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Social Media Can Help You Fake Your Own Death

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the you-never-read-this dept.

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Julie188 writes "We are inundated with warnings that social media is systematically stripping away our privacy. But Frank Ahearn, the so-called 'Dear Abby' of disappearing, is attempting to show folks how to use those same technologies to regain your privacy, even helping you go as far as faking your own death. Ahearn is a professional skip-tracer who has hunted down people like Monica Lewinsky. In an interview with Ahearn on Network World, he says, 'One can legally disappear through the use of corporations and offshore corporations. The idea is to embrace technology and to become a virtual entity.' My favorite tip is that New Zealand is the place to land once you leap off the grid. Not only is it far from most of the rest of the English speaking world, he says, but it also has great beaches."

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Obligatory Simpsons (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582724)

Marge:"When I asked you if that Twitter account was to fake your own death you told me no."

Damnit (4, Funny)

DeadBeef (15) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582732)

Where am I supposed to skip to if I'm starting in .nz?

Re:Damnit (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582788)

Where am I supposed to skip to if I'm starting in .nz?

I guess to the same place the rest of you Kiwis skip too... Australia. Slightly lower sheep:man ratio here but the weather is better!

Re:Damnit (1, Troll)

jamesh (87723) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582992)

Less earthquakes too.

Re:Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583398)

Less earthquakes too.

Fewer earthquakes, but more bushfires, droughts, venomous critters (namely, well just about everything really), crocodiles, sharks, jellyfish, termites, drop bears and ockers.

Re:Damnit (1)

aaron alderman (1136207) | more than 4 years ago | (#33585216)

and more Oprah

Not Australia (1, Interesting)

Dr Max (1696200) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583418)

The problem with Australia, if you can get here (kiwis let every one in) is we have so many more asshole cops that want to check your licence at every set of traffic lights. Not to mention the obscene terror laws (that they use on anyone they want, no need for a search warrant in Australia), or the random pedestrian frisking and pockets searches.

Re:Not Australia (1, Interesting)

jamesh (87723) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583484)

The problem with Australia, if you can get here (kiwis let every one in) is we have so many more asshole cops that want to check your licence at every set of traffic lights

I've been driving for around 16 years now, and spend more time on the road than most people would. In all that time, aside from random breath tests (where they didn't ask to see my license anyway), i've been stopped around 3 times...

The first was for no obvious reason, the policeman asked if i'd been drinking, didn't bother doing a breath test, and sent me on my way despite the fact that my car was obviously not quite up to roadworthy (bald rear tyres for a start). Didn't even think about asking for my license.

The second was because I had an expired registration sticker on my car (company car). They asked me a few questions and sent me on my way. Didn't ask for my license.

The third was when I had a really bad headache and a car pulled up behind me with very bright headlights which made it worse. I accelerated away very hard and it turned out the guy behind me was a policeman. Pulled me over, asked to see my license, then sent me on my way. No fine or anything but I didn't actually break the law apart from possibly reckless driving.

Not to mention the obscene terror laws (that they use on anyone they want, no need for a search warrant in Australia), or the random pedestrian frisking and pockets searches.

I've only once been pulled aside by the police while a pedestrian. I looked vaguely like someone they were looking for who'd been up to some pretty serious no-good. They asked for some ID to check that I wasn't the person they were looking for and sent me on my way.

I know there are bad cops out there but it seems they only ever bother people with a "friend-of-a-friend" or "distant-relative-of-a-friend" relationship to people I know.

Or maybe you live in or around one of the major cities? I hear it's a bit worse there.

Re:Not Australia (1)

Viridae (1472035) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583546)

I live in a major ciy. I see fewer police, have had fewer dealings with the police while living here than when I lived in a regional centre.

Re:Not Australia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583624)

Ah, so they infringe rights AND are incompetent.

Re:Not Australia (1)

Dr Max (1696200) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583772)

Your city sounds great I’m going to move there. A certain Queensland city that will remain nameless has gone crazy with power. Your 16 years of driving is also an advantage cause a lot of these laws came in recently and the cops target a younger crowd (although they seem fairly indiscriminate when it comes to the pedestrian searches here).

