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Thieves Take the Cake

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the just-eat-it dept.

Security 91

Two very hungry German couriers ate a fruit cake destined for a German newspaper and in its place mailed a box of credit card data. The data including names, addresses and card transactions ended up at the Frankfurter Rundschau daily. The mix-up triggered an alarm, and police advised credit card customers with Landesbank Berlin to check their accounts for inconsistencies. Fruitcake must be different in Germany for people to want to use it as something other than a paperweight.

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Whatever. (5, Insightful)

cromar (1103585) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206035)

Whatever, fruit cake is delicious. Just don't buy the cheap, sucky grocery store kind and you will be in for a treat or find a recipe and make some...

Re:Whatever. (1)

Directrix1 (157787) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206055)

Very true.

Re:Whatever. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206109)

It really depends if it has the fruits that you like or not. Some people don't like x fruit thus having it in the cake makes them dislike it and in turn all fruit cakes

Re:Whatever. (1)

n1ckml007 (683046) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206119)

Well if you are what you eat... you must eat a lot of fruit cake!

Re:Whatever. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206225)

Whatever, fruit cake is delicious. Just don't buy the cheap, sucky grocery store kind and you will be in for a treat or find a recipe and make some...

Fruit cake is handy stuff. My dog is still using the piece from last year as a chew toy and I used the rest to weather strip the windows. I asked for more this year so I could redo the doors as well what with fuel oil prices so high and all. It also comes in handy to plug mouse holes with. It's the only thing I've found they won't chew on.

Re:Whatever. (1)

dodobh (65811) | more than 5 years ago | (#26209543)

That's not fruit cake. That's dwarf bread.

Re:Whatever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26210211)

Damn elf.

This wasn't fruit cake. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206269)

If you read TFA, it was stollen [google.com] , a whole different thing. And while stollen may have its own problems (it's something like five hundred calories fora small slice) it's damn tasty.

Re:This wasn't fruit cake. (1)

Gamma746 (1361063) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206781)

No, the credit card information was stolen. The cake was eaten.

ACH!!! (4, Funny)

snowgirl (978879) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208021)

ACH! Mine stollen ist stolen!!!

Re:ACH!!! (1)

Anton Styles (1336251) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208665)

ACH! Mine stollen ist stolen!!!

And your sigs about Grammar Nazis... Now that's class.

Re:ACH!!! (1)

Lars T. (470328) | more than 5 years ago | (#26210665)

ACH! Mine stollen ist stolen!!!

And your sigs about Grammar Nazis... Now that's class.

Actually, I suspect that was a pun also (lost on non-speakers of German).

Re:Whatever. (1)

techess (1322623) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206613)

I agree good fruitcake is moist, soft and delicious. The bakery I get mine from soaks the fruit in Brandy a long time before they bake the cake.

Re:Whatever. (2, Informative)

goatpunch (668594) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206749)

The stuff that passes for 'fruitcake' in the US/Canada is just sad, half the replies to this story are just stating how sucky that artificial insubstantial crap is.

This stuff was the ultimate fruit cake, German Stollen:

Stollen > British Fruitcake > North American Fruitcake

Re:Whatever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26207093)

There is only 1 fruit cake in North America. It gets passed on from one person to another continuously, as no one actually wants to eat it.

Re:Whatever. (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#26209273)

I ate that cake a few (5?) years ago. It nearly killed me, but I needed the calories and I wasn't thinking straight.
I didn't know people could swallow (or excrete) whole bricks.

Re:Whatever. (1)

Tubal-Cain (1289912) | more than 5 years ago | (#26209283)

Oh, and it went to my brother-in-law the next year.

