If only Rawshark was from Denmark

If only Rawshark was Danish…he isn’t, and remains at large.

This ratbag however has been arrested.

A Danish citizen has been netted in an international police operation for cyber crimes against an Auckland school girl.

Police say the 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged under Danish law with cyber crimes relating to posting private photos and hacking a private computer.

The arrest was a result of Operation Cavern – a joint New Zealand Police cyber crime unit, Danish National Cyber Crime Centre and the South-East Jutland police.

The man, from the city of Vejle, will now face court in the Danish town of Kolding, where local police will be requesting the man’s pre-trial detention.   Read more »

A ludicrous waste of money for its relatively small amount of intermittent power

A wind farm in the UK has been axed after the government pulls all the subsidies.

To the rage of the Greenies and the delight of countless thousands of local residents, the Government announced on Friday its rejection of the £3.6 billion scheme by a Franco-Dutch consortium to build a monster wind farm covering up to 76 square miles of sea between Dorset and the Isle of Wight, blocking off some of the most valued sea views in southern England.

The developers offered two versions of their scheme, one of up to 194 giant 3.5 megawatt (MW) turbines, taller than Blackpool Tower, the other of only 105 6MW turbines covering a smaller area. But at the forefront of the reasons for rejecting the project, as I reported last year, was the warning from Unesco that its scale threatened the unique status of Dorset’s “Jurassic Coast”, Britain’s only natural World Heritage site.


The only reason why those foreign firms were attracted to “Navitus Bay” (a name no one had heard of until they invented it) was the colossal subsidies the Government gives to offshore wind farms, which would have earned them £430 million a year, more than two thirds of it in subsidies paid through our electricity bills.    Read more »

Journalist outraged after being hacked…cry me a river of tears

I said it was only a matter of time before someone hacked some journalists…and they have…and boy are they outraged about it.

When this journalist was hacked however the same ones who are aghast at this latest case were delving into all my hacked details as fast as they could.

Excuse me if I don’t just throw up a little bit in my mouth over the rank hypocrisy of this.

An investigative journalist is outraged her phone was hacked by telco giant Vodafone because of a damaging story.

The company’s today admitted a lone employee accessed call charge records and text messages in January 2011.  Read more »

The Whaleoil Road Warrior Kit (Part 2)


by Pete

Following on from Part 1, which introduces the concept behind the Whaleoil Road Warrior series, today I’ll address the first step you must take.

You need to take to the Cloud.

The Cloud is just a fancy concept, but in reality it means that you place your documents, information and tools on the Internet so that you can access them from any location where you have Internet access.

This process is very easy to start, but may be a little harder to complete.  In my case, I started about three and a bit years ago by making Google deal with all my email.  I operate a number of domains, several companies, and manage mail for different people.  All this is now done by Google, and it’s done really well.

Next, I erased Microsoft Office and started using Google Docs.   And that did most of the job.  I still have Word Viewer installed in case someone sends me something I need to read, but everything new must be created on the Internet.  No exceptions.  If you are still solidly stuck to the Microsoft Office world, they too  now have a cloud solution. Read more »

Don’t use your phone, but you’re allowed to use your car nav system

Look, I get it – “texting” while driving isn’t smartJust like shaving or putting on make-up.  

Drivers using mobile phones and other devices while behind the wheel will be the target of a national police operation from Monday.

The operation will target driver distraction – including putting on make-up, shaving and reading.

The deadly habit contributed to 12 per cent of crashes in New Zealand last year, despite it being made illegal in 2009, police said in a statement.

National Manager Road Policing Superintendent Steve Greally said officers were noticing a rise in the use of phones, tablets and iPods.

“Given that the law has been in place for more than five years now, there really is no excuse for drivers to keep offending,” he said.

Ministry of Transport data showed that last year ‘diverted attention’ contributed to 1053 crashes – or 12 per cent of all crashes.

In those, 22 people were killed and 191 were serious injured.

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A cashless moneybox? Are you kidding me? Isn’t that a bank account?

The new-look elephant moneybox, named Clever Kash, will help make saving magic again by enabling parents to swipe virtual notes and coins from the ASB Mobile banking app, to display on their child’s Clever Kash. The money in the child’s bank account will be displayed on Clever Kash’s tummy, with elephant noises that trumpet each time it’s used.

ASB, the bank behind New Zealand’s largest financial literacy programme in schools, ASB GetWise, launched Clever Kash at its North Wharf Innovation Lab in Auckland today, where children from Orakei School were among the first to interact with the new technology.

