Wednesday, November 21


Daily News Stuff 21 November 2018

Tech News

  • Apple and Amazon have teamed up to "Enhance Customer Experience" by banning second-hand products.  (TechDirt)

    Unless the second-hand reseller can
    prove they spend at least $2.5 million dollars every 90 days buying Apple products "directly from a national wireless carrier or retailer with over $5 billion in annual sales”
    Or in other words, haha fuck you.

  • Google just pulled the plug on Android malware apps with an aggregate of 580,000 downloads.  (TechCrunch)

    Google pulled 700,000 malicious apps from their store in 2017 alone.  Not downloads, apps.

  • The ODROID-H2 is a Gemini Lake Atom board with everything you might want for a latter-day Cobalt Qube.  (Liliputing)

    Well, almost.  It has a quad-core CPU, supports up to 32GB RAM, has an M.2 slot and two SATA ports, two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort, two gigabit ethernet ports, two 1/8" audio jacks and an S/PDIF optical port.  And it's passively cooled, and completely silent.

    It also has an eMMC socket if you want to have a dedicated boot drive and a proprietary expansion header for, um, proprietary expansion header things.

    It's a pretty small board - just 4.3" square - so the M.2 and SO-DIMM sockets are on the bottom.

    The one thing it lacks is WiFi, but they do have a USB WiFi adaptor for $6.  The board itself is available for pre-order for $111.

  • I used that Humble Bundle bulk download button.  Now I have 50GB of Fairy Tale manga.  Be warned.

Video of the Day

A reminder not to invade Moscow in winter with tin soldiers.

Picture of the Day
50GB of Fairy Tale manga.

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1 "It’s another embarrassing security lapse by Google, which has long faced criticism for its backseat approach to app and mobile security compared to Apple, which some say is far too restrictive and selective about which apps make it into its walled garden."
If only there were a spot somewhere between those two positions!
Regarding the ODROID--there's a lot of small SBCs coming out that have a lot of power compared to stuff like Arduino.  Last year when I got my laptop I played around with an ultraportable that had something like an N4400, and for basic web browsing and stuff it was surprisingly decent.  You wouldn't want to be doing video transcoding or compiling the Linux kernel on it (or probably not even opening more than a handful of browser tabs) but within its limits it was pretty capable.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, November 22 2018 12:47 AM (Q/JG2)

2 Thanks for mentioning the Humble Bundle Bulk Download button!  I hadn't heard they instituted one.  Hopefully that means I can retire the Javascript I found online that was a messy kludge for downloading everything.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Thursday, November 22 2018 04:40 AM (Q7Wqc)

3 Hmm, just tried the Humble Bundle bulk download button, apparently it still requires you to set a default save location and reconfigure each applicable content type to silently save if you don't want to deal with a save window for each download.  And , of course, reverse all that at the end.  Ugh.  I was hoping it would bundle them into a zip file ala drivethruRPG.  Oh well, still an improvement, just not as nice a one as I first thought.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Thursday, November 22 2018 04:49 AM (Q7Wqc)

4 Rick C - There's malware on the Apple store as well, so...   

And yeah, this latest generation of Atom processors is finally good enough for everyday tasks.  The low-power tasks aren't great at heavy workloads because they're limited by the 6W TDP, but for browsing the web they do pretty well.
StargazerA5 - What I did with the bulk download was set it to use Bittorrent, and then just leave Deluge (the BT client I prefer) to download everything over a couple of days.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, November 22 2018 09:30 AM (PiXy!)

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