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Alek's Christmas Lights: Humbug

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the so-whaddya-do? dept.

Christmas Cheer 327

g00set writes "Alek's Christmas lights story was previously covered on Slashdot here, however the Denver Channel is now reporting that it was all a hoax: 'The Lafayette man said he accomplished the trickery by taking 12 "base" photographs of the house with lights on and off and then constructed a Web page that appeared to show lights going on and off when the Web visitor clicked.'"

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327 comments

first bitch (-1, Offtopic)

nickmacey (600280) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195258)

first bitch

OH NOES (-1, Offtopic)

corsair2112 (813278) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195259)

fr1st pr0sty bitches!

Nice try (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195426)

Some other greasy nerd beat you to it, fatshit

Season's greetings! (4, Funny)

NormalVisual (565491) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195260)

Ho ho hoax!

over 20,000 people died this weekend (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195261)

...in the worst natural disaster since 9/11 and you sit here squandering your precious time on this planet looking at december 25 lights in your underpants. I have but one thing to say to you: GET SOME PRIORITIES!

Re:over 20,000 people died this weekend (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195302)

9/11 a natural disaster? And even so, 3000 dead americans worse than 20000 dead asians? It's you who need to get your priorities straight.

It's not that straightforward (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195343)

You've got to relate the number of dead people to the birthrate in each region.

The loss of 3000 Americans and Jewish people is a much, much more serious blow to the human genome than the loss of 20000 asians. I may sound like a cold-hearted bastard, but that's just the way it is.

racist pig (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195476)

fucking racist piece of shit

good point (4, Funny)

pyrrho (167252) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195335)

also... there are protons decaying AS WE SPEAK!!!!

what of the protons!?

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195263)

first post?

Oh, the humanity (5, Funny)

CodeWanker (534624) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195265)

Thank God the rest of the internet is hoax-free. Now I can get back to my penis enlargement pill popping and free ipod winning in peace.

Well... (4, Interesting)

tekiegreg (674773) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195266)

How many times can you piss off the neighbors before the homeowner's association punishes you, coupled with the desire to please your audience?

Still though, oh the humanity Alek, couldn't you just leave one string of lights internet controlled next year? Wouldn't be too bad...

It's not like it's that hard or anything... (1)

Omega (1602) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195493)

Just get an X-10 firecracker [x10.com] set, download the BottleRocket [missouri.edu] X-10 linux controlling software, and write a cgi to run on your webserver that allows users to turn the lights on/off. Going through the whole hoax thing sounds like MORE work..

Re:Well... (1)

Heem (448667) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195549)

Evidently it's about 12.

Noooooo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195268)

Say it ain't so!

Re:Noooooo (1)

oscrmyer (568874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195339)

New York City?!?! Get a Rope!

Oh no... (3, Funny)

Xshare (762241) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195269)

May he incur the wrath of thousands of angry slashdotters! He's in for a whooping!

Re:Oh no... (0, Offtopic)

Compholio (770966) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195371)

I work in Lafayette, does anyone know his address?

Re:Oh no... (-1, Offtopic)

nocomment (239368) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195423)

maybe listed in here? :-)

-bash-3.00$ whois komar.org
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determining the contents of a domain name registration record in the PIR
registry database. The data in this record is provided by Public Interest Registry
for informational purposes only, and PIR does not guarantee its
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that you will use this data only for lawful purposes and that, under no
circumstances will you use this data to: (a) allow, enable, or otherwise
support the transmission by e-mail, telephone, or facsimile of mass
unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations to entities other than
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Domain ID:D271012-LROR
Domain Name:KOMAR.ORG
Created On:27-May-1997 04:00:00 UTC
Last Updated On:02-Dec-2004 22:24:50 UTC
Expiration Date:26-May-2008 04:00:00 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Bulk Register (R21-LROR)
Status:OK
Registrant ID:TK2807-BR
Registrant Name:The Komarnitskys
Registrant Organization:The Komarnitskys
Registrant Street1:2510 Blue Heron Circle

