Readings To Review

"A person is praised for his insight, but a warped mind leads to contempt." – Proverbs 12:8 (Common English Bible)

Well, things appear to be getting a bit screwy. This is a list of things that need to still be read.

Bird, S., Segall, I., & Lopatka, M. (2020). Replication: Why We Still Can’t Browse in Peace: On the Uniqueness and Reidentifiability of Web Browsing Histories. Sixteenth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2020), 489–503. https://www.usenix.org/conference/soups2020/presentation/bird

Brookbank, M. (2020, September 2). Uptick in COVID-19 patients under 19 in Medina Co. Caused by social gatherings, health officials say. WEWS. https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/continuing-coverage/coronavirus/local-coronavirus-news/uptick-in-covid-19-patients-under-19-in-medina-co-caused-by-social-gatherings-health-officials-say

Carter, J. (2020, August 30). The metamorphosis of Loopy Loop. Jonathan Carter. https://jonathancarter.org/2020/08/30/the-metamorphosis-of-loopy-loop/

Cimpanu, C. (2020, August 31). Mozilla research: Browsing histories are unique enough to reliably identify users. ZDNet. https://www.zdnet.com/article/mozilla-research-browsing-histories-are-unique-enough-to-reliably-identify-users/

Collins, E. M. (2020, September 3). IT Modernization – The IRS’s Reliance on Antiquated Technology Poses a Continuing Risk to Tax Administration. NTA Blog. https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/news/nta-blog-IT-Modernization

Feldmann, A., Gasser, O., Lichtblau, F., Pujol, E., Poese, I., Dietzel, C., Wagner, D., Wichtlhuber, M., Tapiador, J., Vallina-Rodriguez, N., Hohlfeld, O., & Smaragdakis, G. (2020). The Lockdown Effect: Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Internet Traffic. ArXiv:2008.10959 [Cs]. https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.10959

Ford, D., Storey, M.-A., Zimmermann, T., Bird, C., Jaffe, S., Maddila, C., Butler, J. L., Houck, B., & Nagappan, N. (2020). A Tale of Two Cities: Software Developers Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic. ArXiv:2008.11147 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2008.11147

Frenkel, S. (2020, September 1). Russians Again Targeting Americans With Disinformation, Facebook Says. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/01/technology/facebook-russia-disinformation-election.html

Giorgi, S., Guntuku, S. C., Rahman, M., Himelein-Wachowiak, M., Kwarteng, A., & Curtis, B. (2020). Twitter Corpus of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement And Counter Protests: 2013 to 2020. ArXiv:2009.00596 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2009.00596

Goul, M. (2020, August 26). Mayfield football team sidelined after two positive coronavirus test results. Cleveland.Com. https://www.cleveland.com/highschoolsports/2020/08/mayfield-football-team-sidelined-after-two-positive-coronavirus-test-results.html

Himes, L. (2020a). Director’s Order for Facial Coverings throughout the State of Ohio [Director’s Order]. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/Directors-Order-Facial-Coverings-throughout-State-Ohio.pdf

Himes, L. (2020b). Director’s Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Entertainment Venues [Director’s Order]. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/DO-Entertainment-Venue.pdf

Himes, L. (2020c). Director’s First Amended Order that Provides Mandatory Requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club and Professional Sports [Director’s Order]. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/DO-Sports-First-Amended-08.28.20.pdf

Kaiser, B., Wei, J., Lucherini, E., Lee, K., Matias, J. N., & Mayer, J. (2020). Adapting Security Warnings to Counter Misinformation. ArXiv:2008.10772 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2008.10772

Kosich, J. (2020, September 2). Gov. Mike DeWine focusing on Ohio’s economy, not on calls for impeachment. WEWS. https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/continuing-coverage/coronavirus/gov-mike-dewine-focusing-on-ohios-economy-not-on-calls-for-impeachment

Kruspe, A., Häberle, M., Kuhn, I., & Zhu, X. X. (2020). Cross-language sentiment analysis of European Twitter messages duringthe COVID-19 pandemic. ArXiv:2008.12172 [Cs, Stat]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2008.12172

Laakso, M., Matthias, L., & Jahn, N. (2020). Open is not forever: A study of vanished open access journals. ArXiv:2008.11933 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2008.11933

Lai, K., & Yanushkevich, S. N. (2020). Machine Reasoning to Assess Pandemics Risks: Case of USS Theodore Roosevelt. ArXiv:2008.11040 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2008.11040

Nelson, M. L., & Van de Sompel, H. (2020). A 25 Year Retrospective on D-Lib Magazine. ArXiv:2008.11680 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2008.11680

Olejnik, L., Castelluccia, C., & Janc, A. (2012, July 13). Why Johnny Can’t Browse in Peace: On the Uniqueness of Web Browsing History Patterns. 5th Workshop on Hot Topics in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (HotPETs 2012). https://hal.inria.fr/hal-00747841

