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Inside Chicago's refrigerated warehouse for bodies

  • Just a 20-minute drive from the heart of downtown Chicago sits a refrigerated warehouse, which is now being prepped as a space to potentially store more than 2,000 bodies amid the increase in coronavirus-related deaths.
  • Some rooms are big enough to fit multiple semi-trailers, which this week were being deconstructed in order to accommodate rows of three-tiered racks for bodies to be transported and worked on within the facility.
  • The first confirmed coronavirus-related death in Illinois was reported in Chicago on March 17.
  • Of the more than 16,000 confirmed cases in the state of Illinois, 10,520 of them are in Cook County, which has reported more than 300 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
  • The Cook County Medical Examiner's office sits just five miles away from the warehouse, and has a capacity for 285 bodies.
  • However, once the office hits 270 bodies, Arunkumar said they will need to use the warehouse.

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How ‘Free Solo’ filmmaker Jimmy Chin tackles fear—and family travel

  • Documentary director and adventurer Jimmy Chin climbs El Capitan’s Pacific Ocean Wall in Yosemite National Park.
  • He’s taken his cameras and crampons to spots from the face of Yosemite’s El Capitan (for National Geographic’s Academy Award-winning Free Solo) to the Shark’s Fin peak of Mount Meru in the Himalayas (for the documentary Meru).
  • We spoke to him about the life and travel lessons he’s learned on roads and peaks, and how his experiences might help readers get through challenging times.
  • While filming the Academy Award-winning documentary Free Solo, Jimmy Chin also photographed small moments like climber Alex Honnold making notes before ascending El Capitan.
  • Documentary director and adventurer Jimmy Chin talked with National Geographic’s editor-at-large Peter Gwin during an Instagram Live about his own self-quarantine tips based on his years of extreme experiences.

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Covid-19 Symptoms (Coronavirus): What to Do If You Might Have It

  • For more help, try using Apple's Covid-19 diagnosis tool, which it developed in coordination with the CDC, White House, and FEMA.
  • Read our How to Make a CDC-Approved Cloth Face Mask (and Rules to Follow) guide to learn the benefit of a mask and how you should wear it.
  • Stay calm, rest, hydrate: For the vast majority of those who get Covid-19, you can treat it like a normal cold for flu.
  • Again, read our How to Make a CDC-Approved Cloth Face Mask (and Rules to Follow) guide to learn more.
  • If you aren't experiencing severe symptoms that warrant an emergency, the CDC recommends you stay in touch with your doctor, and call before leaving home to get medical care.
  • To learn more read WIRED's Everything You Need to Know about Covid-19 Testing guide.

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Review: The Q Acoustics 3030i takes one of my favorite budget speakers and adds bass

  • Naturally, as it digs significantly deeper into the bass — Q Acoustics claims 46 Hz — it will likely strike a better balance between size and low-end for many users not wanting to opt for larger towers.
  • Q Acoustics says it’s based the all-new woofer from the design used on the tower model, but used an ‘optimized’ motor to reach surprisingly low for a budget standmount without sacrificing too much efficiency.
  • As a consequence of the vertical response, we see a bit of a scoop in the crossover region of the spinorama, where the woofer transfers its sound over to the tweeter, but it is not as exaggerated as I’ve seen on other models with similar designs; in fact, it appears to be less substantial than the one on the smaller 3020i.

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Entry points in Python

  • As you can see in the above, the problem with the Python script approach is that it's overly simple and functionality is executed at import time, which is typically not what you're after.
  • So now we know that sticking all of our functionality in a Python script isn't the best approach if we want to reuse or write unit tests.
  • This will now also allow us to write and run unit tests against the hello_world module without having to worry about import time side effects.
  • The observant reader will notice that as we're configuring the entry point to be a callable, this is now something that can easily be unit tested directly.
  • An approach that I've used in the past is to define a single entry point and to create a commands directory and a module for each sub-command I want available.

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Software development models and methodologies (Part 2)

  • To comply with the software life cycle, some methodologies that guarantee success have been studied and implemented.
  • These methodologies can be classified into traditionals (seen in the previous post: https://bit.ly/2Vfutgb ) and agile.
  • As we could see, in the traditional ones, it is not possible to go from one stage of the life cycle before completing the previous one.
  • In the agile methodology, rapid and effective development is required, where the requirements and stages of implementation can be done simultaneously.
  • A cross-functional team is intended participate to carry out the project in such a way that the different activities to be carried out overlap much.
  • Accepting that the problem cannot be understood completely from the beginning, the team tries be able to deliver a functional version of the software at the end of each sprint and go thus responding to the changes that occur.

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Cleaning up your GitHub profile

  • I also wanted to quickly clean-up my GitHub profile at the same time, as I had lots of repositories for personal projects that I never actually started working on or repositories that I created while following a tutorial, etc.
  • Like one does, I did a quick Google search and found a tool that supposedly lets you bulk delete repositories.
  • The interface of the app was incredibly confusing, and it ended up deleting repositories that I actually wanted to keep.
  • With the free time I had because of lockdown, I decided to make my own app that lets you bulk delete repositories.
  • So I quickly started making a React app that lets you view your repositories separated by Public and Private repositories.
  • The interface of the app, once again, is really simple and lets you clean-up your GitHub account with just a few clicks and without any of the hassle.

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Tech giants should give away their money instead of their products

  • It isn’t as though Google would be cutting an $800 million check for Covid-19 relief if it didn’t give the ad credits and loans (though it certainly is one of the few companies that could, given its $100 billion cash reserve).
  • The largest US tech company that appears to have given direct cash is Netflix, which set aside $100 million to pay people working on Netflix productions, along with donations to arts nonprofits.
  • (Facebook also committed $100 million for small businesses in a mix of ad credits and cash grants.) Netflix could be a model — especially because the company paid it to support people in the creative community, fitting with the trend.
  • And certainly, the half-dozen Silicon Valley philanthropists who spoke with Recode all agreed that the companies could do more than they are doing now, especially given the goodwill that these announcements engender, which could be useful to the tech giants on the other side of the crisis.

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Facebook is adding a Quiet Mode that silences push notifications on mobile

  • Facebook announced an all-new “Quiet Mode” for its main mobile app on Thursday, which will pause “most” push notifications and remind you that it’s turned on when you try to open the software on your phone while the mode is still active.
  • It’s not clear exactly what notifications will be exempted from the new mode; the company says some, like privacy updates, it is legally required to send out.
  • Instead, this new Quiet Mode will be found under Facebook’s “Your Time on Facebook” dashboard, which it added back in November 2018, following a push for major platforms and device makers like Apple and Google to promote digital wellness apps.
  • It will pause notifications from within the app, like those obnoxious Facebook Watch badges, and on a system level, so you won’t see numbered badges on iOS either.

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Disney+ surpasses 50 million subscribers in just 5 months

  • This week, Disney announced a new milestone for its Disney+ streaming video service: 50 million subscribers just five months after the service's initial launch.
  • That seems to be many more subscribers than Disney's own Hulu service, which as of the end of last year clocked in at just over 30 million, and three times the combined subscribers for CBS All Access and Showtime as of January—though none of those services are available in as many countries and regions as Disney+.
  • Further ReadingViacomCBS plan would unify all of Star Trek (and more) in one new streaming serviceWhereas early streaming service successes like Netflix and Hulu first looked like aggregators of content from the companies that produced and distributed that content in more traditional channels, the industry now demonstrates a clear trend towards content owners banding together into conglomerates that run their own streaming services rather than licensing said content to Netflix or its ilk.

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