WangScript has long had a reputation as a key script for Internet Relay Chat. So it stands to reason that its author "Wang" is certainly no tech newbie. Just today, Slash-dotter kdawson made a post in which fellow Slash-dotter jehnx links to a two-month-old Wang post about what Wang calls lies that Comcast told his wife about the quality of Vonage service. Here's Wang's post: Today my wife received a phone call from a Comcast representative who had called to promote their new 'Comcast Digital Voice' service. For those who aren't familiar, Comcast Digital Voice is Comcasts' new VOIP service which they have released to compete with Vonage, skype, etc. Ordinarily, we don't mind Comcast calling us from time to time with new offers (we are existing Comcast Cable/Internet customers) - but this call was different. This call left us feeling incredibly annoyed with Comcast. Why? Because Comcast told us LIE after LIE to try and convince us that we should sign up to Comcast … [Read more...] about Famed scripter: Comcast lied to my wife about Vonage
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I’m putting the liars on notice. The most underappreciated application for the combination of augmented reality (A.R.) and artificial intelligence (A.I.) is persistent lie detection. Smartphones and smart glasses will soon support apps that show you in real time whether the person you’re talking to is telling the truth or lying. Imagine how that will affect business meetings, sales presentations, job interviews and department status updates. (Not to mention political speech. Some 35 years ago, late-night talk show host Johnny Carson imagined what it would be like if politicians were hooked up to lie detectors.) Soon, you won’t have to imagine it. There will be an app for that. Old-fashioned lie detectors, called polygraphs, track blood pressure, breathing and other physiological metrics to gauge stress levels during questioning. The administrator of a polygraph asks questions to determine a baseline response, then watches for signs of stress with additional … [Read more...] about Will augmented reality make lying obsolete?
Mike Elgan uncovers a massive lies-for-sale industry in the mobile and social networking world.Lately, I've heard a lot about a new website that shows what percentage of someone's Twitter followers are "fake," "inactive" and "good."If the Fake Follower Check site is accurate, some of the biggest Twitter users, including President Obama, Lady GaGa and Justin Bieber, have thousands or even millions of "followers" who aren't real people.I've been looking into this phenomenon, and I've been shocked by what I've found. There is, apparently, a massive lies-for-sale industry made up of services that either offer tools to help people lie, or tell lies directly on behalf of their customers. Popularity liesHow much does it cost to fake popularity? On the cheap side, you can buy 1,000 Twitter followers for $14 on a site called InterTwitter; 5,000 followers cost $43; 100,000 cost $487.Followers are even cheaper on FanMeNow, where you can buy 1,000 followers for $10 -- or 1 million for … [Read more...] about Software that lies (so you don’t have to!)
We all lie to ourselves. Why, I don't know. Guess self-delusion is part of the human condition, whatever that means. I'm sure a relatively competent shrink can explain it, but who needs all that psychobabble, right?What got me thinking about this was someone on Michael Finney's consumer watchdog radio show explaining five lies people tell themselves so they can buy stuff they can't afford: I could have bought something more expensive so I'm actually saving money, it's an investment, I deserve it because something good happened, I'm comforting myself because something bad happened, that sort of thing.Here's the problem. Usually when we lie to ourselves we're hurting only ourselves; worst case, our families. But with managers, it's a whole different ballgame. When managers lie to themselves they can hurt a lot of people. The bigger the title, the more people they can hurt. CEOs can hurt shareholders, employees, and customers by the thousands. Hell, they can take down a whole company. … [Read more...] about 10 lies managers tell themselves
Now it can be said -- Robert Griffin III's fallout with former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was a very emotional one for the Washington quarterback. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock No less than RGIII himself described the said fallout with Shanahan as "heartbreaking" in a Sept. 2 featured piece written by Bleacher Report's Les Carpenter: "The first step in rebuilding RG3 was to mend a broken heart. "For all the flash and dazzle and public bravado, Robert Griffin III is a sensitive young man barely two years removed from the protective cocoon of Baylor, his nearby Texas hometown of Copperas Cove and the Sunday night hair-braiding sessions with his mother Jackie they called 'mommy time.' He longs to be liked. And last fall's divorce from Redskins coach Mike Shanahan tore a hole inside him far from damaging than the shredded knee in the 2012 playoffs that seemed to ignite their breakup. "He grew up admiring Shanahan, then the ruddy, … [Read more...] about Mike Shanahan Fallout Was ‘Heartbreaking,’ Per RGIII
