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FBI To Use Ad Banners to Find Criminals

chrisd posted more than 11 years ago | from the flash-popups-to-follow dept.

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PhuptDuck writes "Federal authorities are pursuing fugitive crime boss James 'Whitey' Bulger in cyber space under a first-of-its kind agreement announced Wednesday between the FBI and Web portal Terra-Lycos. With a presence in 42 countries and in 19 languages, Terra Lycos is known for the worldwide scope of its Web presence."

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What about Usama (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873892)

Bin laden better get his butt up on some banner ads then

Please lord give me the first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873901)

I am your humble servant, lo ,yet you give me a 20 second delay before I can say first post. Oh lord please forgive me. And Cowboy Neal sure is a fat bastard.

For once I agree with you. (-1)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873908)

I am the best.

Fuck Soviet Russia

Re:For once I agree with you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873975)

sporks-r-us is shitty. please explain.

I R0X0R! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874202)

Firstus postus, beeeeotchiii!
Bow down and worship my bombastic jingoism!




pleeeeeease?!!!

In soviet russia (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873912)

Criminals use ad banners to find YOU!

Re:In soviet russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873934)

thank you for delivering a properly-executed ISR for a change. now go fuck a light socket

Re:In soviet russia (1)

Kibo (256105) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873969)

Criminals use ad banners to find YOU!

Considering where my uncle's credit card number ended up, that might qualify as insightful.

In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873986)

...stupid, no-longer-funny posts are annoyed by YOU!

Re:In soviet russia (1)

CaptainPsyko (632409) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874134)

Criminals use ad banners to find YOU!
Actually, they do that in the US. Some lead offenders go by the names of Gator, Doubleclick, and Clickthrough.

Of course, the bulk of their empire is built on pornography and music theft, but they are always looking to expand.

Instead of spending money on this.... (0, Troll)

DJayC (595440) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873913)

... why not just get a commercial during the Osbournes?

Re:Instead of spending money on this.... (2, Informative)

Hamstaus (586402) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874052)

RTFA applies here. If you had read it, you would have noticed this bit:

Terra-Lycos spokesman Brian Payea said the company wasn't being paid for the service. ''We're committed to providing important services to our community and we feel it was a very worthwhile effort,'' he said.

"Criminal? Click here!" (2, Funny)

objekt (232270) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873922)

I can see it now

Re:"Criminal? Click here!" (1)

Old Uncle Bill (574524) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874053)

Yeah, what criminal sought by the feds would use their real identity online? WTF? I think most mob bosses don't pay their bills online... just a thought

fp! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873923)

first post, now my day hit an all time low

Re:fp! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873955)

2 minutes late and you still think you got fp?

Does anyone actually look at them? (5, Interesting)

jonman_d (465049) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873927)

I know I sure don't. I have most of them blocked, anyway.

What's next, the government spamming us with wanted posters and ASCII pictures? Why don't they invest money in a medium which people actually pay attention to? See: Television Advertisements.

Re:Does anyone actually look at them? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873980)

Why don't they invest money in a medium which people actually pay attention to? See: Television Advertisements.

Milk containers

Re:Does anyone actually look at them? (2)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874162)

Headline:

Fugitive Serves Two Terms as Mayor of Small Town: Veganism and Lactose Intolerance to Blame

Re:Does anyone actually look at them? (5, Interesting)

tomzyk (158497) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874085)

See: Television Advertisements.

Not just advertisements... actual SHOWS. "America's Most Wanted" already does this. They put criminals faces on TV and the general public can watch the show and be constantly on the lookout for the criminals. From time-to-time (from what I understand... I don't actually watch the show) they put the FBI most wanted list on the screen too. I believe they also have the top 10 most wanted on their website as well.

Television is a great medium to get this information out to the public! So is the internet. BUT, the good thing about TV is that if you don't want to watch it, you can turn it OFF. If they continue this activity with making deals with internet companies and put pop-ups/banners on everyone's screens, it just going to end up making a lot of people upset.

If you want to get the info out, just put up a website. Internet ads are not necessary.

Re:Does anyone actually look at them? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874086)

What's next, the government spamming us with wanted posters and ASCII pictures?

I couldn't find any Osama Ascii Art on google. Damn! Would have been a sure Karma getter.

Re:Does anyone actually look at them? (1)

wrax (570032) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874121)

well, actual people who use computers on a daily basis don't usually look at banner ads, but regular people do. I have friends who actually click on the ads saying "You have an urgent message waiting". This type of "wanted poster" as the fbi calls it is intended for those people who read a page totally before moving on, not people who don't read the ads.

