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  1. Victoria records 108 new coronavirus infections, locks down suburbs and public housing

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-04/coronavirus-numbers-victoria-rise-again-lockdown-suburbs/12422456 Victoria recorded its second-highest ever daily increase in coronavirus cases, with 108...

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-04/coronavirus-numbers-victoria-rise-again-lockdown-suburbs/12422456

    Victoria recorded its second-highest ever daily increase in coronavirus cases, with 108 people diagnosed with the virus overnight.

    Residents of nine public housing estates in inner Melbourne will be required to stay in their homes due to an outbreak of coronavirus cases.

    23 cases had been identified in more than 12 households in the Flemington and North Melbourne public housing estates

    the nine towers included 1,345 units of housing and were home to about 3,000 residents.

    "No-one will be allowed out of those public housing towers," Mr Andrews said.

    I just watched the press conference. This article misses some details.

    The residents of these public housing towers will not be allowed to leave their flats/apartments at all, for any reason. They can't even step outside their front doors into the common corridors. The common areas are potential transmission vectors, so these people have to stay inside their flats and not come out at all. And the lockdown starts immediately. Anyone currently inside can't come out. Anyone who comes home can't come back out. (I except some people will decide not to go home).

    This is an extreme lockdown, beyond anything done in Australia so far.

    Over the next few days, all residents in the towers will be tested for coronavirus. The lockdown is expected to last for at least 5 days, which is how long it's expected to take to test everyone and get the results.

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  2. Comment on How hotel quarantine let COVID-19 out of the bag in Victoria in ~health.coronavirus

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    The "more lurid rumours" are that a security guard had sex with one of the people in quarantine. This whole story is appalling. The quarantine for Victoria was handed over to private security...

    Details have since emerged of the lax hygiene standards in some Melbourne quarantine hotels and significant breaches of quarantine. Premier Andrews has drawn attention to guards sharing a cigarette lighter, and having "carpooling arrangements".

    More lurid rumours have also emerged

    The "more lurid rumours" are that a security guard had sex with one of the people in quarantine.

    This whole story is appalling. The quarantine for Victoria was handed over to private security companies. I have a friend who works in the security industry, and he says it's rife with dodgy operators. It's an open secret. There was a story last year about 400 Victorian security guards being struck off after it was discovered that they'd acquired their licenses fraudulently.

    But that's the industry to which the Victorian government chose to hand over this crucial responsibility. Ridiculous.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Weekly coronavirus-related chat, questions, and minor updates - week of June 29 in ~health.coronavirus

  4. Comment on 'This is no joke': Californian man died of coronavirus day after saying he regretted attending a party in ~health.coronavirus

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    I scrolled, but couldn't find the weekly thread, so I assumed it was discontinued.

    I scrolled, but couldn't find the weekly thread, so I assumed it was discontinued.

  5. Comment on Reddit releases their new content policy along with banning hundreds of subreddits, including /r/The_Donald and /r/ChapoTrapHouse in ~tech

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    Navigate to the subreddit page. If you're subscribed to /r/Cats and want to find out if it was banned, go to www.reddit.com/r/cats and see if there's a page saying "This community has been banned".

    As far as i can tell there is no way to find out if a subreddit you were subscribed to was banned.

    Navigate to the subreddit page. If you're subscribed to /r/Cats and want to find out if it was banned, go to www.reddit.com/r/cats and see if there's a page saying "This community has been banned".

    4 votes
  6. Comment on "The protests began in the small province of Minnesota" - Thai Enquirer explain colonialist reporting in a few paragraphs in ~misc

  7. Comment on How 'Star Trek' made history 22 (24) years ago with a same-sex kiss in ~tv

  8. Comment on What do your bookshelves look like, and how do you organize them? in ~books

  9. Comment on Introducing the extended sniff test (EST): A method for recreational hostile fact checking [PDF link] in ~misc

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    In the past 24 hours, I've been having a discussion with someone on Reddit who said "I'm an atheist, but I do actually believe in some version of god." It turns out their definition of "atheist"...

    A word is being abused if ordinary intelligent readers would take it to have a particular meaning, but upon investigation, the meaning is found to be missing or changed.

    Every word important to the conclusions of the study must be assessed. Abstract nouns are the most frequent victims of abuse

    In the past 24 hours, I've been having a discussion with someone on Reddit who said "I'm an atheist, but I do actually believe in some version of god." It turns out their definition of "atheist" was different to the definition understood by most people. They meant that, even though they believe in a god, they don't act on that belief in any way: "In practice, I am an atheist."

    This abuse of words doesn't only show up in studies. It can show up in everyday conversation.

    4 votes
  10. Comment on Why America's police look like soldiers in ~news

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    I was thinking throughout that video that when you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail - and then he said it. But this is fucking scary. Police should not be routinely using military...

    I was thinking throughout that video that when you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail - and then he said it.

    But this is fucking scary. Police should not be routinely using military equipment. They don't need this to do their job.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on A.I. robot cast in lead role of $70M sci-fi film in ~movies

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    Why not just program the robot to read the lines with certain intonations? Get human actors to read the lines, then analyse the readings to find the optimum delivery style, and program that style...

    Why not just program the robot to read the lines with certain intonations? Get human actors to read the lines, then analyse the readings to find the optimum delivery style, and program that style into the robot, and get to deliver the lines in response to the right cues. Why does it need to be artificially intelligent? It's not like the robot is going to be dealing with unexpected situations - a movie scene is literally scripted in advance.

    3 votes