CNN: FAA warns it may be forced to delay flights because of Covid

CNN: FAA warns it may be forced to delay flights because of Covid. “The Federal Aviation Administration is warning more air travel headaches may be in store, even as airlines cancel thousands of flights because of coronavirus crew shortages and other issues. The FAA said Friday an ‘increased number’ of its own employees are testing positive for the virus. That could force it to implement health and cleaning procedures that reduce the number of flights the system can handle.”

Associated Press: Georgia schools going virtual due to COVID spike

Associated Press: Georgia schools going virtual due to COVID spike. “One of Georgia’s largest school districts will start the second semester virtually amid the state’s surge in COVID cases. Clayton County Public Schools south of Atlanta said Thursday students will learn remotely from Jan. 5 through Jan. 7 and then return to school on Jan. 10. Superintendent Morcease Beasley said the additional time away from the classroom will allow students and employees who test positive for the virus to complete recommended quarantine periods.”

CNET: Remove all your personal info from the internet: 6 steps to disappear for good

CNET: Remove all your personal info from the internet: 6 steps to disappear for good. “Unfortunately, you can never completely remove yourself from the internet, but there are ways to minimize your digital footprint, which would lower the chances of your personal data being out there. Be forewarned, however: Removing your information from the internet, as I’ve outlined below, could adversely affect your ability to communicate with potential employers. Still interested? Here are some ways to disappear your digital self.”

Techdirt: Missouri Governor Still Expects Journalists To Be Prosecuted For Showing How His Admin Leaked Teacher Social Security Numbers

Techdirt: Missouri Governor Still Expects Journalists To Be Prosecuted For Showing How His Admin Leaked Teacher Social Security Numbers. “Missouri Governor Mike Parson is nothing if not consistent in his desire to stifle free speech. As you’ll recall, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discovered that the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website was programming in such an incompetent fashion that it would reveal, to anyone who knew where to look, the social security numbers of every teacher and administrator in the system (including those no longer employed there).”

WRAL: For a 2nd day, NC reports highest single-day coronavirus case increase ever

WRAL: For a 2nd day, NC reports highest single-day coronavirus case increase ever. “On Friday, North Carolina reported another all-time high of daily new COVID-19 cases, 19,174. That’s 3% higher than the record 18,571 cases reported Thursday. The state’s rate of positive cases also reached an all-time high of 22.9% on Friday, meaning almost 23% of all coronavirus tests in North Carolina are coming back positive.”

WPVI: Philadelphia’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirement for indoor dining begins Monday

WPVI: Philadelphia’s new COVID-19 vaccination requirement for indoor dining begins Monday. “Beginning Monday, January 3, as part of a phased rollout, patrons will have to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine to eat inside a restaurant or food establishment in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole said the mandate is meant to help prevent another shutdown of indoor dining.”

CNN: Stocks surged in 2021, as Wall Street rolled its eyes at Covid

CNN: Stocks surged in 2021, as Wall Street rolled its eyes at Covid. “The Dow fell about 65 points in late morning trading Friday, or 0.2%. It is up 19% this year. The Nasdaq was down 0.3% Friday and has gained 22% in 2021 while the S&P 500, which fell 0.2%, is up more than 27% this year. It’s the third straight year of gains for all three major indexes, which are each not far from record highs. In fact, the S&P 500 has closed at an all-time high 70 times this year.”

Librarians To The Rescue: Scheduling Vaccines, Providing Tests (Patch Virginia)

Patch Virginia: Librarians To The Rescue: Scheduling Vaccines, Providing Tests. “In many jurisdictions, libraries shuttered their doors at the onset of the pandemic. Since March 2020, libraries have adjusted and employees have operated COVID-19 call centers, provided at-home test kits, provided free mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, and offered curbside pick-up for traditional library services like book distribution.”

Mashable: 33 years to read ‘Twilight’? This TikTok account isn’t in a hurry.

Mashable: 33 years to read ‘Twilight’? This TikTok account isn’t in a hurry.. “One-line-at-a-time accounts like [Shaiann] Alger’s use a pretty simple format. Pick a book, movie, or TV show, make an account on your favorite social media platform (usually Twitter or, now, TikTok), and start tweeting a single line, sentence, or quote at a similar time each day. Some accounts go chronologically through a screenplay or book, but others mix it up. Schedule the tweets to go up each day and boom! Instant community.”

A Holiday Jackpot: The Lounge is Open (Internet Archive Blog)

Internet Archive Blog: A Holiday Jackpot: The Lounge is Open. “Previous sets of items, including arcade machines, handheld toys, computer software and flash animations, all represent thousands and in some cases tens of thousands of individual items from history, all playable in the browser. The Jackpot Lounge is much more focused and refers to one specific group of coin-operated games: Gambling Machines.”

Hackaday: Rats Learn To Play Doom In This Automated VR Arena

Hackaday: Rats Learn To Play Doom In This Automated VR Arena. “What started as a side project for [Viktor Tóth] has evolved into quite a complex apparatus. At the center of the rig is an omnidirectional treadmill comprised of a polystyrene ball about the size of a bowling ball. The ball is free to rotate, with sensors detecting rotation in two axes — it’s basically a big electromechanical mouse upside down. The rat rides at the top of the ball, wearing a harness to keep it from slipping off. A large curved monitor sits right in front of the rat to display the virtual environment, which is a custom DOOM map.”