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A Silicon Valley PSA

07 Oct 2020

A COVID-19 PSA billboard with JavaScript code
Credit: Photo by the author (and she pulled over to take the picture)

There’s a tradition of code on billboards in Silicon Valley.

The first ones I saw were from the recruiting board DICE.

And other companies, including PayPal’s Braintree payments service, followed.

I’m pleased that our County Board of Health is following the tradition.

The code on the billboard is:

var still_alive = true;
while (still_alive) {
  WearMask();
  Stay6ftApart();
  WashHands();
  GetTested(); 
}

Criticizing the code was also a thing. But nobody likes a reply guy. You could quibble about stay_alive staying true.

If it goes false, that’s a side effect of you not following the instructions.

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