Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Sunday, March 03

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Daily News Stuff 3 March 2024

Squeak Squeak Squeaker Edition

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  • Most of the talents from the soon-to-be defunct Prism Project have confirmed they will be continuing as indie vtubers.

    Sara Nagare plans to quit her part time job to focus on it full time, since without corporate backing she'll have to do all her own management - and will also make twice as much money.

    Kou Tsubame is the only one so far that will be suspending streaming after the end of March.


  • Can I offer you a Banpire in these trying times?  Hololive's Yozora Mel is returning to her personal channel in about an hour.

    She was fired earlier this year for an NDA violation; basically she discussed her job with a trusted friend...  Who turned out to be not at all trustworthy.


Why Do They Do It Video of the Day

Two of the talents from Prism Generation 7 mentioned in streams today that there were three thousand people auditioning for just three spots in their small vtuber agency.

Why do it?  Why try so hard?

Because if you do make it into the big leagues, stuff like this can happen:



Mumei offered to hand-draw the avatars of anyone who sent in a donation of $50 or more.  (After YouTube and Hololive, but before taxes, she keeps about a third of that.)

She opened donations for one minute.

She got $27,000.


Disclaimer: And RSI after 40 hours of drawing.

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Saturday, March 02

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Daily News Stuff 33 February 2024

All Dates Approximate Edition

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  • A tale of two tales: Elon Musk sues OpenAI and Sam Altman over "betrayal" of nonprofit AI mission.  (Tech Crunch)

    OpenAI was founded specifically as a nonprofit, chartered with a mission to produce AI for the public good.

    This was the source of the drama last year when Sam Altman was removed by the board - the board was trying to return OpenAI to something closer to its original mission.  But money talked, and Altman was soon restored as chief bullshitter.

    Musk's suit hinges on how much of the nonprofit's charter and statements made at the time can be held as legally binding - since he provided much of the original funding.


  • Speaking of chief bullshitters here's The Verge's terrible take on the story.  (The Verge)

    That's not reporting, it's propaganda.


Tech News

  • This takes major talent.  (MSN)

    Home brand and budget soft drinks (as in soda/pop) and mineral water have disappeared from supermarket shelves in Australia due to - I am not making this up - a shortage of carbon dioxide.

    Supplies are expected to resume by the end of the year, maybe.


  • Apropos of nothing, I just bought a SodaStream.


  • Apple is un-killing persistent web apps in the EU.  (Apple Insider)

    "This has nothing to do with the EU investigation," said an Apple spokesman on conditions of anonymity.  "We listened to our users.  Lol.  Don't print that."


  • Here's an 8.8" tablet with a 2560x1600 screen, a fast CPU, 16GB of RAM, and upgradeable storage.  (Hot Hardware)

    Only problem is it's a chunky monkey and runs Windows and costs about three times as much as Lenovo's Android-based Legion Y700.

    Only problem with the Y700 is you can't officially buy it outside China.


  • JPEG XL and the Pareto Front.  (Cloudinary)

    A very, very, very detailed look at recent improvements to the JPEG XL library, showing off performance improvements, resource reductions, and quality advantages over JPEG.

    When you over-compress JPEG it gets blocky and ugly, but JPEG XL just gets overly smooth.


Not At All Tech News

  • Vtuber agency Prism Project is ending.  (Twitter)

    I've been watching Prism since 2021; it's been my second favourite agency, though it has never made huge numbers.  Sony Music acquired the company in 2022, and launched three new generations of talents last year, but it looks like it's fallen victim to cost-cutting by the corporate parent.

    Update: Prism talents have now said specifically that this is not related to recent layoffs at Sony, though they can't go into a lot of detail.

    But in a masterclass of how to do things right, Sony is transferring all rights to the character models, existing content, and online accounts to the individual talents, so they can all continue as independent channels.

    It's a stark contrast to Nijisanji, which bullied Selen Tatsuki into a suicide attempt, seized control of her online accounts while she was hospitalised, fired her, defamed her, and deleted three years of content.


