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Sunday, May 12

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Daily News Stuff 12 May 2024

Singing Horses Edition

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  • If you have an Asus anything, better hope it doesn't need to be repaired.  (Tom's Hardware)

    There's a video at the end of the post providing background, but among other scams, Asus wanted around $2700 to replace just the power connector on an RTX 4090 - a well-documented problem with these cards - and $200 for a literally microscopic scratch on an Ally Z1 gaming device.

    In that case the device was sent in to repair a broken joystick, and not only did Asus not offer to repair the joystick, they threatened to send the device back disassembled if the customer didn't cough up.

    This didn't go down too well because the customer in question was a hardware review channel with more than two million subscribers.


  • My new laptop is an Asus.


Tech News

Asus RMA Fail Video of the Day



Never get into an argument with a man who buys shampoo by the barrel.



Vtuber Music Video of the Day



My single favourite song from Hololive, and they've recorded a lot of songs.  The English branch by itself has something like 400 entries on the playlist.

Amazing that this came out of the mouth of a rat who even speaks Japanese with a thick Australian accent.


Disclaimer: A lot of things can happen in a year.  The king might die.  I might die.  And maybe the rat will learn to sing.

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Saturday, May 11

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Daily News Stuff 11 May 2024

A Billion Biles Abay Edition

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  • Earth is facing a Category G4 geomagnetic storm.  (The Verge)

    That's just one rating lower than the Carrington Event which was so energetic it knocked out telegraph lines across Europe and North America - except for some that heeded the warning and disconnected power in advance, which were able to keep operating even without any electricity.

    What you can expect: Pretty lights in the night sky.  (Axios)

    Fiber optics are completely immune to this, satellites are shielded, and it's not strong enough to affect the power grid.


Tech News

Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today it's Ayanda Risu and Aragami Oga's song Harapan PanPanPan, which is a Japanese / Bahasa pun.


Disclaimer: Risu is a squirrel, and her parents are Okayu and Korone, who are a cat and a dog respectively.  That's just how the Hololive family tree works.  Bijou and Kobo are each other's mothers.

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Thursday, May 09

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Daily News Stuff 10 May 2024

Squashed Edition

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Tech News


Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today it's Fujikura Uruka's violin rendition of Pippa the Rippa.

Sounds catchy?  You want to listen to the original?  Well, you can't.  It died.





Disclaimer: It died of moider.

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Daily News Stuff 9 May 2024

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  • Underpants gnomes, eat your heart out.

    Stack Overflow signed a deal with OpenAI - creators of ChatGPT - to sell off user data at a presumably enormous profit.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The users of course don't see a penny of this.

    Understandably annoyed, those users started editing their content.  They can't delete answers that have been accepted due to the way Stack Overflow works, but they can update them and render the data worthless.

    So Stack Overflow started banning its own best users.

    To rub salt into the wound, Stack Overflow has long banned its users from using generative AI to help write those answers, but has no qualms whatsoever about selling your work.

    This likely violates the terms of Europe's GDPR, so let's see what the lawsuit fairy brings.


Tech News

  • Don't buy an Intel 14900K for gaming.

    Now that Intel has walked back its chip-frying levels of automated overclocking, Hardware Unboxed has re-tested the 14900K against AMD's 7800X3D on a range of games.



    The two chips perform about the same.

    But the Intel chip is 50% more expensive and uses twice as much power.

    Note that this is still with the Intel chip running at 250W at all times, just not previous levels that went as high as 400W.

    Intel now recommends default power settings of 125W, which will definitely reduce performance - and is still more power than the AMD chip uses.


  • US libraries are fighting for a better deal on e-books.  (Axios)
    "We need the coercive power of the state sitting behind us at the table saying, 'We need a special slice of the pie.'"
    Suddenly I'm feeling that the people who burned the library at Alexandria weren't all bad.


  • Google is leaving its godawful offices in San Francisco.  (SF Chronicle)

    Continuing the hollowing out of what I'm told used to be a nice town.

    Google is not yet leaving the city entirely, much less the state.  But maybe.


