Thursday, August 13, 2020

You’re Doomscrolling Again. Here’s How to Snap Out of It.

 The New York Times – In a pandemic that forces us to stay home, bingeing on doom-and-gloom news feels irresistible. These health experts offer ways to break the habit.

Irony, thy name is SANS: 28k records nicked from infosec training org after staffer's email account phished

Orange via Steve and Wen

A COVID Face Mask That Can Translate Eight Languages And Take Dictation

“In conjunhction with an app, the C-Face Smart mask can transcribe dictation, amplify the wearer’s voice, and translate speech … between Japanese and Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, English, Spanish and French.” Naturally, it was the Japanese who dreamed up and developed it; the company that makes it is called Donut Robotics. – CNN

Fifty Years After His Messy Suicide, Yukio Mishima’s Fiction Is Coming Back To The Fore

“[His] carefully cultivated image — a vigorous martial artist, his commitment to bushido, the code of the samurai and his fixation with masculinity, beauty and glory — has remained more notable than a lot of his writing. He even went to great pains to craft an image for an American audience with English-language interviews in the 1960s. However, the contemporary resurgence of Mishima translations is starting to get readers back to the actual work. Which, incidentally, is very good indeed.” – Metropolis (Japan)

New: The Free Will Show — a philosophy podcast, with interviews, that covers the basics as well as advanced new work on the topic, hosted by Taylor Cyr (Samford) Matt Flummer (Porterville)

Teaching in a socially distanced classroom — professors at Siena College share what they learned from testing out three different scenarios

Hegel turns 250 this summer — to mark the occasion, The Hegel Bulletin and Cambridge University Press have made some of their Hegel-related resources free to access

“When the dead are only respectable and seemly, they truly do seem dead” — Amy Olberding (Oklahoma) on the differences between how we remember the great and how we remember our own

“The winners in unjust systems always want the oppressed to assume their fate was inevitable” — David Lay Williams (DePaul) on Tom Cotton, John Stuart Mill, and “necessary evils”

“New research shows that people’s capacity to experience pleasure or enjoyment contributes at least as much to a happy and satisfied life as successful self-control” — imagine that!


 Mandatory news media bargaining code:

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Digital Platforms Inquiry: Final Report (June 2019) .

Australian Regulating in the digital age: Government Response and Implementation Roadmap for the Digital Platforms Inquiry (2019) .

Australian Government, Screen Australia and Australian Communications and Media Authority Supporting Australian stories on our screens Options Paper (2020) .

 The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP and The Hon Paul Fletcher MP “ACCC mandatory code of conduct to govern the commercial relationship between digital platforms and media companies” joint media release (20 April 2020) .

ACCC Mandatory news media bargaining code: Concepts paper (May 2020) .