Re:Does anyone actually look at them? (3, Insightful)

NeuroKoan (12458) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874143)

Umm... don't forget that a majority of people don't know how to block banner ads. *AND* most people *do* look at banner ads, *and* click on them, *and* read them *and* freak out when they look like error messages.

Most people are *not* like you or me.

Chances are... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873930)

You'll find their banner ads showing up on theBubbler.com [thebubbler.com] . There must be tons of criminals in Wisconsin.

Ad Blocking (5, Funny)

kjd (41294) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873932)

Now ad blocking is no longer just stealing, it's a violation of the good samaritan law. ;)

Re:Ad Blocking (1)

netsharc (195805) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874017)

Who knows, maybe it's going to be a federal crime soon. Well luckily doubleclick doesn't have the kind of RIAA money to bribe^W donate to political candidates. That would be something.. "Buy the X10 camera, or go to jail!" and "Have you seen this man? He is wanted for not viewing banner ads."

And this site [proxomitron.org] will be a violation of the DMCA, SSSCA, CBPTDA, Patriot and Homeland Security Act.

Most wanted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873935)

So they put a wanted poster in a little banner ad and ask if you've seen this man? How many incorrect reports will they get? How many people will just be fucking with them?

Mutually beneficial relationship (1)

foo12 (585116) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873937)

It seems Lycos found a source of revenue through ad banners and the FBI gets to flash wanted ads while setting a cookie on your computer. Mr. Hoover would be proud. ; )

Re:Mutually beneficial relationship (1)

241comp (535228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874172)

Of course, if you read about this you would see that Lycos is providing the banner displays for free. As a public service.

Great Idea (2, Interesting)

kcroke (466899) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873938)

Well, first we must all be happy that web advertisement might do some good.

People all over the world use Lycos. No matter where someone is, there will probably be someone near by who uses the internet. By making it as easy to report to the FBI as clicking a button, they should get results. Since it's over the internet, the reporter may feel more anonymous sending in a report.

The downside would be false reports. There will probably be more false FBI criminal sitings then elvis sitings...

Re:Great Idea (1)

kedi (583806) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873984)

and what would stop "the wanted ones" to manufacture enough false alarms to make whole of this effort a joke?

Wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873939)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of those!

Attorneys and grammar (5, Funny)

sacremon (244448) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873942)

"''It might simply be a clerk in a grocery store bagging groceries, goes home that night, gets on the Internet and says, 'you know, I think I saw that person bagging groceries today,''' U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said during a news conference in Boston on Wednesday morning. "

Why would someone who is wanted for 21 murders be bagging groceries?

Re:Attorneys and grammar (5, Funny)

Dannon (142147) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874099)

Why would someone who is wanted for 21 murders be bagging groceries?

The local fast food places aren't hiring?

Re:Attorneys and grammar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874133)

Microsoft already has enough criminals working there.

Re:Attorneys and grammar (2)

Jordy (440) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874141)

He was quoting a fictional grocery clerk. He must be mocking the grammar of grocery clerks everywhere for not knowing the word 'while'!

Seriously though, who cares. The editor obviously didn't correct it since it is somewhat intelligible, so why should you?

Re:Attorneys and grammar (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874158)

Why would someone who is wanted for 21 murders be bagging groceries?

Because there are no programming jobs

If this banner is flashing... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873943)

...you've won a free pardon! Click here!

Web Bugs? (3, Insightful)

Bonker (243350) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873945)

Heaven help you if your email address happens to begin with 'jbulger@' and you don't know enough to protect your cookies from being read by web bugs or your machine from spyware apps.

No, of course the FBI wouldn't stoop this far. Homeland security is completely benevolent and the United States is not... despite all appearances... turning into a police state controlled by wealthy resource and media industries.

Re:Web Bugs? (1)

miratim (532741) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873964)

Silly. He would call himself wbulger@!

Re:Web Bugs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874061)

Does this mean I have to cancel my serialmurderer@ email address?

CLICK HERE (5, Funny)

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Criminals block ads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873948)

Oh my! So you mean that criminals *should* block ads? I thought ad blockers *were* criminals?

At least, they're criminals if you believe some ... :)

Bonzi Agent? (1)

mikezero (545235) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873952)

i wonder if the fbi is also going to try to incorporate a purple fuzzy animal to sit on the criminals' desktops?

Lycos should come out with a new game... (3, Funny)

craenor (623901) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873954)

based on this for their game site....Escape from Levenworth.

