Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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April 26th, 2020

OK enough from me for tonight. Gorn.

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Hillsong is running the chemtrail program. Obviously.

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People are always SO keen to find some sort of conspiracy. People are arsaehats.

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So this random speculation about Morrison wanting lockdown lifted to allow Kidsong to go ahead in May? It takes 10..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…lS

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@skwashd Lol I don’t remember this. I remember us drinking in the lounge. Wolf Blitzer looks nothing like any of the Kims.

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@awelder @parsect It’s a habit they’ll never be able to break.

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@jonkudelka “Everything is terrible” is a status we should maintain, yes.

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Every now and then I feel a real moment of sympathy for government ministers. pic.twitter.com/DPondCAvag

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GregHuntMP As at 10:30 PM 1 million Australians have now downloaded and registered for the - please join us and..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Qc

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richardosman Here’s a tip. We are all having trouble guessing what day it is at the moment. But if you ask the question ‘what da..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…R7

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@shermozle @mcannonbrookes @sb0lt1 No, people are already running 1 + 1 + 1000 and calling the government liars and..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…5B

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@shermozle @mcannonbrookes @sb0lt1 Seems you’re behind the pace, Simon. Android’s permissions structure requires an..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…M5

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Oh, one last final tweet. I’ve been on the radio a bit talking about this stuff. I have some more coming up tomorro..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…TT

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2. My thinking on this is evolving daily, because the situation and our knowledge is evolving daily. So should yours.

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1. Other people know far more about each individual aspect of this than I do. Read epidemiologists, privacy experts..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Yh

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Two final tweets. And then I will NOT be responding to your replies because I’m going to bed…

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Obviously your situation is different from mine, so you should make your own decision. And of course you can change..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…DY

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So, the bottom line. Will I be installing the app? No, not yet.

1. This is the first version. It’ll be wobbly.
2…twitter.com/i/web/status/1…72

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If the goal is simply to reduce some aspects of a contact tracer’s workload, well let’s just say that. None of this..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…yT

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Specifically, “Using the app will allow us to relax social distancing rules” keeps being said. How do we know that?..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…rU

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As I’ve said repeatedly, no one has shown us any evidence for or against using this app to be a net benefit. There’..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…d2

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Fourth and finally, will it work? Define “work”. What is the actual goal of the app? What measurable result will ca..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Oo

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I draw your attention to @joshgnosis’ piece, “Coronavirus app: will Australians trust a government with a history o..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Va

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What am I up to? Three. Third, no one has seen the back end or its spec or anything about it except some hand-wavin..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…dK

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The challenge for the media is to be intelligent about changes as the situation evolves. Already they’re being thei..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…ZD

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The challenge here is that contemporary politicians tend to waffle an d bullshit rather than acknowledging glitches..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…YU

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Second, people will doubtless find bugs. This has all been rushed, and this is the very first public version. Let’s..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Sn

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First, people examining the app itself are reporting that it does seem to aim to do what the documents say. (Not th..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…oB

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So what are my views so far? Well, I’ve been busy writing something else this evening, so this is VERY first impres..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…jV

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Oops. Typo in first tweet of this thread. I meant “COVID-19” obviously, and unless it’s not clear this is all about..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…La

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I am bitterly disappointed that the government was repeatedly framing the app as “protecting our nurses and doctors..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…6I

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I am bitterly disappointed that the government is framing this as Australians needing to “take up the challenge” so..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…HP

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I continue to be disappointed that the government and even journalists cheerfully assert “This will save lives”. As..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…iR

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I have not yet read the enabling Determination so I have no comments on that yet. I’ll read it shortly…twitter.com/i/web/status/1…o8

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First off, a bunch of people have been retweeting this thread. Which is lovely, but it was written before today’s a..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…8g

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Sigh. I guess I’ll have to say something even though I’m way over my COVID019 quota for today. OK, here goes…

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JakubKrupa Sunday Telegraph reports on plans for a 14-day quarantine for all travellers, calling it a ‘Singapore-style approac..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Su

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@Just_Gramma Define “work”. What would it mean for the app to have “worked”?

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@ellis2013nz Because the thread was written before the app was released. Note the times.

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@jpwarren @NewtonMark Hang on, I need to make a note of all these things.

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@R_Chirgwin @SnarkyPlatypus So that not reaching the target number of users becomes the moral failure of the people..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Xb

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richard_littler I saw this old Pelican book cover and decided that a little defacement might improve it.
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@NewtonMark I can add to this advice, Mark. You also need to turn on your phone and take it with you. And pay your..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…kf

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NewtonMark Also works for your instagram app, and whichever app you’re using to access pornhub. twitter.com/abcnews/status…

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@SnarkyPlatypus @aleeb88 I’m still thinking about the phrase “pork pillow”.

