Chaim and Inna Hecker Grade, Bitmap Fonts, Cambridge Research Papers, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 7, 2023


Jewish Telegraphic Agency: YIVO digitizes writer Chaim Grade’s archive, a Yiddish treasure with a soap opera backstory. “This week YIVO and the NLI will announce the completion of the digitization of ‘The Papers of Chaim Grade and Inna Hecker Grade,’ making the entire archive publicly accessible online.”

New-to-me, from Hackaday: Reliving A Bitmapped Past With A Veritable Hoard Of Bitmap Fonts. “The fonts seen with old computer systems such as those from Apple and Commodore, as well as Microsoft Windows 3.1 and older, form an integral part of our interaction with these systems. These days such bitmap fonts are a rarity, with scalable vector-based fonts having taken their place on modern-day systems. This unfortunately also means that these fonts are at major risk of being lost to the sands of time. This is where [Rob Hagemans] seeks to maintain an archive of such bitmap fonts, ranging from Acorn to MSX to Windows.”


BusinessWire: Majority of Cambridge Research Papers Now Open Access (PRESS RELEASE). “Over 50 percent of Cambridge University Press research articles are now published open access (OA) and so freely available to read. Having passed the 50 percent threshold for last year – approximately 10,000 papers being fully open – Cambridge University Press is aiming for the vast majority of its research papers to be published fully open access by 2025.”

New York Times: Musk Pledged to Cleanse Twitter of Child Abuse Content. It’s Been Rough Going.. “Over 120,000 views of a video showing a boy being sexually assaulted. A recommendation engine suggesting that a user follow content related to exploited children. Users continually posting abusive material, delays in taking it down when it is detected and friction with organizations that police it. All since Elon Musk declared that ‘removing child exploitation is priority #1’ in a tweet in late November.”


MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Chrome Extensions to Enhance Roblox. “Roblox is a great game, but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be better. There are loads of features that are just missing from the game, which the developers may never add in. Luckily, Chrome extensions let you quickly and easily add these new features right into your game with almost no work. All you have to do is install the extension, and it’s like you have a brand-new game. Here are the six best Chrome extensions to enhance your Roblox experience.”


Mashable: What if ChatGPT was a cat?. “ChatGPT, the online artificial chatbot taking the world by storm, is being used for a lot, including messaging Tinder matches and writing essays. It was only a matter of time before replicas and chatbot spin-offs trickled our way. One such AI asks: what if ChatGPT was a cat?”

The Art Newspaper: Artefacts in Swiss museums were looted from the Kingdom of Benin, new report says. “Twenty-one works in Swiss museum collections were looted from Benin City when the Royal Palace was plundered by the British Army in 1897, a new report reveals. The report, published by the Swiss Benin Initiative (SBI) group, focused on 96 Benin bronze items in eight museums including the Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève and the Museum der Kulturen Basel.”


CNN: America’s top cyber diplomat says his Twitter account was hacked. “America’s top cybersecurity diplomat Nate Fick said his personal Twitter account was hacked, calling it part of the ‘perils of the job.’ Fick tweeted the news from his personal account Saturday evening.”


PC Magazine: ChatGPT Passes Google Coding Interview for Level 3 Engineer With $183K Salary. “Google fed coding interview questions to ChatGPT and, based off the AI’s answers, determined it would be hired for a level three engineering position, according to an internal document.”

The Print: Budget 2023: One lakh ancient inscriptions to be digitized under ‘Bharat SHRI’, says FM Sitharaman . “Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while presenting the Union Budget 2023 on Wednesday said a specialized repository will be made in a digital epigraphy museum by the digitization of one lakh ancient inscriptions in the first stage.” One Lakh is 100,000. Good afternoon, Internet…

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