I’m tired, that third Old Fashioned was a mistake and I just want darkness to descend. I switch off the main light by the door. Everything goes dark. I switch it back on. I hit the switch by the bedside lamp. It comes on. I walk back to the door. Click. Darkness. The switch by the door turns everything off. Perhaps it doesn’t switch the desk lamp off. I repeatedly turn the knob on the desk lamp, which doesn’t come on. No, because there’s a switch on the flex as well. Back to the main light. Click. Darkness. I am in the puzzle room from hell. … [Read more...] about I’m Fluent In 5 Computer Languages. Why Can’t I Switch Off The Bedside Light In A Marriott?
A 14-year-old victim of trafficking filed a suit earlier this year against the Roosevelt Inn in Philadelphia for allegedly turning a blind eye while she was sex trafficked. That set off a chain of other suits: In Houston this spring, a mother sued the Plainfield Inn, alleging the motel knew her 21-year-old daughter had been trafficked there for two years before showing up dead in a ditch less than 10 miles away. And there are four more lawsuits by victims who are accusing America’s Best Value Inn in Salisbury, Maryland, of knowing that they had been held there against their will and were forced to perform sex acts with men—reviewers on travel websites even complained of the prostitution there. … [Read more...] about Hotels Are Key In The Fight To End Human Trafficking
1997: Instant gratification The launch of 1-Click was just the start of Amazon’s speed quest. In the mid-1990s, a mere 8% of U.S. consumers felt the web was secure enough to make purchases with a credit card. This was before PayPal and iTunes, when it was still common for people to complete eBay transactions by mailing cash or a check. All that changed in 1997, when Amazon introduced a small feature called 1-Click, which enabled customers to securely store their credit-card information online and make all future purchases with a single tap of their mouse. Not only did it make shopping exceedingly and addictively easy, it also brought the magic of the Internet to life, helping to usher in an era of increasingly seamless e-commerce. CEO Jeff Bezos, naturally, patented the 1-Click idea, and even Apple felt that the technology was so core to the future of shopping that it licensed it for its online store. (Barnes & Noble, on the other hand, ended up in a lawsuit with Amazon after … [Read more...] about 20 Moments From The Past 20 Years That Moved The Whole World Forward