And I think that's totally fair, I suppose I just don't believe that the anonymous poster of this has gone through the proper channels. If he hasn't contacted the local authorities it makes little sense for the FBI to be involved, when their jurisdiction is expressly limited by the US Constitution. I think that he'd get a response if he went through the local authorities, and maybe even whatever state-sanctioned investigative body exists there (in Georgia, we have the GBI) but the FBI's not likely the best starting point. Kind of like working in a large corporation and sending an e-mail to the CEO because a co-worker is agitating you... Probably not the best analogy, but you can at least see some plausible reason (I hope) as to why the FBI isn't the best starting point, and there is no evidence of an appropriate starting point given. Nor is there an appeal to anyone who would know something about the law and how to proceed, but rather an open appeal to the Slashdot crowd.
wattrlz writes "Apparently the current champion of v1*gr4 spamming solicited some of the wrong email boxes. Alexy Tolstokozhev was recently found murdered in his palatial spam-bought estate near Moscow. The implications of this hands on method of system administration are staggering." Update: 10/12 15:28 GMT by Z : Good story. Unfortunately, probably a fake.
Jimmy writes to tell us that CNET is running an article on what your favorite Web sites say about you. One example takes a look at the possible origins of Facebook readers; "The typical Facebookers are what you'd get if YouTube and Flickr went halves on a baby. Yes, the site was created to help university students connect and have a good time, but connecting and having a good time generally involves unruly, drunken behavior, which is inevitably caught on film and posted for your entire friends list to see.'" The article also takes a look at eBay, Flickr, Slashdot, and several others.
FlyByPC writes "According to a NewsWeek article, oxygen deprivation doesn't kill patients as much as the resumption of oxygen does. This discovery could bring about new ways of resuscitating people whose hearts have stopped."
cwm9 writes: "Could we possibly use the world's oceans as a medium by which to fight Global warming? It's a question that perhaps the Slashdot crowd might be able to provide some input on."
jcatcw writes: After hundreds of hours of testing Vista, Scot Finnie is supremely tired of it. And of Microsoft. Although 80% of the changes in Windows Vista are positive, there is nothing about Vista that is truly innovative or compelling; there's no transformational, gotta-have-it feature in Vista. But the real problem isn't with Vista. It's with Microsoft itself. Microsoft stopped focusing on end users. They "now seemingly makes many decisions based on these two things: 1. Avoiding negative publicity (especially about security and software quality) 2. Making sure the largest enterprise customers are happy."
Nrbelex writes "Randall Stross makes a fresh and surprisingly accurate review of one of the biggest "features" in the upcoming iPhone and the iPod in general, 'fairplay'. Stross writes, 'If "crippleware" seems an unduly harsh description, it balances the euphemistic names that the industry uses for copy protection. Apple officially calls its own standard "FairPlay," but fair it is not.... You are always going to have to buy Apple stuff. Forever and ever.' Can mainstream media coverage help the battle over DRM or will this warning, like those of the pas, continue to go unnoticed?"