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Comment Fishy counter-reviews and "unhelpful" spamming (Score 1) 98

Just looking over Benson Leung's reviews list, some of these items are transparently fishy. For instance, this Benson review has nearly 50% "unhelpful", while the product page is fully of sketchy positive reviews. It's a USB cable, who takes photos and writes essays about them? Tried it in FakeSpot, and it figures the product has "68% low quality reviews".

Fake positive reviews and "unhelpful" spamming on negative reviews. Does Amazon have any mechanism to deal with this type of gaming?

Comment Fishy counter-reviews and "unhelpful" spamming (Score 1) 98

Just looking over Benson Leung's reviews list, some of these items are transparently fishy. For instance, this Benson review currently has nearly 50% "unhelpful", while the product page is fully of sketchy positive reviews. It's a USB cable, who takes photos and writes essays about them (people with multimeters and cable testers aside)? Tried it in FakeSpot, and it figures the product has "68% low quality reviews".

Fake positive reviews and "unhelpful" spamming on negative reviews. Does Amazon have any mechanism to deal with this type of gaming?

Comment Media Center (Score 1) 572

I know about Myth TV, but Media Center does everything I need it to do, even drives my VFD display using Media Center Magic, Been using it since MCE 2005. Yes I blocked every updates, but for Joe Six Pack it's gonna be a downgrade. GWX control panel can help, but not everyone knows about it.

Unless Microsoft gives me a way to use my tuners in win 10, I'm not upgrading.

Comment Re:Because that would be unimaginable CENSORSHIP? (Score 3, Informative) 827

Do these same people support the 1950s Hollywood (private company) blacklists of communists and fellow-travelers?

I may not approve of what you say, but you have the right to say it. The same goes for blacklisting. I don't approve of what movie studios did, but they did have a right to refuse to hire people based on political alignment.

Social Networks

Why Does Twitter Refuse To Shut Down Donald Trump? (vortex.com) 827

Lauren Weinstein writes: The conclusion appears inescapable. Twitter apparently has voluntarily chosen to 'look the other way' while Donald Trump spews forth a trolling stream of hate and other abuses that would cause any average Twitter user to be terminated in a heartbeat. There's always room to argue the proprietary or desirability of any given social media content terms of service — or the policy precepts through which they are applied. It is also utterly clear that if such rules are not applied to everyone with the same vigor, particularly when there's an appearance of profiting by making exceptions for particular individuals, the moral authority on which those rules are presumably based is decimated, pointless, and becomes a mere fiction. Would you rather Twitter shut down no account ever, apply a sort of white-listing policy, or something in the middle?

Comment Re:What a retarded concept (Score 1) 246

If you think that programming naturally leads to improved problem solving skills, you're psychotic. Just look at all the delayed, failed, and buggy software out there.

But that's a side point. You have to consider whether those people would have been even stupider if they weren't programming. Crossword puzzles increase mental agility (especially in the elderly) even when people suck at them.

Comment Re:Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 1) 178

Current blades are trucked in one piece (per blade) which is impressive to see. Three of them were parked on I-5 outside of Patterson, California a few months ago. There are a lot of net videos and photos which convey the scale.

Even at the current size they can't get through many highway interchanges and local intersections. The larger ones won't be able to ship in one piece at all.

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