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Taiwan History, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Linux Mint, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, January 3, 2020

Yeah, um, so, apparently I was a little optimistic yesterday….

NEW RESOURCES

BusinessWire: Collective Memories of Golden Years: Highlights from the 1950s to 1960s Taiwan (PRESS RELEASE). “In response to the Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank project, the Central News Agency established a digital archive to presents the history of Taiwan since 1949, the year when the Republic of China government retreated to Taiwan, to 1960. Titled ‘Golden Years of Taiwan: 1949-1960,’ the digital archive offers glimpses of the development of Taiwan’s diverse cultures, major industries, and public infrastructure, as well as key events over the decade.” I did not see an English option, and Google did not prompt me to translate. I put it in Google’s Web page translator about five minutes ago and it’s still spinning. Your mileage may vary.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum: Destroyed identities – the digital reconstruction of Auschwitz-Birkenau victims’ data. “One of the most important goals of the Repository is to collect dispersed documentation of transport lists to Auschwitz-Birkenau. ‘We must remember that about 900,000 Jews deported in mass transports from German-occupied Europe – women, children, and men – were murdered in the gas chambers immediately upon arrival at the camp without registration. There are no post-camp records of them. Transport lists may help us to establish their names,’ said the Director of the Museum, Dr. Piotr M. A. Cywiński. At the moment, the existing database, which contains information on persons registered in Auschwitz, is being merged with the data from the transport lists. Consequently, as early as in May 2020, the search results at http://www.auschwitz.org will be enriched with over 420,000 names from the transport lists of Jews deported to the camp.”

ZDNet: Linux Mint 19.3 is here and better than ever. “While many of us were getting ready to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, Linux Mint quietly gifted us with the latest long-term support (LTS) version of its popular desktop Linux desktop, Linux Mint ‘Tricia’ 19.3.”

Kansas City Star: ‘This is not right’: Medicare’s plan guide was so messed up, it’s offering a do-over. “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added a new planning tool to its website, and it was so confusing — even for experts like [Kelly G.] Loeb — that congressional leaders have called for officials to publicize a special do-over period to give recipients another chance to enroll in the right plan. Loeb and other Medicare counselors worry that Medicare users could feel the aftershocks when they get their prescriptions this month.”

USEFUL STUFF

7Labs, with the caveat that I haven’t tried any of these: How to delete Twitter posts in bulk. “Unfortunately, there aren’t any official tools available to help you mass delete Twitter posts at once. So, ideally, you’d have to scroll through all your tweets one by one and delete the ones you want to remove. But that’s where third-party apps and solutions can come in handy. In this article, we’ll explore a few online solutions that let you delete multiple twitter posts at once, without going through all that manual hassle.”

MakeUseOf: How You Can Prepare for Winter Storms With These Apps and Websites. “What if you still want to go out and enjoy the season in this bad weather? Is there any way to avoid those bad roads without becoming a hermit during the colder winter months? Here’s how to use technology to avoid winter storms, ranging from apps to websites.” Advanced users won’t find anything new here, but good basics to share.

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

I haven’t mentioned a Kickstarter for a while but this looks great: The Lace Museum: An Online Archive for Historic Costuming. “The Lace Museum will be a free online museum which documents my extensive collection. I have already taken thousands of high-quality photos showcasing my pieces from every angle: close up, far away, front and back, honing in on all the interesting details that makes every piece special. It is an unprecedented look at the incredible craftsmanship and beauty of these pieces. A digital museum gives me the unique opportunity to show anyone, anywhere in the world pieces that may be rare, valuable, or difficult to otherwise display at a much closer scale than even an in-person exhibit could.”

Washington Post: Livestreams are the new telethons, and they’re raising millions for charities. “In the 1970s and ’80s, mass media fundraising revolved around the telethon. Millions tuned in to watch Jerry Lewis and others emcee the events, as celebrities performed on camera and answered phone calls, all to raise money for a charitable cause. Since then, the event has evolved, and telethons have taken on a modern, digital-first form thanks to video games.”

NBC News: How social media has changed in the past decade, according to its influencers. “As 2019 comes to a close, NBC News spoke with some of the people who helped shape the digital space as we know it, including meme makers, YouTube stars, viral celebrities and internet critics, many of whom have asked to be identified by the names they use online because of privacy concerns.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Auto Remarketing Canada: Canadian government uses Amazon’s Alexa to enhance consumer vehicle recall knowledge. “Late this summer, Transport Canada announced it was utilizing Amazon’s Alexa for a safety-based service that engages the Amazon tool in a new way — making sure consumers stay up to date on the latest vehicle recalls that impact their regular day-to-day use vehicles.”

iAfrikan: Online web browsing logs of over 1 million people across Africa leaked. “A South African technology company, Conor, has suffered a data breach that exposed the web browsing details of over 1 million people in South Africa. This comes after an unencrypted database containing over 890 GB of Internet browsing log data of people’s online activities was discovered by security researchers on the Internet.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Motherboard: This Website Texts You AI-Generated Foot Pics. “A generative adversarial network (GAN) machine learning system generates the feet on demand. GANs are a kind of computer program that learns how to create images by studying inputs—human feet in this case. There’s multiple sites generating fake human faces by studying millions of pictures of real human faces. That means thisfootdoesnotexist trained itself by staring at real human feet pictures.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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