And how does lycos benefit? (0)

Modern Fix (631127) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873957)

Does the government just push their way towards an agreement, or does the lycos get something in return? do shareholders have any say in matters like this (that seem pretty important)?

The FBI doesn't want to find Bulger (4, Insightful)

swm (171547) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873959)

The FBI doesn't want to find Bulger (his testimony would be too embarrasing), so they are posting wanted ads in a medium (web banner ads) that is known not to work.

It all makes sense.

Re:The FBI doesn't want to find Bulger (2)

Qrlx (258924) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874014)

I'm ignorant, who is this guy and why would finding him be too embarrasing? Does he have proof that Osama is dead?

Re:The FBI doesn't want to find Bulger (2)

ArthurDent (11309) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874096)

It turns out the FBI allowed Bulger to have free reign in a lot of areas in exchange for some bits of intel here and there. Up here in Boston, it's a big deal. The FBI is taking a lot of heat from Congress especially to update how it handles informants.

Ben

Re:The FBI doesn't want to find Bulger (2)

dreamt (14798) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874117)

He was a mob boss in Boston who was tipped off to run by a corrupt FBI agent, or something to that effect. Read the article and follow the link [fbi.gov]

C'mon now... (1)

unicorn (8060) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874174)

It's hard enough to get someone to read something directly quoted on /.

You don't really expect someone to follow further links too, do you? Talk about optimism.

Re:The FBI doesn't want to find Bulger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874190)

More than that, most of his friends and close "business associates" seemed to get killed during the period while he was protected as an informant. Police investigations leading to him kept getting stonewalled.

Try this: the search for whitey bulger [boston.com]

Oh, and did you know his brother was speaker of the Massachusetts Senate at the time?

Re:The FBI doesn't want to find Bulger (5, Informative)

e_lehman (143896) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874208)

I'm ignorant, who is this guy and why would finding him be too embarrasing?

James Bulger was the leader of the Boston mob for quite a few years and, at the same time, an FBI informant. However, as it turns out, he was running his FBI handlers rather than the other way around. In effect, the FBI kept Bulger out of jail while he murdered and extorted merrily along for years. His main handler, fomer FBI agent John Connolly was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison [usdoj.gov] . But plenty more FBI agents were involved. Futher complicating matters, James Bulger's brother-- William Bulger-- was the dictatorial ruler of the Massachusetts senate at the time and currently heads the state university system. In the last couple weeks, we've learned that William has been in touch with his fugitive brother and urged him NOT to turn himself in. William just recently took the 5th when forced to testify before Congress on the matter.

So this is a very messy case. Likely the FBI is using this initiative in part to dispel the notion that they don't really want to catch James Bulger for fear of further embarassment.

Re:The FBI doesn't want to find Bulger (1)

epsen (633472) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874025)

Well I think the thought is good, but I agree that it won't be any effective.

Don't know about the rest of you, but after som years of surfing, banner ads are starting to hit my blind spot on my eye. I hardly notice what the banners are trying to tell me unless they occupy at least 75% of my screen :-) Mozilla has a nice option to prevent Javascript for opening windows too :-P

And even if my brain catch a criminal's image, I probably will never believe it if I see him in real life.

Why Terra Lycos stopped expanding (2)

jki (624756) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873966)

With a presence in 42 countries and in 19 languages, Terra Lycos is known for the worldwide scope of its Web presence

...never hire a Douglas Adams fan to plan a company's globalization strategy ;) 42 [cyberian.org] .

And...? (3)

Hadean (32319) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873967)

So they're buying Wanted posters which has been done a million times before - what's the big deal - it's digital? ooh, it's the net! It only makes sense - more eyes, more chances to catch someone... But I've seen legitimate Have You Seen This Person? type ads on the net, so why not Wanted Dead or Alive ads?

If this banner is flashing... (1)

I-man (95468) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873968)

you may have won an anthrax stockpile! Click here to claim your prize!

Fight terrorism. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4873970)

Report your all Muslim neighbors to the department of Homeland Security.

Does anyone still read banners?? (2)

HamNRye (20218) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873972)

I have to say that as I trawl the web, I have simply stopped looking at ad banners. I get the general shape, peripherially notice some flashing or wahtever, and I ignore it.

Perhaps the FBI should use the dude's mug shot as a /. topic icon, I'd see it then...

Mafia: Give us money or we send in guys to beat you up.
Government: Give us 28% of your income and do exactly as we say, or we send in guys to take you to jail, sieze all your property and assets, put your wife and children on the street, and then let guys in jail beat you up and gang rape you.

