Why Google Remembers Where You’ve Been

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In “Brodie’s Report,” a story by Borges, the master of the form, the titular anthropologist is studying a tribe in the wilds of some Pacific Island. He begins to notice something unusual about them; namely, that they can see into the future. Not very far – just glimpses, sometimes with clarity, sometimes all jumbled up. […]

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How To Avoid Smartphone Etiquette Mistakes

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There are few things more trivial and more important than manners. Some of them are incredibly trivial, such as not putting your elbows on the table. This came from how sailors ate – they would have to use their elbows to brace their bowls on a swaying ship, and it became associated with being coarse […]

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How Big Data and Fitness Apps Change Our Perceptions of Health

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When the Supreme Court is deciding on the law, they are of course making their decision based on constitutionality, but that document is deliberately and wonderfully ambiguous. This open-ended nature can lead to interesting interpretations. One branch of jurisprudence where we see this is in interpretations of the 8th Amendment, which speaks against “cruel and […]

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Avoiding Disaster: 4 Common Cell Phone Repairs

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Leading up to the year 1000, much of Europe was gripped by millennial terrors. Given that humans always look for meaning in round numbers and are always willing to quickly ascribe meaning to irrelevance, nearly everything was taken as a sign of the looming apocalypse. When a comet appeared in the skies over Europe some […]

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