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    I got told today about a new phishing attack that the guys at Sophos found. This one seems to just cut through the smoke and mirrors. It tells you that a hit man (aka Tony and his crew) has been hired to kill you. However, for the mere fee of $80,000 the hit man will go ahead and drop the contract. If...
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    Well, I'm sorry for the delay in posting, but I didn't get home until after 10:30PM on Friday night, but American Airlines did get me home and given the issues with the MD-80s recently, I'm just happy to have made it. Even got bumped to First Class which is always nice. I had the chance to attend only...