WWII Honolulu, Twitter, Patch Tuesday, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, February 14, 2019


Hawaii News Now: Never-before-seen trove of photos shows Honolulu during height of World War II. “After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Richard Perkins joined the Army and was stationed at Fort Shafter as a radio operator. He was also an avid photographer. When he died in 2014, his family inherited a closet full of photo albums and a tin can.”


Mashable: A weird Twitter bug is messing with retweets, notifications and likes. “Something is up with Twitter. It’s not only that it’s hard to follow a conversation between two people on the platform, but rather there’s a weird bug that’s messing up likes, retweets and notifications, something which Twitter is working on resolving.” Seen plenty of complaining about this on my timeline and also certainty that it Means Something. (I think it means the code is messed up somewhere.)

Neowin: Patch Tuesday: Here’s what’s new for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. “It’s the second Tuesday of the month, and that means it’s time for Patch Tuesday updates. As usual, today’s cumulative updates are heading out to all supported versions of Windows. These include Windows 10 and all older versions of Windows that are still supported. That list includes Windows 7 and its corresponding server version, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2, and the original Windows Server 2012.”


Amit Agarwal: The Essential Tools for Programmers. “This is a list of essential tools and services from my coding workflow that I think should be part of every web programmer’s toolkit. Whether you a building a simple ‘Hello World’ app or a complex web application, these tools should make your coding easier and increase productivity.” Over 30 items listed, brief but decent descriptions.

MakeUseOf: 7 Top News Apps for Free: Google News, Flipboard, Feedly, and More. “For a lot of people, news consumption has shifted from websites and newspapers to aggregator apps on smartphones. But finding the right one is surprisingly still quite a challenging process. When picking the best news app, you need to look out for a lot of features, including smart algorithms, dark themes, offloading options, and more. We’ve rounded up the best seven news apps for Android and iPhone you should try.” I still miss Undrip.


CNET: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s chaotic interview: 6 takeaways from his tweets. “Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey couldn’t stop tweeting on Tuesday. For more than 90 minutes, Dorsey participated in an interview through tweets with Recode’s co-founder Kara Swisher. The 42-year-old tech mogul talked about a variety of topics from tech responsibility and safety to the use of the platform by President Donald Trump and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He also quipped he would rather be eating Cheez-Its than ‘bad meat’ with Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.”

Cowra Guardian: Google gone mad: pranksters mess with Cowra on Maps. “After a quick search of the town on Wednesday afternoon, the Cowra Guardian spotted some funny and rude additions to Cowra’s region on Google Maps. It’s not clear who the perpetrators are, however names have been placed on parks, businesses and houses across town and at the time of publication, more have popped up around town. ” It should not be this easy to screw up Google Maps.

Voice of America News: Wikitongues Seeks to Save World’s Dying Languages. “Wikitongues was launched in 2016 as an open internet collection of world languages. The self-described ‘community’ is operated by volunteers from around the world. The collection is in the form of language videos that people add to the Wikitongues website. Wikitongues says that, even with the internet’s wide reach, less than 1 percent of all languages are actively represented online. The organization seeks to serve as an internet resource to connect users who wish to keep a language alive.”


Ars Technica: Microsoft patches zero-day vulnerabilities in IE and Exchange. “Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday this month had higher-than-usual stakes with fixes for a zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability under active exploit and an Exchange Server flaw that was disclosed last month with proof-of-concept code.”

The Register: Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in ‘catastrophic’ attack. “A hacker wiped every server and backup of VFEmail this week in a ‘catastrophic’ attack, according to the webmail service. VFEmail admins detailed the network intrusion on Monday in a grim red-letter update on the site’s front page. The service’s founder Rick Romero also said it’s likely the webmail outfit is toast as a result of the ransacking.”


Case Western Reserve University: Database funded to help researchers understand the effect of bipolar disorder throughout adult life span. “Not much is known about how bipolar disorder (BD) affects people throughout their lives. Do women and men differ in the severity of their symptoms? Does a person’s age when a bipolar diagnosis is made have any bearing on how severe the symptoms are? How do other medical conditions affect symptoms of BD across the life span? These questions and others like them are the focus of an international team of researchers, joined by Martha Sajatovic, professor of psychiatry and of neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, who has received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. She and her colleagues will develop the first-of-its-kind multi-national database that can be used to help researchers address questions about BD throughout the adult life span.”

Yeshiva University: Data-Driven Torah. “Since the introduction of the Bar Ilan Responsa database a generation ago, much discussion has focused on how accessibility and searchability change the landscape of Torah study and halachic [Jewish legal] decision-making, for better or worse. More recently, a new model has emerged, according to which texts are data, vast sets of individual pieces of information linked in different ways. Two projects can help illustrate where this is headed.” Good morning, Internet..

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