Meat Dictionary, Iceland Shipwreck, Snapchat, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 24, 2019


FarmingUK: ‘Meat dictionary’ goes online in boost to industry. “The latest version of leading industry tool the Meat Purchasing Guide has been launched as a digital edition, with 170 pork cuts now added. To increase awareness of lesser-used cuts and improve quality, the world’s largest digital meat dictionary has had an update. The guide aims to save chefs, meat buyers and butchers time – enabling professionals to locate cuts and view products as they order from suppliers.” The guide is free to access and download.

Phys .org: 360 degree virtual dive in Iceland shipwreck. “October 16, 2019 marks 360 years since the Dutch merchant ship Melckmeyt (Milkmaid) was wrecked off a remote Icelandic island during a clandestine trading mission…. To mark this anniversary, digital archaeology specialists at Flinders University have collaborated with maritime archaeologists at the University of Iceland to release a 360 degree virtual dive on the wreck.”


CNET: Snap’s earnings show growth despite competition from Facebook, TikTok. “Snap appears to be making a comeback, attracting new users after it announced a new version of its augmented reality sunglasses. The parent company of ephemeral-messaging app Snapchat said Tuesday that it had 210 million daily active users, an increase from the 203 million daily active users the company reported in the second quarter.”

The Next Web: Instagram will remove filters promoting cosmetic surgery amid mental health concerns. “Over the past few months, filters like ‘Plastica’ — an effect that gives you extreme plastic surgery — have become increasingly popular, even viral. But with their rapid popularity comes growing concerns over the impact they may have on young people’s body image.”


MakeUseOf: 10 Essential Twitter Tips for Beginners. “If you steer clear of the bots and trolls, Twitter is a great place to hang out. However, many new users find Twitter intimidating. Luckily, we’re here to help with these Twitter tips for beginners. And even experienced Twitter users may learn something useful.”


The Register: Inside the 1TB ImageNet data set used to train the world’s AI: Nude kids, drunken frat parties, porno stars, and more. “ImageNet – a data set used to train AI systems around the world – contains photos of naked children, families on the beach, college parties, porn actresses, and more, scraped from the web to train computers without those individuals’ explicit consent. The library consists of 14 million images, each placed into categories that describe what’s pictured in each scene. This pairing of information – images and labels – is used to teach artificially intelligent applications to recognize things and people caught on camera.”

Internet Archive: How the Internet Archive is Digitizing LPs to Preserve Generations of Audio. “Since all of the information on an LP is printed, the digitization process must begin by cataloging data. High-resolution scans are taken of the cover art, the disc itself and any inserts or accompanying materials. The record label, year recorded, track list and other metadata are supplemented and cross-checked against various external databases.”


Lifehacker: How to Protect Your Data in the NordVPN, TorGuard and VikingVPN Breaches. “Hackers have busted into servers of at least three popular VPN services—NordVPN, VikingVPN, and TorGuard—over the past couple of years, pilfering cryptographic keys that may have been used to intercept and decrypt highly sensitive user data or bypass browser security features to deploy web-based attacks. In other words, that’s not good, especially if you use one of the three eservices.”

Newswise: Browser Tool Aims To Help Researchers ID Malicious Websites, Code. “Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an open-source tool that allows users to track and record the behavior of JavaScript programs without alerting the websites that run those programs. The tool, called VisibleV8, runs in the Chrome browser and is designed to detect malicious programs that are capable of evading existing malware detection systems.”


ScienceDaily: Boosting the popularity of social media posts. “Computer scientists created a new algorithm to recommend tags for social media posts which should boost the popularity of the post in question. This algorithm takes into account more kinds of information than previous algorithms with a similar goal. The result is a measurably improved view count for posts which use the tags recommended by this new algorithm.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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