Bad cops should be shot (with a camera).

Re:Not Australia (1)

dintech (998802) | more than 4 years ago | (#33585396)

Hmm, you need to bazooka some trucks and get your GTA stars up to 3 for any decent response.

Re:Not Australia (4, Funny)

Ian Alanai (1066168) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583558)

And the poisonous spiders that hide in the dunnies. And the poisonous snakes that hide in your shoes. And the poisonous jellyfish that hide in your togs. And the poisonous crocodiles that hide in the sewers. By god, it's no wonder they drink so much.

Re:Not Australia (1)

Arcorn (1209534) | more than 4 years ago | (#33585220)

I don't know where you are getting the no need for a search warrant, you need to have reasonable suspicion against you before they can search your car/premises and refusing a search is not reason.

I'm a P plater in NSW, and I'm in a town where the cops are jerks to most P platers. I do see them quite regularly but I haven't been pulled over once. All this fear mongering about the police having more power than they actually do is bull. People just need to learn to exercise their rights and not knowing them is their own stupid fault.

Re:Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582810)

I'd try Old Zealand.

Re:Damnit (1)

kingturkey (930819) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583444)

New Zealand was suggested because it's an English speaking country; they speak Dutch in the Netherlands.

Re:Damnit (1)

Ian Alanai (1066168) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583562)

They speak English in New Zealand? Doesn't sound like it.

Re:Damnit (2, Funny)

YoshiDan (1834392) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583886)

ut's true eh cuzzy bro

Re:Damnit (1)

James_Duncan8181 (588316) | more than 4 years ago | (#33584310)

It's one of our (UKian speaking) ex-colonies, and, indeed, is still in the commonwealth as HM Queen is our shared head of state. This currently applies to Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and (of course) the United Kingdom. Historically, this also applied to India, Burma and Singapore (and too many others to list). The English speaking nature of these states should thus be explained.

Re:Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583568)

Oh, you can get by fine in English even in Old Zealand.

Re:Damnit (1)

mirix (1649853) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582834)

French foreign legion used to be the way to go, could try that out.

Re:Damnit (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582854)

Northland. All the good weather of Australia, and a far lower aussie:human ratio.

Re:Damnit (1)

fj3k (993224) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582952)

Northland summer: "occasionally rising above 30C"
No wonder there aren't many Aussies there; the good weather of Australia starts in the 30s.

Re:Damnit (1)

youngone (975102) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583316)

Yes, except that at 26c Northland is very warm, but pleasant. At +34C in Australia, its usually too hot to enjoy. Northland also has no poisonous things unless you count the Katipo spider, but I've never seen one, and I've been looking for 40 years or so. (Not continuously).

Re:Damnit (1)

Nursie (632944) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583406)

"At +34C in Australia, its usually too hot to enjoy. "

Says you! Some of us moved to Australia (from northern europe) specifically because of the heat. Mid 30s is just right. Anything under about 25 now feels a little chilly to me.

Re:Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583628)

I live in Canada, and our summers can reach the 30s, and that's too hot. I'm thinking about spending my summers in Australia. 16 or 18 degrees is where its at, none of this extreme stuff. At least in the winter you can add layers, in the heat there's nothing you can do once you get down to your skin.

Re:Damnit (2, Funny)

Kittenman (971447) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582888)

Brother, if you're in NZ already it's almost like being dead.

Re:Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582960)

Too right mate, dead and gone to heaven. Most beautiful country in the world.

Re:Damnit (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583296)

Brother, if you're in NZ already it's almost like being dead.

I thought I was dead once. Turns out I was just in Christchurch.

Re:Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582942)

.biz

Re:Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582986)

Where am I supposed to skip to if I'm starting in .nz?

I hear Antarctica is nice this time of year....

Re:Damnit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583026)

I can see Antarctica from my house!

Re:Damnit (2, Funny)

GrumblyStuff (870046) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583638)

Thank sir/ma'am! You're the ever vigilant patriot every country needs to keep an eye on the most southern continent. We must keep watch in case the Emperor Penguin makes his move on the rest of the world!

