Originally posted by theregister.co.ukPolice are investigating a disgruntled eBayer who took online revenge after paying £375 for a laptop which, he said, did not work.
The buyer recovered the hard drive from the malfunctioning notebook, finding it full of personal details, allegedly including access to email accounts, 90 voyeuristic leg shots taken on the London Underground and gay porn. He posted the material on a website, naming and shaming Barnet 19-year-old Amir Tofangsazan as the seller.
The real question for me is "How does a guy who has 70 eBay transactions under his belt get suckered into buying from someone with only a 50% Positive Feedback rating?" I wouldn't buy from anyone with less than 85% and THEN they better not have any recent Negative Feedback.
OTOH, who is dumb enough to sell a hard drive with so much personal info on it?! If he was gonna scam somebody with a laptop that doesn't work, he should have kept the hard drive. That's like selling a file cabinet because you can't open it and writing off all of the files as "lost". The files are still in there. Did you think that your personal info couldn't be used against you?! How bad do you need £375?!
When you get right down to it, both guys == lusers
"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." --Rick Cook
I have a hard time calling the buyer in this case a loser, except for the fact that he got ripped off on a broken laptop. Maybe that's what you meant. Hell, I wont TOUCH an eBay purchase unless the seller's rating is at least +98%. So he pretty much dropped the ball messing with a 50%-er.
Anywho, his revenge on this Amir character was well played indeed.
Yep. Most electronics stores over here carry a pretty decent basic model for £399. Why you'd pay £375 for a used computer off of eBay is beyond me.
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
Wisconsin's phone company is SBC - unfortunately, they don't seem to have much in the way of online listings - their online "SmartPages" white pages (whitepages.com) are just a rebranded version of the whitepages.