Noise in LinkedIn versus Stackoverflow

The internet is huge dump ground full of knowledge and knowhow sharing. A market and meeting place. Given the trillions of websites one must be selective where you spend your time. Certainly StackOverflow is good investement (both to query and to answer).

You ever noticed that you pretty much dont see any jam postings on StackOverflow ?
I also joined LinkedIn (already a few years back) and I still dont understand how many so-called professional groups get flooded with rubbish postings, usually offering jobs where you earn a bomb by filling out surveys and other nonsense. Not sure why either LinkedIn is not capable to sort this out or the group owners let anyone in even without any profile.

For the fun of it (internet forensic for starters)I did a little background check on one of this postings. Quite often posted by someone without public profile, always a woman with a attractive looking profile picture and some fancy names (Cindy H., Evelyn P.,..). The URL in the posting are usually dating sites or other drive surf-by virus sites. You can backtrack an image and check with TinEye where the image is used in the web. I did it with a person called Jessica P. and put the image link into TinEye. It leads to Ukrainian Dating Site. Her name is Irina from Yalta and she is interested in dancing, swimming, shaping, aerobics, travelling. What would she do in an IT forum ? Supposedly she work as a translator. I suspect even this is fake. Anyway you can do the same with these 2..3 simple steps. Continue reading

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Android Investigations (3)

You remember my recent ranting about the noise ratio in the market, with same apps showing up hundred’s of times ? I checked further on “Boost The Cat” and obviously our friend with 8 different names/pseudonyms submits the exact same app 30 times in each account. You will 250 versions of Boost the Cat ! Hoping for users to click the Google ads in the app. If only 10 users a day click the approach proofs him right and the noise level in the market will increase more.
The guy is uploading the same app as update every day, you will always find it under “Just in”.

Boost The Cat Spam

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Android Market Spam

I totally DO NOT favor Apple’s strategy with their censorship style 110% control of application and content that runs on their proprietary devices like iPad and iPhone ! But it seems with the Android market we are approaching the other end, total freedom and no control which opens eventually the floodgates for spam, trash applications or trojan horses. Here one sample, I observe some trashy girls pics applications showing up regularly in the Software Library section, obviously the guy keep on re-submitting into application areas with little traffic. Its not one but dozens of them, soon there will be so much of this stuff. And can you explain to me why an application that does nothing but showing pictures need to have access to your location, phone calls and Internet connection ?

Android Market Trash

PIcture Display with lots of access rights