Re:Whatever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26208157)

Stollen rocks too, but let's not forget traditional Irish alcoholic christmas fruitcake recipes. Cake is baked, then "fed" with whiskey regularly over the course of weeks of maturation (obviously most of the alcohol would evaporate if added before baking, so you make little holes in the cake and pour it in afterwards!). Usually wrapped in marzipan and icing. It's sort of like the alcohol analogue of a hash spacecake and is totally awesome.

http://www.dochara.com/eat/traditional/christmas-cake.php [dochara.com]

Not to be confused with christmas pudding (also eaten in ireland and britain) - that's steamed, then doused in alcohol and set alight.

http://flickr.com/photos/roaring_mouse/102008926/ [flickr.com]

Stollen is BETTER!!! Re:Whatever. (1)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 5 years ago | (#26207101)

It's far superior to 'fruit cake'. I get thanked for giving it. I don't ever give fruit cake, it's an insult.

http://www.rejiquar.com/Food/stollen.html [rejiquar.com]

Re:Stollen is BETTER!!! Re:Whatever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26210831)

Hmm. Yes. Stollen is nice, but my favourite at this time of year (since we're talking German cakes) is: Lebkuchen. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Whatever. (1)

sydbarrett74 (74307) | more than 5 years ago | (#26216489)

I agree. I don't understand the fruitcake meme -- well-made fruitcake is delicious.

DHHell (1)

Bordgious (1378477) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206051)

Is this why DHL is pulling out of the US? If they hire couriers who like fruitcake in Germany, what they must be like in the US!

idle? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206099)

Okay, seriously: What the hell is the point of idle if you're just going to post fluff in all the other sections anyway?

Re:idle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206481)

Haven't you heard? Slashdot has jumped the shark. Web 2.0 (although D2 is manageable), Idle, the user page fuckup, and now posting obvious Idle material to other sections. It was good while it lasted, but the Slashdot we knew is dead and gone. The sad part is that some people actually pay for this trash. If I had a star by my username I would be fucking embarrassed.

Re:idle? (1)

snowgirl (978879) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208033)

Not all of us paid for our own subscriptions...

Re:idle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26208533)

Indeed. :-)

Re:idle? (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 5 years ago | (#26209659)

You don't see any rubbish if you subscribe; what you guys get is the leftovers. Us subscribers have taken all the good bits before it gets to you ;p

Re:idle? (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208605)

This is far from fluff. It's actually a security issue that has some "funny" (ymmv) outcome.

These couriers ate a stollen (NOT a fruitcake!) that was supposed to go to party A, and to make it less obvious, they took a package from party B and delivered it to A instead, thinking that whether they get 4 or 5 parcels won't make the difference. Well, problem is that this "misdelivered" parcel contained the very personal bank account data of people on microfiche. This raises a few rather interesting questions.

First, why does a bank deliver its data on microfiche anymore? I may be old fashioned, but this is even a wee bit dated for my tastes.

Second, why do they trust unencrypted customer data to couriers? I could see if those couriers are in house and had a serious background check (hell, I worked for a bank for a brief while, and the time it took to get all the papers necessary was almost more than the time I spent working for them!), but these are just some delivery boys. And they get unencrypted, plain text readable but very sensitive and classified data into their hands. Before you ask, yes, Germany has some rather strict secrecy laws concerning bank accounts. Even courts need (in theory... ya know, these days...) some rather good reason to peek into your financial data, bank clerks face stiff fines and unemployment if they only consider talking about your account with some third party, etc. And here these very sensitive informations are put into the hands of some delivery boys that were quite obviously not checked.

And finally, why did the German minister of interior, Mr. Paranoid himself, suddenly get VERY quiet about his demands of more through investigation when data gets "lost"? Only weeks ago he was all about it, now suddenly, nothing is said anymore.

But the diversion worked. Everyone's laughing about the stolen stollen and how hilariously dumb the delivery boys were. The underlying problem gets ignored. Appearantly it's true, if you want to cover up a story, just fabricate a more intersting or at least hilarious story on top of it so everyone will point and laugh and stop thinking.

Re:idle? (1)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 5 years ago | (#26211291)

Financial houses are very conservative, and very prone to sticking with "proven" systems until some massive flaw forces them to change.

Re:idle? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26218951)

Financial houses are very conservative, and very prone to sticking with "proven" systems until some way to spend less money convinces them to change.

There, fixed.

There are so many things that are flawed in the way financial houses operate, online banking being the most obvious one. But as long as the damages don't outweigh the cost of changing, it's going to stay this way.

