New York, SSAFA, Tumblr, More: Sunday Buzz, February 22nd, 2015

Do you want to watch the Oscars online? You have options.

The state of New York has put attorney discipline records online. As far as I can tell from doing a few searches, you can get notices of disciplinary actions going back a while, but the instructions for getting details on actions only goes back to 2003.

Some privacy concerns are being raised about Google’s CAPTCHA tool. “…device recognition company AdTruth believes it has found evidence Google’s CAPTCHA killer is collecting far more information than mouse coordinates alone, and that it could use the security tool to inform its advertising services too. The new tool isn’t overtly labelled as a Google service, yet anyone clicking through it ‘consents’ to be tracked by Google’s cookies, AdTruth found. And while the service is intended to do only one thing — determine whether you are a human or not — it is also able to identify a lot more information about which specific human you are.”

Fusion has a story about people who auto-delete their tweets along with links to at least one method if you want to try it yourself. On the one hand I kind of like the idea. On the other hand, it might make me a little too complacent about what I post. I always think twice before I post on Twitter because I know it’s public and part of the permanent record. (Yes, I have thought twice before posting some of my stupidness.)

Do you use Yahoo Mail? The search has been update.

More record adds from FamilySearch! “Notable collection updates include the 744,919 indexed records from the US, New York, Naturalization Index (Soundex), 1792–1906 collection; the 144,735 indexed records from the US, Illinois, Soldier burial places, 1774–1974 collection; and the 85,387 indexed records from the Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833–1885 collection.”

Did you know there’s an online database of 19th century bookcloth bindings? Beautiful! There are actually several interesting databases here.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) has digitized its 1914 Flag Book. “…across the UK and the British Empire SSAFA mobilised some 50,000 volunteers to help more than a million people in 1914. The archive reveals the hardship faced by families at the time. Every town is listed, with the number of people helped, the types of cases and the organisations and benefactors involved.”

A Native American activist is planning a class action lawsuit against Facebook over its real name policy. “Dana Lone Hill is one of many Native Americans to report being suspended from their Facebook accounts, a process that blocks users from accessing any profile information until they provide proof of identity by handing over documents. Lone Hill was suspended after changing the account from her mother’s last name, Lone Hill, to her father’s last name, Lone Elk. Once her case was covered by national news outlets, service was restored.”

Interesting: Tumblr is apparently censoring “torrent” related tags and searches. But you can get them back. “Those who search the site for ‘torrent’ related queries will notice that there are no results displayed, even though there are plenty of posts mentioning the word. The same is true for posts tagged with ‘torrent.’ Tumblr is hiding the results in question from both public and logged in users but the latter can make the posts show up if they switch off the ‘safe mode’ lock on the right hand side of the screen.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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