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Interesting April Fool's Prank, Bryan

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by Macgyver, Apr 1, 2006.

    Apr 1, 2006
  1. Macgyver

    Macgyver Dormant account PABnononaccred

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    North Carolina
    I'll put this here so it gets a lot of views, but (obviously) it can be moved ...

    Interesting to see the DOJ's seal and a note saying that my repeated attempts to access Casinomeister's site would be reported to the FBI, Interpol and one other agency I can't remember.

    Personally? I'm not too keen on using fear as a tactic to wake people up. To each his own ... though I may be boycotting tomorrow's poker game because of this. :thumbsup:

    (Of course, if this was the result of a hack, all my above comments are null and void and my foot will be served with a nice side of onion dip to be duly inserted into my mouth.)
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2006
  2. Apr 1, 2006
  3. GrandMaster

    GrandMaster Ueber Meister CAG

    Occupation:
    Mathematician by day, online gambler by night.
    Location:
    UK
    A number of people fell for it, see You must register/login in order to see the link. and You must register/login in order to see the link. .
     
  4. Apr 1, 2006
  5. winbig

    winbig Keep winning this amount.

    Occupation:
    Bum
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I liked last years' better....but alas, I also think it was indeed a combination of joke as well as waking people up :) Just had to "view source" to see it was a setup, as well as doing a 'whois' on hr4777.com ;) :thumbsup:
     
  6. Apr 1, 2006
  7. Edvard

    Edvard Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Student/Marketing
    Location:
    Sweden
    Very funny :)
     
  8. Apr 1, 2006
  9. dominique

    dominique Dormant account

    Occupation:
    webmistress
    Location:
    The Boonies
    I was funny - but at the same time a serious wake up call.

    People need to act to prevent this from really happening.

    Love it, Bryan! [​IMG]
     
  10. Apr 1, 2006
  11. tantalos

    tantalos Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Engineer
    Location:
    Here and There
    Yup, I also fell for it, nice one :)
     
  12. Apr 1, 2006
  13. silcnlayc

    silcnlayc Just one more spin pleez! CAG MM PABnonaccred PABaccred

    Occupation:
    IT Director of Operations
    Location:
    Left Hungary
    Hook, line and sinker.....

    I fell for it totally, the ditz that I am.

    I e-mailed everyone on my list of representatives, called th FBI (both in Northern VA who routed me to Norfolk location). And gave them a piece of my mind this morning!

    I said my piece on the HR 4777 bill through e-mails today to all of them.

    You did good. Very, very good. Got my attention and off my tush!


    (Too funny after the fact) My very first April Fool's with ya and you got me!
     
  14. Apr 1, 2006
  15. Cynthia777

    Cynthia777 Senior Member

    Occupation:
    working
    Location:
    My house
    Kind of a "cruel" joke :eek2: ...but remembering the date I kinda figured it probably wasn't serious (then my thoughts went to someone "hacking")... but still frustrating til I could access the site, and made me wonder

    But a BIG relief... and just goes to show that you really do feel the appreciation for something when you thing it's gone :)
     
  16. Apr 1, 2006
  17. silcnlayc

    silcnlayc Just one more spin pleez! CAG MM PABnonaccred PABaccred

    Occupation:
    IT Director of Operations
    Location:
    Left Hungary
    Shoulda mentioned the reason I fell for it totally. (Not that anyone would care, but I would like to share)

    Freedom is a very precious thing to me and yes, Bryan brought all my fears to the forefront by doing this for I actually felt the power of being bound and helpless for a few moments.

    I am a "naturalized" american citizen that escaped with my family from Hungary during the Hungarian uprising where they came to our homes, removed us forcefully and put us in holding camps all the while beating my father with clubs until he had no teeth left but one. We ended up at Ellis Island after escaping, (this is documented) and to this day, when an American hymn is sang, I feel such an overpowering emotion and honor to be one.

