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Committing insurance fraud, mail or otherwise, is universally a fairly dumb thing to do -- especially when your plan is literally designed to fail. Like, say, that of 29-year-old idiot Nathan Meunch and friend. Because if you're trying to pass off a soggy, dripping cardboard box stuffed with ice as a $4000 stack of iPads, chances are -- you're getting caught.


We're already well aware of the damage malware can do to your machine, but apparently, guilty consciences don't fare all that well either. At least not for one 21-year-old man who, after getting a fake pop-up demanding a fine for the child pornography on his computer, decided to take his laptop straight to the police -- and was then promptly arrested on three counts of possession of child pornography.


Every sci-fi movie about inventions rising up to take over the world is built upon one unchangeable seed crystal: the moment when the technology does something its inventors never predicted. As The Verge reports, that's exactly what happened to Google engineers in 2010, with a truth-and-justice twist -- Google's AdWords software exposed a Chinese car theft scam.


Imagine you're the police. Imagine you're in your police car. Imagine eating a doughnut. Imagine complaining about life to your partner. Imagine seeing a car with two obviously blown tyres drive by. Imagine pulling that car over. Imagine seeing that the driver driving the car was using a makeshift steering wheel made from... locking pliers.


It's only natural to be a little skeeved out by the idea that the government is slurping up your private data behind the scenes, but there's a very public piece of your data being collected as well: the look on your face. There's already a national database of over 120 million faces in the US, and the Washington Post reports that it's slowly turning into the ultimate police tool.


Can you imagine what it would be like to report crimes via Facebook or call for a fire truck through Twitter? It would be pretty convenient, right? None of that scary "Call 000!" business. No ambling down to the precinct for filling out paperwork. No need to leave your living room actually. It would be equivalent to a socially networked Neighbourhood Watch.


Imagine this: You set it up the perfect kinky hook-up on the internet. You found a hot partner who wants to have sex with you, provided this sex happens on top of a pile of cash. So you find the pile of cash, you show up at the appointed time to get lucky, only to find out that it's not your lucky day at all.