Pipeline Projects, Pesticides, Museum Worker Salaries, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, June 2, 2019


Today in Energy: EIA’s new liquids pipeline projects database shows new U.S. crude oil pipeline capacity. “EIA recently launched a new liquids pipeline projects database that tracks more than 200 crude oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids (HGL), and petroleum products pipeline projects.”

University of Arkansas: Division of Agriculture launches mobile-friendly pesticide database. “Producers, agricultural agents and consultants will now have access to a comprehensive database of insecticide information at their fingertips, with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s launch of a mobile-device-friendly version of the invaluable MP-144, also known as ‘Insecticide Recommendations for Arkansas.'” Currently only row crops are addressed, though information on fruits, garden vegetables, etc will be added over time.

Art News: ‘It’s Helpful to Know All Scales’: Online Spreadsheet Discloses Museum Workers’ Salaries. “In another sign of increasing demand for transparency at art institutions across the world, museum workers have begun making public their salary rates via a Google Spreadsheet document that began circulating on Friday morning. Titled ‘Art/Museum Salary Transparency 2019,’ the document allows users to add information about the terms of their employment and their rates of pay at some of the biggest museums in the world.”


Make Tech Easier: How to Manage Your Facebook Privacy and Security. “Facebook is not exactly the sort that is well-known for privacy and security. Apart from dodgy data retention policies, its networks are vulnerable to cyber-attacks with a latest breach having claimed fifty million user accounts. Whether it’s a photo bug or confidence tricks, you never know what can strike you. If you are not willing to delete your Facebook account or switch to any of its alternatives, then you can follow the steps below to secure your Facebook usage. (This is all you can do from your side.)” There’s not much new here for advanced users. But if you have a non-techie friend who wants to know how they can make Facebook more private, point them to this article. Good roundup.

Guiding Tech: Zoho Docs (Writer) vs Google Docs: Which Tool Is Better at Document Management. “Zoho Writer is the word processor of Zoho Docs. Similar to Google Docs, it comes with collaborative features and a nice interface that can tempt anyone that is looking for a switch. So, should you switch from plain old Google Docs to Zoho Writer? Well, that’s what we are going to find in our post today as we weigh both Google Docs and Zoho Writer to see which one shines as the better document management tool.”


The Verge: Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry. “Recently, a musician signed to a major indie label told me they were owed up to $40,000 in song royalties they would never be able to collect. It wasn’t that they had missed out on payments for a single song — it was that they had missed out on payments for 70 songs, going back at least six years. The problem, they said, was metadata.”

Yahoo News: New social media app Parler a haven for users kicked off traditional platforms. “A new Twitter-like social media platform is gaining popularity among far-right users. Parler currently hosts about 100,00 users, but members of Trump’s campaign are suggesting the president consider create an account.” This link is mostly video with no transcript, but the video does have captions.


ZDNet: Unsecured database exposes 85GB in security logs of major hotel chains. “An unsecured database that exposed the security logs — and therefore potential cybersecurity weaknesses — of major hotels including Marriott locations has been uncovered by researchers.”

EurekAlert: Illinois researchers add ‘time-travel’ feature to drives to fight ransomware attacks. “One of the latest cyber threats involves hackers encrypting user files and then charging ‘ransom'” to get them back. In the paper, ‘Project Almanac: A Time-Traveling Solid State Drive,’ University of Illinois students Chance Coats and Xiaohao Wang and Assistant Professor Jian Huang from the Coordinated Science Laboratory look at how they can use the commodity storage devices already in a computer, to save the files without having to pay the ransom.”

TechSpot: Maine passes bill prohibiting ISPs from selling customer data without consent. “The state’s Senate voted unanimously to pass the bill, after the bill found similar favor in the state House. The bill, LD 946, requires ISPs to obtain consent before collecting, disclosing, selling or permitting access to customer information. LD 946 outlines exceptions where ISPs can use customer information without consent, such as honoring a court order or in case of emergency services.”


Techdirt: The DHS’s Social Media Monitoring Is Causing Collateral Damage, But Doesn’t Seem To Be Making The Nation Safer. “While DHS components have stepped up the intrusiveness of their border screenings, they haven’t been able to show all these manhours and infringed rights are actually doing anything to keep the country safer. More and more information is being gathered, but it’s either of little to no use, or the agencies engaging in these searches can’t be bothered to tally up the wins and losses of the border security game. The Brennan Center, however, has compiled a report on the DHS’s screening programs and their various enhancements.” Good morning, Internet…

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