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Comment: Re:Ratings (Score 2) 240

by kormoc (#34505966) Attached to: Amazon Fake Products and Fake Reviews

Real names are nice, I suppose, but I'd rather they confirm that the person bought it or at least ordered it.

They do:
What's an "Amazon Verified Purchase" review?

When a product review is marked "Amazon Verified Purchase," it means that the customer who wrote the review purchased the item at Amazon.com. Customers can add this label to their review only if we can verify the item being reviewed was purchased at Amazon.com. Customers reading an Amazon Verified Purchase review can use this information to help them decide which reviews are most helpful in their purchasing decisions.

If a review is not marked Amazon Verified Purchase, it doesn't mean that the reviewer has no experience with the product – it just means we couldn't verify that it had been purchased at Amazon. They may have purchased the item elsewhere or had some other interaction with it. If we could somehow validate their experience with the product, we certainly would. The Amazon Verified Review label offers one more way to help gauge the quality and relevance of a product review.

See here

Comment: Re:I recommend ... (Score 5, Informative) 687

by kormoc (#30794374) Attached to: Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project

From the story:
After talking to the student, it was decided about 1 p.m. to evacuate the school as a precaution while the item was examined.

So he talked to the student and was told it was a motion detector or whatever. He then decided to evacuate the school. Talking to the student didn't help at all in this case. He's just a dumbass.

Media

+ - MythTV 0.22 Released

Submitted by uyguremre
uyguremre (664199) writes "After a little over a year and a half in the making, the developers of MythTV announced that MythTV 0.22 is now available. There have been a lot of large changes since 0.21, including a port from Qt v3 to Qt v4 and a major UI rewrite to convert to MythTV's new MythUI user interface libary.
As always, this release adds support for some new hardware, in this case VDPAU video acceleration, DVB-S2, and the Hauppauge HD-PVR. The MythUI toolkit allows themes much greater control over the user interface and today we're announcing a competition to design new themes for MythTV. With the new release comes a theming competition too.
For a more complete list of changes and new features, read the Release Notes on the wiki."
Google

+ - SPAM: Google to send detailed info about hacked Websites

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "In an effort to promote the "general health of the Web," Google will send Webmasters snippets of malicious code in the hopes infected Web sites can be cleaned up faster. The new information will appear as part of Google's Webmaster Tools, a suite of tools that provide data about a Web site, such as site visits. "We understand the frustration of Webmasters whose sites have been compromised without their knowledge and who discover that their site has been flagged," wrote Lucas Ballard on Google's online security blog.

To Webmasters who are registered with Google, the company will send them an e-mail notifying them of suspicious content along with a list of the affected pages. They'll also be able to see part of the malicious code."

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Google

+ - Google employee gives up Microsoft MVP status-> 3

Submitted by
kormoc
kormoc writes "Microsoft each year honors the "best and brightest" from the technology world as part of its ongoing Most Valuable Professional Award. Teachers, doctors, artists and others who share "real-world technical expertise" with the community as a whole are routinely honored. But there's one type of employee who has received the Microsoft MVP Award for the past six years — apparently has been told by the search giant not to accept the award anymore. Is this a Googly thing to do?"
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Science

+ - Cryogenics Lab Workers Gone Wild? 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "So much for dignity in death. All Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams wanted was a simple departure from this earth and for his remains to be cremated and scattered over the deep waters of the Florida Keys. Instead, his wacky children had him frozen and his head cut off. And if that wasn't bad enough, a new book alleges workers at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation abused Williams' remains, posing for pictures a la Weekend at Bernie's. According to the book, crude equipment was used to cut off Williams head, which was then balanced on an empty can of Bumble Bee tuna and frozen in liquid nitrogen while workers recorded the sound of his brain cracking as the temperature dropped. The book further claims a worker lacking The Splendid Splinter's sweet swing later tried to dislodge the tuna can by whacking it with a monkey wrench, but instead smacked Williams' head, sending tiny pieces of frozen tissue flying around the room. Alcor is denying what it calls sensational and unfounded allegations."
Patents

+ - FSF to Supremes: software patents are unjust->

Submitted by H4x0r Jim Duggan
H4x0r Jim Duggan (757476) writes "Not taking chances on any particular argument, FSF has submitted a brief approaching the word limit. After outlining the contribution of the free software movement to software progress, the brief details how software patents fail their constitutional justification, and how the USPTO's practice is harming individual freedom, community development projects and the progress of software as users would want. "Given that software development includes common activities such as making a webpage, the freedom to use a computer as you see fit for your daily life is a fundamental form of expression, just as using a pen and paper is. ... In the context of writing an email reader, a word processor, or an image viewer, being blocked from reading, modifying, or writing in the required data format is equivalent to being banned from writing a functional program for that task."
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Software

+ - Nissan turns to high-tech to stop drink driving

Submitted by StonyandCher
StonyandCher (1121349) writes "As part of its drive to reduce road deaths and injuries, Nissan Motor has installed in a car three prototype high-tech systems designed to stop drink driving.

The first attempts to directly detect alcohol in the driver's sweat and gear shift lever. A second system in the car uses a camera mounted in front of the driver to monitor eye movement. If the driver is drowsy it triggers the seat belt to tighten and this movement will hopefully snap the driver out of their drowsiness or prompt them to take a rest. A third system monitors the path of the vehicle to ensure it's traveling in a straight line and not weaving about the road, as is common with a drunken driver."
The Courts

+ - Supreme Court rules Ebay sale binding.->

Submitted by Slurpee
Slurpee (4012) writes "The NSW Supreme court has ruled that making an offer of sale on Ebay is legally binding. In other words — you can't change your mind. In a case that reached the NSW Supreme Court, Peter Smythe sued Vin Thomas after he changed his mind on the sale of a 1946 World War II Wirraway plane after the eBay auction had ended. "It follows that, in my view, a binding contract was formed between the plaintiff and the defendent and that it should be specifically enforced," Justice Rein said in his decision. The judgment sets a precedent for future cases and means eBay sales could now be legally binding (At least in Australia)."
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Privacy

+ - Ruling by Secret US Court Allegedly Reduces Spying

Submitted by conspirator57
conspirator57 (1123519) writes "TFA http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la- na-spying2aug02,0,5813563.story?coll=la-home-cente r states that the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (a court that no citizen can establish standing to appear before) has ruled against Executive requests for so-called "basket warrants" as violating the 4th amendment to the Constitution, namely that such warrants do not meet the clearly expressed criteria in the second half of the amendment. To accomplish this they must have looked startlingly like British general warrants which were the original motivation for the 4th amendment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrant_(law) for more.

TFA is very sympathetic to the Executive branch, going on to depict ways in which we're all less safe because of this ruling. Personally, I feel safer with more rulings like this one. Just wish the process were a bit more transparent.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.""

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