from his volunteer position for “inappropriate behavior with a dog,” a shelter official said. In 1998, Castanon was arrested for unlawful public indecency in Cheesman Park, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to the charge and paid a fine of $200 and court costs.
Arrested in a park? That code for teh ghey.
A witness told investigators that Castanon had sexual contact with a basset hound at the shelter Saturday. Police were notified Monday. Ellen Dumm, a spokeswoman with Denver Environmental Health, declined to go into details. She said the dog was not physically harmed.
“There’s a big yuck factor here,” Dumm said.
I hope the creepy pervert gets fired from his stupid bagel job too for wearing his uniform shirt to his booking photo.
In a hilarious new twist of the Mike Vick career and life implosion, it seems the dawg-fightin’ thug wanna-be former quarterback just sits around the house smokin’ dope. Maybe he’s just enjoying the ganja while he can before he goes to prison. But it certainly shows that he is quite the dumbass.
As part of his release conditions of his bond, he was supposed to submit to random drug testing. Failed.
At least Towelie didn’t kill dogs.
From CBS here:
Stricter release conditions were imposed on Michael Vick on Wednesday after he tested positive for marijuana use on Sept. 13. Judge Henry E. Hudson restricted Vick to his home every day from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m..
Vick will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device to ensure his compliance with the order,and Vick must continue to participate in substance abuse and mental health counseling.
Vick has been ordered to pay for the costs of any treatment required as a result of his counseling. The cost of the home restriction program, including the electronic monitoring device, will also be paid by Vick, court documents said.
Vick was placed under pretrial release supervision in July. The restrictions included refraining from use or unlawful possession of narcotic drugs or other controlled substances.
In January, Vick was cleared by police of any wrongdoing after his water bottle was seized by security at Miami International Airport. Police said it smelled of marijuana and had a hidden compartment that contained a “small amount of dark particulate.”
Vick is awaiting sentencing on Dec. 10 after he pleaded guilty in August to federal dogfighting charges. Vick faces up to five years in prison for those charges. Tuesday, a Surry County grand jury indicted Vick on state dogfighting charges. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison in addition to whatever federal prison time he may receive.
I remember the water bottle fiasco. Only a nimrod would bring pot on an airplane.
Many thanks to MyLifeofCrime for the update on this Mike Vick debacle.
Posting has been light because I am goofing around with new theme ideas over on the main Belch.Com Homepage.
Trying on a new theme is always painful to me because invariably the new formatting screws with some aspect of the blog. The one I am trying out now looks okay, but it hoses the blockquotes when combined with the italics tag, so if I keep the theme, I will have to do a search and replace on the database to remove the tag, and that can be tricky too.
Feel free to leave comments or feedback while I putter around in the blog’s “garage.”
The Deepsight Threat Management system, owned and operated by Symantec, is a valuable tool for many large enterprises. It is essentially core analysis on the state of the threat to the internet. Cyber response teams use the information from it to build blacklists of known attackers, plan patch cycles, and even build custom intrusion detection signatures. Customers of TMS include many large banks, medical communities and even the military.
So when Symantec fires off an email alert at 8 PM east coast time on Friday night, warning that the Internet is about to have a meltdown, quite of few enterprises had to scramble to cancel weekend plans and react to the new threats.
But it was a false alarm. Seems Symantec was testing new alerting software.
From the Reg here:
Symantec inadvertently warned enterprise customers of a full-scale internet meltdown on Friday.
An erroneous alert from Symantec’s DeepSight falsely warned that a devastating attack was underway. The message, which went out at 8:40pm Eastern time, contained a subject line that stated: “DeepSight Increased ThreatCon from 1 to 4 Alert.”
The ThreatCon scale – whose moniker mimics the defense readiness condition (DEFCON) system used by the military – runs from one (all calm on the Western Front) to four (meltdown).
Symantec moved back down to ThreatCon 1 and hour after issuing its Chicken Little-style alert on Friday. The security giant blamed the erroneous alert on “product testing”, Computerworld reports.
Symantec has never moved to threatcon 4. The last time it was at 3 was during the Sasser worm outbreak of 2004.
