Wisconsin Newspapers, Contact Lenses, Windows Updates, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 17, 2020


Daily Jefferson County Union: All Daily Unions now digitized for online search. “All issues of the Daily Jefferson County Union — from its founding in 1870 through 90 day ago — now are available online, thanks to a partnership of library and newspaper organizations. The Daily Unions from 1892 through three months ago have been digitized and made available online through the Archive of Wisconsin Newspapers, a repository maintained by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.” Free for Wisconsin residents.

Optometry Times: US launches searchable contact lens database. “The listings are sustained and updated regularly by the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo. The site allows visitors to filter, compare, and search for a variety of contact lenses and contact lens products. A feature allows manufacturers to log in and update product information directly, to keep listings current.”


BetaNews: KB4579311 cumulative update is causing numerous problems for Windows 10 users. “A few days ago, Microsoft released a new cumulative update for Windows 10. The KB4579311 update was supposed to fix a range of issues with the operating system including various security problem, but — once again – this update is proving problematic for many people.”

Swarajya: US Presidential Elections: Google Terminates Over 3,000 China-Linked Fake YouTube Channels. “As the US presidential election inches closer, Google said it has terminated more than 3,000 fake YouTube channels in July-September period which were part of a large spam network linked to China that attempted to run an influence operation on YouTube.”


New York Times: How to Deal With a Crisis of Misinformation. “How do we adapt to avoid being manipulated and spreading false information to the people we care about? Past methods of spotting untruthful news, like checking articles for typos and phony web addresses that resemble those of trusted publications, are now less relevant. We have to employ more sophisticated methods of consuming information, like doing our own fact-checking and choosing reliable news sources. Here’s what we can do.”


Sydney Morning Herald: Ex-Google staffer calls for regulation of big tech to fund journalism. “Influential technology critic Tristan Harris wants more regulation of the big tech companies and says Australia’s push to charge the tech giants to fund journalism has application on a global scale. Mr Harris is the founder and president of the Centre for Humane Technology, a former Google design ethicist and features in Netflix’s recently released documentary The Social Dilemma.”

The Atlantic: America’s Toxic Love Affair With Technology. “America has long carried on a great love affair with technological progress. But the truth is that really big inventions—the printing press, the internal-combustion engine, the internet—have both upsides and downsides. They make new things possible, but they also tend to undo settled expectations and create chaos. The real question is not whether there will be major technological changes, but whether societies can learn to better handle the disruptions that follow.”

I’m sticking with my iPhone 7, but if you’re looking to upgrade your phone, check this out from CNN: Your old iPhone is worth big bucks. Here’s why. “Apple this week widened the price range for its flagship smartphones, announcing the iPhone 12 mini at $699 for users who balk at spending over $1,000 for more premium models. But for people who want to spend even less — in one case, absolutely nothing — to upgrade, Apple (AAPL) and major wireless carriers are doling out big discounts to those trading in their old devices.”


CNET: Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai to testify before Congress this month. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress on Oct. 28. The US Senate’s Commerce committee had voted unanimously to subpoena the appearances of Zuckerberg, Pichai and Dorsey, but the CEOs agreed to appear without being subpoenaed, according to The Washington Post.” I wonder how many of these hearings we have before we actually learn anything.


Phys .org: ‘Classified knots’: Researchers create optical framed knots to encode information. “In a world first, researchers from the University of Ottawa in collaboration with Israeli scientists have been able to create optical framed knots in the laboratory that could potentially be applied in modern technologies. Their work opens the door to new methods of distributing secret cryptographic keys—used to encrypt and decrypt data, ensure secure communication and protect private information.” I tried to look up framed knots but I was hit over the head with a mathematics cudgel. Wikipedia has an overview. Good afternoon, Internet…

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