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Michigan man accidentally shoots himself in the leg with gun he purchased during coronavirus panic

Daily Kos - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:51

Stupid decisions lead to stupid outcomes. A Michigan man accidentally shot himself in the leg with a gun he says he purchased to protect himself during the COVID-19 pandemic chaos. The man was reportedly treated at a hospital in Battle Creek, where he told police that someone had shot him during an argument. Upon further investigation, the police discovered that he had accidentally shot himself in his living room. The man was subsequently arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and “reckless discharge of a weapon.”

The NRA and other insecure gun profiteers have been successful in getting some states, like Michigan, to deem gun sellers “essential” during stay-at-home orders. The classic reasoning from the right wing of our political spectrum is that while there is nothing to worry about with the novel coronavirus—that it’s just like the flu and no one should panic—we should make sure that people have access to guns in case we need to panic due to some poorly defined apocalypse. Of course, nothing is going to happen and there’s no need to panic … but get a gun just in case.

Guns don’t kill people. People holding guns who are afraid and making bad decisions kill people.

Categories: Politics

Ted Chiang Explains the Disaster Novel We All Suddenly Live In

Slashdot - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:50
The esteemed science fiction author, best known for movie "Arrival" that is based on his novel, on how we may never go "back to normal" -- and why that might be a good thing. From an interview on Electric Literature: EL: Do you see aspects of science fiction (your own work or others) in the coronavirus pandemic? In how it is being handled, or how it has spread? TC: While there has been plenty of fiction written about pandemics, I think the biggest difference between those scenarios and our reality is how poorly our government has handled it. If your goal is to dramatize the threat posed by an unknown virus, there's no advantage in depicting the officials responding as incompetent, because that minimizes the threat; it leads the reader to conclude that the virus wouldn't be dangerous if competent people were on the job. A pandemic story like that would be similar to what's known as an "idiot plot," a plot that would be resolved very quickly if your protagonist weren't an idiot. What we're living through is only partly a disaster novel; it's also -- and perhaps mostly -- a grotesque political satire. EL: This pandemic isn't science fiction, but it does feel like a dystopia. How can we understand the coronavirus as a cautionary tale? How can we combat our own personal inclinations toward the good/evil narrative, and the subsequent expectation that everything will return to normal? TC: We need to be specific about what we mean when we talk about things returning to normal. We all want not to be quarantined, to be able to go to work and socialize and travel. But we don't want everything to go back to business as usual, because business as usual is what led us to this crisis. COVID-19 has demonstrated how much we need federally mandated paid sick leave and universal health care, so we don't want to return to a status quo that lacks those things. The current administration's response ought to serve as a cautionary tale about the dangers of electing demagogues instead of real leaders, although there's no guarantee that voters will heed it. We're at a point where things could go in some very different ways, depending on what we learn from this experience.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geek

How to access the Emoji picker when using your iPad with a physical keyboard

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:41

Learn how to bring up the system-wide Emoji picker from anywhere where emojis are supported while using a physical hardware keyboard with your iPad.
Categories: Geek

Apple adding new detailed financial report option to App Store Connect for developers

9to5Mac - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:34

Apple is rolling out a new detailed financial report option to App Store Connect for developers this month. The company made the announcement in a post on its Developer blog this afternoon.


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Pelosi Scorches McConnell's 'Admission' That Administration Cannot 'Handle The Job'

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:29

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may have admitted that they “cannot handle the job” by blaming impeachment for the federal government’s slow reaction to COVID-19.

“I think that’s an admission that perhaps the president and the majority leader cannot handle the job,” Pelosi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “We have a life-and-death situation in our country, and they should not try to hide behind an excuse for why they did not take action.”

“But it does admit that they did not take action,” she noted.

Categories: Politics

C&L's QuaranStream: Best Female Protagonists In TV Crime Part II

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:28

Yesterday, I posted five of my favorite female protagonists in TV crime drama of all time

Here is the second installment of "what to watch when you're stuck at home for years," female protagonist edition. Not only are these performances exquisite, but the shows they are on totally rock.

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Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer

I didn’t start to immediately watch this 2005 TNT show about an ex-CIA interrogator brought to the LAPD to get confessions before cases go to trial because too many high profile murderers were being acquitted by juries.

But I stumbled on it one day and I’m glad I did. Kyra and the show don't get enough props from the critic community but it is an excellent procedural with a terrific supporting cast.

The Closer
is reminiscent of Prime Suspect in that a brilliant female detective is brought in to lead a major crimes unit of a big city and had to fight against misogynistic blow-back as well as arrest the bad guys at the same time.

Not only is Kyra’s performance stellar as Brenda Lee, but each case rose above any TV procedure in its class.

It's streaming on Amazon prime.

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Categories: Politics

Apple, Goldman Sachs will let Apple Card owners defer April payments as well due to coronavirus

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:27

Apple and Goldman Sachs will let Apple Card customers defer their April payments without incurring any interest.
Categories: Geek

Jamf releases new Apple Watch app to assist parents with distance learning

9to5Mac - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:24

Jamf has just announced a new Apple Watch app to help parents navigate the challenges that have been suddenly brought on by a switch to distance learning. Jamf Parent, is a tool that it had previously released for iPhone and iPad to help parents with managing school-owned devices at home.


