Google Pass

Dear Lazyweb,

I just learned that "Google Pass" is a thing. Does anybody use this? Do I need to care about it?

I just got some spam from Google telling me that the Google Pay app is joining the Google Graveyard, and I don't care except in that this made me aware that they have finally been playing catch-up to Apple Wallet's "pkpass" infrastructure.

Making my store support Apple Wallet was a giant pain in the butt, and I don't relish doing the-same-thing-but-different for Google. Especially since it will probably be about two years before they discontinue it, as is their longstanding product policy.

The goal here is, "reduce the amount of time it takes for someone standing in front of my nightclub to wave their QR code at the door staff." On iOS, Apple Wallet supports that goal very well.

(I know that at least at some point, there existed a third-party Android app that allowed you to download and present Apple passes, but I'm sure like 5 people in the world have ever done that. Supporting an open standard for these things is, of course, not something that either company would countenance.)

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That's a terrible tweet

I would like to commend the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol for helping replenish the National Strategic Reaction Meme Reserves. A grateful nation thanks you for your service.

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Ongoing Shitshow

Violet's Pandemic Roundup:

"Cruise ship companies are thrilled the CDC ended its covid monitoring program that tracked how many cases were reported ship-by-ship. On Monday, the constantly updated spreadsheet was gone without a trace... It is hard to make sense of why CDC would pull back from a detailed monitoring program just as cases are again rising worldwide."

Is it though:

"Shares of cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian rose Tuesday after the CDC ended its Covid-19 program for cruise ships." [...]

"Dr. Anthony Fauci says he's leaving by the end of President Biden's term... [Fauci said] "If somebody says, 'You'll leave when we don't have Covid anymore,' then I will be 105." [...]

"Health officials in the Bay Area told The Chronicle that they have no plans to reintroduce mandatory coronavirus mitigation measures, including an indoor masking requirement, even as cases and hospitalizations continue pushing up across the region." [...]

Despite being in a six-week surge and the entire Bay Area in the CDC's red indoor masking tier, BART allowed its mask mandate to expire on Monday. [...]

One of every 5 San Franciscans has had covid, 177,351 in total. At least 53,205 San Franciscans are estimated to have some form of long covid (+1K from last week).

Also, a review of the Flo Mask. I have one too, it's great!

The Flo showed my just how much the seals on most other masks, like my KF94's and FFP2's are imperfect. In fact, I can now feel their imperfect seals (and adjust accordingly) more acutely after wearing the Flo. The Flo showed me what a seal should feel and behave like.

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