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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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Links for 2020-03-31

‘They are leading us to catastrophe’: Sweden’s coronavirus stoicism begins to jar | World news | The Guardian A petition signed by more than 2,000 doctors, scientists, and professors last week – including the chairman of the Nobel Foundation, Prof Carl-Henrik Heldin – called on the government to introduce more stringent containment measures. “We’re not […]

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Links for 2020-03-30

Medtronic releases PB560 Ventilator Design and Manufacturing docs Schematics, manuals, manufacturing docs for the Medtronic PB560 ventilator, released under a permissive license. Awesome stuff. ‘We appreciate your interest in using the design specifications for the Medtronic PB560 ventilator system to help address the shortage of ventilators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite manufacturers, engineers, […]

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Links for 2020-03-28

Percy Ludgate ‘a Dublin corn merchant clerk who designed the second analytical engine (general-purpose Turing-complete computer) in history. Charles Babbage in 1843 and Ludgate in 1909 designed the only two mechanical analytical engines before the electromechanical analytical engine of Leonardo Torres y Quevedo of 1920 and its few successors, and the six first-generation electronic analytical […]

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Links for 2020-03-27

The Board Game Remix Kit This is very clever: New rules for old games! The Board Game Remix Kit is a collection of tips, tweaks, reimaginings and completely new games that you can play with the board and pieces from games you might already own: Monopoly, Cluedo, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit.  (via Macker) (tags: via:macker games boardgames trivial-pursuit cluedo scrabble monopoly remixing)

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Links for 2020-03-26

Carl T. Bergstrom on Twitter “a personal thread about the experience of working at the intersection of infectious disease modeling and the study of misinformation during the worst pandemic in a century: the fight against misinformation is not merely a scientific communication issue. It’s a vital public health necessity. […] In all the years of […]

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Peer-to-peer COVID-19 contact tracing without the surveillance

Maciej Ceglowski asks for a massive surveillance program to defeat COVID-19. However, as I mentioned on twitter — there IS an alternative, privacy-preserving approach, which is what is being done in Singapore with their TraceTogether app. In summary, everyone carries a phone running an app which has an anonymized a random ID, scans local Bluetooth […]

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Links for 2020-03-24

Ireland COVID19 GeoHive the official ArcGIS dashboard for Ireland’s COVID-19 response (tags: covid-19 dashboards arcgis geohive data ireland)

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Links for 2020-03-23

Treeware ‘a style of software distribution similar to Postcardware, distributed by the author on the condition that users buy the author a tree.’ (tags: treeware oss open-source software licensing licenses) Jen Heemstra on Remdesivir ‘At this point, you’ve probably heard a ton about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine and how they may be effective in treating COVID-19. […]

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Links for 2020-03-22

Anosmia could be a symptom of COVID-19 ENT UK on Twitter: “There is the potential to reduce COVID-19 transmission by requesting that individuals with new onset of anosmia self-isolate. A lost sense of smell as marker of COVID-19 infection…” (tags: covid-19 smell senses symptoms) good twitter thread roundup on smartphone contract-tracing apps Juliana Couras on […]

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Links for 2020-03-21

TraceTogether The Singapore government’s version of the anonymised-ids-with-BLE local contact tracing app for COVID-19. This has a fancy video! (via Dorothy) (tags: contact-tracing singapore contacts ble bluetooth covid-19 pandemics) Rapidly manufactured ventilator system specification – GOV.UK This is a specification of the minimally (and some preferred options) clinically acceptable ventilator to be used in UK […]

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Links for 2020-03-20

Coronavirus: Deaconess asks public to sew medical face masks Shortages of specialized masks moved federal health officials this month to liberalize their recommendations about which face protection front line health-care workers should use to ward off the highly contagious disease stemming from coronavirus. “Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals,” said Dawn Rogers, MSN, […]

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Links for 2020-03-19

There’s A Shortage Of Ventilators For Coronavirus Patients, So This International Group Invented An Open Source Alternative That’s Being Tested Next Week Good wrap-up on the Open Source Ventilator project (tags: ventilators covid-19 medicine open-source 3d-printing emergencies pandemics)

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Links for 2020-03-18

‘Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand’ This is the report from the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team which, it seems, *finally* got the UK and US to realise that this is going to require a massive social-distancing and lockdown to avoid killing millions. The graph on the last page […]

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Links for 2020-03-17

‘Sustainable containment of COVID-19 using smartphones in China: Scientific and ethical underpinnings for implementation of similar approaches in other settings’ China have enforced a variety of measures aimed at social distancing including lockdowns, restrictions on movement and cordon-sanitaires, as well as the Alipay Health Code smartphone application (an add on to the WeChat app system) […]

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Links for 2020-03-15

The Paradox of Preparation Chris Hayes on Twitter: “A doctor I spoke to today called this the “paradox of preparation” and it’s the key dynamic in all this. The only way to get ahead of the curve is to take actions that *at the time* seem like overreactions, eg: Japan closing all schools for a […]

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Links for 2020-03-13

COVID-19 may be infectious for 3 days prior to symptoms becoming noticeable Examination of 124 Wuhan cases with clear contact history showed incubation period of 5 days (range: 1-11 days). It found that 73% of secondary cases were infected *before* onset of symptoms in first case. It estimated the mismatch period to be 3 days. […]

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Links for 2020-03-12

merbanan/rtl_433 ‘Program to decode radio transmissions from devices on the ISM bands (and other frequencies)’. Turns out a staggering amount of devices these days broadcast their signals on 433Hz and can be picked up with cheap SDR gear… (tags: radio devices hardware iot gadgets home 433hz sdr) A New Dublin Group Looks to Deepen What […]

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Links for 2020-03-11

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now – Tomas Pueyo – Medium some good estimates of current COVID-19 epidemiology (tags: coronavirus covid19 healthcare epidemiology diseases statistics) Effectiveness of Common Household Cleaning Agents in Reducing the Viability of Human Influenza A/H1N1 Good to know. This is testing against a H1N1 flu virus, but hopefully applies for COVID-19 […]

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Links for 2020-03-10

Trees on commercial UK plantations ‘not helping climate crisis’ “There is no point growing a lot of fast-growing conifers with the logic that they sequester carbon quickly if they then go into a paper mill because all that carbon will be lost to the atmosphere within a few years,” said Thomas Lancaster, head of UK […]

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Links for 2020-03-09

Testimony of a surgeon working in Bergamo, in the heart of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak : medicine Terrifying: After thinking for a long time if and what to write about what’s happening here, I felt that silence was not responsible. I will therefore try to convey to lay-people, those who are more distant from our reality, […]

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