Washington Department of Health explains problems with their #covid19 page. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/DelayDataPosting.pdf
Apparently there are way more difficulties apart from a bloated dataviz tool, although they specifically mention this problem: "We are also working to optimize the user experience for this data, including for those without a high-speed connection or those working from a mobile device."
So despite fancy graphs on DOH #covid19 page kinda-sorta slowly working, the main problem is that data stopped being updated. Today on March 31st it's still showing data from March 28th. Before the dataviz change DOH updated the stats at least once a day, and sometimes even more often.
@isagalaev Gross, as a Tableau employee, I demand all non-performant dynamic Covid vizzes be built in Tableau.
To be fair, it did load after a while. Still, it would work way better if it were static data on the page, transformed into graphs with JS. But at this point I have to admit that I can perfectly well understand that it might have been the only way to deliver it quickly, rather than teach whatever system DOH runs on to consume generated data automatically.
Washington department of health used to have plain tables with numbers on their #covid19 page: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus. They *worked*. It's hard to make a static table not work.
They just replaced them with something dynamic subtitled "Microsoft Power BI". I say "something" because it doesn't work, and I don't even know what it is.
Probably someone at Microsoft scored some contract though… Well, good for them.
50,000 N95 masks delivered to UW researcher’s home thanks to Elon Musk, Tesla. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/truckload-of-50000-n95-masks-headed-to-uw-researchers-home-thanks-to-elon-musk-tesla/
"A stateless password manager"
I'm not sure yet whether I think this is amazingly brilliant or just insanely silly... it could be either:
"The growth of command line options, 1979-Present":
Asking for help here. Could anyone suggest a decent #tax #lawyer in Seattle area? My taxes are a bit unusual this year, so I don't trust myself to just use Turbotax. And my current (hopefully former) lawyer now wants me to pay $800, which I find… uhm… rather steep for the value I'm supposedly getting.
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