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Buried Treasure?

Posted by Boghound on June 21, 2012


Treasure chest hoax fools beach goers

Practical jokers buried a treasure chest on a popular beach under the cover of darkness – then ‘discovered’ and dug it up the next day.

The pranksters staged the stunt on LA’s busy Venice Beach and posted a video of beach goers’ reaction to their ‘find’ on YouTube.

They used metal-detectors to supposedly find the old chest, which they had filled with gold foil-covered chocolate coins, reports the Standard-Examiner.

They then dug it up with spades, as a growing crowd gathered around them, before finally opening the chest to reveal the ‘treasure’.

Joker Johnny Burdock said one of his friends came up with the idea. They bought a chest for $100, piled it on top of Burdock’s car, then drove it to LA.

They buried it in the early hours of Sunday morning and then returned later that day when the beach was packed with visitors.

"By the time we hit the treasure with the shovel – thump! – there was a pretty big crowd. The people gathered around start screaming with excitement," he said.

"We had maybe 100 to 150 people surrounding us, and we pry one of the ends of the chest lid open and we act like we’re trying as hard as we can.

"Me and my friends flip the lid open all at once, quickly, and everyone sees shining, shimmering gold coins, and everyone goes crazy, and some of them start jumping in to try to steal the coins."

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It’s Raining “Planes”!!

Posted by Boghound on June 20, 2012


Money paper planes spark street brawls

The things rich people do.

Perhaps it was boredom or perhaps it was chance to watch people fight on the streets below.

Whatever the reason, 27-year-old Russian millionaire Pavel Durov and his vice president made headlines on the weekend when they made paper planes out of 5,000-rouble notes (about $160) and threw them from their office window to a St. Petersburg crowd.

They reportedly took great joy watching the crowd’s reaction, according to news website rt.com.

The bizarre actions of the founder of Russia’s most popular social networking site VKontakte sparked a footpath brawl when people realised what was soaring down from the office above.

“People turned into dogs as they were literally attacking the notes,” one witness said. “They broke each other’s noses, climbed the traffic lights with their prey – just like monkeys. Shame on Durov!”

Later, Mr Durov said they wanted to create “a festive atmosphere” in the city that was celebrating City Day.

“We had to stop soon, though, as people turned into animals,” he wrote on Twitter. “Definitely, more such actions are to follow.”

Russian bloggers called Durov’s “experiment” crazy and provocative.

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We’re All Guilty….Well 50% Are?

Posted by Boghound on June 19, 2012


Anti-Piracy Outfit Calls to Arrest Half the World

The BSA has published another study which contains the usual statistical nightmares, specifically designed to frighten politicians into locking up more people.

The publication claims that 50% of Internet users are copyright infringers and have installed unlicensed software. The 9th annual Global Software Piracy Study has revealed a sharp increase in software piracy, particularly among emerging economies. The anti-piracy outfit said that in the United Kingdom over 25% programs users installed last year were unlicensed.

The survey involved 15,000 PC users from 33 countries across the globe, and 57% of them admitted to unlicensed software use, which is an increase of 42% from the year before. The outfit estimates that the global annual cost of software piracy is somewhere $63.4 billion.

However, the United Kingdom is still below the global average, with only 27% of PC users admitting they have got software illegally in 2011. As far as the anti-piracy outfit is concerned, that means that the industry lost around £1.2 billion. The BSA explained that the United Kingdom is in a double dip recession and believes that it is very important to protect the entertainment industry’s intellectual property and its contribution to the economy. However, the outfit didn’t seem to think that the recession could become the cause of piracy and that its products were now too expensive.

Moreover, the BSA ignored the fact that the more expensive the content is, the more likely it’s to be pirated. This is born out by the fact that piracy is more widespread in developing countries, because people there are broke. Instead, the BSA says that the penalties for piracy are not very strict. According to the results of its survey, over 3/4 of British users surveyed don’t think the risk of getting caught is an effective deterrent to piracy.

The anti-piracy outfit is now calling for a stronger damages legislation, which includes double damages, in order to stop the increase in unauthorized software use. As a result, general counsel at Federation Against Software Theft called for the government to introduce new legislation which could make it easier for the entertainment industry to lock up pirates.

