Police Misconduct, North Carolina School Finances, Amateur Theater, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, April 29, 2019


USA Today: We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.. “Obtained from thousands of state agencies, prosecutors, police departments and sheriffs, the records detail at least 200,000 incidents of alleged misconduct, much of it previously unreported. The records obtained include more than 110,000 internal affairs investigations by hundreds of individual departments and more than 30,000 officers who were decertified by 44 state oversight agencies.”

WRAL: Average teacher pay, textbook funding, class sizes: NC debuts new school finances website. “The site debuted Thursday and shows financial info for every school system in the state, including average teacher salaries, textbook funding and class sizes. Similar to the state’s School Report Card website, the new dashboard will allow state and local leaders, researchers, news media, community members, and educators and parents to learn more about the funding that goes into, and is spent on, the state’s K-12 public schools.”

Lancaster Guardian: Programmes on show in LADOS digital archive. “For nearly 130 years, Lancaster Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society has been entertaining theatre-goers with a succession of highly acclaimed shows. Now, for the first time, the input of hundreds of performers, backstage and front of house helpers has been chronicled in fine detail online, in possibly the most comprehensive history project undertaken by any amateur society.”


Google Developers Blog: 👋 Hello, World! 👋 | A New Home For Developers On Instagram. “We’re excited to announce the official launch of @googledevs, a new hub for developer culture where we’ll shine a spotlight on communities around the world and make new friends at events like Google I/O, The Android Dev Summit, Flutter Live, and more.”


Fast Company: The former lead designer of Gmail just fixed Gmail on his own. “Michael Leggett is even more annoyed with Gmail than you are…. Rather than sit there and stew, Leggett decided to do something about it: He created a free Chrome extension called Simplify, where all the extraneous folders and functions overloading Gmail seem to melt away, leaving you with a calm screen and nothing but your messages. It’s understatedly beautiful, and every button just seems like it’s in the right place. In fact, it feels a little too good for some random free Chrome extension made by some random developer. Let’s just say that Leggett was highly qualified for the job.”


Motherboard: Why Won’t Twitter Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS? Because It Would Mean Banning Some Republican Politicians Too.. “Twitter has not publicly explained why it has been able to so successfully eradicate ISIS while it continues to struggle with white nationalism. As a company, Twitter won’t say that it can’t treat white supremacy in the same way as it treated ISIS. But external experts Motherboard spoke to said that the measures taken against ISIS were so extreme that, if applied to white supremacy, there would certainly be backlash, because algorithms would obviously flag content that has been tweeted by prominent Republicans—or, at the very least, their supporters. So it’s no surprise, then, that employees at the company have realized that as well.”

Search Engine Journal: R.I.P. to the Top 10 Failed Social Media Sites. “Communication, no matter how far away someone else may be (as long as they have a decent internet connection 😊), has become easier than ever. Marketing has evolved in ways few people expected it to, too. And yet, social media platforms continue to come and go. Here is a list of the 10 most legendary social media sites to go by the wayside since the web began.”

WBIW: State Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka to Receive Major Poetry Fellowship. “Matejka will receive a $100,000 fellowship award to grow ‘Poetry for Indy’ workshops in Indiana cities with underserved, culturally and economically diverse communities. He also plans to launch a digital archive serving both as historical documentation of poetry in Indiana and as a resource for teachers.”


PC Magazine: Invisible Malware Is Here and Your Security Software Can’t Catch It. “‘Invisible malware,’ a new breed of malware, is on the march and, if it strikes your servers, there may not be much you can do about it. In fact, you may not even be able to tell that it’s there. In some cases, invisible malware lives only in memory, meaning there’s no file on your disks for your endpoint protection software to find. In other cases, invisible malware may live in your Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) where it can use one of a few tactics to attack you. In some cases, it may even appear as a firmware update where it replaces your existing firmware with a version that’s infected and nearly impossible to find or remove.”

The Register: Buying a second-hand hard drive on eBay? You’ve got a ‘one in two’ chance of finding personal info still on it . “You would think that, with computers dominating every aspect of our lives, people would be aware that storage devices can retain information even after clicking ‘Empty Recycle Bin’. Not so, according to research by Finnish data removal specialist Blancco. The company purchased 159 random used drives on eBay in the US and Europe, and found that 42 per cent (or 67 devices) enabled anyone with basic IT literacy to access the data stored by their previous owners.”


TechCrunch: MuseNet generates original songs in seconds, from Bollywood to Bach (or both). “Have you ever wanted to hear a concerto for piano and harp, in the style of Mozart by way of Katy Perry? Well, why not? Because now you can, with OpenAI’s latest (and blessedly not potentially catastrophic) creation, MuseNet. This machine learning model produces never-before-heard music based on its knowledge of artists and a few bars to fake it with.” There’s a demo on MuseNet that allows some functionality. I tried it with “Let It Go” since that’s pretty simple and well known, and it basically sounded like someone trying to play Let It Go but constantly forgetting how it went.

Verdict Medical Devices: Elsevier and phactMI to develop new tool for medical data. “Analytics firm Elsevier has teamed up with non-profit phactMI to develop a new solution for providing scientifically accurate information to healthcare professionals. The deal will leverage Elsevier’s Entellect life sciences platform to create a semantic search portal. Scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, the new solution will facilitate rapid access to up-to-date, approved medical documentation from 30 pharmaceutical manufacturers.” Good morning, Internet…

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