Spotting fake reviews, take it from me this is the best hotel

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011

A Cornell University team is developing algorithms that can help detect fake reviews that are posted online for goods and services such as books and hotels.

So the team developed an algorithm to distinguish fake from real, which worked about 90 percent of the time. The fakes tended to be a narrative talking about their experience at the hotel using a lot of superlatives, but they were not very good on description. Naturally: They had never been there. Instead, they talked about why they were in Chicago. They also used words like “I” and “me” more frequently, as if to underline their own credibility.

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The best picture wins Best Picture award at this year’s Oscars

Wednesday, 10 March, 2010

From Roger Ebert’s wrap up of this year’s Oscars:

In what was expected to be a close race, “The Hurt Locker” took an early 4-3 lead and then pounded home with the best director and picture Oscars for a total of six. Its best film editing award correctly predicted the best picture winner, as it historically does. The three wins for “Avatar” came in the technical categories, as expected, including cinematography – not expected, since so much of the film was created inside computers.

“Avatar” was a great movie, but it really only stunned with its technical wizardry. “The Hurt Locker”, which – in comparison – couldn’t have more a low-tech in production, was something else all together though.

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Scrutinizing the XO (OLPC) user experience

Friday, 22 February, 2008

Scrutinizing the XO (OLPC) user experience

Cameron Moll reviews the One Laptop per Child, or OLPC “XO” computer:

It’s as intriguing as an iPhone. And by that I mean, whenever I pull it out, it seems to draw a crowd. Those who’ve heard of it are excited to see it. Those who haven’t assume I’m carrying a Fisher Price toy but quickly show interest once they discover I’m toting a full-featured laptop.

Actually the good news comes first, as Cameron also encountered a few drawbacks with the machine, and the whether the $100 price tag will be enough for users to see their way clear of the cons remains to be seen.

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Apple MacBook Air Review

Tuesday, 12 February, 2008

Apple MacBook Air Review

Simon Tsang manages to break the spell of the MacBook Air cast by Steve Jobs for long enough to write an objective appraisal of the thinest laptop yet seen.

Few would argue that the Air is the sexiest notebook ever built – it’s the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie of laptops. It appeals to both sexes equally and elicits the same gasps of shock, marvel and delight from either gender. Think I’m exaggerating? Just watch anyone’s reaction upon seeing the Air for the first time in the metal. Average Joe would be able to resist stroking its anodised aluminium surface only for about two nanoseconds.

While the $2,500 price tag, and the three and a half stars out five rating, tell a lot of the story, it is, quite literally, the sexy allure of the Air that keeps the true believers under the Jobs spell however.

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