OkCupid Frustrating You? Find Real Alternatives Here

cupidToday on 1400 WOND, we will be talking about the OkCupid.

You may have seen in the news recently that OkCupid has been caught experimenting on its users recently. If you recall, Facebook ran into a similar issue just a few months ago where it was accused of running emotional experiments on its users.

Needless to say, social media sites are taking some serious heat from the public in recent months.

OkCupid recently admitted that it also runs experiments on its users. One of the site’s founders, Chris Rudder, wrote in his company blog to explain that these experiments were done to help determine how to build the site.

The goal of the engineers is to find the optimal way to link people together. I’m not sure why engineers would be running social experiments…that seems like something that a psychologist would be more qualified to do.

Chris went on to explain a bit more detail about what had been done. In one case, text would be hidden from profiles to obscure certain information about users.

In another, users who thought that they had found a good match were later told that they were not actually a strong match for each other.

As you can imagine, this begins to toy with people’s emotions and could potentially lead to permanent emotional issues.

Lots of people took to Twitter to voice their opinion about the issues. Not too many people agreed with OkCupid’s actions.

The Huffington Post article on the issue went in to further detail about one of the experiments run on the site. For example, one test in particular was used to find out whether looks really mattered. As you might expect, they do.

The test began by asking users to rate each other based on both personality and looks. The OkCupid team would then hide the test of the member profiles so that only photos would show. The result? Members of the site rated each other evenly between the profile and non-profile versions, showing that even a great profile can’t overcome bad looks.

If you’re concerned about his you might just think about going the old fashioned route and learning how to get a date without the internet. Go out a meet some people! It’s a good thing to do once in a while. You can learn more about this at http://www.ilwu10.org/ .

What do you think? Should sites like OkC be allowed to run these types of experiments? If you are a member, how did you react to this news?

Thanks for tuning in!

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1400 Wond Radio Reborn!

micHey there,

As you may have noticed, 1400 WOND (or the “wan” as we call it) has been off the air for a while. But have no fear! We are making a return and should be up and running here shortly.

In the meantime, we will update this site on a regular basis as mush as we can. We are a bunch of busy beavers here at the station, so keep this in mind if you don’t hear from us for a while.

We’ve switched up our format a bit to be sort of a catchall news radio. In our past life we focused more on music and concerts, but we will be switching to more of a news type station from now on.

NPR-iTunesArtwork-256This will be similar in a way to stations like NPR in that we will talk about a bunch of different topics.

Hope this doesn’t aggravate our listeners too much, but it’s always fun to take different routes with this sort of stuff.

If you’re interested you can find out more about us by searching some of our wikipedia pages. We should still be showing up for some of those…we hope!

We will be opening up a forum for people to post ideas on what they want to hear. This should give our community a voice and the ability to give input on what happens on the show. Keep an eye out for that.

We have a cool lineup of people set to come on the show in the near future, so get excited!

Until then, keep rocking WOND-erers!

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Radio Communications in Emergency Situtaions

There are a number of options in regards to two way radios. Having one does you no good if there’sn’t someone on the other end to speak to. You can just get one for each of you in the event you have someone in mind you would like to stay in contact with in an emergency. You can examine your local city or county authorities for disaster preparedness guidelines in the event you don’ t have anyone in particular to stay in contact with. Occasionally county authorities will propose a kind of radio for your region. Here’s a rundown of the more prevalent sorts.

CB

Truck drivers and other motorists once popular cB radios to speak on the highway. Mobile phones have reduced the employment of these radios, but not removed truck. CB radios are nevertheless popular for recreational communications and professional throughout the nation. In a crisis, it’s not impossible to get hold of help on CB channels 19 and 9. A hand held CB will just get 1-2 miles range. An excellent mobile CB radio (installed in a vehicle) with a 4 foot antenna will get about 4-5 miles. This range limitation is because of the 4 watt electricity limit put by the FCC on CB radios. It’s not impossible to get more range by changing or correcting the CB.

FRS/GMRS

FRS frequencies or family radio service are popular in ‘walkie talkie’ kind radios. These radios are used a lot for family activities like hunting, fishing, camping, trekking, etc. GMRS frequencies are generally contained on these radios. GMRS frequencies lawfully need a permit, however just something like.02 percent of the folks working on those frequencies really take one. The range on those radios is restricted to 1-2 antennas. GMRS and fRS radios have a fixed antenna, which means you can’t expand the range.

10 meter

10 meter radios (also called ham or amateur radios) have been in use by respective organizations and hobbyists. The greatest drawback to a 10 meter is a permit is required by them. This really is substantially offset range and by the power they offer. In an emergency, I doubt anyone will whine, although I’d indicate in case you’re going to get one to simply get the permit. The range on a 10 meter radio is based on antenna set up and the power output for the radio. The Magnum 1012 hand held 10 meter will get upwards of 10 miles on USB. A Galaxy DX94HP cellular telephone 10 meter radio with a 4 foot antenna can get a 100 miles range. Many 10 meter radios may also be changed to get exactly the same range on CB frequencies, though this is not legal.

Listening

It’s not awful to have some sort of get only radio to get advice on even for those who are in possession of an excellent two way radio. While you can not send out a sign with the 10 meter radios, these radios can get advice from sources hundreds of miles away, perhaps directing you to caution or evacuation place of dangerous places and scenario.

AM/FM

You might need to get for those who have not heard of AM/FM radio. AM/FM radio generally FM, is a daily part of most American’s lives. They are used in nearly every vehicle, mobile radios You have likely heard an evaluation of the emergency transmission system on the radio. It comes across as an irritating buzzing sound followed by a message saying something to the result of “This has been a test of the emergency broadcast system”. In a crisis scenario, you’ll most likely hear advice that is significant on FM stations.

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