Re:Damnit (0)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583050)

Where am I supposed to skip to if I'm starting in .nz?

I hear Antarctica is nice this time of year....

It bloody well isn't. Wait another four months.

Re:Damnit (4, Funny)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583264)

Fiji. You can go there and live off the land. There are some isolated islands where there is nothing but a bunch of villagers. They will take pity on your pathetic incompetence and give you food from time to time after you demonstrate that you don't know how to fish or open a coconut. Bonus if you're white because they think white person's flesh is not suitable for human consumption. Of course that is only a theoretical consideration since cannibalism hasn't existed in Fiji for over a century. Or so they say.

(note: this post is based on a true experience someone told me).

Re:Damnit (2, Informative)

MrKaos (858439) | more than 4 years ago | (#33585266)

Bonus if you're white because they think white person's flesh is not suitable for human consumption.

Funniest thing about this comment is people think it's funny.

Re:Damnit (1)

dark grep (766587) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583300)

South Island, dummy.

Re:Damnit (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583390)

Have you tried North Korea? When you disappear there, you're pretty much guaranteed never to be found in any realistic time frame, ever again.

Of course, there IS that small matter of the funny neighbor with the odd glasses you might meet. He seems to insist that his name is "Dear Leader" or some such nonsense, and from what I've heard, he has a pretty bad temper. You might wish to avoid him.

Re:Damnit (2, Funny)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583594)

You are a Kiwi and don't know? Perth, of course. Or Tasmania. Darwin? No one will go there looking for you. And you are already a resident there, sort of.

Destination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582744)

"My favorite tip is that New Zealand is the place to land once you leap off the grid. Not only is it far from most of the rest of the English speaking world, he says, but it also has great beaches."

Meeheheheeehhh, that's a shaky plan.

Re:Destination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582874)

Yeah, especially when Google takes one of its Streetview cars near the beaches.

You can hide from governments. You can even hide from your creditors. But you can't hide from Google. They will track you down and photograph you picking your nose in front of your house.

Re:Destination (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583430)

Meeheheheeehhh, that's a shaky plan.

Suck it up, pussy.

We don't just have earthquakes [wikipedia.org] you know, we also have volcanoes [wikipedia.org] , tsunamis [wikipedia.org] and the occasional strong breeze [wikipedia.org] . I'd stay away if I were you.

Doesn't matter (2, Funny)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582774)

Even if you go off the grid the terminators will still track you down.. SkyNet will triumph. Neither Arnold nor Summer Glau can save you.

Re:Doesn't matter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582958)

Even if you go off the grid the terminators will still track you down.. SkyNet will triumph. Neither Arnold nor Summer Glau can save you.

Summer Glau can save me, but probably in a different way...

Re:Doesn't matter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583148)

No she won't save you from your virginity. She has fives senses but I'm sure she only needs one to know to run away.

Re:Doesn't matter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583168)

Hell, I don't need saved -- having Summer Glau kill me is better than having any other girl love me. /basementdwellingdork

(AC because there's a (small) chance my g/f might not be amused.)

Re:Doesn't matter (4, Funny)

monkeySauce (562927) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583202)

That's what you think. Summer Glau saved me twice last night, and it was wonderful.

Re:Doesn't matter (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583448)

Summer Glau can terminate me any time! :D You know, they do have names: Cameron (unknown model) and T-800 (don't think it had a name?).

Re:Doesn't matter (2, Funny)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583566)

You know, they do have names:...T-800 (don't think it had a name?).

So, what you're saying is, they do-don't have names?

Re:Doesn't matter (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583672)

Unable to compute.

Re:Doesn't matter (1)

definate (876684) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583634)

I love seeing the T-1000 in other movies. Me and my friends can never remember his name, and I think we don't want to, so every show/movie he is in we say "Sweet, the T-1000's in this show".

Even if it's a comedy, I like to pretend that he's just really good a mimicking (or really bad at mimicking) human emotion.

Re:Doesn't matter (1)

canadian troll (527342) | more than 4 years ago | (#33584406)

T-1000 = Robert Patrick.

