You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine, and you think they're probably lying to make you feel better?
Everything's going to be fine.

Wednesday, July 14


Daily News Stuff 14 July 2021

Proudly Part Of The 83% Edition

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Not At All Tech News

  • You know, apart from the fact that I have less than no free time, I don't mind this at all.

    I wondered why Nijisanji entered the booming Japan-based / English-language vtuber space with only three team members.  Answer is they selected six from the first round of auditions earlier this year, but launched them in two waves so that the first three could establish themselves and not get lost in the noise.

    Wave 2 - they're collectively called Obsydia, where Wave 1 is called LazuLight - all have over 10,000 subscribers just hours after the announcement and days before debut.  Those aren't Hololive numbers, but nobody does Hololive numbers.

Disclaimer: Really.

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Tuesday, July 13


Daily News Stuff 13 July 2021

Mining All The Crafts Second Edition Edition

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  • The death toll from the massive Bat Flu outbreak that has paralysed Sydney and most of the state of New South Wales rose sharply overnight.

    To two.

  • AMD's Threadripper 5000 is expected to launch in August.  (WCCFTech)

    This upgrades the platform from Zen 2 and PCIe 3.0 to Zen 3 and PCIe 4.0, and also doubles the size of the L3 cache.

    This should provide a healthy performance boost for the 24 and 32 core models, but judging by the new Epyc CPUs the high-end 64 core models will be thermally constrained and won't do much better than the older parts.

  • Speaking of being thermally constrained, my PC just overheated and crashed because it forgot to spin up its fan.  So I get to type all this in again.

Anime of the day is Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid from 2017.  It's the story of Kobayashi, a horribly overworked Python programmer, who gets drunk one night and pulls a sword out of a dragon and invites it to come stay at her place.

Which it does.

Chaos ensues.  But it's the very best chaos.  Hand-picked artisanal chaos from the ancient chaos fields of the Andes.

Tech News

Getting Alone Anime Music Video of the Day

I've posted this one before, but it's good enough to bear another watch.

Disclaimer: Unless the government gets involved, then all bets are off.

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Monday, July 12


Daily News Stuff 12 July 2021

Working Five To Nine Edition

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Tech News

Disclaimer: This is the October that never ends.  It just goes on and on, my friends.  Some people started living it not knowing what it was....

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Sunday, July 11


Vtubers Of The Days

Somewhere to keep track of these too.

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Daily News Stuff 11 July 2021

Rolls Of Ricks Edition

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Anime of the day is Ushio and Tora - the one from 1992, not the recent remake.

It's the story of Ushio, a kid growing up in a Shinto temple not entirely unlike Tenchi from Tenchi Muyou, whose distant ancestor captured a deadly demon and imprisoned it on the temple grounds, not entirely unlike Tenchi Muyou.

Except instead of a cute - if extremely dangerous - girl, Tora is an enormous tiger-like demon spirit thingy.  And its mere presence on the temple grounds draws lesser demons like moths to a flame, so Ushio is forced to release Tora and form a pact before the demons kill him and everyone in the vicinity.

The manga for this ran for 33 volumes and has sold tens of millions of copies.  The original 90s OVA series only ran for 11 episodes and finished airing before the manga was even half-way done.

More recently there's been a 39-episode TV remake and unusually for this sort of thing it's not half bad.  The animation quality is better and of course it's in all wide-screen and high-definition.  And it sticks to a very 90s aesthetic, which I love.

Unfortunately they lost the original soundtrack, which I also love, and replaced it with something that is serviceable but doesn't have any spark for me.  On the other hand, you can get the complete Blu-Ray collection for twenty bucks online, and it covers much more of the story than the original version.

There are good clips of the original OVA on YouTube somewhere, but I can't find them anymore because the search results have been overrun by the remake.  So this is a clip of the full=length version of the opening theme, rather than what actually appeared in the OVAs.

Tech News

  • You're a slave to multiple masters, with no rights whatsoever.  Here's why that's a good thing.  (Gizmodo)

    The author explains that it's a good thing because she has the mental capacity of a retarded mosquito.

  • AMD's 4700S might be a faulty PlayStation 5 chip with disabled graphics and not an Xbox chip.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Looking at the side by side photos, that assessment seems correct to me.  The CPU cores are identical and the graphics switched off, so it was only by looking at the physical chips that someone could confirm this.

