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U.S. programmer outsources own job to China, surfs cat videos

NOT the Onion!

U.S. programmer outsources own job to China, surfs cat videos
By Ramy Inocencio, for CNN
updated 12:33 AM EST, Thu January 17, 2013

After a U.S.-based "critical infrastructure" company discovered in 2012 its computer systems were being accessed from China, its security personnel caught the culprit ultimately responsible: Not a hacker from the Middle Kingdom but one of the company's own employees sitting right at his desk in the United States.


Investigators then discovered Bob had "physically FedExed his RSA token to China so that the third-party contractor could log-in under his credentials during the workday," wrote Andrew Valentine, a senior forensic investigator for Verizon.

Bob had hired a programming firm in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang to do his work. His helpers half a world away worked overnight on a schedule imitating an average 9-to-5 workday in the United States. He paid them one-fifth of his six-figure salary, according to Verizon.

And over the past several years, Bob received excellent performance reviews of his "clean, well written" coding. He had even been noted as "the best developer in the building."

More: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/17/business/us-outsource-job-china/

I'm surprised Verizon didn't give Bob a promotion for this!

Found a way to get the "Microsoft Service Center" Indians guys

To get off the phone fast.

I have a lot of people that call me who either have blocked their numbers or whose numbers I don't have in my system, so I have to answer even if it's an unrecognized number. So I get to talk to the Indian guys who claim that they are calling from the "Microsoft Service Center" to help me for free.

I've told them not to call, put in complaints with the Do Not Call List, cussed at them and hung up on them. Nothing worked - once a "supervisor" called back to try to convince me that my (non-existent) problem with my computer was serious enough to allow him to access my computer.

A month or so ago I was sort of loopy on pain drugs and when they called I cracked up and laughed at the guy. He got pissed and hung up. Just now, another of them called, same thing. That's the quickest results I've gotten from anything having to do with them.

LAUGH at them. They seem to have no sense of humor and can't take it!

Exploring Victoria & Southern Vancouver Island

Not my video - but it is really nice and relaxing. The link was sent to me since my great great grandfather had a sawmill in the area between Cowichan Lake and Duncan on Vancouver Island.

If you can spare 19 minutes to watch a video of a flight around the southern tip of Vancouver Island you won’t be disappointed ……..

Well worth watching. Excellent captioning of geographical locations.

Airplane fans will appreciate this as will lovers of Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands.

NOTE - Vimeo will not let me link to the video. Go to http://vimeo.com/ and search for Vancouver Island - the video is entitled "The Best Seat on the Planet - for exploring Victoria & Southern
Vancouver Island"

Just before our wet weather began I had the Mustang ll out on a
Beautiful afternoon flight with a couple of wing-mounted cameras going.
This video is the result of that afternoon’s flight.

No I don’t work for the BC Tourist department. I just love the land
(and water) that I am so privileged to fly over, and made so much more
enjoyable by the greatest airplane design around. Do I sound a bit
biased? ha.

I started out with an hour and twenty minutes and ended up with
nineteen. I just couldn't get it any shorter and even so we miss some
great stuff. Still, I think the nineteen minutes is worth it.

The Best Seat on the Planet - for exploring Victoria & Southern
Vancouver Island

Belgium seeks conviction of Church of Scientology

Belgium seeks conviction of Church of Scientology
Fri 28/12/2012 - 10:21 Belgium's federal public prosecutors have decided to prosecute the Church of Scientology in Belgium and several of its high-ranking members. The organisation and several of its members face charges in connection with extortion, fraud, illegal practice of medicine and violations of privacy legislation.

Federal public prosecutors want the church of Scientology to be condemned as a criminal organisation.

The decision follows years of investigation that was triggered by a complaint by the Labour Mediation Service in the Brussels Region. Labour mediators were unhappy with a number of labour contracts.

More: http://www.deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/news/121228_Church_of_Scientology_belgium_criminal_organisation_federal_prosecutors

Belgium does not recognize Scientology as a church and there are not a lot of members in the country. But this would be a nice precedent!