Re:Doesn't matter (1)

KaoticEvil (91813) | more than 4 years ago | (#33584890)

I love seeing the T-1000 in other movies. Me and my friends can never remember his name, and I think we don't want to, so every show/movie he is in we say "Sweet, the T-1000's in this show".

Even if it's a comedy, I like to pretend that he's just really good a mimicking (or really bad at mimicking) human emotion.

Robert Patrick. That's his name :) HTH

Muslims are cunts (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582822)

Fucking religious nutballs who kill anyone who isn't in their faith. Cunts and whore bitches. I hope they all die.

Fuck Mohammad! Fuck Allah! Fuck Islam!!!!!! Fucking bitch ass cunts.

Meanwhile, here in New Zealand... (4, Funny)

Seriousity (1441391) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582832)

It was revealed today that a member of parliament had been arrested for stealing the identity of a dead baby and thereby falsely obtaining a passport. [tvnz.co.nz]

The Government here has a few thousand monkeys that spend all their time browsing through the various redundant overlapping government agency databases to catch you out for identity fraud, benefit fraud, unlawfully riding a train without a ticket or forgetting to tie your shoelaces in the morning. But yeah, we have some nice beaches, so it's worth the risk :D

Re:Meanwhile, here in New Zealand... (1)

Psaakyrn (838406) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582898)

They've all that, yet this happened in the 1980s yet only caught wind in 2005... I think you're perfectly safe there. :p

Re:Meanwhile, here in New Zealand... (4, Informative)

taniwha (70410) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583254)

Well to be fair he's a nutter, part of a right wing party that seems to have jumped the shark at this point, he was the proponent of our '3 strikes' legislation - when this was announced in parliament today there were shouts of "strike two".

The main reason why the government started doing that in 2005 was because we had discovered that Israeli spies had been doing exactly that thing, getting fake NZ passports using the birth certificates of dead babies - the police went back through the records to hunt down any such passports, to cancel them to protect our citizens traveling abroad.

Re:Meanwhile, here in New Zealand... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583602)

he was the proponent of our '3 strikes' legislation

To clarify, he was behind the "3 strikes violent crimes GOTO jail" and not the "3 strikes copyright infringement GOTO dark ages"

Re:Meanwhile, here in New Zealand... (1)

Troll-Under-D'Bridge (1782952) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582922)

Damn and I wanted to emigrate. So any nominess for a nice peaceful country with the strong possibility of anonymity?

Re:Meanwhile, here in New Zealand... (3, Funny)

Ian Alanai (1066168) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583548)

Costa Rica, it has no army. And a good dose of tranquilo. And a Caribbean coast. And Latino lovers. And volcanoes, but they are very relaxed and not all uptight like the NZ ones.

Re:Meanwhile, here in New Zealand... (2, Insightful)

cosm (1072588) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583292)

Have you seen what the few hundred thousand monkeys here in the US has been doing lately? They make more [usatoday.com] than the private sector, apparently bean counting is a lucrative globally lucrative business.

And I guarantee most of that extra income goes to...hookers [google.com] and blackjack [wikipedia.org] !

Re:Meanwhile, here in New Zealand... (1)

stephanruby (542433) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583824)

Don't worry, it's not like anyone is planning to go to New Zealand. Faking a move to New Zealand can be just as good as faking ones own death.

Hang in NZ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582938)

So, can I hang with Elvis and Michael Jackson? Or better, just Elvis?

Re:Hang in NZ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33582972)

The king and a king? Trippy.

Hey, didn't they make a movie like that there? Two kings or something?

Just a tip (3, Insightful)

Kindgott (165758) | more than 4 years ago | (#33582998)

Don't buy this book on Amazon using your credit card if you do intend on disappearing. It might tip off anyone who does come looking for you.

Re:Just a tip (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583392)

If one is thinking of disappearing one should not use a credit card or checks period. The less things in your name the less information about you. Paying cash is always the way to go

Au contraire (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 4 years ago | (#33584528)

Or buy the book and do exactly the opposite to everything it recommends.

