Nobody: What’s your favorite paradox?
Me: If you ask Rick Astley for his copy of the movie UP, he cannot give it to you as he will never give you up. However, in doing so, he lets you down. Thus creating the Astley Paradox.
The Security Value of Inefficiency https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/07/the_security_va.html
I think a lot of people get caught up in, "am I a good person?" when the real question should be, "am I making things worse or am I making them better?"
which is ofc a scale, too, but generally we have less impact than we think we do and that's okay. realizing that you're not The Literal Worst or The Literal Best helps a lot.
PSA: cloth and paper masks worn to help prevent spread of Coronavirus (and other diseases) do not need to form a seal to be effective.
They do two things:
a. capture most of the droplets you exhale/cough/sneeze out
b. slow down (and thus reduce the range of) any droplets not caught
If you have two layers of fabric covering your nose and mouth, you are wearing a fabric mask correctly.
If breath reflects off of them and escapes around the edges, that is just fine -- the bulk of the droplets were caught, and those few that leave around the edges are slowed a ton. Mission accomplished.
Misinformation on this point (most of which seems to be repeating proper fit and donning for PPE masks, which do need to form a seal) is leading people to not wear masks because they believe they are difficult or impossible to wear correctly.
Gee, no one talked to the Enterprise computer like that... 😂
"Alexa, just shut up: We’ve been isolated for months, and now we hate our home assistants"
Covid-19, capitalism -
Humans, over 2000 years ago:
"The safety of the people shall be the highest law."
- Cicero, 106 BC – 43 BC
"The US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world."
"The drug... is under patent to Gilead, which means no other company in wealthy countries can make it."
So happy to share with you: the first scifi story I've ever sold, appearing today in Strange Horizons!
- cryogenic exoplanets
today I served a customer in our bakery who came in, saw our prominently placed "obligatory facemask" sign and ignored it.
then she had the cheek to ask me how we're doing in the pandemic. I said fine, if only customers would respect the mask wearing.
she said "oh, like me" and I said "yes". "you know, I don't believe in those masks". "you don't have to believe they protect you, they are meant to protect me. when you come here, you see only me. when I stand here, I see 100 people."
The Nielsen/Norman group has a long history of finding design trends that are horrible for usability but are absolutely EVERYWHERE and doing actual research to show that "No, you really shouldn't do that if you want people to be able to actually *use* your site."
I'm not sure if they've ever managed to slow or stop those trends, but at least they post articles that I can point people to.
And continuing the "blindingly obvious conclusions that people somehow have managed to miss" theme, from the same newsletter:
PDFs are terrible for on-screen reading. Great for printing, but for reading on-screen, just use HTML.
Research confirms: Don't put emojis in the subject line of your corporate email messaging. People just find it annoying.
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