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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.


+ - MythTV 0.22 Released

Submitted by uyguremre
uyguremre 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.

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

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg 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 employee gives up Microsoft MVP status-> 3

Submitted by
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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+ - Cryogenics Lab Workers Gone Wild? 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp 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.

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

Submitted by H4x0r Jim Duggan
H4x0r Jim Duggan 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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+ - MythTV 0.21 Released!->

Submitted by
kormoc writes: "New release! It's been quite a while, so there's lots of new stuff. Notably: autodiscovery (less manual configuration of new frontends), storage groups (no need for LVM/etc), support for multiple recordings on one DVB/ATSC multiplex, a couple new plugins, some new deinterlacing/video display options, and many, many other things.

The Release notes page in the wiki has the list of what's changed, but it's currently a couple thousand checkins out of date.

Standard release info:
  • Grab the release from the download section and please at least try to read the docs before asking questions.
  • The binary packages should hopefully be updated to 0.21 soon.
  • See this links section for a list of linux distributions based around MythTV.

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Is AMD Dead Yet? 467

Posted by kdawson
from the pining-for-the-fjords dept.
TheProcess writes "Back in February 2003, IBM predicted that AMD would be dead in 5 years (original article here), with IBM and Intel the only remaining players in the chip market. Well, 5 years have passed and AMD is still alive. However, its finances and stock price have taken a serious beating over the last year. AMD was once a darling in this community — the plucky, up-and-coming challenger to the Intel behemoth. Will AMD still be here in 5 years? Can they pose a credible competitive threat to Intel's dominance? Do they still have superior but unappreciated technology? Or are they finally old hat? Can they really recover?"

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.