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#263622 - 28/08/2005 07:25 That thread people were concerned about
wfaulk
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I've moved it (not deleted it at all) somewhere that only a few of us can see it. People who are in the know, let us know when it's safe to move it back.

Tom, it'd be nice if there was some way to set a thread as viewable only to logged-in users. Is that possible? Or maybe a members-only section?
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#263623 - 28/08/2005 10:13 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: wfaulk]
Phil.
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Good stuff. I did wonder where it had gone!

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#263624 - 28/08/2005 13:31 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: Phil.]
pgrzelak
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Registered: 15/08/2000
Posts: 4859
Loc: New Jersey, USA
Did I blink and miss something? Or perhaps I read the thread but just do not realize it is gone.
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#263625 - 28/08/2005 13:34 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: pgrzelak]
mlord
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Registered: 29/08/2000
Posts: 13471
Loc: Canada
Bitt's reference is to the thread with the story of Derek's recent UK visit.

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#263626 - 28/08/2005 13:36 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: mlord]
pgrzelak
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Ah. Okay.
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#263627 - 28/08/2005 16:52 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: wfaulk]
Derek
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Registered: 16/08/1999
Posts: 453
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Thanks Bit.

Everyones help is much appreciated! I'll let you all know what's happening when suitable.

Cheers
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#263628 - 28/08/2005 16:59 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: Derek]
Phil.
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Looking forward to the updates

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#263629 - 29/08/2005 06:05 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: Phil.]
loren
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Registered: 23/08/2000
Posts: 3824
Loc: SLC, UT, USA
Ditto... I can't wait to hear how this turns out. Hopefully with ... ummm... someone in a pokey situation (excuse attempted UK pun).
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#263630 - 29/08/2005 06:27 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: wfaulk]
oliver
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With a thread like this going, I really wish I saw the original thread.

Anyways, the main purpose of this post is to say...

Happy Birthday Bitt
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#263631 - 29/08/2005 12:17 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: oliver]
wfaulk
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Posts: 16706
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Thanks. Go me! This is the last time I'll be a power of two for quite some time.
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#263632 - 29/08/2005 16:36 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: wfaulk]
tonyc
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Posts: 7057
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Quote:
Thanks. Go me! This is the last time I'll be a power of two for quite some time.

Best wishes on filling up as much of your 7-bit counter as possible.
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#263633 - 29/08/2005 16:41 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: tonyc]
mlord
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Posts: 13471
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I think Bitt is still very much in the realm of 6-bit counters at present.

Happy you-were-born day!

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#263634 - 01/09/2005 07:42 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: wfaulk]
schofiel
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Posts: 2991
Loc: Wareham, Dorset, UK
Things are apparently happening... more news as it happens.
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#263635 - 01/09/2005 10:49 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: schofiel]
wfaulk
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Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
I hope that's good news.
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#263636 - 01/09/2005 11:03 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: wfaulk]
sein
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Registered: 07/01/2005
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I hope so too.

I am quite concerned that there is more of the same thing happening by the same people. Also worth noting that some things are gone and others will be gone soon.
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#263637 - 02/09/2005 01:48 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: wfaulk]
Dignan
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Registered: 08/03/2000
Posts: 11787
Loc: Sterling, VA
Good luck, Derek. I had no idea what you folks were talking about, as I only skim the General forum, but I was able to find it. I really hope this gets sorted out...
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#263638 - 02/09/2005 04:38 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: wfaulk]
Daria
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Registered: 24/01/2002
Posts: 3922
Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Wait. That means you're my age.

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#263639 - 03/09/2005 16:09 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: schofiel]
schofiel
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Posts: 2991
Loc: Wareham, Dorset, UK
Something was happening on Thursday, no news of results as yet.
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#263640 - 07/09/2005 02:06 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: schofiel]
canuckInOR
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This thread reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where they all talk about doing that thing without ever metioning it by name. You know the one? Where George gets caught in the bathroom by his mother with a Cosmo (I think it was)?

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#263641 - 07/09/2005 11:41 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: canuckInOR]
jmwking
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Was that the master of my domain? It was the only episode I ever saw: I was visiting an office the week it was going off the air a few years ago. They found out that I'd never seen it, decided I should, and picked the episode. It was definately a fun lunch.

-jk

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#263642 - 07/09/2005 21:50 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: schofiel]
Robotic
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Registered: 06/04/2005
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Loc: Seattle transplant
If only it were this easy...
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#263643 - 07/09/2005 23:10 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: jmwking]
canuckInOR
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Registered: 13/02/2002
Posts: 3114
Loc: Portland, OR
That's the one. And it was "Glamour", not "Cosmo".

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#263644 - 13/09/2005 16:03 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: canuckInOR]
Phil.
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Any updates on this?