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Categories: Geek

Apple's iOS 14 May Turn iCloud Keychain Into a True 1Password and LastPass Competitor

Slashdot - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:10
Apple's native iOS password manager may be getting an overhaul later this year with the presumed release of iOS 14 that will make it more competitive with third-party options like 1Password and LastPass, reports 9to5Mac. From a report: Right now, iCloud Keychain can store your passwords and help autofill them on the iPhone, where copying and pasting long strings of letters and numbers or manually doing so has been a headache since the advent of the mobile touchscreen. But it doesn't have reminders for changing those passwords like competitors do, and it doesn't support two-factor authentication (2FA) options. That means users are still stuck using potentially insecure methods like SMS or email in the event that they do have 2FA set up.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geek

Sen. Murphy: They Have Never Been Serious About Pandemic, 'They Aren't Serious About It Today'

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:09

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) has been sounding the alarm about the Trump administration's past and current indifference to the national pandemic crisis.

"What is shocking to me today is that there is nothing different than what was happening in early February when the administration was refusing to take this crisis seriously," he told Mika Brzezinski.

"There was no national response in early February and there is no national response today, other than the three pieces of legislation passed by the Congress. And the most egregious lack of federal response comes on this issue of personal protective equipment, ventilators and tests. It is 'Lord Of The Flies' out there right now, as Governor Cuomo said yesterday, it's like eBay for states and hospitals. They all go online every single day to try to bid on a ventilator and they run up the price and the ventilator ends up going to who can pay the most, not where it is needed the most. And so we've put in legislation that I hope Congress will take up soon that will require the president to federalize the manufacture and the distribution of medical equipment."

He called it a "core responsibility" of the federal government during a crisis.

"And for from what we understand, the only reason the president isn't doing this is because industry loves the fact that they are able to profiteer, they are able to make tons of money off of Governor Cuomo and Governor Lamont and others who are bidding up the prices on these scarce supplies."

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Categories: Politics

Wisconsin's April 7 elections poised to be a fiasco; governor calls National Guard to staff polls

Daily Kos - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:06

Despite a now-raging pandemic, Wisconsin remains the only state still insisting on holding their April presidential primary, state, and local elections as scheduled. They will take place as usual, on April 7.

You can blame both Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican-held legislature for that. Evers asked lawmakers to at least extend early voting and distribute mail-in ballots to every voter; the Republicans said no. Whether the refusal to even expand vote-by-mail during a pandemic requiring Americans to avoid crowded public places like polling sites is an effort to intentionally sabotage election turnout to boost conservative candidates depends on who you ask, but the "sabotage" part doesn't seem to be a question. Election Day is looking like it's going to be a complete disaster.

Categories: Politics

'Patriot' Paranoia: Right-Wing Militiamen Push Back Against Social Distancing Measures

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:00

The anti-government “Patriot”/militia movement is at a kind of crossroads thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

The movement has been suffering from cognitive dissonance ever since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, split between followers’ innate paranoid hatred and fear of all things federal and their rabid fandom for the new president and his administration. So now they can’t seem to decide whether to oppose social distancing and quarantine orders coming from state and local governments as another form of “tyranny,” dismissing fear of the virus as a “deep state” hoax intended to harm Trump, or to obediently support the government measures, heeding Trump’s advice, and turn instead to scapegoating the Chinese government.

Ammon Bundy, one-time leader of the 2016 “Patriot” armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, is representative of the split. Having already distanced himself from Trump, Bundy is now leading a kind of low-level resistance to Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s self-isolation order, issued last week.

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Categories: Politics

Google bans political ads on coronavirus crisis, allows Trump administration's politicized message

Daily Kos - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:37

Google says it’s trying to crack down on misinformation and price-gouging by banning most ads relating to coronavirus. But there’s a presidential campaign on, the guy in office is not shy about using government resources to promote himself, and Google’s policy is blocking Democrats from getting their message about coronavirus policy to the public. That’s going a little too far—and it stands to help Trump.

“I totally understand if they want to ban for-profit entities from talking about coronavirus," digital advertising consultant Josh Koster told Protocol. "They're trying to avoid people price-gouging face masks and selling fake cures, and generally exploiting the crisis for profit. But that's an entirely separate use-case from nonprofit organizations trying to spread accurate information about the situation and holding elected officials accountable for the life-and-death decisions they are currently making.”

Categories: Politics

What Apple buying Dark Sky could mean for iOS 14, iPad and Mac, and developers

9to5Mac - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:30

Dark Sky is an incredibly useful weather app that’s been on my radar since I joined 9to5Mac in 2013. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Dark Sky announced that it was joining Apple. Within minutes, the Dark Sky app joined Apple’s list of software in the App Store.

We know Dark Sky is now dead on Android and the weather data provider API for other apps is going away, but what happens next for Dark Sky at Apple?


