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Saturday, February 17

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Daily News Stuff 17 February 2024

Grand Unified Rrat Edition

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  • Microsoft is retiring Azure IoS Central, its hub service for the Internet of Insecure Pieces of Crap.  (The Register)

    This is the problem with specialised cloud services.

    Cloud servers are fine, if you're either small enough that they're cheap, or big enough that you can get a deal.  If you run containers on top of them - LXC or Docker, pick your poison - it is possible - not easy, but possible - to move to any other cloud provider, or to leased servers, or to your own hardware.

    S3 storage is fine, because everyone supports that, and there are open source solution as well.  Although S3 storage in general is awful if you need to do any sort of file management.

    The service will stay running for existing customers until March 31, 2027, but we're likely to see a bunch of devices simply stop working the next day.


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Friday, February 16

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Daily News Stuff 16 February 2024

Rrat Edition

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Eggs Video of the Day





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Thursday, February 15

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Daily News Stuff 15 February 2024

Rule One Of Diggy Diggy Hole Edition

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We Do What We Must Because We Can Video of the Day




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Wednesday, February 14

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Daily News Stuff 14 February 2024

Diggy Diggy Hole Edition

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  • A judge has dismissed most of the claims in a series lawsuits by several authors against OpenAI.  (Ars Technica)

    The authors claimed that every text produced by ChatGPT was an infringement of their work because...  Because, basically, it had read their work.  Though they had no proof even of that.

    There is a surviving claim of unfair business practices under California law, by, essentially, reading the author's works without written permission, but that merely hasn't been dismissed out of hand; it still has to withstand trial.

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Tuesday, February 13

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Daily News Stuff 13 February 2024

Are Jeopards Dangerous Edition

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Monday, February 12

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Daily News Stuff 12 February 2024

Pippalodon Edition

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  • How Venus got its Zoozve back.  (Sky and Telescope)

    Back in the dim, dusty reaches of two weeks ago, a cute and amusing story appeared on Twitter about how a children's poster of the Solar System came out with a moon of Venus mistakenly labelled Zoozve.

    Mistakenly because (a) Venus doesn't have any moons - not exactly, anyway - and because the designation of the asteroid so labelled is actually 2002VE 68.  The creation of Zoozve was an accident of the artist's bad handwriting.

    But 2002VE 68 is not just any asteroid, but what is known as a quasi-moon; it doesn't orbit Venus the way the Moon orbits the Earth, but dances a intricate gavotte around both Venus and the Sun that is expected to last several hundred years before the partners part ways.

    It was the first such quasi-moon discovered; since 2002 another eight have been found, seven of them around Earth.

    And since all it had - until now - was a catalog number, it was eligible to be named if someone could (a) submit a formal proposal and (b) convince enough members of the relevant IAU committee to vote for it.

    So they did, and now the poster is retroactively correct.


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  • The future is hydrogen.  (Inside EEVs)

    In five billion years when the Sun expands and swallows the Earth.

    In the meantime, not so much.


  • Switzerland was not invaded by three million zombie toothbrushes. (Ars Technica)

    Darn.


  • Zen 5 could have double the floating point performance of Zen 4.  (WCCFTech)

    Zen 4 already squashes Zen 3 and Intel chips on any benchmark that can use AVX512 instructions, because while Zen 4 only implements a cut-down version of AVX512 that breaks 512-bit instructions into two 256-bit instructions, Zen 3 and Intel's consumer chips don't support it at all.

    Zen 3 because it just doesn't; Intel because the P cores do but the E cores don't, and that created such a headache that it was simpler to just burn the functionality out with a laser before the chips left the factory.

    How good it is we don't know yet.  Intel's server chips that implement full AVX512 have to significantly reduce clock speeds when you are using those instructions because it burns power like mad.  But AMD chips are more power-efficient than Intel - currently - so they might not feel as much heat.


  • Palworld creator PocketPair is hiring.  (WCCFTech)

    You do need to be able to program, though, so that leaves out most of the recent Big Tech castaways.


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Sunday, February 11

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Daily News Stuff 11 February 2024

Always Two There Are Edition

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  • California is looking to ban plastic shopping bags.  (SF Standard)

    Didn't they already do that, you ask?

    Well, not quite.  A decade ago, the state banned those flimsy single-use shopping bags stores gave away for free, permitting only heavier, more expensive, reusable shopping bags.

    This quite predictably increased the amount of waste, so they're going to do it again.

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Saturday, February 10

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Daily News Stuff 10 February 2024

Redemonetisation Edition

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  • More like this, perhaps: The Frame smart glasses from Brilliant Labs are augmented-reality goggles that don't look like your head is being eaten by a coconut crab.  (The Verge)

    At $349 and 40 grams they're one tenth the price and one fifteenth the weight of Apple's Vision Pro.  They're about the size and weight of regular eyeglasses, and you can add prescription lenses for an extra $99.

    The shortcoming is that the AR display is only 640x400 and covers a small part of your vision, but that's really what you want when you're actually using them in everyday life.  Just a little area that can show you an urgent message, or directions to where you're headed, or identify the snake that just bit you because you were looking at the AR display rather than where you were walking.


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Friday, February 09

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Daily News Stuff 9 February 2024

Marmots R Us Edition

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Thursday, February 08

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Daily News Stuff 8 February 2024

Freebirds Edition


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