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These quotes come immediately before and after the cited graph in the report, I’ve shortened them for clarity and brevity:

These data should be considered in the context of vaccination status of the population groups … The vaccination status of cases … is not the most appropriate method to assess vaccine effectiveness and there is a high risk of misinterpretation.

it is expected that a large proportion of cases, hospitalisations and deaths would occur in vaccinated individuals, simply because a larger proportion of the population are vaccinated than unvaccinated … This is especially true because vaccination has been prioritised in individuals who are more susceptible or more at risk of severe disease. Individuals in risk groups … thus may be hospitalised or die with COVID-19 rather than because of COVID-19.

Interpretation of the case rates in vaccinated and unvaccinated population is particularly susceptible to changes in denominators and should be interpreted with extra caution.

Because the elderly and the chronically sick are the most likely to get vaccinated, and the young and healthy are the least likely to get vaccinated, it distorts the numbers to look like getting the vaccine increases your chance of contracting covid.

The report you cited is overflowing with warnings not to misinterpret the data, but you missed all the warnings. Ironically, your own argument is an excellent example why we need authorities to interpret findings for the general public, and why those authorities are deserving of more trust than any stranger on social media.

source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1025358/Vaccine-surveillance-report-week-41.pdf


My comment is only specifically critical of that one post on Lemmy, I did not indicate support or condemnation of China or the west. You’re reading between the lines and tilting at windmills my friend.


There’s no way to make a meme against a group or in support of an ideology without stripping away all the nuance and dehumanizing people. Many of the articles that are posted here are misleading and in some cases entirely untrue.

Yesterday, I down voted an article claiming “AP confirms no Uyghur genocide”. I read the cited AP article and found the post’s click bait title was completely false. The post’s author is pointing at a report that contradicts his beliefs and claiming that his beliefs are therefore correct because the article is lieing. It is fine to refute an article, but to twist an article’s words and then claim that the source says something it clearly doesn’t is just dishonest.

I believe misleading and dehumanizing posts should be downvoted in order to promote a space where diverse peoples can all feel welcome.


Seeing Crunch Bang in there I got excited that they may have restarted the distro, but it’s still dead unless you count bunsen labs.


Any cloud-based calendar is what you’re looking for. ProtonCalendar is a good one assuming you care about open-source. If you want something open and self-hosted check out Nextcloud / NextcloudPi (run server on a Raspberry pi). Next cloud has a calendar along with a bunch of other useful tools, and it’s pretty trivial to get set up for in-home use.


I’ve tried all sorts of blades including feather, but my stubble is extremely coarse, so even when using Feather blades I experience pulling. Couple that with super sensitive skin, and any mild blemishes become inflamed and very easy to nick. There are a few spots where my beard is patchy, so growing it out doesn’t look very good and isn’t a great option either lol.

If it weren’t for the fact that I get a decent less irritating shave with two-blade disposable razors I’d try the slant-bar first, but they’re quite a bit more expensive than the Saiver razor as well.


I started using a DE razor in 2014 because of how much less expensive and environmentally impactful they are. I’ve tried a few different razors and dozens of blades, but to be honest I still get a closer and more comfortable shave when I use cheap disposable razors while traveling.

You’ve piqued my interest again, I’ve been curious to try a 2 bladed DE razor for years, so I just purchased a Saiver razor. These seem to surge in popularity under different buzz words every few years, but apparently the design and manufacturer hasn’t changed since they were produced in the USSR. Some people report loving the two-blade shave, others only use it with one blade for an extra mild shave, some people say it’s a cheap piece of crap, and others say it’s the best cheap razor they’ve ever seen. With reviews like that there’s only one way to find out if I’ll like it!

If that doesn’t work any better for me I might try a slant-bar razor.


I’m really optimistic that Facebook will be broken up and regulated in the coming months and years. Both sides agree that polarization is a massive issue, so having a bipartisan common enemy in Facebook does not bode well for the company.


If you have just one then you haven’t read enough books!

Educated - Tara Westover.

Wild - Cheryl Strayed.

Capital and Ideology - Thomas Piketty.

Bowling Alone - Robert Putnam.

There are dozens more books that deserve honorable mentions, but these four have been the most personally impactful and deeply relatable to my own lived experiences.


I heard a story from a professor who used to be a contractor for the US Department of Defense, he was at the pentagon talking and walking with his boss when he followed his boss into a room where he didn’t have the clearance to be. It was an accident, and nothing came of it, but he said he saw a drone operator eating a poptart while surveying somewhere.

That image has always kinda stuck with me. We like to think of our institutions, governments, and militaries as exact infallible machines, but at the end of the day everything is run by regular people eating poptarts.

So, anytime I think “there’s no way a system could be that incompetent” I remember that everything is run by regular mistake-making people who are eating poptarts.



Just search “install steam Fedora” and the first result is https://itsfoss.com/install-steam-fedora/

In that guide it has the correct instructions to enable the RPMFusion repos, then install steam. It even provides the necessary terminal commands to copy + paste:

sudo dnf install https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://mirrors.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

sudo dnf install steam

Never mind that Linus could tweet “how do I install steam on Fedora?” or ask his live stream, he’d be flooded with the correct answer in like 3 seconds.

Edit: Flatpack is enabled by default on Fedora, too. He could just go to https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.valvesoftware.Steam to download and install Steam directly from the web. That’s pretty much the same process as downloading an installer on Windows.


Kinda disappointed they shot down Fedora so quickly, that’s my favorite distro! I don’t think I’ve ever used a distro that “just worked” better than Fedora. I love that it does not adulterate packages with distro-specific theming, presets, or libraries / dependencies (eg. Livav), etc. that is relatively common practice on ubuntu-based distros. I’m going to change the default theme and settings anyway, so I’d rather use software untouched from upstream as much as possible to enjoy better stability and compatibility. Fedora packages are pretty much untouched from upstream and between rpmfusion, copr, and flatpak I have never encountered a third-party package that wasn’t easy to find and install.