    A healthy respect of Fear is a good thing, a healthy thing, for it motivates people to do things that would never be done or get done. Americans need to be WOKEN up from time to time to keep what happened throughout history repeating itself. (I apologise to all if I went off on a tangent...couldn't help myself)

    It motivated me BIG TIME! :thumbsup:
    Have a great day all! :D
     
  18. Apr 1, 2006
  19. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

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    Web Dev.
    Location:
    England
    I thought it was brilliant. Topical and a wake-up call rolled into one. :thumbsup:
     
  20. Apr 1, 2006
  21. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

    Occupation:
    Homemaker
    Location:
    Bierland
    Ah yes, I figured some people would forget to check their calendars today. Sorry to freak some people out. In fact, the original prank was much worse - it was a Federal Confiscation of the website and all of it's data. I showed the page to my wife a couple of days ago thinking it was funny, but she began to cry - so I decided to nix that idea.:oops:

    But yes, it was somewhat of a wakeup call - all indicators point at this bill picking up speed, and I would hate to see some funkified laws passed that would encourage this sort of Big Brother mentality.

    C'mon, you ought to join the poker tourney just to BEAT ME! You'll feel much better if you do :D
     
  22. Apr 1, 2006
  23. Macgyver

    Macgyver Dormant account PABnononaccred

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    North Carolina
    Didn't I do that already in the first Freeroll?? :cool: ;)
     
  24. Apr 1, 2006
  25. Casinomeister

    Casinomeister Forum Cheermeister Staff Member

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    Umm, err, well yeah. But I dare you to do it again! :D
     
  26. Apr 1, 2006
  27. Pinababy69

    Pinababy69 RIP Lisa

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    Crusader
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario - Canada
    Good one Bryan... :thumbsup:
     
  28. Apr 1, 2006
  29. Pepmintpatty

    Pepmintpatty Experienced Member

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    Administration assistant
    Location:
    Usa
    Totally got me! April fools or not, it's a scarey thing to think that one day this might happen. Truly I feel it would be a violation of the "land of the free"
     
  30. Apr 1, 2006
  31. loganberry

    loganberry Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Consultant
    Location:
    No more Heroes
    Gotcha'ed!

    Yup, it gotcha'ed me well and truly to the extent that I emailed Bryan to have a rant.

    Sorry 'bout that Bryan, but it scared the bejesus out of me. :D

    I work for a big American company in the UK, and we are expected to put USA government policy ahead of that of the UK government. Which really pisses me off, because I am not affiliated with the States in any way, shape or form, and to think they (my company, that is) are that arrogant almost beggars belief. HUH! :mad: (Although I am not British either, but I live here, so that is all that counts.)

    So when I saw the DOJ lockout this morning, I believed!

    Once I got over my embarrassment at being 'had' (thought I was far too cynical for that....:) ) I realised that there is a very valuable lesson in there, for all of us, namely that to remain uninvolved in this debate is to encourage censorship of the worst kind.

    So where do I sign up?.
     
  32. Apr 2, 2006
  33. managra

    managra Dormant account

    Occupation:
    finance
    Location:
    USA
    This was such a good joke that it was awful. I completely fell for it and felt an enormous anger each time i went to visit this forum.
    Cruel, Bryan, very cruel :)
     
  34. Apr 2, 2006
  35. winbig

    winbig Keep winning this amount.

    Occupation:
    Bum
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I don't think anyone's posted this yet, but the Wall Street Journal has a poll right now on HR4777. It stands at 85% against, 15% for it (Over 10,000 votes)....please vote :)

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
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  36. Apr 2, 2006
  37. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    Earth
    I thought it was damned good, too - I had a good chuckle when I hit that serious looking logo and the typical gobbledegook officialese that went with it.

    Don't try to over-analyse this; Bryan has a knack at this time every year for zero-ing in on highly topical issues and having a little fun with them. If it alerted some to the dangers of ISP blocking, then that's a bonus imo.
     
  38. Apr 2, 2006
  39. jetset

    jetset Ueber Meister CAG

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    Senior Partner, InfoPowa News Service
    Location:
    Earth
    It's been going for a while and seems to have reached it's plateau if it is still at 85 percent and 15 percent.

    Check out Casinomeister News where this was reported last month, and there was quite a lot of attention given to it in another thread here.

    Last time I looked it was just under 7 000 so it is obviously still attracting attention, which is good.
     

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