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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday March 17 2020, @11:52AM   Printer-friendly
from the sudden-impact dept.

A lot has already happened this year. SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) which can cause COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease 2019) has been making headlines shortly after it was first reported. The first cases were reported to WHO (World Health Organization) on 2019-12-31. The virus spread. It began as an epidemic in China . The world watched apprehensively. Reports surfaced of cases in other countries and the the apprehension grew. For many folk, it turned to fear when it was upgraded to a pandemic: WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 11 March 2020: "We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic."

We have seen increasing efforts to stem the spread of the disease. Efforts have run the gamut. Closing of borders. Cancellation of sporting events. Conferences cancelled. Churches and other places of worship also closed. Schools closed. Panic buying of household goods and supplies. Supply chain disruptions affecting manufacturers. Restaurant, bars, and other such establishments closed. Work-from-home policies established and enacted.

The changes have been many, widespread, and continuing.

Reading about all the ways that "other people" have been affected is one thing. It seems different, somehow, when it hits closer to home and affects us directly. With many of our usual social activities curtailed or cancelled, it is easy to begin isolating and lose perspective. SoylentNews arose from a troubled period (the SlashCott) and a community has formed from that challenging period.

How have you been affected? Have you been infected? Had a family member or friend who was? Helped neighbors who are struggling? Hunkering down and isolating? (In a basement is optional.) Are you suddenly working from home and finding it challenging to manage your time? Still working on site, but now have a faster commute due to all the other people staying home? Catching up on watching TV shows? Reading more SoylentNews? How has your life changed?

From a somewhat different perspective, how have others helped you to cope... and how have you been able to help others? One of the potential impacts of social distancing is isolation and depression. I count myself fortunate, indeed, to have served this site for over 6 years and for all the people I have gotten to know, here. For those who may not be aware, SoylentNews has its own IRC (Internet Relay Chat) server. Feel free to drop in to #Soylent and just say "Hi!"

Social distancing is permanent when you're dead. So, practice good hygiene and stay safe.

Previously (oldest first):
China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates
2019-nCoV Coronavirus Story Roundup
Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Roundup
Coronavirus Roundup
Coronavirus Roundup (Feb. 17)
Roundup of Stories about the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus and COVID-19 Disease
COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 - CoronaVirus) Roundup
CoronaVirus (SARS-CoV-2) Roundup 2020-03-12
Working from Home: Lessons Learned Over 20 Years

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:03PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:03PM (#972170)

    nothing much to report. got netflix running on libreElec. borderland 3 is out on steam (and steamOS!). will get to that after finishing welding and cementing the new frame for my 3 grid-tie solar modules that should shave off about ~ 3A usage from the pool pump (~8A).
    else just a bit anxious about the stock market and worrying about maybe missing out on the "free" money being invented and tossed around to "fight" the economic virus ...
    methinks a "real" pandemic would announce itself by presenting dead bodies in the street before hitting twitter?

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:08PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:08PM (#972173) Journal

    LibreELEC 9.2.1 out soon (auto update). []

    [SIG] 10/28/2017: Soylent Upgrade v14 []
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:14PM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:14PM (#972178)

    netflix running on libreElec

    What hardware? I'm really impressed with Kodi/libreElec for 1080p video on the RasPi Zero W. It's not a desktop system substitute, but when it can focus on that one task, it's just about flawless - and, with a 500Gig SD card, you've got a mobile media library, including HDMI + bluetooth player, on something the size of a pack of gum.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @06:01PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @06:01PM (#972369)

      some intel nuc that can do x265 and wasn't too expensive. it's libreElec only.
      couldn't get it to netboot (pxe) tho but nevermind that.
      another board amd e-350 such and such is listening in on the torrent stream and feeding off a 8tb wd gold, hence the requirement for x265 stutter free.
      i am really impressed with how netflix can cope with a most shitty internet connection tho which i got to witness thru a 80m "around the corner" wifi connection ^_^

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:15PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 17 2020, @01:15PM (#972179)

    The free money is only for the big guys, you won't see any of that.

    • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:03PM

      by hendrikboom (1125) on Tuesday March 17 2020, @03:03PM (#972246) Homepage Journal

      Canada has announced paying people cut off from their job by the epidemic and its countermeasures.
      We'll have to see how this get translated into bureaucracy, though.