ETA - HuffPost also has an article with a little more info: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/28/belgium-prosecutes-scientology-extortion-fraud_n_2375823.html

Sandy Hook Hoaxer Busted By Federal Agents

Sandy Hook Hoaxer Busted By Federal Agents
Felon who claimed to be gunman Adam Lanza's uncle is collared

DECEMBER 26--A convicted felon who traveled to Newtown, Connecticut and masqueraded as the uncle of Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman Adam Lanza has been arrested on a federal probation violation charge, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Jonathan Lee Riches was busted late last week and booked into the Chester County jail. Riches, 35, has been living in West Chester, Pennsylvania since his release earlier this year from federal prison, where he spent a decade in custody for conspiracy and wire fraud.


Riches, however, did turn up at a makeshift memorial site in Newtown, where he identified himself to reporters as “Jonathan Lanza,” uncle of the school shooter. As reported by the New York Daily News and other media outlets, he told journalists that the killer had been taking Fanapt, an antipsychotic drug prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia. As photographers snapped away, Riches (seen below) dropped to a knee and feigned praying for the young victims.

According to a U.S. District Court filing, Riches--who is serving a five-year federal probation term--is not allowed to leave Pennsylvania’s Eastern District judicial boundaries without permission from a judge or his probation officers.

More: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/jonathan-lee-riches-violated-687543

Emphasis added.

This is the one and only source of the claim that the Sandy Hook shooter was on Fanapt.

Christmas Greeting from Blountstown, Florida

From a few years ago.

ETA - down the road was a sign advertising "Baby camo" - maybe the babies needed to blend into the underbrush?

Need recommendations for domain registrar

A friend wants a web site and needs to register his domain name. In the distant past I used GoDaddy for my domains, but don't want to use them any longer for several reasons.

He'll either 'rent' some of my webspace - I get more than I can use from my webhost - or better than that, he will need webhosting also. I had it recommended long ago to register my domain names from a different source than my webhosting. Is that still the best advice or should we look for one place for registration and hosting?

Who is good, cheap, won't spam, and is politically decent?

NASA Release for 12-22-2012

Why the World Didn't End Yesterday

First time ever I cooked rare roast beef worth eating!

Usually my roast beef is dry, tough, and over done. Last night's was really good AND it was only a cheap shoulder cut! Even so, it was tender, juicy and delicious.

First, I used Alton Brown's marinade for Beef:
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce (I was out so left this off)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, slightly crushed
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (I used honey mustard)
1 tablespoon olive oil

And marinated the boneless shoulder roast from Wednesday until last night. Took the roast out of the oven for an hour - should have been longer since it was not at room temperature when it went in the oven.

Then I seared the outside well, put the roast in a 350 F oven and roasted until it was 130 F interior temperature. Let it sit for 10 minutes and sliced it.

Served it au jus with roasted fingerling potatoes and fresh green beans. Heaven!

I only cook beef about once a month and haven't wanted to waste my money on good beef cuts since I sucked at cooking them. Next time I want roast beef, I will buy a good grass fed piece!

You Do, Of Course, Realize That This Is Going To End Very, Very Badly

For the Honey Boo Boo fans here:
You Do, Of Course, Realize That This Is Going To End Very, Very Badly
By Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson
September 28, 2012

Like millions of viewers around the nation, I was thrilled this week when TLC renewed my television show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, for a second fun-filled season. It fills my heart with joy to know that our raucous Southern lifestyle in rural Georgia entertained so many families and started a "redneck fever.” Heck, more people watched ‘Honey Boo Boo’ than the Republican National Convention. That’s really something!

So as me, Mama, Glitzy and eleven-fingered baby Kaitlyn gear up for the next chapter of Piggly Wiggly and pageantry, I want to take a moment to thank all of our fans out there and to remind them that this charade is, of course, going to end very, very badly.

You know that, right? That my whole life is, sooner or later, going to wind up being a complete and utter train wreck of delusion and misery? Just want everybody to be clear on that.

Again, I’m glad people are enjoying the show. It is definitely good that people enjoy gathering around the television and laughing at my chubby cheeks, and my tacky family, and all of our hysterical antics. Just so long, of course, as people are aware that there is no possible scenario in which I will grow up to be a functional human being who is healthy and psychologically well-adjusted. Or successful. Or anything but a sick punchline, or worse. Because viewers should already know that. I mean, I’m a 7-year-old girl who regularly consumes a combination of Red Bull and Mountain Dew, for God’s sake. And who loves constantly mugging in front of a camera at an age when a human being generally shouldn’t be doing that kind of thing.

Much, much more: http://www.theonion.com/articles/you-do-of-course-realize-that-this-is-going-to-end,29734/?ref=auto

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