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  1. It seems some countries and cities are being hit seriously just now (Bangladesh's hospitals are in a pretty precarious situation it seems, and Sweden's situation is also not that good) while some countries are pretty much recovered. Just to share how it's going over here in Austria, we are mostly opening up everything but still have to wear masks inside of grocery stores, cinemas etc until mid June (after that, only in some places like at barbers). Sports clubs are allowed to train outside and in smaller groups and some clubs and bars are now basically functioning as "night-restaurants" with party music etc. (Obviously they won't be allowed to operate as normal clubs for a bit longer.) Exams at my university are now done a bit differently, namely that one exam date is split in two "turns", meaning if 100 people take an exams the first 50 are in the lecture hall for the duration of the exam and then the other fifty write the exam afterwards in the same location. This has usually been done with exams that had some 200-300 people taking it but right now they do it with every exam that has more than x people (don't know the exact number, it depends on the size of the room/lecture hall I think.) Also, some exams are conducted online... sometime good because we now actually have multiple choice tests (we usually don't), sometimes bad because we have to stream via the webcam and activate the microphone (well, not my course but students on other universities apparently had to do this.) From what I've heard, Czechia is also pretty much over it, and Germany and Austria (and some other countries) gave opened the borders again. People are already talking about going to vacation and our politicians are trying to encourage vacation inside the country. Slovenia and Croatia are also an option - we'll see about Italy. I think many places will soon desperately fight over the few tourists. On another note, the US seems in an interesting situation. I wonder if we'll see a spike of case in 1 - 2 weeks.
  2. Ah, I hadn't used the main distro but Linux Mint which doesn't have this so I didn't know about the google search etc. ... very windows-esque.... I tried out the softwarecenter just now and it worked so far but then again Linux Mint which tries really hard to make it easy for new comers, so I guess you can expect these things to work, though the one on Fedora also works pretty smoothly. (not that I use them though....I mean, I even use NNN, a terminal-based file browser. Screw UI! People say the terminal is complicated but having to click through half a million menus is way more complicated that memorizing a few short cuts and commands). But it seems like Ubuntu is lagging behind... Yeah, the Thelios are awesome, if I had a reason to buy a new PC (don't play nearly enough games anymore to justify a new PC) I'd probably go with one of these.
  3. As for my desktop PC.... let's not talk about that old war machine At least it's fun trying to optimize its limited capabilities (Ok, it not that bad, runs most games... on low settings); I mean, I'm no distro-hopper but I do use it a lot to check out new Linux distros, though I mainly use Linux Mint on it (I used to use Manjaro which I liked but it was kind of unstable, for some reason.), and trying to install a distro and making it as light weight as possible is a well-spend afternoon XD. When I actually want to get some work done I use a Thinkpad P51s. Works smoothly for everything I do and the graphics card, Quadro P500 mostly used for designing 3D modelling, might not allow it to play games on high settings but incredibly useful for pushing some matrices and vector calculation on it. Mathematical and Phyics simulations work smoothly on it and everything is super-fast with my Fedroa 31. (KDE sometimes has a problem with detecting new sound output, kinda annoying when I often switch from the HDMI of my Monitor to the TV screen and often my headphones. Doesn't happen with Xfce or other DEs.) To lazy to write the specs: I use Ubuntu-based Linux Mint and runs pretty well for what I use it, some friends use it for actual work (when I want to get something done I always choose Fedora) and they don't seem to have any problems. so I wouldn't you recommend it? I really want to like Manjaro, but it just doesn't like me. Also, if you don't mind multi-boot for gaming, Debian-based SteamOS and Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS run really well with games; SteamOS... well, the name explains it and Pop!_OS as an OS that wants to establish itself as an all-around clutter free pastime/for some light work OS
  4. Oof, they allowed some shops to open from today onwards, intending to gradually lift the quarantine and now people are storming DIY markets and building centres.

    At least we got this gem. (Turn on the music :D)

    1. Illusion of Terra

      Illusion of Terra

      it does look like a marching parade 😂 why exactly hardware stores though?

