Out of the Blue

I got an email yesterday from a reader named Rob who offered a suggestion that seemed quite worthy of exploration, especially considering how simple and straightforward it is. He pointed out that it might be better to present the links that follow the Out of the Blue section in a bulleted format, like many of the other link sections we provide. He noted that this might provide better readability, and I can't say I disagree. So I figured I would just try it this morning and gauge everyone's reaction. So below are today's links in bulleted format. Feel free to offer opinions on whether this is an improvement over the usual table, or if you'd rather see them as before.

Obituary: Eric Weissberg, 'Dueling Banjos' Bluegrass Musician, Dead at 80. Thanks RedEye9.

Morning Linkfest.
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

Link of the Morning:

Stories:

Science:

Media:

Follow-ups:

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Mar 28, 2020, 03:27
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Mar 28, 2020, 03:27
 
the new ootb looks good. solid suggestion.
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Mar 27, 2020, 09:17
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 27, 2020, 09:17
Mar 27, 2020, 09:17
 
I liked them the old way. I hate change! Get off my lawn!!
"Yeah everyone's gotta have the sickness
Cause everyone seems to need the cure"
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 27, 2020, 02:39
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 27, 2020, 02:39
Mar 27, 2020, 02:39
 
definitely more readable, just a tad jarring cuz i'm used to my eyes scanning straight to the middle of the screen for 20 years of coming here. i'll get used to it. i like iterative improvements, even if (especially if) they're a bit disruptive. it's how we become better people.
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Mar 26, 2020, 21:18
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Mar 26, 2020, 21:12
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 21:11
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Mar 26, 2020, 20:09
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Mar 26, 2020, 20:09
 
Blue still rockin’ the html like it was 1998
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Mar 26, 2020, 19:28
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Mar 26, 2020, 19:28
 
Diocese Suspends Abuse Victims' Compensation Program, Citing 'Economic Turmoil'
Now if they'd only suspend the abuse.
“The time has come for us to move beyond seeing public health as the ax in the display case, where the sign says IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, BREAK GLASS.”
Pandemics don’t end because the economy is suffering and we want them to.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 18:34
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Mar 26, 2020, 18:34
 Gojo
 
+1 for old format. New format is just wrong somehow, maybe I'm just used to the old one?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 18:27
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Mar 26, 2020, 18:27
 
Old gas blob from Uranus found in vintage Voyager 2 data.

That story stinks.
"Blizzard fucked up what should have been the easiest pile of free money ever." - NKD
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Mar 26, 2020, 18:24
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 18:24
Mar 26, 2020, 18:24
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 16:34:
Simon Says wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 15:43:
The bailout socialist corporate welfare package of 2 trillions for the rich? It's actually 6 trillions. 2 direct, 4 indirect.

Here it is from Larry Kudlow's mouth On CBS News
Yeah, not good. Despite Larry's assurances of transparency and oversight, it will be a four trillion dollar slush fund with little to no restrictions and at the whim of Trump lapdog Steven Mnuchin. It will be ugly, and US citizens get to pay for it.
Maybe (and that's a big maybe) different governance next year could help.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 17:44
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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2020, 17:44
Mar 26, 2020, 17:44
 
Blue,

The bullets alone really do help separate one link from another. Especially on mobile where one can not "mouse over" a hyperlink to figure out how many lines it folded onto and where the next new hyperlink actually starts.
I think that is "Rob"s best reasoning for adding bullets.

You probably don't need so much padding around the headers that separate each bullet list. I think that padding looks more dramatic on desktop than mobile since on mobile you have the bullet heading name and the bullets aligned more closely together.
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:47
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:47
 
Rhialto wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 12:42:
Maybe if you can detect desktop/browser and use appropriate CSS for each?
Switching between table and bullets layout would take more than CSS, and inserting two HTML variants in OotB's (with media switches) would be cumbersome.

Choachy wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 12:20:
Maybe remove the space between each header and it's first bullet?
That would be fairly easy.
-- Frans
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:45
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:45
 
I prefer the compactness of the old format.
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:34
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:34
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 15:43:
The bailout socialist corporate welfare package of 2 trillions for the rich? It's actually 6 trillions. 2 direct, 4 indirect.

Here it is from Larry Kudlow's mouth On CBS News
Yeah, not good. Despite Larry's assurances of transparency and oversight, it will be a four trillion dollar slush fund with little to no restrictions and at the whim of Trump lapdog Steven Mnuchin. It will be ugly, and US citizens get to pay for it.
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies." -- Groucho Marx
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 16:22
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:22
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 15:43:
And the billionaires ( through the Republicans ) are trying to get the US gov to let people die to "save the economy" and they want them back at work even if it kills them

Hey, economy restarts, AND Social Security becomes solvent. Win-win.

Problem, liebruls?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 16:21
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:21
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 15:29:
Simon Says wrote on Mar 26, 2020, 15:06:
On the news today in Canada:
US wants to militarize US/Canada border.
Wait, What? dRumpf Wants Troops at the Canadian Border
If Canada was smart they'd put up a wall. Lord knows it would have prevented all the troubles that Mexico has.

Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States!
Porfirio Díaz
President of Mexico

So if Canada builds the wall, does the US pay for it?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 16:20
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Mar 26, 2020, 16:20
 
The bullets don't work as well here as they do for the regular sections (Safety Dance, Tech Bits, etc.) because each one of those is a single section. Here in OotB, there are multiple sections. The result is too much vertical spacing that means I have to scroll up and down while commenting on Blue's comments or a particular story that appears at the top. I preferred the old way. Everything fit on the screen without scrolling.
"Blizzard fucked up what should have been the easiest pile of free money ever." - NKD
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 15:46
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Mar 26, 2020, 15:46
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Old format is better. That just takes up way too much real estate.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Mar 26, 2020, 15:43
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Mar 26, 2020, 15:43
 
In other news:

The bailout socialist corporate welfare package of 2 trillions for the rich? It's actually 6 trillions. 2 direct, 4 indirect.

Here it is from Larry Kudlow's mouth On CBS News

And the billionaires ( through the Republicans ) are trying to get the US gov to let people die to "save the economy" and they want them back at work even if it kills them

Combine that with the militarization of the northern border with Canada to prevent US citizens from escaping.

Are you starting to see the pattern/picture?

They're preparing you for the slaughter and they don't give a shit about a few dozen millions dying, mortality rate could go as high as 10% ( Italy are fighting it and are at 8% and no it's no just the age, the average age difference isn't really that great, just a few years ) if they let it get completely out of hand so that it passes as fast a possible to save the economy, 10% of 330 millions? 33 millions...

If I were a US citizen, I'd be afraid, VERY AFRAID.

Worst part? If we let too many people get infected, the epidemiologists predict the mutation rate will accelerate, if the virus mutates enough, not only will the vaccines won't work on the new mutation, but having recovered won't necessarily mean you'll be immunised VS the new mutation and it could happen ALL OVER AGAIN.

The rich are panicking and have gone batshit ( pun intended ) crazy.

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