Links 10-3-22: A Flu Variant's Disappearance, All Platforms Become Malls, and Killing the Newsletter

Leading Seasonal Flu Variant on the Brink of Extinction Around four prominent lineages of flu circulate the globe and since March 2020, influenza surveillance hasn’t detected any of the B/Yamagata sequence strain. Considering public health measures have been all but abandoned in the Northern Hemisphere we are due for a brutal flu season, but the disappearance of this variant could be good news, but Beth Mole notes this could be a double-edged sword.…

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Links 10-2-22: Crime, Paperless Billing, Graphics Without Adobe

The Great American Mystery Story: Why Did Crime Decline? Despite crime decreasing yearly since the 90s, Americans think that it consistently think crime is worse than the year before. It seems this perception can easily be explained by media reports of crime and the endless march of increasing police budgets. In his newsletter External Processing, John Roman, a senior fellow in the Economics, Justice and Society Group at NORC at the University of Chicago, looks into the competing theories about the reduction of crime in America he links to papers on 25 different explanations for the declines and works through them.…

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Thread on how viral evolution occurs

I’ve written before about how viral evolution occurs at two levels: within individual hosts and among individuals within the host population. New variants can evolve in either case, but the results may be quite different. 🧵 — T. Ryan Gregory (@TRyanGregory) September 22, 2022…

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The Verge. “Google’s Making It Even Easier to Remove Your Personal Info from Search.” Accessed September 21, 2022.…

Twitch bans gambling games

Glad to see some action. I’m not opposed to gambling outright, but I do think having gambling as another technology dopamine feedback loop is a net bad. Great that Twitch has taken action, but all mobile gambling ads should be block on site. The Verge. “Twitch to Ban Stake.Com Streams and Other Unlicensed Gambling Content.” Accessed September 21, 2022.……

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Thoughts on abortion from elsewhere

Shane, Charlotte. “The Right to Not Be Pregnant: Asserting an Essential Freedom.” Harper’s Magazine, September 14, 2022.… Warren, Mary Anne. “On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion .” Accessed September 21, 2022.… Yasmin Nair. “On Abortion Stories,” July 30, 2022.……

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Some context on the wild new and used car market.

This is not just an example of poor individual choices about buying a fancier car than necessary. It reflects confusing incentives, high interest rates (esp to “riskier” buyers), a still-covid-influenced new and used car market, and the overall price of autodependency — Tara Goddard 🚸 (@DrTaraGoddard) September 19, 2022…

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I’ve been inspired by The Verge redesign so I’m going to see if I can, through tags and an eventual custom theme, create something for my own posting that’s kind of similar.

I finished Tal Lavin’s Culture Warlords. My quick summary is: when you think things like breeding grounds for misinformation and white supremacist radicalization are bad, they’re often worse; however, a point that will stick with me — that I haven’t seen articulated elsewhere — is liberals (and their institutions) are not equipped to discuss antifascists because they can’t imagine a group that does not seek to grow their own power. Antifascists are responsive, rising to the occasion as needed, receding as the threats fade.

Paxlovid mouth is real. Chocolate milk does a decent job of masking it for a little while.

Seeing all the ways people are scraping together housing is so horrific. What a failed society we live in.

Cobra Kai is so big and dumb and easily handled by COVID ridden body.

I am sick and do not have the fortitude to watch something new. So, I’ll begin my Buffy rewatch.

I would like to see a software regulation called that required a stable version offline version for companies of a certain size. If they didn’t wish to support or maintain a stable offline version, they could pay a tax that goes into an open source software fund.

Mostly thinking about this this as it relates to consumer software. Jetbrains gives you a stable version if you don’t decide to renew your yearly license.

Sad that The People’s Joker was pulled from TIFF.

Add it to the list of reasons we must dismantle our existing intellectual property regime.…

For several years now, I’ve been trying to square open source code with the fact that its been fully incorporated into the structures of control. For example, I was looking for a way to prettify stack traces and I found a library that Palantir published.

There are other options, so I can just avoid using it entirely without having to roll my own, but coming across it reminds me that whatever ideals open source communities may once have had, they’ve been fully co-opted.

Open source can still make inroads with algorithms and AI models. Proprietary black boxes of untold harms are certainly worse than reputation laundering through contributing source code back into the public.

PS5s still sold out. That’s incredible.

I really would just like to buy one before Spider-Man 2 arrives in 2023.

I am not my build fails.

It’s not enough, but I am happy for the people whose debts are either entirely or almost entirely erased by the debt cancellation announcement.

To date, I’ve really enjoyed Go. Today, is the first day in the years, I’ve been using golang where I feel like I must setup my debugger to make some progress.

The way the big TTRPG houses are aligning themselves with virtual tabletop software has me wondering if that industry is going to get the HBOMax treatment sooner rather than later. I’ve long appreciated Paizo keeping their rules freely accessible, but I do wonder if WoTC’s actions would ever cause them to wall off their garden.

I appreciate my low stakes freelance gig that I keep because 1) money is always nice and 2) because it’s catch all work that requires me to own the work from development to deployment and the occasional maintenance. Working for a larger organization, I’m mostly in code land and not wranging the infrastructure.

What are people using to manager their API testing? I prefer Insomnia. The team is largely on the free version of Postman. We do not currently have a gold version of our workflows and tests (but it’s in the works). Does anyone have any suggestions?

The biggest change to how I use Go since they’ve added generics is that it’s made writing unit tests easier.

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