    2. XII360


      is your DIY stores running a sale ? 

      just asking, for prediction reasons if our place will do a sale when they open up..>.>...

      i need to buy a new pc xD


      also keep wearing face mask, epidemic aint over yet, they could resurface :<

  5. I like your answer. Most people wouldn't think about these trivial things as anything special. Imagine a parallel universe with different rules of physics and such. What chemical reactions, properties materials could have, the life forms this universe could produce, etc.... would be fantasy-like. Their stuff would be fantasy to us, and our stuff fantasy to them. That being said, there is enough to discover in our universe, even on our planet. Deep sea creatures look fantasy-ish enough and we barely know anything about them. Who knows what kind of life form, and I mean bacteria and the likes, live on other planets with completely outlandish properties. Also, imagine some kind lizard of other animal that produces some inflammable liquid and is capable of spraying it through it mouth (there are, for example, snakes that spray poison at their enemies). Then said animal is capable of producing sparks by grinding their teeth, basically has flint-stone-like teeth and boom, you've got a real life dragon. (minus the flying part)
  6. We might just open the first non-essential businesses after Easter vacation, so in one week, considering that the infection curve is flattening plus we didn't see a spike in new infections or deaths.

    However, these businesses, probably all kinds of shops and hairdressers and such, will have strict hygiene regulations, like people having to wear face masks, staff regularly washing/disinfecting hands, just x amount of people at once in the building, etc...

    But everyone who can work from home should work from home, school/uni are still done via the internet (with the exception of the last years, the ones who will graduate.)

    We'll see how that goes...

  7. Players Devil Man Prybaby Cone punch man - the epic hero that punches every cone he sees
  8. What's unprecedented is the spike of using the work unprecedented : (I wonder what happened in Jan '17...) Generally, many people are pretty quick to change not only their view point (though some just get even more convinced of their views) but also their rhetoric when their earlier predictions and statements prove to be BS. I guess people don't think that much over the word they use. You could just use "something we've never seen before", (assuming "we" doesn't meen "humanity" or "humans" in this case) and it'd be a truthful statement for most people. But that might be to long for headline and politicians' speeches... Not that that, using imposing words, is anything new; I remember reading about the siege of Magdeburg during the 30 years war and the subsequent sacking at the hands of the imperial army and the protestant newspapers (apparently the 30 years was saw in increased use of the printing press for propaganda purposes) tried to reframe as the most attrocious act in christian history and unprecedented horrors. (I think they used the german expression "noch nie dagewesen", literally "never before existed/happened". I'll try to find the archive with the newspapers. Was an awesome website where pretty much any German newspaper thy could find was saved and freely accessible. Even one from the reformation.) I'm pretty sure that, while the sacking was aweful even by 17th century standards, similar attrocities have happened before. For example, Siege of Ostend, Jerusalem or Baghdad. (although the siege of Magdeburg did change the demography to an extend that the earlier number of inhabitants hadn't been reached until the 19th century. In 1631 it had 35 000 citizens, in 1639 only 500 [yes, hundred])
  9. Perhaps they mean "Unprecedented in out life time", although that probably is a meaningless statement; for a 15 year old this is true, for a 100 years old probably not. About the growth (in Iowa), it's kinda hard to get a grasp of the actual growth rate, since it seems from what I've read ('...I've read...' is always a dangerous statement ) that the US, unfortunately like many other countries, didn't do much testing until recently? The first case has been confirmed on Jan. 20th/21st, yet didn't start large scale testing until a week or two ago meaning the virus could spread undetected for nearly a month which is also what happened in Italy... But yeah, every spike of infections is followed by a spike of deaths (Italy broke the record of deaths a few days ago which coincides with a few days of very rapid growth of infections a week and a half earlier.) so yes, the worst is to come for most countries. And even then, that doesn't mean that its over after that... we'd first have to see what "the worst" actually means for each country.
  10. So, in our country we either have to do a 6 month military service or 9 month civil service (either in a nursery home, hospital or as a paramedic) and the ministry has hinted that they might 'draft' people who did the civil service up to 5 years ago again for min. 3 moths of not enough people volunteer. Since I did the civil service as a paramedic 3 years ago I fit into this category.

    Now I got a letter from the government urging me to volunteer since 'you country need you!'

    However, they mainly need people who worked at nursery homes and hospitals to relief actual nurses and caretakers so I'm safe for now.

