Why I hate open-plan offices 

The Czech Central Social Institution in Prauge, has 18 blocks of file cabinets 25 high, 20 across, and 3 metres deep, for 9,000 cabinets totalling 27 km in linear storage.

What's that in bytes?

A typewritten page, double-spaced, at 10 cpi, has about 2 KB of characters. You can fit about 150 pages/in (60pages/cm). At a 2/3 fill factor, the entire room is about 210 GB of storage. At capacity, nearer 375 GB.

There are 1 TB microSD cards.

You can hide this building under your pinkie nail.

cases continue to trend above my exponential growth estimates of January 28, slightly, but a plot shows a downward departure from trend which is a very good sign, and pretty much on schedule.

Cases: 17,486
Dealths: 362

Projected: 15,519 & 337.

Via Wikipedia

"Life expectancy is so much higher now", you've heard.

Well ... yes. But it's more complicated.

The biggest improvements, absolutely tremendous, are from birth and early childhood. From adulthood and mid-life onwards, not nearly so much, though still some.

Most of that's also public health, not direct medical treatment.


Disk and Memory Prices 1957 - 2019

You've come a long way, baby.

Disk has remained pretty consistently about 100x cheaper than memory since the mid-1980s.


Reading that with a Chesterton's Fence / Chesterton's Landscape sensibility can be quite useful though.

WHY where those ideas formed?
WHY were they held to so long?
WHY are they so attractive?


Who found them epistemically convenient? Was there a motivated rationale to retention and promotion?

And of course: How do we move on?

Mucking out the Augean Stable of Stupid Ideas Outlived Their Usefulness is the final labour of Heracles.

Or the Credible Hulk.



This is a *general* vulnerabilities-by-type for CVEs across products and categories, not just browsers. But instructive, and should generally apply to Web browsers:


We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember that an accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep into our history and our doctrine, and remember we are not descended from fearful men – not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, or to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

– Edward R. Murrow

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Generalistic and moderated instance.