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“Don’t Be Evil.”

Whenever you send an email through Gmail, Google reads it. Not a human being at Google, of course; it’s a machine. But the information in your message is being processed. Google’s system knows you’ve bought a wedding ring. It knows the sites that you registered on. He knows to which people you speak with tender […]

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Philosophy

The Procrustean Generation

Procrustes was one of the villains in the story of Theseus. He was a thug who extended false hospitality to all the travelers passing through his territory. Here’s what he did: he offered them rest in his house, where he had an iron bed in which he invited them to lie down. But thus was […]

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Signal Vs. Noise

Social networking should be a force of good. In theory, it’s great a great way to be more aware of what’s going on in the lives of the people around us – the people who matter. In practice, we lack moderation. Not only are we checking our phones every five minutes, but worse still: we […]

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Always Ask Why You Didn’t Get The Job

Thank you for letting me know about your decision. I am sure that the chosen person will be a valuable asset to your team and company. May I ask for more detailed feedback on why I was passed over for the position? I ask not so that I can dispute it, but because I would […]

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One day at a time

There have already been over one hundred essays published here since November of last year. One a day, that’s what I promised, and only twice (or perhaps even just once?) have I failed to deliver. This space is not deaf to your comments. By reader request, I have made a heavy investment in archive technology, […]