Registrant City:Lafayette
Registrant State/Province:CO
Registrant Postal Code:80026
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.3039268253

Registrant Email:alek@KOMAR.ORG

Admin Name:Alek Komarnitsky
Admin Organization:The Komarnitsky Family
Admin Street1:2510 Blue Heron Circle

Admin City:Lafayette
Admin State/Province:CO
Admin Postal Code:80026-9138
Admin Country:US
Admin Phone:+1.3039268253

Admin Email:alek@KOMAR.ORG

Tech Name:Art Smoot
Tech Organization:AES Consulting
Tech Street1:1177 Wildwood Road

Tech City:Boulder
Tech State/Province:CO
Tech Postal Code:80303
Tech Country:US
Tech Phone:+1.3034993837

Tech Email:aesmoot@AESCON.COM
Name Server:NS1.NEWMEDIAONE.NET
Name Server:NS2.NEWMEDIAONE.NET

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No fooling (4, Informative)

eigerface (526490) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195273)


I discovered the same thing at 12 noon Denver time when a night time shot of the house was listed as "live".

Allright, you know the drill (4, Funny)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195275)

You grab the pitchforks, I grab the torches.

And by pitchorks and torches I meant: Let's find this guy's adress and BURY HIM IN SPAM!

'tis the season of giving, after all ;-)

Re:Allright, you know the drill (-1, Troll)

ravenspear (756059) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195299)

alek@komar.org [mailto]

Re:Allright, you know the drill (3, Interesting)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195504)

Allright guys, be pissed at me, but whatever you do, don't sick the spammers on me! ;-)

Re:Allright, you know the drill (2, Funny)

TheWickedKingJeremy (578077) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195560)

Seriously guys, relax. Though this trick might have gone over better in early April, its not worth getting worked up over.

That being said... Alek, you suck. :)

Re:Allright, you know the drill (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195408)

For those who may want to drop by and visit (or flood him with postal spam, etc.).... (information compliments of the .org WHOIS system)

The Komarnitskys
2510 Blue Heron Circle [msn.com]
Lafayette, CO
80026
United States of America
(303) 926-8253
alek@komar.org [mailto]

Re:Allright, you know the drill (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195568)

You grab the pitchforks, I grab the torches.

I say we get some bricks and see for ourselves if the webcams are fake or not.

Let me be the first to say... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195278)

pwned!!

Big Deal (5, Insightful)

Bob McCown (8411) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195281)

So the guy said he did something on the web, and turned out he didnt. Isnt this the way most of the dot-com bubble companies operated?

Marketing/Management Material (5, Funny)

MooseByte (751829) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195485)


Hmmm.

- Faked a demo of a cool concept.

- Lacked the geek talent and dedication required to pull it off.

- Reaped the benefits (web hits and publicity) by duping the users.

Yep, clearly the guy is made for marketing/management.

Re:Marketing/Management Material (4, Insightful)

eddy the lip (20794) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195562)

- Lacked the geek talent and dedication required to pull it off.

Except that he didn't lack it - go read his web page. It explains how he pulled it off, generating the faked images on the fly from a few pre-shot photos and perl.

Personally, I think it's a cool hack. Glad someone out there is still doing this stuff...

Re:Big Deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195539)

I'm not quite sure what exactly happened, but lets give him $10m anyway!

Too funny! (4, Insightful)

DoraLives (622001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195285)

The whole christmas lights thing is out of hand anyway. WAY out of hand. Maybe this will serve to put a damper on some of the more retarded exploits?

NAH!

LOL (2, Interesting)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195289)

With wireless and what not, how fucking hard would this be to fact check?

Re:LOL (1)

cmacb (547347) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195455)

With wireless and what not, how fucking hard would this be to fact check?

As far as I can tell that activity no longer takes place on planet Earth. Especially by anyone paid to do so. The rest of us don't have time.

