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February 6, 2016 8:38 AM - Subscribe

Strangers keep coming to Mike and Christina's house looking for their stolen cell phones. Nobody knows why. We travel to Atlanta to find out what's going on, in our thorniest Super Tech Support yet.Be sure to check out Kashmir Hill's story onĀ Fusion. (Previously, on the blue)
posted by eotvos (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I loved that the tech guy who showed up was like Alex, but sexy. It was so delightful to hear Alex's self esteem be crushed.

I love these stories of mis-configurations and bugs leading to totally unexpected results. Complex systems misbehavin' is my favourite genre of non-fiction writing.
posted by selenized at 2:13 PM on February 6, 2016 [1 favorite]

It was mentioned that if they were to sell the house, they'd have to disclose this weird issue. I wonder if it happened to the previous owners?
posted by radioamy at 9:08 PM on February 7, 2016

I'm..... not really convinced that they "solved" this one. I really want to know more about the algorithm that's doing this, who actually controls that data, and whether or not swapping out their WiFi Access Point would make the issue go away.
posted by schmod at 8:07 AM on February 18, 2016

I really want to know more about the algorithm that's doing this

Yes, I felt like the explanation of that got bogged down in "trying to explain complex stuff in simple terms" handwaving, including repeatedly using the term "the GPS" for location-finding that totally isn't GPS.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 12:32 PM on February 26, 2016

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