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RABLOG for Friday, 07/31/15

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The internet might be listening

The internet could be listening to your private conversations.  There are more and more devices like Amazon’s Echo which is a digital assistant set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score or the weather.  In theory, these devices could be used to listen to your private conversations.

Amazon says Echo users don’t need to worry about the device eavesdropping on them because there are safeguards that let users know when it’s recording.

I already think the internet is reading my mind.  I don’t need it listening to me.

RABLOG for Thursday, 07/30/15

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RABLOG for Wednesday, 07/29/15

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Office temperature tiff

Men and women who work in the same office often don’t agree on the ideal temperature of their surroundings.  Men tend to like a cold office while women prefer a little heat.  Cue the research study.

Researchers had their hands on the controls at an insurance office for a month.  When they warmed the place from 68 to 77 degrees, typos went down by 44 per cent and productivity skyrocketed by 150 per cent.  The study was overseen by Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis and director of Cornell University’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory.

So it appears that thawing out workers has a positive effect on the bottom line.  Plus, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates you can save about 11 per cent on summer power bills by raising the thermostat from 72 to 77 degrees.

RABLOG for Monday, 07/27/15

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12 American names popular for the first time

There are 12 names that are popular for the first time in the U.S. and they include Annabelle, Piper, Easton and Hudson.

Researchers reviewed the thousand most popular names for each gender in each year between 1900 and 2014 from the Social Security Administration.

These names have never cracked the top 100 names for that gender before 2012.  The names are Annabelle, Aria, Piper, Skylar, Mila, Paisley, Penelope, Easton, Hudson, Jace, Camden, and Lincoln.

I’m pretty sure Skylar’s popularity is due to “Breaking Bad”.