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Are there any official studies to support Cunningham's Law? [closed]

Cunningham's Law: "The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it’s to post the wrong answer." From Ward Cunningham's Wikipedia page: According to Steven ...
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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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Do BT routers secretly connect to a NSA/GHCQ network?

Today I was pointed at this document which claims, among other things, that the secret agencies perform man-in-the-middle attacks by using a second network connection established by the home router. ...
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Trolling and young people

There seems often to be an implicit assumption in the minds of many people that most trolls are children or teenagers or generally in the younger demographics. Such as this unsourced claim on this ...
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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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Do all Wikipedia articles lead to Philosophy?

Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article text not in parenthesis or italics, and then repeat, you will eventually end up at "Philosophy". - Randall ...
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If something happens “on the internet”, in which country does it happen? [closed]

German Minister of the Interior Hans-Peter Friedrich declared, he is investigating whether the US PRISM program has performed law-breaking action "on German ground". Therefore, I'd like to raise the ...
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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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Does Google Drive secretly save all my stuff? [closed]

When I delete (delete, not trash) a file from my Google Drive, does Google secretly keep an archive of it? Even if it is an archive that I cannot access.
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Does United States have no technology to allow Internet voting in a secure way?

In 2011, nearly a quarter (24.3%) of participating voters in Estonia cast their ballot by remote electronic voting (that is, on their computer/phone/tablet via the Internet). Several larger ...
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Is Khan Academy effective at teaching?

For a research project I've decided to look at the merits of teaching through video compared to teaching through the medium of a lecture. This lead me to Khan Academy, a website launched in 2006 with ...
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Now that Facebook is a PLC does this change the privacy of your profile contents [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the trending Facebook “privacy notice” necessary and/or effective? I have noticed several people posts a boilerplate notice on their Facebook wall as fallows: To ...
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Do Facebook and email have “wide ranging biological effects” and potentially cause cancer?

From the Daily Mirror: Social networking sites such as Facebook could raise your risk of serious health problems by reducing levels of face-to-face contact, a doctor claims. Emailing people ...
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Is GoDaddy covering up hacking downtime by claiming personal responsibility?

In the past couple of days I received a "we're sorry" email from GoDaddy. In which the tone was quite apologetic as if the cause of the recent downtime was their fault. The service outage was due ...
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Is posting my bank account number online unsafe?

With a credit-card number, validity date and CVV-code, people can make purchases, so this information should be strictly protected. But if I post my bank account details online (IBAN + BIC/SWIFT), ...
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Will the internet survive a major (nuclear) war, between regional or global powers? [closed]

In nearly all conflicts going on around the world today, access to the internet has become vital, and controversial. Thankfully, however none of them have seen the world wide web as a target, rather ...
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Has 90% of the world's data been created in the last two years?

"Big Data" is a big trending term on the internet (especially on the web sites of big companies selling data management services). For example, I came across this article while reading the Irish Times ...
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Is the trending Facebook “privacy notice” necessary and/or effective?

This facebook post has gone viral among my friends PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning - any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to ...
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Does rain affect ADSL speed or reliability?

ADSL connections in Sydney, Australia seem to either not work, or work slower when it's been raining or after it's been raining. I tried googling for ADSL and rain, and I got a lot of user-generated ...
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Do Ryanair use cookies to raise the price of their tickets after you have visited the site before?

According to this website, this and a few others, apparently, RyanAir uses cookies to detect whether you've been to the site before and increases the price, presumably because it believes if you're ...
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Is one not able to tweet “Get Better.” because it's something Dorsey's father used to say?

I've tried to tweet "Get Better." (without the quotes) a dozen times now, and it keeps not showing. A friend of mine told me that, while in high school, Jack Dorsey's (the creator of Twitter) father ...
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Do Facebook or its third-party partners use my photos in ads?

There's a current scare going around FB that now that it wants to make some actual money, they'll start using profile pics and other things uploaded to facebook in advertisements. Here is an example ...
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Are many or most people reluctant to trust shortened URLs? [closed]

Borrowing the question from the User Experience forums, The Government Computer News (GCN) claims in their article that "government Web site managers discovered that people often are reluctant to ...
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Does scam-baiting make a noticeable difference to the prevention of internet fraud?

