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Links for 2020-08-04

Nisreen A Alwan: What exactly is mild covid-19?  What is now becoming clear is that mortality is not the only adverse outcome of this infection and our surveillance systems must keep up and reflect that. I am advocating for precise case definitions for covid-19 morbidity that reflect the degree of severity of infection and allow […]

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Links for 2020-07-31

Why Aren’t We Talking More About Ventilation? – The Atlantic Zeynep wins again: It seems baffling that despite mounting evidence of its importance, we are stuck practicing hygiene theater — constantly deep cleaning everything — while not noticing the air we breathe. How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we still have […]

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Links for 2020-07-30

Comparison of viral levels in individuals with or without symptoms at time of COVID-19 testing among 32,480 residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Massachusetts. | medRxiv In aggregate, the distributions of Cts for viral probes used in the qRT-PCR assay were very similar, with a statistically but not meaningfully different […]

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Links for 2020-07-29

US Spring school closures tied to drastic decrease in Covid-19 cases, deaths in model Their projection found that, if schools had stayed open, there could have been roughly 424 more coronavirus infections and 13 more deaths per 100,000 residents over the course of 26 days. Extrapolate that to the American population, and the country might […]

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Links for 2020-07-28

School openings across globe suggest ways to keep coronavirus at bay, despite outbreaks | Science | AAAS When Science looked at reopening strategies from South Africa to Finland to Israel, some encouraging patterns emerged. Together, they suggest a combination of keeping student groups small and requiring masks and some social distancing helps keep schools and […]

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Links for 2020-07-27

AWS User Data is Being Stored, Used Outside User’s Chosen Regions Wow, this is staggeringly inappropriate usage. Bad move, Amazon! [AWS] is using customers’ “AI content” for its own product development purposes. It also reserves the right in its small print to store this material outside the geographic regions that AWS customers have explicitly selected. […]

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Links for 2020-07-26

Sputum testing provides higher rate of COVID-19 detection | EurekAlert! Science News Li and his colleagues scoured the literature — both preprints and published papers — for studies that assessed at least two respiratory sampling sites using an NP swab, oropharyngeal swab or sputum. From more than 1,000 studies, they identified 11 that met their […]

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Links for 2020-07-25

COVID Dogs Scent dog identification of samples from COVID-19 patients – a pilot study, in BMC Infectious Diseases: The dogs were able to discriminate between samples of infected (positive) and non-infected (negative) individuals with average diagnostic sensitivity of 82.63% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 82.02–83.24%) and specificity of 96.35% (95% CI: 96.31–96.39%). During the presentation of […]

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Links for 2020-07-23

Top Scientists Just Ruled Out Best-Case Global Warming Scenarios – Bloomberg “A group of 25 leading scientists now conclude that catastrophic warming is almost inevitable if emissions continue at their current rate.” (tags: global-warming climate-change future climate science) 20 Questions to Ask before Sending your Kids Back to School – Schools For Health An excellent […]

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Links for 2020-07-21

Persistent Symptoms in Patients After Acute COVID-19 | Critical Care Medicine | JAMA | JAMA Network ‘This study found that in patients who had recovered from COVID-19, 87.4% reported persistence of at least 1 symptom, particularly fatigue and dyspnea.’ Two months after ‘recovery’! (via Megan Ranney MD, https://twitter.com/meganranney/status/1285354398265282563) (tags: covid-19 recovery medicine fatigue health via:meganranney) […]

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Links for 2020-07-20

Cancel Culture and the Problem of Woke Capitalism – The Atlantic ‘How Capitalism Drives Cancel Culture: Beware splashy corporate gestures when they leave existing power structures intact.’ (tags: cancel-culture cancelling capitalism society) The inside story of how the UK government failed to develop a contact-tracing app A classic Tory fuckup. Spoofing, over-promising, a behind-the-scenes desire […]

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Links for 2020-07-17

Turkey Now Has Swarming Suicide Drones It Could Export – The Drive Well, this is pretty scary — swarming autonomous kamikaze drones are actively in production right now: It seems very possible that, in addition to providing these improved Kargu [drones] to the Turkish armed forces, STM could also seek to export them, proliferating this […]

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Links for 2020-07-16

‘Only those with plastic visors were infected’: Swiss government warns against face shields – The Local Via Zeynep Tufekci: ‘A study of an outbreak in Switzerland found that only those with plastic face-shields were infected, and everyone wearing masks was protected. Face shields may still help with source control, but masks may well also be […]

