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You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus

James Hamblin voor The Atlantic:

With its potent mix of characteristics, this virus is unlike most that capture popular attention: It is deadly, but not too deadly. It makes people sick, but not in predictable, uniquely identifiable ways. Last week, 14 Americans tested positive on a cruise ship in Japan despite feeling fine—the new virus may be most dangerous because, it seems, it may sometimes cause no symptoms at all.

Opvallend:

Lipsitch predicts that, within the coming year, some 40 to 70 percent of people around the world will be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. But, he clarifies emphatically, this does not mean that all will have severe illnesses. “It’s likely that many will have mild disease, or may be asymptomatic,” he said.

En:

The emerging consensus among epidemiologists is that the most likely outcome of this outbreak is a new seasonal disease—a fifth “endemic” coronavirus. With the other four, people are not known to develop long-lasting immunity. If this one follows suit, and if the disease continues to be as severe as it is now, “cold and flu season” could become “cold and flu and COVID-19 season.”

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Apple Weighs Letting Users Switch Default iPhone Apps to Rivals

Gurman voor Bloomberg:

The web browser and mail are two of the most-used apps on the iPhone and iPad. To date, rival browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox and mail apps like Gmail and Microsoft Outlook have lacked the status of Apple’s products. For instance, if a user clicks a web link sent to them on an iPhone, it will automatically open in Safari.

*Finally*

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How ‘The Mandalorian’ invisibly reinvented film and tv production

Zotjes:

But while a successful live-action Star Wars TV series is important in its own right, the way this particular show was made represents a far greater change, perhaps the most important since the green screen. The cutting edge tech (literally) behind “The Mandalorian” creates a new standard and paradigm for media — and the audience will be none the wiser.

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The Body Shop (en Mechelen) will start hiring the first person who applies for any retail job

Intrigerend concept, dat open hiring:

This summer, the Body Shop will become the first large retailer to embrace a different approach, called “open hiring.” When there’s an opening, nearly anyone who applies and meets the most basic requirements will be able to get a job, on a first-come, first-served basis.

En? Werkt dat dan?

The Body Shop also saw increases in productivity—likely not solely due to the change in staff, it says, but a sign that both internal processes and staff were improving. “That’s just a demonstration that we have these biases in our recruiting system that are preventing good people from getting into the workforce,” Brady says.

En, zie! Mechelen doet ook mee:

De stad probeert het uit bij aanwervingen binnen de eigen diensten, maar ze hoopt ook bedrijven aan te spreken.

Doet me ook denken aan deze van Malcolm Gladwell:

‘Na dit boek vroeg ik me af: wat is de waarde van de face-to-face-ontmoeting? In zo’n ontmoeting leer ik of ze aantrekkelijk zijn, of ze lang of klein zijn, hoe goed ze zich kleden, of ze tatoeages hebben, of ze kort of lang haar hebben, hun huidskleur… Allemaal dingen die niets zeggen over hun vermogen om als mijn assistent te werken.’

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Draw all roads in a city at once

Zalig Github-project dat gebruik maakt van OpenStreetMaps:

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Something is happening to Norway

Prachtig journalistiek project van het Noorse NRK:

Over the past twelve months we have traveled around the country, looking for answers. Chasing climate change.

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Announcing Peek-a-View

Geniale nieuwe app van Casey Liss:

Peek-a-View is, at its core, a read-only photo browser. It is designed to be safe to hand to anyone, and know that you’re not going to need to worry about the safety of your photos.

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How Facebook’s Political Ad System Is Designed to Polarize

Doordenkertje:

By optimizing for what it defines as “relevance,” Facebook puts its thumb on the scale in favor of a certain kind of political communication, the kind that focuses on engaging with people who are already on your side. Polarization, in other words, is part of the business model.

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I asked my students to turn in their cell phones and write about living without them.

Interessant experiment met (voor mij) enkele verrassende bevindingen.

But after just two weeks, the majority began to think that their cell phones were in fact limiting their relationships with other people, compromising their own lives, and somehow cutting them off from the “real” world.

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I Loved Bike Touring—Until I Got Paid to Do It

Deze quote van Caitlin Giddings is pijnlijk herkenbaar:

Getting paid to do what I loved made me realize that I needed to find something new to love.

Ik maakte ook al enkele keren van mijn hobby mijn beroep. En da’s eigenlijk al elke keer pijnlijk en eindig geweest. Nu zit ik voor de eerste keer in een rol die ik zo niet zou omschrijven, en op een bepaalde manier is mijn leven daardoor net rijker geworden. Who would’ve thunk?