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Amazon 'flooded by fake five-star reviews' | BBC News
Online retail giant Amazon's website is flooded with fake five-star reviews for products from unfamiliar brands, consumer group Which? has claimed.#technology #computing #Amazon
Household names were largely absent from top-rated reviews on popular items such as headphones, smart watches and fitness trackers, it concluded.
Thousands of reviews were unverified, meaning there was no evidence the reviewer bought the product, it said.
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19669898
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#HackerNews #amazon #fake #five-star #flooded #reviews
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We could also go with MAGA FENTY, for #Microsoft, #Apple, #Google, #Amazon, #Facebook, #Ebay, #Netflix, #Twitter and #Yahoo
The US Museum of Natural History to host rainforest-threatening Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro
While the event’s existence has been quietly making rounds for weeks, a story in Gothamist sparked a social media firestorm on Thursday. In response, the museum tweeted that it’s “deeply concerned” and “exploring our options,” while at the same time attempting to distance itself by emphasizing that the event is an external affair. The event remains on as of Friday afternoon, and a museum spokesperson told Earther it had “nothing further to add for today.”I wonder what was their main purpose of inviting him in the first place. I don't believe that they did this accidentally, not having heard of his plans to remove protection from the Amazon region to open it for the Free Market to do what we all expect it to do once it gained access.
For scientists, it represents a slap in the face as the Bolsonaro government dismantles Brazilian research funding and attempts to speed up the destruction of one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Many have urged the museum to cancel the event as has New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, who called Bolsonaro a “very dangerous human being.”
But from the standpoint of everything else, it’s a really bad look. Bolsonaro ran on a campaign of opening up the Amazon and other natural areas to logging and more fossil fuel production as well as blatant homophobia, racism, and praise for fascists. Since taking over the presidency, he has made good on some of those promises and more. He installed a climate denier as his foreign minister, backed out of hosting the world climate talks, and froze the science budget (sound familiar?). On Friday, he announced he would like to open an Amazon reserve the size of Denmark to mining.
#US #USA #Bolsonaro #JairBolsonaro #Brazil #AMHN #Museum #Environment #Environmentalism #Nationalism #Patriotism #Fascism #NoNationalism #NoPatriotism #NoFascism #Corporatism #CorporatismKills #Amazon #SouthAmerica #Responsibility
How to Stop Amazon From Listening to Your Alexa Recordings | Tom's Guide
Anything you say to Alexa can be seen by Amazon employees. According to a Bloomberg report, Amazon employs thousands of workers to transcribe recordings of Alexa users for the purpose of improving the voice assistant's recognition algorithm.#computing #Amazon #Alexa #security
Ich kann mir ein ständig zuhörendes Ding, dessen Daten kommerziell genutzt werden, in meiner Wohnung nicht vorstellen.
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Ist der Polyester Anteil natürlich oder chemisch?
Die Frage tut mir als Chemiker wirklich weh… Poly-ester ist ein synthetisch hergestelltes Polymer aus Estern. Merke Synthetisch nicht chemisch! Chemisch ist nämlich alles, ob es auf einem Feld wächst oder in einem Labor hergestellt wird.
#amazon #lol #lustig #humor #fun
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Frage: Ist der Polyester Anteil natürlich oder chemisch?Antwort: Die Frage tut mir als Chemiker wirklich weh… Poly-ester ist ein synthetisch hergestelltes Polymer aus Estern. Merke Synthetisch nicht chemisch! Chemisch ist nämlich alles, ob es auf einem Feld wächst oder in einem Labor hergestellt wird. #amazon #lol #lustig #humor #fun
#amazon #fun #humor #lol #lustig
Yesterday, the Pentagon announced two finalists in the $10 billion, decade-long JEDI cloud contract process — and Oracle was not one of them. In spite of lawsuits, official protests and even back…
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HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19634947
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#HackerNews #10b #amazon #and #cloud #contract #finalists #microsoft #names #pentagon
Yesterday, the Pentagon announced two finalists in the $10 billion, decade-long JEDI cloud contract process — and Oracle was not one of them. In spite of lawsuits, official protests and even back-channel complaining to the president, the two finalists are Microsoft and and Amazon.
“After evaluating all of the proposals received, the Department of Defense has made a competitive range determination for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud request for proposals, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The two companies within the competitive range will participate further in the procurement process,” Elissa Smith, DoD spokesperson for Public Affairs Operations told TechCrunch. She added that those two finalists were in fact Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS, the cloud computing arm of Amazon).
This contract procurement process has caught the attention of the cloud computing market for a number of reasons. For starters, it’s a large amount of money, but perhaps the biggest reason it had cloud companies going nuts was that it is a winner-take-all proposition.
Oracle is suing the US government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process
It is important to keep in mind that whether it’s Microsoft or Amazon who is ultimately chosen for this contract, the winner may never see $10 billion, and it may not last 10 years because there are a number of points where the DoD could back out, but the idea of a single winner has been irksome for participants in the process from the start.
Over the course of the last year, Google dropped out of the running, while IBM and Oracle have been complaining to anyone who will listen that the contract unfairly favored Amazon. Others have questioned the wisdom of even going with with a single-vendor approach. Even at $10 billion, an astronomical sum to be sure, we have pointed out that in the scheme of the cloud business, it’s not all that much money, but there is more at stake here than money.
Putting the Pentagon $10B JEDI cloud contract into perspective
There is a belief here that the winner could have an upper hand in other government contracts, that this is an entree into a much bigger pot of money. After all, if you are building the cloud for the Department of Defense and preparing it for a modern approach to computing in a highly secure way, you would be in a pretty good position to argue for other contracts with similar requirements.
In the end, in spite of the protests of the other companies involved, the Pentagon probably got this right. The two finalists are the most qualified to carry out the contract’s requirements. They are the top two cloud infrastructure vendors on the market, although Microsoft is far behind with around 13 or 14 percent marketshare. Amazon is far head with around 33 percent, according to several companies who track such things.
Microsoft in particular has tools and resources that would be very appealing, especially Azure Stack, a mini private version of Azure, that you can stand up anywhere, an approach that would have great appeal to the military, but both companies have experience with government contracts, and both bring strengths and weaknesses to the table. It will undoubtedly be a tough decision.
What each cloud company could bring to the Pentagon’s $10 B JEDI cloud contract
In February, the contract drama took yet another turn when the department reported it was investigating new evidence of conflict of interest by a former Amazon employee, who was involved in the RFP process for a time before returning to the company. Smith reports that the department found no such conflict, but there could be some ethical violations they are looking into.
“The department’s investigation has determined that there is no adverse impact on the integrity of the acquisition process. However, the investigation also uncovered potential ethical violations, which have been further referred to DOD IG,” Smith explained.
The DoD is supposed to announce the winner this month, but the drama has continued non-stop.
Why the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI deal has cloud companies going nuts
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