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Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance - Tomas Pueyo - Medium
This is absolutely superb, especially the charts regarding R and the social / economic costs each measure entails.
health  disease  article  science  society  uk  us  economics 
6 days ago
Coronavirus Is Our Future | Alanna Shaikh | TEDxSMU - YouTube
This is a fantastic talk.
1. Poorest people and countries are hit hardest.
2. Just-in-time supply chains don't work for pandemics: there are no reserves and entire countries start hoarding (e.g. Germany bans exporting face masks).
3. Wash your hands much, much more than you already do. Sanitise your phone.
disease  health  talk 
16 days ago
HSBC is killing my business, piece by piece — How to plan for your bank screwing up
"Hints and Tips for your bank screwing up

I figured that at the very least I would try and offer some words of advice based on the back of what’s happening right now:

Don’t bank with HSBC. If you’re about to start a small business, think twice. The banking service is perfectly fine, but when something out of the ordinary happens they move like dinosaurs.
Don’t keep all your business funds with the same bank. This one is a lot harder to arrange and can complicate your accounting, but I’d say it’s worth the hassle. Make sure you’ve enough funds set-aside in an entirely separate account, with an entirely different institution, to cover what you need for a month or more. I wish I had.
If you can pay for an internet service for a year, do so. Most services offer discounts if you pre-pay anyway, so it saves money, but it would also protect you against temporary payment problems in the future, unless of course you’re incredibly unlucky and they land at the same time your yearly payment is due. Our DropBox account was paid for the year thankfully, so our files remained intact.
If you don’t need a service, cancel it, or do it yourself. When everything started failing I was surprised to see a couple of subscriptions I had that weren’t even needed any longer. The payments were quite tiny but I didn’t need to be spending the money at all, so at least I got to cancel those. It’s also made me question the need for a couple of services I have that I could spend some time and do myself locally (git repo hosting for private projects for a single team is a good example of this)
Keep control of your DNS with a provider separate to your web host. Although it’s a horrendous situation to be in, should you be forced into it at least you can update your DNS to point to a new host. This isn’t always possible if they manage DNS for you as well, but if your business relies on your site for income it’s a safe thing to do.
Be able to redirect payments to another bank account. This was an absolute life saver for me. All of our shop sales are handled via Gumroad and we were able to change the account they pay in to each week away from the business one and into our personal one. It’s going to be a nightmare to unpick when this mess is over, but it was that or don’t buy any food. The groceries won. We also get money from advertising, affiliates and Patreon into our PayPal account. A massive shout-out to PayPal for being so excellent. They were able to issue us with a MasterCard (linked to our PayPal balance, not a credit card) and allow us to transfer money into our personal account, instead of the business one. This was quite literally the only way we managed to pay our mortgage this month. PayPal, thank you. Your support was fantastic. I only wish HSBC were more like you.
If you run a small business ask yourself this: What would happen if your account was frozen and you couldn’t access a single penny in it? How would you cope? It’s an unusual predicament, but clearly not a rare one."
banking  business  advice  post  UK 
4 weeks ago
More bosses give four-day workweek a try | Hacker News
"I can't begin to explain how much less stress I encounter in day to day life having just one week day to stay home. Just having a day to be able to easily knock out chores between Jira issues; drop the car off at the dealer, sell something on craigslist, complete a house project, go to the dentist, meet the handyman, go to the bank, etc is so nice.

All of these things wind up on the back burner when I'm in the middle of high stress projects and forced to sit at a desk for 8-10 hours a day.

All that does is lead to more stress because now I'm falling behind on my life tasks and have to burn a weekend catching up when I should be able to spend that weekend de-stressing."
work  discussion 
5 weeks ago
The Kinship of Midnight Travel | Jungle Coder
"There is a strange sort of kinship that I feel for other people I see when I’m traveling from one place to another after midnight. Part of it is that travel after everyone is supposed to be in bed means that I see things without all the people around, denuded of the hustle and bustle that often gives a place it’s charm or stress.

...