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johnhalton Actually, my dear, we call it *sentiment*. 🧐 twitter.com/lyrratic/statu…

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Sometimes I just love Google Images’ suggestions. pic.twitter.com/rz4PMhl625

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Now playing: “Moonlight”, a Sovietwave Mix youtube.com/watch?v=ggFEjj… I like how they do these videos with the spectro..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…93

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They play and “covers of the songs you love” and “our original mariachi style music”. Putting them in a cage ready..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Kv

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_youhadonejob1 Your dog looks weird, man. pic.twitter.com/2INiQlmKal

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joshgnosis After all that I’ve updated the Covidsafe app explainer. theguardian.com/world/2020/apr…

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Sun plan, remainder: One hour or so of writing; dinner; another hour of writing; early night because I have at leas..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…GZ

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burgotastic Downloading that bovid app you all keep talking about pic.twitter.com/OYcl667TfZ

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God bless American ingenuity. Freedom! twitter.com/kylegriffin1/s…

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Correct. For North Korea coverage quite a few people recommend “38 North”. 38north.org @SnarkyPlatypus twitter.com/SnarkyPlatypus…

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That photo is Wentworth Falls Lake, which was rather pretty when I went past on my long walk yesterday. Also, there..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Jv

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NEW BLOG POST: “Weekly Wrap 517: Learning to endure the lockdown” stilgherrian.com/weekly-wrap/51… Covers 20–26 April. You ktwitter.com/i/web/status/1…k3Dj

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citizenkawala ‘You’re standing on my balls’ twitter.com/Kr8cken/status…

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@SnarkyPlatypus @aleeb88 Tardigrades are amazing and yes a tardigrade pillow could be fun. That pork pillow sort of..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…tZ

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Stopping now. No further correspondence will be entered into. twitter.com/stilgherrian/s…

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@coldsnacks To half-answer, I think people get way too worked up over little things that don’t matter. It’s exhaust..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Zo

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@coldsnacks Do you have that fine-grained control over when things go live? Does it even matter when a zillion thin..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…lE

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Minister: You’ll be able to register from 6pm.
People, trying to register at 4.30pm: IT DOESN’T WORK YOU’RE HOPELESS.

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I don’t know what it is, but obviously I want one. At least one. twitter.com/bergopolis/sta…

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@SnarkyPlatypus Not that I can do anything with this knowledge. :(

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@alias_burgerboy Oh yes, DTA is making the app, so that’s Robert. But Hunt was out today selling it, and he made th..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…wA

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@SnarkyPlatypus Does the Taipei Kitchen do home delivery?

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SnarkyPlatypus The Ruby Princess 🤣😂 twitter.com/safopus/status…

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@Misskjmarshall @Vikkik88 I saw some stats before. 60% of Australians’ devices have Bluetooth active, so 40% off.

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gcluley Phishing emails pose as Zoom meeting invitation to discuss your job performance with HR dept abnormalsecurity.com/blog/abnormal-… pic.twitter.com/lwpLRdteg8

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Goddammit I have gone SO far over my daily quota of COVID-19 stuff today. Definitely stopping now.

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@reset_beer @ordinarytanya Still a dibber dobber but. (Haven’t heard that phrase in years.)

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@reset_beer @ordinarytanya No you’re not. Anyone is free to take photos in a public place. This whole idea that you..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…4D

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@Misskjmarshall @Vikkik88 So, if you have a toaster. Can you make toast if you don’t turn the toaster on?

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@opcode_raeg Ah, you’re coming to this late I see. :) Yes, Bluetooth LE, log the encrypted ID of contacts within ra..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Qk

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@alias_burgerboy It’s a Health thing. The health minister is selling it. (OK, that’s Greg Hunt, but at least call out the right arsehat.)

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I humbly request that @abc730 has a bit of a think about the motives for doing this, and if they choose to go ahead..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…qp

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The tl;dr in my thread is that by using a telephoto lens a series of people 2m apart can be made to look like a cro..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…uQ

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So 7.30 is encouraging you to take misleading photos (like the one they’ve used) to stir the pot. Well, here’s a qu..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…we

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burgotastic This is some A Current Affair-level bullshit twitter.com/abc730/status/…

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Finally, the Canberra press gallery members go back to their desks to create their analysis and insights. pic.twitter.com/xEY1SsQo94

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@opcode_raeg Ta. I’d love to know if you find anything. Here’s the FAQ fwiw. covidsafe.gov.au/help-topics.ht…

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@PeteLawler @joshgnosis @jpwarren I can’t be arsed checking the transcript. :)

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@opcode_raeg Can you confirm that the GPS location is in that database? (There’s wording in the FAQ to indicate it’..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Nl

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@opcode_raeg It has to ask for location permissions otherwise it can’t get Bluetooth LE permissions. Noted in the FAQ.