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Categories: Geek

Google Data Centers' Secret Cost: Billions of Gallons of Water

Slashdot - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:30
To meet surging demand for online information, internet giant taps public water supplies that are already straining from overuse. From a report: In August 2019, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association built a 16-foot pyramid of jugs in its main entrance in Phoenix. The goal was to show residents of this desert region how much water they each use a day -- 120 gallons -- and to encourage conservation. "We must continue to do our part every day," executive director Warren Tenney wrote in a blog post. "Some of us are still high-end water users who could look for more ways to use water a bit more wisely." A few weeks earlier in nearby Mesa, Google was finalizing plans for a giant data center among the cacti and tumbleweeds. The town is a founding member of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, but water conservation took a back seat in the deal it struck with the largest U.S. internet company. Google is guaranteed 1 million gallons a day to cool the data center, and up to 4 million gallons a day if it hits project milestones. If that was a pyramid of water jugs, it would tower thousands of feet into Arizona's cloudless sky. Alphabet's Google is building more data centers across the U.S. to power online searches, web advertising and cloud services. The company has boasted for years that these huge computer-filled warehouses are energy efficient and environmentally friendly. But there's a cost that the company tries to keep secret. These facilities use billions of gallons of water, sometimes in dry areas that are struggling to conserve this limited public resource. [...] Google considers its water use a proprietary trade secret and bars even public officials from disclosing the company's consumption. But information has leaked out, sometimes through legal battles with local utilities and conservation groups. In 2019 alone, Google requested, or was granted, more than 2.3 billion gallons of water for data centers in three different states, according to public records posted online and legal filings.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geek

Stacktrace Podcast 077: “Structs that are real”, featuring Kaya Thomas, Casey Liss, Christian Selig and Jordan Morgan

9to5Mac - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:29

Deciding when to rewrite a piece of code, what makes Combine such a great way to do reactive programming in Swift, and the final part of our indie app development special series. Also, tips for coding beginners, Indie Support Weeks, and much more.

Sponsored by Setapp: Try Setapp with over 170+ Mac apps completely free for the first week.


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Categories: Geek

Legislators demand ICE release detainees: 'A decision to do nothing is a decision to do harm'

Daily Kos - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:25

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and more than a dozen senators led by California’s Kamala Harris have been among the latest legislators calling for the release of people from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, where action now could help stop the further spread of a pandemic that has already hit detainees and staff alike in a number of facilities.

"ICE's failure to reduce detention numbers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 has a real possibility of creating a severe health crisis for detention centers,” NBC News reports Rep. Sylvia Garcia said during a press call on Tuesday, warning a large-scale outbreak could crush already-fragile medical facilities. "This is a humanitarian crisis that is right on our doorstep," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “A decision to do nothing is a decision to do harm."

Categories: Politics

Where are the drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations Trump promised? Here they are. All 5 of them

Daily Kos - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:24

On Friday, March 13, Donald Trump stood in the Rose Garden of the White House alongside the CEOs of mega-corporations like Walmart, Target, and Walgreens. Together they announced there would be nationwide testing done in the parking lots of the huge retailers. Huzzah! Only days after the market tanked because of coronavirus fears and whole industries shut their doors, this was welcome news and the market responded. The Dow Jones jumped 1,985 points over the previous Friday.

Nearly three weeks later, where are all these critical drive-thru testing locations? I could link to a website to find the one closest to you, but there are only five locations. According to CNN, those three retailers have more than 30,000 locations, but only five are set up for drive-thru testing: “One drive-thru at a CVS in Massachusetts, three at two Walmarts and a Walgreens in the Chicago area and another at a Rite Aid in Philadelphia.”

Categories: Politics

If you’re having issues with Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad, you’re not alone

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:22

Apple has acknowledged that some customers may be having issues attempting to connect to a Personal Hotspot , including problems with data performance and connection reliability.
Categories: Geek

One Good Thing

Balloon Juice - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 13:19

This is an invitation to everyone to add one good thing to this thread.  Even if all you can muster is to link to the Stayin’ Inside music video or the awesome teacher singing I Will Survive, or anything else fun that has already been posted here or there in a thread, please do that.

I can’t be the only one who feels a wave of anxiety at some point, nearly every day.  If enough people chime in and we can get a good collection of inspiration and distraction, I’ll add this to the list in the sidebar.  Sort of an “In case of emergency, break glass” thread.

Together we can make a collection of good things, things that inspire us and help us feel good about some of our fellow humans, even in this scary time.

Here’s mine.  This is BG’s 8-year-old son, reading to Bear in his crate.  Bear is the new pup they brought home on Sunday.  This makes me happy, and gives me hope.

One Good Thing

If you’re not one of the people rolling their eyes at this thread, please chime in!

*That’s not an upper limit of one.

Update:  this thread has been added to the sidebar, where it can stay until it’s no longer useful anymore.  Anyone who is interested can continue to read and even add fun/good links or anything they find inspirational, long after the post is off the front page.

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Categories: Politics