Meanwhile, this problem has another side which the industry hasn’t worked out yet. In fact, if over 50% of the world are pirates, then democratically they are in the majority! The conclusions are up to you…

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God Help Australia?

Posted by Boghound on June 18, 2012


Julian Assange May Become Australian Politician

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, decided to dive into politics and seems to have a real chance to win an upper house seat in Australia. Media reports confirm that whistleblowing website chief is pressing ahead with his plans to stand for election, and experts agree that he has quite a good chance of getting in.

UMR Research, the ruling Labor party’s internal pollsters, have carried out a survey, which revealed that 1/4 of people polled would vote for Julian Assange. It turned out that he is likely to take supporters of the Greens with him and might get a Greens Senate spot. Indeed, the survey showed that there was an impressive level of support for Assange which crosses party lines and is more concentrated among Greens voters.

Over 27% of Labor supporters confirmed that they would vote for Assange, as did 23% of Conservatives. The WikiLeaks founder said he would run for Aussie 76-seat Senate a few months ago, claiming to be a libertarian and “fierce defender of free media” were he elected to the upper house.

Now he’s being wooed by the Australian parties, but could also stand as an independent or establish his own party dedicated to advancing open government. Meanwhile, the experts point out that Australian politics is in a mess today, with political parties standing behind their leaders like the Roman senate stood behind Julius Caesar. Many Australians are currently becoming alarmed, watching the tendency of the last two governments to filter and censor whatever was noticed moved.

Julian Assange, known worldwide for his online service and the struggle against American government, is currently under house arrest in the United Kingdom, awaiting judgment from the Supreme Court in London on whether he can be extradited to Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape and sexual assault. As such, he seems to be quite an unusual choice for people to back.

In case Assange is allowed to be extradited to Sweden, he will find himself in trouble even if the prosecution fails to make the charges stick. The matter is that court cases related to sex accusations usually kill off political careers, even if the defendants are acquitted. This is because the stories are told in court which politicians would mostly prefer to keep under wraps.

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Well…..What A Surprise!!

Posted by Boghound on June 17, 2012


Piracy Really Helps Music Sales

Everyone knows that the entertainment industry has always blamed piracy for job loses, as well as for the economic crisis in whole. At the same time, the industry was trying to force down anti-piracy legislation within and beyond borders of the United States – laws that come into conflict with every fundamental human right that exists now. However, the latest study proves that the things are about to change.

Aside from the fact that the entertainment industry has never brought into the court of law any evidence of the supposed damage related to illegal file-sharing, they have always relied on statutory damages, claiming that it is actually impossible to quantify this damage.

However, if you take a closer look at their revenues, you may come to a conclusion that they are not at all in a tight financial situation – it is in fact the opposite! Moreover, a great part of the file-sharing studies revealed that sharing files doesn’t have much effect on sales. This is true for music, film, and video games – for example, you may remember how Call of Duty’s series sales broke all the records recently.

One of the recent independent studies was carried out by Robert Hammond (Assistant Professor of Economics at North Carolina State University) and is titled “Profit Leak? Pre-Release File Sharing and the Music Industry”. The results of his research state that piracy really helps with increasing the sales of music albums.

Along with that, Robert Hammond points out that this study is more accurate than the earlier ones, because the sample size is larger: 1095 albums from 1075 musicians on the largest private BitTorrent tracker dedicated to music. His research was focused on albums that were leaked before being released, and showed that on average this had brought around 60% additional sales.

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Sod You….I’m Off!!

Posted by Boghound on June 16, 2012


An IT Administrator Revolted after Being Made Redundant

A member of the IT Crowd at a Missoula company went as far as to crash his ex-employer’s computer system mere days after being fired.

Local press reported that Vladimir Shved (a Russian guy, judging by name) used to work as an IT administrator at Edulog. This company provides software for school bus routing and scheduling in Missoula. Vladimir Shved was laid off last fall and here our story begins. The prosecutors point out that a few company PCs crashed nearly the next day after Shved left. When the company tried to restore the systems, it discovered that the backup servers had been erased. What a coincidence.

According to court records, Edulog called its former IT administrator and offered him an hourly rate to help resolve the problem. However, the company faced Shved’s demand of a 3-to-5-year contract at $100 to $150 an hour, and, of course, refused him. That’s what made the company suspect that probably Vladimir had a hand in trashing their network. As such, Edulog started its own investigation to find out that he really did.