And if you want to be dead (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583034)

Then NZ has great natural disasters.

As well as great beaches.

Re:And if you want to be dead (4, Funny)

Heytunk (1559837) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583132)

Unlike the rest of the world New Zealanders have a knack for surviving natural disaster so we have to find other ways to kill ourselves.

Re:And if you want to be dead (2, Informative)

TallGuyRacer (920071) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583360)

Nobody dies in our natural disasters!

Re:And if you want to be dead (2, Funny)

Spad (470073) | more than 4 years ago | (#33584138)

Even your natural disasters are boring :)

Re:And if you want to be dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583428)

two words: "No Fatalities"

Kiwis knack for not being dead : 1
Awsome power of nature : 0

Re:And if you want to be dead (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583504)

Thats my point. Its a great place to make people think you are dead, or at least missing.

Time & money (2, Interesting)

wen1454 (1875096) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583128)

The average person does not have the time to create disinformation or the resources to move to New Zealand. On the other hand governments and large organizations will find disinformation strategies very useful. It is only a matter of time before sites like wikileaks are inverted.

iendedi (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583194)

iendedi. s/istartedi/iendedi/g. Whoah!

Ad for his book (5, Insightful)

aztektum (170569) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583212)

This whole 'interview' seemed very shallow with no detail. The interviewer kept pestering about illegal things which he kept saying "No, don't do that." and I kept saying "Well what would one do then?" Finally at the end he mentions his book with a link to where you can buy it.

So, what is the point of this article then?

Re:Ad for his book (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583600)

Mod this all the way up to 5. Pointless interview, stupid article. The summary contains the only reference he made to using social media to disappear. After that it was his standard book pitch.

It's a trap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583266)

He tells you to print out [frankahearn.com] something and mail it to him. Everybody knows that printers can put microdots in text to identify the printer. This was done to foil counterfeiters. He should have told you to cut text out of magazines ransom-note style and mail it that way. Even then, they could be tracking the serial numbers on your bills. Better to mine gold yourself, carefully weigh it, beat it flat, and send that to him. Oh no! The stamps... not sure how to fix that one...

Re:It's a trap! (1)

Vegemeister (1259976) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583872)

Or use a black & white printer.

You hide in crowds not underpopulated countries. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583272)

NZ may be a great place to end up but it has a first-world intelligence and police service with very good databases. The French military naively thought they could wander round NZ in the '80s with no one noticing but just about every step these secret agents took was remembered, videotaped and documented by sticky-nosed busy-bodies. The best place to hide is in a crowd and with NZ being so underpopulated, strangers stick out.

Re:You hide in crowds not underpopulated countries (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583328)

NZ may be a great place to end up but it has a first-world intelligence and police service with very good databases.

Oblig. Tui ad "Yeah, right!"

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/politics/4124806/Inquiry-into-SIS-role

Re:You hide in crowds not underpopulated countries (1)

socceroos (1374367) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583920)

NZ does have one of the 7 bases of Echelon, but apart from that, their intelligence agencies suck.

Actually, what you want is ... (5, Interesting)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583340)

... a bunch of phoney identities under which to wreak havoc. Meanwhile, keep your real name and reputation clean. When one of the 'evil' identities gets into trouble, kill it off.

Set these up early in life and keep them going with minor activity. Loan a fake SSN out to an illegal laborer to stay on the books. Then, when you hit it big in Vegas, you record the income under the false ID. That person 'dies' (Hey, it was a Mexican gardener anyway), leaving no trace of the cash. Party with it using the next ID, etc.

Let's fake a birth online. (2, Interesting)

CrisRonk (1901270) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583350)

Why not fake a birth and give this person a unique identity online? Complete with pictures, tweets, Amazon account, everything.

The Geek Plays Hide and Seek (5, Interesting)

westlake (615356) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583384)

New Zealand has a population of 4 million.

73% of unmixed European descent. Demographics of New Zealand [wikipedia.org]

Metro New York City has a population of 19 million, and is ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse.