Re:LOL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195461)

The question is more "Who the fuck cares enough to waste time fact checking this?"

Re:LOL (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195479)

how do you fact check this? tlak to the guy who did it?

good prank tho'

Re:LOL (3, Informative)

JUSTONEMORELATTE (584508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195530)

Well, he lives about a mile from me, so I did consider driving by to play with it "live" before Christmas. Turns out, his house is in a gated community.

Heh... (5, Insightful)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195294)

I'm more amused than anything else. It wouldn't make sense to be indignant over an April Fools-style joke.

Hoax or not.... (5, Insightful)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195296)

You really HAVE to give it anyone that can pull this off, especially to /.ers.

Bravo, bravo...
clap, clap, clap, clap

Not really (5, Insightful)

jerometremblay (513886) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195341)

It's already hard to find someone who RTFA, imagine someone checking REALITY.

Re:Hoax or not.... (5, Insightful)

Total_Wimp (564548) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195378)

Score one for old media. Maybe we should keep them around after all.

TW

Re:Hoax or not.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195470)

Yeah, good for them. They could have been following up the truth for everytime the Administration flat out lies; they could be asking the hard questions about claims that corporations make all the time; they could be trying to bring us news of things that will inform their viewers in an unbiased way about international events.

Instead they find out that the Christmas light thing is a hoax.

They're certainly earning their keep there.

Re:Hoax or not.... (5, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195531)

Score one for old media. Maybe we should keep them around after all.

And yet, most of us are reading this via the "new" media. For all I know,

  1. The site doesn't even exist (I've never browsed it),
  2. The site does exist and has web-controllable lights (and the apparent hoax is itself a hoax, perhaps no channel 7 either),
  3. The site does exist and doesn't have web-controllable lights,
  4. Slashdot is just a bunch of AI programs which mod each other up.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195297)

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Google ads on his page weren't a hoax tho (5, Funny)

melted (227442) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195304)

So I think Google should pay him with Monopoly money or something.

Re:Google ads on his page weren't a hoax tho (2, Insightful)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195329)

Just admit you got tricked at move on.

Re:Google ads on his page weren't a hoax tho (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195355)

How much does Google pay per visit? Is there a way we could figure out how much money he made using his detailed stats?

Re:Google ads on his page weren't a hoax tho (2, Informative)

CanSpice (300894) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195444)

Google doesn't pay per view, Google pays per click. If you can make some kind of guess as to his clickthrough rate then you can guess at how much money he made.

But that payment rate also depends on the kind of ad clicked on. Sometimes I get 3 cents a click, sometimes I get 75 cents a click. Over the past month and a half I've averaged just under 17.5 cents per click.

Hoaxy (2)

mboverload (657893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195306)

Although it hurts to be fooled, you have to commend him for pulling it off.

Sweet, Nice Hack (4, Insightful)

JonahDark1 (63703) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195307)

I think this guy deserves mad props for pulling this off.

CHRISTMAS FOOLS (0)

INeededALogin (771371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195309)

errr... he must be confused:-/

get the president on this (1)

pyrrho (167252) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195311)

ASAP! you can't let this sort of thing go unchallenged.

Go in there, liberate this fellows house... make sure he's not on steroid while we're there!

I am not amused (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195319)

Let's just say that I AM NOT AMUSED.

One would think that a tech/science-oriented site such as Slashdot would do a little bit of backround research before publishing articles that will eventually turn out to be hoaxes.

I am very, very disappointed at the current level of professionalism shown by the Slashdot crew. I mailed the article to several friends of mine and now, thanks to Slashdot, MY integrity is in question.

Re:I am not amused (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195360)

I mailed the article to several friends of mine and now, thanks to Slashdot, MY integrity is in question.

Your integrity was already in question after your 500th GNAA post, Mr. Anonymous Coward!

not quite (3, Insightful)

pyrrho (167252) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195364)

it's not in question any more.

now they know!

