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Clarkson in ID theft

Following the recent case where the bank details of 25 million were lost, Jeremy Clarkson was of the opinion that it was a fuss over nothing. He published his bank account details in his newspaper column.

But Clarkson admitted he was "wrong" after he discovered a reader had used the details to create a £500 direct debit to the charity Diabetes UK.

The most surprising thing about the story was the phrase Clarkson admitted he was "wrong"

As I've said before, it's not the fault of the underpaid guy who physically performed the act of copying the data, it's the fault of those higher up who designed a system which was capable of having all 25 million records copied in one go at the click of a button.

On a related topic... ID cards...

(Update: No2ID report this story.... I, along with probably countless others, emailed it to them, so it's no surprise to me!)

Top Gear US Special

At the weekend we watched 'Top Gear'. For anyone that missed it, I strongly suggest that you see the repeat tonight (BBC2, 7pm). Essentially, the whole show was devoted to a road trip in the US. The lads had to buy a car for under 1000 bucks, drive it cross country and then sell the car at the end.

Along the way, they had challenges.

One of the challenges involved 'decorating' the cars of their co-presenters for a drive through Alabama.

Phrases like 'Hillary for President' and 'Nascar Sucks' were used. Hammond got something relating to his CB handle of 'Brokeback' (but I think it was the 'Hillary' and 'Nascar' phrases that were the real problem).

Sufficed to say that what seemed like a bit of a jape suddenly became very serious when every stereotype about life in the deep south suddenly came true. In the Land of the Free, our intrepid heroes were being pelted by stones and chased out of town for expressing a dislike of Nascar.

It went from being very funny, to very uncomfortable viewing, I honestly thought someone would get hurt (and had to remind myself that if theyhad then I would have heard about it via the news!)

James May posts about it here.