Cody Tucker

  1. An Unbelievably Simple Scam

    I’m not sure if I should file this under “crafty criminals” or WHY IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE:

    However the declination can be overridden if a particular length numerical code is given to the cashier, which usually comes from the bank. When one of Parrish’s four dodgy debit cards (three Chase debit cards and one SunTrust card) was inevitably declined, he would explain to the cashier that he needs to call the bank and find out what’s going on.

    Parrish would then give the cashier a code from the ‘bank’ and the transaction would be authorized. How exactly did he know the code? Well the code can be any random assignment of numbers, so long as it’s a particular length. Parrish knew this and just made up the numbers on the spot and handed them over to the cashier.

    In a similar case earlier this year, the U.S Attorney’s Office in New Jersey admitted that: “it does not actually matter what code the merchant types into the terminal. Any combination of digits will override the denial. So long as the customer provides a fake authorization code and convinces the merchant to enter it into the terminal, the transaction will go through.”

  2. The Sixth Extinction Is Here — And It’s Our Fault

    James Temple:

    The Earth appears to be in the early stages of the Sixth Extinction, the latest in a series of mass biodiversity losses that have punctuated the history of life on the planet, according to a paper published in Science this week.

    The defining characteristic of the current round — the latest since the dinosaurs disappeared about 65 million years ago — seems to be driven mostly by the actions of humankind. We’re steadily encroaching on the habitat of millions of species while fundamentally altering the environment.

  3. the-overlook-hotel:

Lisa and Louise Burns, who played the Grady twins in The Shining, visit their iconic dresses at the Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at the National Museum in Krakow, Poland.


    Lisa and Louise Burns, who played the Grady twins in The Shining, visit their iconic dresses at the Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at the National Museum in Krakow, Poland.

  4. AP reporter's account of Arizona execution

    Wood then uttered his final words, smiled at the victim’s family members and made eye contact with a deacon. Just after declaring that he was at peace with his death, he smiled at the deacon, but for a second, a subtle look of panic took over his face.

    Officials administered the lethal drugs at 1:52 p.m. Wood’s eyes closed.

    About 10 minutes later, the gasping began.

    Wood’s jaw dropped, his chest expanded, and he let out a gasp. The gasps repeated every five to 12 seconds. They went on and on, hundreds of times. An administrator checked on him a half-dozen times. He could be heard snoring loudly when an administrator turned on a microphone to inform the gallery that Wood was still sedated, despite the audible sounds.

    Wood died at 3:37, an hour and 57 minutes after the execution process began.

  5. Apple - MacBook Air - TV Ad - Stickers

    I love this one. It’s a riff on what so many people have been doing to their Apple laptops for years.

  6. "Why I Love to Quit"

    Paul Jarvis:

    But I’ve reached the conclusion that 9 times out of 10, choosing to quit is more important than toughing it out.

    Quitting is a direct action that leads to a more thoughtful and efficient way of spending our limited resources. There’s value in choice, in quitting, and in accepting that neither is failure. Quitting is really just opening up to new, possibly unknown, opportunities. Yes, it could lead to everything going to shit, but if it’s already gone to shit, why not quit?

    And if you think through your post-quitting steps beforehand, your world won’t necessarily come crashing down instantaneously.

  7. The Weird, Scary and Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford

    Sara Corbett:

    She is bolstered, she says, by hard facts. A subscriber to AARP Magazine, she enjoys citing studies about health and longevity. A few years ago, after reading in a book that people who feel a strong sense of community have been proven to lead longer and happier lives, Bamford started working to overcome her natural shyness and fear of interaction by saying hello to her neighbors in Eagle Rock, a diverse and partly gentrified area on the northeastern edge of Los Angeles. She bought a park bench and had it installed on the median strip in front of her house. She then spray-stenciled the words “Have a Seat!” on the sidewalk in front of it. To her delight, the bench is often occupied. “It’s like a bird feeder for humans,” she says.

    Maria Bamford is amazing. One of my all time favorite comics. Buy The Special Special Special and her other special.

