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Spam King Goes To Jail

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Posted September 23, 2008 - By timbococ

By his own estimate, Robert Soloway probably sent over 10 Trillion spam emails, but he lost count long ago. In an interview with NBC, Soloway claimed “pure greed” as his motivation for continuing to spam; at one time he made $20,000 a day, money he spent at the same rate on high-rolling Vegas trips and expensive cars. (See him chillin' during one of his Vegas trips on the right, there).

Mass spamming has been a federal crime since 2004, but Soloway was also accused of identity theft, money laundering, and various types of fraud. He was arrested in May of 2007, copped a plea agreement in March 2008, and was sentenced in July 2008. His prison term begins “any day now." Hopefully unknown emails will continue to kindly verify my bank account info, and thoughtfully sell me male enhancement products at reasonable prices.

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This is great. You see, once upon a time there was this band that really kicked serious ass and didn't give a damn about anything. Then they got rich. Then the internet happened and Napster was created. Then this band, let's call them Metallica, was so angry at the internet that they wanted to sue people and Napster for not paying them for sharing their music.

Well, those days are behind us, Internet. Lars, who was particularly vocal about the copyright infringement of the late 90s, has made his peace and is now embracing the business models that access and openness on the web can bring a superstar band. It's just awkward as hell and makes us actually want to kill them all.

 



So… um.. guys Ty ….. uh, Colfax from The ….uh-- G… 4. Just wanted to …. uh, say… You guys… er..um this …. vi…de…um..o featuring, uh -- Lars trying… to understand - um, technology. So cool, especially... you, Feed reader XxXlob076. teh kewl.. is uh.. what you are. and um… reee … uh, relate to…. the internets with.. all --their uh web… uh.. sites and um, money. BUY ME!

It's really funny to watching Lars try to wrap his brain around internet marketing and loss leaders all while being "hip" and "with it."

From the "You've got to be kidding me file:" A woman's asylum petition was rejected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after they consulted Wikipedia and found that a document she possessed called a Laissez-passer (French for "let pass") was not adequate to prove her identity. Lamilem Badasa was subsequently deported back to Ethiopia.

A US Circuit Court overturned a ruling by the Board of Immigration that said it was okay for the DHS to use a user-generated-and-edited web site to determine threats.

This just in: The Department of Homeland Security has outfitted all of their outposts with Apple IIes, and shiny, new rotary pencil sharpeners in an effort to keep up with changing trends in computing and communications.

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Nugget From The Net

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Posted August 20, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Lil Derrick's parents obviously love him a lot... happy 4th birthday, little guy!

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If we've learned anything from 1980s sex comedies, it's that college presidents are stuffy, stuck-up fools who take joy in nothing except ruining all the fun on their campus and protecting their hot daughter's virginity. So this morning's news is shaking our foundation: College presidents from Duke, Dartmouth, Ohio State and other schools have banded together to form the Amethyst Initiative, a group that aims to lower the legal drinking age from 21 to 18.

"This is a law that is routinely evaded," said John McCardell, former president of Middlebury College in Vermont who started the organization. "It is a law that the people at whom it is directed believe is unjust and unfair and discriminatory."

The Amethyst Initiative believes that lowering the drinking age will actually decrease binge drinking on campus; the idea is that if you're "exposed" to alcohol at a younger age, you're less likely to go nuts about it and overdo it. Other groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Women's Four-Square Bible Temperance Circle disagree with the idea.

We think it's amazing that 18 year-old citizens can vote, serve in the armed forces, buy property, etc. but not be allowed to buy a beer... but on the other hand, we don't want our bars clogged up with 18-year-old noobs. Unless they're chicks. What about you: Are you in favor of a drinking age of 18? Tell us in our comment section, you lushes.

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Jack Thompson, who will soon be disbarred in Florida, prohibiting him from practicing law, is getting his own web site where he can post all of his crackpot theories on violence in games and how it translates to violence in the real world. Entitled copycatviolence.com, it is sure to be hacked mercilessly by righteous gaming crusaders.

A recent Thompson press release said the site will have: "...a host of resources available to help others prove, in civil and criminal courtrooms as well as in legislatures, the fact that violent entertainment, particularly adult-rated entertainment marketed and sold to children, leads to violent criminal acts."

The press release strangely made no mention of the fact that he is full of crap.

gamepolitics.com: JT Has New URL

Iran Sucks at Photoshop

TylerColfax
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Posted July 10, 2008 - By TylerColfax



It seems we have a new entry for YouSuckAtPhotoshop.

