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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 12:46

How to battle the Chinese Water army

Written by Nick Farell

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Battle of the spammers

A Chinese bloke from Canada has been infiltrating the Chinese water army to find out what makes it tick.

Cheng Chen at the University of Victoria in Canada and a few of his mates had been investigating how the water army, which floods websites with spam works. He wanted to use what he learnt to spot paid posters automatically.

Soldiers in the Water Army are given a task to register on a website and then to start generating content in the form of posts, articles, links to websites and videos. The content is pre-prepared or the posters receive detailed instructions on the type of things they can say. The soldiers are monitored by a QA team who check that posts t a certain 'quality' threshold. A post would not be validated if it is deleted by the host.

Cheng studied the pattern of posts that appeared on a couple of big Chinese websites: Sina.com and Sohu.com and then he went through identifying those they believed were from paid posters and then set about looking for patterns in their behaviour that can differentiate them from legitimate users. Paid posters tend to post more new comments than replies to other comments. They also post more often with half posting every 2.5 minutes on average. They also move on from a discussion more quickly than legitimate users, dumping their IDs and never using them again. Content is different because they are paid by the volume and so often take shortcuts, cutting and pasting the same content many times.

Cheng built some software to look for repetitions and similarities in messages as well as the other behaviours they'd identified. They then tested it on the dataset they'd downloaded from Sina and Sohu and found it to be remarkably good, with an accuracy of 88 per cent in spotting paid posters." They think they have the basis of a software package that will weed out a significant fraction of paid posters.

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Nick Farell

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0 #1 coolant 2011-11-23 14:40
Humans are all the same because it is culture which binds and not blood, race, nor nationality. By the same token, colour is also skin deep because Love and Hate are uinversal concepts. A human is destroyed through his lack of realisation of how he is truly infrastructured . An entity is constructed from the complement of his Potential/Goal-Keeping and his Kinetic/Goal-Scoring. As all veteran gamblers know, a good Strike Rate/Greed is nothing without Money Management/Fear and as all the starry-eyed and addicted have learnt, without fear, you’ll soon lose all your money.
 
 
0 #2 coolant 2011-11-23 14:41
If the above is true, and it is blue, before we can strike out/judge others, we have to erect our defence first/judge one-self. Once a human, who is an energy system, reacts/engages with another, there will be an energy exchange with the higher energy always losing to the lower. Those with their brains still intact will realise that “lower” here means those who are destructive to others. All the “Right-sided” aspects, those of “Activity”/Aggression are like an accelerator. A car hurtling round a coliseum circuit is nothing without a brake - unless there are no obstacles in front of it.
 
 
0 #3 coolant 2011-11-23 14:43
The above are Simplicities that Elude because most have yet to touched upon their reality. Most humans are actually existing in a hypnotic state. Having thoughts does not mean one is free because thoughts, in truth/reality, are not us, they are our past and/or our future - aspects that are not real. Thoughts are actually the pathways to the destination but they become littered with traps when a human assumes his Self/Attention as his identity - one’s name and/or deed. To damage and then to destroy a human is through his Attention but then, what is The Attention?
 
 
0 #4 coolant 2011-11-23 14:44
The above then is lack of Depth within Humanity and when the Sensibility is lacking, it is replaced with Width - mere Sense - and those whose faith is in their very limited self then becomes over-burdened with their extremes [of the past and their future, oka imaginations]. As Nature have alluded-to through bats, you might have an extended auditory bandwidth but without being able to perceive music, all the sounds you’ll be hearing are only noise. Another Simplicity which Eludes. When noise is all there is, you’ll be making up the music except that it is not really music but a jumbled mess of noise, like “The Chinese”.
 

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