  8. Google Analytics for iPhone

    I can’t help but wonder why it took so long.

  9. "Ref, is this the final?"

    Christoph Kramer took a nasty bump in the World Cup final. He certainly looked like he was out of it, and the ref appears to confirm those suspicious:

    He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Shortly after he’d been struck by Garay, Kramer came to me, asking ‘ref, is this the final?’

    "I thought he was joking so I asked him to repeat the question, and he said: ‘I need to know if this is really the final.’

    "After I said ‘yes’, he was a bit stunned and said: ‘Thanks, that’s important to know.’

    "I informed [Bastian] Schweinsteiger and they replaced Kramer."

  10. Snowden: NSA employees routinely pass around intercepted nude photos

    Ars quoting a video from The Guardian:

    “You’ve got young enlisted guys, 18 to 22 years old,” Snowden said. “They’ve suddenly been thrust into a position of extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all of your private records. In the course of their daily work they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sort of necessary sense. For example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising position. But they’re extremely attractive.

    “So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and show their co-worker. The co-worker says: ‘Hey that’s great. Send that to Bill down the way.’ And then Bill sends it to George and George sends it to Tom. And sooner or later this person’s whole life has been seen by all of these other people. It’s never reported. Nobody ever knows about it because the auditing of these systems is incredibly weak. The fact that your private images, records of your private lives, records of your intimate moments have been taken from your private communications stream from the intended recipient and given to the government without any specific authorization without any specific need is itself a violation of your rights. Why is that in a government database?”

  11. 2015 Mazda2: This Is It

    Beautiful. I love the design language Mazda is using right now.

  12. Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 295 dead | Reuters

    The plot thickens in a truly tragic way:

    (Reuters) - A Malaysian airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels that has set Russia and the West at daggers drawn.

    As the United States said the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was “blown out of the sky”, probably by a ground-launched missile, Ukraine and Russia traded accusations of blame, cranking up global pressure for a way out of a bloody local conflict that risks fueling a new Cold War.

    Ukraine accused pro-Moscow militants, aided by Russian military intelligence officers, of firing a long-range, Soviet-era SA-11 ground-to-air missile. Leaders of the rebel Donetsk People’s Republic denied any involvement and said a Ukrainian air force jet had brought down the intercontinental flight.

    But separatists have said that they took control of such a missile system last month and had used it to shoot down a Ukrainian military transport plane that was destroyed on Monday.

  13. "An incredibly good job at letting your company do worse"

    Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont attempt to cancel their Comcast service.

  14. People still buy stuff at GameStop

    …like, lots and lots of it:

    In 2013, the company generated $724.4 million in digital sales. That includes its Kongregate mobile gaming site, PC digital downloads, and in-store digital sales. For the first quarter of its fiscal 2014, GameStop noted that its digital revenue grew 9.5 percent year-over-year thanks in large part to currency cards for PS4 and Xbox One. GameStop is the biggest game-specific retailer in the world.

    Crazy, right? Venture Beat breaks down how the brick and mortar store makes bank on digital sales:

    GameStop has made a ton of effort to make sure it provides a satisfactory experience for customers looking to purchase digital goods. For games on Sony platforms, the process is simple. GameStop will sell people codes for specific DLC. Players can then take that home and enter it into their system, and the content automatically starts downloading. On Xbox systems, people can say they want certain DLC, and GameStop will sell them an Xbox Live gift card with money to get that expansion.

    via Engadget

  15. iOS 7 adoption rate continues to grow

    Juli Clover:

    Apple’s iOS 7 adoption rate continues to grow, even as the release of iOS 8 approaches. As of yesterday, 90 percent of devices connected to the App Store are running iOS 7, according to new numbers posted on Apple’s App Store developer support page.

    The new milestone, which comes 10 months after the operating system’s original release, is a three percent increase from installation numbers of 87 percent back in April.

    I can’t say it enough, the importance of OS adoption is critical to any mobile platform. Right now, a significant portion of iOS users are running the most secure and up-to-date version possible. That’s good for everyone.