  • Minisforum's AtomMan X7 has an Intel 185H CPU (6 P cores and 10 E cores), up to 96GB of RAM, four video outputs, two M.2 slots, and a four inch built-in display.  (Notebook Check)

    And dual 5Gbit Ethernet ports and, somehow, a camera.

    Which sound neat until you look at the photos and realise that it's not plugged in to anything.  The configuration pictured would need a minimum of five cables.

Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today it's Neuro-sama singing Dubidubidu, which was originally performed by Christell Jazmin Rodriguez Carrillo on Chilean television in 2003, when she was...  Five.  Then for no apparent reason other than it is kind of catchy it suddenly became a huge meme last year.

Neuro-sama herself is an AI, and I don't use the term lightly.  Although she's the work of a single developer and has the intellect of a precocious and bratty five year old herself, that's infinitely preferable to billion-dollar corporate efforts like OpenAI's ChatGPT or Google's Whatever It's Name is Today, which exist solely to lie to you and call you racist.

Neuro-sama exists to drive you insane and send you bankrupt.



Disclaimer: Don't let her order pizza.

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Wednesday, May 08

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Daily News Stuff 8 May 2024

You Say Wah Edition

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  • Speaking of laptops, the old new laptop - the one I bought two years ago that has been waiting all this time to be set up - has a working Windows license again.

    And it runs my modded Minecraft instance at 60fps with shaders enabled.

    It could probably do more but it's only a 60fps screen.


  • Asus leaked the part number and specs of AMD's upcoming Strix Point laptop chips.  (AnandTech)

    Twelve cores - four Zen 5 and eight Zen 5c, which are identical but run at clock speeds about 25% lower, 36MB cache, a top speed of 5.1GHz on the main cores, and 77 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of AI thingy.

    That's double the AI thingy of Apple's M4, which has a 38 TOPS thingy.


  • China's latest GPU beats the best chips from AMD.  (Tom's Hardware)

    That is, the best chips from AMD from 2008.

    It's roughly equivalent to a Radeon 4850.  I had one of those.  Passive cooler.  Played Mass Effect and Dragon Age on it.

    It definitely slowed down in big combat scenes but it was mostly okay.


  • Micron's new LPCAMM2 memory modules are now available for purchase.  (WCCFTech)

    In one speed, LPDDR5X-7500.

    $175 for 32GB and $330 for 64GB.  Not cheap but 80% cheaper than Apple and even more cheaper than replacing your whole computer because the RAM is soldered in place not that I'm bitter about that right now.


  • An OpenAI executive says that ChatGPT will be "laughably bad" in twelve months.  (Business Insider)

    Hey, give yourself some credit.  It's laughably bad right now.



Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today's effort is a collab from Hololive's Gawr Gura and Callipe Mori, who between them have approximately seventeen billion subscribers.


Disclaimer: Subscriber numbers may settle in shipping.

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Tuesday, May 07

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Daily News Stuff 7 May 2024

Excluded Mondays Edition

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Tech News

Random Vtuber Music Video of the Day


Not Hololive today, but indie vtuber Midas, with Touch Tone Telephone.



Disclaimer: Cause I'm the right one, on my VOLTE telephone.

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Monday, May 06

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Daily News Stuff 6 May 2024

Bibbidy Bobbidy What Edition

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Random Vtuber Music Video of the Day


Today it's Suisei of Hololive's Generation 0.


Disclaimer: Fleem.

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Sunday, May 05

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Daily News Stuff 5 May 2024

Break Brakes In Case Of Car Edition

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Tech News

  • Understanding Stein's paradox.  (Joe Antognini)

    Well, that didn't work.


  • Why RAG won't solve generative AI's hallucination problem.  (Tech Crunch)
    Because models have no real intelligence and are simply predicting words, images, speech, music and other data according to a private schema, they sometimes get it wrong. Very wrong.
    What RAG does is tell the AI to look the damn answer up instead of making it up.

    For which the AI is entirely unnecessary.


