Monthly Archives: September 2009

Your search history is all they need

… apparently, to track you down. In 2006, the New York Times tracked down a woman in Georgia using only her search history. AOL, as part of a research project, had placed online a 3-month search history for 650,000 users … Continue reading

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William Safire

William Safire, the former Nixon speechwriter famous for providing Vice President Spiro Agnew with gems such as ‘hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history’, died yesterday. I looked forward to his NYT column “On Language“, links to whose posts I shared on … Continue reading

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The India Model of super-cheap mobile services

The Economist describes how Indian mobile operators innovated their way to the world’s cheapest services. Outsourcing network management, ‘lifetime’ prepaid schemes, ‘micro-call-centers’, ‘green’ technologies for base stations, and my favourite – infrastructure sharing, where two or more operators agree to … Continue reading

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Maybe it’s not such a good idea to get rid of your landline

From a comment on a blog post about whether a landline is worth it anymore: Many folks here in San Diego ditched their landlines and it almost cost them their lives back in October of 2007 when we had the … Continue reading

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If air travel worked like healthcare

Hilarious, eminently readable and ultimately heartbreaking spoof. How Americans would book a flight ticket if airline companies worked like their healthcare counterparts. Hard to pick an excerpt.

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The Ultimate Victim

… is one particular person whose Gmail account has been deactivated after a court order for absolutely no fault of his/hers. The ruling stems from a monumental error by the Wilson, Wyo.-based Rocky Mountain Bank. On Aug. 12, the bank … Continue reading

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Sign of the times – Essay Mess Lingo

British schoolteachers are having a rather hard time grading essays with sentences such as “i noe u dnt noee mii,i donno huu u r” (I know you do not know me, I do not know who you are) and “ma … Continue reading

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Homely

Recipe for thousands of awkward situations: There are certain misconceptions regarding the jargon people use in drafting such ads. Many are still unaware that a “homely” girl doesn’t mean she happily does the household chores. ‘Homely’ means ‘unattractive’. Look up … Continue reading

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“Hell with the lid off”

The steel city of Pittsburgh, where G20 leaders are meeting, ironically, to talk climate change, has a Past: Its air heavy with smoke and smog from hundreds of factories, Pittsburgh used to be once described by a local writer as … Continue reading

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The search for America's worst investor

Anyone with a portfolio of “3 or more stocks, ETFs, or mutual funds” is eligible to apply. The worst performers over the past 2 years will receive: 1st Place: All expenses paid dream vacation for 2 to Rome, Italy, “the … Continue reading

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