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WhiteBoardness - 8/23

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 96 13:23:42 -0700
To: Fun_People
Subject: WhiteBoardness - 8/23

Excerpted-from: WhiteBoard News for Friday, August 23, 1996

Los Angeles, California:

Employment prospects are grim for Kevin Lee Poulsen, a computer whiz
imprisoned for five years for his cyberspace havoc.

Now on probation, the hacker, 30, has been barred from getting near a
computer for the next three years and he now fears selling cowboy boots at
a Western store will be his only opportunity to make money.

"It's the only place where I've been greeted with a positive attitude," he
said during an interview last week.  "I can't get a job that I am qualified
for, basically.

"The only thing I am qualified to do is computer stuff.  Computer
programming.  Computer administration."

Poulsen was so adept at manipulating Pacific Bell computers that he was able
to spy on FBI agents while they spied on crooks.  Before his 1991 arrest,
he won a Porsche by using computers to rig radio station phone-in contests.

But now he's in a computerless world.  His parents had to get rid of their
computer before he could live with them in suburban North Hollywood.

He's even had to ask his probation officer for permission to drive because
most cars these days contain tiny on-board computers that regulate the

New York, New York:

Ten people leapt from their cars to lift a 3-ton truck off a 15-year-old

Vitaly Donets was pinned Tuesday after a moving van driven by his
stepfather, Aleksandr Zverev, 28, crashed into a car and a cab and flipped

Men -- from construction workers to businessmen in suits -- ran to the scene
and lifted the van.  Vitaly suffered pelvic and knee injuries.

"It was all done by human hands," said Officer Ravi Malhotra.  "New Yorkers
do help each other in a tight crunch.  I saw it myself."

Helsinki, Finland:

Russian chess champion Anatoly Karpov will challenge the world from Finland
August 26 in the first open Internet chess game, "Karpov Against the World."

Players have 10 minutes after each Karpov move to offer proposals for
countermoves.  A computer will tally the suggestions and execute the most
popular move.

Organizers expect about 50,000 Internet users from 80 countries to watch.

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