Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Tuesday, May 14

Geek

Daily News Stuff 14 May 2019

Let The World Burn Edition

Breaking News Bulletin

  • Ethereum sucks.

Tech News


Anime Opening of the Day




Disclaimer: I've seen Sun monitors on fire off the side of the multimedia lab.  I've seen NTU lights glitter in the dark near the Mail Gate.  All these things will be lost in time, like the root partition last week.  Time to die...

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Daily News Stuff 13 May 2019

Inari Kon Kon Edition

Tech News



Anime Opening of the Day


This one had me sold five seconds into the opening credits.  It's Kamichu meets Kimi ni Todoke.  Though Kamichu itself is Kamichu meets Kimi ni Todoke, so I'm not sure if that helps.


Disclaimer: Cache all the things.  Never run a database query twice if you can possibly avoid it.

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Monday, May 13

Anime

Akanesasu Shoujo

Remarkably uneven, but it sticks the landing.

Not sure how to rate this one.  The ending is perfectly in sync with the beginning - not predictable, but the mood and outcome, which problems get resolved and which do not, and how they get resolved - exactly fits.

But the path it takes to get there is not one describable by mere language or mathematics.

As for the costume designs, well....

https://ai.mee.nu/images/EscapedFromMorningMusume.jpg?size=720x&q=95

Most of it isn't like that, though.

Oh, what is it about?  The girls in a high school radio club (not the broadcasting club, their bitter rivals) play along with this urban myth that if you tune in to a certain frequency at the right place at the right time - 4:44 PM, specifically - you can pick up radio broadcasts from other places and other times.  

It never works, of course, and none of them really believes it.  Then snow bunnies show up, and you end up with chocolate bananas and eight headed dragons and gun horses and also a serious drama about how taking personal responsibility for things outside your control can be as destructive as avoiding responsibility for your own actions.

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Sunday, May 12

Geek

Daily News Stuff 12 May 2019

Help Whom Edition

Tech News

  • Mark Zuckerberg says breaking up Facebook isn't going to help.  (Tech Crunch)

    Perhaps not, but it would be hilarious.

  • Dear Facebook, please stop helping.  (The Atlantic)

    Facebook's core principles of radical inconsistency and guerrilla censorship make it hard to track down violent extremists, in this case, Syrian war criminals.

  • Never trust experts.  (The Atlantic)

    The article brings up Paul Ehrlich in the first paragraph, so you know the author is out for blood.  An interesting tidbit: Over the timeframe where Ehrlich predicted that famines would explode to kill hundreds of millions, deaths by famine declined by 95%.

  • GitHub has a new tool to automatically build Ruby, Java, .NET, and (ugh) NPM packages from your source code.  (ZDNet)

    This is handy.  Crystal (yeah, that again) makes this very easy, particularly if your code is on GitHub.  Having so much stuff centralised on one platform owned by Microsoft does make me a little queasy, but better there than Google.  Not something I thought I'd be saying ten years ago.  Or probably even five.


Anime Screenshots of the Day

http://ai.mee.nu/images/Chocobanananana.jpg?size=720x&q=95

Fair enough.

http://ai.mee.nu/images/Shinjokun.jpg?size=720x&q=95

I thought that was Chiitan for a second, but it's actually the official town mascot Shinjokun, Chiitan's older brother who is married and doesn't end up in jail twice a month.


Disclaimer: It's basically Black Mirror Shopping Arcade Pretty Cure.

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Geek

Daily News Stuff 11 May 2019

Do Not Eat The Yellow Snow Bunnies Edition

Tech News



Anime Opening of the Day



Akanesasu Shoujo: Do Not Eat the Yellow Snow Bunnies.


Disclaimer: Do not eat the yellow snow bunnies.

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Friday, May 10

Geek

Daily News Stuff 10 May 2019

Mike-You-Idiot Edition

Tech News


Video of the Day



Sub-zero cooling for laptops.  What could possibly go wrong?

Also, that laptop looks like a slimmed-down version of an old Commodore system - a breatharian CBM 610.


Disclaimer: Do not taunt happy fun ball.

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Thursday, May 09

Geek

Daily News Stuff 9 May 2019

Trucking Terabytes Edition

Tech News



Disclaimer: Back up everything.  Twice.  At least twice.

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Wednesday, May 08

Geek

Daily News Stuff 8 May 2019

Only Spider Edition

Tech News


Disclaimer: I have a wonderful disclaimer but it will not fit into this margin.

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Blog

Performance Update

I banned about 700 blogs trying to sell counterfeit sports jerseys and FIFA tchotchkes, and everything is running a lot better all of a sudden.

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Daily News Stuff 7 May 2019

Doo Doo Doo Edition

Tech News

  • So, I sat down this evening to do my usual little roundup, and before I got the chance to even touch the keyboard, my PC starts playing the "device disconnected" sound on a loop.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.

    This is generally not a good sign.

    Turns out my 5TB 2.5" WD drive has gone to meet its maker.  Well, not literally, since I haven't sent it back for repair, but near enough.  It doesn't power on any more.

    Taking with it a whole bunch of stuff I can download again from Steam, Humble Bundle, my 1TB Dropbox folder, or the backup drive on my iMac.  But it will take three or four months to get it all back because I'm still stuck on ADSL.

    Naturally I had a spare 8TB drive just sitting in a box.

    Update: Ah, my Dropbox files were mostly synced to my iMac as well.  That will save me downloading half a terabyte or so.

  • The Dept. of Energy is building a 1.5 exaflop AMD gaming rig.  (AnandTech)

    Epyc CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs.  It will comprise 100 racks of equipment - which is not all that much - and use 30MW of power - which is.

  • RedHat 8 is out.

    After about 97 years.  Sorry, I've already moved to Ubuntu.

    The RedHat announcement is vacuous corporate garbage.  The product details page linked from there is vacuous corporate garbage.  The sysadmin technology brief linked from there is also vacuous corporate garbage.  Ugh.  

    The operating system is probably just fine, but how many layers do I have to drill through to find any information?

  • Microsoft will ship a real Linux kernel with WSL2.  (Bleeping Computer)

    The current version of Windows Subsystem for Linux uses a translation layer to map Linux kernel calls to Windows calls.  That's why (for example) LMDB crashes on WSL.

    WSL2 should perform file operations much faster as well, since the translation layer slows things down even when it doesn't break them.


Anime Opening of the Day

There is a minor tradition in anime of creating opening credit sequences that are entirely representative of the show but give you no idea what you are about to see.  Hinamatsuri is a fine example.


No indication at all of time-travelling apocalyptic combat cyborgs, and yet there are at least three of them in the first season alone.


Picture of the Day

https://ai.mee.nu/images/Vending.jpg?size=720x&q=95

Things not to buy from vending machines:
  • Sushi
  • Hard drives
  • Kiwi pellets
  • Time travelling apocalyptic battle cyborgs

Disclaimer:  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.  Doo doo doo.

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