Short Wednesday Evening Buzz, January 21st, 2015

Apparently search engines are now the most trusted new source. Not sure how that works, since the news indexed by search engines is often from “traditional” sources…

SplashData has released its annual “Worst Passwords” list (PRESS RELEASE). 123456? Really?

Google has invested one billion dollars in SpaceX. “Although SpaceX was extremely vague about what this investment would mean, reports from earlier this week indicated that it would be used to help build a satellite-based Internet service that would help connect billions of people to the web who today lack Internet access.”

Is the Pirate Bay going to come back? “With only 10 days remaining on its countdown clock, The Pirate Bay has redesigned its home page today to more closely resemble the look it had before it went down last month. First spotted by TorrentFreak, the black waving pirate flag that had filled the screen in recent weeks has now been reduced to a smaller box in the center. The search box and categories are back under the flag. However, these are not active yet.”

The Gambia National Library will be digitized. “The director general of the Gambia National Library Service Authority (GNLSA) has on Tuesday informed lawmakers of the joint session of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly that efforts are on track for the digitalisation of the archival materials of the said Library.”

A big Java patch has just been released – if you still have Java on your machine better get updating. Good evening, Internet…

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Are You Missing Bloglines? Here’s a Possible Fix

I’ve been getting periodic e-mails asking what happened to Bloglines, and I unfortunately have not been able to provide any answers because I couldn’t find anything either!

I got a Tweet about it today and I still didn’t know anything, so I got mad and went rummaging around on Google, and I found something! Twitter user @FuturePersp tried it and said it worked.

What I found was a note from a gentleman named Matt Lueck. he’s apparently getting his Bloglines stuff via NetVibes.


Here’s the text if you need to cut and paste anything:

“This was my solution. Log into netvibes using your bloglines info. Click Dashboard then manage. On the left under Dashboards click backup data. Select Bloglines from the dropdown. that will export an XML file from to your computer with everything you were following in bloglines. Now add that to netvibes by clicking add on your page and then import the xml in the menu on the right. Now you can read things in netvibes.”

Those instructions came from a Facebook comment left at . I can’t try it because I don’t use Bloglines, but two followup comments left there and FuturePersp seems to indicate this is a way to get your Bloglines stuff. If you try it, could you please let me know in the comments if it works for you?

Big Game, Big Archive, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, January 21st, 2015

Google has disclosed another Microsoft vulnerability before MS has released a patch. “Microsoft’s recent ‘call for better coordinated vulnerability disclosure’ seems to have hit a brick wall, with Google as quick as ever to expose yet another Windows security glitch. Rated medium for severity, the bug may just be the most troublesome of the three broadcasted this past month.”

NBC will stream the Super Bowl for free. And apparently with a minimum of annoyances: “Viewers can watch without having to log on and offer proof that they pay for the TV service through cable or a telecom. NBC will stream the Super Bowl to desktops and tablets via NBC Sports Live Extra, its live streaming service for sports. The deal doesn’t include phones, though, since Verizon Wireless has the exclusive on that distribution.”

Speaking of the Super Bowl, YouTube is going to produce its first halftime show.

The New Yorker has a big article about The Internet Archive, specifically the Wayback Machine. “This essay is about two hundred thousand bytes. A book is about a megabyte. A megabyte is a million bytes. A gigabyte is a billion bytes. A terabyte is a million million bytes. A petabyte is a million gigabytes. In the lobby of the Internet Archive, you can get a free bumper sticker that says ‘10,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes Archived.’ Ten petabytes. It’s obsolete. That figure is from 2012. Since then, it’s doubled.”

The FBI is warning about a rise in ransomware.

Crossword Cybersecurity has launched CLUE (press release). “CLUE, the cyber security research database, covers nearly 300 cyber security research projects from over 50 UK universities, representing over GBP 150m of research grant investment since 2007. It provides industry with a searchable view of the UK’s cyber security academic research landscape to enable organisations to collaborate with academia more effectively.” It looks like access is free but you have to e-mail someone to get it.

Phil Bradley noticed that UC-Riverside’s Web site INFOMINE went dark on December 15th.

Pond5 has launched a public domain project. “A media marketplace (and Shutterstock competitor) used by over 100,000 outlets with millions of video clips, stock illustrations and photos, and hundreds of thousands of sound effects and music tracks, Pond5 raised $61 million in financing last year from Accel Partners and Stripe Group.” Public domain materials available include video, audio, images, and a small collection of 3D models.

Oh look, yet another “nobody is using Google+” story

Facebook has announced its intention to shower fewer hoaxes in your news feed. My awkward wording is because I’m not sure how well it’ll work. “Today’s update to News Feed reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported as hoaxes and adds an annotation to posts that have received many of these types of reports to warn others on Facebook. We are not removing stories people report as false and we are not reviewing content and making a determination on its accuracy.” Good morning, Internet…

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Texas, Qatar, Magazines, More: Tuesday Buzz, January 20th, 2015

The Texas State Archives has created an expansive digital archive of Texas Senate audio recordings. “The Texas Senate Recordings includes digitized audio files that represent approximately 25,000 cassette tapes. The original tapes were created by and received from Senate Staff Services. The collection includes public committee hearings, floor debates, press conferences, impeachment hearings, and joint meetings with House committees. ”

Is Google going to buy Softcard?

