Study claims 1 in 10 Americans think HTML is an STD

Published: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 @ 1:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 @ 1:59 AM

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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."

DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:59 AM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:59 AM


            DeMarcus Cousins reportedly traded to Pelicans in blockbuster deal

The Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield and at least one first-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:




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Cousins is arguably one of the top big men in the NBA today, and pairing him with Anthony Davis and standout guard Jrue Holiday makes a serious trio in New Orleans.

The move to trade Cousins comes on the heels of the Kings making public proclamations to keep the disgruntled center.

Here’s what Yahoo! reported led to eventually trading the center:

“Two incidents in particular – an expletive-laced remark Cousins made about Golden State after Sacramento’s overtime win over the Warriors on Feb. 6 and the astonishing 17th technical foul this season, and resulting one-game suspension, against New Orleans on Feb. 12 – have caused Ranadive to have serious concerns about tethering the franchise to Cousins long term.”


Whether Cousins remains in New Orleans following next season, the last on his current contract, remains to be seen.

'Not My Presidents Day' rallies planned across country

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:43 PM


            'Not My Presidents Day' rallies planned across country

Thousands of protesters are expected to spend their day off Monday to take to the streets in protest of President Donald Trump.

The “Not My Presidents Day” rallies are planned in several cities, including Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, according to NBC News.

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“While we acknowledge that Donald Trump holds the current title, the policies he’s trying to put in place are not the beliefs shared by the majority of the people,” Nova Calise, one of the organizers of New York event, told USA Today.

Sparked by plans for a Presidents Day demonstration in Los Angeles, organizers collaborated for about three weeks to plan their own.

"We want to fight the entirety of the administration," Laura Hartman, Chicago rally coordinator, told NBC News.

Bao Bao prepares to leave U.S. for China

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:35 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 11:35 PM


            Bao Bao prepares to leave U.S. for China

Washington D.C. is getting ready to say goodbye to adorable panda Bao Bao. 

Bao Bao was born in August 2013 and is part of the National Zoo's partnership with the China Wildlife Conservation Association.

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“There is a loan agreement,” National Zoo animal keeper Marty Dearie told FOX DC. “Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, her parents, are here on loan, and that loan agreement stipulates that any cub we have is required to go to China. They can stay here up until they are four years old. She is three and a half years old. It is right in the perfect time for her to head back.”

It's a long flight to China for Bao Bao - 16 hours total. Since she loves bamboo, caretakers are arranging to take 50 pounds of it, along with sweet potatoes and apples.

The zoo has planned a week of celebratory events to say goodbye to Bao Bao. 

Germany bans talking doll, citing security concerns

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:49 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 10:49 PM


            Germany bans talking doll, citing security concerns

Blue-eyed, blond and unassuming, a talking child’s doll is susceptible to hackers and could be used as a surveillance device, German officials say.

The “My Friend Cayla” doll can talk and answer questions, it can also be used to collect personal information by recording private conversations through an insecure Bluetooth connection, according to the Federal Network Agency, which enforces a surveillance ban in Germany.

"The Cayla doll is banned in Germany," Jochen Homann, agency head, said in a release. "This is also about protecting the weakest members of society."

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The toy uses voice recognition software and can by synced to the Internet through a smartphone or other electronic device.

Because of its history under fascist and communist rule, Germany has strict laws protecting citizens from data collection.

While the toy has been removed from shelves in Germany, the company still has a website for sales of the doll in Germany. The toymaker has not released a statement on the ban.