You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine, and you think they're probably lying to make you feel better?
Everything's going to be fine.

Saturday, June 22


Daily News Stuff 22 June 2024

Bolivians In Space Edition

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Time Patrol Bon

Is this a children's show?  That witch trial scene is brutal.

And why does exactly one character have a mobile phone?

Wait, another family has a combination cordless phone and fax machine, and definitely not a 1978 model.

Problem with a modern take on an older story that's all about messing up and restoring the flow of history is you can't tell whether apparent anachronisms are plot points or just there to keep a younger audience engaged.

Disclaimer: Unless it doesn't.

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Friday, June 21


Daily News Stuff 21 June 2024

Also Also With Edition

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  • I Will Fucking Piledrive You If You Mention AI Again.  (Ludicity)

    Man has opinions.  The opinions are mostly correct though.
    I started working as a data scientist in 2019, and by 2021 I had realized that while the field was large, it was also largely fraudulent. Most of the leaders that I was working with clearly had not gotten as far as reading about it for thirty minutes despite insisting that things like, I dunno, the next five years of a ten thousand person non-tech organization should be entirely AI focused. The number of companies launching AI initiatives far outstripped the number of actual use cases. Most of the market was simply grifters and incompetents (sometimes both!) leveraging the hype to inflate their headcount so they could get promoted, or be seen as thought leaders.
    Usually both.  Usually both.
    And then some absolute son of a bitch created ChatGPT, and now look at usLook at us, resplendent in our pauper's robes, stitched from corpulent greed and breathless credulity, spending half of the planet's engineering efforts to add chatbot support to every application under the sun when half of the industry hasn't worked out how to test database backups regularly. This is why I have to visit untold violence upon the next moron to propose that AI is the future of the business - not because this is impossible in principle, but because they are now indistinguishable from a hundred million willful fucking idiots.

  • A rant about front-end development.  (Frank M Taylor)

    Another man of conviction.
    There’s a disconcerting number of front-end developers out there who act like it wasn’t possible to generate HTML on a server prior to 2010. They talk about SSRonlyin the context of node.js and seem to have no clue that people started working on this problem when season 5 of Seinfeld was on air.

    Server-side rendering was not invented with Node. What Node brought to the table was the convenience of writing your shittydivsoup in the very same language that was invented in 10 days for the sole purpose of pissing off Java devs everywhere.

    Server-side rendering means it’s rendered on the fucking server. You can do that with PHP, ASP, JSP, Ruby, Python, Perl, CGI, and hell, R. You can server-side render a page in Lua if you want.

    Lua is actually pretty good at this.
    Do you have any idea how frustrating it is that that in order to explain my sadness to my therapist I must first explain like 5 different technologies and by the time I’m finished she’s sad just hearing it, the session’s over, and I didn’t even get to what was making me upset? Technology has made my anger a recursive function.
    You don't need a therapist, Frank.  You need a weekend blowing up abandoned vehicles with a punt gun.

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The Only AI Company Actually Worth Anything is Literally a Turtle Music Video of the Day

Evil Neuro sings the theme song from the second season of the anime Mashle.

Neuro (and her evil twin) are AI vtubers developed by a single programmer who calls himself Vedal, and they show better than anything Google or OpenAI or Anthropic or Meta have produced, how AI can make our lives better: By endlessly roasting their creator.

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Completely missed this because I don't normally check Netflix for new anime, but that's where it is.

One look and you know it's a 70s anime, except for the minor fact that it was produced this year.  Animation is by Bones, and it looks great - it still looks like a 70s anime, but an unreasonably well-animated and high-resolution 70s anime.

The original manga started in 1978, created by Fujiko Fujio, who was not a person but a decades-long collaboration of two artists best known for a little thing called Doraemon.

Disclaimer: For all I know, that might be his real name.

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Thursday, June 20


Daily News Stuff 20 June 2024

Legs Of Justice Edition

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Disclaimer: I'm at soup.

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Wednesday, June 19


Daily News Stuff 19 June 2024

Into The Out Of Edition

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  • An AI product without so much AI in it: Gigabytes 2TB AI TOP 100E SSD has an endurance rating of 219PB.  (Tom's Hardware)

    I don't know what changes they've made to achieve that, but that is a lot.  A typical drive in this category has an endurance rating around 1PB.  With the Gigabyte drive you can use the entire disk 100,000 times before you have to start worrying about it wearing out.

    Pricing not yet available, but if it's horribly expensive you'll know why.

  • Meta (that is, Facebook) has announced a method to watermark AI-generated speech.  (MIT Technology Review)

    The code - available on GitHub - adds markers to an audio file that are inaudible to humans but easily detected by the same program.

    Which of course means you can simply run the program to delete the markers, but who would do that?

  • If you were hoping for an Arm model of the Framework laptop, sorry, but here's a RISC-V motherboard for it.  (Liliputing)

    With four 1.5GHz CPU cores it's not going to set any records though.  Also, unlike regular Framework laptops, you can't expand the memory or the storage.

    It's really just for people developing software for RISC-V embedded systems.  Not a huge market but I'm sure they'll welcome this.