But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206103)

The cake is a lie.

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206105)

you're saying that the cake is lie then?

because.. (2, Funny)

db10 (740174) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206127)

German couriers like to have their cake and eat it too.

Re:because.. (1)

db10 (740174) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206141)

also in Russia cake eats German couriers.

Re:because.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206191)

Also, pretty much everywhere, old gets meme.

Re:because.. (1)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206221)

Eat their cake and have it too.

One could write a manifesto about the abuses that phrase has suffered.

I've never understood the hate for fruitcake (1)

RollingThunder (88952) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206135)

Hating poorly made mass market stuff sure; but that's not specific to fruitcake. Anything that's overproduced and sits for too long will be unpalatable.

Fruitcake is heavy and sweet, sure, but that's why it's a decadent holiday treat rather than an all-year item. I love a good fruitcake!

Re:I've never understood the hate for fruitcake (1)

mediatrix (211582) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208653)

I agree! Fruitcake is righteously awesome and contains all color and food groups.

Cake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206189)

Can't help but think that this is a lie...

Re:Cake? (1)

Erbo (384) | more than 5 years ago | (#26213695)

Came for the Portal references. Was not disappointed.

Stollen! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206197)

It wasn't fruitcake, it was Christstollen. And no, that's not the same, despite what Wikipedia falsely claims.

Re:Stollen! (1)

carleton (97218) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206391)

Grr... wish I had modpoints... there's about 3 light years of difference between fruitcake and stollen...

Re:Stollen! (5, Funny)

himizu (1435467) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206501)

You mean, the cake is a lie?

Re:Stollen! (1)

Golddess (1361003) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206725)

Mod parent up. When taken in conjunction with GP's post, this has got to be better than the million other Portal memes this story is bound to generate.

Re:Stollen! (2, Funny)

Adrian Lopez (2615) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206657)

Christstollen? Gestohlen!

Re:Stollen! (1)

Briareos (21163) | more than 5 years ago | (#26211045)

Christstollen? Gestohlen!

*imagines your average English speaker trying to pronounce that*

Gesundheit!

(Ja ja, ich geh' ja schon... :P)

np: Tocotronic - Neues Vom Trickser (Tocotronic)

Re:Stollen! (2, Insightful)

Trogre (513942) | more than 5 years ago | (#26207393)

Which Wikipedia will no doubt now correctly claim. Thanks for fixing it!

Re:Stollen! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26214621)

Stollens of any sort are much better than fruitcake.

Re:Stollen! (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26214813)

It's a cake with fruit in it, and no, it's not a fruitcake. Not the fruitcake everyone's thinking of, anyway.

FWIW, Aldi [aldifoods.com] sells imported German stollen around Christmastime. They're pretty good, and they'll certainly dispose you of the idea that stollen are fruitcakes.

Collin Street Bakery, Corsicana, TX (1, Redundant)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206255)

For what it's worth, the "classic" fruitcake is one from the Collin Street Bakery [collinstreet.com] in Corsicana, Texas, between Dallas and Houston. Selling points include:

* Hand-picked Golden sweet pineapple and lush papaya, from our farms in Costa Rica.
* Ripe, red cherries from Oregon and Washington State.
* Pure clover honey, plump golden raisins.
* Refrigerated, the DeLuxe stays moist and delicious for months.

Put it in the fridge, you'll get around to eating it... someday.

But the most important thing about a Collin Street Bakery fruitcake is the tin. You've seen it at your grandma's house -- the one with the cowboy on it [collinstreet.com] . Anything else is just a bunch of dried-out fruit.

Re:Collin Street Bakery, Corsicana, TX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26209371)

stollen is far better.
(yield: 45 loaves)

Ingredients:

# 4 kg Raisins
# 1 litre Rum
# 1.2 kg Almonds (slivered)
# 2 kg Marzipan
# 4kg Butter
# 4 kg Bread Flour
# 3 litres Milk
# 1 kg Yeast
# 2 kg Sugar
# 1 kg Lemons (six)
# 16 pc Egg yolks

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Soak the raisins and almonds in the rum overnight.

