Monday, December 07


Daily News Stuff 7 December 2020

Timnit Gebru Has Been Surprise Removed Edition

Tech News

  • I mentioned yesterday that one of Google's AI ethicists - a far-left ratbag by the name of Timnit Gebru - had threatened to resign if her demands weren't met, upon which Google said Your proposal is acceptable.

    Ars Technica has an article up on this and while the article itself  tries to paint her in a flattering light the comments come down pretty firmly on the side of If you threaten to quit, expect to be taken at your word.

    Which is a little surprising given the echo chamber nature of Ars Technica's comments.  They're still downvoting en masse anyone who points out that these attitudes are rampant in academia, though.

    Meanwhile Reddit's opinion is that she sounds exhausting to work with.  And that Twitter sucks.

  • The Ryzen 5800X is a great CPU that costs about $50 too much.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Also, you probably won't find one anywhere, though it has been easier to find than the 5900X or 5950X.

  • Elon Musk's grocery delivery service now has more room for refrigerated goods.  (WCCFTech)

    Specifically, Cargo Dragon 2 - which just launched for the first time - is 20% larger overall and has twice the capacity for supplies and equipment that need to maintain a consistent temperature during flight.

  • Broadcast TV via ESP.  (GitHub)

    More specifically, broadcast NTSC colour TV using the serial port on an ESP8266 and a simple length of wire as an antenna.

    This is not just generating the video signal but the carrier in software.  On an embedded controller the size of a grain of rice.

  • The monoliths are multiplying.  (Insider)

    I've read this one.  It doesn't turn out well.

Barlowe's Guide to Hololive
Click the image for the full-size version.  Fair warning, the full-size version is 36 million pixels.

I've been watching Hololive most days for the past two months - I often have it on when I'm working late - and so far I've managed to watch at least part of one stream of about, oh, a third of them.

Right now the two HoloJP girls I watch most - Coco and Haachama, since they speak English in a lot of their streams - are on holiday, so I've been catching up on Risu, who also speaks English most of the time.

And they just added three new HoloID girls that aren't on the list yet, all multilingual.

Disclaimer: To be honest, none of them turn out well.

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1 Should I mention the irony of a large silicon valley oligarchic conglomerate suddenly wanting to opt out of the system they want to force on the rest of us?
I'd say the jokes write themselves,  but we could just recycle the ones from the Brezhnev era Soviet Union. "But Leonid, what if the communists come back?"

Posted by: Phil Fraering at Tuesday, December 08 2020 12:57 AM (Clxcy)

2 I'm much more willing to accept blatant hypocrisy than legitimate acceptance of far-left ideology.  If Big Tech preaches this stuff in public but privately treats it like live smallpox samples, we might yet survive.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, December 08 2020 03:00 AM (PiXy!)

3 The Silly Season - Cyril M. Kornbluth

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, December 08 2020 04:57 AM (LADmw)

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

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