Sunday, December 29


Daily News Stuff 28 December 2019

Blargh Part Two Edition

Tech News

  • Had to restart Minx just now, and then block yet another misbehaving web crawler.

    I have more sympathy for J. Jonah Jameson every day.

  • Cloudflare's warrant canary is an ex-parrot.  (TechDirt)

    Three of the seven statements included in the canary at the beginning of the year are now gone.

  • There will be a second season of The Mandalorian.  (Tech Crunch)

    Disney having destroyed the Star Wars franchise in the cinemas and de-canonised the Expanded Universe, it's all they have left right now.

  • Zen 3 will have a 17% IPC gain and a 50% floating point gain over Zen 2 unless it doesn't.  (WCCFTech)

    That's a lot, but AMD has been saying for a while that Zen 3 will be a significant update.

  • Sonos devices feature a recycling mode that lets you retire your old equipment in a safe and environmentally friendly way - by irrevocably destroying it.

    Sustainability is non-negotiable, says Sonos.  You can't have it.

  • Oh look another horribly security hole in NPM.  (

    The article is from September and I believe this has since been fixed and replaced with seven brand new security holes.

  • My test environment for the new system is on a private container in a virtual server behind two firewalls.  The container is accessible via SSH from my home IP address on a non-standard port by forwarding the SSH connection over an internal SSH tunnel on the container host.

    Now that I'm testing the app and API (and not just the code they're built on) I need access to the web services, so I have an SSH tunnel from WSL - a Linux virtual server running on Windows - running over the SSH tunnel on the KVM VPS to connect localhost:8080 on my PC to localhost:8080 on the container.

    This actually works.

  • MSI has announced a mini-LED laptop to be introduced at CES.  (ZDNet)

    To be clear, at 17" it's not mini at all, and it has an LCD display, not LED.  Apart from that, though, it will deliver HDR 1000 and 100% DCI-P3 at 4K, which is as good as it gets right now.

  • Plant-based burgers will make men grow boobs - says Livestock News.  (Ars Technica)

    The story (which seems to be popping up everywhere) is that Burger King's Impossible Whopper contains 18 million times as much estrogen as a regular Whopper.

    In fact it contains zero estrogen, because it's plant-based and plants don't produce estrogen.  What it contains are isoflavones, plant molecular analogs of estrogen that can bind to estrogen receptors but as far as any actual research has been able to determine, do absolutely nothing in humans.

  • RethinkDB 2.4 is out.  (RethinkDB)

    RethinkDB is an interesting MongoDB-style document database that offered very flexible changefeeds (a.k.a tail cursors or notification streams) years before anyone else had them.

    The company behind it couldn't get enough funding - MongoDB sucked all the air out of the room there - and was forced to shut down, but the open-source repositories have been handed over to a volunteer effort and the project is back on its feet.

Disclaimer: SSH tunnels are magic, but there is a limit.

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1 "To add insult to injury, there are complaints on Sonos' support forums from people who've managed to accidentally put their devices into recycling mode, and been told by Sonos support that there's no way to stop the countdown, forcing them to buy new devices after 21 days."
Sounds like you'd have to have rocks in your head to buy another one.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, December 29 2019 10:29 AM (Iwkd4)

2 "as far as any actual research has been able to determine, do absolutely nothing in humans."
This came up in the open thread last night on Instapundit.  One person says there's apparently one known case of a guy who ate something that gave him the equivalent of 7 Impossible Burgers' worth of isoflavones a day for like a year and he grew breasts. So apparently there is potentially the possibility.  He kept saying that nobody's actually done studies at the relevant concentrations, which is a fine non-denial.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, December 29 2019 10:32 AM (Iwkd4)

3 Eating 7 burgers a day of any kind will tend to do that.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, December 29 2019 03:27 PM (PiXy!)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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