To make sponge mixture: mix yeast, flour, lukewarm milk, two Tbsp of sugar (mixture will double in size).

Then add the rest of the flour, sugar, butter, egg yolks, and milk to the sponge mixture.

Rest for one-half-hour (30 min).

Add raisins and almonds to dough.

Rest for one-half-hour (30 min).

Scale out one-pound loaves and flatten slightly.

Roll out one strip of marzipan, and lay it through the middle of the loaf, and fold over so that the marzipan is in the centre of the dough.

Let rise for one-half-hour (30 min).

Bake at 350 F for approx 25 to 30 minutes, until uniformly and lightly browned.

Brush with clarified butter and roll in granulated sugar or dust with icing sugar.

Wow. Hoax? (5, Insightful)

Ecuador (740021) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206295)

I actually had to RTFA because I could not figure out what on earth this is about. So, two couriers decide to steal a cake sent to a newspaper. To COVER the theft, they replaced it with a package intended to a bank, without even opening it. That package happened to contain microfilmed (?!) of transactions.
This must be a hoax, the sheer stupidity of "hiding" a CAKE theft with a second theft. Then banks sending around transactions and customer data in MICROFILMS????
Am I missing something, or is this just a hoax?

Re:Wow. Hoax? (3, Interesting)

Sique (173459) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206371)

No. It is for real. That's what actually happened. The couriers stole the fruit cake, and to cover it, they took one of six packages intended for a bank and relabelled it with the address sticker of the newspaper.

Re:Wow. Hoax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26209699)

It sounds very unlikely that somebody would steal fruit cake (or whatever) and replace it by random bank data. But then, did the thieves know what they were sending? I'd assume that the parcel from the bank was unlabeled and nothing would identify its contents.

Re:Wow. Hoax? (1)

Sique (173459) | more than 5 years ago | (#26210185)

Yes, it was.
It points out though that maybe stealing from parcels is much more common than previously thought, but the fact that this time something very valuable was used as replacement shed light on it.

Re:Wow. Hoax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26212621)

No. It is for real. That's what actually happened. The couriers stole the fruit cake, and to cover it, they took one of six packages intended for a bank and relabelled it with the address sticker of the newspaper.

... que "Yakety Sax"?

Re:Wow. Hoax? (1)

Bysmuth (1362639) | more than 5 years ago | (#26227931)

Is it just me, or was alerting a newspaper to their theft the wrong way to keep it secret?

Re:Wow. Hoax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206527)

No, sometimes reality is just weirder than you'd think. If you understand german, here's the Tagesschau's (germanys most viewed and probably most reputable news) coverage of the story:
http://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video424696.html

But, according to local media, it wasn't a fruitcake but a Stollen.

Re:Wow. Hoax? (1)

Ecuador (740021) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206697)

Obviously the fruitcake was stollen...

Re:Wow. Hoax? (2, Insightful)

burni (930725) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206581)

Don't joke about microfilms!

For archiving over a long term they have some unbeatable pro's

(+) 100years+
(+) lowtech data retrival (even Gallileo could extract information!)
(+) burn it when the deadline is met (faster & more secure than erasing tapes)

(-) slow data retrival (but this is just data which has to be archived, and won't be accessed
anymore)

Re:Wow. Hoax? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206779)

Bank transactions and account info stored for 100+ years?
Also, burning microfilms does not sound great for various reasons (e.g. the environment). And CD's can be shredded/burnt as well as microfilms. You could conceivably burn hard disks too :)

Re:Wow. Hoax? (1)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#26207461)

(-) slow data retrival (but this is just data which has to be archived, and won't be accessed
anymore)

Just file it in /dev/null

(+) infinite space
(+) very low space/power requirements
(+) secure

(-) if you say it won't be accessed, you better mean it. ;)

Re:Wow. Hoax? (1)

Fanro (130986) | more than 5 years ago | (#26207077)

I actually had to RTFA because I could not figure out what on earth this is about. So, two couriers decide to steal a cake sent to a newspaper. To COVER the theft, they replaced it with a package intended to a bank, without even opening it. That package happened to contain microfilmed (?!) of transactions.
This must be a hoax, the sheer stupidity of "hiding" a CAKE theft with a second theft. Then banks sending around transactions and customer data in MICROFILMS????
Am I missing something, or is this just a hoax?

