UK Court Judgments, San Francisco Disco Sets, Australia Opera, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, April 26, 2022


UK Government: Court judgments made accessible to all at The National Archives. “As the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, The National Archives has long-standing experience in storing and publishing information securely. Under the Archive’s expertise, they will be preserved, managed and made widely accessible for years to come. New court and tribunal decisions from the superior courts of record – The Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, and Upper Tribunals – will now be available on The National Archives Find Case Law site.” This archive is still being populated and will expand over time.

New-to-me, from KCRW: SF disco is the sound of gay liberation. Historic reels go digital. “The SF Disco Preservation Society touts more than 2,000 records from when disco was the soundtrack of gay liberation, with queer men flocking to San Francisco, LA, and New York to dance, sing, and mingle. The archive is run singlehandedly by Jim Hopkins, who became a DJ at age 16 in 1981. He notes that many DJs in SF died of AIDS, and he wanted to preserve their legacies.” The archive is a Soundcloud collection of over 275 DJ sets of disco music. Most is from the 1970s or early 1980s, but there are few from the mid-90s.

Australian Arts Review: Australian Opera championed in national first digital library. “Australia’s first digital library dedicated to Australian Opera has launched today thanks to State Opera South Australia. State Opera Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder said that the national online archive will champion all aspects of Australian Opera and is an important vehicle to protect the past, present and future of these great works.”

KSTP: High-dollar ACT prep goes online for free. “Tips and training for the ACT exam can cost $100 an hour with a tutor. ACT tutor Katie Halcrow says that most students can raise their score by 5 points by using them….After years of helping students prepare for the test, she has launched a non-profit called ‘Power Up Prep’ and has put all her material online for free. It’s material that is so valuable that a few schools around the metro are starting to use it in their classrooms.”


Engadget: Reddit launches $1 million fund to support user-driven projects. “You’ll finally have a chance to host that r/legaladvice happy hour, or take your friends from r/animalpics to the zoo. Reddit is investing $1 million in its Community Funds program, which aims to help users get their projects and ideas off the ground. ”

Ars Technica: Apple will delist App Store apps that haven’t been updated recently. “Apple plans to imminently remove games and apps on the App Store that have not been recently updated if developers don’t submit an update for approval within 30 days. This news comes from screenshots and claims shared by various app developers and reporting by The Verge.”


Search Engine Journal: How To Find And Fix Broken Internal Links. “Broken internal links can frustrate visitors and cause them to leave your site. They can also hurt your website’s search engine optimization (SEO). But don’t worry. There are ways that you can easily find and fix these broken links yourself. It will take some time, but it will be worth it in the long run for both your users and your website.” The usual good work by Search Engine Journal.

ReviewGeek: The Best Visual Voicemail Apps. “When using visual voicemail through an app or your phone carrier or manufacturer, you can see all of your voicemails at once. Sometimes, you can even view a transcript preview of the call, so you know what the message is about before you even open it. Being able to see all your voicemails makes it much easier to maintain your messages and not end up with 20 messages that you just haven’t gotten around to deleting.”


AFP: Memory hole: Kashmir news archives vanish . “In recent months hundreds of reports chronicling decades of violence in the disputed Muslim-majority territory have disappeared from local media archives or been rendered unsearchable through a variety of methods. Critics say it is an Orwellian effort to expunge history and control the narrative going forward, with most pointing the finger at the Indian government. In many cases, newspaper reports are the only publicly-accessible primary-source records of events in Kashmir.”


Krebs on Security: Leaked Chats Show LAPSUS$ Stole T-Mobile Source Code. “KrebsOnSecurity recently reviewed a copy of the private chat messages between members of the LAPSUS$ cybercrime group in the week leading up to the arrest of its most active members last month. The logs show LAPSUS$ breached T-Mobile multiple times in March, stealing source code for a range of company projects. T-Mobile says no customer or government information was stolen in the intrusion.”

ABC News: As NFT scams proliferate online, crypto sleuths are fighting back. “Spend enough time online, and you’re sure to run into scammers who try to steal your money by asking you to confirm your credit card information or sign up for fake PC protection plans. Now, online scams have reached the lucrative world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) — and a group of tech sleuths are fighting back.”


Smithsonian Magazine: Researchers Develop a ‘Bear-Dar’ That Warns Humans of Approaching Polar Bears. “Whenever Alyssa Bohart heard a voice from her computer repeatedly chiming—status alert, status alert—the search was on. The warnings came from a radar device installed in Churchill, Manitoba—a modified military system programed with artificial intelligence (A.I.) and trained to detect polar bears. Bohart’s job was to remotely operate a camera and visually confirm that the AI was making the right call.” Good morning, Internet…

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