Mar 172020
 

Earlier today, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a shelter-in-place order in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order legally requires people to stay home as much as possible unless it’s essential that they leave to do things like go to the grocery store, buy gas or go to the pharmacy. So, no more going out to restaurants, gyms or nightclubs. Residents can, however, still order food for delivery from restaurants, as…

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Mar 172020
 

Even in grief, the rules of hand hygiene and social isolation apply. That’s what thousands of funeral directors learned Monday when they joined a Facebook livestream to hear firsthand from the U.S. Centers for Disease, Control, and Prevention how coronavirus will change how Americans die and are buried. The new disease, which has killed more than 6,500 people worldwide since it emerged in China in late 2019, has put an end to social gatherings around…

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Mar 172020
 

This followed on the heels of the previous day’s presentation of the Free Software Awards to Let’s Encrypt, Jim Meyering, and Clarissa Lima Borges, along with Free Software Foundation (FSF) executive director John Sullivan’s announcement of a new FSF-sponsored working group to document and address the problem of proprietary communication tools. Just like the first day, the FSF coordinated with remote speakers and viewers from around the world via a fully free streaming setup which,…

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Mar 172020
 

This followed on the heels of the previous day’s presentation of the Free Software Awards to Let’s Encrypt, Jim Meyering, and Clarissa Lima Borges, along with Free Software Foundation (FSF) executive director John Sullivan’s announcement of a new FSF-sponsored working group to document and address the problem of proprietary communication tools. Just like the first day, the FSF coordinated with remote speakers and viewers from around the world via a fully free streaming setup which,…

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Mar 172020
 

The University of Washington has cancelled all in-person classes. This is understandable, but it also makes it especially crucial that the university allow students to do this with free software. Until now, it seems that students had the option of attending classes. With that option cancelled, they may face the choice of running nonfree software, or flunking out. If I were a student, I’d drop out rather than yield to that. But schools should not…

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Mar 172020
 

From prisoners making hand sanitizer to people forgoing testing because of cost, the coronavirus has exposed the social rot in American society. But we don’t have to live this way — we can transform society for the better. A USPS worker is seen wearing a mask while delivering mail as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, on March 14, 2020 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images) “The coronavirus,” Joe…

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Mar 172020
 

COVID-19 can seem like a paper tiger, when looking at bare mortality rates. The far greater problem is the increase in fatalities as health systems are stretched to the limit. With thousands of patients presenting all at once, hospitals quickly run out of beds and resources and suddenly, normally survivable conditions become life threatening. One Italian hospital found themselves in such a position, running out of valves for a critical respirator device needed to save…

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Mar 172020
 

On Friday, an exhausted-looking election official in Arizona was speaking at a press conference about the state’s upcoming primary when he gave up, mid-speech. “I’m sorry, I can’t do this,” said Maricopa County election day director Scott Jarrett, before he left the platform, and the room. It had been a difficult week. Arizona election officials were organizing a vote while also figuring out how to protect voters from the novel coronavirus. State officials fought in…

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