Archive for May 15, 2009

If you are a Star Trek Fan…

Posted: May 15, 2009 by datechguy in fun
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Via Baseball Crank this is as classic as it gets.

This is an excellent running gag.

Obama rewards the Zombies

Posted: May 15, 2009 by datechguy in oddities, opinion/news
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You know we had a lot of fun with Zombie Jokes (via Gimmie 5 cents) here, first we reported on Zombie Unemployment:

Joblessness up 20% among Zombie Population Many claim discrimination in favor of the living.

Then we talked about Massachusetts taxing and rewarding Zombies:

Massachusetts uses a different means of determining eligibility for unemployment. Under their constitution, the Commonwealth is able to tax the dead and undead alike, making Ms. Glass eligible for state-funded retraining, health benefits, and Affirmative-Action based job placement.

“I thank God for the Socialist Republik Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Ms. Glass says. “If I unlived elsewhere, I wouldn’t even count as a person.”

Then we saw the White House Zombie appointment:

Among growing concern over jobless rates and and basic civil rights for America’s zombie population, the Obama administration announced this week the newly formed Department of Undead Affairs, to be headed by Chicago democrat Fred Murman, who has just been appointed as secretary.

Congress reacted:

“He may smell a bit but he has a heart of gold.”

Of course the appointment had tax issues:

An unexpected snag occurred today as members of the senate ethics committee uncovered documents related to Mr. Murman’s death, showing that his family never paid the required death or estate taxes associated with his death. Mr. Murman and his representatives were unavailable for comment on the allegations, brought forth this morning.

We had a lot of fun with these posts but who knew that it was all real:

This week, thousands of people are getting stimulus checks in the mail. The problem is that a lot of them are dead. A Long Island woman was shocked when she checked the mail and received a letter from the U.S. Treasury — but it wasn’t for her.

Antoniette Santopadre of Valley Stream was expecting a $250 stimulus check. But when her son finally opened it, they saw that the check was made out to her father, Romolo Romonini, who died in Italy 34 years ago. He’d been a U.S. citizen when he left for Italy in 1933, but only returned to the United Stated for a seven-month visit in 1969.

You know when they say that life is becoming impossible to parody. It’s getting that way isn’t it?

My method is foolproof!

Posted: May 15, 2009 by datechguy in tech

Glenn Links to a very useful article for ATM users:

When Brooklyn, N.Y., resident Nick McGlynn stepped into a Chase bank in April, he quickly noticed something was wrong with one of the ATMs. “I saw a mirror that looked out of place,” McGlynn says. “It was in the center of the ATM, above the keypad. So I pulled on it and it came right off. Then I pulled on the card reader and it came off too. They were both held in place with double-sided tape.”

McGlynn had discovered an ATM skimmer—a device attached to an ATM by criminals looking to steal bank card information and/or PINs. The simplest skimmer setups involve little more than a $300 magnetic stripe reader and a hidden camera aimed at the ATM keypad. The reader snaps up your card’s information, and the camera records your PIN as you enter it. With this information, a perpetrator can create and use a phony plastic clone of your card. Or, if the setup features a camera aimed at the card reader so as to record the card’s printed security code, they can also use the information to make online purchases.

My method is to avoid this is perfect. I don’t have an ATM. card and all my banks know me by face and hat.

Remember technology advances help crooks too.

Morning Joe Christa had her baby!

Posted: May 15, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news

Starting just before 6:30

6:25 a.m. Apparently they are riding the papers for not covering Nancy Pelosi except for the Washington post and Her hometown paper.

6:27 a.m. the Globe highlights the Gay Marriage Bill in NH but not the Governor’s demand for more religious protections if they want his signature. Of course they do.

6:30 a.m. Freeland apparently had her kid.

6:32 a.m. Good thing the MSN has all those reporters to do stuff, Mika points out that it was morning so that had no excuse.

6:34 a.m. Christa is spinning it for the NYT REALLY bad. This is just bull.

6:41 a.m. Even THEY say that if it was a republican, front page with pullout. Freeland is a hack.

6:44 a.m. One other person at all the others might have not recalled, Freeland sounds like Pelosi.

6:52 a.m. A forgettable day in Boston sports, everyone loses and the Bruins die.

6:55 a.m. You know the promo’s have all been about republicans you would think that Democrats didn’t control the Whitehouse, the Congress by a large margin and the Senate by a margin that can’t be filibustered. I suspect their audience can’t handle Nancy Pelosi stuff so all they can do is attack republicans that supposedly don’t matter.

7:00 a.m. Break out the Mommy drawing.

7:19 a.m. All about briefings, has the CIA lied to you senator? They lay it out for us.

7:03 a.m. Mika points out that Joe predicted the tribunals 6 months ago.

7:21 a.m. Just got a call from a friend I’m off to breakfast read you later.

7:24 a.m. “They don’t have briefings to tell you what they aren’t going to do.”

7:30 a.m. Ron Paul is coming up, I’m going to miss him, Charles Johnson is going to be unhappy.