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Germany Feminism, Cold War History, Russia Photography, More: Monday Evening Buzz, September 17, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

DW: Why hurling tomatoes became a symbol for the German women’s movement. “A new digital archive is shining a light on the history of German feminism. The archive was launched 50 years after an angry female student hurled tomatoes at student leaders, demanding to be heard.”

Library of Congress: Veterans History Project Highlights Cold War Collections . “The Veterans History Project (VHP) in the Library of Congress today launched a website feature, titled ‘Cold War Dispatches: Service Stories from 1947-1991,’ as part of its ‘Experiencing War’ online series. The feature highlights the stories of veterans who served in non-combatant roles within the military between 1947 and 1991, commonly referred to as the Cold War era.”

Calvert Journal: This new online talent hub is showcasing Russia’s best young photographers. “Currently featuring 47 emerging photographers, the Attention Hub will highlight pioneering artists for collectors, curators and institutions. The charity hopes that the database, available in English and Russian, will break down stereotypes and challenge cultural isolation.” Some of the pictures in the article do show nudity.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Society for American Baseball Research: SABR member Bob Tholkes provides massive update to Protoball early baseball games database. “SABR member Bob Tholkes has provided to Protoball.org his impressive new database, the ‘Registry of Interclub Matches’ (RIM), which comprises more than 5,000 interclub baseball matches from 1845-1865. This represents a major addition to Protoball’s pre-professional database, which began with Craig Waff’s contribution of about 2,300 of the earliest modern games and increased with the SABR Origins Committee’s ‘Spread of Base Ball’ project, many of which were unearthed by Bruce Allardice, and Peter Morris’ fine tomes on Base Ball Pioneers and Base Ball Founders.”

SEO Roundtable: Google Search Broke For 12 Hours On A Query . “It is rare to see Google bug out, not work, when you try to use it. But yesterday starting around 3pm EDT through this morning at 3am EDT Google could not give you search results for the query [compare the market]. It is not clear why it was broken, but it was for about 12 hours – which is really unheard of.”

Global Times: Google not close to launching search product in China:company. “Google’s work on search in China has been exploratory and the company is ‘not close to launching a search product in China,’ a spokesperson of the US technology company told the Global Times on Sunday. The comment came in response to market rumors that Google is building a prototype system that would tie Chinese users’ Google searches to their personal phone numbers.”

USEFUL STUFF

Digital Trends: Machine learning? Neural networks? Here’s your guide to the many flavors of A.I.. “Right now, artificial intelligence is to Silicon Valley what One Direction is to 13-year-old girls: an omnipresent source of obsession to throw all your cash at, while daydreaming about getting married whenever Harry Styles is finally ready to settle down. (Okay, so we’re still working on the analogy!) But what exactly is A.I.? — and can terms like ‘machine learning,’ ‘artificial neural networks,’ ‘artificial intelligence’ and ‘Zayn Malik’ (we’re still working on that analogy…) be used interchangeably?

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNET: Iran accuses Twitter of shutting down legitimate accounts. “Iran’s government has accused Twitter of closing accounts belonging to ‘real’ Iranians while allowing anti-government bots to flourish. The charges were leveled Sunday in a series of tweets sent by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addressed to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The removal Zarif refers to is presumably related to a recent Twitter crackdown on fake accounts. ”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Atlantic: Phishing Is the Internet’s Most Successful Con. “In the classic 1973 heist movie The Sting, two con men—played by Robert Redford and Paul Newman—build a fictitious world in a Depression-era Chicago basement to defraud a corrupt banker. They make an offtrack-betting room, hire actors to ensure the scene is convincing, and even enlist pretend law enforcement to fake-bust their mark. The film is memorable because it is one of the finest movies in the genre, well written and funny, but also because the duo’s work is so meticulously detailed. The con has changed since then, both short and long. In this age, the online equivalent of The Sting is a phishing site: a fake reality that lives online, set up to capture precious information such as logins and passwords, bank-account numbers, and the other functional secrets of modern life.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

MIT News: Helping computers fill in the gaps between video frames. “Given only a few frames of a video, humans can usually surmise what is happening and will happen on screen. If we see an early frame of stacked cans, a middle frame with a finger at the stack’s base, and a late frame showing the cans toppled over, we can guess that the finger knocked down the cans. Computers, however, struggle with this concept.” Good evening, Internet…

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