A cricket bat!
Twelve years, and four psychiatrists!
I kept biting them!
They said you weren't real.

Saturday, February 09


Daily News Stuff 9 February 2019

Tech News

  • Google is an open-source ClusterFuzz.  (Tech Crunch)

    Wait.  That might not be entirely correct.

    Fuzzing is a testing technique that automatically generates random inputs for your program - or carefully designed evil inputs, or some combination.  There are lots of tools for this already, but another one is welcome.

  • Pikazon, I ChooseCo you!  (TechDirt)

  • Abandoning Google Analytics for Fathom.

    Hmm.  What is Fathom written in?  Go?  Fine.

    Go, I've often said, is hipster COBOL.  But COBOL ran banks and insurance companies for decades.  A new COBOL is not inherently a bad thing.  I think people should have gone with Ada instead - it's a much better designed language than Go.  Or even Apple's Swift.  But Go is fine.

    (Fathom GitHub)

Social Media News

  • Spotify will squish you if you use an ad blocker.  (Tech Crunch)

    I'm okay with that.  Spotify has a direct external cost for every song you listen to.  If they don't recoup that somehow

  • California's disingenuous Attorney General is at odds with their incompetent legislature over the meaning of the state's new public records law.  (TechDirt)

    Given what we've seen with with Bill of Rights over the year, you would think that legislators would adhere to what I call the This means you, shithead rule.  That is, if anything in a bill could possibly be subject to weaselry, you add very specific text to the effect that This means you, shithead.

  • Under the guise of preventing human trafficking, Hawaii wants to force ISPs to filter porn.  (TechDirt)

Picture of the Day


Classic Computer Hardware of the Day


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Friday, February 08


Daily News Stuff 8 February 2019

Tech News

  • Motorola announced the g7 series.  (AnandTech)

    Intentionally this time.

    I'll have to see what the Australian prices are, because even the bottom of the line g7 Play has a 1.8GHz quad-core A73.  My g4 Play has a 1.4GHz A53, which isn't even half as fast, and the last-gen g6 Play still has that same chip.

    Nanosim though, so I'll need to get a new sim.

  • Unicode 12.0 has an otter, now Python 3.8 has a walrus.

    Basically, rather than the old

    for entry in sample_data:
        title = entry.get("title")
        if title:
            print(f'Found title: "{title}"')

    you can now write

    for entry in sample_data:
        if (title := entry.get("title")):
            print(f'Found title: "{title}"')

    just like in Algol 60.

  • SoftBank shares soared today as it sold off its stake in Nvidia and invested instead in...  SoftBank.  (WCCFTech)

    Ouch, Nv.

  • Apple says disclose or remove screen recording stuffs or get booted.  (Ars Technica)

    This is actually a fair and appropriate response.

    Just here to break up the text.  Nice wheels tho'.

  • Need a passively-cooled industrial Mini-STX system?  Here's one.  (Serve the Home)

    Peak system power consumption under load is 17W.  It's quite a capable little beast.

  • How does the new Radeon VII fare under Linux with open source drivers?  Pretty darn well actually.  (Phoronix)

    The review covers both gaming and OpenCL compute performance.  The Radeon VII handles 4k games without trouble even on Linux.

  • Australia's parliament averages one network "incident" per day.  (ZDNet)

    That's comforting.  The fact that they actually know that.

  • Online shopping in India is suddenly a mess thanks to well-meaning idiots in government.  (ZDNet)

    Except possibly for the well-meaning part.

  • The Young Idiot Caucus  of the Democratic Party posted a summary of their astoundingly stupid Green New Deal, got roundly mocked, and took it down.

    What's that Lassie?  The internet is forever?  (PDF)

    Good dog!

    To summarise the summary:

    • Zero emissions by 2030.  Yes, zero emissions.

    • No nuclear power.

    • No planes.  Catch the train everywhere.

    • Cow corks.

    • Newly fabricated human rights include guaranteed employment, guaranteed paid time off, free education, free health care, subsidised housing, free money for those unwilling to work.

    • Upgrading or replacing every building in the United States.

    • It will all be paid for by printing money.

    • Shut up about hyperinflation already.

  • GEG dejected after game rejected by GOG.  (One Angry Gamer)

    GOG said the game is too niche.  Has GOG actually looked at GOG lately?

Social Media News

Anime Op/Ed of the Day

This one still gives me the chills.  Not only is the series brilliantly executed, down to there being subtly different versions of the credits as the events progress, but the credits reference every major plot point in a way you can only spot after watching the entire show.

There's a live action version too, but the anime is enough for me.

Picture of the Day and an Apology

The earlier picture of the day was only 100 quadrillion pengos.  We apologise for the error.  Today we provide the full 1 quintillion pengos promised.  You may keep the 100 quadrillion pengos with our compliments.


