Make Tech Easier: Not a WordPress Fan? Here are 5 of the Best Static Website CMS for You

Make Tech Easier: Not a WordPress Fan? Here are 5 of the Best Static Website CMS for You . “Static site generators (SSGs) have grown in popularity among developers for certain types of websites. Tools like Jekyll, Hugo, Hexo and others have made it really easy to set up a website without worrying about server side dependencies. You can just edit the content and build the site on your local machine and then deploy to a live web server. Any web server that can serve HTML files can be used to host a static website, and there are even some tools that will host your static website for free such as GitHub Pages and Gitlab Pages.”

National Catholic Register: Priests Make Use of Social Media to Reach Their Flocks

National Catholic Register: Priests Make Use of Social Media to Reach Their Flocks. “Because of the ever-increasing popularity of social media, quite a few priests use it to reach out to their flocks as a form of ministry. Father Leo Patalinghug, who has 75,000 followers on Facebook, 16,000 on Twitter and 7,000 on Instagram, sees it as a means of evangelization. ‘It’s just the new “areopagus” of St. Paul’s time.’ He added, ‘It’s important for various Catholic institutions, parishes and organizations to have a social-media presence.'”

Quartz: The latest alleged “Nigerian prince” email scammer is a man in Louisiana

Quartz: The latest alleged “Nigerian prince” email scammer is a man in Louisiana. “You know the email: A Nigerian Prince is in trouble, and he can pay you handsomely if you’ll help him—that is, he can pay you sometime after you wire money to his account or hand over all of your bank information. The scam is by now so well-known that it has become a common trope in jokes. But a recent such scam departed sharply from the caricature when police made an arrest very, very far from Nigeria.”

Central Valley Business: Now you can view individual facility air pollutants and toxics online (California)

Central Valley Business: Now you can view individual facility air pollutants and toxics online . “The tool allows users to search for individual facility data by name, industrial sector, year, type of facility and pollutant. Large emitters can be isolated by air basin, air district, county, town or ZIP code. Users can also see a number of overlays, including the statewide CalEnviroScreen map of disadvantaged communities and state assembly and senate districts. The mapping tool uses data from the state’s greenhouse gas mandatory reporting program. Local air districts provided data on criteria (i.e. smog-forming) pollution and air toxics emissions.”

Ars Technica: Is “Big Data” racist? Why policing by data isn’t necessarily objective

Ars Technica: Is “Big Data” racist? Why policing by data isn’t necessarily objective. “Algorithmic technologies that aid law enforcement in targeting crime must compete with a host of very human questions. What data goes into the computer model? After all, the inputs determine the outputs. How much data must go into the model? The choice of sample size can alter the outcome. How do you account for cultural differences? Sometimes algorithms try to smooth out the anomalies in the data—­anomalies that can correspond with minority populations. How do you address the complexity in the data or the ‘noise’ that results from imperfect results? The choices made to create an algorithm can radically impact the model’s usefulness or reliability. To examine the problem of algorithmic design, imagine that police in Cincinnati, Ohio, have a problem with the Bloods gang—­a national criminal gang, originating out of Los Angeles, that signifies membership by wearing the color red.”

Mental Floss: Taking Facebook Quizzes Could Put You at Risk for Identity Theft

Mental Floss: Taking Facebook Quizzes Could Put You at Risk for Identity Theft. “From phishing schemes to a thief pilfering your passport, there are plenty of ways to fall victim to identity theft. And now, participating in Facebook quizzes is one of them. As ABC News reports, the seemingly harmless surveys that populate your feed could wind up providing unscrupulous hackers with the answers to your online security questions.” Not if you have made up an entire set of security question answers that have nothing to do with reality.

Northern Public Radio: Midway Village Museum Brings Historic Images To Your Computer

Northern Public Radio: Midway Village Museum Brings Historic Images To Your Computer. “Rockford’s Midway Village Museum is making it easier for people to access historic images from the city’s past. The Museum often is asked for photos to help history buffs for family trees, business research, and school projects. Previously, you would have needed an appointment. Now, more than a thousand of the Museum’s most popular images are available online.”

