Players of all ages and abilities are invited to join the Chess Club! Players should be familiar with the game, though some limited instruction may be available. Monday, February 6th 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the library auditorium. Generally, Chess nights are on the first Monday of each month. We hope to see you there!
News You Can Use
People have been talking a lot about fake news in the past week. It's everywhere, but how do we know what's true and what isn't?
If you use the Chrome browser you can download the extension, This is Fake, created by Slate.com, which will help you find out if a report has been debunked.
And you can always go to the ever-reliable Snopes.com, pop in a few keywords related to the story you're suspicious about, and find out if it's true, false or a little of both.
And be... Read Post
If you had trouble accessing a major website this morning, such as Amazon, Twitter, Imgur or Pinterest, there's nothing wrong with your computer or your Internet connection. A widespread cyberattack cut off access to some of the most popular sites on the Web. The attack was a distributed denial-of-service attack, which basically means massive amounts of junk data were sent to websites, overloading the servers, making it impossible for people to get to them--like calling a phone number and... Read Post
If you've been using AdBlock Plus as an adblocker I've got bad news: it now allows ads. But according to the people at Eyeo GmbH, the company that developed AdBlock Plus, users shouldn't worry: these ads are "acceptable." Supposedly AdBlock Plus will only ads that are smaller and less intrusive than the ads that companies would prefer to place on websites. The change is controversial, to say the least.
I suggest switching to uBlock, a well-reviewed adblocker that doesn't allow ads.... Read Post
Sunday hours resume tomorrow. We will be open 1 to 5 pm.
First, I would like to thank James O’Keefe and Dr. Steve Revilak for their great work at SPL’s cryptoparty last weekend. They were very generous with their time and expertise. Several people left at the end of the day with their smartphones and laptops optimized for online privacy.
Second, let’s talk about Windows 10. If you’re a pc user, this latest Microsoft operating system will almost certainly be thrust upon you at some point. There’s something very important you need to know:... Read Post
We're getting ready for Somerville Reads 2016 - our next One City, One Book program, which will take place in the early Fall - and we need your input! Which of these books would you most like to read and discuss as a community? You can read about each book below (the reviews have been edited for length then vote for your pick at the bottom of this post.
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowel
What do you get when a woman who's obsessed with death and U.S. history goes... Read Post