College Student Job-Hunting, Louisiana Business Regulations, Louisiana People of Color, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, February 10, 2020


Daily Memphian: Rhodes grads’ website gives students leg up on employment opportunities. “Through Scholars, businesses filter through a database of college students, view their profiles and invite their favorites to interview for open positions. In the traditional model, companies post a job and wait, receiving tons of applications that they have to review. With Scholars, companies read through profiles and pick the students they want to contact.”

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Louisiana unveils regulatory database for small businesses . “The Small Business Protection Act is taking effect in Louisiana this week. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced today his office has created the online database of current and proposed rules and regulations.”

Plaquemine Post South: Louisiana’s African-American History now available online. “From segregation to civil rights and celebrities to sermons, Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s long-running series Folks (1981-1990) covered it all. Now 210 episodes of the minority affairs series are available for streaming. There is no cost to watch the programs, which featured an in-depth look at a wide variety of social issues that impacted minority communities in Louisiana in the 1980s.”

Yorktown This Week: Provincial Archives launches online catalogue. “As Archives Week comes to a close, the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce the launch of its new online catalogue. This archival catalogue uses Access to Memory (AtoM) open-source software, allowing the Archives to easily share information with the public and with many other provincial and national archival catalogues.”


ProPublica: We’ve Gotten a Lot of Questions About Our Database of Credibly Accused Priests. Here Are the Answers.. “We published a database in January of Catholic clergy who have been deemed ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse or misconduct by nearly 180 dioceses and religious orders around the country. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have searched the database. A number of those people have reached out with questions about the project. Many have shared personal stories as survivors of abuse. And although the officially released lists total more than 5,800 unique names, dozens of people have written in to suggest names of clergy who they believe have been left off. We’re glad to hear from readers, and we wanted to provide answers to several of the most common questions we’ve received.”


MakeUseOf: 5 Excellent Free Lessons to Learn the Basics of Photography. “We are carrying phones with five cameras built into them. But having more cameras isn’t going to make your photos better. To shoot good pictures, try these free lessons to learn the basics of photography.”

Hackaday: Generate 3d Printable QR Codes With This Web Tool. “Since most people are carrying a camera-equipped computer in their pockets these days, QR codes can be a great way to easily share short snippets of information. You can put one on your business card so people can quickly access your contact information, or on your living room wall with your network’s SSID and encryption key. The design of QR codes also make them well suited to 3D printing, and thanks to a new web-based tool, you can generate your own custom STL in seconds.”


Los Angeles Times: Column: Would you write a 5-star Amazon review in return for a $20 bribe?. “It won’t be a news flash to anyone that a significant percentage of online reviews are untrustworthy. For as long as reviews have been posted on websites, there have been attempts by consumers and businesses to game the system. Nor will anyone be shocked to learn that a behemoth like Amazon has a hard time policing its own site. The company has been scrambling for years to battle both dubious reviews and counterfeit goods.”


New Zealand Herald: Phil Goff’s emails hacked – 15,000 emails over 12 years offered for sale. “Emails apparently sent and received by Auckland mayor Phil Goff over a 12-year period have been offered with a $20,000 price tag and appear to contain deeply personal information alongside council and Parliamentary work.”


Neowin: TextFooler tricks venerable NLP models like BERT into making wrong predictions. “Jargon aside, the program swaps the most important words with synonyms within a given input to modify how the models interpret the sentence as a whole. While these synonyms might be common to us and the sentence would still have similar semantics, they made the targeted models interpret the sentences differently.”

University of North Carolina Libraries: Scholarly publishing at the tipping point. “Last year, the University Libraries paid Elsevier, a Dutch company, $2.49 million for its package. This year the cost was $2.6 million – a 4.5% increase for the exact same package. The Library is in negotiations with several publishers including Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of scientific information. Nothing has been decided; talks could continue into early 2020.”

Reuters: Trump administration to propose big jump in funding for AI, Quantum R&D: sources. “The White House on Monday will propose a big jump in U.S. government spending on artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information sciences research and development in its 2021 budget proposal, two people briefed on the plan said.” Good morning, Internet…

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