Museum of Refused and Unrealised Art Projects, Avalanches in Colorado, Song Identification, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 12, 2022


New-to-me, from Apollo: Mission impossible – how to make a museum for artworks that were never made. “The plans for [Mili] Romano’s installation were one of 55 pieces in the exhibition ‘Hidden Displays 1975–2020. Unrealised projects in Bologna’, recently shown at the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo). Letters, pencil sketches and paper maquettes laid out plans for works that never came to fruition, be it for ‘technical, logistical, ideological, financial, moral or ethical’ reasons, as the exhibition explained…. The unrealised projects in the exhibition were originally collected for the digital museum and online archive MoRE, a Museum of Refused and Unrealised Art Projects.”

Summit Daily: Colorado Avalanche Information Center launches avalanche explorer feature. “The Colorado Avalanche Information Center has launched a new avalanche explorer tool on its website that allows users to explore and understand avalanche activity in the area. The tool also aims to help users make decisions when it comes to travel in the backcountry, where avalanche danger can be high.”


Lifehacker: Google Chrome Can Identify Any Song in a Movie While You Stream It. “Shazam’s app made asking a barista for the name of a song a thing of the past, and has since expanded to become native to Apple’s ecosystem. However, even though Apple has owned Shazam since 2018, the service is still available across platforms. And the latest offering is conveniently an extension for Chrome, making it easy to identify the song in whatever video is playing in your web browser.” I was excited to see this because I watch a lot of breakdancing on YouTube and regularly hear songs I want to identify. I tested it on three dancing clips: twice Shazam identified the song and once it couldn’t even guess (I think it got stymied by crowd noise.)

CNET: CISA director: We’ll be dealing with Log4j for a long time. “Security professionals will be dealing with the fallout from the Log4j bug for a long time to come, top officials for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said Monday.”

It’s FOSS: Here are the New Features Coming to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. “Ubuntu fans! It’s time to get excited about the next big release which is Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Yes. It is a long term support release and it will be supported for five years till April 2027. The upcoming LTS release brings several new features. If you are using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, you will notice numerous visual changes. If you are using Ubuntu 21.10, you already have seen plenty of changes but there will still be a few new ones in the upcoming release.”


MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Spotify Alternatives for Linux You Should Try. “Using an open-source operating system such as Linux calls for using open-source entertainment apps. Even though Spotify has plenty of native versions available for desktop and mobile platforms, many users prefer using alternatives packed with exciting features. If that sounds like you, you’re in for a surprise, as Linux has a ton of fine-tuned Spotify alternatives, which allow you to listen to music right from your desktop.”


MarketWatch: Google Faces Shareholder Pressure to Amend Repairs Policy. “On Tuesday, mutual fund company Green Century said it had filed a shareholder proposal with Alphabet requesting it make Google devices more easily repairable by consumers and independent shops, and thus more environmentally friendly. It is also urging the company to stop lobbying against legislation that would expand repair access.”


Gizmodo: Gettr Promised Users It Would Free Them From Big Tech, But It’s Tracking Them for Facebook and Google. “Gettr, just one of the interminable Facebook/Twitter clones for MAGA chuds angry about social media rules against conspiracy theories and bigotry, sold itself to potential users as a way to escape the totalitarian tyranny of tech giants like Facebook and Google. Surprise! That pitch comes with a million caveats, the first and foremost of which is that Gettr doesn’t actually seem to do that at all.”

Financial Times: Google in last-ditch lobbying attempt to influence incoming EU tech rules. “Google is making a last-ditch effort to change the EU’s incoming laws on Big Tech with a flurry of advertising, emails, and targeted social media posts aimed at politicians and officials in Brussels. As EU policymakers put the finishing touches to the Digital Markets Act (DMA), executives at Google’s headquarters in Silicon Valley are stepping up their efforts to water down parts of the legislation that they fear may have a severe impact on their business.”


The Next Web: Alphabet to spin out quantum company after Google’s time crystal breakthrough. “Business Insider reports that Alphabet is planning to spinout Sandbox Technology Inc., a quantum company it’s been incubating as part of its Moonshot ventures program. The BI report makes it seem like a done deal, which would mean Sandbox is set to exist alongside fellow sister companies in Google, Deep Mind, and more.” Good evening, Internet…

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