Modern Design, Scanner Apps, Web Surfing, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 3, 2022


Drexel University: Drexel Unveils ‘Museum of Where We Are’ Exhibition of Design History Students’ Work. “Joseph Larnerd, PhD, assistant professor of design history in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, started his ‘The Museum of Where We Are’ online project as a way to continue facets of hands-on learning in his ‘ARTH 300: The History of Modern Design’ class after all University coursework went remote in spring 2020 due to the pandemic. He had students select an object from their current place of residence, and over the course of the term, conceptualize and research a label for that object like one would find in a museum.”


Mashable: 5 of the best free scanner apps for iPhone and Android. “It’s a rarity to find a peer with a printer, let alone a scanner. As technology evolves, it seems like the scanner is going the way of the fax machine, slowly but surely slipping into oblivion. That is, until you’re moving apartments, applying for a loan, or doing your taxes, and, all of a sudden, you need one of those ancient technologies and don’t have access to one. Thankfully, there are a few apps for that.”

MakeUseOf: How to Access Websites That Won’t Load: 5 Methods to Try. “Have you ever clicked on a link or bookmark and instead seen an error page? It can be extremely frustrating when a site won’t load, so is there a trick you can use to access a busy website with heavy traffic? Do you know how to open a crashed website? What if it contains blocked content? Fortunately, there are a few ways to access web pages that won’t otherwise load.”


Techdirt: Gaming Like It’s 1926: Join The Fourth Annual Public Domain Game Jam. “Happy new year everyone — and happy public domain day! That’s right: as of today, works from 1926 are now officially in the public domain in the US, and that means it’s time for the latest public domain game jam: Gaming Like It’s 1926, presented by Techdirt and Randy Lubin of Diegetic Games. Just like in past years, we’re calling on game designers of all stripes and levels of experience to create games that make use of, or are based on, material from newly-public-domain works.”

New York Times: A Vatican Library Shortens the Distance Between Its Works and Its Scholars. “Some of the texts at the [library of the Pontifical Oriental Institute], which over the years swelled to some 200,000 works, have just been digitized, and will soon be at the fingertips of a global audience — no voyages or ladders needed. The first digitized versions will be available to the public in mid-2022, the product of a charitable initiative that connected the institute with technology companies in the United States and Germany.”


Reuters: Morgan Stanley to pay $60 mln to resolve data security lawsuit. “Morgan Stanley (MS.N) agreed to pay $60 million to settle a lawsuit by customers who said the Wall Street bank exposed their personal data when it twice failed to properly retire some of its older information technology.”

Bloomberg: U.S. catches Kremlin insider who may have secrets of 2016 hack. “In the days before Christmas, U.S. officials in Boston unveiled insider trading charges against a Russian tech tycoon they had been pursuing for months. They accused Vladislav Klyushin, who’d been extradited from Switzerland on Dec. 18, of illegally making tens of millions of dollars trading on hacked corporate-earnings information. Yet as authorities laid out their securities fraud case, a striking portrait of the detainee emerged: Klyushin was not only an accused insider trader, but a Kremlin insider.”


Bleeping Computer: University loses 77TB of research data due to backup error. “The Kyoto University in Japan has lost about 77TB of research data due to an error in the backup system of its Hewlett-Packard supercomputer. The incident occurred between December 14 and 16, 2021, and resulted in 34 million files from 14 research groups being wiped from the system and the backup file.”

Washington Post: Artificial intelligence is restoring lost works by Klimt, Picasso and Rembrandt. Not everyone is happy about it.. “Gustav Klimt’s 1900 painting ‘Philosophy’ might have been remembered as a pivotal artwork. Made at a turning point in the artist’s career, it was vividly colored, dramatically composed — even provocative in its blatant nudity and unflinching emotion. But in 1945, the work was destroyed in a fire and essentially lost to history. For decades, only black-and-white photographs of ‘Philosophy’ existed. Now, thanks to artificial intelligence, we can see the work in full color. But does the re-creation really look like the original? Does it even look like a Klimt?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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