Re:I am not amused (0, Redundant)

Trumpetgod2k1 (740425) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195449)

One would think that a tech/science-oriented site such as Slashdot would do a little bit of backround research before publishing articles that will eventually turn out to be hoaxes.


You must be new here :-)

Re:I am not amused (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195456)

You must be new here.

Would you like a tissue? (5, Informative)

CarnivoreMan (827905) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195492)

did you read the FAQ? [slashdot.org]
"
How do you verify the accuracy of Slashdot stories? We don't. You do. :) If something seems outrageous, we might look for some corroboration, but as a rule, we regard this as the responsibility of the submitter and the audience. This is why it's important to read comments. You might find something that refutes, or supports, the story in the main."

Newsflash: Santa ain't happy. (3, Interesting)

radd0 (558899) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195332)

"I apologize to those people who may be angry with me, but hopefully most will see the humor in the whole situation ... and realize that my attempt to bring joy and a smile to people's faces was successful"

Personally I wasn't too impressed with the site to begin with, hoax or not. It didn't hold a candle to the likes of the Chaos Computer Club's [www.ccc.de] Blinkenlights [blinkenlights.de] project.

sounds like some bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195337)

this is the bullshit of the bullshit

I did this... (4, Funny)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195347)

... but on a much smaller scale. The idea was that it was a webcam in my kitchen, which you could click on to turn the lights on and off. One guy I know was fooled by it for a week. No-one had the heart to tell him...

Now I am beginning to wonder... (2, Funny)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195349)

How much other stuff on the Internet is fake?

Devistating, simply devistating.

Re:Now I am beginning to wonder... (1)

confusion (14388) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195387)

Please please please don't tell me The Onion is fake!!!!

Jerry
http://www.syslog.org/ [syslog.org]

Re:Now I am beginning to wonder... (1)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195542)

no, that one it real. . .
I promise.
-nB

Re:Now I am beginning to wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195537)

There is no Internet, Neo.

Oh oh, Billy! (1)

paulius_g (808556) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195353)

I always knew that something was with this guy as there never was a webcam during the day. I first thought that it's a manner to save bandwidth, but it all leads to the shocking truth. I wan't really a fan of that site. It's just funny how such a man (yeah, I read most of his whole website!) could lie to so many people.

Someone didn't read the whole article! (Not Hoax!) (5, Funny)

ugmoe (776194) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195365)

Someone obviously didn't read the whole article before posting. (Not a rare occurrance at slashdot)

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/holidays/4027215/d etail.html [thedenverchannel.com]

"I got a chuckle out of putting a clock up in the window and having the hands of the clock display the right time (it actually started out 3 minutes slow, but then gained a minute a day, until it was 4 minutes fast, and then reset itself) -- again, all computer trickery!" Komarnitsky said on his Web site Monday.

The Lafayette man said he accomplished the trickery by taking 12 "base" photographs of the house with lights on and off and then constructed a Web page that appeared to show lights going on and off when the Web visitor clicked, but after performing web server stress testing, he replaced the test images with real-time camera generated images for the holiday season.

Not everything on the internet is a forgery.

Re:Someone didn't read the whole article! (Not Hoa (1)

Delta Vel (756242) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195436)

Wha?

It doesn't say that, at least not now.

The Lafayette man said he accomplished the trickery by taking 12 "base" photographs of the house with lights on and off and then constructed a Web page that appeared to show lights going on and off when the Web visitor clicked.

"I got a chuckle out of putting a clock up in the window and having the hands of the clock display the right time (it actually started out 3 minutes slow, but then gained a minute a day, until it was 4 minutes fast, and then reset itself) -- again, all computer trickery!" Komarnitsky said on his Web site Monday.

Re:Someone didn't read the whole article! (Not Hoa (1)

akgunkel (567825) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195468)

Strangely enough, I can't find the bolded part of your "quote" anywhere... maybe your post should be modded funny?