That is pretty much the story as it was reported in several papers as truth.

A bunch of credit data on microfilm was indeed sent to a newspaper, this much is certain.

The cake swap story was later reported by the police after investigation.

It sounds completely absurd, but it is not a joke.

it might be a coverup story, but who would choose such an obviously bad story?

Re:Wow. Hoax? (1)

Reziac (43301) | more than 5 years ago | (#26207669)

It must be a hoax. Everyone knows there is just ONE fruitcake in the entire world, and it's been passed from one unlucky victim to another for centuries.

Re:Wow. Hoax? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208673)

In the version I know it's a box of chocolate candy. And it ends with the words "I want to inform the world that the box has been removed from circulation. Someone will have to buy a new one."

Re:Wow. Hoax? (1)

Reziac (43301) | more than 5 years ago | (#26209533)

Hmm. I thought that one applied to the chocolate-covered manhole cover!

Re:Wow. Hoax? (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208655)

It's not entirely a hoax. Actually, bank data surfaced at a newspaper. Actually, said newspaper wrote a story about it. Actually, the whole country was up in arms about bank data being stolen.

Whether or not it is credible that a bank is delivering account data on microfiche (to whom, anyway?), whether or not it is credible that two couriers steal a stollen (ya know, they ain't so terribly expensive and stealing a cake means you're FIRED, and I only write it in bold because I don't want to bug you with an H1 tag because you are not only out of a job you are also out of pretty much any job that doesn't come with fries), whether or not it is credible that they are so braindead to replace a stolen stollen by stealing another package (to a BANK) and send it to a NEWSPAPER instead... that's up to you.

I certainly am not accusing the German investigators of fabricating a story to save at least the little credibility banks in Germany still have, I don't like legal problems with powers that have more money than dead $deity himself.

Stolen Stollen? (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206307)

What a sweet security breach story!

Hmmm...tasty fr^H^Hcredit card slips?!?!?! (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206319)

Aghh!
The cake is a lie!

Well, this should take care of the rest of the German's personal finances that did not get sold to the undercover journalists earlier this winter [slashdot.org] .

It must of been one hell of a good fruitcake, but I wonder if it was worth the risk for the mail person.

Breaking news (1)

Sta7ic (819090) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206379)

Fruitcake missing! Non-film at 11. Review of mental hospital institutions at 11:30.

Opens a box full of credit card data... (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206383)

"I *knew* the cake was a lie!"

Posted under IT, huh? (1, Insightful)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206417)

WTF ./

Honestly, are you trying to destroy your rep? How in the F*^% is this related to IT?

And it's not even the stupid articles on the front page (I never even got around to turning idle off), it's WHY... what are you TRYING (and failing) to accomplish? I know sourceforge has stated that they wanted to increase revenues, but they know this will just piss off the users and do nothing of the sort, right... right? I'm a geek, I want to know WHY. Will you answer me, or are you just looking to generate more disagree mail... if you're looking for disagree mail, at least that would have *some* form of logic behind it.

Management can't be that dumb - I mean, they did oversee the expansion of the /. site for the past few years, and I consider it to be pretty cool (declining, but still cool). Does anyone know of any options to /. that are as cool (minus the idle garbage, of course)?

Re:Posted under IT, huh? (1)

gasmasher (750585) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206529)

Does anyone know of any options to /. that are as cool (minus the idle garbage, of course)?

Yes, but if we told you then we would have to put up with you over there too.

Re:Posted under IT, huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206729)

You vastly underestimate the dumbness of management. This situation is going to get worse before it gets better (if that's even possible). Hopefully the ineptitude will culminate in a few firings; short of nuking it from orbit, that's the only way to be sure.

Re:Posted under IT, huh? (1)

goatpunch (668594) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206833)

Since when did /. (or indeed ./ ) have to stick to articles "related to IT"?

