afternoonbuzz

GitHub, Google, Google Maps, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 8, 2019

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

TechCrunch: GitHub Free users now get unlimited private repositories . “If you’re a GitHub user, but you don’t pay, this is a good week. Historically, GitHub always offered free accounts but the caveat was that your code had to be public. To get private repositories, you had to pay. Starting tomorrow, that limitation is gone. Free GitHub users now get unlimited private projects with up to three collaborators.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Business Insider: Turkey to investigate whether Google violated competition law. “Turkey’s competition authority said on Monday it had launched an investigation into whether internet search engine Google broke competition law with algorithms it uses for searches and to target advertisements.”

Times of India: ‘Use Google Maps to combat traffic’. “The National Green Tribunal directed Delhi Traffic Police to evolve a mechanism to refer to Google Maps for taking prompt remedial and preventive steps at places witnessing traffic jams.”

New York Times: Democrats Faked Online Push to Outlaw Alcohol in Alabama Race. “The ‘Dry Alabama’ Facebook page, illustrated with stark images of car wrecks and videos of families ruined by drink, had a blunt message: Alcohol is the devil’s work, and the state should ban it entirely…. In fact, the Dry Alabama campaign, not previously reported, was the stealth creation of progressive Democrats who were out to defeat Mr. Moore — the second such secret effort to be unmasked.”

Dazed: The Instagram documenting the best unseen Alexander McQueen imagery. “There are many so-called McQueen fanatics out there. People who portent to know everything about everything to do with the man, the myth, the legend, and, admittedly, I’m one of them: agreeing ferociously with people while they pontificate about McQueen’s legacy, quickly imbibing their knowledge and passing it off as my own. And I’m not the only one. Then there’s people like John Matheson: true buffs, collectors, obsessors, the ones who are devout disciples not only of McQueen himself, but the entire universe he created.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: Court: Politicians who block citizens on social media violate 1st Amendment. “A federal appeals court in Virginia ruled unanimously Monday that a county official who blocked a citizen from accessing her official Facebook page is in violation of the First Amendment.”

Search Engine Journal: DuckDuckGo Responds to Claims of Using Fingerprinting to Identify Users. “DuckDuckGo has responded to accusations that it uses browser fingerprinting to identify its users. These claims were made on the message board of security software company Whonix.”

Slate: There’s No Such Thing as Expunging a Criminal Record Anymore. “The problem for Alan and millions of other arrestees is that on a practical level, expungement isn’t really expungement anymore. Even if a record is officially wiped clean, it’s legal for criminal justice agencies and other websites to keep criminal records online. Arrest records, mug shots, and court records are classified as in the public record in most states. There’s no constitutional problem in republishing public information, as long as the government makes it public first. Further, forcing a website to take down public records would violate the First Amendment.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Ecns: Drones increasingly used to protect Great Wall. “The use of drones helps human inspectors gain a precise understanding of the preservation of the Great Wall at delicate levels and reveals more information on areas difficult for people to access. Yanqing has the most extensive Great Wall elements in the capital city as well as a complete preservation system. Authorities said drones, satellite images and other new technologies will provide the most comprehensive, accurate data on the Great Wall to create a digital archive platform.”

Nature: Unprovability comes to machine learning. “Scenarios have been discovered in which it is impossible to prove whether or not a machine-learning algorithm could solve a particular problem. This finding might have implications for both established and future learning algorithms.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. The ham radio item somehow reminded me of an old, old school site not previously mentioned on Research Buzz, or at least not indexed by url in same: AmericanRadioHistory.com collects an enormous number of books and magazines related to the English language broadcasting industry, music magazines, radio technology and engineering, DXing, and related subjects. The site has not been updated since August and I hope it is not adrift. Much of the magazine content was once available in public and university libraries, but has been ditched from the collections i have checked over the years (for audio and hi-fi magazines). This site is explicitly NOT preserved on archive.org.

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