If there’s a bug or incompatibility RedHat / Fedora is better about committing fixes upstream for all to benefit. This is opposed to Ubuntu who are infamous for having a very “fuck everyone else, we’re doing things our own way” attitude towards upstream, downstream, and the wider community (e.g. Mir).

Fedora is also the testing ground for RedHat / CentOS / RockyLinux which are the big enterprise Linux distros. Support and stability are paramount for RedHat, so in my experience it was always easy to find well-written documentation, and software compatibility with RedHat distros is really really good. Plus, the man, myth, and legend himself is a long-time Fedora user.


Back in 2013 / 2014 I had an A- Korean monitor, trying to get that thing to cooperate with X.org was a nightmare. I think it took me about a week to finally get X working and in the meantime I was only able to use the CLI. That was my baptism of fire into the Linux terminal haha.

Honestly, it is not practical to exclusively use a CLI in 2021. If you need to work on spreadsheets, make presentations, use web apps, do any graphical work, or use video conferencing, etc it’s gonna be rough. Even where CLI applications exist for these tasks they usually have a far steeper learning curve, a less efficient workflow, and the files produced don’t always render correctly in the graphical applications that everyone else is using.



There are millions of people who spend their lives and careers trying to make things better, trying to fix things as they break, and effectively working around systemic failures. Despite how critically flawed many of our systems are they are not as flimsy as they appear because the good people just doing their best to hold everything together are succeeding. That’s inspiring to me.

If things fall apart history shows us that greater suffering is an absolute certainty. Please, don’t wish that on me or anyone else. Things need to change, but collapse and destruction are the ugliest options for change.


I had never heard of exercism, but I love it so far. I’d still recommend leetcode for preparing for a job interview, though.

Leetcode is a bunch of one-off programming challenges like you’d find on a test, it is designed to get you ready for a job interview not to teach you the fundamentals of programming. Exercism is series of learning exercises that build on each other, it is intended to teach newbies the fundamentals and to provide practice while learning a new language.


leetcode.com has a lot of sample problems that are used by companies for hiring. You can make an account for free and spend the days leading up to the interview practicing problems on there to sharpen your skills, put you in the right mindset, and boost your confidence!

Remember that the interviewer is on your side, they want to hire you so they can be done with the whole miserable hiring process, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes or to ask for help! Be agreeable, if you’re competent enough with the hard skills to quickly learn what they need you to learn, then it’s going to be soft skills that get you the job.


I love the idea of the fairphone, I’ve somewhat been looking forward to my 5 year old iPhone SE giving up the ghost so I can get one!

Still, I haven’t upgraded yet because there are virtually no phones smaller than 5" anymore much less a 4" phone like the original iPhone SE. Even the second edition SE was 4.7" and the new iPhone 12 “mini” is 5.4". I prefer a small phone that is comfortable to use one handed, that fits easily in my pocket, and that I can put a thick case onto to protect it. The 6.3" screen on the Fairphone 4 is a real bummer to me.


But I disgree that you need an authority to tell ppl what is a scam or not. I don’t think the state should controll that. People should have the freedom to spend their money on scams if they want to.

It’s not about having an authority to tell people what is a scam, it’s about not spending $10 per transaction for electricity costs. It’s also about ensuring that there is effective arbitration for disputes, and ensuring that the financial sector is constrained by law. An authority does not need to be a government, but I believe it makes the most sense for an authority to be publicly responsible to a democratic constituency.

It’s easy to say people should have the freedom to spend their money on scams, but I’ve worked with a lot of people who lost all financial security by crypto trading, options trading, phone scams, multi-level-marketing, etc… It’s easy to say “oh well, that’s their own fault” but the damage done is absolutely devastating. When a system hurts the majority who participate should that system be legal?

Or its utilizing unused resources to secure a censorship resistant network.

Unfortunately this just isn’t the case. This is what cryptocurrency mining looks like, these aren’t “unused resources”, these are resources purpose built for mining. The majority of miners are using ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) mining equipment. When ASICs are not used massive GPU farms are used instead. There aren’t enough GPUs to meet demand, and cryptocurrency mining is the biggest contributor to the shortage. It is not the case that resources that would have gone to waste are being used to mine crypto, resources that could have been conserved are being squandered for crypto.

Not exatly, there are many PoS sytems though. I don’t know of any PoS system that allow validators to vote on protocol changes. There are several that use coin voting for protocol changes though. I also have mixed feeling about that.

I guess my real concern with Proof of Stake is that it is fundamentally regressive. If you stake a larger amount of a crypto you will reap a larger reward. A system structured to benefit its already affluent members the most is the definition of regressive.

Sure, efficient is not the point. The point is to build system that can withstand nation-state attacks and noone can censor.

But what if “a nation-state attack”, or censorship is the enforcement of financial laws? The largest use case for cryptocurrencies today is to conduct illegal transactions. Is it a good thing that the makers of ransomware are using cryptocurrency to evade law-enforcement? Is it a good thing that cryptocurrencies enable powerful elites to circumvent international sanctions? Cryptocurrencies don’t solve those problems, they facilitate and exacerbate those problems. Even if you believe the financial laws of a country are unjust, are cryptocurrencies the best way to challenge those laws?

I would also argue that efficiency is imperative. According to the numbers available here the electricity cost of one single bitcoin transaction is equivalent to 1,218,287 VISA transactions. It’s not even as if VISA is the pinnacle of efficiency, bitcoin is genuinely that wasteful.


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