Tag Archives: Scotland

Gay Lesbian Syrian Blogger? Or a Bearded American from Edinburgh?

By | June 13, 2011

Here’s a cautionary tale about how hard it is to verify whether someone is who they say they are: Syrian lesbian blogger is revealed conclusively to be a married man Tom MacMaster’s wife has confirmed in an email to the Guardian that he is the real identity behind the Gay Girl in Damascus blog Syrian lesbian blogger has… Read More »

Suspected Fraudsters Behind the Sony DRM Virus Arrested

By | June 27, 2006

Three men have been arrested in the UK and Finland following an investigation into internet fraud. The three are a motley bunch, according to The Sunday Times: a 63-year-old from England, a 28-year-old from Scotland and a 19-year-old from Finland. Together they are alleged to have formed a gang called M00P. They are accused of being behind a… Read More »

Microsoft DVDs and the Elusive Truth

By | October 7, 2005

What’s true and what’s not? Not that easy to ascertain these days (not that it ever was particularly easy) with blogs and all that. This piece from The Business has, as you might have read, been roundly condemned as untrue: Microsoft invents a one-play only DVD to combat Hollywood piracy : COMPUTER software giant Microsoft has developed a… Read More »

Wikinews Coverage of the London Blasts

By | July 7, 2005

Just been checking out how Wikinews is handling the explosions in London. Very well, I have to say: Explosions, ‘serious incidents’ occuring across London . There’s a wealth of detail here, culled from a wide array of sources in many different languages. There are maps, diagrams and photographs, including quite a few from witnesses, such as this one,… Read More »

News: Hotels Ban Phones, Sort Of

By | August 27, 2003

 From the very sizeable Cheapskate Hoteliers Dept comes a report (thanks textually.org) from Scotland of a mobile phone jamming scam, as exposed by the Daily Record. Businessman Ronnie McGuire, the paper says, is flooding Scotland with high-tech phone jammers that are illegal to use. Sold to hotels, restaurants, bars and bed and breakfasts, the devices emit radio waves… Read More »