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100 things we didn't know last year

Postby Yogi » 25 Mar 2008, 20:21

For example, "Saddam Hussein's codename while in US custody in 2004/5 was "Victor."

Or, "Newcastle is the noisiest place in England."

And, "Drinking, drug-taking teenagers are in the decline, according to a survey by the Information Centre."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemoni ... st_3.shtml
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby Linda » 25 Mar 2008, 21:52

That's a very interesting site. Thanks Yogi!
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby pilvikki » 26 Mar 2008, 00:57

35. Denmark is the happiest country in Europe; Italy the unhappiest. (The UK was 9th out of 15.)


finland came second and sweden is up there within the first five. now...

44. Europe has a vodka belt comprising Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Denmark and Sweden, although the drink is also made in countries such as Britain, France, Italy and Spain.


ok, do you see what i see?

:lmaof3:

that's right! they asked a bunch of drunks.



99. Each slug eats twice its body weight a day.
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby G5Pontiac » 26 Mar 2008, 03:40

48. You can be arrested for using someone's wi-fi network without permission.

When we go to the Casino, I often sit in my car in the parking lot using the Casino's wi-fi on my laptop, which is encouraged by the casino in this case. It's free.

But, I've had run-ins with the concept of ownership in the past, like described in number 48's explanation. One Christmas Eve there was a big wind and rain storm and trees blew down across the road. The next morning, I took my chainsaw, and the old man next door who needed stove wood, and started cutting up the down trees and loading the wood in my pickup truck, like everyone routinely does in this area.
Soon a guy showed up, and was highly indignant, said he owned the trees, which fell from his property along the road, and we shouldn't take them. This took me aback, and I didn't know what to think, because everyone always kept windfalls that fell onto public property, the blocked road in this case.

Well, he soon cooled off, and realized that we were doing a public service by clearing the road. (Also, he probably didn't want the drudgery of making wood :) ) His attitude changed; he said, "You can keep the trees; Merry Christmas." Then he left. But, the question remained in my mind about the true ownership of the trees. That concept was dealt with somewhat in this wi-fi item.

Very good, Yogi. Thanks for the link.
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby pilvikki » 26 Mar 2008, 13:53

i've no idea how wi-fi's work, but i've read that they're not very secure and can lead to ID theft?
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby G5Pontiac » 26 Mar 2008, 17:01

Wi-Fi is a transmitter/receiver built into a computer for communicating on the internet, primarily. My laptop has a switch to disable the Wi-Fi when I'm not using it. When one turns it on, of course there are chances for abuse, much like cell phones.

I don't keep any information in my computer, pin numbers, account numbers, passwords, personal information, or other data that I don't want compromised. I keep the information on separate storage media outside the computer.
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby pilvikki » 26 Mar 2008, 18:36

I keep the information on separate storage media outside the computer.



i tired using my head. guess how well that worked out!


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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby Yogi » 30 Mar 2008, 10:44

Sending and receiving information over a Wi-Fi connection is in fact similar to cell phone communication with one major difference. The data you send over Wi-Fi can be encrypted so that even if it is intercepted, a key is needed to decode it. I suppose if you are with Homeland Security that might not be a problem, but most hackers and common folks don't have the resources to decode a highly encrypted signal.

It's always a good idea to store personal information on a device separate and apart from your computer just in case your PC crashes or gets stolen. The down side of that, of course, is that if your external device gets into the wrong hands, they don't need your computer to get at your hidden information.
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby petunia princess » 30 Mar 2008, 10:54

Here's my contribution to "100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year."

• Google is the “fastest growing company in the history of the world.” – Times of London, 1/29/06
• Google controls 65.1% of all searches in the U.S. at the end of 2007 and 86% of all searches in the UK, according to measurement company Hitwise.
• Google was searched 4.4 billion times in the U.S. alone in October, 2007 (three times Yahoo), says Nielsen. Average searches per searcher: 40.7.
• Google’s sites had 112 million U.S. visitors in November, 2007, says Nielsen.
• Google’s traffic was up 22.4% in 2007 over 2006, according to Comscore.
• Google earned $15 billion revenue and $6.4 billion profit in 2007, a profit margin of 26.9%. Its revenue was up 57% in the last quarter of 2007 over 2006, says Yahoo Finance. As of late 2007, its stock was up 53% in a year. The company has a market capitalization of $207.6 billion.
• Google controls 79% of the pay-per-click ad market, according to RimmKaufman. It controls 40% of all online advertising, according to web site HipMojo.
• Google employed almost 16,000 people at the end of 2007, a 50% increase over the year before.
• Google became the No. 1 brand in the world in 2007, according to Millward Brown Brandz Top 100.
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby G5Pontiac » 30 Mar 2008, 11:17

I carry PIN numbers in my billfold, but I have a simple way to encrypt them. I write the numbers into an address list so they look like street addresses, not codes.

For instance if I were to have a Bank of America PIN, "3587", I would put a name and address on the list that said, Brad Andrews, 3587 Singleton St., Las Vegas, NV. So, I know that Brad Andrews, BA, is Bank of America, and the number is the PIN.

Brad Andrews
3587 Singleton St.
Las Vegas, NV

The PINs are interspersed among the other addresses in my billfold. It works for me. I suppose that one could put that address list with the PINs in the computer, but I don't do that. That's asking for trouble.
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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby pilvikki » 30 Mar 2008, 13:37

i used to do that, but.... my memory is bad even for that...

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Re: 100 things we didn't know last year

Postby Silke » 01 Apr 2008, 04:03

I make phone numbers... the code can be the first four, the middle, the last, or whatever.

so to the number

48562845

the code could be 4856, 5628, 2845, 4524, 8685 or any of those the oposite way... Even if you'd known it was a code, good luck finding out which one it is!
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