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Quora gives you advice from others: take it or leave it or offer your own

Quora was the theme of an MBF blog back in March 2014, Q&A on Quora And How Facts Are Being Shaped By Opinion. 

Time for an update, because the need for speedy, well-thought through answers that employ the collective wisdom of social media, the web and common sense are invaluable in today’s busy and often stressful world.

So sit back and consider the following picked from thousands, just for you.

One typical question on Quora was: What are the top 10 good habits that I should follow daily to have a beautiful life? Read more »

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Online password security needs updated advice

Online password security and protection – what’s the latest advice?

Every time there’s a breach (think Ashley Madison where 11 million encrypted passwords were decoded) there’re calls for password tightening, heightened security, more frequent changes and more complicated passwords.

However, hackers can just keep churning until your password is hacked, especially if they can add in your free social media data to help – favourite foods, first pet, primary school, date of birth/marriage/whatever.

The problem with any password system is twofold – a) creating something that is hard to guess and b) remembering it along with lots of passwords for other sites. Read more »

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Love your workplace, wherever it is

The workplace is the hub of whatever we do and it helps if we can love it. At least it is for those who work.

School, households, offices, factories, call centres or wherever – the workplace can be the space that becomes empowering or imprisoning.

MBF presents five top tips from five experts as brought together in Stella magazine (23 August 2015) and reported by Lucinda Everett. Read more »

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Learning programs have come a long way from HAL’s lip reading in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey

Two learning programs are now widely available which revolutionise the concept of learning in order to teach.

It used to be true that ‘garbage in, garbage out’ was all people needed to know about computers. While still true, it doesn’t account for how so many programs now learn as they go along from what is inputted.

In teaching terms, no human person can know everything there is to know, but increasingly learning programs are reaching the point where they do know all that there is to know (so far) and are able to be tapped to help teaching and learning generally. Read more »

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Looking in a mirror doesn’t make you a narcissist

Is everyone a narcissist at heart? Has the selfie generation finally become obsessed with itself to such an extent that a stubborn character flaw and possible mental illness has now become the norm?

Everyone assumes narcissists are wrong and should have help to overcome their obsessions about and total love of themselves. Often the term is thrown at people as a form of abuse, almost akin to sexist or racist.

However, a new book by Dr Craig Malkin says ‘its a normal, pervasive human tendency: the drive to feel special.’ Too little of it is not good.

Do you feel special? Not in the Clint Eastwood way of saying ‘do you feel lucky?’, but do you actually see yourself as superior to others, even if you don’t always broadcast that fact? Read more »