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Links for 2020-07-15

Nice heatmap dataviz of Florida COVID-19 cases, over time, by age bracket Be?v?a?n?d on Twitter: “I love this heatmap?? It represents over 100,000 individual datapoints. These are Florida COVID-19 cases, over time, by age bracket. I published open-source code to make it: https://t.co/8USY29mDDn The recent case surge is driven by 20-24-year-old Floridians. 1/N https://t.co/Pw2p9xTLaq” / […]

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Links for 2020-07-13

Thread on how US universities are planning to tackle COVID-19 in the fall Michael Otsuka on Twitter: “Notre Dame is the latest example of a US university that is devoting serious planning and resources to making their campus safe for in person instruction.” This thread is full of good points on how educational institutions — […]

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Links for 2020-07-12

The implications of silent transmission for the control of COVID-19 outbreaks | PNAS ‘In our PNAS study, we demonstrate that the majority of COVID-19 transmission is ‘silent’: from asymptomatic cases or from cases during the presymptomatic phase. Consequently, symptom-based control, such as temperature checks, is not sufficient.’ (tags: covid-19 research papers epidemiology transmission symptoms) Why […]

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Links for 2020-07-06

Rethinking how we interview in Microsoft’s Developer Division interesting new approach for interviewing being pioneered at MS’ Dev Tools division (via Niall Murphy) (tags: via:niallm interviewing hiring microsoft work)

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Links for 2020-07-05

Rapid, inexpensive home testing for COVID-19 may get us out of this mess before a vaccine We should welcome [rapid covid] tests, even if less accurate, and broadly adopt them for widespread community use. Here’s why: They will be cheap. Estimates are that they would cost between 1 and 5 dollars. That’s around the price of […]

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Links for 2020-06-29

Understand Wi-Fi 4/5/6/6E (802.11 n/ac/ax) Some excellent advice regarding the currently available wifi devices out there, 802.11ac, 4×4 MIMO, beamforming, and DFS channels. Top recommendations are the Ubiquiti nanoHD AP and the Netgear R7800 (tags: wifi 802.11n 802.11ac networking wireless home mimo mu-mimo dfs) ????? (revenge bedtime procrastination) “a phenomenon in which people who don’t […]

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Links for 2020-06-26

Data Integrity Protection in Presto Presto testers run into an interesting network-level data corruption bug in both AWS and Azure. checksum your traffic! (tags: presto data-corruption bugs aws azure ec2 checksums reliability) Covid Tracker App – HSE.ie The Department of Health and the Health Service Executive have published several important documents as part of our […]

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Links for 2020-06-25

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Links for 2020-06-24

Facial recognition technology is racist This may be the first known case of its kind — a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man’s arrest for a crime he didn’t commit. Needless to say — he’s black. (tags: facial-recognition law justice privacy faces racism technology future bias machine) A beginner’s guide to ex-battery chickens […]

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Links for 2020-06-23

The Trump 2020 app is a voter surveillance tool of extraordinary power | MIT Technology Review Trump’s casino-like campaign app seems to be his own attempt to create a “one-way tool of propaganda.” Its deployment is part of a global trend, piggybacking on years of unresolved privacy and security issues within the app ecosystem. As […]

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Links for 2020-06-22

FlexBuffers | Hacker News Fairly decent discussion on various binary encoding formats, with or without schemata, and with or without zero-copy (tags: flatbuffers flexbuffers json encoding data formats file-formats avro protobuf zerocopy sbe schemas) _Measurement-Based Evaluation Of Google/Apple Exposure Notification API For Proximity Detection In A Commuter Bus_ Douglas J. Leith, Stephen Farrell School of […]

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Links for 2020-06-18

This War of Mine to be added to school reading list in Poland This War of Mine, which was first released in 2014, drew on the experiences of the Bosnian people during the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. It won widespread acclaim for its realistic portrayal of the human cost of war, and had […]

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Links for 2020-06-17

_Opportunistic Paper about COVID-19 using my Favorite Theoretical Approach_ lol science: Mason Porter on Twitter: “I am here to help.” _Opportunistic Paper about COVID-19 using my Favorite Theoretical Approach_ Abstract: COVID-19 is a disease that is killing a lot of people. It really sucks. To help save the world (or at least add to my […]

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Links for 2020-06-16

Umarell I love this: Umarell (Italian pronunciation: [uma?r?l?]; modern revisitation of the Bolognese dialect word umarèl [uma?r??l]) is a term popular in Bologna referring specifically to men of retirement age who pass the time watching construction sites, especially roadworks – stereotypically with hands clasped behind their back and offering unwanted advice.[1] (via Mltshp) (tags: via:mltshp umarell […]

