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16 April 2008 - 04:56 PMI got a few of those spam emails, and one just made me smile with the word choice, so I replied back.
Here's the original email:
MY NAME IS ALAHAJI JEFF KOMO.AM THE BRANCH AND COMPUTER MANAGER HERE IN OUR BANK.I HAVE ONLY WRITTEN TO SEEK YOUR INDULGENCE AND ASSISTANCE. I WISH TO MAKE A TRANSFER INVOLVING A HUGE AMOUNT OF BASE ($22.000.000.00) OF LATE MR BILL SMITH OUT OF THE BANK. HE DIED SINCE 2004. TILL NOWTHE ACCOUNT REMAINS DORMANT. I AM PROPOSING TO MAKE THIS TRANSFER TO A DESIGNATED BANK ACCOUNT OF YOUR CHOICE.THUS. FOR YOUR INDULGENCE AND SUPPORT.
I PROPOSE AN OFFER OF 30% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT TO BE YOURS AFTER THE TRANSFER HAS BEEN SUCCESFULLY CONCLUDED.I WILL LIKE YOU TO SEND ME THIS INFORMATION BELOW.
YOUR FULL NAME ;......................
DIRECT PHONE/FAX ;......................
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN ;.................
KINDLY REPLY ME STARTING YOUR INTREST, AND I SHALL FURNISH YOU WITH THE DETAILS AND NECESSARY PROCEEDURES WITH WHICH TO MAKE THE TRANSFER PROGRESS. I AM ANXIOUSLY AWAITING YOUR URGENT RESPONSE REGARDING THIS MATTER.
ALAHAJI JEFF KOMO.
I just smiled at this, and so I replied:
"THAT IS A HUGE AMOUNT OF BASE.
ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US.
PHONE: *Phone number of another spammer*
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: CONGO."
It will be interesting to see how this turns out. The reason I gave the phone number of another spammer was because I was inspired by this prank.
31 January 2008 - 03:48 PMVia: This source.
This just in: regardless of who ends up being the winning bidder, the C block of 700MHz wireless spectrum being auctioned off by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be restricted to open-access use.
Reuters (News - Alert) reported that a bidder offered $4.71 billion for the C block spectrum on Thursday, just surpassing the FCC’s $4.64 minimum bid to trigger the open-access requirement. This means whatever company wins the spectrum must make it accessible to any device or software application.
Since names of bidders won’t be released until the auction is complete, there’s no word yet on who bid $4.71 billion.. It very likely could beGoogle ( News - Alert), which lobbied for the open access requirements and is participating in the auction. The most likely other bidder is Verizon Wireless, Reuters said.
Reuters noted that, at the auction’s start, some bidders were given waivers allowing them to sit out a round and still remain eligible to bid in later rounds. In theory, this means one or more companies might still be planning to out-do Thursday’s bidder.
But, the Reuters report quoted Stifel Nicolaus (News - Alert) analyst Rebecca Arbogast as saying that most likely all the waivers were used in earlier rounds.
Auction 73 (as the FCC (News - Alert) has dubbed this event) began on January 24, 2008. After six days and 19 rounds of bidding, total bids for all block as of Thursday afternoon were at $14.3 billion.
The C block of spectrum encompasses the 746-757 MHz and 776-787 MHz bands, covering analog TV channels 60, part of 61, 65 and part of 66. The 700MHz spectrum is being auctioned off as part of the FCC-mandated move to digital TV, due to take effect next year.
More info on this.
And sorry, it's not really on EBay, you have to be approved by the FCC to bid.
What d'you think?
12 December 2007 - 03:33 PM
01 December 2007 - 08:39 PMAnyone remember that totally awesome trailer you saw before Transformers? Details were really sketchy, but I think I've pieced together a lot in the past twenty minutes.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, go here and watch both trailers. The teaser was the one that aired in theaters.
Okay, the reason Paramount kept this film under wraps so well was because it was filmed under the name "Slusho." This is somehow related to one of the actors in real life and an allusion to a drink from the show "Alias." Whatever. Well, in the trailer, someone is seen with a "Slusho" shirt. So I Googled it.. and got this.
Using the almighty power of Google a little bit more, I found out that website is part of a viral marketing campaign for the film. In the product description, they talk about how the secret ingredient to Slusho is found at the bottom of the ocean.
Also, in the (official) trailer, you see two people in bio-chem suits on either side of a woman screaming and writhing in pain.
At which point I found this blog post:
Once again, hello to everyone!
I just recieved a very interesting e-mail from The questioner, codename: Q30. He sent me the following theory that he / she thought up! Here is the new theory:
Here goes: The secret ingredient in Slusho is the monster's blood.
And the rest of it all ties together!
In the begining, they're at a party. A farewell party for Rob who's leaving for Japan.¯
What if he got a job working at Tagurato? I'm willling to bet that at the party, there's talk of the great new product called Slusho and no one knows what gives it its great taste.
The monster attacks, it's a deep sea creature from below the earth's crust which has been tapped by Tagurato in secret. Now, there are thousands of tiny parasites riding its body like scales. They suck the monster's blood. They fall-off during the attack and become monsters in their own right. But the parasites attack SOME people, but not others. The difference? The ones they attack have been drinking Slusho because they smell the secret ingredient.
The main character with the camera, because of his connection to Tagurato, figures this out. Maybe they're in a convenience store with a Slusho machine, the parasites break-in and start attacking the machine and he understands, and puts the important message on the tape, maybe yelling into the camera. They're after the Slusho¯ or somesuch. THAT'S why this recovered video tape is of interest to the authorities.
Maybe the monster's blood carries within it the eggs of the parasites. When you drink more than six, the eggs hatch. That shadow of the woman shows her being restrained by 2 guys in biohazard suits! her stomach was ripping-open because the little parasites were coming-out.
An interesting theory. Thank you to Q30 for e-mailing me his thoughts :-)
I have a strong hunch that whoever suggested that hit the nail on the head.
What do you guys (guys being used in the political correct unisex term, ) think of all this?
Edit: forgot first link.
14 November 2007 - 01:10 PMPretty cool, saw this on Engadget, and checked it out. I'm actually interested in buying a first-generation Zune, being as it's $90 on Amazon.
The Zune 2nd Generation lineup: (4/8GB model on left, 80GB model center, 30GB first-gen on right.)
Edit: forgot the ending parenthesis.