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  1. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Sniped! good find, jig :newpalm:
     
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    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    Geeky license plate earns hacker $12,000 in parking tickets

    A California man's vanity license plate backfires spectacularly.

    The rules for personalized plates vary depending on the state in which you're registering your car. These can foster creativity, but today we have a cautionary tale from California, which reveals the risks of being too creative. It's the story of a security researcher known as Droogie, who presented his experience at the recent DEF CON conference in Las Vegas. Droogie decided his new vanity plate should read "NULL." While he did this mainly for the giggles, he told the audience that there was an ulterior motive, as reported by Mashable:

    Droogie's hope was that the new plate would exploit California's DMV ticketing system in a similar manner to the classic xkcd "Bobby Tables" cartoon. With any luck, the DMV's ticket database would see "NULL" and consign any of his tickets to the void. Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened.

    First, Droogie got a parking ticket, incurred for an actual parking infraction—so much for being invisible. Then, once a particular database of outstanding tickets had associated the license plate NULL with his address, it sent him every other ticket that lacked a real plate. The total came to $12,049 worth of tickets. Droogie told the DEF CON audience that he received little sympathy from either the California DMV or the Los Angeles Police Department, both telling him to just change his plate to something else. That remains something he refuses to do.

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    Not much of a geek when he obviously followed the wrong xkcd comic:

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  3. lelisa13p

    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    And he remains resolute in his decision to not change his tag. :vbrolleyes: I figure if he can endure the heaps of inconvenience that he has chosen to subject himself to, he deserves what he gets. :thumbsup: (I don't remember reading anything about his car being towed or booted.)

    Idiots come in all varieties. :newpalm:
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    any one else notice this on the xkcd homepage?

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  5. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Okay, I was able to do everything except "boat mode." That's not really a thing, is it? :confused:

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    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    Schrödinger's cat with 20 qubits

    In quantum computing, a cat state - named after the famous analogy of Schrödinger's cat -- is a quantum state composed of two diametrically opposed conditions simultaneously. Together with experts from Forschungszentrum Jülich, an international team has now succeeded in placing 20 entangled quantum bits in such a state of superposition.

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    Meh... I thought they had actually done the Schrödinger thingy with a real cat! :D
     
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    The closest we came to 'hacking' a license plate was keeping the Euro-delivery plate on the Volvo wagon for about a year. We did park a few times in questionable spots in NYC. I think the police thought it was a diplomatic plate, although NY has so many diplo plates, one would think they could tell the difference. Maybe they figured no one would pay the ticket anyway.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    In Alaska, a 50-year-old message in a bottle from a Soviet navy captain washes ashore
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    Emily Davies
    startribune.com
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    On a breezy summer evening, Tyler Ivanoff took his family on a boat trip to a remote beach in western Alaska. While his children plucked salmonberries on a hillside, Ivanoff searched the coastline for driftwood to use in a campfire. That's when a green bottle in the sand caught his eye.

    He darted back up the hill on Aug. 5 and showed his children the glinting bottle with a cork cap and piece of paper curled up inside.

    "Dada, is that a treasure map from a pirate ship?" his 8-year-old daughter asked, Ivanoff recalled in an interview on Sunday.

    Ivanoff uncorked the vessel and pulled out a wrinkled sheet with a message written in blue ink. The penmanship was worn but legible, and, as Ivanoff recognized from language classes in college, written in Russian.

    With the help of thousands of Facebook users and the Russian media, Ivanoff would soon unravel a mystery dating back 50 years that originated across the Bering Strait in the Soviet Union.

    Ivanoff, 36, lives in Shishmaref, Alaska, an island village of around 600 people not far from Russian territory. He spends most of the year working as an educational aide at a local school. He had been preparing a campfire to roast hot dogs when he spotted the green bottle lying a few feet from the water. "It was out of the ordinary just lying there," he recalled. "I had to go see what it was."

    Facebook help

    After his kids oohed and aahed, Ivanoff tucked away his find. But before he went to bed, he posted a photo of the note to Facebook, asking for help deciphering its message. "I found a message in a bottle today," Ivanoff wrote. "Any friends that are Russian translators out there?"

    He woke up hours later to 500 shares on the post and messages from friends of friends offering insight into what it said.

    "Sincere greetings! From the Russian Far East Fleet mother ship VRXF Sulak," it read, according a translation on the BBC. "I greet you who finds the bottle and request that you respond to the address Vladivostok -43 BRXF Sulak to the whole crew. We wish you good health and long years of life and happy sailing. 20 June 1969."

    The message, it seemed, was sent by someone affiliated with the Soviet navy more than 50 years ago.

    Within the day, Russian reporters had gotten wind of the bottle and by the end of the week, they had tracked down its author: Capt. Anatoliy Botsanenko, now 86 and living in Crimea.

    Reporters from Russia-1, the state broadcaster, visited Botsanenko at his home to show him the note. The captain studied a photo of the paper, growing teary-eyed as he recognized his handwriting from decades ago. "It looks like my handwriting," he said, according to a translation provided by Russia-1 to KNOM. "Really … looks like. But I'm not sure. Wait … For sure! East industry fishing fleet! E-I-F-F!"

    Botsanenko had tossed his message into the sea when he was 36 and serving aboard the Sulak, a ship he told reporters he helped construct and then sailed on until 1970.

    The captain and Ivanoff have not yet spoken, but Ivanoff hopes to connect with Botsanenko one day.

    "I would like to say hello and a heartfelt greeting to him also," Ivanoff said. "I also wish him good health, a long life and happy sailing."
     
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