Why do people buy books?

Back in 2010, a survey of book buying behaviour in the US returned the following figures: Author reputation 52% Personal recommendation 49% Price 45% Book Reviews 37% Cover/Blurb 22% Advertising…

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Browsing with a Badger

Just like fingerprints at a crime scene, your browser leaves its fingerprints on every website you visit …

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The Dark Side of Facebook

“The biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind.” In a hugely popular post titled The Ultimate Retaliation: Pranking my Roommate with Targeted Facebook Ads, Brian Swichkow details how he…

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The 8 longest words in English

The longest word in the English language is a whisker under 190,000 letters long and would take over an hour to say out loud. Excuse me if I don’t reproduce…

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Smartphones: The Abuser in Your Pocket

The first three questions in the Am I In An Abusive Relationship questionnaire take on a whole new meaning if you replace the word “partner” with the word “phone”: Has…

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Real words: anatidaephobia

“Anatidaephobia: the fear that somewhere in the world, a duck or a goose is watching you. Not attacking or touching, just watching you …” The word first appeared in a…

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The Spyingest Windows Ever

Windows 10 is without doubt the “spyingest” Windows ever. Visit Settings > Privacy and you’ll find 25 separate privacy settings, (27 in version 1903), many with multiple sub-settings. Below, you’ll…

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J K Rowling: On failure

Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. So I…

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Web of Spies

How to check out who is secretly checking you out Lightbeam is a simple browser add-on for Firefox that lets you spy on web spies. More specifically, it reveals the…

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Quote: Stephen Fry

“Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it. That is your punishment. But if you never know, then you can be…

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