Web Archives, Percussion Instruments, Chrome 79, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, December 17, 2019

After a year of increasing difficulty trying to do ResearchBuzz on a Chromebook with an external monitor hooked up, I finally broke down and got a refurbished desktop and spent the weekend setting it up. After going from a Chromebook to a desktop with 16GB of RAM running Ubuntu, the experience is so smooth and fast I can only describe it as buttery. But butter can make things slippery so let me know if anything doesn’t look right.


Library of Congress: In a Web Archives Frame of Mind: Improving Access and Describing the Collections. “In 2018, the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team embarked on a journey to streamline description of the Library’s voluminous web archives. As part of that continuing effort, the Library of Congress Digital Content Management Section is excited to announce the release of 4,258 new web archives across 97 event and thematic collections!”

I’m not sure how new this is but it’s definitely new-to-me. From LemonWire: Rhythm! Discovery Center is a museum and more. “School groups, families, adults are all welcome at Rhythm! Discovery Center. Visitors of all ages can discover just about everything they need to know about percussion instruments. From one of the largest cymbals in the world to the tiniest triangle, the gamut of musical pieces played by being struck is wide. The best part is, most of the instruments can be played by visitors…. If you cannot make it to the museum, there is an online collection. The digital collection features historic percussion instruments from around the world.”


ZDNet: Google halts Chrome 79 rollout on Android after bug deletes user data. “Google has halted the rollout of Chrome 79 on Android after mobile app developers reported a major bug that was deleting user data and resetting mobile apps. The bug occurred during the update process from Chrome 78 to Chrome 79.”

Internet Archive: Preserving the legacy of a library when a college closes. “With more than 70,000 books and nearly 3,000 journal volumes, the Geschke Library is a well-curated, world class collection with strengths in the humanities, education, and social justice…. After a thorough review of possible options, Marygrove College President Dr. Elizabeth Burns and college administrators decided that the entirety of the library’s collection would be donated to the Internet Archive so that the materials could be digitized and made available to students and researchers all over the world.”


France24: In Algeria, political cartoonists turn to social media to protest repression. “Since the beginning of the popular protest movement in Algeria, press cartoonists have supported it by publishing their satirical images on social networks. But after the conviction of one of their own and the election of Abdelmadjid Tebboune as president, they fear increased repression.”

BBC: Pro-Indian ‘fake websites targeted decision makers in Europe’. “A global network of pro-Indian fake websites and think-tanks is aimed at influencing decision-making in Europe, researchers say. The co-ordinated network of 265 sites operates across 65 countries, according to a report by Brussels-based NGO, EU Disinfo Lab.”

CNET: Emoji, Uber and selfie: These 25 words describe the decade in tech. “Now I present 25 words, phrases and terms that tell the story of tech since 2010. Some explain deeply complex topics and others, well, are a bit frothier. So break out your dictionary and start marking in the margins, because these are the words added to our lexicon, or gaining new relevance.”

New York Times: 2020 Campaigns Throw Their Hands Up on Disinformation. “Less than a year before the 2020 election, false political information is moving furiously online. Facebook users shared the top 100 false political stories over 2.3 million times in the United States in the first 10 months of this year, according to Avaaz, a global human rights organization.”


Daily Sabah: Google Turkey suspends services for upcoming phones over fine. “Tech giant Google has suspended its services for new Android smartphones in Turkey unless the country backtracks from its decision to fine the company for violating competition law, the company announced Sunday.”

Ubergizmo: iOS Bug Lets Kids Bypass Parental Controls. “…it seems that in the latest update to iOS, which is iOS 13.3, there is a bug within the update that might have rendered one of the new features useless. The new feature in question, called Communication Limits, is designed to help parents limit who their kids talk to, especially strangers who are not on their contacts list.”


Ars Technica: I created my own deepfake—it took two weeks and cost $552. “My Ars overlords gave me a few days to play around with deepfake software and a $1,000 cloud computing budget. A couple of weeks later, I have my result, which you can see above. I started with a video of Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress and replaced his face with that of Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Total spent: $552.”

Wired: Google’s AI Chief Wants to Do More With Less (Data). “Whatever the future role of computers in society, Jeff Dean will have a powerful hand in the outcome. As the leader of Google’s sprawling artificial intelligence research group, he steers work that contributes to everything from self-driving cars to domestic robots to Google’s juggernaut online ad business. WIRED talked with Dean in Vancouver at the world’s leading AI conference, NeurIPS, about his team’s latest explorations—and how Google is trying to put ethical limits on them.” Good morning, Internet…

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    • There wasn’t anything intrinsically wrong with it. But I think I was trying to keep too many tabs open, etc. It was getting slower, and slower. I had a tab extension addon installed and tried to make it work, but I was just pushing it too hard. There’s a difference between using a laptop for a few hours while you’re out and just pounding on it for 12 hours.

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