August 22nd, 2005 1 Comment »
A Chinese exchange student has been arrested in Kawaga prefecture, southern Japan, on charges of using software “bots” to mug characters from Lineage II and then selling the ill-gotten gains for cash, the Mainichi Daily News reports via New Scientist. The audacious blag relieved several gamers of desirable online goods, possibly including the “Earring of Wisdom” or the “Shield of Nightmare”. The mugger was an invincible character controlled by a software bot, and the stolen stuff offloaded via a Japanese auction site, Lineage II publisher NCsoft claims. NS quotes security guru Bruce Schneier as noting in his blog: “I regularly say that every form of theft and fraud in the real world will eventually be duplicated in cyberspace. Perhaps every method of stealing real money will eventually be used to steal imaginary money, too.” Indeed, perhaps in future Lineage II characters would do well to arm themselves with the “Taser of Doom” and the “Pepper Spray of Infinite Repel”.
Ok seriously…it’s just a damn game. I play games online and have to deal with jerky people all the time. You just deal with it and move on. Jeez! It’s not like he stole real property or anything. Anyway, anyone and everyone that got so upset over this are my morons of the day.
August 21st, 2005 No Comments »
The Force wasn’t with a Stormtrooper-clad attendee of the JVL-CON science fiction convention on Friday at the Ramada Inn in Janesville. Instead, it had him surrounded. Janesville police got a surprise when they responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Ramada Inn, 3431 Milton Ave. The alleged suspect was dressed as a Stormtrooper, a soldier for the Galactic Empire in the science fiction movie series “Star Wars.” “Apparently some people who saw him felt there was a threat,” said Sgt. Kay Nikolaus of the Janesville Police Department. The Stormtrooper was really a vendor participating in the weekend convention, held annually at the Ramada Inn, said Joann Lewandowski, who lives with event organizer Ray Norton. “It was kind of silly but kind of understandable,” Lewandowski said. Whoever called police must have missed the Ramada’s marquee out front, which announces the convention being held there, Lewandowski said. The Stormtrooper got a warning from police-leave the plastic laser gun inside. So, if you’re passing the Ramada this weekend and you see a little green guy with pointy ears and wearing a robe, it shouldn’t be an alien concept.
Isn’t it sad when nerds turn to a life of crime?
August 20th, 2005 No Comments »
A hooded man has been dubbed Britain’s thickest thief after stealing from a CCTV shop. The man was caught on eight separate surveillance cameras as he targeted the shop in Manchester and stole a laptop computer worth £700. He chose to raid the store despite numerous signs around the store warning that closed circuit television cameras were in operation. CCTV images show the man from every single angle – one frame shows him handling a door, which forensic experts believe will provide them with a perfect set of fingerprints. There are even pictures of him looking through the shop window half an hour earlier, jumping up to get a better look. Owner of the shop, David Arathoon, 54, has said the thief’s actions are proving “the biggest boost to business imaginable”. He said: “I didn’t know whether to laugh or be annoyed, and in the end I did both.” Mr Arathoon told the Daily Star: “Frame by frame, cameras filmed him around the shop. The stupidity to think stealing from a CCTV shop is a good idea is astonishing.” Manchester Police have said they will collect any evidence.
Man, I don’t even know what to say about this one. This guy is like the moron of the year.
August 19th, 2005 No Comments »
DUNCANNON – A Carlisle truck driver inadvertently illustrated the fragility of some of Pennsylvania’s older bridges yesterday when his dump truck crashed through one and plunged 20 feet into Shermans Creek. Leon G. Kelley, 56, suffered minor injuries during the 8:40 a.m. mishap that destroyed part of a 78-year-old steel-truss bridge on Dellville Road in Penn Twp., about three miles west of Duncannon. The Perry County bridge was scheduled for replacement next year at a cost of $2.3 million, said Greg Penny, district spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. State transportation officials have repeatedly cited the need for more money to replace older, deteriorating bridges that weren’t designed for modern traffic loads. PennDOT has deemed 22 percent of Pennsylvania’s 25,000 bridges structurally deficient. Replacing all of them will cost billions of dollars. “Our bridges have an average age of over 50 years,” said Gary Hoffman, PennDOT’s deputy secretary for highway administration. Kelley’s tri-axle dump truck, owned by N.L. Minich & Sons Inc. of Carlisle, and its load of slate apparently far exceeded the 15-ton weight limit for the bridge, said township police Cpl. Alan Houck. The truck made it most of the way across the bridge before the steel decking folded. It was the first such bridge collapse in the midstate since 1979, PennDOT officials said. Houck said he would cite Kelley, who was treated at Carlisle Regional Medical Center, for disobeying the weight-limit sign at the approach to the bridge.
I think the heaviest load is probably the one that filled that guy’s pants on the way down. What the hell could you even say after doing something like this? There’s only one word that comes to my mind…Whoops!
August 18th, 2005 No Comments »
Look at this.
