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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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Links for 2020-03-06

We’re learning a lot about the coronavirus. It will help us assess risk Early studies on Covid-19 suggest people who have contracted the coronavirus are emitting, or “shedding,” infectious viruses very early on — in fact sometimes even before they develop symptoms. “We do know from shedding studies that people can shed in the pre-symptomatic […]

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Links for 2020-03-05

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on nuclear power plant risks The Japan Center for Economic Research, a source sympathetic to nuclear power, recently put the long-term costs of the 2011 Fukushima accident as about $750 billion. […] The main public risk of nuclear power plants comes from rare but devastating nuclear accidents. Because data […]

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Links for 2020-03-04

k-Nearest Neighbor (k-NN) similarity search engine with Amazon Elasticsearch Well, that’s handy: Amazon Elasticsearch Service now offers k-Nearest Neighbor (k-NN) search which can enhance search by similarity use cases like product recommendations, fraud detection, and image, video and semantic document retrieval. Built using the lightweight and efficient Non-Metric Space Library (NMSLIB), k-NN enables high scale, […]

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Links for 2020-03-03

The history of leaded gasoline is nuts It is frankly shocking that this was ignored for so long! “The history of leaded gasoline is nuts. Scientists warned it was poison, the factory where it was made was making workers loopy, but GM/Standard Oil enlisted the surgeon general to convince everyone it was safe and rejected […]

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Links for 2020-03-02

Coronavirus in China: The most important lessons from China’s Covid-19 response – Vox Here, again, is where I’ve seen things starting to break down. What I’ve been told is if you think you’ve been exposed and have a fever, call your [general practitioner]. We’ve got to be better than that. If we are going to […]

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Links for 2020-02-27

Amazon’s Principal Tenets Principal Engineers in Amazon are expected to model these tenets: Exemplary Practitioner; Technically Fearless; Balanced and Pragmatic; Illuminate and Clarify; Flexible in Approach; Respect What Came Before; Learn, Educate, and Advocate; Have Resounding Impact One thing I admire about Amazon’s internal culture is that they really do try to pin down a […]

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Links for 2020-02-26

Factcheck: What is the carbon footprint of streaming video on Netflix? Some decent numbers on datacenter usage and debunking some scaremongering figures: Drawing on analysis at the International Energy Agency (IEA) and other credible sources, we expose the flawed assumptions in one widely reported estimate of the emissions from watching 30 minutes of Netflix. These […]

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Links for 2020-02-25

New Electric Ireland A company in Arklow is teaching people how to convert petrol/diesel cars to run as EVs on a budget — including their own split-screen VW bus, running on a Tesla drivetrain, and a BMW 7 series running as a hybrid from a Lexus RX450h (tags: cars driving tesla vw conversions vehicles evs […]

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Links for 2020-02-24

Sprouts Sprouts is a paper-and-pencil game that can be enjoyed simply by both adults and children. Yet it also can be analyzed for its significant mathematical properties. It was invented by mathematicians John Horton Conway (*that* Conway) and Michael S. Paterson at Cambridge University in the early 1960s./blockquote> (tags: games paper sprouts kids fun) SEAI […]

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Links for 2020-02-22

A biotech firm made a smallpox-like virus on purpose. Nobody seems to care – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists The loosely regulated market for synthetic DNA, the normalization of synthetic orthopoxvirus research, and a large number of capable facilities and researchers creates an environment in which a rogue state, unscrupulous company, reckless scientist, or terrorist […]

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Links for 2020-02-20

Stop Using Encrypted Email This is very persuasive and I’d have to agree. Email is unsafe and cannot be made safe. The tools we have today to encrypt email are badly flawed. Even if those flaws were fixed, email would remain unsafe. Its problems cannot plausibly be mitigated. Key point: this isn’t (just) about PGP […]

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Links for 2020-02-19

An Indian politician is using deepfake technology in an election campaign A deepfake of the president of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Manoj Tiwari, went viral on WhatsApp in the country earlier this month, ahead of legislative assembly elections in Delhi, according to Vice. It’s the first time a political party anywhere has used […]

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Links for 2020-02-18

The Heartland Lobby A joint investigation from CORRECTIV and Frontal21 reveals how the American Heartland Institute is supporting climate change deniers in Germany with the goal of undermining climate protection measures: Throughout the next half hour, Taylor shares the inner workings of his disinformation toolbox. He believes that Mathias, the PR agent sitting opposite him, […]