Disclaimer: How bad do you have to be to make Sony look good?

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Friday, March 01

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Daily News Stuff 30 February 2024

Double Plus Leap Edition

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  • Self-service gas pumps failed across New Zealand because, uh, it was February 29.  (Ars Technica)

    This has never happened before in the history of last week.

    At least we have New Zealand to give engineers in the rest of the world a couple of hours' notice that they've written some really stupid code.


  • Intel has rebranded Altera as Altera.  (Serve the Home)

    Intel bought FPGA maker Altera in 2015, renamed it the Intel Programmable Solutions Group, and then basically forgot it existed.

    Which is what you tend to do when you spend nearly $17 billion on something.

    I guess.


  • No HDMI 2.1 for you.  (Tom's Hardware)

    AMD offered an open-source HDMI driver for Linux, supporting all the advanced features of HDMI 2.1, for free.

    The HDMI Forum said no.

    AMD said, well everyone should just use DisplayPort then.


  • Rockstar Games has told workers to return to work.  (Bloomberg)

    This is a real article on a real website.


  • Socialism is bad.  (The Verge)

    I'm not sure The Verge intended to write a 2000-word diatribe against socialism, but it did.


  • 112 falsehoods programmers believe about time.  (GitHub)

    Some of these are obvious.  Some of them are obvious when you think about it a bit.

    And some of them are not at all obvious, and if you look up the details behind them you find some epic tale about the war between King Walter IV of Karelia and the Ruthenian Orthodox Church that led to the calendar being changed five times in four years, or the time zone in Siberia that has no permanent residents but goes in and out of daylight savings time every three and a half weeks.

    Handling real-world time is like handling Unicode: It's much easier for everyone if you just pretend it doesn't exist.


  • Reddit "should" IPO at a valuation of $5 billion LOL.  (Tech Crunch)

    I received an invitation to buy shares in Reddit before the IPO, since I've been on every social network in the world basically forever except for Twitter which kept banning my account when it was being held hostage by commies.  (YouTube only banned me once, the day they first turned the ContentID system on.  Thanks very much, Sony Music.)

    Anyway: Yeah, nah.


Disclaimer: Double plus nah, in fact.

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Thursday, February 29

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Daily News Stuff 29 February 2024

What Could Possibly Go Worng Edition


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Disclaimer: Your Amazon package has been eaten.

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Wednesday, February 28

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Daily News Stuff 28 February 2024

Squirrel Voldemort Edition


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Disclaimer: TSMC is expected to respond with a 0nm process in 2028.

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Tuesday, February 27

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Daily News Stuff 27 February 2024

Incoherent Aliens Edition

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Disclaimer: Oh my God, it's full of idiots.

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Monday, February 26

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Daily Tech News 26 February 2024

Golden Rabbit Edition

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Disclaimer: Five bucks and a cup of coffee will get you...  Wait.

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Sunday, February 25

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Daily News Stuff 25 February 2024

Replimication Edition

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  • The replication crisis is an ongoing problem in science, and particularly in medicine and psychology, where peer-reviewed papers that supposedly have a 95% probability of demonstrating a real effect cannot be replicated between 50% and 90% of the time.

    It turns out that AI is a cure for this problem.  (Stanford)

    When querying Google Gemini for medical information, half of the papers referenced do not even exist, and 90% do not actually make the claims Gemini reports.

    Cure?  Well sure.  If a paper doesn't exist, it can't be wrong.

Tech News


Disclaimer: The answer is bees.

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Saturday, February 24

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Daily News Stuff 24 February 2024

Turkeys All The Way Down Edition

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Disclaimer: Out of cheese?  How can you be out of cheese?  I gave you cheese yesterday!

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Friday, February 23

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Daily News Stuff 23 February 2024

Want To See Me Do It Again Edition

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Disclaimer: I'm not sure anything can make AI any worse at this point.

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