  • 4060 Ti or 7700 XT?  (Tom's Hardware)

    Following price cuts from both Nvidia and AMD, the judges award this round to the 7700 XT.  In fact, I've seen the 7700 XT (which has 12GB of RAM) selling for less than even the 8GB model of the 4060 Ti, making the choice easy.


  • Setting up computers all over the place, including a new Linux server at home running Ubuntu 24.04.

    Dug out the spare Dell laptop that had the spare 4TB SSD in it, and that has now been moved over to the new Asus laptop.  The Dell itself doesn't seem to have survived the move - or didn't survive sitting idle for two years.  Either way.

    That frees up 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD for a second Linux server.

    The Linux servers will be called Voms and Versen.  The Asus laptop is Maomao.

    I still need to come up with names for the two main Dell laptops.  They were originally going to be Sana and Pomu, but both of them have now granulated.


Disclaimer: The Team MP44 is awarded a rating of "sucks", after failing completely under both Windows and Linux.

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Saturday, May 04

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Daily News Stuff 4 May 2024

Flying East For The Spring Edition

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Tech News

  • Building a Threadripper workstation and need lots of fast memory but also want ECC?  V-Color has you covered.  (Serve the Home)

    192GB at DDR5-7200 speeds.

    Though you only get full speed if you have one DIMM per channel, so if you need more (and your motherboard has more than four slots) it will slow down.


  • If you need even faster memory - like HBM - you can place your orders now for delivery in 2026.  (AnandTech)

    Hynix's production is already sold out for 2024 and most of 2025.


  • Google's search results, already almost useless, are getting worse.  (The Register)
    "It has happened," wrote developer Arian van Putten in a social media post over the weekend. "The number one Google result was an official Pulumi documentation page that was clearly written by an LLM (it had a disclaimer that it was) and hallucinated an AWS feature that didn't exist. This is the beginning of the end."
    Pulumi, the company generating the AI results, has been very responsive to the problem, has taken down two thirds of the pages and is reviewing the remainder for incorrect answers.

    Google meanwhile offered the cannedest of canned replies."

    Bing, meanwhile...  Didn't have the same problem.  So score one for Microsoft.


  • Generating 1024 bit prime numbers the hard way.  (GlitchComet)

    The easy way is to just copy and paste.  Here you go:

    177720646511895772991045629522972753502676425002016283330
    773868745109334356532783500581560425145704773959769930413
    789872718529515289471187735819720465888854952471427632098
    554011932730921272830418010265570121099752587584547435013
    097108422373834015070668330390239397186506619029851158511
    460040722871392491661731


  • If you play Helldivers 2 and live in Monaco or San Marino or Andorra or any of about seventy other countries, publisher Sony says fuck you.  (GamesRadar)

    You will now be required to sign up to the PlayStation Network to play the game on Windows.  The PlayStation Network is only available in about half the countries of the world.


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1789328513629836943472795292264974541501166565036574725
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1610214008994911640740678157324661840422519222369859222
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Friday, May 03

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Daily News Stuff 3 May 2024

Water in the Fire Edition

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Tech News

  • Every map of China is wrong.  (Medium)

    If you overlay satellite data on maps of China, nothing seems to line up properly.

    This is because all recent map of China are wrong - deliberately so, with locations shifted by anything from 50 to 500 meters.

    And nobody in China is permitted to correct the errors.


  • There's another critical security vulnerability in GitLab.  (Ars Technica)

    GitLab is great.

    Under no circumstances should you run your own instance connected directly to the internet.


  • Nurses say hospital adoption of half-cooked AI is reckless.  (TechDirt)

    I'm sure they do, and I'm sure it is, but this article not only provides no evidence whatsoever for these claims, it doesn't even provide any coherent claims.


  • Kobo's 2024 e-reader models are user-repairable.  (Liliputing)

    In the sense that a moderately experienced user with a $20 screwdriver set can open them up and replace the screen, battery, and motherboard, and the front and back parts of the case if the damage is physical rather than electronic.

    Which is not everything, but is certainly something.


Disclaimer: Which is not nothing.

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