For them, it likely has lost any of the romance or novelty that I still give it. But there’s still something to be said for that most remote of connections, if for no other reason that it’s just me and that other driver on the road, neither of us lost in the crowd, both wanting to reach a destination, yet still travelling in the night.

Thing is, I won’t ever meet that person. But we still shared a space, both members of the midnight traveling clan, a space that most people actively opt-out of. Many interesting bits of life are often found at the edges, where only a few people are paying attention, rather than in the rush of the crowds, where everyone already is, and has already seen them."
writing  night  travel  people  observations 
5 weeks ago
Becoming a high performing software developer working from your bedroom
"What to do when you don’t feel like working?
Have you had unproductive days where you just felt like watching a bunch of movies on Netflix back to back or playing your favorite computer game, even though you know that there’s work to be done? That happens to everyone. It starts off as a bad day and before you know it, you not only fall back on your todo list, but also start to feel guilty for not getting any work done.

The best thing to do in that situation is to accept the fact that you are not feeling in the zone. But the solution is not to give in into that feeling and start binge watching Netflix either. You can do one of two things in that situation.

Start working on your most favorite thing on the project. It can be the least priority task in that project. So, instead of working on that advanced role-based permission system that you’ve been working on for the past week, you can start tweaking the button color and font-size on the user signup form. That is going to give you some dopamine hits in the form of small wins and can eventually motivate you to get back on track. This way, you are accomplishing some kind of work without wasting your time and your team is going to be happy with the new update you made on the signup form, which can in-turn increase more customer signup.
Refactor your code. Pick up any piece of code that you’ve told yourself many times that it has to be refactored, and start making it better and shorter. Every software codebase needs to be refactored once in a while. Refactoring usually is not going to be as tasking as working on a new feature so it’s a much easier way of getting yourself into the zone."
productivity  work  home  howto  post 
5 weeks ago
An app can be a home-cooked meal
"I am the programming equivalent of a home cook.

The exhortation “learn to code!” has its foundations in market value. “Learn to code” is suggested as a way up, a way out. “Learn to code” offers economic leverage, a squirt of power. “Learn to code” goes on your resume.

But let’s substitute a different phrase: “learn to cook.” People don’t only learn to cook so they can become chefs. Some do! But far more people learn to cook so they can eat better, or more affordably, or in a specific way. Or because they want to carry on a tradition. Sometimes they learn just because they’re bored! Or even because—get this—they love spending time with the person who’s teaching them.

The list of reasons to “learn to cook” overflows, and only a handful have anything to do with the marketplace. This feels natural; anyone who has ever, like… eaten a meal… of any kind… recognizes that cooking is marbled deeply into domesticity and comfort, nerdiness and curiosity, health and love.

Well, it’s the 21st century now, and I suspect that many of the people you love are waiting inside the pocket computer you are never long without, so I will gently suggest that coding might be marbled the same way.

And, when you free programming from the requirement to be general and professional and SCALABLE, it becomes a different activity altogether, just as cooking at home is really nothing like cooking in a commercial kitchen. I can report to you: not only is this different activity rewarding in almost exactly the same way that cooking for someone you love is rewarding, there’s another feeling, one that persists as you use the app together. I have struggled with words for this, but/and I think it might be the crux of the whole thing:

This messaging app I built for, and with, my family, it won’t change unless we want it to change. There will be no sudden redesign, no flood of ads, no pivot to chase a userbase inscrutable to us. It might go away at some point, but that will be our decision, too. What is this feeling? Independence? Security? Sovereignty?

Is it simply… the feeling of being home?"
coding  cooking  programming  post  apps 
5 weeks ago
Thread by @AdamRutherford: I can see this damn Andrew Sabisky situation is not going away. I have written two books about Eugenics and race, teach it, at the place whe…
"Sabisky and indeed Cummings look bewitched by science without doing the legwork"

Every single actual scientist who encounters Cummings' writing comes to the same conclusion.
science  racism  uk  government 
5 weeks ago
Opinion | The Age of Decadence - The New York Times
"another case study in what happens when an extraordinarily rich society can’t find enough new ideas that justify investing all its stockpiled wealth"
article  culture  technology  crime 
5 weeks ago
inessential: Knock It the Fuck Off
"The Only Thing I Care About

Our job is to stop fascism here in America.