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Links for 2020-02-17

Amazon EBS Multi-Attach now available on Provisioned IOPS io1 volumes Attach multiple EC2 instances to the same EBS volume. Now that is pretty cool (tags: ebs ec2 filesystems networking ops) excellent letter to the editor of the Farmer’s Journal regarding the IFA’s climate-denialist stance in full: Dr Donal Murphy-Bokern M.Agr.Sc. (NUI), Kroge-Ehrendorf, Germany Dear Sir: […]

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Links for 2020-02-16

An app can be a home-cooked meal Fantastic — this iOS user cloned the best bits of Tapstack, an app which I similarly mourned when it was shut down last year. Unfortunately his version is iOS-only, and quite closed for his family — by contrast, we just moved to a private Telegram group (tags: programming […]

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Links for 2020-02-11

Wikipedia turned to WebAssembly to provide patent-free video ‘Wikipedia turned to WebAssembly as a <video> polyfill because video codec patents are a pain for folks committed to fully open source stacks: ‘ogv.js implements Ogg Vorbis/Opus/Theora audio & WebM VP8/VP9/AV1 video. https://github.com/brion/ogv.js/’ (tags: ogv.js ogv webassembly wasm wikipedia polyfills standards video patents) Why People Say ‘Up […]

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Links for 2020-02-10

The sustainable fashion conversation is based on bad statistics and misinformation – Vox I pulled all of these statistics and other common “facts” from reputable sources. McKinsey. The United Nations. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The World Bank. International labor unions. Advocacy organizations. And these facts have been cited by publications like the Wall Street Journal […]

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Links for 2020-02-09

How can data centers use 100% renewable electricity? The first step has been to offset. This is followed by matching usage with like-for-like energy purchases somewhere. The final stage is direct consumption of locally generated renewables, either in real time or stored from recent generation. So the next time you see a tech company announcing […]

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Links for 2020-02-07

Tesla Remotely Removes Autopilot Features From Customer’s Used Tesla Without Any Notice [Updated] wow, this is scummy (tags: tesla scams downgrades remote-upgrade cars driving)

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Links for 2020-02-05

Advancing safe deployment practices in Azure MS describe their Azure rollout strategy — canary regions -> pilot phase with hardware diversity -> early regions, building up to larger regions -> full deployment. (tags: deployment azure microsoft rollout ops safety outages)

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Links for 2020-02-03

Twitter Likes Deleter Now that there are creepy companies tracking every tweet you’ve “liked”, here’s a Glitch app which will revert those Likes en masse (tags: likes twitter social-media snooping via:anildash privacy) Green Investing / Finance a few links for European green users, courtesy of Phil Sturgeon (tags: via:philsturgeon investing investment finance green climate money) […]

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Links for 2020-01-30

Health-Records Company Pushed Opioids to Doctors in Secret Deal – Bloomberg This is APPALLING. holy crap. To doctors opening patients’ electronic records across the U.S., the alert would have looked innocuous enough. A pop-up would appear, asking about a patient’s level of pain. Then, a drop-down menu would list treatments ranging from a referral to […]

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Links for 2020-01-29

Climate Change Could Force Millions of Americans to Flee the Coast. AI Predicts Where They’ll Go By the end of the century, sea level rise could force 13 million people to move away from the U.S. coasts. But it’s not just the coasts that will be affected—so will the places where those migrants end up. […]

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Links for 2020-01-28

UTC or GTFO a laptop sticker to live by (tags: utc gtfo time coding funny stickers laptop) REvil Ransomware Kevin Beaumont is calling this ‘totally out of control’; ‘the quiet cover up by companies paying ransoms is creating advanced attackers operating at a skill and capability which are going to be very difficult to defend […]

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Links for 2020-01-27

Food types by CO2 footprint You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local: For most foods – and particularly the largest emitters – most GHG emissions result from land use change (shown in green), and from processes at the farm stage (brown). […]

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Links for 2020-01-24

“Cyber Rambo”: How a US Army vet aided the right-wing coup in Bolivia Twitter’s turning out to be a shitfest of a platform: Julián Macías Tovar, a social media coordinator for the Spanish left-wing party Podemos, analyzed the data from the hashtags and found that thousands of accounts were created in the days before the election […]

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