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Links for 2020-06-13

The hidden patterns behind the Covid-19 map of Dublin Excellent article analyzing COVID-19 patterns here: The four new classes defined by Robert Reich might also apply to Ireland. The results of the analysis of Dublin infection cases from the HSE map which show the so-called Remotes are definitely present in the Irish society as the […]

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Links for 2020-06-09

How We Solved the Worst Minigame in Zelda’s History a lovely bit of RNG hacking in this YouTube speedrun vid (tags: videos youtube rng prng hacks cool via:reddit) The Climate Case for a Jobs Guarantee Kim Stanley Robinson on a Jobs Guarantee: It would mean that governments would set a higher minimum wage than ever […]

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Links for 2020-06-08

Heat map of confirmed COVID-19 cases by county in Ireland ‘Heat map of confirmed cases by county in Ireland, ordered by when each county peaked.’ — this is nice dataviz. I like the way the outbreaks after the main peak are clearly visible (tags: dataviz heatmaps ireland covid-19 health) Spot Cost ‘EC2 Spot Instances comparison. […]

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Links for 2020-06-06

No, coronavirus apps don’t need 60% adoption to be effective | MIT Technology Review But even though the researchers know that lower levels of adoption will be useful, they aren’t entirely sure what different ranges will actually mean. Still, every successful notification means a life potentially saved. Fraser says his team had assumed that lower […]

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Links for 2020-06-05

Refilling a Soda Stream canister from a 5L CO2 tank turns out it’s relatively simple to refill the small “60L” CO2 tanks used by Soda Stream, Drinkmate and other clones, from a commercial food-grade CO2 tank. decent writeup (with Dublin stockist info) here (tags: co2 carbon-dioxide gas refills sodastream drinkmate)

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Links for 2020-06-03

The Italian Covid contact-tracing app is now developed in open source The Immuni exposure notification app, based on the Google/Apple protocol, is now OSS and up on Github. Sounds like HN are generally positive about its implementation (tags: immuni italy covid-19 exposure-notification contact-tracing apps android ios) We should have done more, admits architect of Sweden’s […]

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Links for 2020-06-02

OPINION: Coronavirus Response Is Haunted By Colonialism There was public knowledge of a viral respiratory epidemic threat from China in January, yet serious nationwide public health responses in the U.S. and U.K. did not start until March 2020. Even once it became clear that wealthy countries were at risk, there was a widespread reluctance to […]

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Links for 2020-05-29

COVID-19’s fatality rate compared to the flu Excellent point, dug up by Andrew Flood — the much-cited figure of the seasonal flu as having an IFR of 0.1% is based on the CFR, not the IFR — so the fatality rate for people who are sick enough to be treated in hospital. The true IFR […]

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Links for 2020-05-28

Wayback Machine Downloader ‘Wayback machine online downloader with CMS. Restore a fully functional copy of the site – 200 files for free!’ — recommended by Damien. It can handle sites of 1000s of files, at $.50 per 1000 (tags: web tools archives history downloading via:damienmulley backups)

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Links for 2020-05-27

Irish site for second-hand Aeron chairs recommended by someone on ITC. still never going to get this kind of chair past the Arts and Design Committee in my house though :) (tags: chairs seating ergonomics via:itc aeron hermann-miller office) Button it. | Present&Correct Whole load of photos of Soviet nuclear power station control panels here. […]

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Links for 2020-05-25

Testing times: The science of fighting Covid-19 Good detailed writeup of the process of COVID-19 RT-PCR testing on the Roche platform used at St Vincents University Hospital here in Dublin (tags: pcr rt-pcr covid-19 sars-cov-2 testing dna rna medicine svuh dublin ireland)

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Links for 2020-05-22

Coronavirus hijacks cells in unique ways that suggest how to treat it – STAT Recent studies show that in seizing control of genes in the human cells it invades, the virus changes how segments of DNA are read, doing so in a way that might explain why the elderly are more likely to die of […]

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Links for 2020-05-21

Patent case against GNOME resolved Great result for open source at large, too! Today, on the 20th of May 2020, the GNOME Foundation, Rothschild Patent Imaging, and Leigh M. Rothschild are pleased to announce that the patent dispute between Rothschild Patent Imaging and GNOME has been settled. In this walk-away settlement, GNOME receives a release […]

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