Skydiving Dropzones, Go Kart Tracks, North Carolina History, More: Monday Evening Buzz, November 27, 2017

I spent part of my holiday weekend digging out my e-mail and RSS feed readers and ended up with an extra issue of ResearchBuzz. Enjoy.


New-to-me: a database of skydiving dropzones. “Skydiving Source maintains practical and technical information on dropzones around the world. Use the search functionality and listings below to find the best place to make your first, or next skydive! Dropzone profiles feature general information, airport locations, aircraft, reviews, photos and more.” 245 dropzones are listed, the vast majority in North America.

New-to-me: an online database of Go Kart tracks. From the home page: “Go Kart Source presents an up-to-date go kart track database and a wealth of information for avid racers.” Don’t consider it complete – it missed a Go Kart track that’s not too far from where I live. It’s part of a larger entertainment complex, though, so maybe that’s why it was skipped.


State Archives of North Carolina: Using Primary Sources in the Classroom: New Online Lesson Plans and Tutorials. “Lesson plans and tutorials can help social studies teachers engage their students with primary sources such as maps, photographs, letters, and contemporary newspaper accounts. The North Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) and the State Archives of North Carolina have produced these tools for teachers and students in a program titled, ‘Teaching Digital North Carolina.'”


Digital Trends: Arduino vs. Raspberry Pi: Mortal enemies, or best friends?. “You may have never used Raspberry Pi or Arduino, but chances are you’ve heard of them. Raspberry Pi has been the best-selling British computer for years now and Arduino has been transforming the DIY community one board at a time. There’s no shortage of options designed to provide you with a little electronic control over your projects, but the budget-friendly Raspberry Pi and the plethora of solutions under the Arduino brand are certainly two of the most popular.”


The New Arab: Egypt arrests popular social media satirist over ‘illegal group’. “An Egyptian satirist known for his ribald humour was detained by Egyptian authorities on suspicion of joining an ‘illegal group’, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Islam al-Rifai, who has more than 70,000 followers on Twitter where he posts lewd jokes and pictures, was arrested last Thursday, his lawyer Gamal Eid said.”

Knight Center: Brazil prepares fight against fake news ahead of national elections. “The fight against fake news will likely be a priority for several Brazilian governmental entities as the country faces national elections in the coming year. The National Congress, the Superior Electoral Court, Army and Federal Police have already stressed the importance of reducing fake news commonly disseminated on social networks in order to prevent negative influence on the contests for the president, governors, congressmen and senators.”


Naked Security: 3 simple tips to stay off the hook this phishing season. “We know that the majority of Naked Security readers are strongly interested in IT and computer security, as well as partly or fully responsible for security at work or at home (or, more likely, both). So, even if you could spot a phish at 100 paces, what about your friends, family and colleagues? We thought it might help if we put together a brief “story in pictures” to help you do the explaining. Here goes.” A good article to pass around to your less technically-savvy friends and family.

Thomas Ash: Orphan Works, Google Books and the merits of fair use. “I started this post many months ago, but never got round to finishing it. Inspired by a recent post on fair use by fellow #citylis student @olivianesbitt I thought I’d dust of this post and finish it with a sprinkling of orphan works for good measure. When the European Commission published its i2010 digital Libraries initiative, announcing its intention of creating a single European digital library providing online access to European cultural heritage, it was clearly operating under a desire to avoid the legal wrangling faced by Google over its Google Print Library Project (Google Books).”


New York Times: Tim Wu: Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality. “Back in 2005, a small phone company based in North Carolina named Madison River began preventing its subscribers from making phone calls using the internet application Vonage. As Vonage was a competitor in the phone call market, Madison River’s action was obviously anticompetitive. Consumers complained, and the Federal Communications Commission, under Michael Powell, its Republican-appointed chairman, promptly fined the company and forced it to stop blocking Vonage. That was the moment when ‘net neutrality’ rules went from a mere academic proposal to a part of the United States legal order. On that foundation — an open internet, with no blocking — much of our current internet ecosystem was built.” Quantum computing with molecules for a quicker search of unsorted databases. “Scrapbooks or social networks are collections of mostly unsorted data. The search for single elements in very large data volumes, i.e. for the needle in the data haystack, is extremely complex for classical computers. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now quantum mechanically implemented and successfully executed Glover’s algorithm, a process for the quick finding of a search element in unsorted databases. Their results are reported in the Physical Review Letters.” Good evening, Internet…

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