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Pathologic Hits Different During a Real Pandemic

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 07:00
One of the first quests in the 2005 survival game is to prove to the people in charge that a pandemic is real, so that they'll do something about it.
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Death, Love, and the Solace of a Million Motorcycle Parts

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 07:00
To cope with the uncertainty and sadness around my mother-in-law’s death, I set about building a four-cylinder superbike.
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Love the USPS? Join the Infrastructure Appreciation Society!

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:00
It's a good time to salute infrastructure, from the postal system to the CDC. Their often invisible work still needs to be tended—and honored.
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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:00
The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help.
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Wish List 2020: 45 Gift Ideas for Your Social Bubble and Beyond

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:00
From a modern-classic electric guitar to a wire-free VR headset, here are 45 options for spreading joy—and not Covid.
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Happy Little Instagram Feeds Don't Work in 2020

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:00
My Instagram feed remains as artsy and overfiltered as ever, an infinite grid of happy little squares. This, in 2020, is crisis-level denialism.
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The Art That Defied the Last Four, Terrible Years

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 11/17/2020 - 06:00
My mind has slipped anxiously off books and movies since 2016. But as the credits roll on 2020, I’m ready to look back.
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How The GOP Defied Expectations Down The Ballot

President Trump lost, but House Republicans had a better-than-anticipated 2020 election. They picked up at least eight seats and narrowed the House Democrats' majority.

(Image credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

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'We Are Shipping To The U.S.': Inside China's Online Synthetic Drug Networks

China banned fentanyl last year, but an NPR investigation reveals how Chinese vendors continue to market the chemicals used to make the drug on e-commerce and social media sites.

(Image credit: Kim Ryu for NPR)

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Why Does Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Need To Be Kept Colder Than Antarctica?

One of the two leading vaccine candidates requires deep, deep freezing. Here's how communities are working to solve for this and how the new Moderna vaccine could help.

(Image credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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Street Fentanyl Surges In Western U.S., Leading To Thousands Of Deaths

New research shows the use of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl spreading fast in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle. Chinese companies are routing the street drug through cartels in Mexico.

(Image credit: Cornelia Li for NPR)

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Experts: Gobble All You Like, But Do It With The Turkeys In Your Own Household

With COVID-19 cases soaring lots of people are conflicted about Thanksgiving plans. Experts are recommending we spend the holiday with just the people who live in our homes this year.

(Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

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Iowa Governor Reverses Course, Issues Mask Mandate As COVID-19 Cases Rise

With hospitals in the state filling up with patients, Gov. Kim Reynolds, who once dismissed restrictions as "feel-good" measures, said Monday: "If Iowans don't buy into this, we'll lose."

(Image credit: Charlie Neibergall/AP)

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4 Astronauts Aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Dock With Space Station

Three NASA astronauts and one from Japan's space agency reached the ISS after a 27-hour flight following Sunday's liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center.

(Image credit: John Raoux/AP)

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We Can Get Back To Normal, Chief Science Adviser Responds To Vaccine News

The American biotech company has announced its experimental COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective. Operation Warp Speed science adviser Dr. Moncef Slaoui, says he was ecstatic when he heard the news.

(Image credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

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Employee surveillance software demand increased as workers transitioned to home working

ZDNet – “What does the rise of intrusive tools such as employee surveillance software mean for workers at home? A new study shows that the demand for employee surveillance software was up 55% in June 2020 compared to the pre-pandemic average. From webcam access to random screenshot monitoring, these surveillance software products can record almost everything an employee does on their computer. VPN review website Top10VPN used its global monitoring data to analyze over 200 terms related to employee surveillance software. It took into account both generic and brand-specific queries for its study which compared searches during March-May 2020 with internet searches in the preceding year. Global demand for employee monitoring software increased by 108% in April, and 70% in May 2020 compared with searches carried out the preceding year. Queries for “How to monitor employees working from home” increased by 1,705% in April and 652% in May 2020 compared with searches carried out the preceding year…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Philadelphia Bans Nearly All Indoor Gatherings For The Rest Of The Year

The city is taking sweeping steps to control the coronavirus by banning indoor activities, including holiday season gatherings among people of different households.

(Image credit: Mark Makela/Getty Images)

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Proposal to install spyware in university libraries to protect copyrights shocks academics

Coda Story – “A recent proposal recommending the deployment of surveillance software in order to monitor those accessing academic material has drawn fire from digital rights advocates and scientists. The plan was outlined on October 22 during a virtual webinar hosted by a consortium of the world’s leading publishers of scientific journals, featuring security experts discussing the threats posed by cyber-criminals and digital piracy to academic research. One speaker proposed a novel tactic publishers could take to protect their intellectual property rights against data theft: introducing spyware into the proxy servers academic libraries use to allow access to their online services, such as publishers’ databases. The speaker, Corey Roach, a security officer at the University of Utah, described a plug-in that could collect “biometric data, which can be things like how quick did they type, how do they move their mouse,” in order to distinguish and identify individual users, who are otherwise anonymized by university proxy servers. “We have a lot more than just their username and password,” Roach said in the webinar. “It might be information about them as a student or an employee. We get the customer IP address of where they’re coming from and the URLs for the material they’ve requested.”

To incentivize libraries to install the software, Roach suggested offering them discounts on publisher databases in exchange. The webinar was hosted by a new group called the Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI), the joint creation of Elsevier, Springer Nature, and other top academic publishers who banded together in February with the stated mandate of protecting higher education from cybercriminals and websites like Sci-Hub, a “shadow library” which illegally hosts and enables free access to copies of millions of research papers normally hidden behind publisher paywalls…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Free software to create full copies of sites to archive

HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system. WinHTTrack is the Windows (from Windows 2000 to Windows 10 and above) release of HTTrack, and WebHTTrack the Linux/Unix/BSD release. See the download page…” [Presidential transitions are a time when government sites go offline, data and information is removed and lost. It may be helpful to make copies of sites that you need to archive.]

See also  – Archive-it.orgThe leading web archiving service for collecting and accessing cultural heritage on the web. Built at the Internet Archive

See also via LC Creating Preservable Websites: “The Library of Congress recommends the following best practices to keep in mind when designing websites, to help ensure successful preservation of your websites by any archiving institution. While adhering to these recommendations won’t guarantee a high-quality archival capture and subsequent flawless preservation of your website, not following them will ensure additional archiving and preservation challenges.”

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