Blogs such as Little Green Footballs, Suitably Flip, and the like have called shenanigans on the photos released from Iran proving that they have long-range missile capability. The image ran front page on The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, and web sites like BBC News and Yahoo! News featured it prominently before anyone was able to notice the gaffe and stop the presses.

Once you take a skeptical eye to it, it's easy to see that the fake was created by copying and pasting neighboring plumes and projectiles. Wow, it's really obvious now. Next week's Epic Fail: Government Disinformation. This doesn't change the fact that they launched two big ones that can go far. We're just excited about how they suck at Photoshop.

wired.com: Iran Missile Photo Faked

Dutch police have captured a hacker (not pictured at right) who has stolen around 50,000 credit card numbers and racked up $2 million in damage along his merry purchasing way. He also hacked into Valve's servers and purloined credit card numbers, and also accessed Activisions' computers, stealing Enemy Territory: Quake Wars  while it was still in development.

According to the Dutch Ministry of the Interior, the 20 year old hacker (Madoxx) burned "13 million Euros playing poker online and shopping for notebooks, flat screens and MP3 players" before being caught.

The criminal was collared by a Dutch police unit called Team High Tech Crime, coincidentally, also the name of our company softball team.

MaddoxX is behind bars and will not be stealing any more PC games until they are ready to be stolen.

iafrica.com: Web credit hacker caught
ShackNews: Valve Hacker Caught by Dutch Police

There's a trend sweeping the UK that could really do some damage if it makes its way to the US. And since we're fans of entropy here at G4, we'd like to tell you about it.

People in England are finding private pools on Google Earth, setting up parties over social networking sites, using the image to show the location, and arriving for a party without the owner's permission.

Party rules can include dressing up fancy and bringing a bike for a fast getaway. Residents have awoken in the middle of the night and found people in their pool or have come home for work and found beercans adrift.

The American spin on this could be really bad and really hilarious. We're conflicted. Now do your worst.

metro.co.uk: Google Earth Gatecrashers Start Pool Parties



A lawsuit against Harmonix which is owned by MTV Games which is owned by MTV which is owned by Viacom which is owned by God was recently thrown out for being ridiculous.

Michael Antonelli sued Viacom for "unfair competition" because the company advertised Rock Band as a game that used four players, but only featured a drumset, one mic, and one guitar in the initial bundle without the option of buying another guitar by itself.

It was probably thrown out because it's like suing a shoe company for not including socks which the actor jogging in the commercial clearly had. REEEEdiculous. Jogging path sold seperately.

next-gen.biz: Rock Band Case Dismissed



Alright, you understand how the internet works, right? Anyone in the world can access any video you post on MySpace on YouTube. This includes ANYONE IN THE WORLD!

So, knowing that, why would you ever post a video of yourself breaking the law? Yet it's happened multiple times recently and the most recent has earned a couple teenagers a unique sentence. Responsible for the recent FITH (Fire in the Hole) prank trend due to a video they uploaded, these two friends, aged 15 and 16 are to write, film, and post a video apology to YouTube. See it beyond the cut.

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Ok, so it wasn't extreme prejudice, but U.S. District Court Judge Joan Lenard dismissed Jack Thompson's federal lawsuit against the Florida Supreme Court "with prejudice."

Jackie sued the Florida Supreme Court in March for unlawfully preventing him from representing himself before them. Apparently, a dismissal with prejudice means he can no longer continue acting on the matter in any federal court.

Thompson still has other lawsuits in the pot on various issues that keep him up at night including one against his Florida Bar trial Judge, Dava Tunis, where he claims she has no authority due to an alleged forgery of her signature by a clerk.

gamepolitics.com: Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by Federal Judge



Well, Ole Jackie T. walked out of his disbarment hearing today before the proceedings were even finished. Subsequently, the presiding Judge Tunis recommended an "enhanced disbarment." We're not exactly sure what the "enhanced" part adds to the punishment, but we're thinking it involves him turning in his pants AND sock garters.

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North Oaks, Minnesota has requested of Google to be removed from their street view online. Apparently, the entire town is on privately owned land and they consider it a violation of privacy.

Apparently, they only want these two photographs and The Polka Padre, a North Oaks reverend who liked to polka and allegedly molest his parishioners, to be the outside world's view of North Oaks.

Also, my girlfriend lives in this town.

techdirt.com: Entire Minnesota Town Removed From Google Street View

The FCC wants to hold another one of their fancy auctions where they sell something they don't own that shouldn't be for sale. This time the winning bid will allow a company the dubious honor of giving away free wireless internet service to everyone.

Oh, also, the free internet that is provided will have content restrictions. No porn or obscene material will be allowed on the FCC's free airwaves. Since when is porn and being obscene illegal?

Prediction: This isn't going to work.

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