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Thursday, August 26, 2021

WHATSAPP numbers of spammers and scammers

Nigerian scammerYou probably came across of some Nigerian scam, where a rich prince asking you to take his million bucks for a small fee. Nigerian scam is older than email. It was done by letter post before that. These so called 419 scammmers went digital decades ago. Pretty new is the use of Whatsapp numbers, where as they also still use normal phone numbers or phone numbers to send SMS messages (text messages) to. If you found this blog then you probably checked Google for a certain Whatsapp number coming in an email. Just don't call them, it's scam. Unless you want to have some fun by stealing their time.

+2347044312742
+34612231732
+12028394932 
+3197005034424
+15704780278
+212698939229
+541130939814
+27846463884
+12542441262
+917494875936
+8618730046166
+2348183317195
+15012141395
+13392166704
+2347018229028
+2347018246505
+12132904891
+5492604419845
+5492364204932
+5511970253206
+15147003131
+5511995330460
+5511968934391
+380951983457
+59893870150
+16055746892
+2347012869311
+18455402414
+5541991619588
+97155484530
+5491168777619
+33756918043
+447441450543
+19253389583
+918700712517
+393509017090
+8613151925799
+8618126184197
+16306353328
+18022274669
+541140794186
+541132944058
+27765274256
+541144049372
+541155683746
+380985637152
+447737754805
+27735257866
+4915129934085
+8617051510795
+543489553643 
+541164844852
+15815346897
+32460202433
+4915214522002
+2348024574138
+541138945039
+15204284874
+541140830075
+541135572277
+971523448951
+447596368948
+14044481309
+543541559608
+919327501314
+541122545824
+541120400928
+17869615286
+212690908577
+12162452983
+447459232883
+5511988898800
+525548544194
+918059629728
+17063633624
+999991551673
+2349074767961
+549117O129868
+22588500476
+48578443782
+869898489999
+5511949942058 
+5491132736390
+5491157941082
+5491156217423
+5491124642938
+2348118559066
+22565348226
+5491167983158
+8613011212666
+5511943810199
+2349022965789
+32991345589
+1163766990
+2348095642287
+541155086895
+8617130319375
+5522999120547
+541132320381
+2347044312742
+541150123959
+541132049778
+212708811209
+5522997881694
+22898275545
+2348121907745
+528112506736
+2349090947034
+5544999123248
+541162879495
9299005143
+5511997806656
+6285717404488
+38972555225
+2348095642295
+12899395733
+14056873129
+541127405136
+35796690063
17202488130
+9128164053
+447734493260

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Phone numbers of Nigerian and Romance scammers

This list contains phone number used by spammers and scammers. The vast majority of these was collected from Nigerian spam, also known as 419 scam I found in my spam folder. Some numbers are or were used in Romance scam. Most ate unregistered phone numbers or come from hacked accounts, which are hard or impossible to trace. Some might even be legally registered, and some of them used with WhatsApp. Either way, they can be called. Most are mobile numbers. Some of these criminals even request to send es text message (SMS) to the numbers given in spam.

What can you do?

Actually known numbers of scammers, like in the list below, can be used to train your spam filter. When you come across scam providing a phone number you can often use a filter your mail provider offers. Simply by entering this number to match the body of a mail and select delete mails with these end up in the trash folder or are deleted right away. In the first case you should also set up to delete all message in trash after 30 days or so, giving you the chance to check if may be a good mail slipped through. You can also, like me, make a list of these numbers and publish them on a web page to warn others which might actually fall for scam like this but check Google against these numbers.

What to NOT do

Well don't call, don't send a text message, unless you have too much cash on your hands you want to get rid of. When you call or text them the scammer will have your phone number, unless you know how to block you own caller ID (CLIP). You cannot block your number in case of sending text messages. But if you are bored and know how to block your own number it might be fun to steal their time. if you can, also record that conversation and make it available for others in the internet (you can use YouTube for example) to enjoy.

