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Ireland Films, Alaska Communities, Firefox Add-Ons, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 3, 2018

NEW RESOURCES

ESB: Film Archive is launched. ESB stands for Electricity Supply Board. It is an electric utility in Ireland. “To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of ESB’s Public Relations Department, we have launched previously unseen film footage commissioned by ESB from the 1920s to the 1980s. Our film archive offers unique insights into the social, cultural and economic development of Ireland throughout this period.”

Juneau Empire: Alaska community data available on new interactive online portal. “Ever wondered what the Alaska Native names for all the communities in Alaska were? Or how many people lived in each community? Searching for such data just became way easier in an interactive portal. The Division of Community and Regional Affairs unveiled a new website this week, with the goal of making demographic information about communities across Alaska more easily accessible to the average person.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Boing Boing: Mozilla pulls a popular paywall circumvention tool from Firefox add-ons store. “Bypass Paywalls is a free software project maintained by Iamadamdev and hosted on Github. On November 17, Iamadamdev updated the project’s Readme file to announce that Mozilla had removed the extension from its Add-Ons Store; according to Iamadamdev, the add-on was removed for violating Mozilla’s terms-of-service; but they dispute that the project violates those terms.”

State Archives of North Carolina: Announcing the Veterans Oral History Project!. “The State Archives of North Carolina & North Carolina Government & Heritage Library are proud to present the Veterans Oral History Transcription Project featuring 12 remarkable women.” They need transcription help.

The Next Web: Facebook’s new local news section could be a boon to social activists and researchers. “One of the biggest challenges faced by social activists is finding and connecting with people affected by issues they’re concerned about. Now, thanks to Facebook’s new local news section, they may find it easier to organize information on such cases, and unite people better to solve them.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Google Docs Add-Ons for More Professional Documents. “Along with its regular features, Google Docs also supports a host of add-ons to help you properly format a document. These add-ons are found under the Add-ons menu option. Here are some useful Google Docs add-ons you can use to create professional documents.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Verge: Someone hacked printers worldwide, urging people to subscribe to PewDiePie. “The fight over who gets to have the most-subscribed channel on YouTube spilled into the real world months ago when Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg fans started campaigning to raise awareness of the Swedish star. The grassroots effort has, for the most part, been in good fun — but recently, people on social media have reported being hacked by someone who is urging them to subscribe to PewDiePie.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Gizmodo: Google’s ‘Inception’ Neural Network Tricked By Images Resembling Bad Video Games. “Neural networks can do some impressive stuff these days, from generating photorealistic faces to writing short films. Image recognition is another hot area, with projects such as Google Inception leading the way in accuracy. Even so, it still has a long way to go, as researchers from Auburn University and Adobe have revealed in a new paper.”

Ars Technica: Archaeologists map centuries of history beneath world’s oldest cathedral. “The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran doesn’t quite look its age. The basilica, where the Pope presides in his role as Archbishop of Rome, was already ancient when it was rebuilt in the 1650s…. Centuries of Roman history lie buried in the darkness in layers stretching down to 8.5 meters (27.89 feet) below the modern floor of the cathedral, and the subterranean archaeological sites are like a honeycomb through the city’s Caelian Hill. Now, using a combination of laser scanning and ground-penetrating radar, archeologists have made a complete map of the site.”

Vanity Fair: “When You Get That Wealthy, You Start To Buy Your Own Bullshit”: The Miseducation Of Sheryl Sandberg. “The ongoing three-way public-relations car wreck involving Washington, Facebook, and Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s powerful C.O.O., begs a question of America’s esteemed managerial class. How has someone with such sterling Establishment credentials—Harvard University, Harvard Business School, the Clinton administration—managed to find herself in such a pickle?”

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