California Doctors, Argentina Laws, Ubuntu, More: Sunday Buzz, March 26, 2017


A new Web site provides ratings on over 10,000 doctors in California. “The California Healthcare Performance Information System (CHPI) has launched a new website… a free resource for consumers to search ratings on more than 10,000 physicians across California. Each physician received a rating of one to four stars on measures in their area of specialty…. Data on more than 10 million patients was analyzed to create the ratings, which measure how well physicians and practice sites provided recommended medical tests and procedures for patients with certain healthcare conditions.”

Buenos Aires Herald: New website shines light on legacy of dictatorship-era legislation. “A new website, Las Leyes de la Dictadura (‘Laws of the dictatorship’), that launched this week has pulled back the curtain on dictatorship-era legislation, indicating how the legacy of those dark years shapes today’s country. The site … investigates the over 417 laws created, designed and passed under the country’s last military dictatorship (1976-1983) and was launched this week to coincide with today’s 41th anniversary of the 1976 coup d’état.” Site is in Spanish but Google Translate works reasonably well. Don’t be discouraged when the text at the top doesn’t change – it’s an image, looks like. Scroll down.


BetaNews: Ubuntu Linux 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’ Final Beta now available for download in multiple DE flavors. “Today, the Final Beta of Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’ becomes available for download. While it is never a good idea to run pre-release software on production machines, Canonical is claiming that it should be largely bug free at this point. In other words, if you understand the risks, it should be fairly safe. Home users aside, this is a good opportunity for administrators to conduct testing prior to the official release next month.”

TechCrunch: Google is working on a new social app for small groups to edit photos together. “While Google continues to add more features to its two social communication apps Allo and Duo, TechCrunch has learned that it has quietly been working on least one more social app. Google has been developing a new social app that lets small groups edit photos together and then organise them for future enjoyment: think Path meets Snapchat-style filters and edits meets Google’s imaging smarts.”


Lifehacker: Bear Is the Perfect Balance Between the Bloat of Evernote and the Simplicity of Plain Text. “When it first launched, Bear was an intriguing alternative to bloated note-taking apps like Evernote and OneNote, but it was still a little too new to dive into. After a couple minor iterations, I’m convinced it’s a worthy alternative for those sick of the bloat of other notes apps and for those who like the take-home simplicity of plain text. Provided you’re in the Apple ecosystem, anyway.” Apple ecosystem in this case does include iOS.


Stanford: Stanford students praise new hands-on approach to archival research. “On a recent Wednesday morning, students read and studied for exams in the usual quiet sections inside Stanford’s Green Library. The library’s Barchas Room, however, buzzed with activity. There, about a dozen students gathered for History of Modern China, one of the undergraduate classes at Stanford that now provides hands-on opportunities to work with historical documents and artifacts. Students were confronted with six gray boxes containing hand-written letters, diaries, official documents, black-and-white photographs and other items from around the 1960s related to China.”

Syria Deeply: Preserving the Past in Damascus Builds Hope for the Future. “Historian and political analyst Sami Moubayed discusses his efforts to preserve the Syrian capital’s archives and cultural history and the war’s impact on the country’s many ancient sites and artifacts.”

SEO Roundtable: Google On How They Index & Rank 360° Images . “Google’s John Mueller was asked about how Google indexes and ranks images that are in 360° format. The question was ‘are 360 degree images treated differently by Google?’ ‘Should file names be optimized the same way regular images are?'”

Mashable: You may not like Facebook ‘On This Day’ but there are many people who don’t even have it . “Today is the second anniversary of On This Day, a tool that Facebook has repeatedly said publicly — and said to me — is globally rolled out. It isn’t.”


The Telegraph: Exclusive: Google and social media companies could be prosecuted if they show extremist videos. “Google, Facebook and other internet companies could be prosecuted if they do not stop extremist videos from being seen on their websites by people in Britain, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Ministers are considering a new law which would mean Google – which owns YouTube – and other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter can be prosecuted if they allow such videos to be disseminated.”

CNET: FedEx will pay you $5 to use Adobe Flash on your browser. “You know when people say ‘this is so bad, you couldn’t pay me to use it’ FedEx just upped the ante.”


Geek: AI Identifies Coded Hate Speech on Social Media. “Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify coded hate speech online.” Good morning, Internet…

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