The thing about Apple’s iPad Mini, you see, is it’s small. That fact, among others, allowed iCrooks to steal about 3,600—or $1.5 million worth—of the new devices during a brazen heist at New York’s JFK airport on Monday.
MAYHEM ON CRAIGSLIST. HIDE YOUR WIFE, HIDE YOUR KIDS. (Ugh, sorry for the meme, but it is SO fitting.) Are your kids safe if they use Craigslist? Maybe!
All in all, the report, which is hilariously titled “Crime and Craigslist: A Sad Tale of Murders and More,” discovered 330 crimes related to Craigslist in the past year—a figure researchers called “staggering.”
A spokesperson for Craigslist appropriately took a different perspective. “[It’s] probably worth considering we had over 573 million postings on Craigslist last year in North America,” the spokesperson said. “What are the odds?”
The odds, you ask? On average, around 0.00005% of posts are associated with crimes on Craigslist—not that you would get that impression from Oodle’s report, which is filled with innuendo and exaggerated implications. So the report will acknowledge that Craigslist has no control over its users—before launching into a 50-page listing of rapes, murders, and assaults occurring because of Craigslist. Its wink-wink research, intended to foster an atmosphere of doom and gloom around the service. “It’s important to emphasize that Craigslist has no control over the actions of its users,” the report reads. “Even so, the number, volume and scope of the incidents speak for themselves.”
So yeah, you can get killed if you use Craigslist, but you can get killed if you insult Tom Brady in a Boston bar. It’s a tough world out there.
The idea here is that the criminal may be hanging out in the crowd that gathers after the event. In fact, arsonists are known to lurk within the crowd at the scene of a burning building; they are, in effect, watching their work in progress. Kevin W. Bowyer, a computer vision expert at Notre Dame, hit upon the idea of creating a practical tool to process all the available video clips of similar events, to see if it might spot someone turning up unusually often as part of the crowd, giving authorities a possible lead.