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In response to a complaint by InvaderXan about in-your-face recommendation engines

Ugh, yes! It’s like starting up my coffee maker in the morning and having it ask me if I’d like to order an iced tea.

No I don’t want iced tea right now, that’s why I’m starting up the coffee maker!

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There’s a cloud-based music player that I keep getting mad at because we have different ideas of what it’s for. To me, it’s a way of listening to music I’ve already chosen. To the publisher, it’s a way for them to sell me additional subscriptions.

%&^% Microsoft app store

As if I didn’t already have enough reason to distrust the MS app store, it spontaneously uninstalled the kid’s copy of Minecraft. Which also deleted all of his local worlds.

Fortunately most of the persistent worlds he plays are either on Java Edition or on a realm, and we had a backup of the local Win10 worlds from a couple weeks ago, but WTF, MS – you don’t fucking DO that!

Best guess is it downloaded the latest update overnight, failed to install, and messed up the rollback.

When we were trying out the Minecraft beta a few weeks ago, we noticed there’s this weird thing where the MS store thinks he doesn’t own a copy of MC until you click on “Buy” at which point it realizes he does and starts downloading it. It could be a problem with that.

Or it could be a mismatch with Xbox Game Pass, which we just got.

Either way, though…

WTF…. apparently an interrupted update from the MS store translates to an uninstall

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/xbox/forum/all/game-just-uninstalled-itself/536072e1-b735-4af0-a8fe-e80815032597

WHAT IDIOT CAME UP WITH THAT DESIGN

wait, that’s in the xbox forum…not clear whether that applies to microsoft store apps on windows 10 too, but given the ridiculous folder structures, I’d guess it’s probably the same thing under the hood.

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Slightly related: Took the kid to meet-and-greet/supply pickup with the new teacher, which was all …

Slightly related: Took the kid to meet-and-greet/supply pickup with the new teacher, which was all done as drive-through in the school parking lot.

1.5-hour time slot per grade, with each teacher camping out under a different awning next to the parking lot with grocery bags of books & supplies for each student. Drive up wearing masks, go to the right teacher, roll down the windows, say hi, pick up the supplies, stop by the PTA awning on the way out & go.

Online classes start tomorrow.

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covid survival rate (+)

Infections are still high, but the LA/CA case-fatality rate has dropped since spring. Partly we’re spotting more of the mild cases, & younger people are a bigger % of cases now.

But also we’ve learned more about how to treat it:
– dexamethasone for patients on oxygen
– remdesivir shortens recovery time
– nasal oxygen turns out to be enough for many patients who would’ve been intubated
– we know about the clotting so we can jump on anti-coagulants

As COVID-19 cases surge, patients are dying at a lower rate. Here’s why

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Note that a certain high-profile Twitter user’s favorite covid drug treatment isn’t on that list because it doesn’t actually work on covid.

No surprise the same people who reject climate science because they don’t like policies to deal with climate change are rejecting epidemiology because they don’t like policies to deal with a pandemic. That’s not rationality, skepticism or critical thinking. It’s willful ignorance

No surprise the same people who reject climate science because they don’t like policies to deal with climate change are rejecting epidemiology because they don’t like policies to deal with a pandemic. That’s not rationality, skepticism or critical thinking. It’s willful ignorance

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Funny how the libertarians who love to complain about hypothetical state-sponsored violence don’t say much about *actual* state-sponsored violence, but they were awfully loud when complaining about public health measures a few weeks ago.

Funny how the libertarians who love to complain about hypothetical state-sponsored violence don’t say much about *actual* state-sponsored violence, but they were awfully loud when complaining about public health measures a few weeks ago.

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1. Criticism is not censorship. 2. The 1st amendment protects individuals & companies from interference from the government, not the other way around. 3. If Twitter is liable for users’ words, that gives them more incentive to actually censor the content they’re just labeling.

1. Criticism is not censorship.
2. The 1st amendment protects individuals & companies from interference from the government, not the other way around.
3. If Twitter is liable for users’ words, that gives them more incentive to actually censor the content they’re just labeling.

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So he disassembled & reassembled the dead Nexus 5x that got stuck bootlooping 2 years …

So he disassembled & reassembled the dead Nexus 5x that got stuck bootlooping 2 years ago. Plugged it in. Waited. It actually powered on enough for us to get it into recovery mode!

Unfortunately I should have left it in fastboot mode, because now that I’ve downloaded an image to install, I can’t get it to power up again at all.

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covid-adjacent/groceries

Did a mid-day trip to the grocery store. Managed to find almost everything I needed, or a reasonable substitute. Most food (except flour) seems to be either back in stock at a normal level or at the point where stock is low, rather than completely out.

The things I couldn’t find at all, or could only find a handful of one brand/variety, were mainly cleaning supplies — and flour, despite the bread aisle being full again.

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This is sorta near Los Angeles. No idea what grocery stock is anywhere else. Or even in different parts of town.

I was really expecting it to be worse based on my last two grocery runs (2 weeks ago and 4 weeks ago) and the inventory I’ve found online.

They even had toilet paper. Yeah, it was only 2 sizes taking up about 1/4 of the usual shelf space and a limit of 1 per customer, but it didn’t look like they were going to run out by the time I got to checkout.

A month ago the same store offered, I kid you not, 1 roll per customer for 99 cents while supplies lasted.

covid-adjacent/passports

Still sorta kicking myself for not mailing my passport renewal as soon as I got over the flu (it’s been on my desk since literally the day the flu hit me), but it’s not like I’m going to be traveling internationally for a while anyway.

At least I got my driver’s license renewed before all this hit.

US stops processing passports except for emergencies

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They’ve postponed the RealId deadline to October 2021, so that’s something at least.

Funny thing is I would’ve sent my passport renewal in sooner if I hadn’t been waiting for my driver’s license to show up first.

So tired of text-based communication systems that use email purely as a notification and not …

So tired of text-based communication systems that use email purely as a notification and not as an actual communication system.

I have a message from the kid’s teacher that I can’t read because the app isn’t working, but if the system had just included it in the “you have a message!” email, I would know what it was.

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Switching from a wireless keyboard to a wired one for my WFH setup has made …

Switching from a wireless keyboard to a wired one for my WFH setup has made a huge difference.

I can get used to the windows/mac key labels being wrong. But the fact that it kept dropping/duplicating letters & cutting out entirely from time to time was seriously annoying.

I mean, yeah, I get it, it was a whole foot from the transmitter, who would expect it to be stable at that distance, right? 🙄

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covid19/frustration with maps

A lot of the maps I see showing coronavirus cases, even from sources like the CDC, have a problem: They’re labeled by country, or by state. Labeling the # of cases reported in the US doesn’t tell you that they’re mostly in clusters in Washington & California. Labeling the # of cases in CA doesn’t tell you that they’re mostly in northern CA.

What matters for tracking its spread is actual location & transportation links, not jurisdiction.

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some examples of the kind of map I’m talking about here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/locations-confirmed-cases.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

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