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Do Lovoo and Ashley Madison use chatbots (“fembots”) to flirt with male customers?

Sites such as Ashley Madison and German dating site Lovoo have been accused of creating and programming fake female profiles to flirt with male customers. Although creating a profile for membership is ...
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Is Stack Exchange the only major network where moderators are democratically elected?

The Stack Exchange 2015 Year in Review blog post claims: After five years of democratically electing moderators, it’s mind blowing that Stack Exchange is still the only major network that embraces ...
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Can mobile phone cell towers be spoofed in ways that allow interception of calls?

There are multiple forms of evidence that people can spoof cell towers and monitor cells. This Forbes article reports a proof of concept that works for 2G technology. This article from The Register ...
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Is it true that online therapy for mental conditions is as good, if not better, as in person? [closed]

I've red a number of articles claiming that online therapy, in particular for mental disorders, is more effective than in person therapy. Though they do site studies, I find this very hard to believe ...
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Does speedtest.net give an unbiased answer? [closed]

Every time I use it, it always seems to give exactly the speed my ISP is advertising +-1%, whereas other services (that actually do something, but happen to report the speed at which they do so) have ...
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Will there be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020?

According to this infographic in an article from BAE, they make the claim that the internet is predicted to have 50 billion non-human users by 2020. Discounting the main purpose of the article, ...
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Are sharks a threat to undersea cables?

Slate published an article recently, titled The Global Internet Is Being Attacked by Sharks, Google Confirms. Despite being catchy and all, most of the references seem to be other news outlets or ...
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Is the Deep Web is orders of magnitude larger than the surface web?

For most internet users, the public web, acessible by search engines like Google is the beginning and the end of the Internet. More saavy users understand that there are large numbers of sites that ...
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Did the Pakistan government accidentally cause YouTube to become unusable in 2008?

From the source of all knowledge On February 22, 2008, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) attempted to block regional access to YouTube following a government order. The attempt ...
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Is US ahead or behind of EU in terms of broadband Internet access?

Today New America Foundation has published a report "The Cost of Connectivity 2013: A comparison of high-speed Internet prices in 24 cities around the world" It has been covered by media, mostly in ...
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How much does an ISP pay for traffic?

The announcement of the german ISP Deutsche Telekom to throttle flatrates in the future, with the lowest limit being 75 GB per month, caused quite a media echo in Germany. One claim from a small ...
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Can the USA turn off the whole internet by deactivating root DNS severs based there?

Drinking with a friend, he told me how his lecturer had revealed to his class that the US can turn off the Internet for the whole world if it wants to, because all of the DNS root servers are there. I ...
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Is the income of the porn industry 50% of the revenues made on the Internet?

Yesterday a friend of mine told me that most of the money which is made in the internet is going to the porn industry. First I didn't believe any word and I was like "Hey, shut up! There is still ...
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Is Internet gambling more harmful than regular gambling?

There is legislation in place in a number of Westernised countries such as the U.S. and Australia that makes certain aspects of gambling over the Internet illegal. One of the major justifications for ...
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Is online dating unsafe?

Is there any evidence to support the common conception that one is more likely to be physically injured when dating someone met online as opposed to someone met "offline"?
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Is the increasing availability of high speed internet pornography reducing sex crime rates?

Some early studies show that the availability of pornography does not increase the rate of sex crimes. Research on pornography has generally been of various types (Tovar, Elias, & Chang, ...
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Do more males than females use the Internet?

Long before the Internet existed, women were computers. (University of Hartford) It's a well-known trope that there are no girls on the Internet. In fact, apparently that is a "rule of the ...
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Is Snopes a “hoax” that is “covering up” for the Obama administration?

Of all the email I get, I don't know why this one bugged me so much. Here is an email accusing Snopes.com of deliberately "lying" and "covering up" for the Obama administration. From the look of it, ...
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Is a kill switch being considered to shut down the internet?

One of my friends has been particularly upset about this. I will try to track down a serious citation of someone making this claim but have been unable to do so. I believe there is a commission or ...