Friday, February 08


Daily News Stuff 8 February 2019

Tech News

  • Motorola announced the g7 series.  (AnandTech)

    Intentionally this time.

    I'll have to see what the Australian prices are, because even the bottom of the line g7 Play has a 1.8GHz quad-core A73.  My g4 Play has a 1.4GHz A53, which isn't even half as fast, and the last-gen g6 Play still has that same chip.

    Nanosim though, so I'll need to get a new sim.

  • Unicode 12.0 has an otter, now Python 3.8 has a walrus.

    Basically, rather than the old

    for entry in sample_data:
        title = entry.get("title")
        if title:
            print(f'Found title: "{title}"')

    you can now write

    for entry in sample_data:
        if (title := entry.get("title")):
            print(f'Found title: "{title}"')

    just like in Algol 60.

  • SoftBank shares soared today as it sold off its stake in Nvidia and invested instead in...  SoftBank.  (WCCFTech)

    Ouch, Nv.

  • Apple says disclose or remove screen recording stuffs or get booted.  (Ars Technica)

    This is actually a fair and appropriate response.
    Just here to break up the text.  Nice wheels tho'.

  • Need a passively-cooled industrial Mini-STX system?  Here's one.  (Serve the Home)

    Peak system power consumption under load is 17W.  It's quite a capable little beast.

  • How does the new Radeon VII fare under Linux with open source drivers?  Pretty darn well actually.  (Phoronix)

    The review covers both gaming and OpenCL compute performance.  The Radeon VII handles 4k games without trouble even on Linux.

  • Australia's parliament averages one network "incident" per day.  (ZDNet)

    That's comforting.  The fact that they actually know that.

  • Online shopping in India is suddenly a mess thanks to well-meaning idiots in government.  (ZDNet)

    Except possibly for the well-meaning part.

  • The Young Idiot Caucus  of the Democratic Party posted a summary of their astoundingly stupid Green New Deal, got roundly mocked, and took it down.

    What's that Lassie?  The internet is forever?  (PDF)

    Good dog!

    To summarise the summary:

    • Zero emissions by 2030.  Yes, zero emissions.

    • No nuclear power.

    • No planes.  Catch the train everywhere.

    • Cow corks.

    • Newly fabricated human rights include guaranteed employment, guaranteed paid time off, free education, free health care, subsidised housing, free money for those unwilling to work.

    • Upgrading or replacing every building in the United States.

    • It will all be paid for by printing money.

    • Shut up about hyperinflation already.

  • GEG dejected after game rejected by GOG.  (One Angry Gamer)

    GOG said the game is too niche.  Has GOG actually looked at GOG lately?

Social Media News

Anime Op/Ed of the Day

This one still gives me the chills.  Not only is the series brilliantly executed, down to there being subtly different versions of the credits as the events progress, but the credits reference every major plot point in a way you can only spot after watching the entire show.

There's a live action version too, but the anime is enough for me.

Picture of the Day and an Apology

The earlier picture of the day was only 100 quadrillion pengos.  We apologise for the error.  Today we provide the full 1 quintillion pengos promised.  You may keep the 100 quadrillion pengos with our compliments.

Map of the Day

If Europe is Middle Earth, Doggerland is its Beleriand.

Disclaimer: The little part which suffocates when the sharp part which gets hurt is swallowed is contained generously.

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1 Wow, that India article is obtuse.  I think the core of it is an enforcement of an existing law that, essentially, Amazon can't sell anything that came from a company where Amazon sells more than 25% of that company's output?  Which I guess would make it an anti-oligopsony law?

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, February 09 2019 03:28 AM (Q/JG2)

2 Hey, if Python3 keeps adding syntax like that, pretty soon I'll be able to write Perl scripts in it!

(but not one-liners, because"syntactic whitespace")


Posted by: J Greely at Saturday, February 09 2019 10:23 AM (tgyIO)

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

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