Approximately 36% of the city's population is foreign-born. In New York no single country or region of origin dominates. The ten largest countries of origin for modern day immigration are the Dominican Republic, China, Jamaica, Guyana, Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia and Russia. The largest ethnic groups in New York City are African American, Italian, Jewish, and Irish.
The New York City metropolitan area is home to the largest Jewish community outside Israel, and the city proper contains the largest Jewish community in the world. It is also home to nearly a quarter of the nation's South Asians, the largest African American community of any city in the country, and comprised as of 2008 a population of 659,596 ethnic Chinese. the largest outside of Asia.
New York City [wikipedia.org]

The Islamic population in 2004-2005 was around 600,000. Columbia Presents First-Ever Study on Muslim Political, Social, Religious Identity in NYC [columbia.edu]

Manhattan has 354 million square feet of office space.

But New York remains importantly, if less visibly, a manufacturing center. There are no unmarketable skills, however obscure.

The fool on the run takes to the back roads, the Pacific, the Klondike - where the youngest child will point him out as the stranger. The one who doesn't belong. Doesn't dress the part. Doesn't act the part.

Re:The Geek Plays Hide and Seek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33583800)

How about this story from NZ:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/national/4125097/Stabbing-victim-was-about-to-propose-to-his-partner

"It remains a mystery why Mr Galloway was stabbed ... and only the accused knows."

Ham later told police that he had been fondling Mr Galloway on the night of the murder, Ms Gordon said.

He told police: "I was in his pants, I think. I can't remember much about it."

Ms Gordon said: "He said he was embarrassed. He had had oral sex with his son."

Re:The Geek Plays Hide and Seek (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583852)

But New York remains importantly, if less visibly, a manufacturing center. There are no unmarketable skills, however obscure.

However, if you want to remain cash only and off the radar - New York has few marketable skills, few places you'd really want to live, etc... etc...

Facebook could do it all (5, Funny)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583518)

It's easy.

Lord_of_the_nerf has changed his relationship status to Single
Lord_of_the_nerf likes The Cure and Why Does Everyone Who Loves Me Leave???
Lord_of_the_nerf's current status: *sigh* WHEN DOES THE HURTING STOP???
Lord_of_the_nerf likes Schick Razors and Warm Baths

Re:Facebook could do it all (2, Informative)

sco08y (615665) | more than 4 years ago | (#33584778)

Lord_of_the_nerf likes Schick Razors and Warm Baths

You might have better luck with Dovo.

Do me a favore (1)

arndawg (1468629) | more than 4 years ago | (#33585092)

Don't forget to add i'm so sorry 3>

better idea (0)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583524)

Or you can not be a dumbass and just sign up for Facebook as "Rusty Shackleford" or "John J Johnson" instead of handing over your real, actual info to that giant pile of crap in the first place. That seems to be working great for me.

Re:better idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33584222)

David D Davidson if anything.

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Interesting twist (4, Funny)

Target Practice (79470) | more than 4 years ago | (#33583812)

And here I thought social media was used to fake a life...

More importantly (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 4 years ago | (#33584040)

it mainly helps you fake your own life.

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Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33584120)

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FUBS (2, Interesting)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 4 years ago | (#33584338)

"We are inundated with warnings that social media is systematically stripping away our privacy."

We are inundated with hair-on-fire cliches being used to preface a forced association between someone's inconsequential issue and some hot button topics and trigger words, in order to convince us that the association is valid and the issue is significant. Needing to use these is a good sign that the ensuing issue is too insubstantial to stand on its own.

Fear, uncertainty and uh-huh.

Unitary nation-states laugh in the face of Twitter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33584936)

It is essentially impossible to lapse from a unitary nation-state, like France or Hungary, where all people receive a unique ID number at birth, personal ID paper at 14, etc. No Facebook or Twitter will help you in face of vast gov't bureaucratic system. In a semi-anarchic place, like USA or Germany, where everybody plus dog is federally independent, maybe it will work.

Redundancy (1)

Stele (9443) | more than 4 years ago | (#33585410)

One can legally disappear through the use of corporations and offshore corporations

I read about this in that memo I got from the Department of Redundancy Department.

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