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Surgical masks however, showed a p=0.043 (so we are over 95% confident they helped) and had about 1/10 fewer cases. I feel rather vindicated, and wish N95/KN95 would have been tried too. But I am going to guess this will be ignored since it's inconvenient.

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Villages not given masks mostly didn't use them. The results:
0.76% of the not-masking villages got COVID-19
0.74% of the cloth-masking did
Cloth masks had no significant effect on community transmission (p=0.54 54% likely we'd see this if cloth masks made no difference at all)

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Preregistered too. Some villages were not instructed on or provided masks, some were with cloth masks, and some with surgical. Those instructed with and given masks largely wore them, confirmed by >1 million observations(!). Symptoms were checked on 98% and many were tested.

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I have been really curious to see what a rigorous, randomized, large scale study on masks and COVID 19 would show, testing community transmission (i.e. source control) and we finally have one. 342,126 adults over 6 months in 600 Bangladesh villages.

Remember the whole justification for centrally controlled systems that enable dictators is that Apple can moderate its app store for your safety. This is how that's going: many top apps are scamming people out of ~$1m/year each

It just warms my heart that the Italian mafia is still running, is huge, is organized, and is now running cybercrime.

With that said, on October 29, at the Texas Cyber Summit, I'll give a talk titled "Beyond E2E – Breaking and Remaking Modern Secure Communications" releasing a much larger & fuller featured system for secure communications and collaboration.

One of the reasons I created prawned was that I am unaware of any alternative that the information security community would even try to put forward for those in a community like Xinjiang. Apple and Google do make it hard, but we shouldn't give up.

Just 2 weeks ago Durov warned "Every year we give up more power and control over our lives to a handful of unaccountable corporate executives we didn't elect" Google and Apple just removed the main Russian opposition app. We have created the repressors' tools to destroy democracy

I love all the ideas and work to help out needy organizations. But I always think of those facing repressive autocracies. We watch various dictators taking control including a genocidal totalitarian in China, largely focused on information control and offer little help.

Related, who are the people that are in greatest need: greatest risk, most determined adversary, most severe consequences, fewest resources against compromise? Even if you don't see a way to help now.

When plastic surgeons seek a meaningful break from their profitable yet banal jobs, some aid missions to economically stressed nations, fixing cleft palates and other deformities for free. If you had a paid 6mo to do anything meaningful with infosec skills, what would it be?

I turn on my PC.

The local wildlife are immediately sterilised by the excessive output from my four exposed nuclear reactors running at a critically risky heat output.

The sound of 10,000 cooling fans deafens the city’s morning traffic as my warehouse of 500 parallel-chained AMD Razer Threadrippers bursts into life, forming the equivalent processing power of 2015 in one room.

Nearby, my cluster of Nvidia 5090 Test Cards begins to warp the local time continuum as they calculate answers man was never meant to know.

Very gently, I open Microsoft Teams.

Instantly, the already deafening noise of fans increases to a murderous wail as they try to keep my equipment at operating temperatures. A nuclear reactors’ fusion catches up with its cooling and explodes destroying the lives of millions. The floor begins to melt away as my processors over clocked ten-fold reach critical mass and descend directly into hell. My Nvidia cluster collapses into a singularity and begins to devour the planet.

Quickly now, I open a text chat, it’s a bit laggy.

The sheer struggle of loading some text destroys the remaining systems. Me and my equipment are deleted from reality by an unknown overseer.

Humanity is not ready for instant messaging

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