The latest reason to homeschool? The 2002 Teacher of the Year, who teaches French, won’t do the Ooo-la-la with your high school son. Meet Janelle Batkins, married teacher and mother of two. She was busted when her 17 year-old paramour told her “I’m just not that into you, and by the way, I’m calling the cops.”
Ce professeur a eu le sexe avec son étudiant.
The kid was of the age of consent, but the teacher is facing felony charges because she was in a “position of trust” and a dirty whore.
From the Freep here:
A former Roseville High School teacher — and 2002 district teacher of the year — was arraigned Monday on criminal sexual conduct charges after being accused of having sex with her teenage student aide last school year.
Janelle Batkins, 42, of Harrison Township was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony. She was released on a $25,000 personal bond. She had sexual contact with the 17-year-old from December 2006 until the end of the last school year.
Batkins, a married mother of two who taught French for about 15 years in the district, resigned over the summer. Batkins stood mute before Judge Sebastian Lucido with her hands in cuffs. Her mother and husband were the courtroom.
The 17-year-old’s mother went to Roseville police in July after finding evidence of a relationship on her son’s computer. Her son told detectives he consented to sex with Batkins in Batkins’ home and a car.
A 17-year-old can give legal consent in most cases, but charges were brought because Batkins was in a position of authority over the student.
Her family must be so proud. Do they have an award for teacher slut of the year? Maybe she can add that trophy to her mantle right next to that teacher of the year award.
This is outrageous. A moonbat preschool staffer kidnapped the pet bunny rabbit from a preschool class and put PETA fliers that criticize the circus in the cage in the bunny’s place. How is terrorizing children supposed to help bring converts to a gaia-worshipping religion?
From the AP here:
A pet rabbit named Sugar Bunny was stolen from a preschool and fliers protesting circus animal acts were left in its empty cage.
The preschool’s children gathered in a circle Monday to remember Sugar Bunny.
“We talked about how some people have different ideas about animals,” said teacher Lori Peters. “Some people don’t think they should be in cages.”
Sugar Bunny vanished from the Community Building Children’s Center on Saturday, teachers said.
“Somebody stoled him,” 5-year-old Zion told The Spokesman-Review, which gave only the first names of him and other children in a report on the heist. “I’m sad.”
The fliers expressed protests against the Ringling Brothers Circus, which was in town during the weekend, and had a picture of a bear trying to escape from a cage. The fliers bore the names of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Northwest Animal Rights Network.
You can’t even trust anyone to preschool your child. This is why you homeschool. No one will eco-terrorize your child.
The article does not say that a staffer took it, but seriously, this is Spokane we are talking about here. It was someone with a key to the building.
The Community Building Children’s Center, which obviously hires eco-terrorists has a website here. Spokane, don’t take your child there.
Boy, here’s a name that’s gonna get a lot of mentions on Comedy Central’s Daily Show, Leno and Letterman. The new Japanese Prime Minister is Yasuo Fukuda. Fuk-u-da.
From the AP here:
Yasuo Fukuda, a dovish lawmaker who has vowed to revive his party and improve ties with Japan’s neighbours, took over as prime minister Tuesday, admitting he was under intense pressure to perform.
Fukuda kept most of the last cabinet in tact, leaving fellow experienced insiders in key posts, saying his first priority was extending a controversial naval mission supporting US-led forces in Afghanistan.
“I would call this a cabinet that has its back to the wall,” Fukuda told his inaugural news conference as premier.
“If we do a single thing wrong, the Liberal Democratic Party may lose its control of the government,” Fukuda said of his party.
First the Japanese gave us the Hello Kitty line, followed by the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Now this new PM with the nifty name. Will the giving never end? And will he go to Graceland like the last Japanese PM?
I was wondering when Marcel Marceau would finally be funny. He died.
Here is Marcel Marceau doing something that most assuredly is not funny.
From G&B here:
Marcel Marceau, the world’s only famous mime, is to be buried in an imaginary coffin so he can perform his best-known illusion — the man trapped in an invisible box — for all eternity, sources close to the Marceau family revealed after the entertainer’s death at age 84 today.
