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Thursday, May 18


Daily News Stuff 18 May 2023

Have You Tried Looking Under The Sofa Edition

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  • Has ChatGPT been neutered?  (Hacker News)

    Lots of people saying yes, they use ChatGPT and it gets more useless every week.

    Lots of other people saying they don't use ChatGPT but the above people are clearly lying.

  • What happened with Asus routers this morning?  (Downtown Doug Brown)

    No answer, but it looks like it automatically downloaded a file of firmware update information - even if you have automated updates turned off, it downloads that file so it can tell you an update is available - and the file was bad and the router plotzed.

    Fortunately a simple reboot would fix it.

  • A review of the QNAP QSW-2104-2T switch.  (Serve the Home)

    A very short review since it's an unmanaged switch without even POE.  It's not even complicated enough for QNAP to inject security flaws.  It works great because it's too dumb to fail.

  • Mojo is Python only not.

    Sounds great.  Where can I download the source code?

    You can't.



    Docker container?

    Usually, sir, but there's been a lot of demand and we've run out.

  • The Analogue Duo is a PC Engine / TurboGrafx hardware emulator.  (Notebook Check)

    It uses an FPGA to precisely emulate the hardware rather than using software which would be cheaper and easier and probably off by a millisecond here or there.

    I want a Sharp X68000 emulator.

    Oh.  Here's six.  (Gametech Wiki)a

    Dragon Spirit also ran on the TurboGrafx but the X68000 port was the best.

Disclaimer: I only wanted one, but six will do.

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Wednesday, May 17


Daily News Stuff 17 May 2023

Hot And Cold Edition

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Disclaimer: I mean, it seems like it would all be much simpler if we would just...  Not.

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Tuesday, May 16


Daily News Stuff 16 May 2023

Sometimes The Bad Die Young Edition

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  • Vice Media has filed for bankruptcy.  (New York Times)

    Once valued at $5.7 billion by idiots, the company is being sold off to one group of creditors for $225 million, which is less than is outstanding on an existing loan from the group so they get nothing.

Tech News

Disclaimer: E before I except after Z.  This message brought to you by the Alphabetical Order Association of America.

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Monday, May 15


Daily News Stuff 15 May 2023

Do Not Flaunt Happy Fun Ball Edition

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  • HP has a new Pavilion Aero 13 range, replacing the 5800U with a 7735U, which is to say a 6800U.  (Liliputing)

    This offers basically the same CPU performance as before, but double the graphics performance, so it's a pretty solid update.

    It's configurable with a decent 1920x1200 screen or a very nice 2560x1600 version, has the Four Essential Keys, and comes 8GB or 16GB of RAM soldered in place, which is not so nice.  If you want a small, light notebook with a great screen and don't need to run anything intensive - or only use one application at a time - it's pretty good.  But with 32GB of RAM it would be great.

  • Apple is reportedly preparing the new M3 Pro chip for laptops, with 12 CPU cores (sort of), 18 GPU cores, and 36GB of RAM.  (Bloomberg)
    I’m sure you’re wondering: How can Apple possibly fit that many cores on a chip? The answer is the 3-nanometer manufacturing process, which the company will be switching to with its M3 line. That approach allows for higher-density chips, meaning a designer can fit more cores into an already small processor.
    No, I'm not wondering that, because I'm not an idiot.

    AMD's 6800U processor mentioned above has 8 CPU cores - all full-size, not half full and half crippled - and 12 GPU cores, is built on TSMC's 6nm process, and measures 208 square mm.  And was launched at the beginning of last year.

  • OpenSearch hasn't failed.  (InfoWorld)

    OpenSearch was born out of a dispute between Elasticsearch and Amazon.  Amazon offered Elasticsearch as a service.  Elasticsearch didn't like that but couldn't do much about it because their code was open source, so they change the license to make it less open to prevent Amazon from doing this.

    Amazon took the previous version of Elasticsearch, under the old open source license, renamed it OpenSearch, and started updating it themselves.

    And...  It seems to be working.

  • Crucial's 2TB P3 SSD is available at Amazon for $88.  (Tom's Hardware)

    On the one hand, it's not a high-end drive; it's DRAMless QLC, which used to be instant death but is now merely kind of meh thanks to dramatically improved controllers.

    On the other hand, my benchmark price for a decent budget SSD is $100 per TB, and this is less than half that.