Hooray for crime bosses!

~Hammy

Amazing... (1)

Alethes (533985) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873973)

And people always thought I was paranoid about doubleclick.net being able to find out my real name and address.

Re:Amazing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874003)

Um, we still think you are paranoid about that.

What kind of an HREF? (2)

silvaran (214334) | more than 11 years ago | (#4873988)

http://www.boston.com/dailynews/345/region/FBI_sig ns_first_of_its_kind_de:.shtml
I_dunno_about_you_ guys_but_I_prefer_shorter_links_ on_boston_daily_news.html

s/_/ /g

Re:What kind of an HREF? (1)

niftyeric (467236) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874074)

This [one.com] == this [slashdot.org] when it comes to clicking. So what is the big deal? Not like you're typing it out.

=P

Misleading headline (5, Informative)

AntiFreeze (31247) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874010)

Disclaimer: This is not an attempt at humor (seriously).

From the headline, I thought that the FBI was attempting to track criminals through the use of banner ads (i.e. use something embedded in the ads to track those who view them). Although it seems like a very hard thing to pull off - how would you track a criminal with the data you'd collect anyway?

And then I thought about the recent article Because Only Terrorists User 802.11 [slashdot.org] and got very worried about my ability to block popups via Mozilla or hosts.deny. I was afraid of the headline "Because Only Criminals and Terrorists Block Popup Ads to Avoid Detection".

Oh well, thank god the article clarified that. The article states that the FBI will basically putting up wanted posters as ads to help find the criminal they're after. That, I don't have a problem with.

Sounds familiar.... (5, Funny)

Shawn Baumgartner (632798) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874040)

Wiggum: If you've committed a crime, and want to confess, click "Yes". Otherwise, click "No".

[Homer clicks on "No"]

Wiggum: You have chosen "No", meaning you've committed a crime, but don't want to confess. A paddy wagon is now speeding to your home.

Homer: Hey!!

Wiggum: While you wait, why not buy a police cap or T-shirt. [T-shirts and baseball caps with the SPD logo circle Wiggum's head] You have the right to remain fabulous!

Uh oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874044)

This is all a clever scheme! Soon the FBI will start taking about how "Blocking ads supports terrorism"

NO!

Why...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874047)

Is the FBI looking for Fatty Bolger? Are they in league with Sauron?

IN SOVIET EKROUT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874066)

Federal Bureau of Investigation Home Page [fbi.gov]
FBI Responds to Report Issued Today. ... The Committee's recommendations set forth
areas where the FBI can improve upon its domestic intelligence abilities. ...
www.fbi.gov/homepage.htm - 16k - Dec. 12, 2002 - Cached [216.239.53.100] - Similar pages [slashdot.org]

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Uniform Crime Reports [fbi.gov]
Hate Crime Statistics: ...
Description: Crime statistics for the US for the years 1995-2000.
Category: Society>Crime [google.com]
www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm - 17k - Dec. 12, 2002 - Cached [216.239.53.100] - Similar pages [slashdot.org]
[ More results from www.fbi.gov [slashdot.org] ]

Internet Fraud Complaint Center [ifccfbi.gov]
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C ...
www1.ifccfbi.gov/index.asp - 7k - Dec. 12, 2002 - Cached [216.239.53.100] - Similar pages [slashdot.org]

FBI - Freedom of Information Act - Introduction [fbi.gov]
In early 1975, the FBI assigned a handful of employees the task of handling an anticipated
influx of Freedom of Information Act requests due to new legislation ...
Description: Transcripts of FBI cases which may be of interest to the public.
Category: Society>Issues>Terrorism>ArticlesandRepor ts [google.com]
foia.fbi.gov/ - 9k - Cached [216.239.53.100] - Similar pages [slashdot.org]

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FBI. ... . FBI National Profile & Trends Over Time A good place to begin! ...
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Delay [ifccfbi.gov]
The FBI Tips Form has moved. It is now located at https://tips.fbi.gov.
you will be forwarded automatically in 5 seconds. if you ...
Description: Reports of confirmed or suspected terrorist activity can be directed to this site.
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link - www.nipc.gov, ...
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What's Next? (1)

Nevermore-Spoon (610798) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874079)

Will they soon be sending out the messenger service popup adds to windows users desktops like that annoying University?
Or maybe send unsolicied Spam asking if you've seen this man?

