category: offtopic [glöplog]
A few days ago I rescued an old Amiga 1200 from being sent to the dump. Yesterday I prepared everything for the de-yellowing process. Today I made liquid "retrobrite" for the keys and put everything it in a pirex container outside in the sun to let the reaction take place. To make sure nobody touched it, and to say which apartment (me) put it there in case they want any more information, I attached a large note.

Well, somebody in the building saw it, didn't bother reading the note (many people in this town have difficulty reading and writing -- no joke), decided it was a bomb and called the police! Nothing like being taken for questioning over restoring an Amiga.

I can't fucking believe this shit.

Anyway... Whatever. I'm pissed and just had to rant. Just like how all bomb-making terrorists have to rant.

I guess they're now currently deciding on how to "proceed" with the case. And I don't mean the A1200 case.
you're...fucking with us right?
added on the 2011-04-24 00:09:22 by Deus Deus
holy shit dude, i feel your pain!!!
Well, I imagine they're doing a background check right now, which is actually in my favour as I have absolutely no criminal record.

I hope nothing comes of this. I don't want to have to pay for a lawyer.
What happened to the guys with the ATHF sign...

I think the real downer is that you can be charged with distrubing the public or terrorist hoax...

added on the 2011-04-24 00:28:42 by Deus Deus
Dude ... what happened to the Amiga?
added on the 2011-04-24 00:32:21 by Punqtured Punqtured
HOPE they didnt detonate it :(
added on the 2011-04-24 00:36:36 by Deus Deus
Not even the police can read!?
added on the 2011-04-24 00:41:32 by xernobyl xernobyl
I still have the Amiga, and the keys too, but not my retrobrite solution. Unfortunately the keys are only half de-yellowed.
Yes, the police can read, that's how they knew to come to my apartment. The fire department was here too, but I guess they also didn't bother to read the note.
Action town i guess >_>
added on the 2011-04-24 06:53:46 by panic panic
dude! that sucks!
added on the 2011-04-24 08:18:57 by thec thec
/quietly puts a tarpaulin over my brew-kit...
*whistles nonchalantly*
added on the 2011-04-24 09:03:11 by ringofyre ringofyre
added on the 2011-04-24 09:08:44 by nosfe nosfe
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added on the 2011-04-24 09:24:40 by w00t! w00t!
@ me? If so I'm doing a lemon/ginger beer atm & trust me - if the authorities saw it I'd be detained immediately whilst they "checked" its chemical composition.
added on the 2011-04-24 09:38:36 by ringofyre ringofyre
time to move out of the trailer park ;)
added on the 2011-04-24 11:12:42 by psenough psenough
If you were restoring an Atari ST, that wouldn't have happened, i've never met someone (appart from atarists which i am) considering an Atari ST as a serious affair... ;p
More seriously, that's a weird and sad sorry, hope it will solve without prosecution for you.
added on the 2011-04-24 11:19:09 by baah baah
time to move out of the trailer park ;)

What? Then I wouldn't be able to hang out with my uncle-brothers!
added on the 2011-04-24 11:21:06 by ringofyre ringofyre
What kind of policement don't know a computer when they see one? :O
added on the 2011-04-24 11:28:27 by msqrt msqrt
what country is this in?
added on the 2011-04-24 12:01:25 by jazzman jazzman
as I have absolutely no criminal record.

I really doubt many terrorists have a criminal record. And I really doubt "background check" means they're just looking up your criminal record. It's more likely they're checking to see if you have ties to someone who has connections to someone who once lived next door to someone who is related to someone who was once suspected of using Retrobrite to shine up an A1200. Not to mention monitoring your phone calls and searching all your emails and text messages for words like "Allah"

In all likeliness you won't be prosecuted for anything, but supposedly the suspicion can stick for quite a while. You might want to be extra careful if you're hanging out with known Muslims or planning to board a plane anytime soon.
added on the 2011-04-24 12:06:02 by doomdoom doomdoom
ah, so i guess this happened in canada. well. america is going down in a bomb-making craze. maybe that will happen to canada too.
added on the 2011-04-24 12:39:27 by jazzman jazzman
incidentally, your blog is nice. So you actually went to Japan, eh.
added on the 2011-04-24 12:47:46 by jazzman jazzman
Hahaha, good old Amerigo-Vespicci-land 2.

Also, i knew of a guy who was accused to "make bombs with a coffee machine". The police took his normal fireworks and ...the can of his Coffee machine. (They let him have the machine itself, and ofcourse the accusions were bullshit.)

I guess its just another cause of Theft by police.

added on the 2011-04-24 13:41:05 by Exin Exin