Saturday, May 18


Daily News Stuff 17 May 2019

Abject Apologies to Robert Frost Edition

Some say we'll end in Brave New World,
Some say in 1984.
I stand with corporate flag unfurled
And push like hell for Brave New World.
But if we had to fall once more,
I know enough of politics
To say that 1984
Could be the fix
I'm looking for.

Tech News

  • HPE is buying Cray for $1.3 billion.  (AnandTech)

    Seems like a good purchase.  HP Enterprise previously bought SGI in 2016, and Cray just won a $500 million dollar contract partnering with AMD to build a 1.5 exaflop supercomputer for the Department of Energy.

    What are such supercomputers used for?  Well, for example, in the Fukushima nuclear incident someone had the idea of pouring sand over the troubled reactor.  The DoE ran a simulation overnight and came back and said: Do NOT pour sand on the troubled reactor.  That would be bad.

  • Samsung is sampling 32Gb DDR4 chips.  (AnandTech)

    Already?  That was quick.  They only just got 16Gb chips shipping in any volume.

    Turns out the answer is no.  These are 16Gb chips, they're just two 16Gb chips.

    Exactly how they present logically and electrically, and whether they would allow you to put 4x64GB UDIMMs on a typical current generation CPU is not clear.

  • Good work guys.  Now even Canada doesn't like you.  (TechDirt)

    In the United States the social networks are protected by the First Amendment and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  The rest of the world is pretty much a free-fire zone for speech rights.  None of the major players seems to have worked out what this means.

  • Black is a Python code formatter from the Python team.

    Being from the Python team, it doesn't work on any version of Python older than 3.6, and enshrines some formatting decisions that no-one really likes.

    I'll stick with Ctrl-Alt-L while I migrate to Crystal, thanks.

  • Salvatore Sanfilippo, the creator of Redis, writes about maintaining an open source project.

    Disclaimer: Redis doesn't suck.

  • Your internet data is rotten.  (The Conversation)

    Oh, rotting?  Well, that too I guess.

  • More like Hack Overflow, amirite?  (Bleeping Computer)

    Sigh.  At least they didn't incessantly demand personal data the way Quora did.

  • We've found enough exoplanets now to start teasing out new theories on planetary formation from the statistical data.  (Quanta)

    In this case, rocky planets 1.5 to 2 times the diameter of Earth are unexpectedly rare, possibly because once a planet reaches a certain size early in its formation, its growth tends to accelerate outside that range.

  • How did we end up in a timeline where Donald Trump is the last defender of free speech on Planet Earth?  (One Angry Gamer)

  • AnimeNYC says no fictional WWI Nazis thanks.  (One Angry Gamer)

    That's the second thing to show up on Twitter in the past 24 hours that has made me want to watch Tanya the Evil.

  • China bans the word "kill" from video games.  (One Angry Gamer)
    Fong brings word from the mainland that in addition to having to avoid games that disrupt China’s "socialist values”, they also have to avoid dismemberment, overt sexual content, bones, guts, human corpses, skeletons, and now blood of any kind.
    This is not about ethics or morality or social order; it's a demarcation dispute.

Videos of the Day


Sarazanmai, this season's NoitaminA entry.


Rick and Morty, of course, back for another 70 episodes starting in November.  No, seriously.

(Also, I spent several seconds after the trailer there thinking we were getting a voice-over from the actress who plays Summer, though YouTuber Alteori doesn't really sound that much like her.)

Much as I love Rick and Morty, the Japanese have animation down cold at this point.  Most new shows look amazing, even bad ones.  Look at the animations of water in Non Non Biyori for example; not that long ago that was a Ghibli signature piece.

Disclaimer: I know that rhyming four with for is lazy but that's all you get at - oh crap - 4AM.

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1 "These are 16Gb chips, they're just two 16Gb chips.".
More gluing chips together?  Crow delivery for Intel, coming up!

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, May 18 2019 05:38 AM (Iwkd4)

2 Social Media, Canada, etc: "Not included in this announcement"  Let me summarize the bullet point list that follows:  "anything that would limit this law so that the government can't do anything it wants with it."  Totalitarians love vague law.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, May 18 2019 05:40 AM (Iwkd4)

3 Most new shows look amazing, even bad ones.

I see what you did there...

...Ore ga Suki nano wa Imouto dakedo Imouto ja Nai...To the point that even the different frames within the same scene goes from 'acceptably mediocre" to "hot mass incarnate."

Posted by: cxt217 at Saturday, May 18 2019 11:39 AM (LMsTt)

4 Salvatore Sanfillipo was also the author of an independent implementation of the tcl language called "Jim." It should be available in your distribution's repo if you want to try it.

Posted by: Phil Fraering at Tuesday, May 21 2019 02:23 AM (Clxcy)

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