Conclusion

What ever you do, do not let the scammers get hold of your phone number. They're going to call you frequently and might even make money by selling you number to others, increasing scammy calls on your line. Your number is burnt, doomed and becomes a nightmare to use. In that case you might want to ask your phone provider to assign a new number for you. Be careful then in future that this does not happen again.

The list of phone numbers of scammers I know of

6788056981
6233838829
2028394932 
7322885585 
4046676822
2125916151
7185069999
5175417364
9363128662
8054133326
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9794755340
2675464957
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2816983927
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7186330776
5307480244
5163400355
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2132904891
2027923049
5163712474
9177257744
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8556107674
8552485053
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8008354417
5615605546
447441450543
7163002966
2813995557
3432670633
8455402414
7323774700
2127979000
8662784130
2126138229
2126130796
9063793899
3132779675
9128164053
2485306700
5614186645
7328061876
8456139839 
4047788640
9175253663
6463497593
6282191981
2025248322
9164451254
6417153800
9292983114
3474121306
4242071558
8884322009
8006998081
8002228985
8559046469
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447392398155
7706666458 
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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

How do food banks work?

Foodbank, copyright Queens's GazetteFood banks are locations which deliver food and sometimes other essentials from a central which collects them itself from various locations. They freeze perishable items they collected for weeks or even months until needed in the local food banks, storing closed cans and similar stuff, which doesn't needs cooling in a large warehouse. A lot of personal is needed for both the food brank central and the single locations, which can be 20 or more in a large city with a large population, and they are non-profit organsizations, the large staff needs for work free of charge. Especially in the pandemic many people are needed. But they benefit from free daily meals in their working hours.

Who is eligible to use food banks?

There are no general rules. Every food bank make their own rules, and sometimes there are no rules, so everyone is served. May be Donald Trump shows up at some point. But usually their target audience are people with low income or o regular income, like the homeless. In a summary I also read single moms are welcome. But I also saw people with luxury cars pulling up, wearing golden wrist watches. They seem to just be greedy, and if the food bank is low on food, like I noticed at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic, people really in need to get enough or anything at all.

Where is the food coming from?

The locations are often grocery stores, restaurants (even McDonald's or Burger King) or food factories. The food bank central is collecting from these. They give away food close to their best before or expiring dates. Sometimes it's surplus they might otherwise discard. Once I received two litres of mayonnaise, about 100 wieners in bulk (just i a plastic bag) or 100 chicken wings. There are also slightly damaged cans without being broken (content is still good). Some have dents, others have no labels at all ("can surprise"; you cannot know what's inside until opened) or the label isn't attached properly. Some are just dirty outside. Since a grocery store cannot put them into their shelves they'd be discarded. But the food bank central gladly collects them. This helps to feed people in need and the environment not ending up in landfills.

Ignore best before dates

Since grocery stores give away many items which are so close to their best before or expiry dates, the food bank central and later the single food banks freeze them. That stops the aging process. It's like when you bought bread which is good until the 15th of the month but you freeze it because you have no immediate use, after thawing at say the 20th it will still be edible. Same for any food from the food bank. Because you cannot know when the food was frozen you have to ignore their shelf-life dates. Only way to find out is to look at them or taste them to decide to consume or throw it out.

What sort of food can one expect?

One can expect literally everything. Besides cans or packs of noodles, rice, sauces, spices and meat they often also offer produce. You can often expect apples, oranges, grapes, bananas and other fruits, as well as vegetables like beans, paprika, tomatoes, corn, gherkins, pickles, as well as some I couldn't identify. There are often sweet things like cookies, chocolate, nutrition bars, cereals, treats for children and candy. Then there are "ready to eat" packages you just throw into the microwave. Other things you need to cook, bake or fry, while again others you can eat cold. For drinks they often have soda, juices milk and other dairy products like yogourt. If lucky you get a ton of coffee. Usually bags in bulk or even K-Cups and others designed for these "new" coffee makers. Don't have one of these so I force them open and use it for an old fashion dripping coffee maker.

