2016年3月2日 星期三

sham, bots, unnerving, bogus, shape up, Googlebot, knowbot,



“Today’s decision means our entire fraud case can move forward,” Schneiderman said. “We look forward to demonstrating in a court of law that Donald Trump and his sham for-profit college defrauded more than 5,000 consumers out of millions of dollars.”

A New York court on Tuesday refused to throw out a fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump over Trump University, his former school for real estate…
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Google's artificial intelligence bot thinks the purpose of life is 'to live forever'
Some of the other answers by the bot:
Human: What is the purpose of life?
Machine: To serve the greater good.
Human: What is immoral?
Machine: The fact that you have a child.




The responses were alternately impressive, amusing, and unnerving.
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The big reason for the Scottish Nationalist Party's surge is the party’s success in propagating a view that Scotland is fundamentally different from the rest of the United Kingdom. They claim that it is more socially liberal, greener, and far more left-wing. That is bogus. Poll after poll shows that on almost any conceivable issue, including the ideal role and size of the state, Scots are little different from other Britons. And despite claiming to be a more “progressive” party than Labour, in Scotland the SNP has overseen cuts to funding for hospitals and schools http://econ.st/1PtYBbX





China has confirmed its pledge to allow Hong Kong residents to elect their chief executive. But pro-democracy activists dismissed this as "sham" democracy because Beijing would be able to screen candidates in advance.


A new immigration bill passed its second reading in Britain's House of Commons on October 22nd. This will oblige landlords and doctors to check the immigration status of their tenants and patients, make it harder for illegal immigrants to obtain bank accounts and driving licences and crack down harder on sham marriages http://econ.st/1dnM4Zc



漫畫來源: Ted Goff



unnerve
ʌnˈnəːv/
verb
gerund or present participle: unnerving
  1. make (someone) lose courage or confidence.
    "an unnerving experience"




Hamburg celebrates bogus harbor anniversary

Hamburg is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the 820th anniversary of
its famous harbor. Everyone now knows that the date is a historical sham,
but that hasn't put a damper on the festivities.

The DW-WORLD Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ew0svrI44va89pI0

sham

Syllabification: (sham)
Pronunciation: /SHam/
noun




  • 1a thing that is not what it is purported to be:the proposed legislation is a farce and a sham
  • pretense:it all turned out to be sham and hypocrisy
  • a person who pretends to be someone or something they are not:he was a sham, totally unqualified for his job as a senior doctor

adjective

  • bogus; false:a clergyman who arranged a sham marriage

verb (shams, shamming, shammed)

[no object]
  • falsely present something as the truth:was he ill or was he shamming?
  • [with object] pretend to be or to be experiencing:she shams indifference





Derivatives







shammer

noun

Origin:

late 17th century: perhaps a northern English dialect variant of the noun shame

today's papers
Inside the Crackdown
By Ben Whitford
Posted Saturday, July 5, 2008, at 6:05 AM ET The Washington Post leads with an inside account of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's brutal crackdown in the aftermath of his apparent defeat in the country's March election. Based on minutes from Cabinet-level meetings and interviews with participants the Post reports that the Zimbabwean leader had initially been willing to step down, but was persuaded by his military chief to remain in power, forcing a bogus run-off election and mounting a campaign of violence against opposition supporters.




pammers Ramp up Siege on Google's Blogger via Bots
PC World - USA
Spammers are using an automated method to create bogus pages on Google's Blogger service, again highlighting the diminishing effectiveness of a security ...

Google's translation center: Language lessons for the Googlebot?


googlebot為 Google公司用來探索 建索引之bot 軟體


BOT

also bott n.
  1. The parasitic larva of a botfly.
  2. bots (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A disease of mammals, especially cattle and horses, caused by infestation of the stomach or intestines with botfly larvae.
[Middle English, probably of Low German origin.]

bot2 (bŏt) pronunciation
n.
A software program that imitates the behavior of a human, as by querying search engines or participating in chatroom or IRC discussions.
[Short for ROBOT.]
1. Simple computer program used to perform highly repetitive operations, e.g. trawling websites to collect email addresses.

2. Computer program run concurrently with an online game to give the player an unfair advantage. Bots may alter the game environment, boost the abilities of the player's character or hinder opponents. Writing bots requires a great deal of skill; using them almost none.
"So you're using an aimbot... and he's using an aimbot... if you're both going to cheat, why bother to play?"
"Just to show that I cheat better than him."

knowbot

(′nō′bät)
(computer science) A program which, when given a request, searches and retrieves information on the Internet. Also known as intelligent agent, knowledge robot.


