Linked by snydeq on Thu 15th Dec 2011 21:17 UTC
In the News A new study from UCSB finds significant increases in businesses hiring organized shills to push products online. These 'malicious crowd-sourcing systems' enlist dozens or hundreds of professional shills to orchestrate mass account creation, generate bogus ratings, and post canned cut-and-paste positive reviews -- with each 'task' costing between 13 and 70 cents. 'Unscrupulous crowd-sourcing sites, coupled with international payment systems, have enabled a burgeoning crowdturfing market that targets U.S. websites, but is fueled by a global workforce.'
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RE[3]: shilling
by David on Fri 16th Dec 2011 16:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: shilling"
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You've identified a serious schism in the environmentalist community. The old guard still reflexively opposes nuclear power because there's a long and glorious history of opposing nuclear power, and a lot of that is tied up in the fact that nuclear power was always a fig leaf for nuclear weapons (and still is, e.g. Iran). This mindset goes way back to before cimate change was even on the radar.

But there's been an insurgency that's led by a group of "realists" who realize that we're never going to cut back on our energy use, that solar is not going to cut it anytime soon, and that when facing the lesser of two evils, they'll pick new nuclear tech over doing nothing and rolling the dice with climate change. And one of the founders of Greenpeace is in this camp:

It's an interesting philosophical struggle. I myself have come over, with trepidation, into the realist camp.

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