Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Virtual Assets Are Not Community Property [Online Dating for Dummies]

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A marriage based on a shared love of online gaming is just as valid as a normal one, but as one Chinese woman found out, virtual assets accrued during marital bliss aren't divvied up in the divorce.

According to a story in the Beijing Morning Post, a judge has denied a woman's claim that half of the virtual items gathered during their marriage be turned over to her in the divorce settlement. Allegedly the unnamed couple merged their online gaming accounts when they merged houses, both playing characters under an account in the husband's name.

This is never a good idea, no matter how romantic it may sound.

The couple ran into one of the major problems affecting online gaming husbands and wives. When both are gaming, no one is cleaning the house. The next time you strike up a relationship with a man or woman in an online game and imagine sitting happily across from each other in real life, stealing coy glances over the top of your monitors, try to work in the stench of unwashed dishes, unclean bodies, and over-full cat boxes into the daydream. This will better prepare you for MMO marital bliss.

The Chinese couple did not take those factors into account, and now their splitting up, and the husband is keeping the accounts and all the virtual goodies they've gathered together.

The end of any marriage is tragedy, but when your marriage ends and you wind up with nothing but the virtual clothing on your back it's simply devastating, sort of.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

NYTimes: Online Detectives Can Unmask Mr. or Ms. Wrong

From The New York Times:

Online Detectives Can Unmask Mr. or Ms. Wrong

Never mind whether your date is smart or good-looking. How do you know
you aren't flirting with a felon?

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Man of the Year = Rant of the Year [Voices]

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By Nitrozac and Snaggy

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Rogers, Fido offering iPhone unlocks for $50

Bringing this up with your local AT&T rep is liable to get you laughed out of the store, but things are a little different up in Canada where one of the major carriers is now offering an unlock service -- for a fee. If you're on Rogers (or its budget subsidiary, Fido) and you're a customer in good standing with an iPhone that you've previously purchased from them and you're not currently in a contract, you can pay $50 Canadian -- that's $50 US, for those of you not up to speed on current conversion rates -- to have Rogers' customer service reps flip a switch that'll cause the phone to magically unlock the next time you restore it while connected to iTunes. Considering the restrictions, they should probably be offering the service for free, but it's a start.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Oculus AI

Oculus AI has been in the news quite often recently and the media has been praising its capabilities left and right. So, out of curiosity I decided to give it a try and see what it has to offer and how accurate it is.

If you’re in the online dating business then you’ll know that uploaded images that don’t follow site policy can affect the integrity of your site and eventually eat away at potential revenues. Oculusai's service is called AIR (Automated Image Rejection) according to the developers, significantly speeds up the image moderation process. All head shot images that are uploaded onto a site are filtered through the AIR service and automatically rejected if they are hard to distinguish i.e. blurred, partly covered or multiple faced images or if they contain known celebrities or scammers.

According to the rejection reasons, stated below, I uploaded an image that fell in two of the categories and I have placed red arrows next to them:

The photo is of my son, which was at an angle greater than 30 degree and his face was partially covered.

The AIR software did approve the image and I am wondering how accurate it is if I purchase it for my site.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Woman Phones Police to Report Stolen Snowman

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'It ain't a nice road but at the end of the day, you don't expect someone to nick your snowman, know what I mean?' It may sound like a line from a Guy Ritchie film, but it really did happen.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dating Sites Used In Divorce Fights

129656-dating-websiteHERALD SUN - Dec 2 - Warring couples are increasingly using dating site as evidence to prove the time-line of a relationship. This could affect the division of assets. In some cases, people who argued they had been still in the relationship and entitled to assets were revealed to have been listed as single on a dating site. An international research shows that in the US social networks such as Facebook are increasingly involved in divorces. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found most divorce lawyers saw more cases using social media for evidence of cheating. As Australia has a no-fault divorce system, people did not need to prove reasons such as cheating. But the separation date with de facto or same sex couples can, in certain cases, end up being critical to which court - state or federal - divides the assets.

NASA Finds New Life

Click here to read NASA Finds New LifeHours before their special news conference today, the cat is out of the bag: NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living in planet Earth. This changes everything.