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Daily Archives: December 22, 2019

Your email problem isn’t your fault

Quartz at Work: “Checking email, responding to it, and remembering what’s been dealt with and what hasn’t creates a huge drag on many of our days. It also makes for an almost-constant distraction if an email client is open alongside other work windows, or if alerts are enabled. The people who felt most stressed shared the same belief: I just need a system, they said, and then I’ll be able to deal with it. Well, here’s a different suggestion. Maybe the problem isn’t that you need a better system. Maybe the problem is that email is a terrible system in the first place…”

The Impeachment Papers

“DPLA is proud to release this preliminary version of The Impeachment Papers: A Compendium of Documents Related to the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump and The Report by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian Active Measure Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election.  These add to the work we started with our award-winning… Continue Reading

What does your car know about you?

Washington Post – “Our privacy experiment found that automakers collect data through hundreds of sensors and an always-on Internet connection. Driving surveillance is becoming hard to avoid…Cars have become the most sophisticated computers many of us own, filled with hundreds of sensors. Even older models know an awful lot about you. Many copy over personal… Continue Reading

Icons for everything

The Noun Project – Over 2 million curated icons, created by a global community….Icons for everything. Users may search or browse for icons and create an account, get icons, and identify favorites. Icons may be used under a Creative Commons License – either free or with a small fee. I had no idea there were… Continue Reading

History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin

The Atlantic – It’s underwater—and the consequences are unimaginable: “Today, many of the largest mineral corporations in the world have launched underwater mining programs. On the west coast of Africa, the De Beers Group is using a fleet of specialized ships to drag machinery across the seabed in search of diamonds. In 2018, those ships… Continue Reading

Predatory journals: no definition, no defence

nature: “Leading scholars and publishers from ten countries have agreed a definition of predatory publishing that can protect scholarship. It took 12 hours of discussion, 18 questions and 3 rounds to reach…Predatory journals are a global threat. They accept articles for publication — along with authors’ fees — without performing promised quality checks for issues… Continue Reading

RCFP urges Delaware court to reject hyperlink republication argument

“The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of 23 news organizations are urging a Delaware court to reject a defamation claim that could threaten the use of hyperlinks in news stories. In a friend-of-the-court brief, filed on Dec. 19 by Reporters Committee attorneys and David L. Finger of Finger & Slanina… Continue Reading