Paco Hope My Random Musings and Rants


Zynga Hacked: Guy gets £50,000 from virtual money

Ashley Mitchell, an IT professional from Paignton, Devon, England was recently charged with hacking Zynga's Facebook poker game. He admitted accessing Zynga's computers and putting 400 billion credits into fake facebook accounts, which he was then selling for real money. I think Zynga is trying to have its cake and eat it, too. On the one hand, they do not put vigorous security controls in place because it's just a game and it's play money. On the other hand, they want to cry foul and make analogies between virtual currency and real currency when someone bypasses their weak security and starts making money.


Time warp: when facebook’s localization goes wrong

Time Warp

Time Warp

Facebook is savvy about time zones and the fact that its users span the globe. But notice this conversation I had with a friend. He sent it at 12:39am on October 21st. I replied 3 hours earlier. 🙂 Now, if you look at our profiles, Roy and I live in the same time zone. Normally this would never happen. But, I happen to be in the UK when this happened. I think I replied a couple hours after his message, but at you'll see, it's essentially impossible to know, given what I see.


Why is Facebook worse than TV?

I was just reading "Five Clues That You Are Addicted to Facebook" on and it occured to me that Facebook should really be considered in the same light as television.


Facebook and the X facts phenomenon

Lots of my friends are filling out the X facts about me. Some are "Write any 25 facts." Some are "Answer these 100 questions." Then they go on to tell you all manner of detailed information about themselves. This is really a bad idea for a lot of reasons.

Claire Suddath wrote an interesting article on about "25 Things I Didn't Want to Know About You" and the way people are writing all kinds of useless, intimate, and just plain weird things on Facebook. While I like social networking, you won't see me sharing these kinds of things. I'm still old-school paranoid enough to keep most of this kind of stuff off the net. Here's why.


Pirates: Rule the Carribean

I play a game on Facebook called "Pirates: Rule the Carribean." This is my strategy and some WTF's about the game.