Free Software Development Courses, USS Drum, FTX, More: Tuesday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 15, 2022


Search Engine Journal: LinkedIn + GitHub Launch 40+ Free Courses. “LinkedIn is teaming up with GitHub to launch over 40 software development courses through LinkedIn Learning, all of which are free until March 2023. The courses combine educational videos from LinkedIn with GitHub Codespaces, and cover today’s most popular programming languages.” The courses are free until the end of February.

Auburn University: Auburn research project allowing world to see inside USS Drum submarine like never before. “[Junshan] Liu, [Danielle] Willkens and their team used 360-degree cameras and Lidar scanners to capture images of the interior of the eight-compartment submarine and put together a highly interactive virtual tour accessible to anyone and everyone through the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park’s website.”


Gizmodo: New York Times Runs Bizarre Softball Article on FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried. “FTX filed for bankruptcy on Friday, leaving reasonable people to wonder how a cryptocurrency platform founded in 2019, which reached a valuation of $32 billion in 2021, could plummet to zero in such a short time. There’s a new piece in the New York Times which gained exclusive access to FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, but if you’re looking for answers, you’re not going to find it there.” I was wondering about the NYT article, which has a “What a scamp, boys will be boys” vibe. Gizmodo breaks down why it’s so weird.

Engadget: Twitter fired employees who publicly called out Elon Musk. “At least three Twitter employees who survived the mass layoffs that cut the company’s workforce in half have been fired after calling out their new boss on the platform. One of them is Eric Frohnhoefer, who responded to Elon Musk’s tweet apologizing for Twitter being slow in many countries.”


University of Maryland Baltimore County: Historical Lens: Preserving the photography of social documentarian Lewis Hine . “The photographer Lewis Hine secured a place in history as a documentarian of early 20th century life, including a transformational investigation into the conditions for child laborers…. This year, the Special Collections team at UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library received a Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support conservation of this groundbreaking collection.”

NBC News:
False claim about Iran protester executions goes viral with help from celebrities and politicians
. “An image that has circulated widely on social media falsely states that 15,000 protesters have been sentenced to death. That claim is not true, but has been amplified by major public figures including the actresses Viola Davis and Sophie Turner and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Representatives for Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives for Turner declined to comment.”


CBS News: Janet Yellen says FTX collapse shows cryptocurrencies are ‘risky… even dangerous’ investments. “Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has told CBS News that the spectacular collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, which sent shockwaves through the crypto world last week with its bankruptcy filing, should serve as a warning to Americans about investing their money in ‘extremely risky’ financial products traded in a space lacking ‘appropriate supervision and regulation.'”

Washington University in St. Louis: NSF grant supports development of GPS-free, secure communication. “Part of modern-day encryption requires precise synchronization of devices. Currently, that’s done using GPS satellites; devices can stay in sync by pinging a satellite at regular intervals. When there is no access to GPS, or if a GPS signal is maliciously jammed or tampered with, there can be no guarantee of secure communications.”


Newswise: AI transforms smartwatch ECG signals into a diagnostic tool for heart failure. “Two health tech advances are at the heart of a study published in Nature Medicine: an app and backend infrastructure to let patients remotely share smartwatch ECG data with their clinicians in an easy and secure way, and the modification of a proven 12-lead ECG artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to enable it to run on a single-lead watch ECG recording.”


Core 77: An Amusing Backup Camera Hack for Precision Parking. “Backup camera images typically feature red and green lines overlaid on the screen to give you a sense of the car’s boundaries: Green is a polite distance to leave between you and the car you’re parallel parking in front of, red is the closest you can get without trading paint. But this Reddit user, seeking to park right up to the wall of his garage, was unsatisfied with the lines. He worked up his own (impractical, but funny) hack for greater precision.” The thing is once he has the parking spot and background he doesn’t need the car. I think it’s great. Good evening, Internet…

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