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Following #COVID-19 medical advice is a partisan issue in the US now. The virus is non-partisan, but if one party engages in riskier behavior resulting in more deaths among its members, recent elections have been close enough that it could impact the outcome in November.

And as an aside... let me state just how cool it is that by having /home on a different disk you can be fully up and running after completely replacing your OS in < 30 minutes.

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Tried out over the last few days. Comparing it to mainline Gnome3, it's a fair bit slicker. I like the OSX-style dock, and holy crap I've missed column view. On the other hand, some things are frustratingly obtuse: Defaulting to the shortcuts window every time you hit meta, app switching without a pop-up window showing which app you're on, and single-click open in column view are all incredibly frustrating. Charging $5 for a launcher menu editor is also... less than ideal.

New accept at HILDA. Link Once and Keep It (Loki), is our new approach to streamlining data integration tasks by keeping humans in the loop.

odin.cse.buffalo.edu/news/2020

Announcing the SourceHut project hub 🎉

sourcehut.org/blog/2020-04-30-

I don't usually explicitly ask for shares, but this is a big deal for SourceHut - the project hub solves one of our major goals for the alpha. Please help spread the word ❤️

It's incredibly disheartening when a peer review includes the phrase "there must be a way to X" without pointers. If you, as the reviewer, think there should be a better way to do something than the authors propose, it's your responsibility to find it. It's irresponsible to expect the authors to conjure up related work that you yourself are not aware of.

nytimes.com/interactive/2020/0

Shame on you . The title, intro graphic, and social media quote blurb are all misleading abuses of statistics: If you play with the interactive graph widget in the article, it clearly shows that the graph on the right puts the peak off the right edge of the plot area.

The Oatmeal - Comics, Quizzes, & Stories / How to be socially distant
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A short guide to social distancing in 2020.

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just verified for myself: the latest debian+phosh image for the #pinephone now has working phone calls, out of the box.

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The #librem5 devkit driving it's internal panel via DSI and an external screen via HDMI at the same time.

#etnaviv #mesa #imx8

The Software Freedom @conservancy , which helps manage funds and provides a legal home for the Inkscape project, is seeking your help for its donation match!

There are 6 days left to raise about $30K. Consider donating for software freedom today & have your donation count double!

Schneier on Security / Mailbox Master Keys
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Here's a physical-world example of why master keys are a bad idea.

This year’s ball drop hack: an esp8266 driving four servos controlled over WiFi. Not as visually appealing as prior years, but I learned a lot!

Similar programs have been slammed across multiple high schools across the country. This is in part because there have been cases of schools using keyloggers to violate expectations of privacy. More importantly, these programs often, rather than attempting to diffuse the situation, are designed to simply make the problem go away. It can be logistically easier to simply suspend a student, even if all they did was post a joke in bad taste.

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buffalonews.com/2019/11/15/sto

I appreciate the reasoned, discussion-based approach to diffusing potential violence, based on publicly available data. As it’s presented here, this seems like a well thought out plan.

And yet there’s something about cops showing up on your front door with a screencap of your Facebook profile that’s really creepy. Maybe it’s that this type of program requires care, common sense and a tolerance for risk that is rare among bureaucratic types.

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