What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Sunday, June 02

Geek

Daily News Stuff 2 June 2024

Disempenguinated Edition

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Disclaimer: If pain persists, double the dosage.

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Saturday, June 01

Geek

Into The Tessereactor

I think the Minecraft modpack is done.  There's nothing I know of to add, and nothing that is causing problems.

It will be uploaded to Curseforge soon, and I'll upload the file here as well - the modpack definition file is only about 600K.

The goal of this is a "vanilla plus plus" feel; that everything in the modpack is something Mojang might add if Microsoft weren't terrified of upsetting the players.  So there are no crazy magic mods, and no dramatic changes to the look and feel.  It doesn't add to or change any of the status bars, and you start the game empty handed looking for a tree to punch just as always.

But there's a lot of stuff in there; even without the special tricks it has ten times as many different creatures and twenty times as many items as base Minecraft.

The focus is on exploration, building, and crafting, rather than combat or role-playing.

Some highlights:

Building and Crafting

  • Create, along with a number of add-ons
  • Chipped, which alone adds about seven thousand new decorative blocks - and seven new workstations for creating and modifying them
  • Chisels and Bits, which lets you use a chisel to carve Minecraft blocks into any shape you fancy
  • Domum Ornamentum, which lets you take two Minecraft blocks (including blocks from other mods) and a pattern, and create a new block combining them

Dimensions

Without going totally crazy, there are a lot of new dimensions, including:
  • The Aether (with add-ons)
  • The Bumblezone
  • The Everbright
  • The Everdawn
  • The Feywild
  • The Twilight Forest
  • The Undergarden
Meanwhile the Nether and the End have been upgraded with Incendium and Nullscape and several other mods.


Creatures

Again, a lot of new beasties, many of them not automatically hostile.
  • Bugs Aplenty
  • Cane's Wonderful Spiders
  • Creeper Overhaul
  • Critters and Companions
  • Enderman Overhaul
  • Exotic Birds
  • Grimoire of Gaia, which includes a number of hostile mobs so they are set to only start showing up after 28 days in game
  • More Mob Variants, which includes all the new wolf types coming in 1.21
  • Nether Depths
  • Nether Overhaul
  • Productive Bees
  • Unusual Fish
  • What the Gecko

Others

  • Villages and villagers have received a major upgrade combining about thirty different mods and resource packs - though they're still kind of dumb because the AI upgrade I tried made the game crash
  • Food and drink are completely overhauled, with Aquaculture, Croptopia, Farmer's Delight giving a huge range of crops and cooking options, and the Let's Do series bringing wine, beer, spirits, tea and coffee, and candlelit dinners
  • New measures to protect and enhance your pets - plus a lot of new pets to find
  • Easier travel with Small Ships, Immersive Aircraft, and from Tameable Beasts several new steeds to ride - some of which can fly

It works within the default 4GB heap allocated by the Curseforge loader, and runs fine in 16GB of RAM even with a bunch of other stuff active.

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Daily News Stuff 1 June 2024

Xboxnt Edition

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  • Xbox is was down.  (Reddit)

    Pixy, your Xbox and Xbox 360 are sitting in a box in the garage, and your Xbox Series X is sitting in its original box in the closet because you still haven't opened it.  What do you care?

    I can't log in to Minecraft.

    I have Minecraft installed.  I have my own server.  I can't play it because a service I don't use and don't care about is down.
    You may not be able to sign-in to your Xbox profile, may be disconnected while signed in, or have other related problems. Features that require sign-in like most games, apps and social activity won't be available.
    This apparently includes offline single-player games that you have already installed on your console.  And Minecraft.


  • Live Nation has confirmed earlier reports of a data breach.  (Tech Crunch)

    The company itself wasn't hacked, but:
    A spokesperson for Ticketmaster, who would not provide their name but responded from the company’s media email address, told TechCrunch that its stolen database was hosted on Snowflake, a Boston-based cloud storage and analytics company.
    I hate cloud storage.
    Snowflake said in a post on Friday that it had informed a "limited number of customers who we believe may have been impacted" by attacks "targeting some of our customers' accounts." Snowflake did not describe the nature of the attacks, or if data had been stolen from customer accounts.
    The problem there is that when Snowflake says "a limited number of customers", they mean "a handful of the largest corporations in America", not "a small number of individual people".

    And just one of Snowflakes customers had half a billion customers of its own.

    As always with security, it's only as strong as the Post-it note on the intern's desk at your cloud storage provider.


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Disclaimer: Pfeh.

