Death Penalty in Pakistan, Twitch, Feed2JS, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, July 1, 2019


Dawn: Who are we hanging?. “To find out who is being sentenced to death or read about prior cases, the Justice Project Pakistan has compiled data, previously unavailable to the public, in the form of an open-source called Death Penalty Database.”


The Verge: Twitch is closing in on its Christchurch trolls. “For just over a month, Twitch has been trying to track down a group of anonymous trolls who spammed the platform with violent footage of the Christchurch shooting in the wake of the attack. That hunt kicked off in earnest when Twitch filed suit against the trolls earlier in June, but new filings show the company has more clues to the perpetrators’ identity than anyone suspected, including specific email addresses for at least three people and Discord logs where the attack was organized.”

CogDogBlog: I’m Breaking the Web: I’ve Come to Bury Feed2JS (maybe). “As far as I can tell, Feed2JS my long running web service that enabled ordinary humans to insert dynamic RSS feed content into web pages, is kaput. I’ve been unable to diagnose, but it seems to be an issue with cURL command inside the MagpieRSS parser library. This PHP code was released in 2004, so its startling it worked this long.” Looked at the comments and this might get fixed! Stay tuned.

FamilySearch blog: Record Searches Easier with New Tool!—Now You Can See Similar Historical Records. “Learning more about your ancestors’ lives often requires searching for their names in historical records. This is where you might find where and when they were born, marriage and death information, and even their relatives’ names. You can search instantly among more than 7 billion names in old records with FamilySearch’s powerful Historical Records search—and now there’s an easier way to find similar historical records within your search.”


CNET: How to watch the July 2 solar eclipse from anywhere in the world. “The Pacific Ocean, Chile and Argentina will get a great look at a total solar eclipse on Tuesday, July 2. If you can’t get to South America, you can instead watch the eclipse action unfold live online as the moon casts its shadow onto Earth.”


Jewish News: Britain’s oldest synagogue Bevis Marks gets £2.7m National Lottery windfall. “The grant will fund conservation work and go towards the costs of opening a new centre to tell the story of its congregation within the context of its neighbourhood and nearby East End of London and the broader British Jewish experience. It will also showcase the shul’s array of historical Judaica in one place for the first time, relay oral histories, feature an accessible digital archive, and a partnership with the Jewish Museum will facilitate school visits.”

Havana Times: New Documentary Revives the Legacy of Cuban Feminists. “The documentary ‘En busca de un espacio’ (Searching for a space) forms part of a greater project, which includes the movie “Todas” and a project that shares the same name. As well as movies, it will also hold workshops, create an online archive and tours between artists and researchers.”


TechCrunch: With a single wiretap, police collected 9.2 million text messages. “For four months in 2018, authorities in Texas collected more than 9.2 million messages under a single court-authorized wiretap order, newly released figures show. The wiretap, granted by a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas, was granted as part of a narcotics investigation and became the federal wiretap with the most intercepts in 2018, according to the government’s annual wiretap report.”

Engadget: How a trivial cell phone hack is ruining lives. “It would be really great if there was a security trick or technique I could offer or recommend for people to do to prevent their SIMs from being ported (swapped, stolen). Like ‘here’s this extra, annoying security step you can add to your SIM account.’ The truth is, cell carrier companies haven’t done much, if anything, to increase SIM security.” I am team YubiKey.


New York University: NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center’s Kress Program in Paintings Conservation Awarded $1.3M in Support of Teaching, Research, and Treatment of Old Master Paintings. “The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center at NYU has been awarded a $1,375,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to support the longstanding Kress Program in Paintings Conservation, inaugurated in 1989. The award sustains the unique partnership between the two organizations, which serves to educate the next generation of Old Master painting conservators and the conservation and research of invaluable artworks in the dispersed Kress Collection.”

BBC: Can a cancer registry keep firefighters safe?. “A new US cancer database – the Firefighter Cancer Registry which was fully funded by Congress in June – aims to track the careers and health histories of thousands of firefighters in order to better understand the link between emergency work and disease, writes Victoria Oldridge.”

Times of India: Network to record stranding of marine animals launched . “Of late, the stranding of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and sea turtles has been reported across the Karnataka coast. Of the 120 odd species of marine mammals found in the world, 30-35 varieties of cetaceans and one variety of sirenian are found in the waters of the Indian subcontinent. However, so far, there has been no documentation of the marine mammals, especially those that have washed ashore in Karnataka.” Good morning, Internet…

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