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Coincidence by Design
Scary 0%
Really scary 0%
Unsettling 6%
Really scary and unsettling 18%
A great business idea 56%
Where do I sign up??? 18%

Votes: 16

 Now I May Have Seen Everything

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Mar 01, 2002
Ladies, be scared.

Be very scared, indeed.


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Esteemed Adequacy Editors, this was your idea, wasn't it? I guess the Hypermint revenues just weren't enough, huh.

This does give you the opportunity to fleece plenty of hapless, unsuspecting and rich geeks, it's got that going for it, anyway.


Come now. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by tkatchev on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 05:51:09 AM PST
Social engineering is almost as old as the moon.

Peace and much love...

The moon? (5.00 / 4) (#7)
by seventypercent on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 10:18:29 AM PST
Oh, dear.

Red-blooded patriots do not use Linux.

Obviously... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by Trollaxor on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 11:52:33 AM PST
You are either a liberal or a moron, or (most likely) both.

I think you parents should discuss the "moon" with you.

Oh. (1.00 / 1) (#17)
by tkatchev on Sun Mar 3rd, 2002 at 11:02:12 AM PST
Says the dumbass who thinks scatology is a great way of self-expression.

Go all the way, dood.

Peace and much love...

You know, (none / 0) (#2)
by Ernest Bludger on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 05:51:49 AM PST
I hate pumpkins, but I do like The Smashing Pumpkins.

Oh my God! (none / 0) (#4)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 06:15:12 AM PST
Me too! What a coincidence!

Oh sorry, you were talking to hauntedattics, I guess.

--Anonymous Reader #24601

Actually... (none / 0) (#9)
by hauntedattics on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 10:32:33 AM PST
I like pumpkins but think Billy Corgan is a self-satisfied butthead. So you two can keep talking.

Oh my God! (5.00 / 1) (#11)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 12:45:45 PM PST
A self-satisfied butthead? I think that too! This is so... eerie...

--Anonymous Reader #24601

OhMyGawd (none / 0) (#14)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Mar 2nd, 2002 at 10:23:04 AM PST
Like, wow, let's go to the mall, k?

Wow. (none / 0) (#15)
by hauntedattics on Sat Mar 2nd, 2002 at 10:24:22 AM PST
It's like we're soulmates or something. Wait 'til I tell my husband!

(Can I call you 'M. Valjean,' by the way?)

I fail to see anything scary in this. (none / 0) (#3)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 06:10:59 AM PST
This is just an internet-based take on what various small-ad vendors have been doing for years.

Perhaps you think there were no lonely rich people before the dot-com bubble.

Yeah, I know. (none / 0) (#8)
by hauntedattics on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 10:30:04 AM PST
I guess what I find scary about it is how clandestine it is. At least with personal ads, both parties are aware that they are looking for potential mates.

Of course there were lonely rich people before the late '90s. It's just too bad that they have to pay someone to engineer a 'chance' meeting with a cool chick.

Actually... (none / 0) (#12)
by because it isnt on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 12:56:50 PM PST
I was talking about real small-ad vendors, not the lonely hearts columns. There are a multitude of very dodgy service providers out there. One of my favourites is Lorraine Electronics, who have been peddling their bugging devices for years. Their current print advert shows a worried, aged executive saying "I thought I'd never need surveilance equipment. But then I said the same about mobile phones.". Can't you just picture the sort of customer they're targetting here?

You also get companies selling Russian brides, covert infidelity checks, transvestism days out, loan sharking, "fine wines" at affordable prices, gangster hire, etc. It's fascinating just thinking about who's being sold to in the small ads. I mean, these are paid for adverts, they're not there for pranks, they're there because a market exists for this stuff.

It's just too bad that they have to pay someone to engineer a 'chance' meeting with a cool chick.

Well, at least it's better than them stalking the chick herself. But this company is basically banking on their clients having more money than courage. I'll bet most of their clients are well aquainted with their chosen victim, and either lack the courage to move on her, or are bitter that she's got different plans or a different life which doesn't involve them.

So this outfit is saying "That chick always brushes you off, hey? We're your pals, and for the right amount of money, we can sort out that personal injustice of yours.". As the site says, these are basically PIs looking for more upmarket customers. But PIs don't wield Cupid's bow. I personally forsee ruined lives and rich PIs, but that's because I'm cynical. -- because it isn't

Cute. (none / 0) (#5)
by The Mad Scientist on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 06:44:01 AM PST
A scaled-up and more expensive version of the services usually provided in smaller scale by friends.

About time someone came up with that.

Harnessing the randomness... Cute idea :)

This is a known hoax. (2.50 / 2) (#6)
by Slobodan Milosevic on Fri Mar 1st, 2002 at 08:55:29 AM PST
Get over it.


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