Saturday, March 30


Daily News Stuff 30 March 2019

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Tech News 

  • Samsung's Galaxy S10+ goes under the microscope.  (AnandTech)

    Executive summary: The US version is great.  The international version, which has Samsung's own Exynos chip rather than the Snapdragon 855, is...  Pretty okay.  The international version suffers not only from inconsistent performance but also worse photography due to the differences between the image processing hardware on the two chips.

  • Sony also has a 10+.  (ZDNet)

    The Xperia 10+ has a 6.5" 21:9 2520x1080 display (LCD rather than OLED), 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, microSD slot, USB C, and a headphone jack.  The CPU is a mid-range Snapdragon 636 with four A73 and four A53 cores, putting it two generations behind the A76 found in 2019 flagship phones.

    On the other hand, it runs £349 compared to £899 for the cheapest Galaxy S10+.

    My Huawei tablet has an A72 CPU, which is equivalent in performance to the A73 but uses more power.  It's not slow, and I wouldn't hesitate to get this or another A73 powered device on that respect, unless you are running seriously heavy apps on your phone.

    Another possible upgrade for my ageing Xperia Z Ultra...

  • Apple cancelled its AirPower wireless charging pad because it couldn't make it work.  (Tech Crunch)

    Wireless charging is easy.  Fast, efficient wireless charging of multiple devices at once is hard, and what Apple found was that the AirPower could double as an electric wok.

  • The SR-71 had its own R2 astromech droid - and it may be relevant again should we fuck things up sufficiently.  (The Drive)

  • How not to create an open-source license, example 462.

    Another example.  Well-meaning idiots will get us all killed.

  • How to become a 10x programmer.

    Two ways: One, spend a huge amount of time and effort in memory training programs of dubious merit and on memorising API calls that might disappear entirely in six months; or two, create a little personal wiki where you record things you might need to look up again.  A notepad file.  Anything.

  • Oracle has sent out an advisory telling customers not to use Java for anything, ever.  (Bleeping Computer)

    That's not what they intended, but that's what they did, saying that critical security patches to Java 8, which is still very widely used, would require a paid license after the upcoming patch release in April.

Social Media News

  • What if we built a surveillance state and nobody came?  (TechDirt)

    Google and Facebook have built massive - and massively intrusive - surveillance systems to monitor everything their users do, for the single purpose of increasing the amount they can charge for ads.

    There's an increasing amount of data suggesting that all this, basically, doesn't work, that it's pointless and harmful and enormously expensive.

Try Incorporating These Into Your Next D&D Campaign of the Day

Your players will likely kill you, but totally worth it.

Was That "Insert Tab A Into Slot B" or "Insert Tab B Into Slot A" of the Day

(Yes, fixed file uploads on HTTPS.  Just a one-line change.)

Disclaimer: I'm sorry, Beelzebub does not have a devil put aside for you.  You will have to take a number.

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1 "for the single purpose of increasing the amount they can charge for ads."
My policy, which is based specifically on this statement, is that I don't buy stuff I see on web ads--in particular, I don't buy stuff through links from web ads.  Target me all you want:  that actively makes me not want to buy your product.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, March 31 2019 03:08 AM (Iwkd4)

2 Ditto. Much like my policy of never buying from anyone rude enough to knock on my door and try to sell me something.


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, March 31 2019 03:27 AM (ZlYZd)

3 What I'm planning - if and when I get my social network off the ground - is to simply have a page where you can select what types of ad you want to see.

Couple of days of development time, no data collection required, no privacy-destroying leaks even if the system somehow gets hacked.

Also, brushtail possums make really weird noises at 4AM.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, March 31 2019 03:28 AM (PiXy!)

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

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