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  1. Comment on Australia should be moving to utilise people who have recovered from coronavirus and developed immunity against the virus to bolster essential services, a leading expert says in ~health.coronavirus

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    Thanks, your reply makes a lot of sense, especially the part about the memory cells. I also read that first SARS outbreak people developed immunity that lasted under a year and then "losing" it...

    Thanks, your reply makes a lot of sense, especially the part about the memory cells. I also read that first SARS outbreak people developed immunity that lasted under a year and then "losing" it and sadly research/vaccine development (which may well have been valuable now) halted once the outbreak died out.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Australia should be moving to utilise people who have recovered from coronavirus and developed immunity against the virus to bolster essential services, a leading expert says in ~health.coronavirus

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    I've read conflicting reports and messages about whether recovery makes you immune. There's so much mis-information. The clash is between "Of course you are immune after recovering, same as every...

    I've read conflicting reports and messages about whether recovery makes you immune. There's so much mis-information.

    The clash is between "Of course you are immune after recovering, same as every other virus" and "it's unknown".

    Can anyone knowledgable clarify?

    2 votes
  3. Comment on COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports in ~health.coronavirus

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    Grimly fascinating. After a few cursory glances. Obvious to look at Italy: -94% / -85% / -90% / -87% / - 63% Home: +24% Spain very similar. Anywhere else beating New Zealand? Retail & Recreation -...

    Grimly fascinating. After a few cursory glances.

    Obvious to look at Italy: -94% / -85% / -90% / -87% / - 63% Home: +24%
    Spain very similar.

    Anywhere else beating New Zealand?
    Retail & Recreation - 91% / Transit -84%.

    South Korea out in the Parks in force.+51%

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Megathread: April Fools' Day 2020 on the internet in ~misc

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    I find the vast majority of the "pranks" to be so uncreative and unfunny that I just try to avoid the web as much as possible. It's a shame because there are some genuinely brilliant and...

    I find the vast majority of the "pranks" to be so uncreative and unfunny that I just try to avoid the web as much as possible.

    It's a shame because there are some genuinely brilliant and imaginative pranks, like when reddit subs r/soccer and r/nfl (IIRC) changed their respective flairs and members from both subs went along with it, cross posting and having fun with it, genuinely heart-warming.

    8 votes
  5. Comment on Happy International Women's Day! in ~talk

  6. Comment on Happy International Women's Day! in ~talk

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    I also want to point out the stellar work Richard Herring does every International Women's Day on twitter to "help" those blinkered souls (men of course) who complain about the lack of an...

    I also want to point out the stellar work Richard Herring does every International Women's Day on twitter to "help" those blinkered souls (men of course) who complain about the lack of an International Men's Day often in the form of the question "When Is International Men's Day" - as if they're making a point about how absurd it is to have one without the other.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on The case against Microsoft and Github in ~comp

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    Pure speculation from me: Those companies didn't sign on, I think they were targetted and legally compelled by the NSA. It would take time for the NSA to build the legal case necessary to force...

    otherwise why would different companies be signing on at different times.

    Pure speculation from me: Those companies didn't sign on, I think they were targetted and legally compelled by the NSA. It would take time for the NSA to build the legal case necessary to force each company. I expect we'll never know since (from what I recall) those legal cases were hidden under special powers.

    10 votes
  8. Comment on Have I Been Pwned is no longer being sold, and Troy Hunt will continue running it independently in ~comp

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    As an onlooker it's also very frustrating, like a TV show that ends on an unresolved cliffhanger. Where will our plucky hero get the funds he needs to continue... tune in next year.

    As an onlooker it's also very frustrating, like a TV show that ends on an unresolved cliffhanger.

    Where will our plucky hero get the funds he needs to continue... tune in next year.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on COVID-19 situation in the US progresses in three ways in Washington state: first death, first case in a healthcare worker, and first possible outbreak in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yes, that theory definitely doesn't pass the common sense test. I also read it was an accident at a bio-engineering research lab which is more plausible but still doesn't defeat occam's razor in...

    Yes, that theory definitely doesn't pass the common sense test.
    I also read it was an accident at a bio-engineering research lab which is more plausible but still doesn't defeat occam's razor in my opinion. It's a natural mutation and process just like all the others - HIV, H5N1, SARS, Zika, Ebola...
    They're perhaps worse due to how far humanity has spread and how interconnected we are now but we're also much better prepared to respond and cope than at any time in history.
    That's not to downplay how serious it may get or to dismiss the real human tragedy that is affecting people, just to add a little perspective.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on 17 Klein Bottles become 1 - ft. Cliff Stoll and the glasswork of Lucas Clarke in ~science

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    Yes. I remember his book The Cuckoo's Egg as a thoroughly entertaining page turner, but haven't re-read it in years. I read that and The Soul of a New Machine together over a week sick in bed and...

    Yes.

    I remember his book The Cuckoo's Egg as a thoroughly entertaining page turner, but haven't re-read it in years.