(KNOWledge roBOT) A Unix-based system for software agents that roam a distributed network, such as the Internet, in order to gather or distribute information. Developed by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, Reston, VA (www.cnri.reston.va.us) and written in Python, the Knowbot Operating System is server software that hosts and interacts with the Knowbot mobile agents.

A knowbot is a kind of bot that collects information by automatically gathering certain specified information from web sites.

See also

knowbot is knowledge robot

bogus  
adjective
false, not real or not legal:
On investigation, his claim was found to be bogus.
She produced some bogus documents to support her application.




'Shape-ups' shoemaker fined $40 million; FTC cites bogus fitness claims

By Todd Sperry, CNN
May 17, 2012 -- Updated 0529 GMT (1329 HKT)
Skechers agrees to pay a $40 million fine over
Skechers agrees to pay a $40 million fine over "unfounded claims" about its Shape-ups shoes, the FTC says.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • FTC official: Skechers' claims "went beyond stronger and more toned muscles"
  • They also said shoes would help "weight loss and cardiovascular health," official says
  • Customers who bought Skechers "toning" shoes will be eligible for refunds
  • Sales of toning footwear approached $1 billion industrywide in 2010, FTC says
Washington (CNN) -- For overweight Americans, and those looking for a healthier lifestyle, the claim was almost too good to be true -- wear Skechers Shape-ups footwear and watch the pounds melt away. At a news conference Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission said the shoemaker's claims weren't true and alleged Skechers violated federal law by misleading consumers.
According to the FTC, Skechers agreed to pay a hefty $40 million fine to settle charges the California-based company deceived consumers by making "unfounded claims that Shape-ups would help people lose weight, and strengthen and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles."
The company enlisted high-profile celebrities Kim Kardashian and Brooke Burke to sell the shoes.
Besides Shape-ups, Skechers also made deceptive claims about other products including Resistance Runner, Toners and Tone-up shoes, the FTC alleges.

Stars don't get how 'Shape-ups' work
"Skechers' unfounded claims went beyond stronger and more toned muscles. The company even made claims about weight loss and cardiovascular health," said David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
As part of the settlement, customers who bought Skechers "toning" shoes will be eligible for refunds either directly from the FTC or through a court-approved class-action lawsuit, officials said.
Wednesday's announcement was the culmination of a months-long investigation involving the FTC and attorneys general from 44 states and the District of Columbia.
FTC officials highlighted a Skechers television ad featuring the endorsement of chiropractor Dr. Steven Gautreau. In the ad, Gautreau cited an "independent" clinical study he conducted testing the shoes' benefits.
The FTC said the study results Gautreau promoted weren't factual, and alleged the company hid the fact that Gautreau is married to a Skechers marketing executive. The FTC also said Gautreau was compensated for his endorsement, which wasn't made clear in the commercial.
Skechers introduced Shape-ups in 2009, and sales peaked a year later. The FTC called Skechers an industry leader in the booming business of toning footwear. Estimated sales were close to $1 billion industrywide in 2010, the FTC said. The toning shoes Skechers sold cost between $60 and $100 a pair.
As part of an expensive campaign to promote the fitness benefits of Shape-ups, the company unveiled a scantly dressed Kim Kardashian peddling the shoes during the Super Bowl in 2011.
Brooke Burke's ads claimed the shoes would help improve her cousin's posture, mother's legs and give her brother a tighter core. Additionally, Burke's ad told consumers "the newest way to burn calories and tone and strengthen muscles was to tie their Shape-up shoe laces," the FTC said.
"The FTC's message, for Skechers and other national advertisers, is to shape up your substantiation or tone down your claims," Vladeck said.
Under the FTC's settlement, the company is barred from any advertising making similar claims unless it's backed up by scientific evidence.
What Skechers plans to do with the Shape-ups brand remains to be seen. An ad featuring Burke touting "the next generation of Shape-ups" remained on the company's website Wednesday morning.
According to the FTC, the commission files a complaint when it has "reason to believe" that the law has been or is being violated. The FTC says despite Skechers agreement to pay a fine, the complaint is not a court ruling or an admission that the company violated any law.




sham

Syllabification: (sham)
Pronunciation: /SHam/
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noun

  • 1a thing that is not what it is purported to be:the proposed legislation is a farce and a sham
  • pretense:it all turned out to be sham and hypocrisy
  • a person who pretends to be someone or something they are not:he was a sham, totally unqualified for his job as a senior doctor

adjective

  • bogus; false:a clergyman who arranged a sham marriage

verb (shams, shamming, shammed)

[no object]
  • falsely present something as the truth:was he ill or was he shamming?
  • [with object] pretend to be or to be experiencing:she shams indifference





Derivatives

shammer
noun

Origin:

late 17th century: perhaps a northern English dialect variant of the noun shame


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