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Stolen Laptop Owner Outwits Mugger, Police, and the Media 272

Posted by timothy
from the dirty-deeds-dragged-into-view dept.
An anonymous reader writes "What do you get mugged in Central London and the local police are too incompetent to find a mugger even with his address and photograph? You may not be able to get to the laptop, but you still own the photos and data on it, so you set up the NSFW Plumpergeddon blog which gives details of the subsequent 'owner's' 'Brick House Butts' fetishes. Now of course later the IT media might get interested and offer an interview with a promise to let him review the article and keep his name secret. luckily our hero is not so innocent and demonstrates the value of using a false name on the internet as well as planting your own monitoring software on your laptop."
Crime

Texas Rangers Use Internet To Breathe New Life Into Cold Case Homicides 73

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-life dept.
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Katherine Rosenberg reports that the Texas Department of Public Safety has unveiled a new web site dedicated to unsolved cold case homicides to make sure the victims are not forgotten and to try to catch a break in even the coldest of cases. DPS spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger says continual strides in technology make focusing on cold cases more important than ever because there are more opportunities to solve them with each emerging process or device. The web site was created because the more readily available information is the more people may be apt to pick up the phone and report what they know. 'It helps to refresh these cases in the public's mind and hopefully we'll shed new light on it. In some cases, we can also re-examine evidence if there's an opportunity or need there as well,' says Cesinger. One featured case from 1993 is Kathleen Suckley who was 29 when her throat was slashed and she was stabbed about 40 times inside her rented duplex, while her two sons, ages 4 and 1, were home. Officials said they interviewed numerous witnesses but never got enough information for an arrest. Capt. Tim Wilson maintains that in any homicide case there always is someone who knows something. At some point, he believes, the murderer will tell someone out of guilt or pride, or simply the pressure of holding it in. Cesinger points out that over time as relationships change, if prompted by something like the website or a news article, that confidant finally may come forward. 'I think we owe it to Kathleen to be this tenacious. It drives me nuts that somebody can do this and get away with it,' says Kathleen's mother-in-law Luann Suckley. 'I think the website is great ... maybe someone will finally speak up because I'm tired of sitting back and waiting.'"

Comment: Re:Carriers are businesses (Score 2) 105

by Pete Venkman (#41348005) Attached to: Wrong Number: Why Phone Companies Overcharge For Data
If a business only charges actual cost for a product, they cannot make a profit. I want some companies to earn a profit, especially if I'm a stakeholder. If we're lucky, we have jobs (and paychecks) that are a result of some company making a profit. No, I'm not talking about hookers-and-blow-for-everybody kind of profit, either.

Comment: Re:fearmongering (Score 1) 266

by Pete Venkman (#40012345) Attached to: Americans More Worried About Cybersecurity Than Terrorism
Deductive reasoning is important to the philosophy of science. The philosophy of science is however not science. It is philosophy. Science relied on testability. Can you develop an experiment that would prove or disprove the idea that the universe and everything in it are the work of a creator?

Comment: Re:Why just OUR government? (Score 1) 194

by Pete Venkman (#39777933) Attached to: The Crisis of Government-Funded Science
I agree with you. The US is busy enough nation-building, liberating people from oppressive regimes, and showing those North Koreans what's for. And the liberal media whines that we're not funding science too? The only science we need to fund in the US is the kind they show on CSI--that show is awesome. God bless 'Merica.

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