Friday, January 18, 2013

Signs of the times

• A father in China, perturbed by the amount of time his adult son spent playing online video games, hired digital hit men (other gamers) to kill off all his son's characters.

• Coming to your iPhone or Android phone,  ScoutMob is an app that alerts you to rapidly-expiring deals on local food, coffee, and shops for your current location.

• Immigrants are, on average, more highly educated than native-born Canadians. Since the 1970s, most are independent or economic immigrants, who are selected based on Canada's points system. These immigrants tend to have some form of post-secondary education, and substantial numbers have advanced university degrees.

• Countries that require people to opt out of organ donor programs have registration rates averaging 98 percent of their population. In the U.S., which has an opt-in policy, participation is about 40%. In Canada, it is even worse, at 20%.

• While 60% of Canadians give themselves a B grade or higher for overall tech savviness, only 4% actually earn that grade, as indicated by a survey conducted for Rogers Communications.

• The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that, just because it floats, it is not necessarily a boat. The case dealt with the destruction of a floating house by the city of Riviera Beach, Florida, which justified its action under federal maritime law.

2 comments:

  1. Very interesting! Laughed out loud with the father in China who hired digital hit men!

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