How to Stop It
When FB suspended my account without giving any reason, I wondered what it was doing with my FB page. Lifehacker gave the answer I suspected all along.
‘Facebook is using you, whether you know it or not. Sometimes it’s obvious: you like a page, you click share, Facebook benefits. Other times, you have no clue until a friend asks you about a photo they saw that you liked. The unfortunate side-effect to all of this is that it can actually make you an unbearable annoyance to your friends, and you probably don’t even know it. Here’s how it works, and how to stop it.
‘When we talk about the ways that Facebook uses your personal information, we’re usually talking about why you should care about your privacy, or how Facebook tracks your activity. In this case, we’re discussing how your Facebook habits are used—with or without your knowledge—to bother your friends with ads that they associate with you. It’s a very different beast, but it can be stopped. Here’s what you need to know…’
How To Google Like Sherlock Holmes
‘Have we already learned to optimize our brains without knowing it? We have indeed, according to a study published in the Journal of Science by a team led by Betsy Sparrow at Columbia.
‘Sparrow’s study demonstrated that people who thought they would have access to Google didn’t end up remembering information as well as people who thought they would not have information at their fingertips. So is Google truly making us stupid? Not exactly. The people who anticipated having access to Google remember how to find it. In other words, they used their memory more as a retrieval mechanism than as a big storage dump…’
The Perfect PC Game The World Forgot
What the modern gaming world can learn from The Fight of the Sumo Hoppers
‘The game was released in 1997 and updates appear to have stopped in 1999. It was an indie game before indie gaming had a name; it was released as the internet was maturing and DOS games were dying — in other words, into a perfect storm of obscurity. Its lone creator, Tuomas Korppi, hasn’t made a game since.
‘But Sumo Hoppers can count among its fans some of the most interesting and influential minds in the gaming industry. Bennett Foddy, Oxford professor and creator of ultra-simple, ultra-addictive games such as QWOP and GIRP, has even created a web-based tribute called Get on Top…’
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