New Brunswick Art, Religion News Service, 0patch, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 3, 2021


CKNI: Provincial Art Collection Goes Online. “New Brunswickers can now view the provincial art collection on their computer or smartphone. The province has launched collectionArtNB, a website showcasing the collection of works.”

Religion News Service: Religion News Service and Presbyterian Historical Society announce new archival images Instagram account. “Religion News Service (RNS) and Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) are pleased to announce the launch of a new Instagram account that will feature digitized archival RNS images. PHS is in the process of digitizing select images from its collection of over 60,000 RNS images from 1945 to 1982.”


BetaNews: 0patch comes to the rescue with free micropatches for Windows PrintNightmare vulnerability. “While Microsoft has acknowledged that there is a security flaw in Windows Print Spooler that could lead to remotely compromised systems, the company has only offered workarounds rather than a patch. And so 0patch — no stranger to helping out in such situations — has stepped up to the plate and issued free micropatches of its own.”


MakeUseOf: 7 Chrome Extensions that Automate Boring Browsing Tasks. “Working in today’s fast-paced world can be daunting. There is so much to do with so little time available. Thankfully, automation is fast becoming a solution available to everyone. Activities such as filling out forms and job registrations are no longer tedious. Complex activities like scouring the Internet for information are now automated, thanks to browser automation extensions! If you are looking for ways to automate your daily repetitive browsing tasks, these Google Chrome extensions will automate your Web experience.”


Fast Company: These alternatives to Gmail, Google Docs, and Drive will protect your privacy. “Other companies like Skiff, Vivaldi, Brave, and DuckDuckGo are all trying to pick away at the kind of all-encompassing tools that Google offers, but with privacy as a core value. In doing so, they’re taking advantage of both a broader privacy awakening in the tech industry and improvements in the technology that protects user data. But while their goals seem noble, they also face the same fundamental challenge: Beating the likes of Google on features other than privacy is harder than it looks.”

PetaPixel: Photographer Turns Abandoned Monuments into Futuristic Art. “Yang Xiao is a self-described urban explorer, traveler, designer, and architectural and light painting photographer. Originally from China but currently based in Spain, Yang used her project, ‘Eternal Monuments in the Dark,’ to combine her all her passions — travel, light-painting photography, and grand architectural pieces from past generations. It took her nine years to collect imagery from over 40 countries with the common denominator of abandoned monumental and architectural pieces, designed in brutalist and Soviet modernist style, which became popular in the post-war period.”


New York Times: After Biden Meets Putin, U.S. Exposes Details of Russian Hacking Campaign. “Two weeks after President Biden met President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and demanded that he rein in ransomware attacks on U.S. targets, American and British intelligence agencies on Thursday exposed the details of what they called a global effort by Russia’s military intelligence organization to spy on government organizations, defense contractors, universities and media companies.”

Ars Technica: US hits anti-robocall milestone but annoying calls won’t stop any time soon. “The nation’s largest phone companies have met a federal deadline to deploy a new anti-robocall technology, but unwanted calls and scams will continue to be an annoying problem for Americans for the foreseeable future.”


Hristo Georgiev: Google turned me into a serial killer. “As I was scrolling through my inbox today, I stumbled upon an e-mail from a former colleague of mine who wanted to inform me that a Google search of my name yields a picture of me linked to a Wikipedia article about a serial killer who happens to have the same name as mine.”

Google AI Blog: A Dataset for Studying Gender Bias in Translation. “To help facilitate progress against the common challenges on contextual translation (e.g., pronoun drop, gender agreement and accurate possessives), we are releasing the Translated Wikipedia Biographies dataset, which can be used to evaluate the gender bias of translation models. Our intent with this release is to support long-term improvements on ML systems focused on pronouns and gender in translation by providing a benchmark in which translations’ accuracy can be measured pre- and post-model changes.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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