Techdirt: Facebook Is So Sure Its Erroneous Blocking Of Music Is Right, There’s No Option To Say It’s Wrong

Techdirt: Facebook Is So Sure Its Erroneous Blocking Of Music Is Right, There’s No Option To Say It’s Wrong. “Facebook muted 41 seconds of a video [Markus Pössel] uploaded to Facebook because Universal Music Group (UMG) claimed to own the copyright for some of the audio that was played. Since the music in question came from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, and Bach died in 1750, there’s obviously no copyright claim on the music itself, which is definitely in the public domain. Instead, it seems, the claim was for the performance of this public domain music, which UMG says was played by Keith Jarrett, a jazz and classical pianist, and noted interpreter of Bach. Except that it wasn’t…”

WA Today: The Google Maps route that leads WA tourists into the forest

WA Today: The Google Maps route that leads WA tourists into the forest. “If you’re planning to visit the Valley of Giants treetop walk in Western Australia’s Great Southern region, your intention is likely to walk atop the forest, not end up in your humble sedan accidentally off-roading through it. But for the 140,000 people who travel to the tourist attraction each year, many are finding their satellite navigation is leading them astray.”

NewScientist: Evidence finally collated of toads mating with things they shouldn’t

NewScientist: Evidence finally collated of toads mating with things they shouldn’t. “This is a new paper in the journal Ecology by Filipe Serrano and his colleagues at the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil. No amount of science words can gloss over the fact that it amounts to a spreadsheet of all the instances recorded in the scientific literature in the past century of frogs attempting to mate with things that they shouldn’t.”

The Guardian: CDC coding error led to overcount of 72,000 Covid deaths

The Guardian: CDC coding error led to overcount of 72,000 Covid deaths. “Last week, after reporting from the Guardian on mortality rates among children, the CDC corrected a ‘coding logic error’ that had inadvertently added more than 72,000 Covid deaths of all ages to the data tracker, one of the most publicly accessible sources for Covid data. The agency briefly noted the change in a footnote, although the note did not explain how the error occurred or how long it was in effect.”

Nature: I critiqued my past papers on social media — here’s what I learnt

Nature: I critiqued my past papers on social media — here’s what I learnt. “On Good Friday this year, traditionally a time of self-reflection in the Christian calendar, I began critiquing my own scientific record — writing down something critical about each of my publications. Much of my career, my writing and now my podcast, ‘The Error Bar’, has been spent criticizing others’ work. In 57 tweets… I recalled the worst things about each of my publications.”

Military Times: Thousands of name errors possible in new Korean War remembrance wall, advocates fear

Military Times: Thousands of name errors possible in new Korean War remembrance wall, advocates fear. “From their home near Dallas, Hal and Ted Barker run the Korean War Project, a free-to-use online archive and database documenting those lost in Korea. The site represents more than four decades of research and effort to tell the stories of Korean War veterans such as their father. The Barkers and KWP volunteer researchers estimate there are some 2,000 name discrepancies in the DCAS list publicly available through NARA, they told Military Times.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app. “The western Queensland mayors and tourism officials are so ‘disappointed’ by the inaccuracy of Google Maps in parts of the region, they are urging locals and tourists alike not to trust the web-based technology. They are advising tourists to use their common sense instead.”

The New Republic: How a Bunch of Revolutionary War Reenactors Got Caught Up in Facebook’s Purge of Militia Groups

The New Republic: How a Bunch of Revolutionary War Reenactors Got Caught Up in Facebook’s Purge of Militia Groups. “[Rory] Nolan belongs to historical reenactment groups that sometimes dramatize Revolutionary War-era militias (you can begin to see the problem), and he manages the Facebook and Instagram pages for several of them. He tried to establish new accounts under new email addresses, but they didn’t last long before getting swept up in the same moderation process. Again, they were banned with no possibility of appeal. And like that, Nolan’s social media presence—and much of his social life—quietly winked out of existence.”

The Guardian: Ex-Trump aide tweets ‘executive orders’ after Google lists him as president

The Guardian: Ex-Trump aide tweets ‘executive orders’ after Google lists him as president. “Richard Grenell, a former acting director of national intelligence turned potential Republican candidate for governor of California, gleefully seized on an error by Google on Saturday, promising ‘a plethora of executive orders’ after the search giant listed him as ‘President of the United States since 2021’.”

Ars Technica: Google Play bans video app for standard “.ass” subtitle support

Ars Technica: Google Play bans video app for standard “.ass” subtitle support. “Yes, just listing standard video player features like support for the ‘ASS’ subtitle format was apparently enough to temporarily earn a suspension. The developer says they ‘immediately filed an appeal’ and today, the app is back up with the ASS subtitle listing still in the description.” ASS in this case stands for “Advanced Sub Station Alpha” and I really hope y’all get this newsletter after so many iterations of a Word The Robots Do Not Like.

Washington State University: Amid genomic data explosion, scientists find proliferating errors

Washington State University: Amid genomic data explosion, scientists find proliferating errors. “Washington State University researchers found a troubling number of errors in publicly available genomic data as they conducted a large-scale analysis of protein sequences. The work, published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, the world’s most cited microbiology journal, could have important implications for future genomic research.”

Google gone mad: pranksters mess with Cowra on Maps (Cowra Guardian)

Cowra Guardian: Google gone mad: pranksters mess with Cowra on Maps. “After a quick search of the town on Wednesday afternoon, the Cowra Guardian spotted some funny and rude additions to Cowra’s region on Google Maps. It’s not clear who the perpetrators are, however names have been placed on parks, businesses and houses across town and at the time of publication, more have popped up around town. ” It should not be this easy to screw up Google Maps.

Vox: A bot crawled thousands of studies looking for simple math errors. The results are concerning.

Vox: A bot crawled thousands of studies looking for simple math errors. The results are concerning. “There are a lot of problems in science right now: Publication bias, p-hacking, incentives to publish a quantity of papers over quality papers. Those are big, systemic problems, as we’re outlined extensively here at Vox. But Michèle Nuijten, a PhD student at Tilburg University in the Netherlands who co-created Statcheck, has her sights on fixing a much smaller but surprisingly impactful problem in science: rounding errors.”