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I am rapidly losing the will to live. Journalists who don’t understand the questions they’re asking, and politician..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…gx

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joshgnosis One issue is if you’re using a non-AU Apple account in Australia you won’t be able to download the app. twitter.com/DrScottWatkins…

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@kiwibrew This doesn’t surprise me. My followers are idiots.

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A journo just said, as a statement, that the app automates the process currently done manually. It actually doesn’t. It’s a different thing.

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We keep hearing that people believe Australians will “rise to the challenge”, as if not installing an app is a mora..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Pa

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The Canberra press gallery believes it’s found an important line of questioning. pic.twitter.com/u2ALX113Qm

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The Canberra press gallery waiting patiently for the Q&A. pic.twitter.com/ufHAYhArxf

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@joshgnosis @jpwarren The PM even called them Sherlock Holmeses, which was a bonus.

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@JohnBirmingham The app being open (frontmost) is not the same thing as the phone being unlocked. I think..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…XG

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I’ve just learned that three days ago the PM said that Australia is “on the road back to a COVID-safe economy” and now I am starting to cry.

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THERE’S A VIDEO THERE’S A VIDEO THERE’S A VIDEO.

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It’s all about protecting our health workers, he says, and of course there’s some relevant medical meat props in st..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Yw

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“Significantly” we worked with health professionals, says Hunt. As if not working with health professionals is some..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…QX

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I’m glad Greg Hunt is saying access will be illegal because illegal things never happen.

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People complaining that things can’t be downloaded before they’re launched and before they’re said to be available.

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joshgnosis Hunt says you can’t register on the app until 6pm today (for those Android users who were saying they couldn’t register)

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Why has @abcnews crossed to a POLITICAL reporter for an explanation? Why not a MEDICAL reporter or a TECHNOLOGY reporter?

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The Canberra press gallery gets ready to hear from the Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/ivmLLhyZib

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And now we cross to Canberra, where a bunch of white people will ask why the schools are reopening. Or not, dependi..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…wr

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And finally, Prime Minister, why don’t we have technically knowledgeable people answering these questions rather th..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…BM

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More specifically, there must be sets of conditions where it becomes clear that more harm is being done rather than..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…KZ

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Overall, what analysis has been done to confirm that the use of this app will indeed improve the overall process ra..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…9Q

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I saw somewhere that the ASD will be reviewing / has reviewed the app. When will that report be published?

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“Who built COVIDSafe? The app is an Australian Government initiative.” This does not answer the question. Please an..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…ap

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“COVIDSafe uses Bluetooth® received signal strength indicator (RSSI) values to measure the signal strength [etc.]”..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…0B

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“The approximate distance and duration for a close contact is 1.5 metres for 15 minutes or more.” Why were these nu..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…81

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“Use of COVIDSafe will allow us to lift restrictions earlier than would otherwise be possible.” How do you know thi..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…FM

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Not long ago I tweeted a bunch of stuff about the forthcoming COVID-19 contact tracing up. While I was doing so, th..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…4D

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@glengyron … living as they are unencumbered by democracy.

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Brett_McLeod I see what they’re trying to say. Not sure about the wording🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZclweF8vzS

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This is what I’d have thought (but didn’t say because I wasn’t sure). twitter.com/joshgnosis/sta…

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Let’s wait a couple of weeks then, I guess? twitter.com/joshgnosis/sta…

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joshgnosis Government is going to incorporate the Apple API in a couple of weeks.

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aaronkearneyaus I made a graph of all my past relationships.

It has an ex axis and a why axis.

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@_midofo_ I have. Lovely. But yeah it’s all been a bit rushed.

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@scottnich @dobes This stuff isn’t rocket science, Scott.

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kestert Will the contact tracing app let us see the data it collects ourselves, or at least a summary of it? It would be co..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…5X

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What a weekend to skip drinking alcohol. twitter.com/joshgnosis/sta…

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“Tonight on ‘I’m an Instant Fucking Expert’ we look at always-on Bluetooth. Will all this radiation cause COVID-19? I’m Dwayne Arsehat.”

