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Communications

Submission + - Belkin's President Apologizes for Faked Reviews 1

remove office writes: "After I wrote about how Belkin's Amazon.com sales rep Mike Bayard had been paying for fake reviews of his company's products using Mechanical Turk (Slashdot story here), hundreds of readers across the web expressed their umbrage. As a result of the online outcry, Belkin's president Mark Reynoso has issued a statement apologizing and saying that "this is an isolated incident" and that "Belkin does not participate in, nor does it endorse, unethical practices like this." Amazon moved swiftly to remove several reviews on Belkin products it believed were fraudulent, although now fresh evidence of astroturfing has surfaced. Now I'm curious: what steps do Slashdotters think that online retailers can do to protect themselves and their customers from fake reviews?"
The Courts

Submission + - SPAM: Paybacks: Telescammers to fork over $50M

coondoggie writes: "The Federal Trade Commission today said a group of telescammers will pay out nearly $50 million to settle charges they deceived over one million people in a bank information fraud scheme. As is unfortunately the situation in many of these case, the $50 million restitution is substantial, but it pales in comparison to the almost $172 million the FTC says Suntasia Marketing bilked out of its victims. [spam URL stripped]"
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Quickies

Submission + - Australia offers 'best job in world' on an island (yahoo.com)

JagsLive writes: Australia offers 'best job in world' on paradise island :

SYDNEY (AFP) — An Australian state is offering internationally what it calls "the best job in the world" — earning a top salary for lazing around a beautiful tropical island for six months.

The job pays 150,000 Australian dollars (105,000 US dollars) and includes free airfares from the winner's home country to Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland's state government announced on Tuesday.

In return, the "island caretaker" will be expected to stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of "a few minor tasks" — and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates.

The successful applicant, who will stay rent-free in a three-bedroom beach home complete with plunge pool and golf buggy, must be a good swimmer, excellent communicator and be able to speak and write English.

"They'll also have to talk to media from time to time about what they're doing so they can't be too shy and they'll have to love the sea, the sun, the outdoors," said acting state Premier Paul Lucas.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090113/od_afp/lifestyleaustraliatourismoffbeat_20090113032028

Earth

Submission + - SPAM: What is Tea?

Ron Knight writes: "Tea is the world's second most popular beverage, after water. More and more people are drinking tea in the United States, joining a booming worldwide trend. Increased understanding of the role antioxidants play in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease has positioned tea as the ideal health beverage. It is a 100% natural, fat-free, calorie-free drink, untainted by additives, and low in caffeine content — tea is the healthy alternative to coffee and alcohol."
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Security

Submission + - Cisco on VPN: U-turn or a poor use of English? (networkworld.com)

whitehartstag writes: "Recently, some network engineers slammed Cisco for what appeared to be a statement that it would no longer support third-party IPsec VPNs. Cisco has since republished all its documentation to state that it does support non-Cisco VPNs. Cisco said that it supported non-Cisco VPNs all along but that folks misunderstood the text in its documentation "Because we adhere to VPN industry standards, ASAs may work with other vendors' peers in LAN-to-LAN VPNs; however, we do not support them" to mean that it didn't support third-parties."

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