Trust in science helps New Zealand avoid COVID-19 lockdown again

The evidence is clear, control the virus and you can get back to normal. Try to put it on an equal footing with the economy and you're doomed to a spiralling death count and repeat lockdowns.

This has been obvious from the beginning. Late to lockdown, still not enforcing the wearing of masks, forever changing tiers.

While I have confidence in the vaccine rollout, there's every chance the virus mutates enough to make it a temporary measure.

People need to grow up, care about others and we need this virus gone.

Well done, New Zealand ?

Posted 30th Jan 2021 @ 08:29

How effective were national responses to COVID-19?

Obviously, New Zealand are top but I'm surprised that the UK is as high as 66/94. The response has been catastrophic here and we're seeing death rates higher than most other nations. Even compared to the rest of Europe combined.

Posted 29th Jan 2021 @ 14:08

GM plans to end sales of gasoline powered cars by 2035

They also aim to be carbon-neutral by 2040.

By the numbers: GM said that tailpipe emissions account for 75% of its carbon footprint. The new pledge comes as the automaker has been speeding up rollout of new EVs, with a number of models hitting showrooms in the next several years.

The company plans to offer 30 all-electric models by the mid-2020s and says it's investing $27 billion over the next five years on electric and autonomous vehicle development.

Posted 29th Jan 2021 @ 11:53

So you wanna create an eco-friendly website

I'm fully on board with pretty much every point mentioned here. Web apps are required to be dynamic but can often be optimised with some of the techniques described. Making use of caching, minification, removing dependencies and regular audits are all very useful things to consider no matter the size of the project.

Posted 28th Jan 2021 @ 12:51

No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees

I had no idea of the story behind Gumroad and how it had scaled up from, and then back down to, a single person. Not a structure that would fit many companies but it sounds like the perfect balance of staff: Work as much (or as little) as you need to and you're compensated accordingly.

Posted 25th Jan 2021 @ 11:29

Reports of Lackluster iPhone 12 Mini Sales Corroborated By Supply Chain Sources

I continue to be surprised by this news, I'm convinced Apple Stores being closed is the driver behind it all. If you're worried it might be too small, why risk it? If you were able to go to a store and try them side by side, I think it would have been an absolute hit. Other than battery life (still pretty good), there's no difference between the non-Pro models.

We have a iPhone 12 Mini in the house and it's just a wonderful size, reachable with a single hand in most cases. The camera is brilliant, it's snappy, it's just a great phone.

We spent a lot of time debating on which size phone to buy. It was replacing an iPhone 7, so we had that alongside an iPhone 8 Plus and an iPhone 5 to compare it to. We had a really good idea of it's size and we have no regrets.

Posted 22nd Jan 2021 @ 15:04

Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategy

Almost a year in to this being a world-wide issue, the adults are here and taking a far more sensible approach to tackling the Coronavirus pandemic. It's so satisfying to see, on this issue alone. I hope the UK follows their lead and starts to take it all more seriously. Herd immunity isn't working and neither is the viscous lockdown and cycle. Mandating masks is almost a year overdue in this country.

@Femi_Sorry made a very good point about mental health this morning. It might take us some time to get back to and even be able to enjoy normality. I'm not even thinking about going abroad or letting the kids loose in a playground in 2021.

Then there's the potential return to busy office environments, cinemas, shops and anywhere else people gather. We might not want to be near people from outside our 'bubbles' for a while.

If you don't already, follow @devisridhar for a common sense and the realistic (with a bit of positivity thrown in) stance on how things are going.

Posted 22nd Jan 2021 @ 13:26

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