    I read that and The Soul of a New Machine together over a week sick in bed and I'd recommend them both.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Bruteforcing Music Copyright with MIDI in ~music

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    I don't really know the details of copyright law, but in generating every possible melody and copyrighting them all, haven't they infringed on people who already hold rights? The Katy Perry case...

    I don't really know the details of copyright law, but in generating every possible melody and copyrighting them all, haven't they infringed on people who already hold rights? The Katy Perry case seems to imply that you can copyright a melody so haven't they just opened themselves up to possible legal action from anyone who holds rights and deep enough pockets for their lawyers to pursue them?

    5 votes
  12. Comment on This equation (the logistic map) will change how you see the world in ~science

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    Incredible. I'm not a mathematician at all, but I've seen the bifurcation diagram before (related to population growth) and it's extremely surprising. I've loved the Mandelbrot set ever since...

    Incredible. I'm not a mathematician at all, but I've seen the bifurcation diagram before (related to population growth) and it's extremely surprising. I've loved the Mandelbrot set ever since reading James Gleick's Chaos and getting a Mandelbrot plotter that had colour gradient with palette changing - on and old, old, old PC. Also mind-bending.

    To see they're related like this though is as stunning as first seeing Euler's identity.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Good domain registrars? in ~comp

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    I've used Gandi in the past though not currently. Not the cheapest but reliable, established and trustworthy in my experience.

    I've used Gandi in the past though not currently. Not the cheapest but reliable, established and trustworthy in my experience.

    8 votes
  14. Comment on Terrible joke thread in ~talk

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    Guy's friend walks into his garage as he's working on his car. His cat runs over and drinks some oil dripping from the car. The cat screeches and runs away only to stop and collapse. "What's up...

    Guy's friend walks into his garage as he's working on his car. His cat runs over and drinks some oil dripping from the car. The cat screeches and runs away only to stop and collapse.
    "What's up with your cat?"
    "Ran out of oil."

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Emacs: The Editor for the Next Forty Years in ~comp

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    I never appreciated the reverence people have for Smalltalk until I started delving into emacs; a Lisp VM with the added ability to edit text. It's not just that it's extendable it's that it's a...

    I never appreciated the reverence people have for Smalltalk until I started delving into emacs; a Lisp VM with the added ability to edit text. It's not just that it's extendable it's that it's a live environment along with source and incredible documentation that you can query and manipulate to your heart's content I don't think there's any better help system.

    And I still haven't converted from Cask to use-package yet.

    I never could get the hang of vim :(

    3 votes
  16. Comment on NASA Scientists Confirm Water Vapor on Europa in ~space

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    Awesome. We still edit: sigh - know so little about our immediate vicinity in space. We have been warned though...

    Awesome. We still no edit: sigh - know so little about our immediate vicinity in space.

    ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE.

    We have been warned though...

    2 votes
  17. Comment on U.S. judge rules suspicionless searches of travelers' digital devices unconstitutional in ~news

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    I've never been to the states so I know very little about the legal system. Setting a legal precedent by having a judge decide a case is great for other people to later refer to in their cases ......

    I've never been to the states so I know very little about the legal system. Setting a legal precedent by having a judge decide a case is great for other people to later refer to in their cases ... in a court.

    My guess is the vast majority of people who have forcibly had their devices seized/unlocked will have just been refused entry and never even reached a court case. They will have simply have been refused entry (in which case what recourse have they got?) or they will have been allowed in to enjoy their holiday / meeting / business trip / whatever and never even consider taking the government to court.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on The Good Place S04E05 - "Employee of The Bearimy" in ~tv

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    Can we discuss a little why do you put your comments behind a details tag? I noticed it in the older episode posts too. I understand it's a mechanism to hide spoilers, but the whole thread is...

    Can we discuss a little why do you put your comments behind a details tag? I noticed it in the older episode posts too. I understand it's a mechanism to hide spoilers, but the whole thread is clearly labelled with the episode number and title.

    I think it's a step too far (and onerous) to expect people who want to discuss a specific show episode to spoiler/hide all their comments and it's a usability hurdle to have to click every single comment to read a thread.

    4 votes
  19. Comment on What are people’s thoughts on Edward Snowden? in ~talk

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    There's a great part in the Joe Rogan podcast linked by @Keegan, where you hear some technicians talking and Snowden says "The FBI just joined us".

    There's a great part in the Joe Rogan podcast linked by @Keegan, where you hear some technicians talking and Snowden says "The FBI just joined us".

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Songs with a Downwards Key Change (video) in ~music

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    I think I'm going to check out the rest of his channel because he does a really good job of grounding this video at the right level without veering off into overly technical or advanced music...

    I think I'm going to check out the rest of his channel because he does a really good job of grounding this video at the right level without veering off into overly technical or advanced music theory. I find so many other musicians forget the level they're pitching and become too esoteric or too technical.

    2 votes