  • I'd sooner swallow a wasp: An AI app called Butterflies promises to destroy social media forever.  (The Verge)

    When you sign up, you create an AI personality called a Butterfly that can post text and pictures on your behalf, and interact with other Butterflies on the platform, so that you can log out and go for a walk while your account that has all your personal information attached discusses homeschooling with an FBIfly.

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Uh-oh, it's another one.

I wasn't expecting HoloEN Gen 4 this year, certainly not before HoloID Gen 4.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

The backstory is that they're a team of investigators dispatched to track down HoloEN Gen 3, whose backstory is that they're escaped supercriminals.

That will last for about 0.3 milliseconds before it devolves into chaos.

Uh, yeah, that's one of our terrifying supercriminals there.

Also, if you're looking for Reiny or Shizukou, two British indie vtubers who retired earlier this year, you might want to check Globie.

Disclaimer: The doggo and the racing giraffe, respectively.

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Tuesday, June 18


Daily News Stuff 18 June 2024

Cartesian't Edition

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Monday, June 17


Daily News Stuff 17 June 2024

Street VGA Edition

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  • Emulating a Macintosh on a Raspberry Pi...  Pico.  (

    A rather neat little project.

    The original Mac had 128k of RAM, and the Pi Pico has 256k of main memory, so in theory this should be possible.  All you need to do is squeeze a Motorola 68000 emulator and the Mac ROMs and hardware emulation into that remaining 128k.

    Oh, and that hardware emulation includes the video, and the Pi Pico has no video hardware.

    No problem, not with the help of some street cables and a bit of inspired cheating.

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  • Asus has promised to stop doing what it promised to stop doing a year ago and didn't.  (Gamers Nexus)

    A year ago the news sites gave them the benefit of doubt.  This time, not so much.

  • The future is bright for electric vehicles, say analysts as they switch their personal investments into oil and gas.  (Yahoo)
    A global survey conducted by consulting firm McKinsey, also released Wednesday, included this shocker: 29% of EV owners told McKinsey they plan to replace the EV they bought with a gasoline or diesel car, a figure that jumps to 38% for U.S. EV owners.
    This is why California is planning to outright ban all non-E Vs.  Can't have the peasants choosing what works for them.

  • Cases of flesh-eating bacteria are skyrocketing in Japan.  (MSN)

    More cases have been reported so far this year than in all of 2023, and the mortality rate is 30%.

    It's just streptococcus, but streptococcus caused a whole host of nasty diseases before readily-available antiseptics and antibiotics, many of them fatal.

  • Minisforum has a couple of new midi-PCs.  (Liliputing)

    These are eight inches square and two inches tall - much bigger than NUCs which are around four inches square, but not big.  The Mac Mini is about this size.

    The AMD model takes a low-power desktop CPU, up to 96GB of RAM, and four M.2 SSDs, and has two 2.5Gb Ethernet ports, USB 4, OCuLink, HDMI, DisplayPort, and the usual swarm of USB 3 ports.

    The Intel model includes a choice of 12th and 13th generation laptop chips, and supports 64GB of RAM, two M.2 slots, a half-height PCIe slot, two USB 4 ports, two 10Gb SFP+ Ethernet ports, two 2.5Gb Ethernet ports, plus HDMI and the usual USB 3 and USB 2 ports.

    If you want something small but with more flexibility than a NUC, these might suit.

  • Apple has joined the race to find an AI icon.  (Tech Crunch)

    And they mean that in the technical sense, a little graphical symbol that says "You are stupid and racist, now give me your credit card."

    I suggest a mugger wearing an N95 mask.

  • How can we convert OpenAI's pricing page into a news article?  (Tech Crunch)

    Oh how we will laugh when you are all replaced by the very systems you pretend to report on.

Disclaimer: Ha ha ha.  Like that.  That's how we will laugh.

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Sunday, June 16


Daily News Stuff 16 June 2024

Voyaging Edition

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  • Voyager 1 is communicating again.  (The Register)

    The probe launched in 1977 and completed its primary mission - flybys of Jupiter and Saturn - in 1980, and since then it has been travelling deeper into space just chilling (literally) and enjoying the view.

    Only four of the original eleven instruments on board are still operational, but that's enough for it to return interesting data for a little longer.

    Both Voyager probes are powered by short-lived radioisotope generators, and within the next decade the power output will have been reduced to a point where none of the instruments will work.  Shortly after that they will pass beyond the range of the Deep Space Network and we will lose contact until 2270.

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Disclaimer: Laugh while you can, monkey boy!

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Saturday, June 15


Daily News Stuff 15 June 2024

Never Say Anything Edition

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Disclaimer: Welcome to Dystopias R Us.  Do you have your receipt?

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Friday, June 14


Daily News Stuff 14 June 2024

Antiantivirus Edition

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Disclaimer: Out of a <smack> ouch.

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Thursday, June 13


Daily News Stuff 13 June 2024

Disemdelawarisationism Edition

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  • Has Elon Musk finally lost Tesla shareholders?  (New York Magazine)

    In the balance: Shareholder votes on whether to restore Musk's $50 billion compensation package, and to tell the state of Delaware to go fuck itself and reincorporate in Texas.

  • No.  (Yahoo News)

    Both votes at the Tesla AGM have reportedly passed by substantial margins.

    Ars Technica commentariat hardest hit.

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Disclaimer: A broken arrow frog is like a poison dart frog, but radioactive.

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