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Hasnain says:

“In the past, the deaths of Moore and Mungin might have gone unnoticed by anyone other than their loved ones, but the popularity of social media and smartphones has given millions a peek at the medical mistreatment some Black women receive.

Cynthia Adinig, an equity policy advocate based in Northern Virginia, used her cell phone to document about 20 of the visits she made to the ER to get help with mysterious symptoms, including an anaphylaxis-like reaction to ingesting food, that arose after a mild bout of covid in 2020. During one recorded visit, Adinig showed that even though she’d reported cardiac symptoms, there was no heart monitor in her room. In another visit, she was escorted out of the ER by a security guard after she was discharged. Wanting to understand her experiences better, she requested her medical records. She discovered that she had been tested for street drugs, without her knowledge, during a couple of her ER visits.

These cases of misdiagnosis and mistreatment suggest that even the best studies may underestimate long covid’s impact because racism and sexism within the medical system have left some people undiagnosed. “

Posted on 2022-09-22T20:41:06+0000

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AP PHOTOS: Backbreaking work for kids in Afghan brick kilns

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nabila works 10 hours or more a day, doing the heavy, dirty labor of packing mud into molds and hauling wheelbarrows full of bricks. At 12 years old, she’s been working in brick factories half her life now, and she’s probably the oldest of all her co-workers.

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Hasnain says:

These are just extremely heartbreaking.

“Workers get the equivalent of $4 for every 1,000 bricks they make. One adult working alone can’t do that amount in a day, but if the children help, they can make 1,500 bricks a day, workers said.

According to surveys done by Save the Children, the percentage of families saying they had a child working outside the home grew from 18% to 22% from December to June. That would suggest more than 1 million children nationwide were working. The surveys covered more than 1,400 children and more than 1,400 caregivers in seven provinces. Another 22% of the children said they were asked to work on the family business or farm.

The survey also pointed to the collapse in livelihoods that Afghans have endured the past year. In June, 77% of the surveyed families reported they had lost half their income or more, compared to a year ago, up from 61% in December.”

Posted on 2022-09-22T19:38:05+0000

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Hasnain says:

Bookmarking for future reading.

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Posted on 2022-09-22T05:11:12+0000

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Your Work Matters. Build Your Schedule Accordingly. - Study Hacks - Cal Newport

About halfway through Laura Vanderkam's sharp new productivity guide, Tranquility by Tuesday, we're introduced to Elizabeth, an education professor who, worried about her ticking tenure clock, came to Laura for time management advice. Elizabeth was struggling to find time for her research. Her husba...

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Hasnain says:

“This example is important because it underscores a psychological reality of productivity that can be lost among all the posturing around systems and tools. It’s easy to feel like it’s impolite to prioritize work that’s important to you above other peoples’ demands. This is what led Elizabeth, at first, to limit her research to only the few scraps of time during her week that no one else had already claimed.

Sustainable production of valuable work, however, requires a dash of selfishness. Elizabeth’s revised schedule was exactly right. No reasonable person would find her investment in a once-a-week babysitter, or request for weekend dad time, to be excessive. These acts of self-prioritization were, objectively speaking, small. But they made a large difference in Elizabeth’s ability to produce the tenure-caliber work she knew she had in her. Your work matters. It’s okay to fight for it in your schedule.

Posted on 2022-09-22T05:09:31+0000

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Hasnain says:

Great technical analysis and insight here.

“So after all this work, what did we learn?

Turning on -Ofast will end up turning on -ffast-math, and that can cause all sorts of problems for any program unlucky enough to load them.

Even if you explicitly ask for no fast math, you will still get fast math as long as -Ofast is enabled.

It is surprisingly feasible (though perhaps not wise) for a single individual with a good internet connection to download 4 TB of Python packages and scan 11 TB of shared libraries in a single day.

It is definitely not wise to try to run pip download or pip install --dry-run on every package listed in PyPI, at least not without some good sandboxing, because it will execute tons of random code from setup.py files and leave you with a giant mess to clean up.

Because of highly connected nature of the modern software supply chain, even though a mere 49 packages were actually built with -ffast-math, thousands of other packages, with a total of at least 9.7 million downloads over the past 30 days, are affected.”

Posted on 2022-09-22T05:03:13+0000

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Hasnain says:

This is super exciting and makes me want to try fly.io even more.

"And we'll keep saying this: the reason we think LiteFS and full-stack SQLite is a good bet is that the design is simple. You can read a summary of the LiteFS design and understand what each of these components is doing. SQLite is one of of the most trusted libraries in the world; most of our job is just letting SQLite be SQLite. Your app doesn't even need to know LiteFS is there."

Posted on 2022-09-21T21:14:49+0000

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Hasnain says:

Great read on documentation and developer tooling.

“I hope I have both piqued your interest in API documentation browsers and demystified the creation of your own documentation sets. My goal is to turbocharge programmers who – like me – are overwhelmed by all the packages they have to keep in mind while getting stuff done.”

Posted on 2022-09-20T15:45:20+0000

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Hasnain says:

This whole story has been so bizarre, dehumanizing, and humiliating - I don’t even know where to begin.

“There seems to be a legitimate argument that what happened broke federal laws because the individuals were induced to get on a plane and travel across state lines based on false information. What should interest us more than the specific laws is that this clearly was not a state action. It looks much more like Project Veritas-type stunt. I’m not saying Veritas was behind it. I don’t think they are. But that kind of group: right-wing pranksters. In some way, DeSantis was either coordinating with them or funding them. It’s very much worth finding out which it is. You cannot look at any of this and think it was the work of government workers. Just not how those people operate. This is not to mention the fact that it still hasn’t been explained how or why the state of Florida had people prowling around a refugee center in Texas looking for people who could be coaxed to get on a plane which would fly surreptitiously to Martha’s Vineyard.”

Posted on 2022-09-19T21:26:11+0000

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There is no “software supply chain” — iliana.fyi

In actual supply chains, money is changing hands. A server manufacturer is paying for PCB fabrication, who is paying their suppliers for raw materials and equipment, and so on until the whole thing eventually loops back on itself when a mining company needs to buy a server.

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Hasnain says:

“I just want to publish software that I think is neat so that other hobbyists can use and learn from it, and I otherwise want to be left the hell alone. I should be allowed to decide if something I wrote is “done”. The focus on securing the “software supply chain” has made it even more likely that releasing software for others to use will just mean more work for me that I don’t benefit from. I reject the idea that a concept so tenuous can be secured in the first place.”

Posted on 2022-09-19T21:23:39+0000

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Hasnain says:

“I graduated from San Leandro High School, a mere 30 miles away from the heart of Silicon Valley. In a school of 2500+ students, most of whom were Black and Latino, my high school only had 60 seats for AP computer science when I was in 11th grade. Because there were more interested students than there were seats, these seats were assigned by lottery. Students who did not get chosen would have to wait until the next academic year to sign up again. If you were in 11th grade like I was, this was your last chance to get a computer science class on your transcript before applying to college. I did not get a seat, and this affected my ability to be competitive for college admissions as a declared CS major.

I learned that schools a few miles away, where the majority of students were white, had entire CS departments. Cities like Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Berkeley, and Fremont offer their students a wide range of CS courses. I remember wondering how I could be competitive for college when I was up against kids who had been coding for years. This led me down a rabbit hole of findings where I learned of the severe lack of diversity in tech and the call for more women and people of color in the field. I knew I wanted to learn to code, but now also wanted to help more people who looked like me to have access to quality computer science education.”

Posted on 2022-09-18T20:20:02+0000