Study claims 1 in 10 Americans think HTML is an STD

Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 1:50 PM
Published: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 @ 1:59 AM
By: Christian Bryant

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HTML is nothing to be ashamed of. It's a treatable problem. 

According to one company, that's the thinking coming from more than 1 in 10 Americans who thought HyperText Markup Language was an STD. It's really a computer language for creating web pages. (Via YouTube / Derek Banas)

Vouchercloud, a U.K. coupons website, reportedly conducted a survey to see how knowledgeable users were when it came to tech terms. 

Now, there's reason to doubt the validity of the findings — we'll get to that later — but if true, they are hilarious. According to the Los Angeles Times, the survey involved nearly 2,400 men and women ages 18 and up.

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Twelve percent thought "USB" was an acronym for a European country. A USB is actually a type of connector. Nevermind what the letters stand for. (Via Wikimedia Commons / ApsuwaraToehead2001)

Fifteen percent thought "software" was a type of comfortable clothing, when it's actually the general term for computer programs. I guess chain mail would be considered hardware. (Via Flickr / voodooangelWikimedia / SakuramboJonathan Cardy)

Twenty-three percent thought an "MP3" was one of the droids Stormtroopers were looking for on Tatooine when it's actually just an audio file. (Via Flickr / AlotorWikimedia Commons / Appogiatura_execution.png)

And again with the geography: 27 percent thought a "gigabyte" was an insect found in South America, when it's actually a unit of measurement for storage in electronics. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Harold Maxwell LefroyEveraldo Coelho)

But while the Los Angeles times cites a statement from the company and some percentages, one website calls codswallop on the whole thing, questioning whether the survey actually happened. 

A writer for iMediaEthics says it's kind of conspicuous that no major outlet has seen or linked to the survey. 

Not only that, but the PR firm for Vouchercloud specializes in "social media influencing," "viral marketing services," "reverse graffiti ... fake protests and flash mobs." 

But let's say the survey actually is legit and 11 percent of Americans really do think HTML is an STD. A writer for CNET says that wouldn't be so bad. At least 89 percent know that HTML is not something you catch. 

He says, "The instant lack of recognition of many tech terms might also offer that Americans have other — perhaps even better — things to think about."

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Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 11:27 AM
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The sports world, stunned by his passing, expressed its sadness with heartfelt messages on social media. 

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Shooter injures multiple people in Houston; suspect dead

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 11:18 AM
Published: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 10:49 AM
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A suspected gunman died Monday morning after injuring several people at a southwest Houston strip mall.

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Police confirmed that the gunman, whose name has not been released, was shot and killed by officers. Authorities believe he was the lone shooter.

Interim Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo said the gunman was a lawyer who lived in the area, "and there were issues concerning his law firm."

She declined to further discuss possible motives behind the shooting.

Speaking with KTRK, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner described the gunman as a "disgruntled lawyer."

Three people were treated for their injuries and released at the scene. Authorities took six other people to local hospitals for treatment. Of those, one person was in critical condition on Monday morning. One person was in serious condition, Montalvo said.

Firefighters responded within minutes of receiving a call about a discharged firearm around 6:30 a.m. Monday. It wasn't until after they arrived that they learned the shooting was ongoing, said Houston Assistant Fire Chief Richard Mann. They took cover and called for backup.

No firefighters were injured.

Mann said at least six of the victims were shot while inside cars.

Witnesses reported hearing more than two dozen gunshots over the course of at least 15 minutes, KPRC reported.

Over police scanners, authorities said a black man was firing a revolver at vehicles, according to KTRK. A vehicle suspected to be the shooter's has been identified, Mann said. Authorities recovered multiple firearms from the vehicle, Montalvo said.

"We encourage everybody to avoid this entire area," Mann said. "This is obviously going to be an extended incident."

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Superintendent says worker who resigned over ‘lunch shaming' never told to take away student's lunch

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 11:15 AM
Published: Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 9:16 AM
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Canon-McMillan School District Superintendent Michael Daniels spoke with WPXI on Thursday to clear up what he calls misinformation concerning a former cafeteria worker’s decision to resign over the district's new lunch policy.  

The policy, which affects students whose accounts are delinquent, has gained national attention since Stacy Koltiska went public, saying she resigned after having to enforce the new rules, which she considered a “lunch shaming” policy.   

Under the guidelines of the new policy, “After overdrawing the cafeteria account $25, students in grade K-six will be able to charge an alternate lunch, which will consist of a sandwich, a fruit/vegetable serving and milk. Students in grades seven-12 will not be allowed to charge any additional lunches.”

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Koltiska, who worked in the cafeteria at Wylandville Elementary School, told WPXI on Monday that she was told to take food away from a young boy because his lunch account was overdrawn by more than $25.  

“And he was like, ‘Oh, chicken!’ And his eyes welled up with tears and it was so heartbreaking and I'll never forget it,” she said.   Daniels disputed her claims.  

“It’s my understanding the kid never had tears in his or her eyes, and there was no food thrown away. And ultimately, the child ate a hot meal that day,” the superintendent said. “I would never stand by, knowing that we had humiliated or embarrassed a child. That is not OK, and that did not happen.”

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Daniels said the student did have a delinquent account earlier that week, but by lunchtime the day of the alleged incident, the boy’s balance was paid and he ate a hot meal.  

The Canon-McMillan School District is not the first in the area to implement such a policy.

Daniels said since implementing the policy, the district has seen overdrawn lunch balances shrink.  

“As of Aug. 11, we had 302 delinquent accounts that were at the $25 or over mark. As of Sept. 16 – three weeks in – those delinquent accounts went down to 66,” he said.  

Daniels said that no matter how much a student owes, no child will go hungry. He said the district will examine the program in the future.  

“Because of the heightened awareness of our policy, the board will look at whether there are other options to consider,” Daniels said.  

District leaders said applications for free and reduced lunch plans have also increased because of the new rules. They said they’ll look at the lunch policy again in October to see if anything needs to be changed. 

Teen who walked 2 hours to work given bike by police officer

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 11:15 AM
Published: Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 9:58 PM
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Sometimes taking the long road really is the road to success.

At least that's the case for Jourdan Duncan, a Vallejo, California, teen who had been walking a 2-hour roundtrip each day to work since May after his car broke down.

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"I don’t want to feel like I’m a burden to people so I take the initiative to handle myself and where I need to go from point A to point B," Duncan told KTVU in an interview.

He wanted to avoid the dangers of walking on the highway, so his daily commute from Vallejo, California, to Benicia, California, consisted of hills and city streets. Duncan's luck changed on Sept. 17 when he was spotted by Benicia Police Corporal Kirk Keffer, who offered him a ride.

According to KTVU, Keffer was so impressed with Duncan's fortitude and goals that "he and the members of the Benicia Police Officers Association surprised Duncan" with a new mountain bike.

"This bike is my best friend," Duncan said to KTVU.

"There’s not a lot of 18-year-olds out there that have this dedication (and) we just wanted to make sure he know how much I appreciated what he’s doing," Keffer told KTVU.

Duncan also said his work commute takes half the time it used to.