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Taiwan Culture, Chrome Extensions, Mitch Hedberg, More: Monday Afternoon Buzz, June 18, 2018

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Taipei Times: Culturally important locations to be put on online database. “Culturally significant locations around the nation are to feature on an online map on the government’s ‘Taiwan Geospatial One Stop Portal’ in a joint effort by the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica and the Ministry of the Interior.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: How to Continue to Download Chrome Extensions Without Using the Chrome Store . “If Google pulls your favorite extension from the Chrome Web Store, for example, and you don’t care about the security concerns involved with installing an extension ‘gone rogue,’ sideloading the extension allows you to to bypass Google’s installation restrictions.” This is *very dangerous* and not recommended unless you know so much about what you’re doing that you’re a tiny bit worried that you don’t know what you’re doing.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

A.V. Club: Mitch Hedberg’s widow says unheard material is coming soon. “Prince’s archives are the stuff of legend, but what about Mitch Hedberg’s? We’ll soon find out, as in a guest column in today’s The Hollywood Reporter, Hedberg’s widow, Lynn Shawcroft, reveals that she’s spent the last eight months diligently digitizing a huge archive of unreleased material from the late comedy legend, and that ‘at some point soon, all of you will be hearing and seeing Mitch again.'”

The Quint: Google Plus new favourite of extremist groups: Report. “With social media sites like Facebook and Twitter coming down heavily on people sharing violent content, extremist groups appear to be migrating to Google Plus to popularise their propaganda, the media reported. According to a report in The Independent on Saturday, Google acknowledged the issue by saying it had ‘more to do’ in order to properly address it and had put dedicated teams in place to do so.”

Recording Academy: Grammy Museum® Grant Program Awards $200,000 For Music Research And Sound Preservation. “The GRAMMY Museum® Grant Program announced today that $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 14 recipients in the United States and Canada to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Research projects include a study that will examine how rhythmic cues can improve movement for older adults and people with Parkinson’s disease, and a study that will examine how neural integration through music enhances long-term memory, among others. Preservation and archiving initiatives will rescue and organize 400 hours of at-risk reel-to-reel tapes of Native Radio—Bay Area:1973–1978; preserve, digitize, and ensure public access to 316 rare interviews with performers, songwriters, and music executives from the Country Music Hall of Fame; and digitally restore rare kinescopes of the 1950s television series “Stars Of Jazz” (KABC-TV, 1956-58); among others.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

VT Digger: Randolph librarian wins surprise judgement against Equifax
. “In a small claims court ruling that surprised even the victor, a self-described member of the ‘librarian resistance’ has won a $600 judgment against Equifax, the credit ratings agency that collects financial data on nearly a billion consumers and businesses worldwide.” I have been a Jessamyn West fan for 20 years!

Kansas City Star: Russian Facebook posts may have inspired militia in Kansas bombing plot, expert says. “The three southwest Kansas men recently convicted in a militia plot to bomb Somali immigrants may have been motivated by Russian manipulation of U.S. social media, a terrorism expert says. Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, said the domestic terrorism attack was being planned at the same time the Russians were conducting a cybercampaign that included posting material on Facebook designed to heighten racial tension in the United States.”

Krebs on Security: Microsoft Patch Tuesday, June 2018 Edition. “Microsoft today [last week – RB] pushed out a bevy of software updates to fix more than four dozen security holes in Windows and related software. Almost a quarter of the vulnerabilities addressed in this month’s patch batch earned Microsoft’s “critical” rating, meaning malware or miscreants can exploit the flaws to break into vulnerable systems without any help from users.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

TechCrunch: Facebook’s new AI research is a real eye-opener . “There are plenty of ways to manipulate photos to make you look better, remove red eye or lens flare, and so on. But so far the blink has proven a tenacious opponent of good snapshots. That may change with research from Facebook that replaces closed eyes with open ones in a remarkably convincing manner.”

The Next Web: Stanford researchers taught AI to make dank memes. “A couple of Stanford students fed a computer over 400,000 memes in an effort to teach it how to generate its own. When they were finished, and the machine was trained, they looked upon their creation and decided it was dank. Dank Learning is a method for generating memes using deep learning. Just like any other neural network, it bounces an idea around between different learning layers until it comes up with something similar to what it’s been trained on.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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