An Claidheamh Soluis, Tet Offensive, MAD Magazine, More: Thursday Buzz, August 2, 2018


RTÉ Radio 1 via PlayerFM: Digital archive of Conradh na Gaeilge’s weekly newspaper goes online. “Cuan Ó Seireadáin, Curator with Conradh na Gaeilge, speaks to us ahead of the launch of an online archive of ‘An Claidheamh Soluis’ from 1899-1932.” Many apologies — this is audio-only. I could not find a text news article about the archive launch. It may be because I wasn’t searching for the correct keywords in Irish. If you’ve got a link to a text story, please comment with it. Thank you!

Director of National Intelligence: Intelligence Community Releases Newly Declassified Tet Offensive Documents. “On January 4, 2018, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats directed intelligence agencies to review their holdings for historical material of current interest relating to the IC’s role in the Tet Offensive. Today the Intelligence Community has published the first installment of the newly declassified documents relating to the Tet Offensive, highlighting material from the Central Intelligence Agency and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.”

Open Culture: Every Cover of MAD Magazine, from 1952 to the Present: Behold 553 Covers from the Satirical Publication. “For 65 years and counting, the pages of Mad magazine have entertained readers by satirizing all the cultural items, social fads, news items, and political issues of the moment. Throughout that span of time the covers of Mad magazine have done the same, except that they’ve entertained everyone, even those who’ve never opened an issue, whether they want it or not. Though on one level designed purely as disposable visual gags, Mad’s covers collectively provide a satirical history of America, and one you can easily browse at Doug Gilford’s Mad Cover Site, ‘a resource for collectors and fans of the world’s most important (ecch!) humor publication.'”


Neowin: Google announces Spotify integration into its Clock app. “The Google Clock app has many different useful functions but the alarm clock is probably the most vital when it comes to most people’s routines. If you hated hearing the included alarm sounds of the app, you’ll be happy to know that you will now be able to set Spotify tracks as an alarm tone with the latest update.”

Search Engine Land: Google adds deep breathing exercises to search results. “Google has quietly added a deep breathing exercise and meditation technique to the search results.”


American Libraries: Free webinar on blockchain for libraries. “The Blockchain National Forum, held at San José State University iSchool in Summer 2018, brought together experts in the information professions, business, government, and urban planning to develop recommendations on the future uses of blockchain technology within the information professions.”


The Register: Oz retro computer collection in dire straits, bulldozers on horizon. “Australian retro computer fans, it’s time to mobilise: the shoestring volunteers trying to preserve computer history here are the end of their lease, money, and wits. So if you have storage space and a sentimental feeling about, say, a DEC MicroVAX 4000, part of a PDP-11, or a Control Data CDC-6600 backplane, you’ll be welcomed with open arms by the Australian Computer History Museum.”

Tubefilter: YouTube In Hot Water Again After Search Results For Tom Hanks Lead To Conspiracy Theories. “Even as YouTube continues to take action against videos that promote conspiracy theories, its search results continue to be infested with outlandish video. The latest controversy related to the video site’s algorithm concerns the search results for celebrities like Tom Hanks, where content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory was briefly promoted to the top of the page.”

Vice: Facebook Can’t Decide If Homeland Security Ads Are “Political Content”. “Justino Mora, a 29-year-old software engineer and immigration activist from Los Angeles, was browsing Facebook on his phone recently when he spotted a post that caught his attention. It showed a smiling bald man in a blue uniform above the words ‘Now Hiring.'”


Washington Post: Ancestry, 23andMe and others say they will follow these rules when giving DNA data to businesses or police. “Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged on Tuesday to be upfront when they share users’ DNA data with researchers, hand it over to police or transfer it to other companies, a move aimed at addressing consumers’ mounting privacy concerns.”

BetaNews: Warning: DO NOT install the latest version of CCleaner. “A month ago, I wrote about how I felt Avast was ruining CCleaner, the excellent system cleaning software it took over when it acquired Piriform last year. In Avast’s short tenure, we’ve already seen CCleaner suffer from malware, bundled software, and pop-up ads. In my article headline I asked ‘what’s next?’ Well, with a new version of CCleaner available to download, we now have the answer. Inevitably, it’s not good.”


TechCrunch: U.S. adults now spend nearly 6 hours per day watching video . “If you’ve been wondering why every major media platform has been doubling down on its video efforts in recent months, Nielsen’s new report has the answer. According to the firm’s research, U.S. adults are now spending almost 6 hours per day on video, on average. That includes time spent watching both live and time-shifted TV, watching videos in an app or mobile website on a smartphone or tablet, watching video over a TV-connected device like a DVD player, game console or internet device such as Roku, and watching videos on a computer.” GACK! SIX HOURS??! Okay, well, y’all do y’all. Good morning, Internet…

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