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Signs of Hope – A continuing series July 3, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. tafkaGW - July 6, 2020

Covid19 has given cycling a boost here, and the kindergartens are back in business.

It’s a great sight to see a couple of 3 year old children on mini-bikes – sometimes without pedals – trailing a parent on the pavements (you’re allowed to cycle on the pavements with your children) on the way to day care.

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2. tafkaGW - July 6, 2020

The RoI representation of Covid19 data is much clearer now. Kudos to the people doing the data representation. See here:

https://covid19ireland-geohive.hub.arcgis.com/

It includes the number of current hospitalised and ICU cases.

Which will shoot up if we start behaving like the Amerikkkans or the Brits.

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3. tafkaGW - July 6, 2020

Great to see Zuckerberg – purveyor of bespoke propaganda and surveillance infrastructure to the fascist spectrum – beginning to suffer in the revenue department for his choices.

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4. tafkaGW - July 7, 2020

A bit of good news and a good bit of bad.

The good news: The HSE tracker app is open source. At least some of it.

https://github.com/HSEIreland

It uses the Apple and Google standards for Low-Energy Bluetooth beams.

Some not so good news:

1. It doesn’t seem to have been independently audited before launch.
2. I can’t see much evidence of testing
3. There seem to be exactly two people committing to this project, in contrast, for example with the freely available and adaptable Corona-Warn-App

https://github.com/orgs/corona-warn-app/people

where there are 35.
4. The technical documentation is not exactly complete – therefore theoretical auditing can’t start. Including worryingly essential stuff like authorisation and security.
5. Some kind of SMS gateway involved: WTF? zero security there.

And that’s just at a glance.

I can’t see why the HSE did this rather than taking exisiting projects, apart from jobs for their mates in the IT sector.

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