The most interesting part of the story is that his cunning plan might have ended successfully if he hadn’t asked for such a daft condition to get his job back. Finally, Vladimir Shved told the judge he was sorry about the incident and believed that it was the biggest mistake in his entire life.

The judge seemed to believe the IT worker and sentenced him to 3 years on a felony charge of illegal use of a PC, but also decided to defer the sentence. This means that the worker’s record will be clean if Vladimir stays out of trouble during 3 years.

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It’s Conga Time!

Posted by Boghound on June 15, 2012


Fun-loving bears line up and get ready to do the conga

A group of bears showed off their fun side after gathering together in preparation for a cuddly conga.

While most bears have a fearsome and dangerous reputation, these young cubs appear to have the same outlook on life as the Jungle Book’s laidback fictional character Baloo.

They may as well have all been singing the film’s hit song I Wanna Be Like You as one bear after the next began forming a conga line.

The cute clip shows ten of the baby bears lining up for a spot of grooming, with each one licking the back of another’s head.

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We Always Get Our Man!

Posted by Boghound on June 14, 2012


Mounties nab man who left cellphone in off-duty cop’s car

Mounties have a man in custody after a crook busted into an off-duty officer’s car and left a cellphone behind.

B.C. RCMP said prior to the arrest, they were keeping a close eye on a spiking number of car thefts in the small B.C. town.

The cellphone was found inside an off-duty officer’s vehicle Tuesday.

The phone, Mounties say, belonged to Derek Arthor Mitchell, a 28-year-old convicted sex offender who had a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest.

Mitchell — who is facing charges in Alberta for ditching his parole officer — was later arrested by Mounties on Wednesday in a home in the B.C. town.

Charges are pending against the man.

“This is a prime example of how dedicated police work and community involvement can solve crimes,” RCMP Const. Lesley Smith said.

“This small community is known to work closely with their RCMP detachment as everyone has the same priority of ensuring it remains a safe and secure community to live in.”

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Walk The Walk!!

Posted by Boghound on June 13, 2012


Fines For Texting While Walking In US Town

People caught texting on their mobile phones while walking face being fined by police in a US town.

The clampdown comes after a rise in the number of jaywalking incidents, where pedestrians cross roads illegally or recklessly, instead of using marked routes.

Officers in Fort Lee, New Jersey, have said some people are constantly putting themselves at risk of being hit by vehicles because they do not pay attention.

Police are stepping up patrols looking for "dangerous" walkers who are not obeying the rules of the road.

They have been handing out leaflets warning pedestrians about the crackdown.

So far this year, more than 20 people have been hit by cars in Fort Lee.

"It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they’re going. They’re not aware," said Fort Lee Police chief Thomas Ripoli at a news conference.

One resident Sue Choe admitted she texts and walks "all the time," but added: "When I walk, I still look around. I’m not constantly looking down."

In the last month-and-a-half, at least 117 tickets have been issued for jaywalking – an offence which carries a fine of $85 (£53).

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Keep Your Saturday Free!!

Posted by Boghound on June 12, 2012


Revealed: a woman’s ‘sexiest time’

The time a woman is most likely to want to engage in sexual activity has been uncovered by new research.

A survey has concluded that around 11pm on a Saturday night is the most common time for a woman to feel amorous.

However, for many, having sex in the bedroom is not on the agenda.

Forty per cent of of the 1,000 women questioned in the Women’s Health survey admitted to having “al fresco sex”.

Regular lovemaking outside was labelled the “most exciting” way to become aroused, followed by sex at work and on the beach, the Huffington Post reported.

It also found women in the South West, North West and Scotland were the most sexually satisfied with more in four in five females saying they were happy with their sex life.

In contrast the sex lives of Irish females’ were cited as the least satisfying, with less than a third saying they were happy with their love life.

But more than 40 per cent of women living in Ireland were found to attempt sex more than three times a week.

A third of Londoners and Welsh women also admitted to having sex on more than three occasions every week, according to the survey for Women’s Health magazine.

“It is great to see that the majority of British women are satisfied between the sheets, or outside, as our … sex survey reveals,” said Farrah Storr, the magazine’s editor.

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