October 24, 2006

ESPN: Show some ID Humor

Here is a Sportscenter ad talking about new security measures at ESPN.

Got ID?

Posted by Abner at 11:48 AM

October 09, 2006

Poker Security: "The Integrity of a color-up transaction

An extra "$2 million" or 2 million chips found their way into play over the course of the 2006 World Series of Poker in August. The Freakonomics Blog points to the story of two journalists who were able to track down what happened. Read the third installment of their series to learn what happened and why a transaction called a "color-up" introduces the potential for fraud in this fast growing er, activity.

Time will tell if this incident will taint tournament poker, provide incentive for new policy, or force all the players to forgo their rest breaks.

Posted by Abner at 08:58 PM

October 05, 2006

"Secure" Spamming

Some text from a SPAM I that came in this morning is below. Check out the use of the word "secure" in the URL - I wonder if Spammers have figured out that the notion of security increases response rates...

A unique (time sensitive) opportunity has opened the door
for people in your situation. If you still own or have
owned property, you will want to consider these options.

Simply confirm your details with our secure database here:
http://397secure.jf127.com

Remember, poor credit will not stop you from closing this deal.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Verisign had a study many years ago that tried to show a positive correlation between security logos and ecommerce purchasing - looks like it has filtered down to the spamming community.

Posted by Abner at 09:22 AM