Research-Related Documentaries, Mapping Yiddishland, 2020 Census, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 2, 2021


ResearchBuzz reader Hashem ElAssad sent me a link to his list of Research-Related Documentaries. There are about two dozen documentaries listed here under a variety of categories, including “Data and Information,” “AI,” and “Search and Search Engines.” Some of the documentaries are on CuriosityStream, but there’s also plenty of YouTube content if you’re looking for content without paywalls.

From Jonah Lubin at the University of Chicago: Mapping Yiddishland. “This is a map is made from the bibliographic data of the ca. 13,000 texts in the Yiddish Book Center’s digital collection. Click the slider and use arrow keys or type to choose a year and see where in the world Yiddish literature was being published then. For more information, see the bibliography, which is sorted by location.”


BusinessWire: Census Bureau to Host Informational Webinar in Advance of 2020 Census Redistricting Data Release (PRESS RELEASE). “The Census Bureau will host a webinar ahead of the release of the 2020 Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data. Information in the webinar will include instructions on how to access redistricting data, information on improvements to the race and ethnicity questions design, processing, and coding; along with a presentation on how the Census Bureau is measuring diversity in the United States.”


Washington Post: Human rights activist and close ally of detained Dubai princess had phone hacked by NSO spyware, forensic test finds. “A phone belonging to a prominent supporter of two princesses who fled Dubai was infected with Pegasus spyware last year, a new forensic examination shows, offering more evidence that government clients of the Israeli surveillance giant NSO Group have used its phone-hacking tool to target human rights activists.”

BetaNews: Windows 365 now generally available, allowing users to stream Windows 10 and Windows 11 from the cloud. “Microsoft took the wraps off its subscription-based Windows 365 last month, and today the software giant announces general availability for it. Windows 365 is a cloud-based service that lets anyone securely stream full Windows 10 or Windows 11 to their personal or corporate devices, regardless of the native operating system.”


New York Times: The App With the Unprintable Name That Wants to Give Power to Creators. “Six years ago, Lindsey Lee Lugrin, a budding social media creator and model, was given the chance to be featured in a Marc by Marc Jacobs ad campaign. She was paid $1,000. Ms. Lugrin was thrilled. But after seeing her face plastered on billboards and in ads across the internet, she realized she had undervalued herself.”

LA Weekly: The Jules Bates “Artrouble” Center Sorts Out A Legacy. “Before he died at just 27 years old in a motorcycle accident in September 1982, Bates had already achieved more legendary work than many artists make in decades. Now, his family and his alma mater have joined forces to preserve and disseminate his photo archive, as the ArtCenter College of Design gets set to open the Jules Bates ‘Artrouble’ Center this fall, for the benefit of students and the public alike.”


KnowTechie: Hackers released FIFA 21’s source code because EA didn’t seem to care about the ransom. “A little over a month ago, a group of hackers obtained the entire source code for EA’s super popular FIFA 21 video game. Now, the hackers have released the source code for free, after they failed to sell the code online and EA ignored their extortion request.”

Wired: Hospitals Still Use Pneumatic Tubes—and They Can Be Hacked. “IT’S ALL TOO common to find hackable flaws in medical devices, from mammography machines and CT scanners to pacemakers and insulin pumps. But it turns out that the potential exposure extends into the walls: Researchers have found almost a dozen vulnerabilities in a popular brand of pneumatic tube delivery system that many hospitals use to to carry and distribute vital cargo like lab samples and medicine.”


Grist: Can you recycle a hard drive? Google is quietly trying to find out. “Motivated by concerns about future rare earth metal supply shortages as well as the environmental toll of rare earth mining, which casts a cloud over their green credentials, tech companies, along with partners in academia and government, are exploring whether they can mine hard drives instead. Until now, these efforts have garnered little public attention. But they may get a boost under the Biden administration, which recently flagged government data center hard drives as a promising source of the rare earth elements America needs not just for data storage devices and consumer electronics, but also for energy technologies that are key to fighting climate change.” Good evening, Internet…

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