University of Arkansas Museum, Twitch, Google Sheets, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 23, 2022


University of Arkansas: U of A Museum Launches Online Database to Explore Collection. “From the first computer on campus to a meteorite that fell near Fayetteville in 1934, the museum houses a highly varied collection of more than 7.5 million objects encapsulating archeology, history, ethnology, geology and zoology. A new online resource will feature these collections.”


NPR: Twitch bans some gambling content after an outcry from streamers. “Some gambling content has been banned from Twitch after one of its streamers reportedly stole tens of thousands of dollars from fans and fellow streamers in order to fuel a gambling habit.”


MakeUseOf: How to Build a Simple and Effective Content Calendar in Google Sheets. “With many content calendar software available, it can be challenging to pick one. Some are overcomplicated, some are outside your budget, and others give you a suite of tools you’ll never use. It may even be that you’re still trying to pick your favorite and need a solution in the meantime—one without a paywall or trial period. Whatever the situation, you can create one that offers what you need—and nothing more—using spreadsheet software.”


Outlook India: Bite Into A Slice Of India’s Architectural Diversity With These Digital Archives . “From the Mughal empire to the Rajput kingdoms and colonisation, every age in Indian history has left behind an influence that can be assessed in the structures that dot our cities.” A well-annotated overview of four Instagram-based archives.

Kotaku: GTA VI’s Vice City Is Already Being Mapped Using MS Paint, Google Earth, And Maths. “Previously this week, early development footage of the next Grand Theft Auto game, assumed to be Grand Theft Auto VI, leaked all over the internet. You probably already know about all that. Since then, it’s become harder to find the leaked footage, and sites — including Kotaku — aren’t able to showcase footage or screenshots from the leaks. But that hasn’t stopped a dedicated group of GTA fans from coming together in various places in an effort to map out as much of the new Vice City and its surroundings as they can using maths, MS Paint, Google Earth, and teamwork.”

TechCrunch: Framework partners with Google for a user-repairable $999 Chromebook. “Repairable electronics firm Framework just announced a new take on the company’s signature laptop. Produced in association with Google, the company is releasing the Framework Laptop Chromebook Edition. As the name suggests, it’s an iteration of the Framework Laptop specifically designed for ChromeOS.”


BuzzFeed News: The YouTube Channel Streaming Alex Jones’s Trial Disabled The Chat Because Of Threats To Sandy Hook Victims’ Families. “The trial, which is being livestreamed in its entirety on YouTube by the Law & Crime channel, has had thousands of viewers each day since it began last week, although Jones himself has yet to testify. As always on Law & Crime’s streams, there are hundreds of active and colorful commenters, but trial viewers and Twitter users had noted from day one that the chat was littered with the same conspiracy theories that Jones now faces paying damages for.”University of Arkansas Museum, Twitch, Google Sheets, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 23, 2022

Bleeping Computer: Malwarebytes mistakenly blocks Google, YouTube for malware. “Malwarebytes has addressed an issue that prevented users from accessing websites and services hosted on the domain, including Google search and Youtube. According to a large number of reports from people affected by this, their browsers were prevented from accessing Google sites after Malwarebytes flagged and blocked them as malicious.”


Mint: India is building a database for companies to train AI models: Rajeev Chandrasekhar. “India is building a large database of anonymized non-personal data for Indian companies and startups that are using artificial intellig (AI), said Rajeev Chandrasekhar, minister of state (MoS) for Electronics and Information Technology, at the Global Fintech Fest (GFF), an industry event, held in Mumbai on Wednesday.”

Caltech: Conventional Computers Can Learn to Solve Tricky Quantum Problems. “A new Caltech-led study in the journal Science describes how machine learning tools, run on classical computers, can be used to make predictions about quantum systems and thus help researchers solve some of the trickiest physics and chemistry problems. While this notion has been proposed before, the new report is the first to mathematically prove that the method works in problems that no traditional algorithms could solve.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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