For the last three months, I served on a grand jury for the local Circuit Court. All the cases involved crimes in my community (Boone County). The jury probably heard 140 cases, everything from murder to crimes against children. Some were very hard to hear, and two of them are hard to forget.
The grand jury members are sworn to secrecy about the cases and persons who came before us (including the witnesses-often law enforcement officers); I can tell you a few things I learned:
You can have a video-conference without video, but you can’t have a video-conference without audio.
Let’s face it. Our zoomified existence is tiring.
For lots of reasons, but one of the main reasons that we have such a hard time with zoom call after zoom call (or any service), is audio quality. Poor audio quality means that it takes more concentration to listen and understand — leading to less comprehension and attention. And a feeling a fatigue at the end of the day.
[For more on why audio is problematic and developments on the horizon, check out Why Do We Suffer From Zoom Fatigue? …
Robinhood and similar trading apps may not be impacting retail trading, but they have the potential for a devastating impact on individuals.
By now many of you know the story of Alex Kearns, a University of Nebraska student who committed suicide when he mistakenly believed that he had optioned himself into a $730,000 debt.
Kearns’s case is not just a story about a novice investor and an unhelpful broker. …