Re:Posted under IT, huh? (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206883)

Since when did /. (or indeed ./ ) have to stick to articles "related to IT"?

Presumably when they posted this under the IT section.

That said, of course this has to do with IT: those accounts are data, and this is why you shouldn't mail things unencrypted.

Re:Posted under IT, huh? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26216649)

That said, of course this has to do with IT: those accounts are data, and this is why you shouldn't mail things unencrypted.

Ok, I was wondering the same thing, but that explanation actually made sense. TFS said nothing about that, though.

Re:Posted under IT, huh? (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206905)

heh, didn't even realize I posted ./

Must've been trying to do something in my local dir there :)

This article is posted under the IT: section. There are different /. sections and stories are prefixed with [sectionName:]storyName. This is under the IT section. So, when I go to an IT section, I'd hope it would be related (at least obliquely) to IT, but this story is clearly an idle: section.

My gripe is that they are miscategorizing these stories on purpose to subvert the settings of those who have choosen to ignore the idle section in their user preferences. So my question directed at /. is basically.. WTF?

Re:Posted under IT, huh? (1)

kaiser423 (828989) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206837)

Yea, this is seriously pretty sad...

No, you totally missed the point! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26208131)

Yep, I totally agree with you on the one hand but on the other hand it is still a funny story everybody should have heard about. So Slashdot is just spreading the word. There's nothing wrong with it. Or how in German we'd say: "Gute Wort ohne Gunst ist ein Stück von Judas' Kunst." Or what in this context also fits perfectly: "Dem Beklagten gebührt das letzte Wort."

I hope the couriers have learned from this incident and will prevent that anything similar will not happen in the future - and it does not matter whether it is a bottle of cookies and not a fruitcake (I have heard that it was a Christstollen, though) like in this case. Remember, stealing is a crime. You wouldn't download movies from Torrent illegally and violate the law by being a highly criminal pirate.

Re:Posted under IT, huh? (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208167)

RF, you've been around slashdot for what... 2-3 years? Not that I'm an oldtimer, though I lurked AC for a couple years before registering...

Slashdot is not "News for Nerds, Stuff that is Limited to One Person's Opinion of Stuff that Matters". From all I've read and seen, Slashdot is "News for Nerds, Stuff We Think is Interesting".

Lately it seems it's also "Stuff the Corporate Overlord Thinks Will Draw Viewers", which is what you may be getting at.

At any rate, if you haven't noticed, data security has been a pretty big issue in IT. This article is simply a (slightly) humourous way that a data breach occurred. I know I worry about my data security... and this article highlights the fact that sometimes processes we rely on to be secure (such as courier services) are not secure at all.

Anyway, no one is forcing you to read slashdot. There are other places you can go. And no one is forcing you to read specific articles like this one. There are others to read. And if you don't bother reading this article, or posting a comment to it, that's fewer page hits, fewer ad impressions, and less money for the corporate overlord.

The #1 best thing to do with content that you don't like on Slashdot? Ignore it. Don't waste your energy. If there's nothing you like on Slashdot at a given time, you can go ahead and close the browser tab. It's not that hard. And best of all, it doesn;t reward 'bad' behavior.

Re:Posted under IT, huh? (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208729)

The #1 best thing to do with content that you don't like on Slashdot? Ignore it.

I'd argue that's probably the #2 best thing to do. IMHO the first would be to try and draw attention to the fact that putting idle stuff under different categories is not going to be popular with most viewers (and if I'm wrong, I'm sure the downmods won't be shy).

I'd say if I didn't say anything, ultimately got frustrated with the changes and left without saying anything, I'd not only be doing myself a disservice, but /. as well.

With all that being said, I don't disagree with your comment and ultimately that's what may happen. But I think it's worth at least giving whatever faction in /. the ammunition to point out to the suits that antagonizing viewers may be a bad thing.

But... that's just my two cents.

Hope there was a file in it ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26206545)

They might be needing one soon.