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Friday, May 31

Geek

Daily News Stuff 31 May 2024

Leave It In The Ground Edition

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  • Fracking wastewater from Pennsylvania alone could provide 40% of domestic lithium requirements for the US.  (Ars Technica)

    The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania contains enough natural gas to meet all domestic requirements for 18 years all by itself, and is also rich in lithium.  So rich that the wastewater from fracking efforts is just loaded with the stuff.

    The Ars commentariat is outraged at the thought that extracting critical energy resources could provide other critical resources for free.  There's not enough lithium in the world for that lot.

Tech News


Anime Music Video of the Day


Song is My Type by Saint Motel, an indie band from Los Angeles and one of the few bands currently active that I genuinely enjoy, what with me being 29 and all.

Anime is the recently aired Apothecary Diaries, which is truly excellent and recommended to everyone except children.  It's not an adult anime, but it is a grown up anime.



Disclaimer: Answer me these questions three, before the other side you see.

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Thursday, May 30

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Daily News Stuff 30 May 2024

In Alaska In February With The Windows Open Edition

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Disclaimer: Beans.

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Wednesday, May 29

Geek

Daily News Stuff 29 May 2024

Database go boom at work.

Had to tape it all back together.

Much fun.

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Tuesday, May 28

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Daily News Stuff 28 May 2024

Sue All The Things Edition

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Disclaimer: There is no fork either.  I think all our cutlery is in the dishwasher.

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Monday, May 27

Geek

Daily News Stuff 27 May 2024

Nice Generators Don't Explode Edition

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  • Widespread power failure at one of the two data centers where I have servers.  In fact, it was so widespread that it took out servers I have with two different providers.

    Yes, they have battery backup and generators.

    No, those didn't work.  At all.

    But at least this time they didn't explode and set off the sprinkler system leaving the company with weeks of cleanup work.


  • Families of the victims in the Uvalde shooting, and the remoras with legs they call lawyers, are suing Activision and Facebook.  (Tech Crunch)

    They blame Call of Duty for turning a psychopath into, well, a psychopath.

    The Call of Duty series has sold around half a billion copies over the past twenty years.  If it were the problem, we would know.


Tech News

  • The Unreal Engine license requires programmers to use inclusive language in their code.  (Bounding into Comics)

    In particular, the license takes aim at using genders where none are specifically required by the context, and to avoid vernacular that might be unclear to those not familiar with English.

    That's going to go down well with the speakers of gendered languages like French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, whose languages Unreal owner Epic Games just collectively mega-aggressed.


  • Is the RTX 4060 really better than the RTX 3060.  Yes.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's not worth upgrading, perhaps, but there are very few cases where the 3060 is objectively better.


  • Windows 11 IoT Enterprise LTSC is coming - and it can run in 2GB of RAM.  (Tom's Hardware)

    That's because it strips out all the crap that nobody wants.  It doesn't even have the TPM requirement that Microsoft declared an absolute minimum for Windows 11 compatibility.

    Which is why you're not allowed to buy it.


  • One in nine US children are being diagnosed as children.  (NPR)
    Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a professor of pediatric neurology at Case Western Reserve University, says he suspects some parents may be reluctant to put their kids on ADHD medication out of misguided concerns. "There's the myth that it's addictive, which it's not." He says studies have shown people treated with ADHD have no increased risk of drug abuse.
    Really?  Let's ask another expert.
    The hypotheses underlying the procedure might be called into question; the ... intervention might be considered very audacious; but such arguments occupy a secondary position because it can be affirmed now that [this is] not prejudicial to either physical or psychic life of the patient, and also that recovery or improvement may be obtained frequently in this way.
    Oh, my mistake.  The second quote was talking about lobotomies.


  • ICQ is shutting down after 28 years.  (The Verge)

    I don't think I ever used it.


Disclaimer: I don't want to set the data center on fire; I just want to start a little flame in your motherboard.

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Well, at least it wasn't a fire.
At roughly 6:20am EST the facility where [name of hosting company] operates its DAL1 data center ... lost utility power.  Redundant power sources, UPS and generators, did not operate as designed thus causing the entire facility to lose power.
A few hours later:
All [name of hosting company] servers and infrastructure now have power fully restored. If you are experiencing any issues with your server(s), please open a support ticket so that we can troubleshoot the problem.
This server needed some manual intervention before the blogs were accessible again.

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Sunday, May 26

Geek

Daily News Stuff 26 May 2024

Curtainsed Edition

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Disclaimer: According to to this jar of satay sauce I identify as a family of four.

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