The Lounge is rated Safe For Work. If you're about to post something inappropriate for a shared office environment, then don't post it. No ads, no abuse, and no programming questions. Trolling, (political, climate, religious or whatever) will result in your account being removed.
Have you looked at FreeBSD? It's much more 'designed' than Linux. When Windows 10 came out I decided that I needed to look for some alternatives. I played with FreeBSD for about a year and really liked it. The problem is that they're behind Linux when it comes to newer hardware.
I currently dual boot Windows 10 and Devuan Linux but have been looking at replacing Linux with FreeBSD. The main reason I didn't use FreeBSD to start was the hassle of trying to get dual boot to work properly. Was never able to get it to work well back then. Hopefully, things are a little easier these days.
For me, 85%-90% of the software I use is available under Linux, Windows 10 and FreeBSD (jEdit, Firefox, Thunderbird, Libre Office, g++, etc). It's really only Games and photo editing (Affinity Photo) that keep Windows 10 on my machine.
I don't think so either but it isn't for lack of trying. James Woods (who I normally avoid but had a point this time) posted an image on twitter (i can't find it now) of a reporter in a hazmat suit being filmed by their cameraman - who was in plainclothes. They sure made sure they suited up for the camera though. It's ridiculous. BE AFRAID. ANYTHING AS LONG AS YOU PAY ATTENTION TO ME. They'll cause lasting social damage they'll never have to answer for. All because the industry is dying. It's sad.
Media companies have gained a 15% boost in pageviews due to this media frenzy.
However: regardless of the hype, the misinformation, the scare mongering and everything else that's going on, there is a real, on-the-ground issue with our hospital systems being overloaded. I have friends and family working in hospitals and they're very, very stressed and overworked already (and that 'overwork' is at this point often dealing with freaked out, uncooperative and sometimes angry patients. Crazy.)
The % of cases that require treatment may turn out to be really, really low. The absolute numbers, though, are proving to be enough that some hospitals, already over capacity, are now simply unable to cope.
That's what we need to be careful with. If I get hit by a car, or my Dad has a heart attack, or a new baby is in trouble, we need the hospitals to still be able to care for them.
Once we have herd immunity this will be (it seems) a total non-issue.
But yeah: a little less crazy and a little more "shrug OK, let's give it a few weeks then move on" would be much appreciated out there. I wonder, though, how you actually get a calm sensible message to a generation brought up on instant gratification and screamy reality TV. If it's not more shocking than the episode that's just aired then who will pay attention? If the headline is not as alarming as the news item next to it who will click it?
I wish people were more logical. Unfortunately that would make them far less interesting.
So we should just make sure that the virus is spread to everybody as soon as possible, and those who survive will be immune, right?
Not sure how you got from "Once we have herd immunity this will be (it seems) a total non-issue" to "we should make sure we get everyone sick as fast as possible".
No, not even close.
The issue is we can't overload the hospitals. We either need herd immunity to naturally slow infections, quarantine to slow the spread, or treatment that means people avoid a hospital trip. We don't have option A, we're trying option B, and we're working our collective pharmaceutical bottoms off on option C.
The problem is: How do you build that "herd immunity"? Currently, we know of one way: To catch the corona virus.
The problem is that I frequently encounter arguments about "herd immunity" as a pancea to handling corona. If we only had herd immunity, corona wouldn't be any danger at all, see? So, let's solve the problem as fast as we can!
There was a strong element of sarcasm in my post. I certainly do not want to make everybody sick and let the survivors take over. Actually, I am afraid that the ditty might get that idea, and start makin people believe in it. After all, most of those that would die are elderly people who do not contribute significantly to the US econonomy, so once we get through and the strong, young survivors come back, we have cut a lot of non-profitable expenses!
Maybe we will not see that kind of arguments. Still, I am scared that he migth pick up this "herd immunity" as something that he migth build some speech on. Even if he doesn't explicitly line out the socially negative consequences, he might focus on how it would strengthen US economy to have population with a "herd immunity", without saying a word about the sacrifices in human life. Ignoring that he is certainly in the risk groups himself.
At this point let's focus on keeping working to keep the economy going. Many, many things can still (and have to) continue even when we're 6 feet apart. Many of us (especially developers) can keep working just as well as before (in fact, even better for some of us!).
Stay sane, keep busy, carry on.
Everything else is outside of our control and will sort itself out one way or another.
there is a real, on-the-ground issue with our hospital systems being overloaded
We reached that point in my region. A guy died last week of a (normaly) non-fatal car crash because there was no bed left in the ER to take care of him.
Do not make the same mistake than we did (in France) of underestimating the impact of the virus, in our full arrogance of thinking we are much "better" than Italians or Chinese in facing the crisis.
Honestly, I was fooled by the media, but not in the way you think : since they keep insisting on making a non-stop-4-week-top-story out of every single event that would not have been noticed by anybody in usual times, and this in increasing rates in the last decade, it has become hard to believe anything that is spread by the news. I underestimated the danger of the virus, and I should have stayed at home even earlier. You are always smarter after it happened, once you know all the real facts.
since they keep insisting on making a non-stop-4-week-top-story out of every single event that would not have been noticed by anybody in usual times, and this in increasing rates in the last decade, it has become hard to believe anything that is spread by the news
there is a real, on-the-ground issue with our hospital systems being overloaded
Here in Italy the situation is still dramatic, even if the derivative of the contagion curve begins to show lower and lower values and hopefully, in a few days, negative values.
It is not nice to see the coffins piled up, doctors with less than 60 years of age dying, to know that any problem that can normally happen to you, such as an easily solvable accident, can become fatal because the hospitals are saturated.
I hope none of you have to be in this situation. I have not left the house since March 9th. Here there's the curfew (even if they don't call him by that name). Those who leave the house without a very valid reason are subject to very high penalties and/or immediately arrested.
The economic side will be dramatic but I can guarantee you that the human side is now very, very involving and touching.
Do not make the mistake we made at the beginning to underestimate the situation by saying that it is a trivial influence: it is NOT a trivial influence. Many young people also fall ill, and some die, and these are not people who are already physically compromised: none of us can know in advance what kind of reaction he will have. There are mild reactions and in some cases reactions that resemble anaphylactic shocks. The pulmonary alveoli close due to edemas and they die even if you are attached to the respiratory machine.