Thursday, June 06
Snow In Queensland Edition
- SEO is mostly nonsense and often a scam. But when your iOS app disappears from common searches in the App Store and your income is cut in half, it's what you need.
It was a bug in the App Store search engine. If you had the full 30 characters in your app's subtitle field, the last word didn't get indexed at all. Oops.
- Orico has a nice little USB M.2 NVMe enclosure. (PC Perspective)
Instant external 900MB/s drive for $42.99. Plus the NVMe drive itself. Perfect if you plan to upgrade your existing NVMe drive and only have the one slot in your PC.
- Intel announced their Cascade Lake Xeon W (workstation) lineup. (Tom's Hardware)
8 cores for $749, 12 cores for $1398, so unless you need 6 channel RAM, stick with Ryzen.
- YouTube said that hurt feelings don't warrant an account suspension and the relentlessly regressive media are up in arms. (Tech Crunch)
- Democrats in the US House of Representatives have launched an antitrust probe into Facebook, Google, and the rest of the Bay Area Mafia. (CNet)
This will achieve nothing. Or at least, nothing good. Not that an investigation isn't warranted, just that these people are idiots.
- The SEC is suing Kik over its ICO. (ZDNet)
They would have gotten away with it too, if not for these meddling feds.
- "Digitalised" is not a word you worm-eating flightless socialists. (ZDNet)
- Amazon has a little tool on RAM module pages that tells you if they work in your computer.
- DigitalOcean supports importing custom images. So I can pre-build a server under, say, VirtualBox, upload it verrrrryyyy slooooowwwwly (yeah, still on ADSL here), and spin up instances on demand.
This warrants further examination. Specifically, it should make it easy for me to configure the main storage as ZFS and not just network volumes. At the $40 node size that's 160GB of free and very fast storage that I otherwise can't use the way I want.
A working image will probably be around 500MB, which I can upload in about an hour. I'll try with something very minimal first.
- ASRock's X570 Creator is their latest Ryzen motherboard with Thunderbolt 3. (AnandTech)
This looks like the normal retail version of the over-the-top X570 Aqua. It still has 10Gb Ethernet, dual PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, support for DDR4-4666, and WiFi 6. Plus DisplayPort input from your graphics card so that it can be routed out via Thunderbolt.
- CockroachDB says not you Amazon AWS / Microsoft Azure / Google Cloud.
If you open source your database with the plan to make money on services, it doesn't sit well when huge and enormously profitable companies pick up your source code and also all your paying customers.
- Host your own servers, people.
In fairness to GitHub, they fixed it.
- Host your own off-site backups people.
In fairness to DigitalOcean, they fixed it.
- The Australian Federal Police raided the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (ABC)
This is the rather more gentile Commonwealth style of police raid where they show up in suit and tie and ask for you at reception. Still a potentially worrying infringement on freedom of speech, which is not specifically written into our constitution.
On the other hand, our ABC is itself a government entity. Yes, it's supposed to be editorially independent, but there's a good argument for it to simply cease to exist.
Can't copy the image to your USB NVMe drive, bring it into work, and upload it there?
I used to do the opposite before they converted me to work-from-home, because the office had 10Mbps and I have 200Mbps at home, and I had a 7-minute commute. It was faster to go home and download a 2GB file than to do it from the office.
"If you open source your database with the plan to make money on services, it doesn't sit well when huge and enormously profitable companies pick up your source code and also all your paying customers."
While this is true, "Anyone can use it but x" strikes me as not very open-sourcey. It's certainly not libre.
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, June 06 2019 01:10 AM (Iwkd4)
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Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, June 06 2019 01:47 AM (Iwkd4)
The problem is people want stuff cheap, and companies can't afford personalized service so they go to automated monitoring solutions.
I actually commented on DO's postmortem, asking what happens if I don't have Raisup's twitter presence. Can't wait to see if I get a response or not.
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, June 06 2019 01:57 AM (Iwkd4)
@progmofo is not @russshanahan.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, June 06 2019 02:03 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, June 06 2019 03:10 AM (Iwkd4)
Youtube, realizing that they had behaved ethically, quickly corrected their mistake.
Seems to have happened minutes after you posted.
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