Facebook is trying to figure out mirror selfies. I hope it also figures out “stolen pictures used in spoof accounts,” too. “Solving the mirror selfie problem is one of the most important questions left when it comes to machine vision: Image recognition software can now fairly reliably describe what it’s seeing, but it lacks the cultural knowledge or reasoning skills to put it into context.”
In development: a digital archive of World War I aerial photography (which you do not read about every day!) “More than 1,000 amazing photographs of the First World War German trenches in France have been discovered. The aerial images date back 99 years … They are also very detailed – featuring a record of date, time, location and who took the pictures – and experts will now spend months putting them in an online archive.” I read about this right after I read a story about a large cache of historical photos being found at the Teesdale Mercury. A very good day for UK history!
Lawyer up (or possibly more up) Google: France is not making a deal on taxes. “France will ‘go all the way’ to ensure that multinationals operating on its soil pay their taxes and more cases could follow after Google and McDonald’s were targeted by tax raids, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said. Sapin, speaking in an interview with Reuters and three European newspapers, ruled out negotiating any deal with Google on back taxes, as Britain did in January.”
Microsoft’s boneheaded handling of its Windows 10 updates is pushing people into bad security decisions. “Ironically, improved security is one of Windows 10’s selling points. But by pushing it on users in such a heavy-handed way, Microsoft is encouraging users who have very valid reasons to stick with Windows 7/8 to perform actions that leave their machines open to attack. That’s bad. Very bad.”
Stace Maples has started a series of blog posts on best use hacks for the David Rumsey map collection. “Over the next few weeks I will post a series of brief step-by-step “how-to” tutorials on making use of digital resources from the David Rumsey Map Center and Collection.” Looking forward to reading this!
The Paulding County Carnegie Library (Ohio) has digitized its yearbook collection. 34 CDs worth, with eventual plans to put them online. “The PCCL Digitized Yearbook Collection represents the following schools and years: St. John the Baptist Catholic (2001-2008); Blue Creek (1953-1971); Haviland-Scott (1940-1952); Latty (1942-1952); Grover Hill (1945-1969); Wayne Trace (1972-1977, 1981-2004, 2014); Wayne Trace Jr. High (1975, 1977); Paulding Middle School (1977, 1978, 1979); Emerald Center School (1954); Paulding Elementary (1974, 1975, 1976); Oakwood (1928-1971); Paulding High School (1916-2008 [the yearbook was not always published during the WWII years]); Antwerp High School (1937-2012, 2014).”