So I've recently found out about scam-baiting, and I've discovered a whole community around just wasting the times of scammers, such as 419Baiter and TheScamBaiter. A lot of the people there are ...
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Do astroturfing campaigns target news sites and political discussion boards?

As a person who regularly contributes to comments sections on various news sites and political discussion forums, I have heard this claim being espoused by left-leaning commenters about the ...
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Are online petitions making any effect at all? [closed]

While browsing internet I often stumble upon various "online petitions" to make some kind of change. For example, here's the petition to legalize and regulate marichuana. It is hosted at ...
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Is Wazzub a legitimate business opportunity?

Wazzub is a yet to be launched (at time of writing) web homepage, with advertising. In order to recruit new members, they are offering a MLM-style payout to early adopters who recruit other users. ...
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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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Are online dating sites unsafe?

Is there any evidence to support the common conception that it is likelier 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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Is Social Networking harmful to mind or body?

Susan Greenfield, an English pharmacologist, is quoted by the New York times as saying: My fear is that these technologies are infantilizing the brain into the state of small children who are ...
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Does your choice of browser relate to your IQ

SOURCE PC World reports that a "psychometric consulting" firm called AptiQuant gave free online IQ tests to 100,000 people, and then plotted the scores against the browser on which the tests ...
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Your domain name may take 24-48 hours to propagate

I've heard this from almost every domain name registrar: your domain name "needs to propagate through the DNS and may take 24-48 hours to do so." And yet, bar a few registrations (which might take ...
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Will unsubscribing from spam get you even more spam?

To quote Rick's Spam Digest: It’s just too likely that the spammer uses the “removal” feature as a means to compile lists of known-deliverable e-mail addresses, and you could simply wind up ...
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Can every grain of sand be addressed in IPv6?

I was once watching a slideshow about the new IPv6, and it mentioned that it is large enough for every grain of sand on earth to be IP addressable. Is there any grain of truth behind this? (no pun ...
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Does a webpage with a black background save energy?

Blackle is a search engine that claims to save energy because it uses a black background. Is there any evidence to back up their claim that a website using a black background will save energy, and if ...
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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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Does US Intelligence have built-in interfaces in major social networking sites that allow them to browse personal information at will?

From this interview from Julian Assange: He believes the social network is joined by Google, Yahoo and other major US organisations that have “built in interfaces for US Intelligence”: ...
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Internet Gambling Linked to Terrorist Financing?

Currently there is a debate in the United States over the legal status of Internet Gambling; specifically, playing Poker for "real money" over the Internet. Many of those who are opposed to Internet ...
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Was or is Obama's brother living in a shack in Kenya on less than a dollar a day?

Lately, I have come across numerous stories in emails, pushed by what seem to be fringe elements, discussing various aspects of Obama's private family life. Many of them seem to make fantastical ...
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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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Do antivirus vendors write viruses for profit?

I think this forum post sums it up nicely: I think that anti virus companies [...] are the ones who develop most of the viruses on the market today. If you think about it, it does make sence ...
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What percentage of total internet traffic is spam?

Here's some snippets from a Google search: Report: Spam now 90 percent of all e-mail 4% of all internet traffic either DDOS packets or spam email more than 50% of email is SPAM Spam traffic dropped ...
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Is anti-malware software effective?

I have heard claims that anti-malware software isn't really effective and will "only catch 33% of malware", and so it's best to "get rid of them; you don't have to pay, and your system will be ...
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Does the CIA own part of Facebook? [closed]

Does the CIA own part of Facebook? That is the Internet rumor, and it is gaining believers as Facebook plays a role in destabilizing regimes from Libya to China. I am looking for experts to offer ...
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Is a writer named Lisa Holst responsible for the belief that everyone eats eight spiders a year?

If you're reading this there's a good chance you're fan of Snopes.com, and I certainly count myself as the same. However, an issue recently came up a with particular Snopes article that was invoked on ...
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Is Wikipedia reliable?

I ask this question because in school, students are always told "do not quote wikipedia" or that "Do not believe everything you see on Wikipedia, we are teachers and we know when something is wrong ...