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Comment: Media-stressed! (Score 1) 298

by Ezel (#38636520) Attached to: Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:

I became very aware of my backlog when I switched apartment a few years back. This combined with ever growing hostility towards the MAFIAA has ended up in me trying to keep a very low rate of gaining new media before my backlog is taken care of.

Of course it's really hard to go cold turkey on new books, magazines, music, TV-shows, computer games so I keep failing all the time but at least I'm trying. But nowadays my media-content I have left more feels like work than fun to go through. For instance I have torrented all of South Park, Blakes 7 and Mystery Science Theater 3000 at one time and, even though they are great shows, they will take ages to go through.

But this is just the way I feel about media, that I have to go through everything I have. A friend of mine has more of a "Look at my great library! I will always have a great book at hand that I haven't already read!" attitude.
. . . I dont understand him at all.

Comment: Re:Dance on Piratebay! (Score 1) 159

by Ezel (#38407720) Attached to: Belgium Anti-Piracy Group Expands Attack On Access To the Pirate Bay

It might be simple but I still don't understand why the don't just add it in the help-part of the "Edit Comment" page. Just about the only time I ever need to dig up the knowledge of how to manually code links in HTML is when writing slashdot-comments.

I just do it so seldom that I end up having to search for some tutorial. And since I get bored of having to do that every time (while there is a full URLs-section in the help that doesn't address the issue at hand) I just keep posting the links like this instead:
http://slashdot.org/
Amazing, simple, even non standard HTML, that works and is mentioned in the help-section but makes my posts look a bit crap.

Comment: Dance on Piratebay! (Score 3, Informative) 159

by Ezel (#38407462) Attached to: Belgium Anti-Piracy Group Expands Attack On Access To the Pirate Bay

This is exactly why Mediaafires Firefox-plugin "Piratebay Dancing!" was created:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mafiaafire-piratebay-dancing/
  Or is there some circumstance here that cripples the plugin?

(And still there is no notes about how to 'properly' link a word with an URL in slashdots help below writing comments)

Spam

Internet Water Army On the March 137

Posted by Soulskill
from the or-on-the-wade dept.
New submitter kermidge sends in an article at the Physics arXiv blog about what's called the "Internet Water Army," large groups of people in China who are paid to "flood" internet sites with comments and reviews about various products. Researchers at the University of Victoria went undercover to figure out exactly how these informational (or disinformational) floods operate, and what they learned (PDF) could lead to better spam-detection software. Quoting: "They discovered that paid posters tend to post more new comments than replies to other comments. They also post more often with 50 per cent of them posting every 2.5 minutes on average. They also move on from a discussion more quickly than legitimate users, discarding their IDs and never using them again. What's more, the content they post is measurably different. These workers are paid by the volume and so often take shortcuts, cutting and pasting the same content many times. This would normally invalidate their posts but only if it is spotted by the quality control team. So Cheng and co built some software to look for repetitions and similarities in messages as well as the other behaviors they'd identified. They then tested it on the dataset they'd downloaded from Sina and Sohu and found it to be remarkably good, with an accuracy of 88 per cent in spotting paid posters."

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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