‘He works much harder than people think’ – Wenger defends under-fire Arsenal ace

first_img1 Mesut Ozil in action for Arsenal Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Mesut Ozil following criticism of the midfielder’s work rate.The German midfielder came under-fire after producing a lacklustre display in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.Ozil has been accused of being lazy, with footage of him walking around the pitch angering fans, and his mentality in big games has been questioned.But Wenger has given his backing to the 28-year-old, labelling him a ‘big player’ and insisting he is committed to the team.“To be absolutely fair I did not hear or listen to all the criticism we got after the game; but we have to accept that and live with that,” said Wenger.“People analyse and have their opinion, it’s normal and we have to respond.“Mesut Ozil is a big player, and the big players always respond to criticism on the pitch.“I don’t give him any leeway when the team doesn’t have possession. He has to do his job like anyone else.“His main strengths are when we have the ball, and he suffers more when we don’t have the ball.“He suffered more at City because we didn’t have enough of the ball. But unfortunately if you want the ball you have to win it back.“He is a guy who works much harder than people think, his body language goes against him at times.“It’s true we do tend to win the ball back high up the pitch, but where we had a deficit at City was winning the ball in the middle of the pitch.”Wenger confirmed Arsenal will train on Christmas Day, admitting that he will be unable to stop thinking about football despite any festivities.“We will practice and that night we go to the hotel to prepare,” said Wenger of Arsenal’s Christmas Day plans.“Like every manager I suffer when we don’t win the game. In your mind you have the next game, and we know it’s a game of big importance, so we cannot simply switch off, it’s impossible.”last_img read more

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk Used for Fraudulent Activities

first_imgTags:#Features#Trends#web Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has fallen prey to social media spammers and it is now full of requests to spam bookmarking services for pennies per link. Although these HITs may stop short of being “fraud” in the legal sense of the word, they are certainly dishonest and unsavory. In addition to these spam bookmarking requests, we’re also seeing HITs for Diggs, Stumbles, Slashdots, etc. of spammers’ web pages and web sites.In case you’re unfamiliar, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourced marketplace for tasks. A person needing work done can set up a HIT (human intelligence task) – the small job they need done. Others come along to perform the HITs, earning micro payments along the way. In this way, businesses, developers, and other individuals have access to an affordable, scalable workforceThe Dark Side to Mechanical TurkUnfortunately, it appears that the convenience of the Turk marketplace has some appeal to social media spammers, who are now using the site to earn Diggs, bookmarks, and other social recommendations they do not deserve. Here’s an example: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perez A search for “bookmark” on MT today displays 48 results (at the time of writing) where spammers are requesting social bookmarking of their web site. Search for “digg” and you’ll find people paying for Diggs. Of course, whenever there is a system in place (like social media) that can help drive traffic to a web site, there will be those people who use it to generate traffic for their spam sites. But why are they able to use Amazon Mechanical Turk to do so? Shouldn’t Amazon police the Turk to shut down these spam accounts? Mechanical Turk Still Has Promise, Despite SpammersHowever, this doesn’t mean that Mechanical Turk doesn’t hold any value – it’s still an innovative and useful tool for many. In fact, members of the HCI community (Human Computer Interaction) have begun to use Turk for userresearch studies with great success. This work has inspired others like open source advocate, Chris Messina, to do the same. He plans to use Turk for usability studies on OpenID and OAuth. Since the HITs are spread out among many, the cost of performing these studies is greatly reduced. Being able to crowdsource research is a great way that MT can be used today, and one that will have a big impact on the future, too. Thanks to Brynn Evans, a graduate student in the Department of Cognitive Science at University of California, San Diego for discovering this and thanks to open source advocate Chris Messina for sending it along to us.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Photo courtesy of Brynn EvansAnyone who uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has no doubt come across similar HITs posted by spammers. For example, this guy is requesting someone create 29 social bookmark accounts from 29 sites: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

