He makes some good points about science. In particular, a lot of the knowledge we will need right now comes from the kind of research that Very Sensible and Responsible People deride as useless, like studying the population dynamics of bats. That is just one reason why politicians should never be in charge of scientific research.
Books whispered to me.
I rarely opened them because it was like being inside a roar. The intensity overwhelmed me.
But I didn't mind the whispering; for me it was the same as folks who like the sound of rain on a pond or wool being combed.
As I was leaving the library I noticed a chillingly silent book on the floor. I nervously opened it to the first page; blank.
"Help," it gasped.
Her voice became the sweetest I knew.
"The true performance of simulations in this pandemic might become clear only months or years from now. But to understand the value of COVID-19 models, it’s crucial to know how they are made and the assumptions on which they are built. “We’re building simplified representations of reality. Models are not crystal balls,” [Neil] Ferguson says.""
@qikipedia Worst was having my phone in my pocket on vibrate mode when working in tight quarters on the power side of a rack with of a bunch of AC cabling.
Took a few seconds to realise I was NOT being electrocuted.
@penguin42 It's probably too late to achieve anything by locking them up now. Unless, of course, we never let them back out.
Paper in Science on the effects of the COVID-19 control measures done in China.
"This study shows that the drastic control measures implemented in China substantially mitigated the spread of COVID-19."
A lovely shot and great explanation by Phil Plait of these interference waves seen over the South Sandwich Islands.
A good explanation by Our World In Data of what the various death rates mean and how to interpret the ones for COVID-19 correctly.
"We’ll discuss the “case fatality rate”, the “crude mortality rate”, and the “infection fatality rate”, and why they’re all different."
An important message from Science's Editor-in-Chief, H. Holden Thorp about COVID-19 cures: "Let’s underpromise. Let’s overdeliver." Not doing so would undermine the public's trust in science.
Covid-19, Cryptocurrency, neg
So, what do we have a lot of today? FPGA designed and now turned in to ASICs compute units that can do certain special purpose algorithms super fast, for "money". What do we not have a lot of today? FPGA designed and now turned in to ASIC compute units for protein folding. Good work, late-stage capitalism!
Expert on chocolate consumption
A nice little Mastodon instance. Mild trolling encouraged (keep it local), but not required. Malicious behaviour is not tolerated. Follow Wheaton's law and you'll be fine.