Beware of the ‘cc’

November 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Oops! Blundering Taliban chief accidentally reveals names of 400 recipients on secret mailing list including provincial governor, activists and an Afghan warlord

Saying ‘sorry’ might not be enough when a Taliban spokesman tries to explain this hugely embarrassing blunder to his boss.

The unfortunate insurgent pressed send on a routine email last week with one big mistake in it: he had publicly CC’d the names of everyone on his mailing list.

Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official Taliban spokesman, sent them out on Saturday in a press release he received from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson.

ABC News said Ahmedi then forwarded Mujahid’s email to the full Taliban mailing list, but rather than using the BCC function, or blind carbon copy which keeps email addresses private, Ahmedi made the addresses public.

‘Taliban have included all 4 of my email addresses on the leaked distribution list,’ tweeted journalist Mustafa Kazemi, a prolific Kabul-based tweeter .

‘Quite reassuring to my safety.’

The list, made up of more than 400 recipients, consists mostly of journalists, but also includes an address appearing to belong to a provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists, an l Afghan consultative committee, and a representative of Gulbuddein Hekmatar, an Afghan warlord whose outlawed group Hezb-i-Islami is believed to be behind several attacks against coalition troops.

The Taliban routinely send out press releases to their mailing list, often claiming responsibility for attacks against Afghan and coalition targets. They are known for exaggerating casualty figures.

In recent weeks, the Taliban have increased the number of emails they send out, growing from just a handful every week, to several per day. Most of the emails are sent from Ahmedi’s account.

The increase coincides with the end of the annual Taliban fighting season, prompting one local journalist to joke, ‘I guess when fighting season ends, emailing season begins.’

Qari Yousuf Ahmedi did not return emails requesting a comment.

Only wounded

October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hero police robot back on duty after ‘unstable man’ blasts it with shotgun

 

A heroic police robot has returned to duty with a Nebraska force after being put out of action by an “unstable man” who blasted it repeatedly with a 12-bore* shotgun at point blank range during a tense siege this summer.

The story begins in Bellvue, Nebraska, on August 10. Ordinary fleshy plods responded to reports of an “unstable man with a gun”, but were forced to beat a retreat on being greeted with a volley of shots. The SWAT team were called in, and as is nowadays routine, the tactical lawmen decided to send in a robot colleague to check out the lay of the land.

We learn courtesy of Applied Research Associates, the robot’s maker, that:

Negotiations continued for several hours. During that period of time, the officer in control of the robot viewed the suspect emerging from the garage doorway attempting to close the garage door with his firearm in hand. He then fired four rounds from his 12 gauge shotgun at the robot, disabling it. Following that activity, teargas was introduced into the home and the suspect surrendered.

“Had we not deployed the [robot] there is a good chance we would have had SWAT officers much closer to that doorway and possibly in harm’s way,” said Dave Stukenholtz, Criminal Investigations Bureau Commander for Bellevue Police Department.

“It did its job,” boasted Bob Quinn of ARA. “Anytime a robot is shot, it’s an example of keeping an officer out of the line of fire. Not only did the robot keep SWAT officers informed of suspect activity, but it’s rugged enough that even after four rounds at close range, it’s fixable and quickly ready to rejoin the team in Nebraska.”

That said, though the tin cop is now fully repaired and back on duty with the Bellevue SWAT team as of today, it’s perhaps not as robust as certain other mechanical lawmen. A robot plod in Florida last year – having been riddled with bullets by a nude man armed with an AK47 assault rifle – remained functional enough to beat a hasty retreat. Another metallic public servant in Tennessee was plainly even tougher, as mounted an uncompromising assault on a heavily armed man which left his home a smoking ruin.

That said, still another mechanised policeman was defeated by a Connecticut man in January without the need even to use firearms: in that case the luckless tin cop was hurled through a door after a hand-to-hand struggle. At least the now-repaired Bellevue machine can console itself with the knowledge that it took heavy gunfire to put it down.

It’s plain that the ongoing struggle between the machines and humanity is far from one-sided. ®

Bootnote

*12-gauge, for our US readers. Reports don’t specify what kind of rounds the unstable gunman had loaded, but we here on the Reg tin-cop desk would speculate that he probably wasn’t using solid slugs or it might have been cheaper to just get a new robot.

raining again

October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Sunshine

noun

1. sometimes seen here in ‘mud island’ between June the 31st and July the 1st .

2. caused by a bright light in the sky.

3. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Architecture) a golden glow that appears to enhance colours in artist drawings.

4. Archaic

a. evil, known to cause skin cancer

b. wanton disregard causes a reddening and hyper sensitivity of the skin = sunburn. [this is rare in the UK]

apocryphal  foreign

second try

September 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Now to play…….

piccie puzzle

August 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

Now, it might look different now but where is it?

Answers on a postcard (like this)

going for….

August 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

Gold!

 Photobucket

Isn’t technology marvellous

July 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Kissenger Machine Can Send a Kiss to a Far-Off Love, Elicit Weird Looks From Others

Oh! Hello there!Long-distance relationships are hard. After all, how can you stay together when you’re far apart? This is where Kissenger–the kiss-transmitting robot–comes in.

With Kissenger, you can remotely send a kiss to another person with a Kissenger: All you had to do is kiss it. Created to provide a “novel way of transferring a kiss through interactive digital media,” the Kissenger works by first capturing the pressure patterns you create with your lips before recreating it, with the help of actuators, on your other half’s globular kissing assistant.

While the first Kissenger prototype left much to be desired for it was, quite literally, a fat, featureless white egg with a mouth, the most recent incarnation is far easier on the eyes, regardless of its duck-like expression. What’s interesting, however, is that the device wasn’t just designed to serve as a mediator for remote romances. According to the Lovotics website, the Kissenger can also facilitate two other modes of interaction as well: human-to-robot kissing and human-to-virtual character physical/virtual kissing.

Nope. I’m not even going to begin contemplating on the possible implications of this.

When all is said and done, however, it could be worse. Kissenger is still significantly more appealing compared to the Kiss Transmission Device, an invention that’s more akin to a Breathalyzer.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/v0uYb7AWKwY?feature=player_embedded

It’s …

July 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

St. Swithin’s Day

15 July, a day on which people watch the weather for tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin’s Day, it will continue so for the next forty days.

There is a weather-rhyme is well known throughout the British Isles since Elizabethan times.

‘St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St. Swithin’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.’

 

 

and I thank thee all for my birthday wishes yesterday. The presents haven’t arrived yet but I’m sure that’s down to the vagaries of the postal system.Smile

if only

July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Nice Pictures?

The artist was turned down by the Viennese Academy of Fine Arts. If he had got in life may have been very different – for all of us – his name:-

Adolph Hitler

Strange

July 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 Orvillecopter2 550x357 [VIDEO] A Dead Cat Turned Into Remote Controlled Helicopter