Map of the Day


If Europe is Middle Earth, Doggerland is its Beleriand.

Disclaimer: The little part which suffocates when the sharp part which gets hurt is swallowed is contained generously.

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Thursday, February 07


Daily News Stuff 7 February 2019

Tech News

  • AMD's Radeon VII has landed.  (AnandTech)

    That DP floating point number that was all up in the air will-they-won't-they came down as mostly will-they; it's 1/4 SP, where the much more expensive professional cards are 1/2 SP.

    The interesting thing here is that AMD actually listened to customers and at the last minute before release adjusted firmware and drivers to improve DP performance.  By 300%.

    Thats leaves a gap between this card and the professional Instinct MI50 of 3.5 TFLOPS vs. 6.7 TFLOPS.  But the Nvidia RTX Titan, their fastest consumer/prosumer card, only delivers 0.5 DP TFLOPS.  If you need double precision on a budget, the Radeon VII wins by a mile.

    It's around 5% slower than the RTX 2080 on most games, winning by small margins on a couple.  And it runs hotter - 300W vs 225W.  But it's the same price and has twice the memory (16GB vs. 8GB).

    So it turns out to be a fairly attractive offering after all.  Depends on whether you value double precision and tons of video RAM and memory bandwidth over ray tracing and dedicated AI cores.

  • Two SSDs with identical hardware but different firmware get compared.  You won't believe how different they are!  (AnandTech)

    Not very.  Almost exactly the same actually.  Don't buy the 2TB model.

  • Many iPhone apps record everything you do.  (Tech Crunch)

    In the app.  Which you are using.

    It's for customer support.  It's an amazing customer support tool.

    Just (a) tell your users - note that you do this in download page / login screen / splash screen / whatever and (b) don't store screenshots of people's credit card information on a public server, okay?

  • Google and Apple should just replace the app permissions request page with a default Allow us to violate your privacy in ways we believe fall just short of criminal liability Yes/No? (TechDirt)

    Would save a lot of time and confusion for everyone.
  • Adobe - oh, it's Axios.  Never mind.  95% chance it's wrong anyway.

  • Unicode 12.0 has an otter.

    Unicode is a semantic train wreck that just keeps getting worse.  But it has an otter.

  • Need more cores?  Supermicro has new servers with up to 224 of them.  (Serve the Home)

    Yeah, the CPUs alone would cost you $80,000, and you could buy 1088 AMD EPYC cores for that price, but you couldn't put them all in one box.

    Well, you could, but that box would also be expensive.

  • Smishing?  (Bleeping Computer)

    Ah.  Usual spam email scam tactics, just on SMS.

  • Centralise everything that's decentralised and decentralise everything that's centralised and they'll call you a genius.  (The Next Platform)

  • Mathematicians have uncovered an unexpected connection between addition and multiplication.  (Quanta)

    No, not that.  Well, that too.  But it's actually an interesting emergent property of the way integers behave.  And the article has pictures.

  • Cat pictures considered harmful.  (ZDNet)

    A bug in Android's image libraries allows it to be hacked by a malicious PNG.

    If you're still using an old, unsupported device like the Nexus 7, which is stuck on Android 6, maybe now is the time to...  Oh.  It doesn't affect Android 6?  Only newer devices with 7 and up?

    Lol, as the kids would say.

  • It would seem that Warner Bros got caught asking reviewers how much they charged for favourable articles.  (One Angry Gamer)

    The person reporting this is Jim Sterling, who is a jackass and a half, but he actually provides a screenshot of the relevant parts of the email.

Social Media News

Anime Op/Ed of the Day

Historical Educational Thingy of the Day

The stupider something sounds in this video, the more likely it is that it's 100% historically accurate.

Picture of the Day


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Wednesday, February 06


Daily News Stuff 6 February 2019

Tech News

  • Google is making the blockchain searchable.  (Forbes)

    Two points: One, this is not hard.  Every transaction on the Ethereum blockchain (including the testnets) can be packed into a half-terabyte MySQL database.  (Don't ask me why I know this.)  Two, someone needs to remind them what has been found lurking at the bottom of Bitcoin.

  • An overview of DDR5.  (Rambus)

    Oh, those jerks.  They're still around?

    Anyway, worth reading if you're interested; DDR5 is more than just a speed upgrade.

  • Western Digital has cheap 10TB external drives out.  (Serve the Home)

    Currently $200 at Best Buy including a free 32GB flash drive.  The drive alone is $290 on Amazon so that seems like a good price.

    I prefer LaCie external drives because their aluminium cases look great, are nice and solid, and above all sit flat on the desk so you can't knock the damn things over.

