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Is Google causing 40% of the CO2 emission of all internet traffic?

In Switzerland we sometimes have not very well researched articles in the free newspaper '20 Minuten Friday'.They now claim in a video that Google is causing 40% of the CO2 emission of the internet ...
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Using Ad blockers is good for websites [closed]

I saw someone say that, assuming you are the type of person who never clicks on ads, enabling ad block is good for a website. This is because if the website displays an ad and you don't click it, it ...
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Do the owners of the typefaces Garamond, Times New Roman and Georgia charge businesses who use them?

I received this in the Product Hunt newsletter today: Little known fact: your favorite fonts aren't free. The owners of your favorite fonts – Garamond, Times New Roman, Georgia – charge ...
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Is WordPress this popular? [duplicate]

According to these WordPress statistics, it powers over 30% of the internet and the latest version has been downloaded over 77 million times. I know WordPress is popular but I didn't imagine it's ...
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Is Gina Haspel wanted in Europe? [closed]

In a tweet from Randy Kennedy, then shared on Facebook by Girl du Jour (and then others) it is claimed that President Trump's pick to head the CIA - Gina Haspel - is wanted in Europe for "war crimes". ...
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Is the Airtel music ad the most streamed song and most downloaded ringtone?

This image was forwarded to me on Whatsapp The Airtel Music Ad composed by A R Rahman was the Most Streamed Song in the World in the Year 2005-2009. Also it is the Most Downloaded Ringtone in the ...
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Did ISP “pocket” $400 billion that was supposed to be dedicated toward fiber cable infrastructure?

Bruce Kushnick, author of "The Book Of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal And Free The Net," makes some pretty major claims. The most prominent article, an ad for his book written by ...
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How much rational is RationalWiki? [closed]

RationalWiki is a wikimedia platform based website which claimed purpose is (see its mainpage): Analyzing and refuting pseudoscience and the anti-science movement; Documenting the full range of crank ...
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Is Snopes.com in Danger of Shutting down? [closed]

According to SaveSnopes, the Snopes fact-checking web-site is in trouble because a service provider is refusing to hand-over advertising revenue for the site. Snopes.com, ... is in danger of ...
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Is Arabic the 4th most common language used on internet?

The Wikipedia page, Languages user on the Internet provides two different ways of ranking the most popular languages on the Internet. By content: Estimated percentages of the top 10 million ...
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Is Kaspersky Lab a military unit?

In this article, McClatchy DC bureau claims that one of the certificates the Kaspersky Lab received from Russian FSB/KGB reveals that the entire Kaspersky Lab joint-stock company is actually a FSB ...
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Chinese behind the 2003 NY blackout

"[There are many people in the defense community who believe that] the Chinese communist party was behind the 2003 shutdown of the New York city electrical grid." (Joshua Philipp, interview) Is ...
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Does the F-word constitute a third of all swearing on the internet?

This youtube video (created as part of a series of short programmes for the UK's Channel Four television called Susie Dent's guide to Swearing) claims (around 3:08 in) that the word "fuck" makes up ...
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Did a Chinese farmer spend 16 years learning law so he could sue a chemical company?

According to this meme, a chinese farmer spent 16 years preparing for and ultimately winning a lawsuit against local energy company Qigua Group. Now I've been digging around a bit and found several ...
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Was #itAintRape every used seriously to justify rape? [closed]

The #ItsNotRape hashtag has gotten a bit of attention for its supposed condoning of rape. However, when I checked out the hashtag the only content I could find scanning quite a ways back were tweets ...
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Does WordPress power 27% of the Internet?

According to the front page of WordPress.com (screenshot, in case the page changes): WordPress powers 27% of the internet. Unfortunately no source is provided for that statement. Is this number ...
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Does Google hire “human filters”?

This youtube video The Worst Job at Google - The Human Filter; claims that Google hire people to inspect content, and determine if they contain illegal contents. It is based on a 2012 Buzzfeed story. ...
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Does YouTube send every video to every subscription inbox?

According to this video by The Game Theorists, YouTube does not push every video a channel makes to all of that channel's subscriber inboxes. Rather, a subscriber only sees videos from channels they ...
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Did ABC News briefly report that Hillary Clinton had died in the hospital, and did ABC confirm it on the phone with Infowars?

I'm obviously not asking whether the story itself is correct, I'm asking whether ABC News briefly reported it or whether it's a series of hoaxes. I saw this alleged screenshot on Reddit just now. It ...
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Do small businesses that are on the Internet grow twice as fast?

Google claims in their Project Loon video (1:07) that (transcription mine): And because small businesses that are on the internet grow twice as fast, everyone could create new opportunities for ...
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Can all administrative procedures except getting married or getting divorced be done online in Estonia?

I have read this quote in http://www.businessinsider.com/guardtime-estonian-health-records-industrial-blockchain-bitcoin-2016-3: Mike Gault, co-founder and CEO of Guardtime, told Business Insider: "...
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Did Al Gore invent the internet?

Al gore invented the internet -Everyone During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. -Al Gore Gore took credit for the Internet -McCullagh ...
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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, where ...
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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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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 Munroe, ...
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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, 1999)....
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Do more men use the Internet than women?

Long before the Internet existed, computers were women. (United States Census Bureau, courtesy of the University of Hartford) It's a well-known trope that there are no girls on the Internet. In fact,...
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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 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 ...
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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 ...