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Don’t Choke on Google’s Cookies

Google has started putting a cookie on some of its users hard drives that keeps track of how many searches they have done, according to an article in The New York Times. (Frequent Search Engine Users, Google Is Watching and…

Google has started putting a cookie on some of its users hard drives that keeps track of how many searches they have done, according to an article in The New York Times. (Frequent Search Engine Users, Google Is Watching and Counting)

The journalist seemed to think that this was a big deal. But Google has been putting cookies on hard drives for some time — mostly, though, for allowing users to set preferences.

Google is actually doing a lot of interesting stuff behind the scenes. If they were interested in violating people’s privacy, they could do much, much worse than simple cookies that everybody can see. In fact, of all the companies I’ve seen, Google seems to have one of the highest commitments to privacy.

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Five poems about the mind

DREAM VENDING MACHINE I feed it coins and watch the spring coil back,the clunk of a vacuum-packed, foil-wrappeddream dropping into the tray. It dispenses all kinds of dreams—bad dreams, good dreams,short nightmares to stave off worse ones, recurring dreams with a teacake marshmallow center.Hardboiled caramel dreams to tuck in your cheek,a bag of orange dreams…

Work reinvented: Tech will drive the office evolution

As organizations navigate a new world of hybrid work, tech innovation will be crucial for employee connection and collaboration.

lucid dreaming concept
lucid dreaming concept

I taught myself to lucid dream. You can too.

We still don’t know much about the experience of being aware that you’re dreaming—but a few researchers think it could help us find out more about how the brain works.

panpsychism concept
panpsychism concept

Is everything in the world a little bit conscious?

The idea that consciousness is widespread is attractive to many for intellectual and, perhaps, also emotional
reasons. But can it be tested? Surprisingly, perhaps it can.

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