Submitted by TheGuru on Sun, 12/01/2013 - 22:11
The death of "The Fast and the Furious" actor Paul Walker is very real, and has been confirmed by multiple sources.
The death hoax story the day before his death was the product of a parody website attempting to be funny.
Mediamass is the website at the center of the confusion, as it ran a fictitious story on a Paul Walker death hoax the day before Walker died. In a strange twist of events, even though the initial report of the death hoax was fictitious, the death of Paul Walker on Saturday was real.
The original article on the MediaMass website about the Paul Walker death hoax was been taken down and replaced with a short statement simply reporting that Paul Walker is dead.
Sadly, the story of the death of Paul Walker becomes as much about the power of the internet, as it is about an young actor who died in a tragic accident.
The internet that creates news not simply reports it
People often ask, how does a hoax get so out of hand, or how does a false story become so popular?
Someone creates a Facebook page as a memorial to an allegedy dead celebrity, or someone starts tweeting R.I.P. followed by a famous name, and the "news" begins to develop. Within a few hours the Facebook page has a few thousand likes, or the topic gets retweeted a few thousand times and begins to trend on twitter, and now this bit of "news" is becoming a reality.
As consumers of information, we have a thirst to be first. We want to be the first person to know something. We want to be the first person to tell someone a new bit of news. So we help spread the news.
Submitted by TheGuru on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 06:24
When people say things like: "I've used Windows 8 and I hate it." I am curious as to why the hate? Hate is a pretty strong word.
It is still pretty amazing how many organizations see the recent Windows 8.1 update as another excuse to complain.
Anyone who knows me will tell you I am NOT a Microsoft Fanboy. But yet I find myself defending Windows 8.
People hate change
I have been working with desktop computers since the days of DOS. I earn my living managing and supporting computer networks.
With every new operating system comes out there are changes. People hate change.
When Windows 7 first came out there were literally dozens of little things that changed that bugged me as to why they had to change it. Some things that worked fine in Windows XP, so from my perspective why did I need them changed in Windows 7.
The learning curve issues from Windows XP to Windows 7 were much greater than the learning curve issues from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
Yes, I know that Windows Vista was actually the next step after Windows XP. Many people simply ignored Windows Vista and made the jump to Windows 7 when it came out. There was a lot of complaining about Windows Vista when it first came out, but not the passionate hate there is with Windows 8.
Submitted by TheGuru on Sat, 10/12/2013 - 00:39
As the Fukushima nuclear disaster continues to make news, I am on the topic of nuclear safety and disaster preparedness this weekend.
Did you say you don't care about nuclear safety and disaster preparedness?
Look at the photo here, it is Salem Nuclear Power Plant as viewed in from Augustine Beach, Delaware, is only a few miles from downtown Wilmington, Delaware. I drive by it on my way to work every day.
Just because we are talking about a nuclear disaster in Japan, don't think it is not relavant to you! There are nuclear power plants close to most major metropolitan areas in the United States. Check out this map of Operating Nuclear Power Reactors. There's probably a nuclear power plant near you!
Submitted by TheGuru on Sun, 08/25/2013 - 00:19
We have been critical of Doomsday Castle in recent blog posts and articles. But the more you learn about the show, the more you realize just how much of an embarrassment to reality television it really is! And sadly, as people learn how much of a joke the show is, the prepper community gets a black eye as well.
At least if you are going to create a reality television show, doesn't something have to be real?
The premise of Doomsday Castle is a big a farce.
According to the show, the leader of the family Brent, Sr. is a military man, a "former Army Infantry Training Officer is turning his attention towards prepping."
In reality Brent Bruns is a real estate agent with Premier Coastal Properties in Florida. Brent Bruns has been involved in some type of real estate business for the past 15 years.
Perhaps Brent was in the military before he entered the real estate business in 1998? But there is nothing to believe has has any recent Military experience.
Maybe he will sell time shares to Doomsday Castle? Hopefully Armegeddon will hit when its your turn!