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Hack Me! iPhone Nerd Swaps It For Car.

In 2007, George Hotz, iphone, News, technology, Uncategorized on August 29, 2007 at 1:21 am

Hard work pays off…. when you are a nerd.

c56b9057-1d4e-4879-b3ff-37e71ef1fc31.jpg When I was 17…..

Some computer hackers go to jail for a very long time, some get hired by major technology corporations and make millions, while others go to jail and then get hired by major technology corporations, and make millions.

But for 17-year-old whiz kid George Hotz (remember that name), hacking the new Apple iPhone device so it could be used on a non AT&T network connection, has seen him land a brand new, “sweet Nissan 350Z and 3 8GB iPhones,” the unlikely celebrity boasted on his blogspot page Saturday.

       Yes, that’s a 350Z

And mind the French, but f*#k me people! This kid looks like he’s going to have one hell of a future.

Not only has young George made headlines on TV news programs, radio, magazine, online news, etc across the globe the past few days (just read the comments from around the world on his blog), he now has gigs working as a consultant for major communications companies. Not forgetting to mention all the time he has spent fielding interviews from journalists calling from Prague to Port-au-Prince.

George, like all good nerds should be doing, spent “most of the summer” indoors with some online pals working out how to crack open the exclusive iphone connection, before heading to college at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He posted a ‘ten easy steps guide’ on his blog, so you too can do away with the dictatorial wrath of AT&T.

  Hard Jobs…..

The job took 500 hours, or about eight hours a day since the IPhone’s June 29 launch.

When asked by a local journalist, when moving into his college dorm, why he wanted to crack the i code, Hotz explained in some uber cool 2000’s style dialect.

“It was a cool phone I saw it on the commercials I was like yo! They show the skate boarding dog. I want to make my phone show the skate boarding dog. But I have T-Mobile and my parents didn’t want to pay for it and so I cracked the iPhone.”

The deal to exchange the hacked phone was made with Terry Daidone, the co-founder of CertiCell, most likely as a publicity stunt. A fine job he has done indeed.

Much to our disappointment, the company is not planning on commercialising George’s discovery.

Party poopers.

Good luck to you George, you aren’t going to need it.

Just thow it!

Meanwhile in other mobile/cell phone news……

On the same day that our boy George was swapping his phone for a new Nissan, the World Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship were being held in the spiritual home of mobile technology, Finland, in a contest that reflects “people’s love-hate relationship with the mobile phone.”

Every August for the last 8 years contestants, athletes if you will, from around the planet have descended on the little town of Nyslott to test their skills in the categories of distance and freestyle.

It was an all local affair with engineer Tommi Huotari taking the gold medal by projecting his device 89.62 metres in the men’s, with the silver going to another local Kia Paajanen at 76.68 meters and Mikko Haikala went 3rd with a competitive 73.36meters.

Tommi had no past training in phone throwing, preferring the more civilised sporting spectacle of potato throwing.

“I have never thrown a phone before but have been participating in potato-throwing … surprisingly, a potato flies further. I am sure everyone would like to throw their phone away every once in a while.”

Finland also claimed the women’s crown, with world record holder Eija Laakso clocking up 44.49 metres.


In the freestyle category, a non Fin managed to take a medal.

Tasty Taco Cohen used acrobatics and juggling in his performance which was judged on aesthetics and artistic impression. The 19-year-old told media that years of playing with his balls had equipped him with the means to win the category honour.

“Juggling I have done for many years with balls. (But) these are irregular shapes and weights, it is difficult.”

Rumour has it that the IOC is thinking of including Phone throwing as a demonstration sport at the 2050 Summer Games.

See all the results and excitement from the Championships at the web site here.


Check out some of the fun from the 2005 Championships, those 2005 phones are bricks compared to those of 2007…

This all gets me wondering….wouldn’t it be more therapeutic to just smash the living shit out of the phones?

I guess that’s for an angrier day…..

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Crazy Shot: Meet Blinky the Double-Headed Cow.

In Blinky, Farm Animals, News, Odd News, Two Headed Cow, World on August 24, 2007 at 4:01 pm

The Crazy News: The Crazy Shot.

blinky_narrowweb__300x4490.jpg Double touble.