    Team's 2TB MP33 is available for $78, and that's TLC, though it's a slower controller - it maxes out at about 2GB per second, and gets quite slow if you need to write hundreds of gigabytes of data all at once.  (Tom's Hardware)

    But if you do that, you can probably afford more than $78 for an SSD.

  • You can run LLaMA 13B on a 6GB graphics card.  (GitHub)

    Previously - as in, last week - you would have looked towards the smaller 7B model if you were looking to run LLMs on budget hardware, but with some adjustments the 13B model runs well enough on an RTX 2060 or a laptop RTX 3060.

    This should work for Alpacas and Vicunas as well.  No word as yet on Guanacos, or on Old World camelids.

Disclaimer: Old World Camelids WBAGNFARB.

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Sunday, May 14


Daily News Stuff 14 May 2023

Capippalism Ho Edition

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Disclaimer: For small values of five.

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Saturday, May 13


Daily News Stuff 13 May 2023

Oh Nyo Edition

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Video of the Day

Asus motherboards have been blowing up Ryzen 7000X3D CPUs by applying too much voltage.

Asus has provided an emergency BIOS patch to prevent this.

If you use it, it voids your motherboard warranty.

If you don't use it, it might void your CPU.

Tech YouTubers are not impressed.

Disclaimer: Powdered snow is no match for HIC!

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Friday, May 12


Daily News Stuff 12 May 2023

Plus Ca Change, Plus A L'orange Edition

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  • It's nice to see that some things never change.  MongoDB's memory management is still complete shit, for example.

  • A month ago we were still wondering if it was an April Fool's prank, and now it's (almost) here: The Asus ROG Ally.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This is a handheld gaming PC, like the Steam Deck or a bigger and more expensive Nintendo Switch.  It has a Ryzen Z1 or Z1 Extreme (a variant of the laptop 7840U chip), 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a seven inch 1080p screen.

    The new CPU is about twice as fast as the one in the Steam Deck, but because the display resolution is also roughly doubled - two million pixels vs. one million on the Steam Deck - game performance on default settings is typically a little slower.

    Oh, and it runs Windows, where the Steam Deck runs Linux with neat emulation that works with almost all Windows games.

    Impressive piece of technology, but the battery life isn't there yet.

    Price is $599 compared to $549 for a comparable Steam Deck, which is pretty good for the more powerful hardware.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Sorry not sorry.

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Thursday, May 11


Daily News Stuff 11 May 2023

Shake Supremacist Edition

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  • Google's Pixel Tablet has launched in three colours to match your carpet.   (Notebook Check)


  • Remembering Google's only good tablet.  (Ars Technica)

    The 2012 Nexus 7 was okay for the time, but quickly forgotten.

    The 2013 model was not only one of the best tablets available at the time, it is actually better - should you find one that still works - than any small Android tablet available in 2023, with the sole exception of the China-only Lenovo Y700.

    Naturally Google never made a newer model.

  • Don't bother with PCIe 5 SSDs.  (Tom's Hardware)

    They're not a lot faster than PCIe 4, they're a lot more expensive, and they run so hot they will shut down under heavy load and crash your computer.

  • Your GDPR-compliant analytics aren't GDPR-compliant.  (Pilcrow)

    The solution is Redis, as it often is, specifically HyperLogLogs, which can count unique values in a small amount of memory while making it impossible to retrieve the original distinct values.

    So you can count the number of unique visitors per hour, day, week, and month, and generate only 30MB of data per year even if you have tens of millions of visitors.

    It's done using complicated mathematics, or in other words, magic.

  • Disney+ lost four million subscribers in the first quarter of 2023.  (Thurrott)

    No problem, they can replace them with AI chatbots.

Disclaimer: You can't say that, Mickey, that's racist.

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Wednesday, May 10


Daily News Stuff 10 May 2023

Beware The Owl Edition

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  • Twitter is planning to launch encrypted direct messages, voice and video chat, and other features.  (The Verge)

    Targeting platforms like Telegram and Discord respectively.  

    Makes sense.  You can't realistically try to take incumbent services head-on, but if you have a platform that tens of millions of people use for something else, you can add features that make them less likely to switch to other, single-purpose apps.

    Like hiring Tucker Carlson so they stay on Twitter rather than watching Fox News.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Ack.  Pfft.

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Tuesday, May 09


Daily News Stuff 9 May 2023

ZFS Destroy Edition

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Disclaimer: And sow the ground with salt.

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