Tag Archive for internet

Sharks are attacking the internet

Looks like it’s shark week here at DN too! Sharks Want to Bite Google’s Undersea Cables. There are many, many things that can go wrong as you lay thousands of miles of fiber optic cable along the ocean’s floor. Earthquakes can rip things up, as can fishing hooks. But now we know of a new…

Kent Hovind files complaint against RationalWiki for libel, from jail

Kent Hovind, a young-earth Creationist evangelist, known as Dr. Dino (doctorate is in Christian Education through correspondence from non-accredited Patriot University in Colorado Springs, Colorado), currently incarcerated for tax-related crimes, has a beef with what was posted about him on the website RationalWiki. He has filed a complaint with the state of Florida. Rational Wiki is a site specializing…

Social media rumours put to the test with Pheme

A new project aims to sort internet rumor and hoaxes from real news. BBC News – Lie detector on the way to test social media rumours. A lie detector for social media is being built to try to verify online rumours. The system will analyse, in real time, whether a posting online is true. The…

No clues to time travel found on social media

An interesting idea that blows my mind. Time travellers do not use Twitter, scientists find – Telegraph. Researchers predicted that if humans in the future had discovered a way to visit the past they might leave clues on websites like Twitter and Facebook by inadvertently mentioning events which had not yet happened. Astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff…

Tech and crime is a cat-mouse game for the FBI

So the FBI can do some pretty wild surveillance things on your computer. But will they bother with the average person? I doubt it. A terrorist suspect was under a watchful eye… FBI’s search for ‘Mo,’ suspect in bomb threats, highlights use of malware for surveillance – The Washington Post. The FBI’s elite hacker team…

Trust in an internet myth turned tragic

Pregnant mum-of-five from Salford died after drinking vinegar in DIY abortion horror A pregnant woman died after drinking concentrated vinegar during a home abortion that went wrong. Mum-of-five Catherine Furey, 38, suffered a violent reaction to the industrial-strength liquid. She was rushed to hospital, but later died. An investigation was launched and police arrested her…

Conspiracy theories run amok. Without critical thinking, we get dangerously ridiculous.

One of the main goals of the Doubtful News website is to demonstrate that critical thinking is necessary to navigate online news and make sense of what is happening in the world without being duped. This article is a fantastic report on exactly how the internet and our lack of rational thought has lead us…