ASB Chief Executive Barbara Chapman describes Clever Kash as a fun and engaging technology, the latest evolution of the Kashin moneybox first launched in 1964, which is set to put a smile back on the face of kids’ banking.

I’m not going to argue against the idea that the concept of saving should be introduced to children at the earliest opportunity, but this is just… absurd…   Read more »

Another of Steve Joyce’s chosen corporate bludgers goes under costing the taxpayer

Steve Joyce loves corporate welfare, thankfully one of his chosen recipients didn’t seem to like it that much, but still managed to burn $1.4 million of taxpayer cash.

After Mako collapsed, owing Spark $26 million and a total $30 million in debt, one minor shareholder asked NBR, “How do you lose $30 million?”

He wondered, darkly, what had become of a $4.3 million research and development grant from the Ministry of Science and Innovation (later absorbed into Callaghan Innovation) in 2011

The surprising answer: not much.

“Mako drew down only $1.4 million of the available funding,” Callaghan chief financial officer told NBR on Friday afternoon.    Read more »

Allergic to reality more like it

Some people like to live life on the large, inventing all sort of illnesses to claim compensation from.

It helps if you live in a socialist paradise like France, then you can claim you are allergic to wi-fi.

Marine Richard has managed to score £500 a month in disability allowance from French courts after claiming that she was ‘allergic to Wi-Fi’.

She claimed that she suffers from electromagnetic sensitivity and sufferers say that exposure to mobile phones, Wi-Fi and televisions cause extreme discomfort.

French courts have refused so far to pay disability benefits to people who suffer from electromagnetic sensitivity, so after winning the case, Mariane Richard said that her win was a ‘breakthrough’.

Her lawyer agreed and told The Times that her win set a legal precedent for “thousands of people”.    Read more »

Hillary Clinton’s email debacle gets worse – 57 more classified emails found


Hillary Clinton has repeatedly claimed she never handled any classified emails on her private server, and since she made that claim there has been the slow release of classified emails found on her server.

Truth Revolt reports:

In a review of the batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private server released Monday, Reuters determined that another 57 of them were “classified from the start.” That makes at least 87 emails so far that Reuters’ sources have concluded were transmitted in violation of federal security laws.

As TruthRevolt reported, Reuters revealed in August that an initial batch of emails from Clinton’s server contained at least 30 email threads—17 originating from Clinton herself—that have been designated by the State Department as containing “information the U.S. government and the department’s own regulations automatically deems classified from the get-go — regardless of whether it is already marked that way or not.”

Reuters analysis of the newly released Clintons emails found that 57 more emails were likewise marked with classification code 1.4(B), which means they contain information “shared in confidence by foreign government officials,” which must be “classified from the start, and handled through secure, government-controlled channels.”

Reuters emphasizes how seriously such intrinsically classified information is considered, highlighting the State Department’s own regulations, which describe it as the “most important category of national security information” the department’s officials encounter.

“If the State Department’s markings are correct,” says Reuters, “it appears that Clinton and her senior staff routinely did not follow the regulations in the department’s Foreign Affairs Manual, which tells employees they “must” safeguard foreign government information by treating it as classified.”

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Trial by social media TISOs backfires as GPS data clears accused

Social media is full of self-righteous idiots that imagine themselves capable of doing investigations to get ‘facts’, and then act like judge and jury before the accused even gets a chance to comprehend where on earth all the aggro came from.   

But the problem is that these TISOs simply get away with it, and there are no repercussions for ruining people’s lives by doing the torches and pitchfork equivalent of lynchings in the 21st century.

The matter of the alleged bashing of a bulldog by a Hastings District Council animal control officer will be referred to police after a three-day inquiry cleared staff of any wrongdoing.

The issue was brought to light on social media this week when a Facebook user posted that a dog had been injured, alleging it had received a “beating” at the hands of a Hastings District Council (HDC) animal control officer in Henderson Rd.

The HDC’s chief executive Ross McLeod said the independent investigation, carried out by Dave Robb from Grow Human Resources, showed an officer “could not have been involved” in the incident.

“We have received a view based on that investigation that none of the evidence that has been reviewed supports the allegation that one of our officers was involved in injuring the dog in question,” Mr McLeod said.

“In fact, the evidence that we have through the Navman (GPS) system strongly suggests that they were not involved as alleged.

“We think that short of any other evidence that that is quite compelling at the moment.”    Read more »