CryptoComics, Bill Mauldin, United States Building Stock, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 15, 2021


The Conversation: Comic book introduces kids to key concepts and careers in cybersecurity. “Led by a team of educators and researchers, CryptoComics strategically integrates a digital comic book, apps and unplugged activities, such as painting rocks with ancient symbols and making invisible ink. It also features stories about cybersecurity professionals who are women.”

Patch Chicago: Pritzker Military Museum & Library Launches Virtual Exhibition. “On Monday, December 13, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML) launched a virtual experience of its popular Museum exhibit: ‘Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin and the Art of War.’ The extraordinary live exhibit, currently on display at the PMML through April 2022, features nearly 150 of the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist’s original drawings and published cartoons, as well as personal material from Bill Mauldin’s exceptional career.” This exhibit does have a modest admission fee ($7 for PMML non-members.)

GlobeNewswire: Researchers Publish First Comprehensive Building Stock Characterization Study for the United States (PRESS RELEASE). “A new report and online dashboard by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the first comprehensive characterization and segmentation of the U.S. building stock, providing a national typology of buildings. Titled U.S. Building Stock Characterization Study: A National Typology for Decarbonizing U.S. Buildings, Part 1: Residential, the report provides key decisionmakers a foundational tool to identify technology requirements and engineering solutions for moving the existing U.S. building stock toward a net-zero-carbon future.” This press release left me blank until I looked up building stock and discovered that it’s just what it says on the tin — an inventory of buildings in an area.


MakeUseOf: GitHub vs. GitLab: Which Is Better for You?. “If you find it hard to pick between GitLab and GitHub, your indecisiveness is valid. Both of these platforms are renowned for their outstanding results in version control for private software and open source projects. Although both are competent enough, this very competence makes it hard to choose which of the two will work for you and your team. That is why this article will break down characteristics like price, features, CI and CD, amongst others, to help you arrive at the best choice.”


Axios: Internet Association, once a top tech lobby, is set to dissolve. “The Internet Association (IA), once the tech industry’s top lobbying shop in Washington, representing companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, will dissolve as soon as Wednesday, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to Axios.”

Tubefilter: Snapchat Spotlight Has Paid Out $250 Million To 12,000 Creators In One Year. “Since launching its Spotlight platform for user-generated content one year ago, which rewards creators with for creating top-viewed videos, Snapchat says it has paid out over $250 million to more than 12,000 creators.”

Tom’s Guide: Google ‘innovative AR device’ reportedly on the way with all-new OS. “Google’s attempts to conquer the world of augmented and virtual reality haven’t met with much success. But it sounds as if the company is ready to give it another go. In a LinkedIn post, Mark Lucovsky, Google’s new senior director of engineering, operating systems and AR, says that the company is looking to fill key roles on the team responsible for building an augmented reality OS.”


Mashable: Online reviews shaped the internet as we know it. Now they might be in danger. . “The pandemic, and the boom in online shopping that it brought on, put a spotlight on online reviews, as well as the duplicity that sometimes surrounds them, while chatter of either axing or tweaking the bill that allowed online reviews to exist in the first place has ramped up too. Together, those factors invite a perilous question: What would we stand to lose if we lost online reviews?”

The Verge: LastPass is going to become an independent company. “LogMeIn plans to spin out password management tool LastPass as a standalone company, it announced Tuesday. With the change, LastPass is promising that customers will receive enhancements on an ‘accelerated timeline’ next year. ‘With a team solely dedicated to its continued innovation and growth, [LastPass] will be able to deliver even more strongly for users,’ a spokesperson said.”


Defense One: This New AI Tool Can Help Spot an Imminent Invasion. “Just how many jets, cargo planes, and other military vehicles is Russia deploying to the border of Ukraine? Answering that sort of question is a labor-intensive project for analysts, requiring them to pore through satellite photos to find and classify specific objects. A new tool from data analysis firm Orbital Insight could change that.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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