This one is self explanatory…
August 17th, 2005 No Comments »
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – A woman faces two counts of kidnapping after allegedly paying two boys for a lawn job with a fake $50 bill, then holding them hostage when they caught on. Tracy Lynn Clinton, 39, remained in the Eastern Regional Jail on Wednesday, where she has been held on $12,500 bail since her arrest Monday. Police say she has no known address. Martinsburg Patrolman E.C. Neely said Wednesday the victims were two slightly built boys, ages 12 and 13, who told investigators they were terrorized by Clinton. She allegedly screamed at them, threatened physical violence and exhibited bizarre behavior that included publicly urinating on a fence. The boys told police they had been cutting lawns around Martinsburg when they saw Clinton sitting on a porch. She offered to pay $30 but said she needed change for what turned out to be a fake $50 bill. The boys did the job, but questioned the currency. Clinton allegedly talked them into going with her to another location, then made them wait for more than an hour and threatened to harm them if they tried to leave. Neely said Clinton punched one child in the back when he finally ran away, but neither boy was seriously injured. If convicted, Clinton could get life in prison on the kidnapping charges and as much as a year in prison on the counterfeit bill charge. She also faces two counts of failing to appear in court for unrelated incidents.
August 16th, 2005 No Comments »
Rochester police say they are looking for four men who robbed a man, possibly at gunpoint, of $2 and his breakfast meal after he walked out of a McDonald’s Family Restaurant on Averill Avenue this morning. Police said the victim, a 29-year-old Rochester man, noticed four men in a car parked at the drive-up window at the McDonald’s at the corner of Averill and Monroe avenues just before he walked into the restaurant to buy his breakfast-to-go shortly before 6 a.m. He allegedly told police he was walking on Averill when he was approached by a teenager, who put something to the back of his head. Investigator Joseph Dominick said the teenager put his hand in the man’s pocket and took out $2 in cash. He also took the victim’s breakfast before getting into a small four-door car – that the victim thought he saw at the McDonald’s. The case is under investigation.
Yeah, when this guy is married to some 350 pound behemoth in prison, I’m sure he’ll look back on that two bucks and the egg mcmuffin and say to himself, “Yeah, it was totally worth it.” Idiot.
August 15th, 2005 No Comments »
The high cost of gasoline may have driven them to do it. Picking the wrong fuel pump cut short their getaway. Two men who tried to steal gasoline from a construction company instead filled the tank of their car with off-road-grade diesel fuel Sunday, police said. An employee of Beer & Slabaugh spotted the men on the company property near Nappanee, about 20 miles southeast of South Bend, as they were siphoning fuel out of the car’s tank, Elkhart County deputies said. The two told the employee that a friend had put the wrong fuel into the tank and they were trying to empty it, deputies said. The employee noticed that the fuel was the distinctive red color of off-road diesel. He called deputies, who arrested McKinley Chase, 21, and Dajuan L. Lord, 19, both of Gary, on preliminary charges of felony. They acknowledged the theft explaining their mistake and saying their car would not run.
Yeah, it’s probably a good idea if you’re going to steal gas for your car to at least steal the right kind of gas. Morons.
Lord remained in the Elkhart County Jail on Tuesday. Chase was released on bond, a jail spokeswoman said.
In Indianapolis, meanwhile, truck drivers have reported intentional thefts of diesel fuel from their trucks.
“You’ll be sitting there in your truck asleep and a guy will put a hose in your truck and pit it right into his tank,” driver David Williams told WTHR-TV.
August 14th, 2005 No Comments »
Ex-president Bill Clinton now says he would have taken out Osama bin Laden before the 9/11 attacks – if only the FBI and CIA had been able to prove the al-Qaida mastermind was behind the attack on the U.S.S. Cole. “I desperately wish that I had been president when the FBI and CIA finally confirmed, officially, that bin Laden was responsible for the attack on the U.S.S. Cole,” Clinton tells New York magazine this week. “Then we could have launched an attack on Afghanistan early.” “I don’t know if it would have prevented 9/11,” he added. “But it certainly would have complicated it.” Despite his failure to launch such an attack, Clinton said he saw the danger posed by bin Laden much more clearly than did President Bush. “I always thought that bin Laden was a bigger threat than the Bush administration did,” he told New York magazine.
And yet again, Clinton attemps to dodge any responsibility for his complete lack of action. Funny…there didn’t seem to be any lack of action in the oval office. Maybe that’s why he was so distracted. Seems to me that Sudan had captured Bin Laden at some point and offered to turn him over to the US and the Clinton administration didn’t take them up on the offer. Friggin’ jerk.
August 13th, 2005 No Comments »
An 18-year-old patient rushed to a Staten Island hospital early yesterday told cops she was molested in the emergency room by a member of the ambulance crew, police said. The young woman called 911 and told a dispatcher she was having a miscarriage, a law enforcement source said. En route to St. Vincent’s Hospital, an emergency medical technician identified as Michael Napoli, 45, began making sexually suggestive comments, the source said. Once in a hospital treatment room about 7:25 a.m., the EMT allegedly touched the woman’s breasts. When she protested, he unzipped his pants and asked her to perform a sex act, the law enforcement source said. Cops arrested the 12-year FDNY veteran at the hospital, and he was charged with sex abuse and official misconduct, both misdemeanors.
I can’t decide whether to file this one in the “Shakes head in disbelief” file or the “Cant believe anyone was that stupid” file. What the hell would you have to be thinking to do something like this? I’m surprised he didn’t just sedate her and do what he wanted to her since he was obviously in complete “disconnected from reality” mode at that point. What an idiot.