  • Melbourne University professor tells Canberra politicians that they're a bunch of stupid-heads.  (ZDNet)

    She's right.

Social Media News

Anime Op/Ed of the Day

Picture of the Day


Here you go.  That's one quintillion pengos for you.  Don't spend it all in one place.

Disclaimer: Like any driving directions/map you should always do a reality check and make sure the roads still exist.

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Tuesday, February 05


Daily News Stuff 5 February 2019

Tech News

Anime Op/Ed of the Day

Picture of the Day

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Monday, February 04


Daily News Stuff 4 February 2019

Tech News

Social Media News

Video of the Day

Other Linus discovers that you can't drop software.

Picture of the Day


Tiny footsteps.


I'm ready for my close-up, Mr DeMille.

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Sunday, February 03


Daily News Stuff 3 February 2019

Tech News

Social Media News

Picture of the Day


So if you put a cat in a box only you're not entirely sure it's a cat - maybe 50% cat and 50% pile of fur - when you open the box to check, its wave state collapses and it becomes either a cat or just a pile of fur with google eyes.

— Heisenblep's Unfurtainty Principle

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Saturday, February 02


Daily News Stuff 2 February 2019

Tech News

Picture of the Day


Ninja cat, ninja cat,
Sits on doors,
Fancy that.

Disclaimer: The sharp side of the knife goes away from you. Pure reason does not trump brute force but surprisingly few people know what hot peppers look like when the teacher asks if you have enough to share with everyone. Never take the lid of a pressure cooker 'to see if it's done yet'. Even if you are careful with the picric acid that won't matter if you are careless with other items next to it. Move away from mysterious burglar alarms. Do not append 'you moron' to exposition directed at people who have just broken into your building. 'We need to talk' is overwhelmingly unlikely to precede good news. A rough brick wall may be used to sort socks or as a backdrop for sock-art (The Neglected Art). A silent cat is Up to Something. Lungs are unsuited for many possible atmospheres, including that of London, and anything with a high content of industrial cleaners. Youth will not save you from Newton's Laws. Or Darwin's.

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Friday, February 01


Daily News Stuff 1 February 2019

Tech News

  • Intel has discontinued Itanium.  (AnandTech)

    So if you were planning on buying one, get your order in before the middle of 2021.

  • Humble has some book bundles for you:

    Programming Cookbooks - 15 O'Reilly cookbook titles for $15.

    Fantasy Manga - 89 volumes of manga for $20, including Battle Angel Alita 1-3, Re:Slime 1-4, Mushishi 1-10, Cells at Work 1-4, and Flying Witch 1-4.

    Numenera - 28 volumes of games rules, campaign settings, and adventures for $15.  Numenera is the game system used for the Planescape: Torment sequel Torment: Tides of Numenera.  It's set on Earth, but a billion years in the future, where technology has changed to the point that few people even recognise it as technology any more.

    Also Computer Music - 16 titles on computer sound and music for $15.

  • If a $3000 chip on a $1700 motherboard is a wee bit pricy for you, you might want to consider a $250 to $500 on a $400 motherboard.  (AnandTech)

    The board in question is the Supermicro AlphabetSoup - sorry,  C9Z390-PGW - and it's a regular socket 1151 Z390 motherboard but with a PLX chip (a PCIe switch) for extra PCIe lanes and built-in 10G Ethernet.  Also WiFi 5 (802.11ac), two M.2 slots, two U.2 ports, five USB 3.1 ports, two DisplayPort ports, one HDMI port port, and the usual audio port ports.

  • Fuck Oracle.  (Forbes)

    They are doing licensing compliance audits on companies using Java for development.  Everyone knew this was coming when they bought Sun, and now it's here.

  • The Raspberry Pi 4 is not coming in 2019.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's a slow news day.  They wrote it, I linked it.  Sue us.  Wait, don't do that.  See disclaimer.  We have trebuchets.

Social Media News

Video of the Day

Fairy soldiers?  Like Fairy Musketeer Akazukin?

Okay, not like Fairy Musketeer Akazukin.

Anime Op/Ed of the Day

Ah, I'll use the Fairy Mu-

YouTube: NO.



Disclaimer: Fire is not necessarily your friend. Neither are dogs. Things with lit fuses should not be held onto. Beware the savage croquet ball. If it is -30 out, put on a coat before you leave the house. Just because the snow keeps you from seeing other objects the objects do not cease to exist. Clotheslines are the enemy of the bicyclist. If you don't remember how you got on the ground or where the blood came from, don't get up right away. Gym teachers think it's funny to commit assault with a baseball so don't day-dream during PE even if they have you so far in the outfield there are DEW line posts on either side of you. All guns are loaded. So are many bows. Trebuchets are for outside use only.

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