What you can not is to choose like in a supermarket. You get what they offer, or reject it. For every customers they spread something out on a table you can pack up - or not. Then there's often a closed bag waiting for you, which seems to have some cooled content. That's usually meat, fruits and vegetables. If you want certain items you can ask that if lucky they have them. If not you need to visit a normal supermarket.

What kinds of food banks are there?

In my city I experienced four types of food banks. Although they all get their food from the single central food bank they all operate differently, although you get about the same items (see above). Here are the four types I encountered:

  1. You need to show a proof of income or some other ID, but all items are free of charge
  2. They want to have a proof you live in their suburb, like something with your address on it, and everything is free
  3. That worked with (and in!) a church. They ask for $4. But then you have to sit down and a guy (possibly priest) is going to tell you if social equity and Jesus. Probably most annoying if you are not religious to sit in a room with no air condition (of course, it's a church) with 20 others before they hand out the food
  4. My favorite bank charges $7 per visit and hands out the food with no other strings attached

Conclusion: If you don't have enough money to do your own groceries food banks help you. They're non profit organizations, and those asking for a donation most likely do it to cover costs for rent (heat and stuff) and to pay their voluntary staff. This for example if you go four times a month and pay $7 every time you end up spending $28 a month. Not bad compared to an ordinary visit at a grocery store. The main disadvantages are you cannot choose what you'll get, and that they are often sparsely dispersed over a town or city. And if really unlucky and dudes with a Cadillacs did their shopping before you you might get less than you normally give out. Still that's bad than going hungry.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Was George Floyd really Murdered by Derek Chauvin?

Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neckFormer police officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) was found guilty of murder in court. African American George Floyd apparently fell victim of police brutality, targeting especially black people.

Derek Chauvin, 45 years old at the time committing the murder, was seeing kneeling on Floyd's neck on May 25th 2020 for a period of about nine minutes. The body cam footage was watched worldwide and sparked an outrage, especially in black communities, soon creating the Black lives matter movement. People were remembered on the 1992 Los Angeles riots - and rightly so.

After found guilty by the judges, Derek Chauvin Derek Chauvin's bail was immediately revoked and he was taken into custody by the authorities. Chauvin was found guilt of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter, and is facing a maximum sentence of 40 years for second-degree murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 years for manslaughter in prison. If convicted on all charged he is locked away for no less than 75 years. The prison guard might as well through away the key.

But what if he actually didn't commit the murder, and Floyd died due to his poor health conditions? A man in good health might have survived that. But Chauvin couldn't know this. He still should do time for at least manslaughter in my opinion. Already for being a dumb moron knowing body cams will film everything, eventually footage will find the way to Youtube and other social media platforms. He was probably in rage and let it all out on George Floyd. That is not an excuse - no one should do this. If one is not fit for the police duty he should stay at home!

Still my question remains: what would have happened if black police officers would have killed a white (homeless) man? Would there be a similar public outrage and media coverage? Somebody creating "White lives matter"? I'm not a racist, but I actually doubt this. May be time will tell. But please let me know in the comments.

And how ever the outcome, it will have something good in store. I suppose police chiefs will remind their officers to get themselves together and stop the police violence. They'll get reminded that their action will be on video and if they do not act adequately they'll face consequences, like Chauvin hopefully does.

I agree to the sentence. Lock every cop up who isn't able to control hiself, thus hurting or killing people who pose not a threat to others. But I also agree anyone dumb enough to point a weapon on a police officer, even a mockup, deserves to be shot.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Beavis and Butt-Head get a reboot in 2021

As Comedy Central announced in June 2020, Beavis and Butt-Head, world's famous slacker teens taking the world by storm in 1993 are getting a reboot. Comedy Central ordered two seasons from series' creator Mike Judge in collaboration with 3 Arts Entertainment. This includes the possibility of spin offs and specials.

Judge will, as in the original series from 1993, the movie Beavis and Butt-Head do America and season 8 from 2011. The original series went on air 1993 on Viacom's cable network MTV. The series features two teen friends commenting on youth and adolescence while watching contemporary music videos on MTV, and proved to be a cultural phenomenon which spurred strong positive and negative critics, but was an instant hit with MTV viewers, catapulting Mike Judge into stardom.