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Therefore, please disregard everything I say on anything.

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WARNING: Just because someone has a few techie-sounding words in the bio doesn’t mean they have the faintest idea w..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…MD

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These plovers are idiots. They lay eggs straight on the ground and then get all antsy when people walk nearby, reve..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…gb

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@drzax Thanks, Simon. It was joyous to see the app actually released while I was busy saying it doesn’t exist. :)

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@bengrubb Just because an app has permission to do something, doesn’t mean it’s doing it. But how do we know? It’s..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…ZZ

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@staticsan @bengrubb “This will be left as an exercise for the reader.”

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DrDanielSwan I swear today’s XKCD is designed specifically to rile bioinformaticians 🤣 pic.twitter.com/uZ55zGdJ77

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_mharvey @BBCWorld @2TAPU For all those saying NZ is a tiny island nation… pic.twitter.com/dDOD7jyjvw

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kcarruthers Can someone in America please contact Trump and lobby him for eating live mice as a potential cure for ? Just for the lulz 😝

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@jeamland @chris_stevenson This, Sir, is what we call a failure of imagination.

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somebadideas What kinda fuckin’ reverse zombie movie has the U.S. become where everyone goes with their guns to get infected on..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…tp

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@staticsan @bengrubb Ta. I imagine (note word) that this is something Google is addressing in relation to the new A..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…0t

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@bengrubb In the sense of reviewing the code, obviously, not flowing the data through ASD.

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@bengrubb Fwiw, gathering raw data then dumping the parts that can’t be kept is core stuff for SIGINT agencies, so..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Xl

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@bengrubb It’s worth checking the hierarchy of Android permissions. Last time I looked (not weaselling) to get Blue..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…J0

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@Ng88Mr Yeah but it’ll keep us indoors I guess.

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Sun plan, now congealing like yesterday’s custard: Sunday Lunch (shortly); look at this Determination; rework the w..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Wh

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@bengrubb @joshgnosis And ONE ONE more. The relevant legals. “Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coro..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…yR

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OK, just ONE more tweet on this thread. It’s out (at least the Android version). It’s called COVIDSafe. It has a we..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…S3

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NatureSuperb when I bought a new carpet, my dog became a shark. pic.twitter.com/6EcuGhjzIY

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END OF THREAD. That’s my COVID-19 conversation quota done for today. No more replies from me today.

(Well, maybe i..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…1e

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Nor does it pick up a LOT of what human contact tracers do, like note that a bunch of positive people all bought so..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…JI

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@kiwibrew A conversation I’ll pick up later. :) I’m already approaching my COVID-19 quota for the day. If you see s..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Bw

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Well here you go. Straight off the bat, what in my view is a real bad name. “Safe” as a binary. [Screams inside.] twitter.com/bengrubb/statu…

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FINAL NOTE FOR THE HARD OF THINKING: I’m not saying “The App is bad”. I’m saying there’s no real evidence to say wh..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Up

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When they say “measure distance” from signal strength they really mean “guesstimate distance based on possibly inco..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…Cl

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IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION on how The App actually works. It’s abstracted a LONG way from any social context. This is..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…bj

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@kiwibrew Don’t be a gronk. The app doesn’t do anything remotely like that. It doesn’t work in real-time, and there..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…yD

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There’s a reason the HIV/AIDS community spent decades stressing the term “safer sex” not “safe sex”. But you know,..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…og

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Infections don’t work like “Y-1 minutes safe, Y+1 minutes dangerous”. It’s all probabilities, and guessing what ann..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…ZS

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Oh. One more thing. All The App does is say you were within X metres of a known COVID-19 positive person for Y+ min..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…0j

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And in summary, it’s nothing more than Technology is Magick™ wishful thinking. We must do something. Here is someth..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…OB

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In brief, The App could prove useful as a supplement to memory. Or it could produce too many false positives. Or it..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…jn

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Read this: “Five ways a COVID-19 contact tracing app could make things worse” policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/apri…

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I say “no science” because the claim that “If you use the app we can let you out” is an assertion, not a fact. Inde..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…XO

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I see people taking about “the”* COVID-19 contact tracking app again. I was part of a discussion of this on Friday…twitter.com/i/web/status/1…9g

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@kcarruthers @MarcFennell They have their good bits though. I came up with a program pitch.

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@bastardsheep The job’s not finished until the paperwork’s done.

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What a lovely sleep-in. Nevertheless, in my dreams @MarcFennell was complaining about having to fill out time sheet..twitter.com/i/web/status/1…fr

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Sunday. Once upon a time. Sunday.

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