Re:Someone didn't read the whole article! (Not Hoa (1)

brer_rabbit (195413) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195545)

parent post is a hoax, mod down as a troll.

Furthermore, from the article:

Komarnitsky said when he went up in Airtracker 7 for a live report on his Christmas lights that his wife was actually on the ground turning them on and off -- not Internet visitors. so yes, the whole thing was a hoax.

No harm, no foul? (2, Insightful)

powdered toast dude (800543) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195366)

IANAL(tm), but I would imagine that with no commerce involved, no parties have any actual damages, and therefore no cause against him. Except maybe chopper 7, I guess, for the cost of the ride they were duped out of. But IMHO going after him would be bad form on anyone's part. Let's chalk it up to a good practical joke at our collective expense, figuratively speaking. He got us but good, and that's that.

Re:No harm, no foul? (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195522)

So that's the missing step..

1. Put ads on your site.
2. Trick millions of folks into visiting.
3. Profit.

Re:No harm, no foul? (1)

Orgazmus (761208) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195534)

You sir, are a wise man

Alek Comments (5, Informative)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195369)

Hey /.'ers ... it was all fun ... I'm SLAMMED ... will say more later ... but be SURE to read MY story of the events [komar.org] and also what Wall Street Journal guy wrote [wsj.com] ... and then if you want, go to that Channel-7 site [thedenverchannel.com] and cast your vote if I was naughty or nice!

Re:Alek Comments (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195410)

Asshole.

Re:Alek Comments (4, Insightful)

mrwonton (456172) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195419)

It is indeed worth reading his version [komar.org] of the story, if not to pass judgment, then merely to see how he pulled it off. Its really quite interesting how much time he put into making the hoax believeable. With no less work, he probably could have made it actually work like it was supposed to...

Google Ads? (3, Interesting)

JUSTONEMORELATTE (584508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195540)

Alek, how much did you make from the Google Ad placement last year?

Revenge (2, Funny)

nizo (81281) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195383)

Now the news guys need to get together and start calling him and saying how pissed they are that they lost their jobs for not checking the facts, and right after xmas no less. When he is finally reduced to a gibbering crying mess they can tell him, "Just kidding". I bet he would get a big laugh out of that lemme tell ya.

Hmmm... (1)

Maqueo (766442) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195386)

I think it would've been ok if this was just a generic site for the general public (oh! pretty lights!), but posting to a thread [slashdot.org] with all kinds of "technical" details (check my 1337 skillz) is just plain lying. Not to mention 2003.

So much for the xmas spirit of giving (nice excuse).

I bet the AdWords wasn't a hoax (3, Insightful)

Brandon One (760352) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195398)

So for three years running (and this Halloween?) this guy had millions of hits onto his site.
All the while he was raking in the dough from his Google AdWords banners.
I wonder how much money he has made.

Re:I bet the AdWords wasn't a hoax (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195566)

I wonder how much money he has made.

He talks about this in his FAQ. So if you can trust him anymore, check out question E7.
http://www.komar.org/xmas/faq/ [komar.org]

Not cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195406)

I was impressed with the notion of web-controlled christmas lights. But now it turns out that good intentions or no, the guy's just a fraud. That's not cool.

heh (1)

Mako.h (809438) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195407)

hahah ahahaha hahahah ahahaha hahaha ahahhha

Straight from the gift horse's mouth: (2, Informative)

Takyn-U-RUN (803154) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195424)

Read what Alex himself has to say about the hoax. [komar.org] Pretty interesting to hear it from the man himself instead a news agency ticked off at him for fooling them.

Three words. (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195431)

Hook. Line. Sinker.

NO - please god no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195434)

NO - THAT CAN'T be the case.
If it is on the internet IT MUST BE TRUE... it must - ARGH!

now i'll have to turn to something I know to be true [insert relegious scripture here].

oh, btw, did you know that before 1954, the entire world was in black and white?

I can't believe this (1)

woah (781250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195442)

I feel cheated and used.