The reboot marks the return to cartoons for Judge, who previously created the live action series Silicon Valley. He is also well known for his long running animated series King Of The Hill (1997-2010) and the live action series Office Space and the movie Idiocrazy. The reboot is the second time Beavis and Butt-Head return to television. The reboot airs in summer 2021.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Fizz cable internet provider in Canada

Wireless carrier Videotron launched the low budget Fizz brand 2018 for its customers in the province of Quebec in Canada. Fizz offers wireless phone services and internet access for customers in Qubec and Ontario. Fizz started operating LTE services in the same year with a download speed up to 150 Mbps. Fizz also offers a low price cable internet service, using Videotron's infrastructure. No DSL-service is available. If there is o coax cable laid inside the building the technician will bring the cable in from the outside with no cost (AKA free) for the customer.

Fizz is a low cost cellular and internet service provider, a competitor to Fido, owned by Rogers, and Koodo, ran by Telus' counterpart.

Aimed at customers from 18 to 35 year old, the Fizz brand allows to bring over unused data into the following month or forward it to friends; a feature to likely becoming a hit with users. Fizz is fully digital, but has no call center, a cost reduction reflected in the low prices. Customer service is available though per online chat, either directly on their web page or with popular chat messengers of Facebook or Twitter.

Besides cell phone service the company offers high speed residential internet services backed by Videotron. Fizz internet plans start with 10 Mbit/s for 35$ plus tax (that is shy over 40$ including tax!) a month to up to 200 Mbit/s for merely 70$. All plans include unlimited bandwith for downloads and uploads. The modem rent is included in all plans. The customer can choose between self-installation, where a Videotron technician comes and just makes sure the cable is working, and the VIP-installation, where he also connects your wireless devices, such as Android and Apple (iOS) smartphones, tablets and desktop or laptop computers. For the VIP installation a fee of 35$ is added to the first payment.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Trip Hawkins and Electronic Arts

Trip Hawkins at a 1985 episode of The Computer ChroniclesWilliam Murray Hawkins III, better known as Trip Hawkins, is an American entrepreneur. He founded the company Electronic Arts in 1982, as well as The 3DO Company and the Digital Chocolate company in later years. He was added to The Hall Of Fame in 2005.

Hawkins was fan of Strat-O-Matic Football started as teenager to produce a knock-off version of it, lending $5000 from his father to finance it. But his business failed. When he received his first computer he created a digital football game. He later designed his undergraduate major at Harvard University in Applied Game Theory and Strategy.

1982 Hawkins was Director of Strategy and Marketing at Apple and left the company to found the video game publisher Electronic Arts, which is successful to this day. The company enjoyed may years as a leader in video game publishing ad produced iconic games like the Madden NFL series of football games after signing with John Madden as consultant and spokesman for Electronic Arts.

When SEGA release the Genesis he saw his opportunity. He didn't want to sign with Nintendo due to its strict licensing policy. He instead hired reverse engineers to create unofficial games for the SEGA Genesis console. Hawkins eventually revealed his intentions to sell his research to SEGA's competitors unless they made him an official partner. SEGA agreed.

Watch a young Trip Hawkins in a segment of the 1985 Computer Chronicles TV show's double feature episode Slowdown Part II

Although remaining chair of EA's board Hawkins made a transition in 1991 to form 3DO, a video game company. When the 3DO console was released in 1993 it was the most powerful gaming device of its day. He eventually resigned from EA's board of directors in 1994. But sales were poor, probably due to the high price. Hopes were further damaged a year later with the arrival of the SONY PlayStation and SEGA Saturn, which were more powerful and still retailed cheaper. 1996 3DO stopped the production of the console and transitioned to be a pure game developer. The company went bust 2003.

2003 Hawkins founded the Digital Chocolate company but stepped down as CEO in 2012. Hawkins lives in Santa Barbara, CA, and was a professor of entrepreneurship and leadership at the University of California from 2016 to 2019.