Olejnik, L., Castelluccia, C., & Janc, A. (2013). On the Uniqueness of Web Browsing History Patterns. Annals of Telecommunications - Annales Des Télécommunications. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12243-013-0392-5

Patel, K., Caragea, C., Phillips, M., & Fox, N. (2020). Identifying Documents In-Scope of a Collection from Web Archives. Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in 2020, 167–176. https://doi.org/10.1145/3383583.3398540

Paul, A. M., & SusanThomas, S. (2020). Multifaceted COVID-19 Outbreak. ArXiv:2008.12127 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2008.12127

Pelzer, J. (2020, September 1). Ohio lawmakers pass bill limiting Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to change elections, close houses of worship. Cleveland.Com. https://www.cleveland.com/open/2020/09/ohio-lawmakers-pass-bill-limiting-gov-mike-dewines-power-to-change-elections-close-houses-of-worship.html

Richardson, S. A. (2020, September 1). Donald Trump leads Joe Biden in tracking poll of Ohio likely voters. Cleveland.Com. https://www.cleveland.com/open/2020/09/donald-trump-leads-joe-biden-in-tracking-poll-of-ohio-likely-voters.html

Riddell, A., & Bassett, T. J. (2020). What Library Digitization Leaves Out: Predicting the Availability of Digital Surrogates of English Novels. ArXiv:2009.00513 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2009.00513

Sandrick, B. (2020, September 1). All 80 North Royalton High School band members quarantined after one reports COVID-19 symptoms. Cleveland.Com. https://www.cleveland.com/community/2020/09/all-80-north-royalton-schools-band-members-quarantined-after-one-reports-covid-19-symptoms.html

Sharma, K., Ferrara, E., & Liu, Y. (2020). Identifying Coordinated Accounts in Disinformation Campaigns. ArXiv:2008.11308 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2008.11308

Zahrah, F., Nurse, J. R. C., & Goldsmith, M. (2020). #ISIS vs #ActionCountersTerrorism: A Computational Analysis of Extremist and Counter-extremist Twitter Narratives. ArXiv:2008.11808 [Cs]. http://arxiv.org/abs/2008.11808

Second Novelette Done And Posted

Back in March the first novelette went up on Amazon in both print and Kindle formats. Six months later the second novelette is up on Amazon in both formats as well. The print versions of both were typeset using the novel class from the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network. The Kindle versions were manually converted.

I'm not sure what the third story will be about. A goal is to get that done before the National Novel Writing Month. At that point I might write an actual novel of some sort. At a minimum of one thousand words per day in November and ignoring the chaos of the aftermath of the election I presumably could have a proper novella per SFWA length standards written.

Why write? It is therapeutic at this point in these bizarre times.

Middle of September 2020 Notes

"A person is praised for his insight, but a warped mind leads to contempt." – Proverbs 12:8 (Common English Bible)

It has been a while since I have written anything that might appear on Planet Ubuntu. Specifically the last time was June 26th. That's not necessarily a good thing.

I have been busy writing. What have I been writing? I knocked out a new novelette in Visual Studio Code. The print version was typeset using the novel class using LuaLaTeX. It is a bit of a sci-fi police procedural. It is up on Amazon for people to acquire though I do note that Amazon's print-on-demand costs have gone up a wee bit since the start of the planet-wide coronavirus crisis.

I also have taken time to test the Groovy Gorilla ISOs for Xubuntu. I encourage everybody out there to visit the testing tracker to test disc images for Xubuntu and other flavours as we head towards the release of 20.10 next month. Every release needs as much testing as possible.

Based upon an article from The Register it appears that the Community Council is being brought back to life. Nominations are being sought per a post on the main Discourse instance but readers of this are reminded that you need to be a current member either directly or indirectly of the 609 Ubuntu Members shown on Launchpad. Those 609 persons are the electors for the Community Council and the Community Council is drawn from that group. The size and composition of the Ubuntu Members group on Launchpad can change based upon published procedures and the initiative of individual to be part of such changes.

I will highlight an article at Yahoo Finance concerning financial distress among the fifty states. Here in Ohio we are seemingly in the middle of the pack. In Ashtabula County we have plenty of good opportunities in the age of coronavirus especially with our low transmission rates and very good access to medical facilities. With some investment in broadband backhaul an encampment for coders could be built who did not want to stick with city living. There is enough empty commercial real estate available to provide opportunities for film and television production if the wildfires and coronavirus issues out in California are not brought under control any time soon.

As a closing note, a federal trial judge ruled that the current coronavirus response actions in Pennsylvania happen to be unconstitutional. A similar lawsuit is pending before a trial judge here in Ohio about coronavirus response actions in this particular state. This year has been abnormal in so many ways and this legal news is just another facet of the abnormality.