Dataset containing detailed purchase histories from 5027 US Amazon.com consumers
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
11h ago
Data is Plural: “The MIT Media Lab’s Alex Berke et al. have compiled “a first-of-its-kind dataset containing detailed purchase histories from 5027 U.S. Amazon.com consumers, spanning 2018 through 2022, with more than 1.8 million purchases […] crowdsourced through an online survey and shared with participants’ informed consent.” The published data include “order date, product code, title, price, quantity, and shipping address state,” and are “linked to survey data with information about participants’ demographics, lifestyle, and health.” The researchers found that a stratified subsample of the ..read more
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Five ways criminals are using AI
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
11h ago
MIT Technology News: “Artificial intelligence has brought a big boost in productivity—to the criminal underworld.  Generative AI provides a new, powerful tool kit that allows malicious actors to work far more efficiently and internationally than ever before, says Vincenzo Ciancaglini, a senior threat researcher at the security company Trend Micro.  Most criminals are “not living in some dark lair and plotting things,” says Ciancaglini. “Most of them are regular folks that carry on regular activities that require productivity as well.” Last year saw the rise and fall of WormGPT, an AI ..read more
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Like to bike? Your knees will thank you and you may live longer, too
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
11h ago
NPR: “We are in the middle of National Bike Month, and cycling enthusiasts love to talk up the benefits of their favorite activity. “It’s definitely my longevity drug,” says Brooks Boliek, 65, an avid cyclist of many decades, who used to commute to his office on a bicycle. A substantial body of evidence supports the health benefits of cycling, everything from strengthening the immune system to boosting the likelihood of living longer. Now, a new study finds people who are in the habit of riding a bike are significantly less likely to have osteoarthritis and experience pain in their knees by ag ..read more
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Federal Court Dockets
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
11h ago
Data Is Plural: “Journalist Matt Clark has compiled a database of more than 350 million docket entries across more than 13 million cases in 180+ federal courts — including the majority of district, appellate, and bankruptcy courts. The records, which Clark collected through the RSS feeds that many federal courts provide, span 2013 to the near-present. Clark’s downloadable database provides information about each docket entry (time filed, entry number, description, and URL), case (number, name, type, and URL), and court. Although the database does not include the docketed documents themselves ..read more
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Pay researchers to spot errors in published papers
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
12h ago
Nature – Borrowing the idea of ‘bug bounties’ from the technology industry could provide a systematic way to detect and correct the errors that litter the scientific literature. “In 2023, Google awarded a total of US$10 million to researchers who found vulnerabilities in its products. Why? Because allowing errors to go undetected could be much costlier. Data breaches could lead to refund claims, reduced customer trust or legal liability.It’s not just private technology companies that invest in such ‘bug bounty’ programmes. Between 2016 and 2021, the US Department of Defense awarded more than U ..read more
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Amazing Winners of the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2024
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
1d ago
My Modern Met: “This dreamy winter scene has earned Dieter Damschen the title of GDT Nature Photographer of the Year. The competition is run by the Germany Society for Nature Photographers to highlight the talent of its members. This year, 481 members from 13 countries entered just under 8,000 images. Damschen rose to the top with his photo of trees dusted with snow as a winter flood swept through Germany’s Elbe River Landscape Biosphere Reserve. “I often visit this hardwood riparian forest in the foreland of the dyke to take photographs at fixed points with lines of sight that reveal carefull ..read more
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How to tell if a conspiracy theory is probably false
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
1d ago
Via LLRX – How to tell if a conspiracy theory is probably false – Conspiracy theories abound. What should you believe − and how can you tell? H. Colleen Sinclair, a social psychologist who studies misleading narratives, identifies seven step you can take to vet a claim you’ve seen or heard ..read more
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After I learned this easy email trick the clutter vanished from my inbox
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
1d ago
ZDNET: “Is your inbox overflowing with ads, newsletters, and social media updates? You don’t need complex rules or multiple accounts to get things under control. Just the magic of one feature that’s built into most email solutions…The magic of email aliases. An alias is an alternate email address that’s linked to your main account. Messages addressed to an alias go to your inbox, right alongside messages sent to your primary address. But because they’re not using your regular email address, you can set up your email client to perform custom actions using those aliases ..read more
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If using LinkedIn makes you feel like an imposter at work, here’s how to cope
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
1d ago
Via LLRX – If using LinkedIn makes you feel like an imposter at work, here’s how to cope –  Dr. Sebastian Oliver acknowledges when it comes to professional social media, LinkedIn, with its billion-plus members, stands unrivalled. The platform for career updates, networking and job searches has effectively become a requirement in the professional world. It can be a great tool to help you progress in your career. But, as Oliver describes, just like other social media, using LinkedIn can lead to feelings of envy, comparison and self-doubt ..read more
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Secrets in Your Data
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by Sabrina I. Pacifici
1d ago
NOVA, PBS Documentary – YouTube – Official Website: https://to.pbs.org/3QEVLKC | #novapbs Whether you’re on social media or surfing the web, you’re probably sharing more personal data than you realize. That can pose a risk to your privacy – even your safety. But at the same time, big datasets could lead to huge advances in fields like medicine. Host Alok Patel leads a quest to understand what happens to all the data we’re shedding and explores the latest efforts to maximize benefits–without compromising personal privacy. 00:00 Introduction 05:39 The History of Data Collection 12:20 How is You ..read more
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