Translation server error? (1)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206619)

I have never purchased a actual good fruit cake, I feel so let down by the baking profession every time. You really have to bake them yourself, if you can track down an actual good recipe or have one in your family.

Perhaps this is a translation issue and there was no fruitcake mailed. It is perhaps what the hacker that owned the couriers tracking system called himself.

Re:Translation server error? - No, not really (1)

rainer_d (115765) | more than 5 years ago | (#26207003)

Well, it's Christstollen.
It's not even difficult to make.

125gr of currants
100gr of candied lemon peel (cut)
100gr of candied orange peel (cut)
300gr of sultanas (maybe a bit more, but 300 is normally OK)
250gr of rough-cut almods

soak in rum for 1 or two days. Not too much rum, just so that the fruit can soak-up everything.

1.2kg of flour, 200gr of sugar, 4x40gr of yeast, 250ml warm (warm, not hot!) milk

take about one kilo or 900gr of the flour, put it in a large bowl and create a pit in the middle, put the yeast, some sugar (some!) and the warm milk together in that pit. Let this pre-dough rise for 30minutes.

Then, put between 250 and 500gr of molten (but no longer hot) butter (300 or 350gr is OK for normal purposes - it still tastes good, but have some mercy with your figure) + the rest of the sugar to the pre-dough and create a good, compact, non-sticky dough (put in more flour as you need - the more butter, the more flour you will need)
Let it rise again for 30 minutes.
Then, work the marinated stuff from above into it.
Let it rise again for 30minutes
Then, form two loafs, folding-over each in the middle, separate them by baking-paper and let them rise again for a couple of minutes.
Put in a pre-heated oven (200ÂC), for 15 minutes, then cut back to 175ÂC for 50 minutes. I found that ovens don't always do the temperature that is written on the turn-switch - you might want to control it via an oven-thermometer.
Before the 50 minutes are over, melt some more butter and coat the hot loaves with it, applying powder-sugar (a very thick layer) immediately afterwards (so that the sugar can still melt).

Should cool out, then be packed-up and left at a cool place for a couple of weeks.
But can also be eaten the next day already.

See, it's so easy, any kid with a free afternoon could do it. ;-)

Couriers are notoriously paid badly in Germany - but I didn't know that it was that bad ;-)

The translation-error is really in the word "fruit-cake" it's a Christstollen - and that's what this recipe is about ;-)
It really happened like this.
The Christstollen was not mailed by the bank, but by some other company. The parcel was just at the wrong place at the wrong time ;-)

Re:Translation server error? - No, not really (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26211855)

125gr of currants

You mean it WOULD be easy to make, except if your continent almost totally lacks currants! Seriously, currants were grown in N. America but most bushes were destroyed because of some beattle that primarily preyed on ornamental trees, but this blasted bug also could live on the currant bushes.

Re:Translation server error? - No, not really (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26216675)

You could always substitute raisins – or just leave them out. I don't like currants (or raisins for that matter).

Why this shouldn't be in idle (1)

kshade (914666) | more than 5 years ago | (#26206873)

Well, it may be a funny story at first sight, but don't forget that this stupid behavior by the bank (not the courier, banks shouldn't send critical information by normal courier) led to a serious data leak.
Thankfully, the cake was for the chief editor of a newspaper, so the credit card records didn't fall in the hands of someone who'd make a profit out of them.

This just in... (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26207799)

Police have learned that the couriers have in fact stolen *forty* cakes. According to experts, that's as many as four tens. "And that's terrible," said a spokesman for the German police.

Re:This just in... (1)

mediatrix (211582) | more than 5 years ago | (#26208667)

Das ist doch schrecklich!

German (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26208055)

Ich hÃtte nicht gedacht, dass sich diese News so schnell verbreitet. Inzwischen berichtet sogar Slashdot darüber. :)

Einfach nur peinlich, was sich die beiden Kuriere erlaubt haben. Man kann nur hoffen, dass jetzt nicht wieder die Vorurteile gegenüber den Deutschen herausgeholt werden. :(

So schnell ruiniert man sich das Image als aufstrebende Wirtschaftsnation im internationalen Wettbewerb.

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