Lying is a slippery slope. Once you start telling a lie, your brain gets used to it and encourages you to tell even bigger lies in the future, new research reveals. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Luvabella in Stock That’s probably a reason why liars not feel ashamed and keeps on lying.The study published in Nature Neuroscience reveals for the first time how we gradually get so conformable with lying and how our brains adapt to dishonesty. To see the effects of repeated lying on brains, researchers involved 80 participants and asked them to advise a second person about how many pennies were in a glass jar. They were promised to give different incentives based on different scenarios. For instance, participants were told that they would benefit from overestimating the number of coins and lying to their partners.Meanwhile, researchers used scanners to monitor the brain activity of the participants, particularly of amygdale, a part of the brain associated with emotional … [Read more...] about Small Lies Lead To Bigger Lies, Study Finds
The green movement is here to stay and for small business owners that means finding ways to implement green technologies or risk losing clients and sales to companies that do. Daniel Esty is the chairman of Esty Environmental Partners, a professor at Yale University and Director of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale. He is also the co-author of “The Green to Gold Business Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function” (Wiley, April 2011). He tells BusinessNewsDaily why it’s more important than ever for companies to focus on the environment and what it was like to advice the Obama campaign on environmental issues. BusinessNewsDaily: For businesses to have continued success in today’s environment has going green gone from being an option to being essential? Daniel Esty: A focus on environment and sustainability has become a business imperative. Every company whether large or small, whether … [Read more...] about Get Your Green On: An Obama Advisor Tells You How
Machine learning is a brand new world unto itself. It has allowed computers to find out a person’s age, count the calories in a food item and even take over one’s occupation. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Scientists at the University of Michigan have taken to using this thing called machine learning to detect lies. Testimonies from real life court cases were employed in the sequences. The machines were used to decipher whether a person was telling a lie or not. The machine learning used both the words and the gesticulations the person made while lying. The surprising thing was that the computer software was accurate 75% of the time as far as pinpointing fibs was concerned.But human beings were accurate only 50% of the time. This is quite an achievement for artificial intelligence. In order to spot the Pinocchios among the lot, the machine honed in on various behaviors and styles of speaking.Eye contact, confident tone of voice and … [Read more...] about Lie Detector Software Uses Data From Real Court Cases
It appears many employees abide by the belief that a little white lie never hurt anyone. From embellishing how often they contact their clients to failing to say anything when other people's ideas just aren't going to work, employees lie or withhold information from their supervisors on a regular basis, according to a variety of workplace experts. It is important for managers to know that while trusting your employees' words is essential to a positive working relationship, there are times when workers aren't being as forthright as they could be. Here are seven things employees have been known to lie about to their superiors. Good ideas Kathi Elster, an executive coach and president of the management consulting firm K Squared Enterprises, said employees will often tell their bosses that they came up with a great idea for an upcoming project, when the idea actually came straight from a coworker. [10 Secrets Every Boss Should Keep] "Many people take credit for someone else's ideas," … [Read more...] about 7 Things Workers Lie About
Workers are more likely to view resume lies regarding their education more seriously than those about their skills and work background, according to the study from Hloom, a provider of resume templates and samples. "People find lies about education fairly serious, while fabrications about specific skills are deemed more harmless," the study's authors wrote. The survey respondents said that lying about which college you attended is the most serious lie that job seekers can make on their résumés. Fibbing about an academic degree, foreign language fluency, college major and grade point average were also ranked among the six most serious résumé lies. The study found that the most innocent lie employees could tell on a resume was not being truthful about when they graduated college. Many of the other resume embellishments viewed as somewhat trivial are related to skills. Communication, research, presentation and computer skills were ranked among the 11 least serious … [Read more...] about Little White Resume Lies: Which Ones Are the Worst?