Joseph Reagle, author of the excellent history of Wikipedia, Good Faith Collaboration (review coming soon) sez, "When I wrote my book on Wikipedia's culture and history, many sources, such as emails from founders, Nupedia-l archives, and (most sadly) the early days of Wikipedia contributions were lost to bit rot. But thanks to a recent discovery of some old log files by Tim Starling, I've been able to roughly reconstruct the first 10,000 edits to Wikipedia (about 6 weeks)."
From quantum dot televisions to safe germicidal ultraviolet lighting fixtures, IEEE Spectrum's Eliza Strickland sums up "10 Exciting Engineering Milestones to Look for in 2021." Here are two of the more interesting developments on the very near-term horizon: Winds of Change Developers of offshore wind power quickly find themselves in deep water off the coast… READ THE REST
Civil rights groups say they will organize an advertiser boycott unless Google removes Trump's YouTube channel, Reuters reports on Tuesday, one week after Trump-loyal mob attacked the U.S. Capitol in an assault that left at least 5 dead. Excerpt: Jim Steyer, one of the organizers of the "Stop Hate for Profit" campaign which led over… READ THE REST
GitHub fired a Jewish employee after he posted in the company's internal Slack to, "stay safe homies, Nazis are about," during the attack on the US Capitol, reports Business Insider. Read the full report at Business insider (paywalled). The fired employee says concern for relatives and co-workers living in Washington, DC motivated his comment —… READ THE REST
Back in March, most parents thought stay-at-home orders and the advent of distance-learning would mean a few weeks of discomfort before getting kids right back into the classroom. Unfortunately for millions, that's not how education has played out. Instead, despite the best efforts of most teachers and education professionals, learning has become fraught with delays,… READ THE REST
A good parent doesn't raise their child on a constant diet of fast-food hamburgers and other junk. Yet, many pet owners may be feeding their dogs even worse culinary horrors without even realizing it. While there are strict guidelines about the types of by-products and chemicals that can find their way into food consumed by… READ THE REST
Thanks to Netflix's wildly popular series, The Queen's Gambit, chess, a game invented about 1,500 years ago, is surging back into public consciousness. But while the Game of Kings may be riding a wave of increased awareness right now, it is, by no means, the only game that has survived the test of time into… READ THE REST