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Turd Burglar

Thief Steals Poop From Woman Walking Dog: The hunt is on for a turd burglar. Police in San Diego are searching for a gunman who swiped a bag of poop from a woman out walking her dog.

The woman told police that she was out walking her dog, Misty, on Monday night when a man in his 20s ran up behind her and grabbed the bag she was holding.

When the gunman discovered what was in it, he threw it down in disgust, pointed his gun at the 32-year-old woman and demanded money, San Diego police detective Gary Hassen said. He then aimed his .22-caliber semiautomatic at Misty and pulled the trigger twice but the gun didn't fire, Hassen said.

The robber ran to a waiting small, silver car and fled the scene, police said.

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Death Charged in Theft From Cemetery

Death was released on his own recognizance and was ordered back to court April 6. If convicted he would face up to 15 years in prison.

The charges follow an audit of the cemetery association that took place last summer. The audit found that Death wrote checks totaling $170,000 from the cemetery association's account to Harbor Fuel Co. Inc., at which Death served as president, CEO and 54 percent shareholder, Dillon said.

The audit also found that Death used an association employee to provide landscaping and other work on properties he and his father owned and added a family member to the association's health and dental insurance plans, prosecutors said.

The total amount of money diverted by Death was estimated at more than $293,000, Dillon said.

Death's attorney, Melvin Roth, said the entire amount has been repaid to the association. He said he was "disappointed the district attorney filed criminal charges, especially because everyone concerned has been made whole from this unfortunate incident."

He called Death an "upstanding member of the community who has served on many boards and charities" and attributed the incident to "business pressures Mr. Death was experiencing."


two steps forward, six steps back

Well that was fun -- not. jungar and I just spent five hours trying to upgrade my Philips DirecTivo with the dead disk. We got it to boot, but when I had DTV re-activate the card, it wasn't able to get signal on any channel other than 100. So I'm back on the R10 again with the blurry-as-hell video output. Grrr.

Update, 2 Apr: The problem was that the 7000 is not an RID box, and I thought it was. Reinstalling and leaving out the hacked "dssapp" made it go.

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Chrome Fetus

Chrome Fetus:

"Hail Jeffrey" is cool, and "Cochlea & Eustachia" is total awesomeness.

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The Nameless Dread


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next in the "asian fast food icons" series

(See also miss_mcdonald, chickenstripper, pretty much furries.)

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you got the power-up

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Current Music: Eat Static -- Raga ♬

DirecTivo ethernet

Dear Lazyweb,

How do I configure my DirecTV DVR R10 (DirecTivo Series 2) to phone home using the Linksys USB200M ethernet adapter plugged into its USB port, instead of insisting on a land line?

<LJ-CUT text=" --More--(19%) "> It is running system software 6.1-01-2-521. I plugged in the land line and forced a daily call, and it does not seem to have upgraded it, so I guess that's the latest they're willing to give me.

When the machine boots, it contacts my DHCP server and gets assigned an ethernet address, so the software is at least considering the possibility.

It also seems to do this periodically:
tivo.5353 > 0 [3q] PTR? _tivo_music._tcp.local.[|domain]
tivo.2190 > <broadcast>.2190: UDP, length 109

Note: setting the dialing prefix to ",#401" does not do it. It still tries to use the phone line and says "no dial tone".

I have googled; I find a lot of people answering the question "how do I do this with a standalone Tivo", but not with a DirecTivo. I have talked to DirecTV phone support; the guy was a dick.

Update: Ok, I think the plan now is to try and put a new drive in the Philips and return the R10. The R10 DRM is egregious. Also (I'm not totally sure about this but) I think the picture is less sharp on the R10 than it was on the Philips: maybe the R10 has a piece-of-shit S/Video encoder?

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