It’s Time for Another Online Privacy Checkup

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dave copeland Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#privacy#web Call us paranoid, but we’re always looking for ways to preserve our privacy on the Internet. And, increasingly, most of those efforts center on the two biggest Internet destinations for most users: Facebook and Google. Love it or hate it, it’s hard to be an online denizen these days without interacting with at least one (and most likely both) of the Internet giants. We’ve spent the past few days scouring the Internet and have found tips – some old, but most new – on how to give yourself a sense of security when using both services. Get Yourself Out of Google StreetviewThe FCC hit Google with a $25,000 fine over how it collects data for its Streetview maps. Small money for Google, but big news for people who used this round of stories as inspiration to look up their own homes and find out they didn’t necessarily like what they saw.Google says its software automatically blurs images containing license plates and people’s faces, but like any software program, it doesn’t always work. And you may find other images that are revealing or just plain unflattering. Fortunately, PBS Newshour has a step-by-step primer on how to alert Google to those images and ask for them to be edited or removed.Check Your Facebook Privacy Settings – AgainIf you use a task management program like ToodleDoo or a calendar program like Google Calendar, it makes sense to put a recurring reminder in to check your Facebook privacy settings regularly. The reality is Facebook changes its user terms on a regular basis in a constant bid to open up your account and increase the amount of information you share (both knowingly and unknowingly), and we’re not so sure an FTC consent decree will curb that practice entirely. We’ve given up on crying foul every time these policies change: It’s just a fact of life on the world’s biggest social network.Facecrooks, a site the deals exclusively in using Facebook securely, has just released one of the best comprehensive guides for locking down your Facebook accounts. Follow each step, and you’ll be as secure as you can possibly be on Facebook. But even the implementation of the tips that suit you on a case-by-case basis is worth considering.Some of our favorite suggestions from the guide:Use a dedicated email address for Facebook.Don’t allow subscribers.Enable login notifications so you know when someone has accessed your account.Avoid posting information such as your birthdate, your home and mobile phone numbers and your street address.Always log out of Facebook after you finish your session.Spend Some Time Taking the “Eazy” Way OutPC World has a glowing review of Priveazy, which bills itself as a personal online privacy and safety consultant. Companies such as Facebook and Google hope we’ll give up on trying to “untangle the privacy knot,” but Priveazy, with online tutorials, quizzes and security checkups, aims to make the process of protecting online privacy, well, easy.As PC World points out, the tool may be “a bit too simplistic” for geeks and people who “just eat and breathe Internet privacy issues.” For the rest of us, however, it may be time well spent.last_img read more

Prosecution appeal against Oscar Pistorius verdict accepted

first_imgIn this Oct, 2014 file photo, Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in court in Pretoria South Africa. Photo: APOscar Pistorius again faces the possibility of a murder conviction after a South African judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors can appeal against the double-amputee Olympian’s conviction on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.The sensational case will go to the Supreme Court of Appeal, which will review the murder trial of Pistorius, who fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the closed door of a toilet cubicle on Valentine’s Day last year.Judge Thokozile Masipa, who convicted Pistorius and sentenced him to five years in jail, acknowledged that chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel had raised legitimate “questions of law” that should be studied by the appeals court.”This might have a practical effect” on the conviction, Masipa said.”We note the finding of the court and abide by the ruling,” Pistorius’ family said in a statement.Pistorius could face a minimum of 15 years in prison if the appeals court overturns the culpable homicide conviction and raises it to a murder conviction.Under his current sentence, Pistorius could be released from prison and placed under house arrest after serving 10 months, or one-sixth of his sentence. It is unclear whether the appeals court will have ruled on his case within 10 months.Nathi Mncube, the prosecution spokesman, said he hopes the appeal will be “expedited,” but acknowledged that the process can take a long time.”We’re happy,” Mncube told journalists.The approval of an appeal represented a victory for South African prosecutors who had been disappointed that Pistorius was acquitted of murder.advertisementIn another disappointment for the state, British businessman Shrien Dewani left South Africa on Tuesday after being acquitted of the murder of his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.The appeals court has panels of three or five judges and does not meet again until Feb. 15, according to the website of the court, which is based in the South African city of Bloemfontein. Decisions are based on the opinion of a majority of judges.”Witnesses do not appear before the court, and the parties need not be present during the hearing of an appeal. A written judgment is usually handed down shortly after the argument,” the court’s website says.In arguing for an appeal, the prosecution said Judge Masipa incorrectly interpreted a legal principle. Under that principle, a person should be found guilty of murder if he foresaw the possibility of a person dying because of his actions, and went ahead with those actions anyway.While approving an appeal against her own verdict, Masipa rejected the prosecution’s argument for an appeal of the sentence for culpable homicide. Prosecutors had said it was too lenient.In any case, if the appeals court finds Pistorius guilty of murder, the sentence would automatically be raised to match the severity of the crime.Pistorius said he thought a dangerous intruder was in the house when he killed Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV star; prosecutors allege he killed his girlfriend after an argument.Pistorius’ legs were amputated below the knees when he was 11 months old because he was born without fibula bones due to a congenital defect. However, he grew up playing sports with prosthetics. The sight of Pistorius racing at the London Olympics on carbon-fiber blades was one of the enduring and inspirational images of the 2012 games.last_img read more