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Comment Re:When you have a bad driver ... (Score 5, Interesting) 961

This is a known drawback of ABS -- longer stopping distances in snowy conditions. You actually stop faster if the wheels are allowed to lock up, because the tires effectively become plow blades and a wedge of snow accumulates in front of each, helping to slow you down. This doesn't happen if the tires never stop rotating.

Submission + - Craigslist Scams Becoming More Sophisticated

coasterfan writes: I have a hobby of hobby of baiting ebay and craigslist scammers. Typically I find an item listed for a ridiculously low amount, contact the seller to find that they've recently moved to the UK, get directed to a phony shipping web site to pay for the item which always seems to require a Western Union transaction, etc. While I lead the scammer on, I contact the ISP and have the phony web site taken down, contact the email provider to have the account suspended for abuse, and of course contact the listing agent to have the ad removed.

In the past few days I've stumbled into what appears to be a staggeringly sophisticated version of this scam that I feel is worth a Slashdot mention. For me, it started with a London, UK Craigslist listing for a musical instrument that I had seen listed months before in the US with identical pictures and text. Contacting the seller, I was directed to a much more elaborate web site than I have seen used previously. The site lists store locations in several major cities around the world, none of which appear to actually exist. There are links to blogs and testimonials. When you do a search on the company, you find postings in various online forums, including Yahoo Answers, that appear to have been planted to make the company look legitimate and safe.
The craigslist scam has entered an era where the non-geek doesn't stand a chance.

One Quarter of Germans Happy To Have Chip Implants 170

justice4all writes "If it means shorter lines at the supermarket, a quarter of Germans would be happy to have a chip implanted under their skin. The head of Germany's main IT trade body told the audience at the opening ceremony of the CeBIT technology exhibition that one in four of his countrymen are happy to have a microchip inserted for ID purposes."

Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"
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Submission + - Free Software-only SIM Unlock for the iPhone

coasterfan writes: Put away your soldering irons! Charlie Sorrel at the Wired Gadget lab reports that the iPhone Dev team has released a free, open source unlock for the iPhone. Engadget has the story behind it. A complete tutorial for use with a computer running OS X is available at MacApper.

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