Wahoo! The second best time of the week is here? What’s the first best? You’re kidding right? The weekend of course! Forty Eight glorious hours for free time out of which your spouse will attempt to garnish Twenty Four for indentured slavery at the Honey-do Ranch.
And the “Crazy Lady of the Day” Award Goes To… Graciemj!
Oh! WAIT! Damn Impish and the illegible crayon scribble he alleges is handwriting! The CREDIT for this “Crazy Lady of the Day send GOES TO Graciemj! You will NOT believe how insane this woman in the video is! My only plausible explanation so far centers around her being French.
Seems an awful lot of serious and weighty subjects have been creeping into Last Words, PSAs and Leprechaun’s Tech Talks as of late. As we said with our Wednesday Extra we feel a certain responsibility to bring these important things to your attention. Hopefully the laughs and humor will continue to outweigh them until we no long find the need to have to warn you of undisclosed privacy issue dangers lurking behind every corporate logo and a virus in every e-mail or URL..
AP: Pa. lawsuit: Rental firm spies on users
By JOE MANDAK Associated Press © 2011 The Associated Press May 3, 2011, 2:01PM
PITTSBURGH — A major furniture rental chain has software on its computers that lets it track the keystrokes, screenshots and even webcam images of customers while they use the devices at home, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Wyoming couple who said they learned about the PC Rental Agent “device and/or software” inside the computer they rented last year when an Aaron’s Inc. store manager in Casper came to their home on Dec. 22.
PC Rental Agent includes components soldered into the computer’s motherboard or otherwise physically attached to the PC’s electronics, the lawsuit said. It therefore cannot be uninstalled and can only be deactivated using a wand, the suit said.
The Byrds want the court to declare their case a class-action, and are seeking unspecified damages and attorneys’ fees under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The privacy act allows for a penalty of $10,000 or $100 per day per violation, plus punitive damages and other costs, the lawsuit said.
(edited to reflect key points for brevity by me read full story here: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/7548420.html)
This is the second or third time a story such as this has made national news. The last one as I recall involved school issued lap tops and was software only. Prior to that several years ago there was a virus going about that would allow remote activation of the camera as well as possibly some other functions.
I have three points to make;
- If you have a computer either Desk Top or Lap top which you have rented or purchased or are currently renting via Aarons, you need to take it to a computer shop with a copy of the article and ask them to confirm your suspicions with regard to the PC Rental Agent device. If one is found you need to contact a lawyer immediately and show him the article as well.
- Obtain and use both Anti-Virus and Anti Malware software, preferably ones that provide real time protection and more importantly USE THEM RELIGIOUSLY.
- If you do not regularly use your camera on your lap top (most of us do not) the safest thing you can do is cover it over. This can be accomplished as simple as putting two of those colored dots about the size of a nickel one on top of the other and then over the camera. If you use it occasionally you may want to make a blinder out of scotch tape and a bit of opaque paper that you can easily remove. Alternately you may wish to use black electrical tape so as to match the color of your case. If you use a desk top with a stand alone camera place something in front of it, turn it towards the wall or cover it completely with something. If you have easy access to the USB ports unplug it totally.
Disregard this advice at your own peril but if an embarrassing photo of you somehow winds up on the web, we find it and decide to use it, don’t whine at us!
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment, not as the last place where prostitution is still legal.”
The definition of irony is a politician telling a prostitute to stop being such a whore. (Reeder & Ainsworth)
Last Friday we answered a couple of readers question regarding how to tell Impish and I apart (the really sad thing is I caught Impish taking notes from my explanation!).
This weeks questions center around our offices. Now obviously DragonLaffs World Wide Headquarters is a figment of our shared psychotic disorder, turbo charged by dual over active imaginations and fueled by excessive amounts of caffeine. But the questions were regarding our real personal office space from which we access said shared delusion while actually managing to publish Dragon or Leprechaun Laffs daily.
Did those offices bear any resemblance to our delusional.…I MEAN VIRTUAL ones? Did they reflect our on-line personas? For instance was mine insanely high tech and Impish extremely opulent?
I suppose a tour of our respective offices is in order.
Here’s Impish’s at home and at work ( note the behind seat storage)
His at home private bath and his at work one (explains them $600 toilet seats!)
Now for mine….this is my at home office:
and now my version of the executive wash room (note the dual his and hers work stations as I have to share this with Molly):
So as you can clearly see our real offices do reflect out on screen personas! Well at least in Impish’s case in some respects
If I get anymore Ask the Dragon or Ask the Leprechaun questions, I’ll make this a regular Friday feature. (Hint! Hint!)
