Clicks of the Day: Thursday, December 1, 2011 Edition!

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Welcome to Thursday, December 1 2011’s Clicks of the Day!

  • Nine of 10 Canadians feel safe from crime despite Tory claims: StatsCan
  • “Statistics Canada says the vast majority of Canadians feel they are safe from crime.”

    For the most part I suppose.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know Facebook Could Do
  • “As the number of features grows, though, so does a corresponding problem: Most of Facebook’s 750 million users don’t know these features exist.”

    Happy to say I knew about all 12 of these but 3! How about you?

  • Facebook increases limit on status updates to 63,206 characters
  • “The social networking site has increased its limit in status updates to more than 60,000 characters — 63,206 characters to be exact.”

    Yikes. That’s a lot of characters.

  • Diamonds a step toward much faster computers
  • “Entanglement is a process in quantum mechanics by which two objects act like a single object even though they’re not physically connected… Now Ben Sussman of the National Research Council has entangled objects far bigger than molecules — pieces of diamond about half a millimetre thick. It’s a step toward extremely fast quantum computing.”

    Cool… but what happens when we can’t go any faster? *planet implodes*

  • Apple Blames Glitch for Siri’s Anti-Abortion Bias
  • “Breaking its usual vow of media silence, Apple said that this search anomaly was unintentional. ‘Our customers want to use Siri to find out all types of information, and while it can find a lot, it doesn’t always find what you want,’ Apple representative Natalie Kerris told the NY Times Wednesday evening. ‘These are not intentional omissions meant to offend anyone. It simply means that as we bring Siri from beta to a final product, we find places where we can do better, and we will in the coming weeks.'”

    Awkwaaard.

  • [Infographic]: The metals that make our technology are running out
  • “Yttrium and indium, two of the rare-earth elements that enable us to have TVs, computer monitors, and touch screens — oh, and solar panels — are on a fast track to complete depletion. At our current rate of use, we have less than 15 years’ worth left. Of course, we’ll probably become a little more efficient at deploying these resources … but at our modern levels of demand for technology, efficiency really only postpones the inevitable.”

    Yikes, that’s scary. Not surprised though. Humans tend to destroy the places they inhabit. lol.

  • 1st Sex-Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Jerry Sandusky Comes From New Accuser
  • Disgusting. And now for disgusting of a different sort:

  • Horsemeat May Become Available in U.S.
  • “Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.”

    Gag. Ugh. Disgusting.

  • Canada among least corrupt countries in the world, report says
  • “Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index released Wednesday shows Canada ranks 10th — down from 6th last year — of the 183 countries surveyed. The organization defines corruption as the abuse of public resources, bribery and secretive decision-making.”

    Could be worse I suppose.

  • Vancouver Riot’s Kissing Couple Photo is Esquire’s Photo of the Year 2011
  • “Amidst the chaos of the Vancouver riot one photo emerged as the definitive shot.”

    Great shot, glad it got the title!

  • Would You Watch an Ad to Avoid an ATM Fee?
  • “Typically, the tradeoff for being subjected to ads is that consumers get some sort of free or subsidized service. Could this business model also work for ATM transactions, thereby eliminating annoying $3 fees for consumers?”

    I am all for that!

  • Harper set to become the ninth-longest-serving Canadian prime minister next week
  • “Stephen Harper is just days away from surpassing another of his 21 predecessors — this time John Diefenbaker — to become the ninth longest-serving prime minister in the country’s history.”

    That’s unfortunate.

  • Brazen daylight robbery outside north Edmonton casino
  • “Police are on the hunt for a suspect after an armoured vehicle was robbed while parked outside the Century Casino in northeast Edmonton Thursday afternoon.”

    Very ballsy. Hope they catch the guy.

  • Ottawa high school enforces yoga pants ban
  • “Yoga pants are fine, the board says, as long as long shirts or sweaters cover up the revealing bottoms.”

    Hilarious. People also shouldn’t wear tights as pants if the top is a shirt.

  • MacKay accused of misleading Commons over helicopter pickup on fishing trip
  • “Details from emails published by the Toronto Star indicate the pickup was orchestrated specifically to extract the minister from his fishing trip, “under the guise” of a training exercise.”

    Ah, abuse of power and resources by people in high-up positions. Gotta love it.

  • World AIDS Day: What does the future hold?
  • “In the 30 years since the scourge emerged, more than 30 million people have died and twice as many have been infected with HIV… There’s reason to hope that the deadly pandemic can be halted, Marlink said, because the last decade has seen an explosion of new scientific and medical information with which to battle the virus.”

    Cross your fingers.

  • Edmonton economy churning out jobs, city official says
  • “These are jobs in manufacturing, jobs in construction, jobs in transportation, jobs in professional services.”

    Yay!

  • Men think wine is for women, drink it anyway: Study
  • “A new Canadian survey has found 40% of men believe there’s a stereotype that wine is more of a woman’s drink, but also found 76% like drinking it.”

    I dislike wine. I don’t know why people love it so much.

  • Into the record bugs
  • “An explorer has found the biggest insect ever on record – so large it can scoff a carrot.”

    Major. Shudder.

  • [Video]: “I’ll Occupy” Recruitment Song: The 99 is Pissed and We Will Not Be Dismissed!
  • Lol. Catchy. Good lyrics. Are you tired of the Occupy movement yet? How will this movement go down in history? Will any change come of it? All questions, no answers that I have. Time will tell. I believe change does need to happen but what exactly and which , how quickly, I’m not sure.

  • [Video]: Cat Gives Dog A Massage
  • You can’t go wrong with a video of a cat massaging a dog!! :) Heehee.


Thor Photo of the Day:

Thor and her bestie.


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