ARGH!!! RTFA!! (5, Informative)

EschewObfuscation (146674) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874081)

OK, OK, I know that the lead-in blurb was a little misleading, but come on, people.

1) The FBI is not using cookies to hunt down the suspect.

2) The FBI isn't paying for the banners.

3) Prof^H^H^H^H The "clerk" example in the article is *not* the suspect, but rather someone who might have seen the suspect.

Somehow, I think that G. Cooke, Tx [slashdot.org] , would give this whole set of threads a very poor review...

blocking banners: thief or hero? (2)

jpt.d (444929) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874088)

An angle that entered my mind:

The website owner might say theft, but if you block the ad that you wouldn't actually buy from anyways - aren't you saving money for the advertiser to advertise to somebody that might be interested?

I think this post's title should have been... (5, Funny)

FFCecil (623749) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874095)

"Ad Banners Finally Have a Purpose"
from the other-than-causing-epilepsy dept.

Bulgar takes the fifth (4, Interesting)

SpinyNorman (33776) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874097)

What's really interesting about this isn't that the FBI is using banner ads, but rather why they have to...

The guy they're seeking, #10 on the most wanted list, and suspected of 21 murders, is the brother of the president of the University of Massachusetts, who just plead the 5th to keep his dear brother safe.

Bulgar takes the fifth [milforddailynews.com]

Great to see the head of an institute of learning take such a principled stand. Not.

RTFA: Lycos is not being paid (1)

Hamstaus (586402) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874109)

I've seen numerous comments from people who obviously did not read the article. Lycos is not being paid for showing these ad banners, they are doing it because they want to help.

From the article:

Terra-Lycos spokesman Brian Payea said the company wasn't being paid for the service. ''We're committed to providing important services to our community and we feel it was a very worthwhile effort,'' he said.

Sheesh.

Got Milk??? (1)

The Jonas (623192) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874110)

This will probably be about as effective as a "Face on the Back of a Milk Carton." More countries have moo-juice than those that have Terra Lycos.

Let's just hope (2, Funny)

Lazarus_Bitmap (593726) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874136)

Nobody confuses them with those annoying ads for online dating services.

6'2", dark hair, enjoys dismembering small bunnies.

White noise, anyone? (4, Interesting)

privacyt (632473) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874165)

From the article: ''It might simply be a clerk in a grocery store bagging groceries, goes home that night, gets on the Internet and says, 'you know, I think I saw that person bagging groceries today,''' U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said during a news conference in Boston on Wednesday morning.

Given that Bulger looks like most other balding white men in their 50s, the FBI may get thousands of false leads now. I also feel sorry for American expatriates living in Latin America, who will be faced with having to "prove" they aren't a fugitive.

Bulger, if he's smart (which is probably is), would have radically altered his appearance so that he no longer resembles the wanted poster.

All a criminal investigator really can do is sit back, be patient, and wait for the criminal to make a mistake. If Bulger ever calls his brother or an old friend or girlfriend on Christmas, for example, he's busted.

This wanted poster thing smacks of desperation on the FBI's part, which I'm sorry to see.

Terra Lycos.... (1)

ksheka (189669) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874166)

...Yeah. As if google and yahoo aren't known worldwide.

I guess if you add that they're known to caving in to imperialist governments...

yay! (2, Funny)

frotty (586379) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874169)

Next the FBI will buy "spamvertisements" and send out this info from

slutty_FBI_baby_2009ERJKAWJEKAIOSZ@yahoo.com

Please Cum and Help Arrest This Man ...... X9299J

Hi, I'm Federal Agent Kitten, nearly illegal :)
Please cum by to my new webpage and look at my sexy fugitive pics I took by myself with my new webcam! It's 100% to watch them be naughyt on my webcam! Click Here!

click here to be removed

KFf0iL xHSjUmyX ...... why not? It'd probably work just as well

Rallying cry: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874175)

"Click Whitey!"

HoHo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4874184)

I guess I'll point every domain which includes terra and lycos to 127.0.0.1 (I don't care about these crap sites). Can they catch me using my local apache logs?

Too much signal noise = ignored signal (2)

frequnkn (632597) | more than 11 years ago | (#4874205)

It seems to me that it would be more effective to display such things in a location that isn't ignored by so many people. The dumb ads I see at the top of the screen just make me ignore everything that I see there.

What if there were dedicated media/loci for this info? On our campus portal, we have a dedicated feed for important news (power outage, tornado coming, etc.) which is kept completely separate from more everyday SPAMish news. That way the noise doesn't drown out the signal, to further abuse my analogy.

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