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Louisiana Spending, Cannabis Policy Positions, Linux Mint, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, July 3, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

KPEL: Louisiana Rolls Out New Website To Track Government Spending. “With much of the recent attention on funding Louisiana’s budget, the state is making upgrades to the way residents can keep a better eye on how tax dollars are spent as they roll out the Louisiana Checkbook. The website, which launches Monday, is the product of the work of the administration of Governor John Bel Edwards. Policy Director at the Division of Administration, Jacques Berry, says the state government prioritizes the idea of transparency.”

Civilized: This New Website Tells You Where Every Politician Stands on Marijuana. “The Cannabis Voter Project is a website that helps track the marijuana views of members of Congress as well as governors for every state. All you have to do is click on the state you’re interested in and it will show you all of the elected officials from that state and what their stances are on marijuana. For members of Congress, it shows how the politician voted on cannabis-related bills and for governors it shows both their statements about marijuana as well as legislation related to the issue.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

BetaNews: Linux Mint 19 ‘Tara’ now available for download with Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. “…what fans of Linux Mint have really been looking forward to is the release of Tara — version 19 of the operating system. It was supposed to be released by the end of June, and today, it just makes it in under the wire. Yes, Linux fans, you can download Linux Mint 19 ‘Tara’ immediately. You can choose between three desktop environments — Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce.”

Smithsonian: Hirshhorn Launches New Generation of Museum Mobile Video Guide. “Visitors can come face-to-face with today’s most exciting artists this summer with Hirshhorn Eye (Hi for short), a revolutionary in-gallery instant art guide that uses machine learning to deliver exclusive video to any smartphone. Starting Saturday, June 30, Hi will connect museumgoers directly with the artists behind the art on view—including Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Lorna Simpson and many more—taking the viewer into their homes and studios to explore the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of contemporary art.”

Neowin: After 16 years, StumbleUpon finally retires to give way to Mix. “StumbleUpon used to be the discovery engine that pushed recommended sites to users prior to the social media age dominated by Facebook and Twitter. Its co-founder, Garrett Camp, announced in May that the content aggregator site would be shutting down by the end of June, and asked Stumblers to migrate their accounts to Mix.com. Over the weekend, the final hour for StumbleUpon has come to pass: the content discovery site has shut down 16 years after its launch.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: 7 Facebook Search Tips to Find What You’re Looking For. “The social network is arguably the biggest repository of personal information in existence. But—in typical Facebook fashion—it’s not always easy to sift through and find the information you need at any given moment. If you’re nodding along, you probably need some help searching Facebook. So, keep reading as we introduce you to the best tips to help you find what you’re looking for.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

British Library: British Library to develop shared open access repository services. “The British Library, working with a group of cultural and memory organisations, is piloting a shared repository service for research content built on an open source platform. The repository aims to increase the visibility and impact of research outputs, making the knowledge generated by cultural institutions easier to explore and use for new research.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Outline: Juggalos figured out how to beat facial recognition. “Last September, the world welcomed Juggalos (or Juggalettes, depending on which you prefer) to The Resistance when they marched on Washington en masses to protest the policies of the Trump administration. As if they weren’t already doing the absolute most, the die-hard fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse have become accidental heroes for people concerned about facial recognition tech: According to Twitter user @tahkion, a computer science blogger for WonderHowTo, Juggalo makeup outmatches the machine learning algorithms that govern facial recognition technology.”

CNET: Here’s the latest Facebook bug that (slightly) compromised your privacy. “Facebook keeps making mistakes that share your info — and this time it’s with people you’ve explicitly blocked. According to a new official Facebook blog post, the company is now notifying over 800,000 users that unwanted people may have seen posts on Facebook and Facebook Messenger, even if you’d proactively blocked those people from seeing your posts, between May 29 and June 5.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: Artificial intelligence accurately predicts distribution of radioactive fallout . “When a nuclear power plant accident occurs and radioactive material is released, it is vital to evacuate people in the vicinity as quickly as possible. However, it can be difficult to immediately predict where the emitted radioactivity will settle, making it impossible to prevent the exposure of large numbers of people. A means of overcoming this difficulty has been presented in a new study reported in the journal Scientific Reports by a research team at The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science. ” Good afternoon, Internet…

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