Red Bull Music Academy, Wolfram Notebooks, WordPress, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, October 31, 2019



Pitchfork: Red Bull Music Academy, Which Shuts Down This Week, Shares Archive With Over 500 Lectures. “The archive contains over 500 RBMA lectures, as well as interviews, features, videos, and more. RBMA, which launched back in 1998, has hosted SOPHIE, Flying Lotus, Nina Kraviz, Objekt, and so many more.” Some other names I saw as I scrolled through the list: Bootsy Collins, Brian Eno, Chuck D, Debbie Harry, Harry Belafonte, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Sheila E.


Wolfram Blog: The New World of Notebook Publishing. “Wolfram Notebooks on the Web
We’ve been working towards it for many years, but now it’s finally here: an incredibly smooth workflow for publishing Wolfram Notebooks to the web—that makes possible a new level of interactive publishing and computation-enabled communication.”

WordPress 5.3 RC3 is now available. “Release Candidate 3 contains improvements to the new About page, bug fixes for the new default theme, Twenty Twenty (see #48450), and 9 fixes for the following bugs and regressions…”

BBC: Molly Russell: Instagram extends self-harm ban to drawings. “Instagram has pledged to remove images, drawings and even cartoons showing methods of self-harm or suicide. The move is its latest response to the public outcry over the death of British teenager Molly Russell.”


Lifesavvy: Find Something New to Read on Reddit. “If you’d like to read more but struggle to find something to dig into, focused subreddits can help you find your next title (or 10) to tear through!” Short but useful.


AP: ‘It’s a fine target’: Census bureau to fight misinformation. “Worried about internet trolls and foreign powers spreading false news, census officials are preparing to battle misinformation campaigns for the first time in the count’s 230-year history. The stakes are huge. Who participates in the 2020 census count could influence how U.S. congressional seats and billions of federal tax dollars to educate children, help low-income families and pave new roads are divvied up.”

CNET: Facebook pulls false political ad about Sen. Graham. “Facebook took down a political ad from its platform for containing false information about Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, the company’s ads database shows. The move demonstrates that while politicians’ ads are exempt from fact checking, ads purchased by political groups aren’t.” This kind of upsets me even more, because it shows that Facebook has a mechanism in place for finding this kind of content. It simply chooses not to use it.

Connaught Telegraph: Old handball alleys subject of new archive. “MAYO’S old and abandoned handball alleys are the feature of a new photographic record. The alleys – 61 in total to date – have been pictured by Richard (Dick) Heraty, creating a unique sports heritage archive.”


UPI: Britain fines Facebook in Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. “The British government ordered Facebook Wednesday to pay a $644,000 fine in connection with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. A $644,000 fine ordered for a company that just announced third-quarter net income of over $6 billion dollars! That’ll learn ’em.

Ars Technica: The count of managed service providers getting hit with ransomware mounts. “When more than 20 local governments in Texas were hit this summer by ransomware in one day. The attack was apparently tracked back to one thing the organizations had in common: a managed service provider. With limited IT resources of their own, local governments have increasingly turned to MSPs to operate significant portions of their networks and applications, as have other organizations and businesses—often placing critical parts of their business operations in the MSPs’ hands. And that has made MSPs a very attractive target to ransomware operators.”


Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Experts Optimistic About the Next 50 Years of Digital Life. “Fifty years after the first computer network was connected, most experts say digital life will mostly change humans’ existence for the better over the next 50 years. However, they warn this will happen only if people embrace reforms allowing better cooperation, security, basic rights and economic fairness.”

Phys .org: Facebook and Instagram gave away the presence of the ‘Japan pig’ seahorse in Taiwan. “While monitoring of cryptic and elusive tiny creatures, such as pygmy seahorses that measure only 13 to 27 mm, might be too costly and time-consuming for research teams and institutions, the underwater activity might be proving of particular interest to photography and diving enthusiasts. At least, this is what comes across from the recent reports of five miniature species identified from Taiwanese waters by local citizen scientists and passed along via Facebook and Instagram.” Good morning, Internet…

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