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Links for 2021-07-05

  • What’s Inside the EU Green Pass QR Code?

    Including a Python script to decode a Green Pass code:

    As you can see, 23 year-old Gabriele was vaccinated in February, once, with BioNTech/Pfizer’s Comirnaty. What is not included is the date during which she is considered immune. Those are calculated from the number of shots received and the date of vaccination, as well as the circumstances (going to a restaurant vs. going to work, for example) by the scanner app. Apart from the name/manufacturer of the received vaccine, there is no superfluous data inside, so the QR code is not a privacy nightmare, as some have feared.

    (tags: covid19 vaccination coronavirus green-pass eu qr-codes python data-privacy)

  • HSE Decision Aid for 18-34 year olds considering the AZ/J&J vaccine

    Given the increased risk of vaccine-induced thrombosis, the HSE have produced this leaflet to advise young people. IMO it should really include details of Long Covid, although I guess that’s hard to quantify at this stage

    (tags: covid-19 hse astra-zeneca j-and-j vaccines vitt)

  • 6502 6510 history cpus via:craig opcodes microcode)

  • Freespin

    Amazing C=64 demo, running on a 1541 disk drive connected directly to the monitor! What an insane hack. I too ran demo code on the 1541 in one of my demos, but the only video output in that case was to flash the LED on the drive in time with the music :) (thanks Craig!)

    (tags: via:craig c=64 commodore-64 1541 hacks demos intros)

  • Anthony Costello on Long COVID in the UK

    what does the ONS data tell us with their very large datasets? They looked at 313,000 people aged 2 or over, surveyed in the month to June 6. On July 1 the new data shows 962,000 people in private households in the UK (1.5% of the population) were experiencing self-reported “long COVID” (symptoms persisting for more than four weeks). 856,000 (89.0%) first had (or suspected they had) COVID-19 at least 12 weeks previously, and 385,000 (40.0%) first had (or suspected they had) COVID-19 at least one year previously. They estimate that 13,000 children aged 2-11, 20,000 aged 12-16 and 71,000 aged 17-24 had Long Covid of any duration. Most in these 3 age groups had had symptoms for AT LEAST 12 weeks (10,000, 16000, 65000 respectively). Perhaps most worrying is that the latest UK Long Covid estimate for children aged 12-16 who experience prolonged symptoms for at least ONE YEAR is 0.12% (0.06-0.17) or 1 in 830, with possible but unknown effects on developing brain structure based on recent adult studies.
    Costello is a member of Independent SAGE and an ex-director of the WHO

    (tags: sage anthony-costello long-covid covid-19 children kids)