Archive for June, 2007

Spammer eats dog

Dog dressed as a hot dog
Like many others my inbox is inundated daily with 100’s of spam emails. Thunderbird does a reasonable job of filtering it out but I always have to manually mark a couple of hundred as spam and I always like to check for any false positives

Sometimes I wonder how spammers come up with their body text, the crux of the email that they hope will convince me to click their link as most of it is either poorly thought out, ripped directly from forums and newsgroups or even computer generated. Then I came across this gem:

Hello my friend!

I am ready to kill myself and eat my dog, if medicine prices here (<link removed>) are bad.

Look, the site and call me 1-800 if its wrong..

My dog and I are still alive 🙂

Ingenious! How could I possible say no? And it was nice of them to let me know that things hadn’t got so bad that poor old fido had become dinner just yet.

Halo 3 ARG

I must admit I’m a bit of a sucker for these things and the Halo 3 Alternative Reality Game has begun in earnest.

Like many others I’ve pulled the following info out of the data pod:

Halo array –System Data Recorder

[<array-sdr.> 3 minutes 5 seconds]
{c-match-reconfirmed}. Sphere secure to .1889 of passing fleet. Offensive tactics confirmed.
Feint tactics in limited push.
<Array sync commence>
Sys//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////{online}
Index: {check}
{D-com} There is no peace left. No place where the parasite cannot reach. You were right about it
all. Let us hope the final measure is not too late.

[<array-sdr.> 1 minutes 12 seconds]
Confrm: Array burn radium {check} 3.0
Confrm: Array sync …1…2…3…4…5…6…7…{check}
Commence…_{ }

[<array-sdr.> 60 seconds]
Commence…_{check}
Confrm: -00-00-00-59-0999-
{c-match-line-hold} acceptable losses confirmed
{D-com} It’s done. By my hands. The pyrrhic solution is ignited. All I have left is the quiet of
space to lull me to sleep. I will dream of you.

[<array-sdr.> 49 seconds]
Authorize -00-00-00-48-0999-
Array Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_ Array
Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_
Array Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_ Array
Authorized…_ Array Authorized…_{check}

[<array-sdr.> 23 seconds]
fire: -00-00-00-22-0999-
Confrm: wpnt {auth}
Core sequence <%> <%>

[<array-sdr.> 11 seconds]
fire: -00-00-00-10-0999-
{c-match-burn} effectiveness of enemy core fleet negligible
{D-com} I feel no peril.

[<array-sdr.> 5 seconds]
fire: -00-00-00-04-0999-
<enter reversion sequence to deactivate>
{D-com} No pain. No remorse. Is that normal?

[<array-sdr.> 0 seconds]
fire: -00-00-00-00-0001-
Reversion Sequence…{negative}
Array Authorized…_{Activate}
Rings online…_{Activate}
<Fire>

[<array-sdr.> 7 seconds]
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THIS IS MY FINAL ENTRY, AND I AM LEFT WITH ONE HOPE
THAT ONE DAY, SOMEONE, ANYONE IS AROUND TO WITNESS THIS WARNING
{//}
KNOW THAT A THOUSAND OTHER PLANS WERE TRIED AND FAILED
{//}
KNOW THAT ENERGETIC AND TENACIOUS AS LIFE IS
IT HAS AN ANTITHESIS JUST AS POWERFUL
IT IS THAT THING THAT WE MUST OBLITERATE

and the following images:

What’s interesting about the last image, Slide_Ref070107.jpg, is the text within the image’s data fields:

SEM of Streptococcus pyrogens bacteria,causes sore throat x2,000

Hidden clue or just the creation data? After all the image is listed as being copyright of S. Lowry/univ Ulster

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