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'Phomance' doesn't warm developer's heart

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Phomance might sound like some hip new description of a romantic phone conversation, but Symantec's senior information developer says there's nothing sexy about it.

Phomance, writes Ben Nahorney , is actually the foreboding cross-section between phishing and online dating--and he should know, as he recently received a suspicious e-mail from a hot Russian nurse who seemed unusually interested in corresponding despite the paltry details in his online dating profile.

Why, out of the multitude of members on the site, had this woman decided to contact me? Did I seem open-minded, having stated that my ideal partner would have "Any" hair/eye/body type? Was I mysterious due to my lack of a picture? Was it that we had "All of the above" in common when it came to the hobbies section? Obviously my skeleton of a personal ad was picked from the site for other purposes.

Little did that most-likely apocryphal Slavic beauty know who she was dealing with when she contacted Nahorney. He immediately saw the telltale signs of a con and went about investigating his potential suitor .

The Wall Street Journal pointed us to Nahorney's quite funny blog about the occurence, which is both a darn good read and a darn good cautionary tale about what can happen when scammers slowly win open-hearted victims' trust and then attempt to start bilking them.

1 Kommentar 24.2.09 08:12, kommentieren

Hey Michigan kids, your state reps. have a present for you

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It was President Herbert Hoover who campaigned on the promise of prosperity under his administration when he vowed "a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage."

Michigan state Democrats want to do him one better: an iPod for every child. An unsigned editorial in The Detroit News is, to put it mildly, not a fan. "An iPod for every kid? Are they !#$!ing idiots?" the headline screams.

The state is apparently facing a budget crisis--to the tune of $1 billion. On Thursday, House Democrats delivered a spending bill that includes the idea of putting $38 million worth of public funds toward outfitting every student with a digital music player. The plan also included measures to tax soda and satellite TV services, among other things, to raise funds.

Seems like an interesting idea because iPods could easily be used as educational devices--to transport or store digital documents and projects, or to listen to lectures. It's also not a new idea--Duke University famously gave iPods to all incoming freshmen . But, The Detroit News ' editorial makes an astute point wondering "how financially strained Michigan residents will feel about paying higher taxes to buy someone else's kid an iPod."

But what about the unfortunate side effect of lodging earbuds in one's ears starting at a very early age? Many times this can also teach kids to tune out more often than they tune in.

1 Kommentar 24.2.09 00:32, kommentieren