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#263645 - 14/09/2005 10:42 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: Phil.]
schofiel
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Registered: 25/06/1999
Posts: 2991
Loc: Wareham, Dorset, UK
Due to:
- slowness on the part of eBay
- slowness on the part of the blue clad people

Nothing has happened. The situation remains the same: but by now, all the stuff has gone. Derek is pushing them hard: the main problem seems to be the fact that the UK has

ONE

yes, you read it right, ONE blue clad person to liase with eBay.
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#263646 - 14/09/2005 13:37 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: schofiel]
Phil.
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This sucks. We handed it to the Police on a plate!

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#263647 - 14/09/2005 16:19 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: Phil.]
shadow45
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Registered: 19/03/2002
Posts: 144
Loc: Florida, USA
it doesn't get any easier than that!
practically did their job for them.
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#263648 - 14/09/2005 19:42 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: shadow45]
sein
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Registered: 07/01/2005
Posts: 881
Loc: Sector ZZ9pZa
There was this one time when I was naive, 18, and borrowed 700 quid from my dad to get a new laptop on eBay. Sent the guy the cheque, laptop nowhere to be seen. Its a very sore story.

Anyway, I did some detective work of my own. I handed the police a document which detailed the transaction, a photocopy of the cheque from the bank, every piece of communication by email and phone, phone numbers, address of his house, his girlfriends house, where he worked. What more exactly do you want? They took a statement and said they would look into it. Everytime I called, there was a new excuse.

Do I have my money back? No.

We're talking a good 3-4 years ago. This bigtime stressed me out when I was at uni, and this made a lot of my work at the time very crap (yeah, not to mention the fact I didn't have a computer).

By this time, the guy has changed his phone, been fired from his job (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford), left his girl (Cromwell Close, Chelmsford, Essex), moved into a new place (Church Hill Road, Oxford), and then left there without paying any bills. Apparantly, he (maybe?) now lives in Charlton Park, Wantage, Oxford but I am not sure. Its getting a little hard to pick up the trail.

Not only does he have my money, he also has money from another eBayer who I now talk to occasionally on MSN Messenger. I have reason to believe there are others.

I am still going to hunt him down like a dog. Anyway, this is long and rambling but the morel of the story is...

Dealing with the Police is supposed to be the correct way. But they are very often a complete waste of time.

(edit) By the way; if any of you guys ever come across a Gary (aka Garrie) Scholz who may have lived/worked in Oxford and Essex, particularly Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in 2002 I would love to hear from you.


Edited by sein (14/09/2005 19:56)

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#263649 - 14/09/2005 20:54 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: sein]
AndrewT
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Registered: 16/02/2002
Posts: 867
Loc: Oxford, UK
At work we run an eBay store selling PC's and peripherals. One day we got a call from a very confused and distraut lady who had received a VAT receipt through the post for a laptop she had no knowledge of even purchasing! Clearly this lady had had her credit card details, including the card address and CVV number stolen and somebody was using her details to purchase high value items on eBay.

We checked the purchase records and discovered that the laptop was due for delivery that day but it had not yet been delivered. We called the carrier and instructed them to hold on to the laptop and under no circumstances deliver it until further instructions from us.

We contacted the Police, explained the situation and offered to put them in touch with the carrier so they could be ready to pounce once the goods were signed for at the East London delivery address. We were giving it to them on a plate basically! Were they interested? Nope. They suggested we advise the lady to contact her credit card company and that was it, they could not have been less interested.

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#263650 - 14/09/2005 23:23 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: AndrewT]
FireFox31
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Registered: 19/09/2002
Posts: 2491
Loc: East Coast, USA
And if you take matters into your own hands, the police will be on you in a second.

I can just imagine your swift trial:
Judge: "You are charged with the severe beating of and theft of [$800 / laptop] from [Oxford fraud / East London thief]. What do you say in your defense???"
You: "I brought him to justice."
Judge: "Leave that to THE POLICE! You're being fined, and jailed, and sued for damages and theft by this poor assaulted citizen and..." etc etc etc.

Remember, that's your tax payer dollar at work. Do you agree with how it's being used?

Honestly, though, the police are probably constrained by standard operating procedures, red tape, and bureaucracy when trying to pursue a criminal. Warrants, court orders, probable cause, "criminal's rights", burden of proof, evidence, etc.

On the flip side, I wonder if the police could be sued for professional negligence (especially regarding this thread). They simply didn't do their job (it sounds like). But, the police are so connected, they could never be held accountable. Again, your tax dollars (pounds, euros, whatever) at work. It's time for change.
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#263651 - 15/09/2005 12:37 Re: That thread people were concerned about [Re: FireFox31]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
Posts: 16706
Loc: Raleigh, NC US
I think, more to the point, recovering an $800 laptop doesn't generate as much revenue as handing out traffic tickets.
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