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Windows 7, Seattle National Archives, Bedroom Pop, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, February 11, 2020

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Neowin: Windows 7 bug that prevents users from shutting down has an unofficial workaround. “The issue prevents users from shutting down the PC and provides an error message that reads: ‘You don’t have permission to shut down this computer’. While the Redmond giant hasn’t acknowledged the said issue yet, there seem to be a few workarounds – one of which is supposedly a permanent fix that involves tweaking the group policy.”

KUOW: First ‘panic,’ then a battle to keep the National Archives in Seattle. “The archives hold about 56,000 cubic feet of documents and artifacts — most are not digitized. But the Trump administration has announced that the huge building will be closed and all the documents sent to California. Historians, genealogists, and researchers are now fighting to keep those records here in the Northwest.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

NBC News: What’s bedroom pop? How an online DIY movement created a musical genre. “Many musicians have found success starting on the internet before signing with a record label to cement their rise to stardom. But bedroom pop has emerged in recent years as a music movement shaped and established by the internet, fueled by online platforms, easy access to high-quality music software and algorithmically driven recommendation systems that can take an artist from obscurity to fame.”

Southside Times: New web-based encyclopedia to feature 200 years of Indianapolis history. “Information on the development of Indianapolis over the two centuries since its founding will be freely accessible in an updated, digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, currently under development and scheduled for launching in December 2020. This dynamic, highly visual and interactive platform also will provide researchers with information on how Indianapolis and central Indiana have changed in the past 25 years since the encyclopedia’s 1994 print edition.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Register-Guard: How Chinese military hackers allegedly pulled off the Equifax data breach. “The criminals identified a flaw in the credit agency’s security system, executed a plan of attack to penetrate it and devised a scheme to cover their tracks on their way out, according to a criminal indictment unsealed Monday. Those alleged criminals, four members of the Chinese military, exploited a flaw in software that allowed U.S. consumers to dispute problems with their Equifax credit reports. That gave the hackers access to Americans’ personal information, according to the indictment.”

Gazette: Despite new transparency law, state’s online lobbying database incapable of basic search functions; state refuses to provide data. “The Colorado Secretary of State is required by law to provide public access to online lobbyist disclosures. Even though the online system allows the public to search for lobbyists and lobbying activity reports using the name of the client, the search results omit some filings. It’s impossible to find even the Secretary of State’s lobbyist or their lobbying activity reports using the agency’s system that way — without already knowing the name of the lobbyist.”

Tubefilter: Canadian Government Officially Warns 100 Brands And Ad Agencies To Comply With Influencer Marketing Laws. “Canada’s Competition Bureau has sent letters to around 100 brands and advertising agencies warning them to ensure their influencer advertising practices comply with Canadian law, The Fashion Law reports. These brands/agencies were apparently identified during the bureau’s latest review of influencer marketing across industries like health, beauty, fashion, technology, and travel.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Sentinel: Computer science team creates coding program to interpret Chinese social media texts. “Kennesaw State Professor of computer science Dr. Dan Lo and his team of students created a program last semester to data mine Chinese social media sites in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. Lo said the program retrieves and deciphers posts on popular Chinese social media outlets like Weibo and WeChat.”

TechCrunch: Trump Administration slashes basic science research while boosting space, AI and quantum tech funding. “The new fiscal year 2021 budget proposal from the Trump Administration would increase funding for research and development by $142 billion over the Administration’s previous year’s budget, but will still reduce overall spending for science and technology from alternative proposals coming from the U.S. House of Representatives. Basic science funding would be hard hit under the Trump Administration priorities.”

Powder: New Snow Science Database Needs Your Data. “When David Hill, a backcountry skier and professor of civil engineering at Oregon State University, rolls up to a trailhead to find a crowded parking lot, he looks on the bright side. Each of those skiers represents an opportunity to bring home valuable data that environmental scientists need, but have difficulty gathering.” Good evening, Internet…

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