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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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Links for 2020-05-20

Coronavirus: ccu cgg cgg gca: The 12 letters that changed the world Excellent long read on the virology of SARS-NCoV-2 (tags: virology rna sars-ncov-2 covid-19 diseases)

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Links for 2020-05-19

Stripe’s first negative emissions purchases This is great: Last year, Stripe announced our Negative Emissions Commitment, pledging at least $1M per year to pay, at any price, for the direct removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and its sequestration in secure long-term storage. We’ve since built a small team within Stripe to focus on […]

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Links for 2020-05-18

ECDC COVID-19 Contact Tracing Guidelines Current guidelines for contact tracing and infection control of COVID-19 in the EU. Good data, with sources!, on what’s recommended here (although of course each country can make their own guidelines). (tags: covid-19 pandemics contact-tracing eu medicine) An open letter to software engineers criticizing Neil Ferguson’s epidemics simulation code the […]

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Links for 2020-05-14

Variation in False-Negative Rate of Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction–Based SARS-CoV-2 Tests by Time Since Exposure | Annals of Internal Medicine Adam Kucharski: ‘in the first 3 days after exposure to SARS-CoV-2, there’s a high chance of falsely concluding that the person is negative. Suggests very small window in which it’s posible to detect infections […]

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Links for 2020-05-13

An evidence summary of Paediatric COVID-19 literature ‘This post is a rapid literature review of pertinent paediatric literature regarding COVID-19 disease. We are proud to have joined forces with the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health to provide systematic search, and selected reviews of all the COVID-19 literature relevant to children and young […]

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Links for 2020-05-12

Good twitter thread on how transmission rates are reported by the HSE tl;dr: ‘Community Transmission’ means that we don’t know who infected the patient. we want to see this number going down in the daily reports from the HSE, to know that our test/trace/isolate system is working and we can reduce the lockdown. (tags: transmission […]

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Links for 2020-05-11

The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them Informative blog post summarising the dangers of enclosed spaces with a high density of people and poor air circulation in spreading COVID-19: Ignoring the terrible outbreaks in nursing homes, we find that the biggest outbreaks are in prisons, religious ceremonies, and workplaces, such a meat packing facilities […]

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Links for 2020-05-08

Universal basic income seems to improve employment and well-being | New Scientist The world’s most robust study of universal basic income has concluded that it boosts recipients’ mental and financial well-being, as well as modestly improving employment. Finland ran a two-year universal basic income study in 2017 and 2018, during which the government gave 2000 […]

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Links for 2020-05-07

Everybody in the Pool: Researchers Use Algorithms to Tackle the Coronavirus Test Shortage – IEEE Spectrum Some clever use of algorithms to optimally aggregate COVID-19 tests to optimise for test shortages: pooled testing seems to be the keyword to search for. See also “multi-pooling” – https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.06.028431v1.full.pdf (tags: pooling multipooling pooled-testing testing covid-19 algorithms pandemics) Sure, […]

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Links for 2020-05-06

COVID-19 immunity passports and vaccination certificates: scientific, equitable, and legal challenges – The Lancet Caution is warranted about how population level serology studies and individual tests are used. It is not yet established whether the presence of detectable antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 confers immunity to further infection in humans and, if so, what amount of antibody […]

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Links for 2020-05-05

Face Masks for the General Public | Royal Society DELVE Initiative Face masks could offer an important tool for contributing to the management of community transmission of Covid19 within the general population. Evidence supporting their potential effectiveness comes from analysis of: (1) the incidence of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission; (2) the role of respiratory droplets […]

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Links for 2020-05-03

The Coronavirus and Our Future Top notch KSR: We know that our accidental alteration of the atmosphere is leading us into a mass-extinction event, and that we need to move fast to dodge it. But we don’t act on what we know. We don’t want to change our habits. This knowing-but-not-acting is part of the […]

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Links for 2020-05-01

Future Forests mail order heritage fruit trees (via Colette) (tags: trees planting garden food apples)

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Links for 2020-04-29

Kim Stanley Robinson proposing “carbon quantitative easing” I love this idea. “It would be complicated and messy, sure, but not as complicated and messy as a mass extinction event” (tags: finance carbon climate-change kim-stanley-robinson economics quantative-easing future green-recovery) Joint Statement regarding the NHSX contact tracing app From over 170 UK infosec and privacy scientists and […]

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Links for 2020-04-28

Coronavirus and Brexit: the connections and their consequences Have to agree with this… What both Brexit and coronavirus reveal are some fundamental flaws in the way [the UK] are governed and the political discourse around it. The populist explosion of this decade, of which Brexit was a prime example, has bequeathed a way of governing […]

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Links for 2020-04-27

WiMood shop good source for Ubiquiti gear in the EU (via ITS Slack) (tags: via:its ubiquiti unifi wifi wireless shopping networking) FOOD IN THE TIME OF CORONA | Seáneen ‘Recipes to stop food waste & extend the life of your fresh produce in the time of crisis via the magic of fermentation, pickling and preservation. New recipes […]

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