Scotland Rock Art, Washington Blade, Ohio Beaches, More: Short, Late Tuesday Buzz, July 5, 2016

I apologize that this is so late. This morning was filled with Chromebox woe.


In development: a database of rock art. “A digital database of Scotland’s Neolithic and early Bronze Age rock art is to be created. About 6,000 rocks are known in Britain to have ancient cup and ring carvings. More than 2,000 of the sites are found in Scotland.”

The Washington Blade, an LGBT news publication in Washington, DC, is partnering with the Washington DC Public Library. “The Library will digitize, store and make the newspaper’s full archive available on Dig DC, the online portal maintained by the DC Public Library’s Special Collections department. Readers will be able to search and retrieve Washington Blade stories and photos for free. Commercial use of archived material will be subject to fees. The Blade will retain ownership of its content.” Looks like the first phase of digitizing is finishing next year.

The state of Ohio has launched a new Web site to help you swim safely. “The program is called Beach Guard. It’s an online map listing Ohio’s public and semi-private beaches and their water conditions. Beaches that are under any type of advisory are flagged.”


Woo hoo! Google Chrome will get native Chromecasting. “You could still stream the chosen tab of your choice by using the Chromecast extension that you can download from the Chrome Store, but it still stutters its way through and has very basic functionality. Not to forget that it adds another extension to the list of extensions you already have, making Chrome that bit more memory hungry. However, Google is addressing this and have stated that the upcoming build of Chrome, i.e. release number 51 will be receiving native support for Chromecast. This means you will no longer have to be depending upon the extension to be able to extend the display on the TV.”


From the always-useful Social Media Examiner: How to repurpose your Facebook Live videos.

Larry Ferlazzo has a writeup on a useful teaching site called Word Bucket. It’s a site for learning languages that used to be mobile-only, but now has a Web version.


Wow: a new site is devoted to providing information on what VPNs work the best in China. I am posting this here mostly because of what might happen in reaction to that service: “As of now, Great Fire relies on donations from anonymous individuals to keep doing what it does. That can be tricky. It seemed to catch the eye of the Chinese government last year following a media campaign — the upshot of which was an unprecedented high traffic DDOS on its webpages and Github account, which took Github down for days and generated huge server bills for Great Fire to cover.”

More China: China has banned online news outlets from reporting unsubstantiated items found on social media. “Online media basing news reports on contents made on social media must verify them before publication, China’s Internet regulator said on Sunday. News websites must accredit these sources, and they are banned from fabricating stories or distorting facts, according to a notice issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), state-run Xinhua news agency reported.”

The Tánaiste of Ireland, Frances Fitzgerald (and pardon me, Irish friends, if I’m not using the title correctly) has proposed legislation allowing law enforcement to monitor the social media of organized crime members and “suspected terrorists”. “Under the proposed amendments, gardaí will be allowed to intercept the emails, social media and instant messages of suspected terrorists and organised criminals. The proposed legislation will stretch to WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook and emails.” But not Twitter? Good morning, Internet…

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