A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Solar Interference: the cause of dropped calls? >> OpenSignal
The study, published this week in Nature Physics, shows a causal link between solar storms and dropped calls. Solar storms produce bursts of radio waves which can interfere with the radio networks used to provide cell phone service. The finding is especially interesting because it's the first time that the link between solar storms and solar radio bursts has actually been proved.
"Sorry, the sun's come out. You're breaking up."
School districts grapple with glitches in computer tablets >> WSJ.com
Meanwhile, officials in
iDiot >> Pixel Envy
In a research note Wednesday,
No, read on, really. You'll howl. (From April, but still funny.)
US Senator Markey calls for FTC investigation over
Members of the FTC are furloughed and so cannot initiate an investigation right now. Regardless, this is a situation where an FTC investigation may be unwarranted. There isn't any "deception" going on.
The larger issue of opt-out vs. opt-in is worthy of discussion in a broader context: when do consumers need to opt-in vs. being permitted to opt-out? As mentioned there's substantial survey based evidence that most consumers would not opt-in to most online advertising programs, which would compromise the ability of publishers and ad networks to serve more targeted ads and maximize revenue.
Would be fascinating to see how it would go if
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