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30 Oct, 9 tweets, 2 min read
Yesterday, 1.2% of the entire population of Denmark got tested for corona. I had a test a few days ago, which was booked online 15 minutes in advance of appearance (with a doc referral), took 3 minutes (including wait), and produced an answer 15 hours later (negative). ✨💀
It's not like Denmark is immune to the virus. Numbers are surging here too. But the work that's gone into getting a superb testing system, good tracing system (current well within capacity), and – finally! – some comprehensive mask mandates is reassuring.
Reminder: Denmark is a significantly "poorer" country than the United States, measured in GDP per capita. There's no natural advantage. Copenhagen (1/5 of DK) is a dense city. It's dark and cold already. This level of preparedness is reproducible.
Another thing that impressed is just how digitized the entire flow is. Your doctor puts in a referral in a centralized system, you can then book your own appointment referencing that referral on the national test site, and your results are delivered to you and the doc online too.
Basically, the NATIONALIZED Danish health system is showing the PRIVATIZED American health system how its done by running circles around it. Tell me again how sOciAliZED meDICiNE is impossible. American exceptionalism apparently means exceptional incompetence.
There was a time when American prided itself on being compared to the best of the best. Now the level of ambition in ensuring good outcomes in something as basic as national health has essentially been reduced to AT LEAST WE'RE NOT VENEZUELA. U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A! Woooo.
It truly boggles the mind that people who are SO DAMN PROUD OF OUR COUNTRY 🇺🇸 somehow does not see a need to reconcile the fact that the bar for greatness has been set at simply not being the worst in the world.
And don't even get me started on the YoU cAn'T CoMPaRE UsA tO [Denmark/Europe/Canada/ANYWHERE FUNCTIONAL IN THE FUCKING WORLD]. In what other realm would you NOT compare to people/organizations/countries outperforming you?? Especially when they're poorer/smaller/less powerful.
The concept of BENCHMARKING is intrinsic to comparative improvement! If it costs a business $2 to make a widget, and their small competitor $1, you can be assured they'd at least be fucking curious to learn how! And to adopt to fix it! Economies of scale are supposed to win!

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30 Oct
Speaking of shipping with @heyhey. We've been heads down working on HEY for Work, getting custom domains sorted, and we're finally getting some more invited companies on board. Here's the pitch. It's pretty special. hey.com/work/
The funny thing is that we originally thought this was going to be the whole product! But @jasonfried smartly made the call to go with something for individuals first, since the stakes of a company move are so high. You want to try it out first, for real. Personal allows that.
We still have more work to do! Also working on how we can deal with custom domains for personal use. How we can allow someone to use HEY with a corporate email where they don't have control over what system is used (we call this "rogue mode").
Read 4 tweets
30 Oct
Back when @heyhey launched, we wanted to do ours to prevent footer crap. Those swollen signatures filled with quotes, social media images, pleas to refrain from printing, and unenforceable legalese that often were longer than the content. So we shipped without sigs at all, but...
What we hadn't considered was the ways in which a short signature of credentials can help some people establish credibility, and make their lives easier. So thankfully we were educated by someone who felt exactly that. And we went.. he's right! Let's fix!
It took a little longer than we hoped, but today we shipped Name Tags. Basically a character-limited signature, just for your name, credentials, and whatever links you might desire for more details. But no images, no room for legalese. Thanks to @jorgemanru and @javan shipping!
Read 4 tweets
29 Oct
The fact that PC gaming now has at least two major stores goes to show that competition is good. Phone makers have talked us into this bizarre notion that we should welcome the idea of just one store. Imagine if that was so for anything else?! theverge.com/2020/1/14/2106…
The dark ages of Windows being a virus tarpit clearly helped their argument. We'll protect you! No more malware! Yeah, great, but that's not exactly unique? It's a baseline service that shops have essentially offered forever: Your rep depends on not selling dangerous crap!
Remember when you could buy your physical games (or even applications!) from many different stores? That was a thing! Different stores, not owned by the vendors, sold from a diverse group of providers. This was good. This worked. This brought competition!
Read 4 tweets
20 Oct
Apple's chip team has done it again. The A14 scores a scarcely believable 200 on the Speedometer 2.0!! That's a 33% increase over the A13 in the iPhone 11, and more than 3x better than the finest Android chip (Snapdragon 865). (Thanks @gruber ✌️).
I keep thinking that SURELY they must soon hit a wall. You can't keep posting these insane y/y jumps forever. But if anything, Apple is actually speeding up. The A13->A14 jump is bigger than the A12->A13. ARM-chip Macs are going to be fast.
Irony is that Apple seems to be mostly out of ideas on what to spend that performance on. Still, it's quite something that iPhones now trounce all other computers for web performance (including the fastest Macs you can buy!).
Read 5 tweets
20 Oct
Google's monopoly in search is a menace to society. They've steadily been making search worse by eroding the distinction between ads and organic results, pushing their own services over better alternatives, and shaking down companies for their trademarks. theverge.com/2020/10/20/214…
It's a shame that this antitrust suit is so narrow, and doesn't address the many other monopoly abuses that Google has been indulging, like the Play Store regime, but it's a monumental moment that a major case is FINALLY coming. May it be the first of many for all of Big Tech!
And it sounds like that's exactly what's going to happen. Only 11 State AGs have signed on to this narrow case. Others are preparing their own suits. This is exactly what we need: A torrent of scrutiny and a world of hurt for past transgressions! washingtonpost.com/technology/202…
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15 Oct
Apple reaching inside communication apps to tell the maker what users can and cannot posts is 🍌. Apple then asking that their censorship is kept private is 🤯. Apple justifying their prohibition on notices because they're "irrelevant" is positively 1984. t.me/durov/136
Phones are the primary computing device for the majority of people today. It's completely insane that we've arrived at a place where two companies can dictate what can be said or installed on those devices.
But it's all the more grinding when such companies are siding with obviously authoritarian rulers to suppress the legitimate grievances of a fraudulent election. Do the potential American implications really even need to be spelled out here??
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