    Edit: Masks are no mandatory when you go to the supermarket where they'll also be distributed. Apparently the government stored a huge number of them.  End April and beginning may, certain stores and services are allowed to open again if they follow certain hygiene restrictions and rules. Bit optimistic, especially since the number of dead has no exceeded 100 (but also seen no growth in death rate), but we'll see.

  11. Seirei no Moribito wanted to watch a cool swordplay anime but I also accept spears XD. Also rewatching Death Note with my brother. He get me into anime (he mainly watched Shounen) but hasn't watched one in some 8 or 9 ish years so I guessed I could show him a classic.
  12. Yesterday it was warm again, now it's raining and cold. Wouldn't surprise me if it was snowing tomorrow and raining molten salt the day after that.
  13. Oof, with Spain's death toll on the rise, France and UK probably following in a week or so, and other countries like the US and Germany in 3+ weeks (every spike of infection is followed by a spike of deaths 1-2 weeks later. Though, you'd have to consider that a spike of infections probably occurred before a spike of confirmed cases) I wonder how several large countries scrambling for the necessary equipment at the same time will affect the world. Even more so smaller countries that may lack the resources to produce mask and co. on their own. Let's hope countries won't have to outbid each other for medical resources... Once the healthcare system is overloaded many critical cases that could have been saved probably could result in a death case and some mild cases that still need medical attention could turn into critical ones, like in Italy where the death toll among younger people is higher than in some other places simply because they could not get the necessary treatment immediately. (Though still, most deaths come from people over 70 and people with pre-existing conditions.)
  14. If small ME countries, those that might not have the healthcare system to appropriately deal with the situation or are in a state of conflict, are hit with Corona how would local power respond to project their power, in your opinion? Already authoritarian states might probably use the situation to enforce even stricter control. Perhaps invest more in digital tracking? Syria is still in a civil war (although now after the deal between Russia and Turkey considerably less than in Dec. - Feb.), how could Turkey, Israel, Iran (which has been hit by corona), use the situation for their advantage? I mean, they themself have to prepare for the case of them being hit by the virus, so I guess giving away resources for public support in Syria is probably not an option... How did, for example, the Spanish Flu influence politics and power projections (although I guess WW1 and it's aftermath might make that a bit hard to discern...) Yeah, these quarantines and lock down can't go on forever. I wager eventually they'll have to allow certain services to open again, at least things like barbers and shops. Many bars and clubs are probably not going to make it; Even if quarantines are getting lifted in some months, there probably still will be regulations concerning large groups of people and so on until a vaccine has been developed and used on a significant portion of the population. The economic impact will probably or definitely be awful... ignoring the human loss of course.
  15. I'm honestly wondering how my country, Austria, is doing compared to other countries. We border Italy and had the first cases of infected some weeks ago and since then a steady rise of infected. We had an exponential growth, then we went into lock-down and since then an almost linear rise. That's odd, since as long we are not flattening, which would happen before a decline in cases, i.e. more cured than newly infected, the rise would still be exponential except somewhat slower. Also, while many people have respected the lock down so far and we didn't see any people panic buying anything (just a couple of idiots but nothing extreme like in other countries) its odd to see especially older people sitting in cafes in the cities. I guess they're the first one to not believe the media and shout "Fake news" and "hoax" and what not. (despite the media over here reporting the situation fairly well and neutral... if we ignore the tabloids) I guess in this regard it's no surprise that many of the confirmed cases are people above 60, although that might also be the case because predominately more serious cases are being tested. Locking at the stats, we've done barely over 35 000 tests in total. Germany has been doing hundreds of thousand of tests per week. (However, the tests per 100 000 citizens is almost the same... I just don't know what that means for a pandemic...) If we assume that every country is just x weeks behind earlier infected countries like Italy (which typically holds true for countries with similar measures) we should have a surge in deaths in a few days to one week, while Germany probably still has some time (despite the high number of infected. They just do a lot of tests compared to other countries). Countries like Spain, France and the US are going to be interesting. 3 countries where the virus could spread for weeks until the governments started doing something... they'll probably have a rough time in 2 - 4 (ish) weeks. I just hope that these countries see Italy as an example of what could happen if they don't do enough... so far it doesn't seem so. Yeah, stay at home if you can. Wash your hands regularly at work and after/while you went/are outside. (of buy deinfectants. Or mix high % alc with a drop of bleach or something like that.)

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