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Very much a first world problem, coffee 

Nevermind, turns out the postie was just delivering a little later today than usual!

I has coffee! 😁

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Very much a first world problem, coffee 

I haven't had a coffee in about a month, so I decided to buy a mini espresso machine so I could make some while on lockdown.

I decided it would be better to support a local independent roasting company rather than buy from Amazon, but the coffee hasn't arrived yet.

Now I have a machine just sitting on the kitchen counter taunting me with the fact I can't make a brew :(

Ugh, Apple have bought Dark Sky and are killing the Android app, API and website. For fucks sake...

In these unprecedented times, it's important to start every paragraph with "In these unprecedented times".

COVID-19, UKPol, Manchester 

Oh great. The new independent councillor on Manchester City Council has been calling COVID-19 a hoax. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

A COVID-19 statistics PSA from your local health data scientist 

Epidemiology is hard. If you see someone who is not a trained epidemiologist posting numbers that are out of line with those reported by WHO etc., they are almost always wrong. Either they are using words to mean something different than you (or they) think they mean, or they are missing crucial concepts about how epidemics & public health data work.

This is still true even if they have a lot of graphs in their Medium thinkpiece.

UK / COVID-19 

This is great article on COVID-19 and the whole "herd immunity" misunderstanding/miscommunication

generating bullshit: O(1)
debunking bullshit: O(n!Β²)

Wow, Github's new notifications beta feature was really jarring. Felt like reading someone's half-read, half-new Outlook inbox. Do not want.

ICANN's Chairman says the community's opposition to the private equity takeover of .ORG is making this "a challenging time" for ICANN and the Internet Society. Let's keep challenging them to stand up for nonprofits' speech. Sign the petition at

Fediverse drama 

Given how many posts about instance admins being involved in, at best, very unproductive beefs is not exactly convincing me that this decentralised moderation concept actually scales. I’m getting the feeling that mastodon is essentially becoming a chaotic web of mini-Twitters now run by people who are unaccustomed to power and therefore ill-equipped for it and often outright dangerous.

(Except my instance admins, who are sweet angels of course)

TFW: You connect to a server, and it is out of disk space *so* badly that bash completion won't even work

OK we need to stop with the argument : "we can't block trackers because then the web won't work anymore." I have been using Brave, Firefox (with Privacy Badger & HTTPS Everywhere), Samsung Internet with Disconnect (& built in tracking protection) & Safari (with Better blocker and 3rd party cookies disabled) for years now. I can report: the web works mostly fine without the tracking. In fact, it's great.

Holy shit, Samsung Smart TVs straight up send "snippets" of things that you watch back home to "to provide you with customized Smart TV experiences".

Search that page for the text: "Your Smart TV transfers video snippets or TV tuner information in order to determine the programs watched."


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