National Parks, Yoga History, Vivaldi, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 22, 2019


USDA: Millions of Acres in the Palm of your Hand. “How many times have you been out for a weekend drive or on a trip and decided to visit a national forest or grassland only to discover that you have no idea how to get to the areas where you can have the most fun? Well, problem solved—and just in time for National Great Outdoors Month! The USDA Forest Service has launched a free mobile app version of its very popular online visitor’s map called, simply, Visitor Map.”

India Times: You Can Learn About Yoga & Important Yoga Pioneers Of Past In This Cool Online Museum Tour . “Today is World Yoga Day. And while most of us may not be able to hold a yogic pose, we may yet redeem ourselves by knowing more about yoga and its pioneers of modern history than anyone else. Maybe even win a quiz competition, who knows! And if you want to be a yoga brainiac, there’s a virtual museum tour you can take right in your web browser.”


BetaNews: Vivaldi 2.6 promises protection against abusive ads, expands profile management tools. “Challenger web browser Vivaldi 2.6 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux, promising protection against abusive ad practices.”


CNET: Facebook accused of stealing Calibra logo from online bank Current. “Current, an online banking company, has accused Facebook of borrowing its logo for the social network’s newly unveiled cryptocurrency play. The Calibra logo bears a resemblance to Current’s logo, the company tweeted Thursday, as reported earlier by CNBC.” I recommend this article if you haven’t done your daily eyeroll exercises yet.

CNN: Baby Elon Musk, rapping Kim Kardashian: Welcome to the world of silly deepfakes. “By day, Paul Shales is a computer programmer who works in advertising operations for a bank. By night, he’s creating videos that show Elon Musk as a creepy looking, giggly baby; President Donald Trump as a temperamental pageant contestant on ‘Toddlers & Tiaras;’ and Kim Kardashian freestyle rapping.”


BetaNews: Security flaw in Dell SupportAssist tool puts millions of Windows systems at risk. “Dell has announced that both the Business and Home versions of its SupportAssist tool have a security vulnerability within the PC Doctor component that requires immediate patching. The discovery was made by SafeBreach, and there could be over 100 million systems that are affected.”

The Register: If Uncle Sam could quit using insecure .zip files to swap info across the ‘net, that would be great, says Silicon Ron Wyden. “Influential US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is not happy about Uncle Sam’s employees using insecure .zip files and other archive formats to electronically transfer information.”

Phys .org: Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records. “A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses.”


Internet Archive: Internet Archive Partners with University of Edinburgh to Provide Historical Web Data Supporting Machine Translation. “The Internet Archive will provide portions of its web archive to the University of Edinburgh to support the School of Informatics’ work building open data and tools for advancing machine translation, especially for low-resource languages. Machine translation is the process of automatically converting text in one language to another.”

BBC: Should we dislike the ‘Like’ button?. “Leah Pearlman draws comics about ideas like ’emotional literacy’ and ‘self-love’. When she began posting them on Facebook, her friends responded warmly. But then Facebook changed its algorithm – how it decides what to put in front of us. When social media is a big part of your life, an algorithm change can come as a shock.” One of those articles that’s a thousand times better than its headline. Good afternoon, Internet…

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