Great Salt Lake, South Dakota Missing Persons, Google Doodles, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 31, 2022


USGS: New one-stop shop webpage for all things Great Salt Lake. “On the website, users can see how changing lake levels, which recently reached a new historic low, affect local wetlands, biology, economics, safety, recreation and land use. Both current and historical USGS data from the Saltair and Saline gaging stations automatically populate the site’s diagrams with up-to-date lake level information.”


Government of South Dakota: New South Dakota’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Website Released. “The new page also allows for greater searchability to the user. There are improved and added filters that allow searches by gender and race. Expanded descriptors include height, weight, hair color, eye color, and more narrative information such as the person’s last known location and what the person was last seen wearing. The user also will be able to arrange the page through multiple options including most recent, least recent, and alphabetical.”

CNET: Google’s New Multiplayer Doodle Game Celebrates Petanque. “Google’s latest multiplayer game is set to appear on the company’s search page on Sunday and pays homage to Petanque, a sport similar to bocce and lawn bowling. Invented in the South of France in 1907, Petanque is a leisure activity played by friends, as well as a competitive sport played around the world.”

Reuters: Indonesia Blocks Yahoo, Paypal, Gaming Websites Over Licence Breaches. “Indonesia has blocked search engine website Yahoo, payments firm PayPal and several gaming websites due to failure to comply with licensing rules, an official said on Saturday, sparking a backlash on social media.”


SlashGear: How To Use An Old iPhone As A Dash Cam. “If you’re particularly frugal or want better features with minimal investment, you can utilize an old iPhone as a dash cam instead of tossing it. In this article, we will take you through how to use an old iPhone as a dash cam.”

MakeUseOf: Top 100% Legal Streaming Services That Don’t Cost a Dime. “With the cost of virtually everything rising for the foreseeable future, it’s understandable that some folks will be looking to cut back. Luckily, there are a bunch of streaming video platforms that offer quality content for free. All of the services listed below are 100% legal and free of charge.”


University of Southern California: #LastSeen: Searching for forgotten photographs of Nazi deportations . “USC Dornsife’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research is the only non-German partner in the first major international initiative to gather and analyze images showing Nazi deportations during World War II — and they want the public’s help.”


CarScoops: New Jersey Allegedly Using Social Media To Fine Modified Diesel Trucks. “The owner of a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 with a modified diesel engine has taken to Facebook to warn others that the state of New Jersey may be trawling social media, looking for trucks that do not comply with emissions regulations.”

Intel 471: How cybercriminals are using messaging apps to launch malware schemes. ” Apps like Discord and Telegram have underlying elements that allow users to create and share programs or other types of content that’s used inside the platform. These programs, colloquially known as ‘bots,’ or other content allows for users to share media, play games, moderate channels, or any other automated task a developer can devise. Cybercriminals have figured out how to leverage this for their own begotten gains.”


Siberian Federal University: Russian Scientists Have Taught a neural network to read handwritten Letters of the Russian Alphabet . “SibFU scientists have developed a new convolutional neural network (CNN) capable of recognizing images of handwritten letters with high accuracy. The resulting algorithm transforms the image and recognizes the letter encrypted in it. According to the scientists, the algorithm’s accuracy is 99 %.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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