Ah, mimes. Combine a fear of clowns with a fear of swishy Frenchmen.
I feel a little sorry for Unisys, who is a local provider of cyber-security services for the TSA, which is part of Homeland Security. The folks who run their security operations center are under fire and accused of not fulfilling contractural obligations to monitor the security of the TSA. Specifically, the full scope of a security breach was not immediately recognized and TSA did not respond to the warnings Unisys gave them.
The end result is that 150 computers were compromised and data was exfiltrated from the system to a “chinese language webserver.” Now an anonymous Hill Staffer has told the WaPo that the FBI is investigating Unisys for “criminal fraud.” The whole story is here at the Washington Post.
As disclosure, I know and am friends with several of the folks who work in Unisys’ Operations Center, and they are all good people. And their mission for the TSA is huge and complex, and one that I do not envy. For security reasons, I will not describe the operation, but understand that it is vast, and that the TSA is distributed across all airports and many regional offices. To detect complicated cyber-security breaches across such an infrastructure is a daunting task, but its one that they do well under one of the harshest service level agreements in the industry.
When TSA was first starting up, Congress poured billions of dollars into getting TSA assembled. It required staffing and training thousands of employees, taking over existing infrastructure or building new infrastructure, and creating a nationwide wide area network in a matter of months. Unisys was given a BILLION dollars to get the job done, followed by another 750 Million bucks as follow-on work. This price tag has been a huge source of criticism for DHS.
Now there is a majority in Congress that is investigating everything it can to embarrass the President and is known to be hostile to DHS. They look at the huge price tag of TSA security, find it failed, and commence to having public hearings on the security breaches. They even leak to the press that an FBI investigation is underway.
And from this huge confluence of politics and cyber-security, Unisys’ name is dragged through the mud- and they have likely been more successful at stopping cyber threats than many other players in the federal contracting space.
Brace yourselves. As if traffic weren’t bad enough with idiots talking on their cell phones, how bad will it be when people start changing their stupid “mood icons” on their MySpace pages while they’re driving?
From Reuters here:
News Corp’s Fox Interactive Media said on Monday it plans to launch advertising-supported versions of its popular Internet social network MySpace and other properties for free on cell phones.
Aiming to court an audience adept at finding entertainment on mobile devices, MySpace will let its users send and receive messages, comment on pictures, post bulletins, update blogs, find friends and update their mood status on cell phones.
I wrote previously how Earthlink is moving away from their internet access provisioning to focus on their Helio cellphone. One of the draws of the Helio was it was the only one offering Myspace at the time. I guess this new move by Fox is just another dagger to Earthlink’s sad business model.
A dog fighter in North Carolina was found murdered in his home in April, right about the times that all of the allegations began to fly that Michael Vick was involved in dog fighting, and at the same time that Vick began to destroy his dogs to bury evidence of his involvement in the crimes. But the murder has baffled investigators. The victim, Roy Melton, likely knew his murderer, and his large sums of money and cocaine he had in his house was undisturbed. Did someone kill him to shut him up?
Now linked to a murder?
From the Daily Press here:
Federal investigators are looking into connections between trained fighting dogs bred by a man found shot to death in rural North Carolina and the dogfighting operation headed by suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick.
The sheriff investigating the North Carolina killing said he plans to pursue links between the dogfighting groups to see if they can answer any questions in the unsolved homicide.
Roy Thomas Melton, a 38-year-old resident of Catawba County, north of Charlotte, was found in his home on April 17, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
In the many boxes of dogfighting records Melton kept, the sheriff said, investigators found listings of the winning and losing dogs, with vicious-sounding names like Nitro. Some of the names overlapped with those listed in the July indictment against Vick and three other men, he said.
The July indictment, filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond, mentions at least two North Carolina dogs — Maniac and Trouble — that fought pit bulls owned or sponsored by Bad News Kennels.
Vick, Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor pleaded guilty to running the dogfighting ring out of Vick’s Surry County home.
The indictment also mentions confidential “cooperating witnesses” from North Carolina who tipped off federal investigators.
Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman said federal investigators haven’t told him yet whether Melton was one of their informants.
The killing, discovered April 17 by a friend of Melton’s, has puzzled sheriff’s detectives.
There was no sign of forced entry into Melton’s home, and the pit-bull breeder was known for his strict security measures.
In addition to more than 30 pit bulls found at his home, deputies found large amounts of cocaine and large sums of money, the sheriff said.
“That’s unusual, to have a homicide like that with no robbery,” he said. “What’s the motive?”
In April, Vick and his cohorts viciously murdered at least 8 dogs in their Surry compound, using bizarre methods such as drowning and electrocution. Was this destruction of their dogs done to destroy evidence because they knew law enforcement was coming? And more importantly, who murdered Roy Melton to keep him quiet?
They said that for every dollar spent on NASA, 7 dollars of research and investment in new technology is generated. That’s why we have everything from faster computers to ultrasound machines- they arose out of the need to fulfil the Space Mission.
The same is happening with Homeland Security. Now that billions of dollars have been spent on some of the best ideas for DHS, the high-tech improvements to everyday security issues are beginning to cascade down into common everyday situations. Case in point is the License Plate Reader. This device sits passively on a squad car and reads all of the license plates of the vehicles around it as it moves around on a daily patrol. When it spots a plate of a known wanted criminal, it alerts the cop inside.
From Reuters here:
Americans are facing a brave new world of post-September 11 technology marvels that could soon find their way into billions of dollars of projected homeland security spending.
Gee-whiz know-how — from swarms of tiny airborne sensors to ever-sharper satellite imagery — is being developed by companies chasing potentially lucrative federal, state and local deals to address 21st-century security threats.
Already in use are such things as infrared cameras with built-in brains that capture license plate images and match them in milliseconds to police records of vehicles of interest to the authorities.
Such license plate recognition systems, fixed and mobile, already are stopping criminals in cars in New York City, Washington D.C. and 23 states, according to Mark Windover, president of Remington ELSAG Law Enforcement Systems, which is marketing its product to 250 U.S. police agencies.
“Seventy percent of all criminal activity can be tied to a vehicle,” he said. “Had to get there, had to go home.”
The article goes on to talk about tiny sensors that could swarm a battlefield or a disaster area to detect survivors. It reminds me of the “toner swarm” of nanobots written about by Neal Stephenson in the futuristic book, Diamond Age. Swarms of nanites would serve a purpose such as filtering out pollution or surveillance, but other city-states developed their own swarms to kill off the other nanobots. Such escalating warfare among these nanobots created a dark cloud at times that people would call “toner” after the black dust from copiers.
If geekiness were a religion, MIT would be its Mecca. Usually MIT students are some of the brightest this country has to offer. But I guess common sense took a vacation when it comes to Star Simpson, a 19 year old dimwit who strapped a circuit board, wires and play-doh to her chest to go run around Logan Airport in Boston.
Stupidity sometimes affects MIT
From WBZTV here:
An MIT student with a fake bomb strapped to her chest was arrested at gunpoint Friday at Logan International Airport and later claimed it was artwork, officials said.
Star Simpson, 19, had a computer circuit board and wiring in plain view over a black hooded sweat shirt she was wearing, said State Police Maj. Scott Pare, the commanding officer at the airport.
“She said that it was a piece of art and she wanted to stand out on career day,” Pare said at a news conference. “She claims that it was just art, and that she was proud of the art and she wanted to display it.”
The battery-powered rectangular device had nine flashing lights, he said. Simpson also had Play-Doh in her hands, he said.
Simpson pleaded not guilty to a charge of possessing a hoax device at her arraignment in East Boston District Court Friday afternoon. She was released on $750 bail and ordered to stay away from Logan Airport.
Simpson could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
“I’m shocked and appalled that somebody would wear this type of device to an airport,” Pare said. Simpson was “extremely lucky she followed the instructions or deadly force would have been used. She’s lucky to be in a cell as opposed to the morgue.”
Propellor-beanie wearing idiots who scoff at national security are going to wind up getting themselves or someone else killed.
