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World Backup Day: what are you doing to make sure you're covered?

"When you rolled out of bed this morning, did your thoughts turn to preserving your data in the case of hardware failure? If so, you either work with databases or you remembered that today, March 31, is World Backup Day. In fact, it's the first World Backup Day. The concept emerged from our sister site, reddit, where one intrepid redditor suggested the idea a week ago, and the reddit community quickly jumped onboard.

Facebook depression: Do you think you suffer from it?

"A U.S. doctors' group says "Facebook depression" may affect troubled teens who obsess over their friends' posts on the social networking site. Researchers disagree on whether it's simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site. But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr.

New initialisms in the OED OMG and LOL, FYI

"For the March 2011 release of OED Online, we have selected for publication a number of noteworthy initialisms—abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression. Some of these—such as OMG  [OMG int. (and n.) and adj.]: ‘Oh my God’ (or sometimes ‘gosh’, ‘goodness’, etc.) and LOL  [LOL int.

Earth Hour 2011: It's time to go beyond the hour

"At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour. With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging and sad time for their country."

Red light district pitched for Toronto Island

"Toronto Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti is proposing a red light district on Toronto Island, arguing it would generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city and provide a defined, out-of-the-way place for sex-trade workers to ply their trade.

One of a group of small islands located a short ferry ride from downtown, Toronto Island currently serves as a park and has a small community of residents.

.xxx Domain Will Come Soon

"We have been closely following the more than half-a-decade long saga of creating a brand new .xxx domain exclusively for porn. The proposal went through rigmarole of approvals and rejections over the long and winding course that has scandalised orthodox elements and evoked concerns from the porn industry as well. However, the impasse has finally been solved once and for all as the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has stuck true to its name and it has deliberated that xxx domains can and will hit the World Wide Web soon.

Sex Offender Claims Police Entrapped Him With Animated Emoticons

"60-year-old John Jacques has appealed his conviction for engaging in sexually graphic online conversations with a police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl, saying the police entrapped him using animated emoticons during the chats.

The politics of metered billing in Canada

"Metered broadband billing has become a volatile regulatory question in Canada. It has also become a political issue, with that country's Conservative, Liberal, and New Democratic parties taking stands on the question of whether big telcos like Bell Canada can sell wholesale network access to smaller ISPs via a metered or usage-based-billing (UBB) system.

Who was St. Patrick?

"Over indulgences at the pub, green beer, silly hats and T-shirts -- they’re all a part of modern St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but these novelties have virtually nothing to do with the actual man and his actions. On March 17, tradition says St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died. The actual years in which St. Patrick was born and died have been the subject of extensive debate, but the time of his death is believed to be in the late fifth century. St.

Pepsi 'cracks code' with all plant bottle

"Pepsi unveiled a new bottle yesterday made entirely of plant material that it says beats the technology of competitor Coca-Cola and reduces bottles' carbon footprint. The bottle is made from switch grass, pine bark, corn husks and other materials. Ultimately, Pepsi plans to also use orange peels, oat hulls, potato scraps and other leftovers from its food business..."

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