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Compare these two quotes:

> When you're working on a really, really good team with great programmers, everybody else's code, frankly, is bug-infested garbage
—Joel Spolsky

> I'll adopt third-party code, but as little as I can get away with, and only if it offers significant, proven benefit[s]… My code may suck, but it's a constant level of sucking that I can plan around.
—Jeff Atwood

They say _basically_ the same thing. And yet, the attitude Atwood expresses seems about 1000% healthier

We're making an attempt to cultivate some yeast from fresh fruit as we can't find any dried yeast in the supermarkets. Hopefully it's as easy as people claim!

I'm looking for some reccomendations around #MentalHealth and #SelfCare. Who are your favourite people, podcasts, etc to follow?

Mental health at work (+) 

My girlfriend has just blogged about setting up mental health and wellbeing support schemes at work, if this is something you would like to do give it a read:

Mental health at work (+) 

My girlfriend has just blogged about setting up mental health and wellbeing support schemes at work, if this is something you would like to do give it a read:

Don't you ever think that open source software activism is not a "real world" issue

"Hospitals Need to Repair Ventilators. Manufacturers Are Making That Impossible"

"We find that Zoom has “rolled their own” encryption scheme, which has significant weaknesses. In addition, we identify potential areas of concern in Zoom’s infrastructure, including observing the transmission of meeting encryption keys through China."

Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto: A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings - The Citizen Lab

No more web client for zoom, HOW CONVENIENT...
I really hope this is a genuine bug and not some kind of technique to force users to download the client now that it's super popular and used by many online events, meetups, etc.

COVID-19, UKPol, "herd immunity" 

This was a very interesting article to read about the decision making in the UK over the past few weeks:

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. 🤦‍♂️

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!²)

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

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