At least not until after justice has been served. I have recently received several comments to my posts about Megan Williams, the woman who accused 6 whites of raping and torturing her, that the Jena 6 needs to be set free.
This photo released by the LaSalle Parish District Attorney’s Office shows Justin Barker in the hospital after he was beaten on Dec. 4, 2006 in Jena, La. Barker was treated and released from the hospital.
I wasn’t familiar enough with the case to have an opinion on it, but after some research, I don’t think anyone should be “freed” in the case. At least not until after they do time for their brutal assault on Justin Barker.
What I did find out, is its not really about nooses hanging from trees in the Democrat-run state and county. Its about a brutal beatdown of a white teen by a pack of thugs, some of which were just put on probation for other violent crimes.
An outstanding commentary on the Jena 6 is here at the KansasCity Star.
In jena, there was no “schoolyard fight” as a result of nooses being hung on a whites-only tree.
Justin Barker, the white victim, was cold-cocked from behind, knocked unconscious and stomped by six black athletes. Barker, luckily, sustained no life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital three hours after the attack.
A black U.S. attorney, Don Washington, investigated the “Jena Six” case and concluded that the attack on Barker had absolutely nothing to do with the noose-hanging incident three months before. The nooses and two off-campus incidents were tied to Barker’s assault by people wanting to gain sympathy for the “Jena Six” in reaction to Walters’ extreme charges of attempted murder.
Much has been written about Bell’s trial, the six-person all-white jury that convicted him of aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and the clueless public defender who called no witnesses and offered no defense. It is rarely mentioned that no black people responded to the jury summonses and that Bell’s public defender was black.
It’s rarely mentioned that Bell was already on probation for assault when he was accused of participating in Barker’s attack.
Isn’t it funny that its the democrats that promise an end to racial strife, but it keeps happening in their districts? Yet they keep getting elected.
Meet Tye Hilmo. He is a worshiper of Mike Vick and loves to make Pit Bulls fight to the death. But instead of feeding his fighting machines Alpo or Chuckwagon, he fed his animals a rarer food. Live cats and kittens. He stole the cats from the neighborhood.
Hilmo’s cellphone contained an image of a dog chewing a kitten above a caption that reads, “Good dog,”
From WLTX here:
Gwinnett Sheriff’s deputies charged a Dacula man with aggravated cruelty to animals Thursday after an investigation showed that he captured neighborhood cats and kittens for his pit bull to kill, officials said.
Hilmo was first arrested September 10 after deputies served a search warrant and found two pounds of marijuana in his home. They also seized several firearms including a sawed-off shotgun while investigating the cruelty allegations.
Hilmo was initially charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of dangerous drugs, one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana, one count of possession with intent to distribute, possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and violation of probation. He is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
Deputies also seized $826 in cash from his home.
Mike Vick approves.
White boys want to be gangstas too.
Man, does it ever feel like 1994. OJ in the news for criminal acts. Hillary Clinton spouting socialized healthcare and threatening to raise taxes. She said the other day that everyone would be required to show proof of medical insurance in order to get a job! Isn’t a job where you go to make money to buy healthcare?
From the AP here:
Hillary said she could envision a day when “you have to show proof to your employer that you’re insured as a part of the job interview — like when your kid goes to school and has to show proof of vaccination.”
I wonder if Hillary has ever worked at any normal job that required a job interview in her life? No? Didn’t think so.
Now Hillary was given the chance to reaffirm her support for the troops in Iraq, and in particular, General Petraeus, who has a Doctorate in International Relations and has a Masters in Public Administration and graduated number one in his class at the US Army command. He has a blanket of ribbons on his chest, and also has the Bronze Star for Valor.
All she had to do is say that she supports him. And she voted no. Along with the radical left of the Senate.
Mitt Romney, running for the Republican nomination for President said,
“Hillary Clinton had a choice. She could stand with our troop commander in Iraq, or she could stand with the libelous left wing of her party. She chose the latter. The idea that she would be a credible commander-in-chief of our armed forces requires the willing suspension of disbelief.”
BURN. The Republicans can now pwn her at will. Hot Air has all of the details, including the full text of the Senate Amendment.