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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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Links for 2020-04-24

Cloud Jewels: Estimating kWh in the Cloud – Code as Craft Good stuff from Etsy, who are attempting to reduce their non-renewable energy usage: Cloud providers generally do not disclose to customers how much energy their services consume. To make up for this lack of data, we created a set of conversion factors called Cloud […]

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Links for 2020-04-22

Cleanfeed ‘Live audio in high definition with anyone in the world’ — a high-quality audio codec (the Opus codec), in the browser, free. Looks great and recommended by radio peeps on twitter (tags: recording audio podcasting radio cleanfeed opus codecs) on COVID-19 death rate statistics illuminating Twitter thread. tl;dr: most countries are juking the numbers […]

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Links for 2020-04-21

COVID-19, Conspiracy and Ireland’s Far Right Oh, great — just what we need — the nazis are coming to sow fear and doubt. Wonderful. The COVID19 global pandemic is being used by far right networks to try and pull people into their movements. Several far right groups and actors in Ireland are making explicit attempts […]

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Links for 2020-04-20

How the UK’s coronavirus testing regime totally unravelled | WIRED UK The irritation being expressed by microbiologists and their colleagues who are critical of the government is not over the quality of labs or people’s willingness to dig in and help. Rather, it is to do with how testing for Covid-19 has been managed, particularly […]

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Links for 2020-04-17

No matter how you crunch the numbers, this pandemic is only just getting started Scary op-ed from professor of the evolution and epidemiology of infectious disease at Harvard, William Hanage in The Guardian, on herd immunity: There have been more than 93,000 cases of Covid-19 identified in the UK. Let’s round that up and say […]

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Links for 2020-04-16

CT scans might offer a more accurate way to diagnose Covid-19 Jaysus. RT-PCR swab tests have a 30% false negative rate! A positive result on the swab tests is usually reliable. “If you get a positive test result, looking for the RNA of the virus with the current methods that we have, it’s very likely to […]

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Links for 2020-04-15

EDPB on COVID-19 contact tracing apps European Data Protection Board: Letter concerning the European Commission’s draft Guidance on apps supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic (tags: edpb data-privacy privacy covid-19 eu ec contact-tracing) The other kind of contact tracing tools Farzad Mostashari on Twitter: “Last week I posted about automated digital contact tracing apps- […]

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Links for 2020-04-14

DP^3T Marcel Salathe says: ‘Decentralized Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (#DP3T): SDK and calibration app for iOS and Android, and a backend implementation, are now open source. Actual app with nice UI will follow soon’ (tags: open-source dp3t privacy data-privacy covid-19 contact-tracing) Projecting the transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 through the postpandemic period | Science We used estimates […]

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Links for 2020-04-13

Good thread on what Iceland is doing right wrt. COVID-19 Gummi ???? on Twitter: ““What’s up with Iceland?” – this graph has caught the attention of several of my friends abroad and there are probably things others can learn from the Covid response here in Iceland. Let me elaborate (chart: https://t.co/qMt3a0V7oZ) 1/ https://t.co/ZYtJMcjWKK” / Twitter […]

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Links for 2020-04-10

Mutant enzyme could vastly improve recycling of plastic bottles ‘A huge step forward’ for PET recycling: They isolated a mutant enzyme that’s 10,000 times more efficient at PET bond breaking than the native LLC. It also works without breaking down at 72°C, close to the temperature at which PET becomes molten. In a small reactor […]

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Links for 2020-04-09

Belgian-Dutch study recommends increasing COVID-19 social-distancing thresholds for walking/cycling/running On the basis of these results the scientist advises that for walking the distance of people moving in the same direction in 1 line should be at least 4–5 meter, for running and slow biking it should be 10 meters and for hard biking at least […]

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Links for 2020-04-08

Mortality rate of COVID-19 patients on ventilators Probably the best published information we have so far is from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Center (ICNARC) in the UK. Of 165 patients admitted to ICUs, 79 (48%) died. Of the 98 patients who received advanced respiratory support—defined as invasive ventilation, BPAP or CPAP via […]

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Links for 2020-04-07

How long SARS-CoV-2 can live on surfaces, and how to disinfect Summary of the latest data on best practices for disinfecting, from a Lancet paper: the virus lasts longest — up to seven days — on stainless steel, plastic, and surgical masks. (tags: covid-19 disinfecting cleaning sars-cov-2 facemasks health) WHO endorses voluntary patent pool to […]

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Links for 2020-04-06

The MakerMask a source for science-based mask designs for community makers to combat the spread of COVID-19. It is important that we use the best information possible to help protect ourselves and our communities. The MakerMask designs use latex-free, water-resistant materials that are likely to provide improved protection over cotton and elastic.  We need makers/sewists/helpers […]

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Links for 2020-04-05

Miura-ori ‘The Miura fold (?????, Miura-ori) is a method of folding a flat surface such as a sheet of paper into a smaller area. The fold is named for its inventor, Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura.’ (via Robby Kraft) (tags: via:robby-kraft origami miura-fold miura-ori space folding surfaces paper) covid19risk/covidwatch-ios some important details for iOS/Android interop on […]

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Links for 2020-04-03

Fangcang shelter hospitals … a novel public health concept. They were implemented for the first time in China in February, 2020, to tackle the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The Fangcang shelter hospitals in China were large-scale, temporary hospitals, rapidly built by converting existing public venues, such as stadiums and exhibition centres, into health-care facilities. […]

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Links for 2020-04-02

COVID-19 Practical Advice lhl’s giant list of COVID advice. This is exhaustive and well-researched. (via Waxy) (tags: via:waxy lhl covid-19 health medicine advice self-treatment) Aarogya Setu via Amit Agarwal on Twitter — India’s COVID-19 contact-tracing app, using GPS location and Bluetooth. (tags: ble bluetooth contact-tracing via:amit-agarwal india apps android ios covid-19)

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Links for 2020-04-01

EC regulations regarding cancelled flights ‘REGULATION (EC) No 261/2004 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 11 February 2004, establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 295/91’ This may be handy in […]

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