Meet Blinky the double-headed cow.

Poor old Blinkey was born on a dairy farm in Tulare, California with four eyes, two noses and two mouths, but only two ears and one neck.

“We call her Blinky because all four eyes blink at the same time,” said Greg Hamstra, the farm’s owner.

The cow was born earlier this week, but had to be euthanased after one its lungs collapsed.

Hamstra said he is not sure what will happen to Blinky’s remains. He said he would consider donating her body to a legitimate scientific organization for study. 

Poor old blinky….

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Crazy Video: Watch A Python Slowly Devour a Rat!

In 2007, animals, Crazy Video, pets, Python eats rat, Snakes on August 24, 2007 at 3:40 pm


You know what that means?


 The Crazy News: Crazy Video of the Week!


  They get big, baby!

This snake is a Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus), the longest known snake speices.

Reticulated pythons can make great and extremely rewarding captives, but the keeper should have previous experience with large pythons to help ensure safety to both animal and keeper.

They do not attack humans by nature, but will bite and possibly constrict if they feel threatened or mistake a hand for food. While not venomous, large pythons can inflict very serious injuries, sometimes requiring stitches.

This species of snake is one of the few that have documented, but not verified, cases of eating people in the wild.

Via Wiki.

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Crazy Quotes Mega Edition!

In 2007, News, Odd News, The Crazy News, Uncategorized, World on August 23, 2007 at 7:28 pm
Crazy me up like crazy! We spin, spin, spin the globe….


And let’s have another edition of…

The Crazy News: Quick Quotes.

This spiky little bloke’s sex life may lead to clues about human evolution…


“Eventually she ended up stuck in a grave and couldn’t get out, so we had to pull her out.”

Police in the town of Mitterteich speak to media after a woman who went to pay her respects to a dead relative, drove across a cemetery drunk, smashing up headstones and tombs before she ground to a halt in someone’s open grave. Police estimated the total damage to graves and the 53-year-old’s car at around 18,000 euros (US$24,000).


“We are really focussing on trying to find out more about the sex life of the echidnas”

A scientist from the University of Adelaide is looking for volunteers to observe the spiky little egg laying mammal’s sexual adventures. The findings of the Echidna study will be used to improve captive breeding programs and could also enhance information about human evolution.


“Another female. It wasn’t me.”

Michigan forensic scientist Ann Chamberlain testifies to a court about what she found when she tested her husband’s underwear for DNA using police resources. She was fired for using department supplies, materials and equipment for non-departmental purposes.


“Curse of the Pharaohs”

That’s what a German man believed had occurred to his stepfather after he stole several pharaonic carvings in Egypt some time back. Over a number of years after stealing the ancient carvings, the stepfather was stuck down by inexplicable fatigue, fever, paralysis and cancer followed by death. The stolen carvings were handed to the Egyptian embassy in Berlin before being flown back to Cairo.


“It was monstrously painful…I was burning like a torch. I don’t know what I did to deserve this.”

A wounded man tells reporters in Moscow about the experience of having his ex-wife set his penis on fire. It was not known exactly how this occurred, but apparently he was drunk on vodka and watching TV when it happened. Hot rod!


“We detained five Badi men and eight Badi women as they tried to strip off their clothes during a demonstration”

Protesters outside the national parliament in Kathmandu take drastic measures in order to get their message across about the issue of the decades old practice of child prostitution. They were members of the poor Badi community who are one of the most disadvantaged groups in the country. For generations, many have been forced into the sex trade because of a lack of other options.


“The machine isn’t that strong, much less so than a muscular man. Even women should be able to beat it.”

A spokeswoman from a Japanese arcade company explains the reasons behind the recall of 100 arm wrestling machines. Three players broke their arms while wrestling with the machine’s mechanized appendage. Weaklings.

New Zealand

“There were queues of 15 to 20 people at any one time for a good six hours from about 10pm until 4am…it was a backpacker bonanza.”

A Queenstown taxi driver tells police about a automatic cash machine that was handing out double the requested money. A dim witted bank worker stacked the machine with the wrong notes, with $20 notes in the $10 box and vice versa. Most people cashing in were overseas travellers taking advantage of the areas ski resorts. Some have all the luck.

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