More Google: did you know there’s an URL hack to find in-depth articles on Google?

Hubspot has an article on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest features you might not know about. The title is a big misleading as a lot of the “features” are actually add-ons or third party tools, but it’s an interesting.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a study of hashtag standards for emergencies. “This short reference provides great context for countries, states, cities, businesses, journalists, emergency responders and citizens and is a document we highly recommend everyone review.”

Qatar has begun the second phase of its digital library project. “QDL will add an additional 970,000 pages from the India Office Records dating from the mid-18th century to 1951 and historical maps and photographs. It will also include 56,000 pages of Arab Islamic sciences manuscripts, and about 100,000 pages from private papers, including those of Lady Anne Blunt, thought to be the first woman to cross the Arabian Desert in the 19th century.”

This is a bit nerdy and outside the spectrum of ResearchBuzz, but I love it: a guy wrote a program to find ISBN numbers in Pi.

Which has more bias? Wikipedia or the Encyclopedia Britannica? “In almost all cases, Wikipedia was more left-leaning than Britannica. Dividing articles into categories, the researchers found, for example, that stories on corporations were 11 percent more slanted toward Democrats, while observing similar leanings on topics such as government (9 percent), education (4 percent), immigration (4 percent), and civil rights (3 percent). Other categories did not have enough data to significantly identify bias.”

Is Google going to invest in SpaceX? “The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is considering a $1 billion investment in Musk’s satellite project, which leaves a lot of money to be raised. Further out, Musk hopes to extend the system out as far as Mars, bringing Internet connectivity to a planet the CEO wants to colonize.”

Magzter has launched a “gold” subscription option where a flat $9.99 a month will give you access to 2,000 magazines. I subscribed. What would make it perfect is if it had a “random article” feature. Like, “Give me a random article from a magazine in the business category.” I’d be all over that.

Very clever! A paraglide synchronized with Google Maps.

Hey, Google Chrome has a hidden game!

Are you anti-mouse? How to use Facebook with keyboard shortcuts.

From Social Media Examiner: How to network with Facebook Groups.

Apparently 2014 was a record year for malware. “According to AV-Test, an independent security software review group, more than 143 million malware detections were reported in 2014. That’s 72 percent more, according to a recent report, than 2013. Worse, more malware was detected during 2013-2014 than in the previous 10 years altogether.” Good morning, Internet…

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UFOs, Roman Coins, H. Lee Waters, More: Saturday Buzz, January 17th, 2015

Google serves at least a trillion searches a year. Can you imagine?

Women who share on social media are less stressed. Interesting. Well, it’s a place to vent, isn’t it? And I can get people to laugh at my stupid jokes.

The Utah Government Open Records Portal is now online. “The portal is a central point for requesting access to records from state executive agencies. It will be expanded over the next two years to include local governments as well.”

You can now explore the Northern Lights in Finland with Google Maps.

Duke University has put its H. Lee Waters film collection online. “The motion picture films in the H. Lee Waters Collection play out a history of North Carolina (and Virginia, and South Carolina) in the late 1930s and early 1940s unparalleled in scope and vision.”

Oh why not: a wheat database. “Brockwell Bake’s wheat:gateway brings together publicily available data for around 398,000 wheat lines from many wheat germplasm collections including the European Wheat Database, the Vavilov Insitute (Russia), the Australian winter cereals collection, USDA/GRIN (USA), CIMMYT, ICARDA and the Nordic Gene Centre with additional collection site information from FIGS plus pedigree, synonym and genetic data from GRIS and gene symbol and class information from the Catalogue of Gene Symbols to create a central point to help you find wheat lines of interest to you.”

The Air Force “Blue Book” files have gone online in a comprehensive, searchable database. “The National Archives has made these files available to public on microfilm in its Washington headquarters. Parts of the Project Blue Book files have previously been posted online in various locations, [John] Greenewald said. But his webpage is the first time the complete files have been posted in PDF form in a searchable database, he said.”

The ANS (American Numismatic Society) has launched Coinage of the Roman Republic Online, or CRRO. “Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO) continues the precedent set by Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) [in presenting, in an easily searchable form, all the varieties of the coinage issued in the Roman Republic. Six online collections containing over 20,000 specimens of Roman Republican coinage spread across 2,300 coin types, in addition to hundreds of hoards from Coin Hoard of the Roman Republic (CHRR) and additional individual findspots provided by Berlin are now available for research.”

Facebook has open-sourced a bunch of AI tool. “Most of these tools seek to take better advantage of artificial intelligence algorithms that Facebook and other researchers have already published in academic journals, and the hope is that this newly open sourced code can save outsiders quite a bit of time as they build their own AI services, involving everything from speech and image recognition to natural language processing. The algorithms alone aren’t always enough.”

Flickr Commons is seven years old, and the Library of Congress wants to play party games to celebrate. WOO! Good afternoon, Internet…

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