Strava fitness tracking app grew during pandemic

Strava, a fitness tracking app created by two former Harvard University rowers, has more than 86 million users and saw massive growth amid the pandemic as more people have started to work out at home.

Source: In Peloton competition with gyms, fitness app Strava can win

I used it for a bit but for me, I did not have much use for tracking my own fitness activities. But it did work well.

(A extended family member has worked for Strava for several years.)

Hmmmm: “Apple removes Fakespot from App Store after Amazon complains”

Like all social media with user generated content, Amazon’s reviews have tons of fake reviews:

Apple has removed Fakespot, a well-known app for detecting fake product reviews, from its App Store after Amazon complained the app provided misleading information and potential security risks.

Source: Apple removes Fakespot from App Store after Amazon complains

Fakespot and ReviewMeta help identify the degree of fakeness and misinformation in their reviews.

Apparently the FakeSpot app, however, basically superimposes itself over the Amazon web pages to insert app review information. Users make purchases via the FakeSpot app interface which passes the information through to the Amazon API. While Amazon says they dispute the “fake reviews” analysis, the grounds for their requesting the app be removed appears to be the potential for information security problems with an app acting as an interface to the Amazon services.

Greenland halts new oil exploration to combat climate change

Source: Greenland halts new oil exploration to combat climate change and focus on sustainable development – CBS News

Reality: There are currently no oil wells in Greenland. There has been little exploration. There are theories that oil may lie offshore but this has not yet been proven. The weather situation (ironically, extreme cold) makes exploration and extraction very difficult in or near Greenland.

Windows 365 – cloud-based

Perhaps for those with genuine high speed, affordable network connections Windows 365-cloud-based computing has value.

For those lacking such connections, this may not add value.

I am not yet seeing significant value for myself.

The advantages to this approach include lower maintenance costs, higher resistance to cyberattacks and malware, faster provisioning, less downtime for PC failures, easier patching, less disruptive, updates and far easier shifts to and from work-from-home. Also, you should be better able to share content collaboratively because you can build that sharing more aggressively into apps.

Among the disadvantages: additional costs (yet to be determined), more dependency on the network, higher latency (whichc ould adversely impact some types of work), and more aggravation due to the use of dual-factor authentication. (The latter will be critical to securing Windows 365.)

Source: Windows 365: The version of Windows that will change the PC world | Computerworld

Rather than buying a PC and some software, you’ll be expected to buy some hardware and then pay a monthly subscription fee forever.

If you stop paying the monthly fee, do you lose access to your data?

CDC has no clue on disease models

What I’ve pointed out for a year but I am a brain injured idiot…

Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots: poll –

Since everyone will be vaccinated or eventually have Covid-19, they have chosen their path forward. The rest of us can get on with life while they wait their turn to get sick.

Among American adults who have not yet received a vaccine, 35% say they probably will not, and 45% say they definitely will not, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Source: Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots: poll –

Thus we are at the end game of the pandemic, just waiting for the last wave to blow through those who do not yet have immunity. The NPIs, which range from barely working to not working at all, merely delayed the time at which we reached this point.

And then this – several public health experts and mediots need to look at themselves in the mirror – for months, they have been telling us “we don’t know if vaccines work against variants” in their never ending hysterical fear, doom and gloom propaganda.

What’s more, 64% of unvaccinated Americans have little to no confidence the shots are effective against variants — including the delta variant that officials say is responsible for 83% of new cases in the U.S. — despite evidence that they offer strong protection.

That is hardly a surprise considering the non-stop fear porn propaganda. Perhaps we need to start banning public health experts on social media for spreading misinformation?

At this point, the vaccines have worked against all variants.

NZ air carrier sees electric aircraft for regional, smaller aircraft flights

Sounds Air is looking replace small aircraft, on shorter regional routes, with electric powered aircraft. Notes that maintenance costs will be far less than conventional gas and jet powered aircraft.

The Climate Change Commission wants electric planes on regional routes by 2030. It may happen much sooner.

Source: Electric passenger aircraft on the horizon for regional routes, aviation industry says |

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