We could never hope to make this kind of stupidity up in a million years. See imagination has its limits while stupidity doesn’t!
Bin Laden Feared Lost at Sea
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Jeff Dunham Material
Report: Bin Laden Body Dumped in Same Spot Where Clinton Dumped Vince Foster Body
Loyal Reader Lynn is back from vacation and offers us up this humorous spoof.
Bitches ’til the End !
Man, I’ll tell ya, women can be cold until the end!
The doctor, after an examination, sighed and said, ‘I’ve got some bad news.. You have cancer, and you’d best put your affairs in order.’
The woman was shocked, but managed to compose herself and walk into the waiting room where her daughter had been waiting.
‘Well, daughter, we women celebrate when things are good, and we celebrate when things don’t go so well. In this case, things aren’t well. I have cancer. So, let’s head to the club and have a martini.’
After 3 or 4 martinis, the two were feeling a little less somber. There were some laughs and more martinis.
They were eventually approached by some of the woman’s old friends, who were curious as to what the two were celebrating. The woman told her friends they were drinking to her impending end, ‘I’ve been diagnosed with AIDS.’
The friends were aghast, gave the woman their condolences and beat a hasty retreat.
After the friends left, the woman’s daughter leaned over and whispered, ‘Momma, I thought you said you were dying of cancer, and you just told your friends you were dying of AIDS! Why did you do that?’
‘Because I don’t want any of those bitches sleeping with your father after I’m gone.’
And THAT, my friends, is what is called, ‘Putting Your Affairs In Order.’
Todays Last Word is courtesy of Graciemj though not by her. It sort of carries on with a point I made in Wednesday’s issue. about the perception of nailing Osama and the credit for it.
Had Bush Been President When Osama Was Killed
By Doug Gamble http://politicalmavens.com/index.php/author/douggamble/
(Doug Gamble is a former Reagan speech writer)
Added to the certainty of death and taxes is the certainty that the mainstream media will give virtually all the credit for the death of Osama bin Laden to President Barack Obama. As it’s shilling for Obama continues right up to the 2012 presidential election, one would eventually be led to believe it was Obama himself who burst into bin Laden’s compound and shot him. But how differently the MSM would have played it if what happened Sunday had happened during the presidency of George W. Bush. The coverage might look something like this:
WASHINGTON—Continuing his crusade against the peaceful religion of Islam, President George W. Bush Sunday ordered a cowardly sneak attack on a Pakistan compound containing al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
Consistent with the Bush-Cheney tactic of targeting non-combatants, the raid resulted in the murder of an innocent woman and three men in addition to bin Laden, who understandably had armed himself in an attempt to save his life against overwhelming odds. Reminiscent of Davy Crockett at the Alamo, the al Qaida head courageously went down fighting despite knowing he had no chance to prevail against unfair firepower.
Navy SEALs who burst into the compound opened fire without reading Osama his Miranda rights, a breach typical of Bush’s contempt for the rule of law. In a blunder highlighting the incompetence of the U.S. military, of which Bush is commander-in-chief, a helicopter was destroyed in the raid resulting in a loss of millions of dollars to taxpayers.
Intelligence leading to the raid came from the heinous illegal torture of al Qaida victims held at Guantanamo. The raid itself was an illegal intrusion into a sovereign country, tecnically an act of war against Pakistan.
The thunderous noise of the U.S. helicopters caused great consternation to neighbors of the compound who had been trying to enjoy a good night’s sleep, particularly terrifying women and children.
The million-dollar compound where the murders took place is similar to the mansions where Bush’s rich friends live, having benefited financially from no-bid contracts awarded them by the administration, as well as gleaning riches from various other Bush and Cheney-related shady deals.
As word of bin Laden’s murder spread, the “Ugly American” the world so hates showed its face in the form of disgusting celebrations in front of the White House, in New York’s Times Square and at Ground Zero. The bloodthirsty mobs grew throughout the night, reveling in the death of a fellow human being.
With bin Laden’s skin color being darker than Bush’s, the long-held belief that the president is racist is now confirmed. In an ironic twist, bin Laden’s death occurred on May 1, the same date as the death of Adolph Hitler, a tyrant to whom Bush has often been compared.
Well that’s all I wrote for today folks (can’t very well say “she wrote” because I gave my assistant Friday this Friday off.) By the way look for a picture of my assistant Friday to appear in Monday’s issue. Mean time enjoy your weekend!