How Websites Know Your Email Address the First Time You Visit
I was logged into a gmail that I only use for receiving, never sending. I visited Netflix in another tab in Chrome. I visited their free trial page, but I decided it wasn't for me, so I closed the tab without entering any data.
A few days later I got an email from netflix - to the gmail account I was signed in to in another tab - asking me if I needed help completing the form.
True, and very scary story.
Google Adds Games To Google+
Sweet Jebus - that was the reason I LEFT facebook. To get rid of that crap.
Oh well - it was fun while it lasted. IRC is still my favorite social network
How Does GPS Change Us?
I got my first GPS more than a decade ago - primarily for geocaching. I got TomTom Navigator in 2002. Has it changed me? I reckon so. My sense of directions has definitely faded. I rely quite heavily on a device to tell me where to go, and I simply do not waste any braincycles on the road to the destination.
Like on of the above posters, the biggest benefit for me is business trips. Before phones had built in GPS I had a small Dell PDA with built in GPS solely for business trips.
Also, I remember getting lost in China. Since the map I had was written in Western style, I couldn't even ask for guidance to a named street, because it was called something else in Chinese. Now GPS is the most important accessory when traveling.
Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?
why do I need to pay $1200 per ear for a hearing aid? In my country, you would get a $1200 hearing aid for free. If you want a more expensive model, the government pays the first $1200 and your insurance pays the rest.
The Pirate Bay offline
Submission needs FFC (Fat Finger Correction). TPB is the correct abbreviation, not any of the fantastic typos I made above :)
What, Me Worry? MAD Magazine Going Quarterly
One of the things I always enjoyed from MAD was the fold-in images (they have a name, but that escapes me right now).
I found this overview - very interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/03/28/arts/20080330_FOLD_IN_FEATURE.html
Software Quality In a Non-Software Company?
Very interesting question. I see two things that might help. First, don't go to the CEO. You and him clearly speaks different languages. Go to your nearest manager instead and explain to him the consequences of not having procedures. I am sure you can convince him of this, and after the discussion do not settle for a "I'll look into that and get back to you". Always end your meetings with a list of action items with _who_ does _what_ and _when_. This way, you will have clearly defined dates you can follow up on. Have him commit to a date when he will do X (for instance - talk to the Director) and set a date for a follow up meeting with you where he will explain the outcome of said meeting. Should the meeting be canceled, be sure to get a replacement date and set follow up meeting accordingly.