This wouldn't have happened with Gainsborough or one of those proper painters.

Monday, January 09

Rant

Disqust

Disqus comments are bloody awful.

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Sunday, January 08

Geek

New Toys From Dell

The first one is an 8K monitor.  Yes, it's only three years since Dell released their first 4K monitor, but what the hell, here's 8K for you.

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Dell UP3218K.  Just $4999.

At $4999 this is not for everyone - or, really, anyone, if you're spending your own money.  The reason it's interesting is that 8K is the last resolution we'll realistically need.  Once you're at 8K, the only reason to replace your monitor will be physical failure.

And it only took 18 months for 4K monitors to fall from $3299 to $499, so this may be affordable sooner than you'd expect.

The other notable release from Dell is a new all-in-one desktop to compete with the iMac, the XPS 27:

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The 2017 XPS 27, from $1499.

This is a different proposition.  It has a 4K IPS display with 100% Adobe RGB coverage (so it's just fine for print work, if possibly still limited for the latest video standards).  CPU is a Skylake i5 or i7 quad-core, memory up to 64GB, storage up to 1TB PCIe SSD or 2TB conventional disk drive.  

There's a basic non-touch model or a touchscreen model with a hinged mount that lets it drop down to about a 20ยบ angle for....  What, exactly?  There's no mention of pen support, and it's much bulkier than the sleek Surface Studio from Microsoft.  Also, the touch model is ten pounds heavier than the non-touch.

That aside, it has AMD M470X or M485X graphics with 4GB DDR5 video RAM (except on the cheapest models).  Unfortunately, these are not the new 14nm Polaris like the desktop 470 and 480, but older 28nm chips.  The M485X is perfectly capable for gaming at 1080p.  The M470X is a much slower part, equivalent to the Xbox One's GPU, so it won't maintain consistent frame rates even at 1080p.

(And irritatingly, the M485X seems to only be available if you buy the touchscreen model, an instant $500 price increase.)

I/O consists of two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one HDMI, one DisplayPort, five USB 3.0, gigabit ethernet, 802.11AC wifi, and an SD card reader.

Also, ten (count them) speakers.

The big thing, though, is that very much unlike the iMac, almost everything can be accessed and replaced by a technically competent end user.  Not just memory, but storage (one M.2 card and two 2.5" bays, another pleasant change from the iMac), CPU, fans, power supply, even the motherboard.  In theory, the display as well, though that requires disassembling the entire machine.

The one real drawback is the four-year-old graphics.  This would be an absolute standout system if it had the new Polaris graphics, but I don't think AMD have shipped the mobile version yet.

Oh, and the cameras are at the bottom, because Dell are retarded.

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Friday, January 06

World

We're Not All Going To Die


No doom for you!

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Thursday, January 05

World

Assumes Facts Not In Evidence

What part of "I'm going to commit a serious felony, record it on video, and post it under my own name to a social network used by over a billion people" makes any sense?

What were they thinking?

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Wednesday, January 04

Blog

Cert This

Got an email today (yesterday now, actually), from MyCERT, the Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team.  

Usually such notifications are to report spam or phishing attempts coming from a server in the mununiverse, meaning some poor soul got their CPanel or Wordpress account hacked.

This time it was instead a cyber harassment complaint.

Relating to a small JPEG image.

Of a cartoon.

On an item, on a blog, posted in 2012.

Discussing censorship.

MyCERT copied our hosting provider, so I sent them - our hosting provider, that is - a query asking if the image violated their terms of service, which seems unlikely.

If I get hit with a valid DMCA request I will comply fortwithly, because otherwise our hosting provider will comply by yanking our connection (which they need to do to keep their legal immunity under the DMCA).

But I'm more likely to edit user comments for spelling than to remove an image because it "harassed" someone.

Update: Our hosting provider said, and I quote:

Looks like free speech to me.  Closing ticket.

Incero.  Love these guys.

