Montana Law Collections, Bing, Twitter, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, December 31, 2022


State of Montana Newsroom: Montana State Library Digital Collection Of Current and Historic Montana Law Means More Access and Research Possibilities. “The Montana State Library recently partnered with the State Law Library and Legislative Branch to digitize hundreds of historic print volumes of Montana law… This new online collection delivers all the qualities traditional print readers love: the look and ease of print navigation minus the negatives: torn pages, missing copies, coffee stains, pencil marks from previous users, and having to physically travel to a library. Not a minor inconvenience in our geographically big state since only a handful of Montana libraries have law books.”


Search Engine Roundtable: Catching Up On Bing Search User Interface & Search Experiments. “Over the past several weeks, I’ve been collecting a number of Microsoft Bing search experiments and user interface tests. It has slowed down a bit this week, so I’ll share most of them below.”

Techdirt: It Took Just Four Days From Elon Gleefully Admitting He’d Unplugged A Server Rack For Twitter To Have A Major Outage. “I know, I know. Some of the more angry commenters around here keep insisting that I should stop talking about Elon Musk and Twitter, and I want to do exactly that. I planned to do exactly that and not write another post about it all until next week. And then… Twitter crashed hard last night.”


MakeUseOf: 9 Free Cloud Computing Online Courses for Beginners . “Cloud computing is a game-changing technology that has changed the way we work. IT services are now delivered over the cloud or the internet, making work processes more efficient. With many companies migrating to the cloud, the demand for cloud computing professionals continues to grow. If you’re a beginner, choose from these free online courses to start your career in cloud computing.”

Digital Trends: Thanks to Tapbots’ Ivory app, I’m finally ready to ditch Twitter for good. “New Twitter alternatives have been popping up recently, but it seems that the most popular one continues to be Mastodon. I originally made a Mastodon account back in 2018 when it first launched, but it never clicked with me back then, and I eventually went back to Twitter. With the Musk mess, I tried going back to Mastodon, but again, it didn’t really click with me — until Tweetbot developer, Tapbots, revealed its next project: Ivory.” I love Tweetbot! Had no idea Tapbots was making a Mastodon client.


WIRED: The Reign of the Part-Time Twitch Streamer. “Reporting from WIRED’s Will Bedingfield lays out how streamers with small audiences struggle to grow. Even those with a decent following struggle to make ends meet on the platform.”

Wall Street Journal: Google Maps Chief Sees New Directions for Digital Navigation. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google Maps is the fourth most popular mobile app in the U.S. by unique visitors age 18 and up, according to Comscore, making it more popular than the mobile apps of Instagram and Tiktok as well as its closest direct competitor, Apple Maps. The Google Geo group, which runs the Maps app, now also oversees the company’s Waze mapping service. Christopher Phillips, the head of Google Geo, recently talked with The Wall Street Journal about what he sees as the longer-term future of navigation.”


Vice: One of the World’s Poorest Countries Put Its Faith in Crypto – Why?. “The Central African Republic heralded its status as the only country in Africa to adopt Bitcoin as legal currency, but 8 months later, many questions remain about what’s really going on.”

The Verge: New York breaks the right to repair bill as it’s signed into law. “The bill establishes that consumers and independent repair providers have a right to obtain manuals, diagrams, diagnostics and parts from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in order to repair their own devices. However, the bill was meaningfully compromised at the last minute by amendments that give OEMs some convenient exceptions and loopholes to get out of obligations that many right to repair advocates had been hoping for.”

Engadget: North Korean hackers targeted nearly 1,000 South Korean foreign policy experts. “South Korean authorities believe North Korean hackers, working for the government, have targeted at least 892 foreign policy experts in the country. The efforts focused on members of think tanks and academics, dating back to April.”


PC World: Meet Stable Horde, the crowd-powered Folding@Home of AI art. “Does your PC really need to search for aliens? How about pitching in your resources to help make AI art, instead? A new community effort, Stable Horde, allows you to donate your PC’s extra GPU cycles to create AI art and use your donated time to create AI art in just a fraction of the time instead.”

Mashable: The internet used to be fun. Remember?. “Today, Corn Kid’s glee over the buttery goodness of an ear of corn feels so precious because the internet now feels so sour and divisive. Politics embitters so much of our online experience, and the rest of it is suffocated by negativity or bullying. Meanwhile, cultural content has become so derivative, closer to regurgitation than reinvention.” Good morning, Internet…

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