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Facebook a Factor in a Third of UK Divorces 189

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the divorce-by-relationship-status-change dept.
hypnosec writes with an excerpt from an IT Pro Portal article: "A recent survey conducted by a UK based divorce website disclosed that 33 percent of behavior divorce petitions filed cite Facebook as a cause for filing for divorce in 2011. In 2009 this figure was 20 per cent. 5000 people were surveyed by Divorce-Online, the UK divorce website, during 2009 and 2011 covering Facebook as a means to check behavior of spouse with the opposite sex and spouses using the social networking platform to comment about their exes post the separation. Three reasons that came out on the top for listing Facebook in divorce petition were inappropriate messages sent to the opposite sex, posting nasty comments about exes, and friends on Facebook reporting about spouse's behavior."
News

Christmas Always On Sunday? Researchers Propose New Calendar 725

Posted by Soulskill
from the metric-holidays dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered a way to make time stand still — at least when it comes to the yearly calendar. Using computer programs and mathematical formulas, an astrophysicist and an economist have created a new calendar in which each new 12-month period is identical to the one which came before, and remains that way from one year to the next in perpetuity."

Comment: Re:It's amazing how few you get . . . (Score 4, Informative) 228

by Dice (#38310468) Attached to: How many robocalls do you get each month?

They can still call you for surveys. I had a number of those recently after having purchased a vehicle and foolishly giving them my cell number. I did some research and started telling the humans who eventually came on the line that they had reached a business. This results in your number getting removed from their list (unlike actually asking to be removed from the list) since they don't want to screw their numbers by polling a Starbucks.

Comment: Re:Games like D3 (Score 1) 1880

by Dice (#38028062) Attached to: What's Keeping You On Windows?

I have a machine dedicated to gaming for this. It runs Win7, has fancy whiz-bang hardware, and any time that I try to use it for anything other than that I end up rage-quitting the browser and going to get my Linux laptop.

Windows is great for games, I don't understand how people can stand using the interface for actual work.

Space

Iran Tried and Failed To Launch a Monkey Into Space 272

Posted by timothy
from the hard-thing-to-get-right dept.
Medevilae writes with a recent report from PopSci's dedicated 'space monkey' news feed that "When Iran indefinitely suspended its plans to launch a monkey into space earlier this month, it was actually because they had already tried and failed. Iranian Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-Nouri told state media that the Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live monkey launched during Shahrivar, which is the Iranian month spanning August 23 to September 22, but the launch was not publicized because it did not accomplish all of its mission objectives. Assuming one of the objectives was to safely carry the monkey to space and back, things don't sound good for the monkey."

It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.

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