I feel like someone is probably thinking up this channel right now, except without the sense of humor. And more ads than humanly possible. (Also: the Craig's List show would be worth its own channel, and I'm torn on the use of a Bob Ross-type character for 4chan.) (CollegeHumor via Geeks Are Sexy)
The New York Times reports on a phenomenon that is becoming more and more common as the average age of Facebook users rises: those times when an algorithm prompts you to reach out and connect with someone who is no longer alive.
Facebook says it has been grappling with how to handle the ghosts in its machine but acknowledges that it has not found a good solution. “It’s a very sensitive topic,” said Meredith Chin, a company spokeswoman, “and, of course, seeing deceased friends pop up can be painful.” Given the site’s size, “and people passing away every day, we’re never going to be perfect at catching it,” she added.This phenomenon is not limited to baby boomers and older. Reading the article became quite eerie when I suddenly remembered that I also have a deceased Facebook friend. Facebook does have a method of dealing with profiles of those who have died, though it needs improving.
Online MBA has a helpful infographic about what is perhaps the Internet's greatest contribution to civilization: making it incredibly easy to find porn. No longer will young people be shoving magazines under mattresses, and that's good, because I'm sure we're all going to be sleeping in zerograv stasis pods any day now. Some of the stats on it surprised us, nevertheless. For example, only 12% of the internet and 8% of all e-mail is porn. We would have guessed a bit higher. See the whole thing below:
We all know the internet is made of cats, but sometimes a reminder is good.
Most of us also know that the series finale of Lost is on tonight.
And so we present to you tremendousnews' recap of Lost as told by cats.
The Supreme Court of Canada has decided to hear an appeal in a lawsuit that wishes to prove that hyperlinking constitutes publication, and that hyperlinkers can be thus be prosecuted for defamation. From the Montreal Gazette:
Vancouver businessman Wayne Crookes... alleges that writer Jon Newton defamed him by linking to reputation-smearing articles in a 2006 post about free speech on his website.And isn't it ironic?
Not even the White House can ignore the power of the Google. TechPresident picked up on this subtle use of phrasing by the White House blog to optimize the SEO of their posts ... in this instance, how to cause them show up higher on Google search results.
Which was something the White House was extra interested in last week when the Internet was afire with health care reform:
Yes, we know Hoover wasn't British.
On Monday, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will announce a four year initiative to go paperless. That is, to make every possible interaction between British citizens and their government into something you can do online.
From the Times:
The aim is that within a year, everybody in the country should have a personalised website through which they would be able to find out about local services and do business with the Government. A unique identifier will allow citizens to apply for a place for their child at school, book a doctor’s appointment, claim benefits, get a new passport, pay council tax or register a car from their computer at home.
The savings on paper, postage, and physical government offices are expected to be in the billions.
As we all know, the internet is 90% cats. Here is one of them. It plays a little drum, and it dances a bit. Mostly it plays a keyboard. We suppose that would make it a keyboard cat. But not the first keyboard cat. A second keyboard cat.
Accompany our exit with a musical selection, piano feline!
We went to the library this week with one goal in mind: Check out a copy of The Divine Comedy so that we could read it and feel intellectually, nay, morally superior to anyone playing Dante's Inferno. We sort of felt conflicted about making fun of it, since we'd never read the source material, either.
Well, the library only had one copy, and it was checked out. So all we have to offer you is Dante's Internet, from No Cats on the Blog.
Complete picture after the jump.
Maybe you've seen this before, but it sure slipped by us. Benny Hillifier is a website that will take your regular old workaday YouTube video, mute it, and, with the sure touch of a lifelong craftsman, lovingly apply the Benny Hill Theme to it. Et voila.