And then we can deal with it in the rest of the world."
politics  post  us  fascism  democracy 
6 weeks ago
36 Hours in Gothenburg, Sweden - The New York Times
36 Hours in Gothenburg, Sweden Jazz, street murals, distinctive architecture and world-class breweries in Sweden’s second-largest city. Swedes didn’t always adore Gothenburg. The resurgent second city, equidistant between Copenhagen and Oslo on Sweden’s western coast, was long viewed as a grungy port in slow decline. Added February 09, 2020 at 12:49AM
Pocket 
7 weeks ago
Inside the mind of Dominic Cummings | Politics | The Guardian
The problem with journalists reading Cummings is that they come to conclusions like,

"Cummings is undeniably clever"

- when he isn't. Cummings is a sort of genius in that he's focussed and successful. But he's a psychopath. He despises people who disagree with him to the point of utter immaturity. And - crucially - if he were smart he would hold the political views of other smart people up and realise, ah, All The Smart People Think Brexit is Calamitously Bad. Maybe I'm Wrong and Shouldn't Be Forcing Every Scientist in the Country, Who Disagrees With Me, to Swallow This Evil Catastrophuck of My Ambition Because I Read Some NASA Org-Chart Book That One Time.

Or,

"There are traces of that kind of absolute certainty that is more often shown by fellow-travellers of science rather than by first-rate scientists themselves."

Traces? The man is a sack of that shit.
brexit  uk  politics  people  morons  science 
7 weeks ago
editor - Visual Studio Code Surround With - Stack Overflow
I added the following JSON to keybindings.json. This provides the functionality Ronan Lamour requested for any file type, and without requiring an extension. It works for either single or multiple selections when using either single or double quotes. Coming from Sublime, this is helpful since it reproduces functionality Sublime provides natively.

{
"key": "'",
"command": "editor.action.insertSnippet",
"when": "editorHasSelection || editorHasMultipleSelections",
"args": {
"snippet": "'${TM_SELECTED_TEXT}'"
}
},
{
"key": "shift+'",
"command": "editor.action.insertSnippet",
"when": "editorHasSelection || editorHasMultipleSelections",
"args": {
"snippet": "\"${TM_SELECTED_TEXT}\""
}
},
vscode  settingup  markdown  notes  howto 
9 weeks ago
Letting tools make choices - Jack Franklin
Basically, let something which knows what it's doing be opinionated; it'll save you time.
productivity  work  post  development 
10 weeks ago
Ask HN: What has your work taught you that other people don't realize? | Hacker News
"muzani 3 hours ago | unvote [-]

Everything is a system. The economy, society, relationships, nature, traffic.
You don't need math to reverse engineer a system. You just need to pay attention to it. You can say the right words to make a date happy. You can figure out which lane is the fastest route, better than Google Maps can. You don't need an app or data - your brain is a wonderful data processing machine.

Don't be angry at the people who are benefiting from a system, or at the system itself. Most just end up that way, the same way a river meanders towards the sea, or an electrical current tries to find ground.

Fixing/improving a system often requires deep understanding of it. An action here will cause a response there. People often document it, but few will do a proper design.

If you don't fix a system, few will. Most people are reactive to it and try to live with it as background noise.

If you don't control a system, it will control you. You don't have to change its fundamentals, just move out of the way of harm.

Neatness/order is a way to understand a system. All systems tend to fall to disorder. Disorder is not always a bad thing. Order is very expensive, and only serves as better documentation to those who do not understand it. Very often, excessive order is a symptom of someone who does not understand or control it."
hackernews  life  discussion 
10 weeks ago
Why I hate your Single Page App
"Every important concept within your application should be a possible entry point. This enables anyone, anywhere, to use it as the target of a link."

See: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15141274
And: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19184496
webdesign  post  opinion  development  webapp 
10 weeks ago
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