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Hardware & Technology / Re: The changed future after CV-19
« on: October 19, 2020, 02:01:11 AM »
You're nudged me into subscribing to the two local NPR stations. I've been meaning to anyway.

Eight months in, California is containing COVID-19 as other states spike. Here’s why.

Nationwide, daily infections are up one-quarter in the last two weeks, and the country just reported its most in a single day since July. Lightly populated North Dakota is seeing 85 new cases a day per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. California? Ten new cases per 100,000, up just 2 percent in two weeks.

The reasons why, health experts say, are made clear by a stroll through San Francisco. Pedestrians are masked and passing each other at acceptable social distances. Painted circles partition off small groups at one of the city’s most popular parks. Posters stapled to signposts once hawked live music; now, they advertise masks.

Every city could be San Francisco, and every state like California, these experts say. SARS-CoV-2 has proved to be a complex and mysterious virus, but eight months since it landed on our shores, the science seems clear on a simple way to contain it.

“If you social distance and you wear masks, you decrease the cases dramatically,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, an infectious disease expert and professor emeritus at UC Berkeley. “A culture that accepts the science and follows it is going to do better.”

>Is that too hard to do?

Apparently it is.  I find it incredibly frustrating that we know what we need to do but we don't have the will to do it.

Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: October 18, 2020, 07:22:12 AM »
In the US we are heading into new infection rate territory.

Friday was +71,688!

>...that means more money goes to the people who already have it.

So, it is like everything else.  There are also special private schools for "gifted" kids.  How many of these kids are truly gifted and how many are attending these schools to inflate their parents egos?  I am sure there are average or slightly above average students at the gifted schools and I am sure there are some dim kids in the schools for dyslexic children.

Marketing / Re: California Prop 24
« on: October 17, 2020, 01:41:10 AM »,_Consumer_Personal_Information_Law_and_Agency_Initiative_(2020)

It has quite the split of supporters and opponents.   This one has had me stumped the most of all the props.  I'm leaning towards 'no' though.

Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: October 14, 2020, 02:21:17 AM »

Worth spending a few minutes on.

What is the microCOVID project?

This is a project to quantitatively estimate the COVID risk to you from your ordinary daily activities. We trawled the scientific literature for data about the likelihood of getting COVID from different situations, and combined the data into a model that people can use. We estimate COVID risk in units of microCOVIDs, where 1 microCOVID = a one-in-a-million chance of getting COVID.

Short hop from me.   :)

If there was no pandemic I'd offer to drive it to NC for you.


PeerTube is a free and open-source, decentralized, federated video platform powered by ActivityPub and WebTorrent, that uses peer-to-peer technology to reduce load on individual servers when viewing videos.

Started in 2015 by a programmer known as Chocobozzz, development of PeerTube is now supported by the French non-profit Framasoft. The aim is to provide an alternative to centralized platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion.


PeerTube uses WebTorrent technology. Each server hosts a torrent tracker and each web browser viewing a video also shares it. This allows to share the load between the server itself and the clients as well as the bandwidth used through P2P technology.

The system works via a federation of instances run by independent entities. Each PeerTube server can host any number of videos by itself, and can additionally federate with other servers to let users watch their videos in the same user interface. This federation permits collectively hosting a large number of videos in a unified platform, without having to build an infrastructure comparable to that of the web giants. Each server is operated by and stays under the sole administration of a distinct entity.

Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: October 09, 2020, 09:54:38 PM »
Sorry Rupert.  How you doing?

Water Cooler / Re: How the pandemic might play out in 2021 and beyond
« on: October 09, 2020, 08:00:16 PM »
We still can't assume that there is such thing as herd immunity.  If you look at Sweden they had a sustained drop but now they are on the rise again.  I don't think full lockdowns are the way forward, but limiting social activities, mandating masks and social distancing all seem significantly slow the spread.

Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: October 09, 2020, 06:55:25 PM »
This is interesting...
10,000 mink are dead in Covid-19 outbreaks at US fur farms after virus believed spread by humans

Dr. Keith Paulson with the UW-Madison Veterinary School Diagnostic Laboratory told CNN affiliate WISN that he noted "significant mortality in the mink" and that three workers there had recovered from the virus after displaying "mild to moderate clinical signs."


Mink, which are closely related to weasels, otter and ferrets, appear to suffer similar symptoms to humans. Difficulty breathing and crusting around the eyes are usually seen, but the virus progresses rapidly, and most infected mink are dead by the next day, according to Taylor.
It's unclear what makes mink such a susceptible species, while others appear to be unaffected.

Water Cooler / Re: Corona Virus - Save Yourselves
« on: October 06, 2020, 01:04:24 AM »
World Health Organization estimates that 10% of the world’s population has been infected by the coronavirus

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