For the love of god, how could he do this to us?!!

I'm surprised nobody noticed (5, Insightful)

enosys (705759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195457)

I'm surprised nobody noticed. Camera images generally contain some noise. The noise changes even when nothing else changes. It can be especially pronounced in the dark.

Plus what about weather conditions? Plenty of local people must have seen the site. What about when it was raining or snowing and the webcam wasn't showing that?

kinda like kids & coin-op games (3, Insightful)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195464)

It's like when little kids in the 3-6yo range walk up to a video game that's in attract mode and start playing with the joystick - a lot of times they'll think they're actually playing the game when it's just the demo running.

Dumbing us down (1)

TotalFusionOne (787190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195465)

I love how the Denver story tells us that the lights were controlled by a "Well known computer device controller." For one thing, any english high school student will laugh at you if you try to use that sentence in a speech. For another, does the media actually think we are so dumb we can't handle the name of the "Computer device controller?" I, for one, am laughing my christmas ham off right now. I'll admit I didn't think about it before.. But 1.2 million web site viewers a month... each one individually controlling something... Wouldn't be possible. ... Err... Right? TO THE GEEK CAVE!

One down, one to go (0, Flamebait)

gwoodrow (753388) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195467)

Now that we've uncovered the lights hoax, maybe we can do something about that whole "virgin birth" hoax, too. They both happened around the same time, after all. Coincidence? flame on! (couldn't resist)

Alek at work (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195481)

Alek works at CSC contracted to Lockheed Martin in Littleton. He is "very popular" with his co-workers. His work e-mail is alek@ast.lmco.com .

Wait, this can't be possible. (1)

Jerk City Troll (661616) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195499)

Isn't everything on the Internet true? This sure is a crazy turn of the trend!

How can you be mad? (4, Interesting)

Specks (798579) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195512)

Although it was a hoax. It's a clever one and very harmless. I just can't help but feel amused by this. Nice one Alex. Now I can't remember if he had any banners on the site but he could have made some good cash if he did.

He can't be trusted now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195514)

Can you believe anything on his web site? I live in Denver, and considered driving the ~20 miles to see the "famous" lights, but decided to skip it, after all I coudl see it "live on the web" after all.

But I won't visit his site any more, since the internet shoudl be based on trust, after all. Would you order stuff from Amazon if you thought they were going to ship "substitute titles"?

Do you really think the bozo put up 10 thousand more lights this year? Whaterver. His wife is probably not jewish, he probably doesn't live in a gated community, he probably is short, not tall.

"When we give away trust, we have give away everything" - Cicero

Actually I made that quote up, sounds like a Kam~

Let's show him up (2, Interesting)

utlemming (654269) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195515)

The BSD Daemon in me wants to code up a little project to do what his sight was supposed to do. Sure the neighbors would be annoyed. But something about really doing it and being able to prove it would be a little satisfying. Pride -- yup. Oh well. Maybe we'll see the Christmas Light project on Source Forge soon....

Re:Let's show him up (1)

utlemming (654269) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195547)

site...sorry. I guess that's what the preview button is all about...

Eh (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195517)

"While the Internet is not as "nice" as it was a decade ago"

Yeah, I noticed. Now people just like to use it to perpetuate hoaxes apparently. With all the effort that went into the hoax (the interviews, the website, convincing the neighbours, convincing people to contribute bandwidth (or were they in on it too?), I don't know why he just didn't put the effort into implementing the thing for real.

Unless this hoax claim is a hoax!

this is why... (4, Funny)

10000000000000000000 (809085) | more than 9 years ago | (#11195553)

you should always demand a girl be present in the webcast who will answer your live questions.

that way you can verify that she is actually there with the christmas lights...

in fact forget the lights... and the questions.

Why hoaz the simple? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11195565)

The larger question is why hoax something that is easy to do? X10 + Linux + Perl + WWW and blamo. Fakeing it just means the guy is an attention whore (IMHO).
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