New York Times: How Climate Change Deniers Rise to the Top in Google Searches

New York Times: How Climate Change Deniers
Rise to the Top in Google Searches
. “America’s technology giants have come under fire for their role in the spread of fake news during the 2016 presidential campaign, prompting promises from Google and others to crack down on sites that spread disinformation. Less scrutinized has been the way tech companies continue to provide a mass platform for the most extreme sites among those that use false or misleading science to reject the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. Google’s search page has become an especially contentious battleground between those who seek to educate the public on the established climate science and those who reject it.”

Financial Express: Modi government mulls launching navigation platform on lines of Google Maps, MapmyIndia

Financial Express: Modi government mulls launching navigation platform on lines of Google Maps, MapmyIndia. “Narendra Modi government is planning to launch commercial mapping and navigation platform on lines of Google Maps, MapmyIndia. This comes after Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had received suggestions from companies to create a national policy for all roads to be properly mapped given that some major private players have still been unable to invest in creating digitised maps of nearly 30 per cent of Indian roads.”

BetaNews: This is your last chance to get Windows 10 for free

BetaNews: This is your last chance to get Windows 10 for free. “Although Microsoft officially ended the free Windows 10 upgrade offer last year, it is still possible to get the new operating system completely free of charge by using a simple trick. The software giant provides Windows 10 for free to anyone using assistive technologies, and doesn’t require you to prove you have any kind of disability in order to make use of this upgrade offer. However, all good things must come to an end, and Microsoft is set to close this free upgrade route on December 31, 2017.”

Techdirt: New York State Eyes Its Own Net Neutrality Law

Techdirt: New York State Eyes Its Own Net Neutrality Law. ” In ISP lobbying land, stopping states from writing protectionist law is an assault on ‘states rights,’ but when states actually try to help consumers you’ll note the concern for states rights magically disappears. Regardless, New York State, California and Washington have all indicated that they will attempt to test the FCC’s state preemption authority on this front in the new year by crafting their own net neutrality legislation. You’ll recall that the FCC already had its wrist slapped by the courts for over-reach when it tried to preempt states from passing anti-community broadband laws, quite literally written by large ISPs, intended to hamstring creative solutions (including public/private partnerships) for the telecom industry’s broadband competition logjam.”

MakeUseOf: 9 Alternative Chromium Browsers That Beat Chrome at Its Own Game

MakeUseOf: 9 Alternative Chromium Browsers That Beat Chrome at Its Own Game . “Google Chrome seems ubiquitous these days, thanks to its robust set of features. Its vast collection of extensions and its sheer simplicity make it really hard to give up on Chrome. Though, it has its own share of problems like being heavy on system resources and draining battery life. What if you could switch to a different lightweight browser? And retain the technology that runs Chrome?”

George Mason University: The Spatial Distribution Of Health Narratives In Twitter And The Relationship To Corresponding Cancer Rates Across The United States: A Case Study Of Cancer-related Communications

A thesis from George Mason University: The Spatial Distribution Of Health Narratives In Twitter And The Relationship To Corresponding Cancer Rates Across The United States: A Case Study Of Cancer-related Communications. “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) and Movember health campaigns in Twitter from the years 2015 and 2016 were studied to understand how tweets formed around these campaigns relate to cancer incidence ground truth data. Geolocated tweets were collected to characterize the spatial distribution at the state level of breast and prostate cancer related tweets, and comparisons were made between tweets and cancer incidence data to assess the relationship between tweet rate and state cancer incidence rates in the United States. It was hypothesized that states which participate the most in these cancer campaigns would exhibit higher cancer incidence rates; contrariwise, there was no correlation found between tweet rate and state cancer incidence rate for all four campaigns studied, indicating that these two variables did not exhibit a relationship in this study.”