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Thursday, December 29

Rant

Bah

[Waves paw.]

Update: Sadly, I have not turned into a cat.  Yet.

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Saturday, November 19

Anime

Erased

Also known as Boku dake ga Inai Machi.

There have been quite a few anime series playing with different forms of time travel this year.  MariWaka, which is full of stable time loops, Re:Zero, with its rather unfortunate reset mechanism; Orange, I think (haven't watched it yet), and this one.

It starts out as a kind of anime version of Tru Calling, but quickly flips to something different and larger.  

Our hero, Satoru, a 29-year-old failed manga author, has the ability sometimes to skip a few minutes backwards in time and avert an accident.  When one such "revival" just leads to further tragedy, he finds himself skipping back years and having to rewrite his own life to prevent the circumstances that led up to this in the first place.

Solid so far.  And it has a terrific opening credit sequence, which for me is 90% of what makes anime great.


Watching it on AnimeLab, the Australian streaming service run by MadMan Entertainment, which is so much better at this than Netflix.  One click and I have instant perfect 1080p video.  Netflix has to think about it for quite a while before it upshifts from third-generation VHS.

Update: Finished, and recommended.  Not perfect - the pacing is a bit off here and there - but very good.  Apparently they cut a few episodes worth of material out of the manga, including much of what happens in the present day, but it works very well as it is.  And the actors who voice the main character both do a great job.

It also has the least misleading opening credits I've seen for years.  The entire story is in there, but you can't see it until you've watched the whole thing.


There's also a live action version.  Don't know if I want to watch it; the story is intense enough when the characters are animated.  Also, the trailer is loaded with spoilers.

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Friday, November 18

Rant

Classic Apple Form Over Function

If you can't use your mouse because the battery is flat, you need to plug it in via the Lightning port - which is on the bottom, so you still can't use your mouse.

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Anime

Re: Re: Zero

Now I see what all the fuss was about.

But Betty is clearly best girl.

I want to see where this goes, but the 25 episodes that just ran covered all the published material (and some that wasn't yet published when it aired; the author was directly involved in the anime production).  Since it started in 2014, it will be at least 2018 before they can do another run, unless they slow the pacing down significantly, or add filler, neither of which I want to see.

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Saturday, November 12

World

Winners And Losers

What we've learned from 2016, as far as politics goes
  • Advertising doesn't work
  • Polls don't work
  • Newspaper endorsements don't work
  • Celebrity endorsements don't work
  • Telling your opponent's voters they are bigoted fools really, really doesn't work
  • Complaining about your opponents living in an impenetrable bubble when you write for the New York Fucking Times just makes you look silly
  • No-one really knows what's going on, especially Paul Krugman, except that
  • Liberals are consistently poor losers
Winners
  • Populism, generally
  • The alt-right, unfortunately
  • Twitter, surprisingly
  • Reddit
  • Rule of law
Losers
  • The mainstream media and their perennial sense of entitlement
  • Academia generally, and the screaming campus garbage babies in particular (which is why they're rioting in such hotbeds of conservatism as Oakland, Berkeley, and Portland)
  • The globalist agenda
  • Facebook
  • Political dynasties
  • Snark as a substitute for adult discourse
  • Polling organisations.  Guys, you got everything wrong this year.  Everything.
  • The breathless pearl-clutching incredibly sincere liberals infesting my technology and pop-culture podcast feeds
  • SJWs and their entire blighted worthless movement
  • Huge secretive trade agreements like TPP and TTIP
I'm buoyed up at the moment on a tsunami of schadenfreude, because I loathe those losers (as may be apparent).  But I'm far from complacent about Donald Trump being leader of the free world, which he IS, or rather, will be in two short months.

But politics is suddenly interesting again, social trends that needed a resounding slap upside the head have been so slapped, and the most corrupt presidential candidate in living memory got soundly thumped.

If we're all dead in four years time I'll regret it then, but not today.  Not today.

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