Headline of the day:
Cloud-computing crimeware means networks of zombie machines can be hired to steal online-banking details for as little as $299 (£185) per month. ‘Fraud as a service’ is opening up computer crime to people with no technical expertise, warned Uri Rivner, head of new technology at security company RSA.
They can put zombies and computers on a cloud? The interwebs are even cooler than I thought.
Ummm, given the condition of most banks and most people with accounts at banks not sure how much good this information will do them.
While Mrs. Collateral Damage, who has all the details on the story, doubtless agrees with the learned cleric, I do believe it is an issue on which reasonable people may disagree. And still remain married.
Best quote from the story:
Sheikh Mohamed al-Munajid, a cleric who often appears on Saudi television and who is also a former Saudi diplomat in the United States, said last week that mice were “agents of Satan” and should be killed. “Sharia (Islamic law) calls for the extermination of all mice. That includes the rodents as well as ‘the famous cartoon mouse’,” he said. He blamed Mickey Mouse for causing people to become soft on mice.
“Get out or I’ll play this accordion!” she said. Sadly police later arrested her for using a threatening note.
(Actually I really like the accordion…Flaco Jimenez RULES!)
cf: Marx, Groucho: “I once shot an elephant in my pajamas.”
I am chagrined to see that this is my first ever Groucho reference here at Collateral Damage. I apologize to my readers and promise to do better in the future.
PS: Walt Kelly’s birthday was last month and I forgot to mention it. Again, my apologies. Why is it this book title never goes out of date?
Yeah, but you wouldn’t believe the amount of methadone he’s on.
Sure, it’s long but really you don’t want to miss out on any key details.
Click on the link to see a picture of the far-too-realistic artwork.
Speaking as a former headline writer — WHERE WAS THIS STORY WHEN I NEEDED IT?
TAMPA, Fla. – Police say a man named God was arrested near a Tampa church for selling cocaine. Authorities began investigating God Lucky Howard in April, and he was arrested on Saturday. Police say he sold the cocaine to undercover detectives in his neighborhood. When officers searched his home, they reported finding another 22 grams of cocaine and a scale.
Well, I think he wasn’t God and I know he wasn’t Lucky. He probably wasn’t Howard, either.
Runner up for headline of the day: Sports bra saves US hiker in German Alp
Berchtesgaden police officer Lorenz Rasp said that he helped lift 24-year-old Jessica Bruinsma of Colorado state to safety by helicopter on Thursday after she attracted the attention of lumberjacks by attaching her sports bra to a cable used to move timber down the mountain.
QUICK, someone get the brand of that bra!
Maybe they’ll just charge them $4+ a gallon for gas.
I’m not much of an outdoorsman, to understate the case wildly, but I was under the impression that if you annoyed a bear it’s not the bear who will have the problem.
This AP story reads like a press release.
NEW YORK – Until recently, America’s pomegranate lovers could indulge their passion for its ruby red seeds for less than half the year. Now, the trendy fresh fruit that’s packed with health benefits will be available in the United States year-round.
File under: Some PR Person just did their job and some reporter/editor didn’t do theirs.
File Under: Kinks I never even suspected existed.
Hard to get better than that.
Security cameras showed the man, wearing a dress with a revealing bust line and hair barrettes, climbed through the takeout window at a Burger King on May 11. He held the employees at gunpoint, demanded money, exited through the same drive-through window and drove away.
Only way it could have been better is if it had been a drag king.
2nd best headline of the day: Big, hairy pig attracted gawkers in Wisconsin
That’s odd, I don’t remember going to Wisconsin recently. And personally, I prefer to call them fans, not gawkers.
- Actually I’ve always thought of him as wooden.
- Couldn’t be worse than the one they’ve got.
Sadly for Mr. Brown and happily for anyone with a sense of humor the truth is even funnier.
Quick, name an English-speaking country that actually likes its leader. … Hmmm, I’m stumped too. Maybe Canadia? They speak English, don’t they?
Some leaders are actually seeing their wax popularity waxing and not waning. The St. Petersburg Wax Museum says the public is not content with its small model of Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s newly installed ventriloquist-dummy-in-chief. Apparently the people want a three-dimensional version. Should this come to pass, it will mean the museum’s version has more depth than the person it is based on.