Cell phone annoyances

How to track privacy measures on Google, Facebook, and others, a rower for your Wii, and why other people's cell phone conversations get on your nerves.

Research out of Cornell University proposes that cell phone conversations in public places annoy us because we can only hear one side of the conversation. Researchers call it halfalogue.

Apparently listening to halfalogue is frustrating because it takes up more of our mental CPU, so to speak. We can usually deduce what the conversation is about from halfalogue but the act of deduction is distracting.

But guess what? Eavesdropping in general is distracting, not to mention rude. I propose that we all invest in a good pair of noise-canceling earbuds and do what we were told to do in elementary school. Namely, MYOB!

Other links from Friday morning's episode of Loaded:

The Select Committee of Energy Independence and Global Warming host a live Web cam of the BP oil spill

A privacy advocacy group launches InsideGoogle.com to help keep the big Web companies honest in their privacy practices

A rowing machine gaming peripheral lets you row, row, row your Wii gently down your living room floor

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