Isle of Man Food & Drink, Microwedding Venues, Residential Schools, More: Wednesday Evening ResearchBuzz, August 11, 2021


Manx Radio (Isle of Man): New website to showcase food and drink producers. “A new website showcasing the Island’s vibrant food and drinks industry has been launched by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture.”

Hudson Star-Observer: Growing small venues with love, new website provides backyard connections for microweddings. “The website is a nationwide venture, and the two welcome potential sites from anywhere in the country. To begin, they’re focusing on the St. Croix Valley and Twin Cities area, as that’s where they’re from. Currently the site has six backyard sites available. The microweddings, an increasingly popular trend in the wedding industry, does not include all the aspects of traditional large venue weddings.” This is very, very new, not much here yet.


Wall Street Journal: At Schools Where Native American Children Died, New Hope for Answers. “Sifting through archived records, the volunteer group has compiled 67 names, but with little funding for more research, they have no way of knowing how many of the children are buried in Chilocco’s cemetery, which bears only a single marked grave. Theirs is one of numerous efforts by tribal historians and researchers over the past several years to uncover evidence of Native Americans who died at the boarding schools. Until now, these grass roots investigations have been stymied by limited resources and logistical hurdles. Now, those leading the projects are hoping a new federal investigation can shed light on a mystery that has haunted Indian Country for generations.”

New Republic: The Uncomfortable Rise of the Instagram Novel. “Behind every digital avatar, after all, is not only posture and hyperbole but an infinite number of taps, swipes, pinches, and strokes. As the research firm Dscout reported in 2017, the top 10 percent of users touch their phones 5,427 times a day. If we account for the average adult’s recommended seven hours of sleep, that’s equivalent to over five touches per waking minute. It takes a lot of real upkeep to be fake.”

Spectrum News: One of SoCal’s oldest bilingual newspapers gets resourceful to survive . “As subscription and advertising revenues flatline and even dip at times, a local newspaper that’s served a community of color for more than 100 years finds a lifeline. The Rafu Shimpo was started in 1903 and reports in both English and Japanese.”


BetaNews: Microsoft finally fixes PrintNightmare vulnerability with KB5005031 and KB5005033 updates. “To help address the ongoing problems with the so-called PrintNightmare vulnerability (CVE-2021-34527), Microsoft has announced a change to the default behavior of the Point and Print feature in Windows. The change has been delivered via the KB5005033 and KB5005031 update and means that in order to install printer drivers, users will have to have administrative privileges.”

Krebs on Security: Phishing Sites Targeting Scammers and Thieves. “I was preparing to knock off work for the week on a recent Friday evening when a curious and annoying email came in via the contact form on this site: ‘Hello I go by the username Nuclear27 on your site Briansclub[.]com,’ wrote ‘Mitch,’ confusing me with the proprietor of perhaps the underground’s largest bazaar for stolen credit and identity data. ‘I made a deposit to my wallet on the site but nothing has shown up yet and I would like to know why.'”


CNET: Twitter AI bias contest shows beauty filters hoodwink the algorithm. “A researcher at Switzerland’s EPFL technical university won a $3,500 prize for determining that a key Twitter algorithm favors faces that look slim and young and with skin that is lighter-colored or with warmer tones. Twitter announced on Sunday it awarded the prize to Bogdan Kulynych, a graduate student examining privacy, security, AI and society.”

Florida State University: FSU professor awarded NSF grant to create new software tool. “The National Science Foundation awarded a Florida State University professor a $410,000 grant to create a software tool designed to help scientists make more accurate predictions regarding populations of endangered or commercially exploited animal species.”

Bloomberg: Using Artificial Intelligence to Sniff Out Corporate Greenwashers. “Barely a day goes by without a company talking up their green credentials–how they’re aligning themselves with global climate goals, cutting waste and upping their recycling. With all this corporate happy-talk about saving the planet on the rise, so are concerns about greenwashing. Investors and regulators are increasingly sounding the alarm about companies that exaggerate or misrepresent their environmental bona fides. That’s what prompted academics at University College Dublin to develop algorithms to help the financial services sector detect and quantify greenwashing.” Good evening, Internet…

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