Random (un)common facts
A new study states that mobile phones could increase pregnant women's risk of miscarriage. Not uncommon at all, if you ask me! I know that the government has imposed SAR limits, but few people understand that cell phones will continuously adjust their broadcasting power, increasing it whenever cellular signal levels are too low. More info here.
Did you know that hackers can connect to your Wi-Fi network even if they are miles away from your home? Yeah, it's quite simple to do that using a standard laptop that runs the Kali Linux OS and uses a Wi-Fi Cantenna that is connected to the internal board using an rp sma adapter for wireless antennas. Fortunately, the good guys at Gizmodo have created a detailed guide that shows how you can fight back. Here's the article.
If you are a frequent flier, you'll appreciate that convenience of having Internet access during the flight. Small Business Trends has created a useful table which compares airlines based on their in-flight Wi-Fi availability, data transfer speeds and price. Read more about it.
Is Bitcoin a bubble? Only a week ago, the US stock market stopped trading in crypto currencies, to minimize any potential risks. The way I see it, banks may be in grave danger, because people won't need them anymore in the future. Sure, some banks may reinvent themselves are crypto-currency brokers, but they'll have to work with much less reliable, virtual assets. An interesting read - take a look.
Have you even heard about FantasySCOTUS? It is an online "game" in which players try to predict the decisions that are taken by the U.S. Supreme Court. The best players can get money prizes of up to $10,000. Even though most players have standard IQs, their decisions as a group are very accurate. Read this article to learn more.
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