News for the ‘crime’ Category

Firestick Mafia

So this is just stupid on many levels (newsarticle out of Florida) where the Sheriff is announcing his department’s ‘take-down’ of what seems to be some sort of Amazon Firestick Mafia. This group of flea-market sellers were selling “Jail-Broken” Firesticks for streaming via Amazon.

Okay – “Jailbreaking” a firestick sounds like tech wizardry. Granted, jailbreaking really became prominent hacking vernacular years ago with the iPhone. That process was a bit more subverse – with resetting the idevice, installing other apps, security adjustments, pirating aps, etc. The process for ‘jailbreaking’ a firestick is literally clicking one box in the device’s settings – see below.

True – once you do this, you can install Kodi, VPNs, etc – but there is nothing ‘illegal’ about a Firestick that has this option (third party apps) selected.

The context here is what one does with the device once the portal has been opened. What irks me on this piece is how giddy the Sheriff is, announcing the take-down of these grandmas.

Also wild is the fact that there is a market for this. This group figured out how to click a menu item and were selling the device for 2x street value? A user not doing their research, but who wants to stream from the apps that can now be installed, is drawn to a pre-“hacked” version. I would be inclined to think that if they can’t figure out how to click this menu item to open the device’s streaming options, they probably won’t be able to figure out how/where to get the aps or how to use.

I’m not saying I support the jailbreaking or that I support the streaming with third party aps … I’m just saying this Press Conference is silly when you really look into the device and its settings. It’s not like we have the cartel here. Yes, a user is subvertting the proper channels to be able to view paid content – but why the hell does Amazon leave the option on the device? If they wanted to curtail/eliminate the activity, maybe they should make the option less simplistic?

And the fact that the Sheriff is holding a press conference to announce how they took down the granny cartel is a bit preposterous. He really seems giddy over his team’s sleuthing. The old addage of “Don’t you have better things to do” (I remember hearing my dad say that the few times he was pulled over) rings a little true here.

 

Posted: December 30th, 2020
Categories: crime, products, tech
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Unboxing of Apple’s $700 Workstation Wheels (that’s $175/wheel)

Posted: May 6th, 2020
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Brilliant – Porch Pirate Treatment

An unfortunate trend for a couple of years now – but with a brilliant solution.

The kids haven’t worn diapers in a few years – but maybe it’s coming for me. I’d be happy to share my bodily fluids for the effort, in case any one is reading this when I start wearing them.

Posted: December 5th, 2019
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Stay Classy, Ms Evans

This is disgusting. Just sayin’.

Posted: March 17th, 2018
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Good Guy Postman

So I’m driving home from El Paso and I guess Tina and the kids weren’t home. I see a package sitting on our front doorstep – it had been there for an hour.

We hadn’t ever had any issues with stolen packages, but with the season and the madness of all of the online ordering … you never know. Seeing that package sit on the doorstep for an hour was concerning me. Then this guy shows up! Nice Move (he put his own delivery in one of our flower pots – did the same with the waiting package), Bro – have a great Christmas!

Posted: December 21st, 2017
Categories: consumerism, crime
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I Do Not Consent

This is actually quite entertaining …

Posted: October 18th, 2016
Categories: crime, humor, law, video
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Just Lock the Door, yo.

So the White House had a security breach the other day, where a guy jumped the perimeter fence and made it all the way into the front door.

Tina and I were talking about this tonight before dinner … and she had a brilliant -yet simple- solution for the President: “Why don’t they just lock the door?”

I laughed when she said it, but you know … it’s a pretty simple solution, really.

 

Posted: September 22nd, 2014
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Maybe if she had Lenses in her Frames …

Posted: November 10th, 2012
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Brazilian Jails – Getting it Right

Using prisoners to provide electricity for the local boardwalk? Brilliant.

America … why can’t we take a closer look at this?

Posted: July 14th, 2012
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Manson with a Cell Phone?

I did not know this … apparently ol’ Charlie Manson (77 years old), when appealing for release (again), was found to have violated prison terms by being found with a weapon and a cell phone just recently.

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Posted: April 12th, 2012
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To be Expected, Wouldn’t You Think?

Posted: June 19th, 2011
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High on Drugs? Really?


Posted: December 4th, 2010
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Charming School Play

Posted: November 28th, 2010
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For More Great Zombie Headshots …

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Posted: November 10th, 2010
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