    Asked to confirm this, AMD said:
    AMD 4700S Desktop Kit is its own unique solution, designed to address the desire for robust, high-core count performance in the mainstream market – ideal for multi-tasking, productivity, and light 3D workflows.
    Which is a lot of words for yes but I'm not allowed to say so.

  • How to merge two Apple IDs into one, part one of sixty.  (Brian Stucki)

    1. Don't.
    2. No, seriously, don't.
    3. Beer.
    4. Wait, what was I doing again?

  • Science Based Medicine shoots self in foot, reloads, and repeats.  (Jesse Singal)

    Science Based Medicine is an effort to defend medicine from obvious quackery - homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic bullshit, healing crystals and a hundred other kinds of fashionable nonsense - and also from irreproducible research, noting that half of all new research papers published in medical journals are wrong to the point of worthlessness.

    Unfortunately - and this is something I've noticed before, because I've been following them for more than a decade - they all lean left politically and are utterly blind to bullshit dressed in the trappings of progressivism.

    In this case it's the blatantly obvious moral panic of transgender teenagers, and the accompanying idea that irreversible medical interventions on minors are suddenly a good idea because shut up you bigot.

    This ideological blindness is why I dropped almost all the podcasts I listened to a year ago and switched to Hololive and other vtubers.  It means I need to read the news rather than listening to it while I work, but it also means that I don't get enraged by fresh outbreaks of woke insanity every fifty minutes.

    If it comes to a choice between science and tech mixed with socialism and a Japanese-speaking Australian girl swearing at a thousand words per minute and singing the Aeroplane Jelly song, I'll take the latter.

    Oh, the article tearing Science Based Medicine a new arsehole is written by Jesse Singal, who is kind of annoying in his own right.  He correctly identified the dangers of CRT and the rest of the woke bullshit but voted for Biden because he thought that would calm things down which is, if not quite the stupidest decision imaginable, at least commendable effort.

Vtuber of the Day

So IRyS - Hololive EN's new diva - debuted today, with 90,000 live viewers and 338,000 subscribers.  She even at the last minute managed to get her Twitter account unlocked.

Her audio wasn't working on her first three attempts but she just kept going until it did, and minor scuffage aside it was a big success.

I was hoping she'd have the opportunity to do some game and/or chat streams and not spend all her time recording music as Hololive originally did with AZKi but it looks like she's going full blast into a regular streaming schedule interspersed with music instead.

Oh, and Olivia from HoloID had her interdimensional debut due to Ame stepping on a bug.

But neither IRyS nor Ollie's Outer Limits sister nor new crazy Aussie sheila Luto from PRISM are today's vtuber of the day.  Instead we have - spoiler warning - successful indie streamer kson ONAIR.

kson streams most often on Japanese site Mildom - great naming, guys - but also has 662,000 subscribers on YouTube.  She's an avid cosplayer, making her own top-notch costumes and also filling them out rather well.

She also has - spoiler warning - a rather distinctive voice.

Yes, if you ignored the warnings, that is exactly who you think it is.

Update: Can I embed a tweet within a spoiler tag?  Let's find out!


Anime Music Intermission Video of the Day

The original Ushio and Tora also included a bonus comedy episode called the CD Theatre, with little skits interspersed with songs like this one.  

Oh, wait, the whole damn bonus episode is on YouTube and it's not even region locked.


Oh, it's dubbed.  Never mind, at least they didn't mess with the songs.

They didn't mess with the songs, right?  Tell me they didn't mess with the songs!

Disclaimer: They didn't mess with the songs.

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Saturday, July 10


Daily News Stuff 10 July 2021

Slow News Is Good News

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  • Nothing has gone horribly wrong in the tech world in the last 24 hours.

  • The NSW state government has gone full fascist, though.  And this is what passes for our conservative party; the other lot are even worse.

    So far the police have just said they may arrest people for buying things "we don't think they need" - like shoes.  In Victoria they were kicking down doors over Facebook posts.

    They actually did something similar - arresting people suspected of existing without a license - during the first outbreak early last year - but then the had the slim excuse of not knowing how severe it was or how fast it might spread, and there was no vaccine.

    But thin as that excuse was back then, it doesn't exist at all now.  I'll see these fuckers in Hell before they get my vote again.

  • Samsung's 3nm GAA process will go into early production next year, with full commercial production in 2023.  (AnandTech)

    TSMC's 3nm process is expected to go into full production next year, but it's still what is known as FINFET - the transistor design introduced by Intel with their 22nm node.  Gate All Around, or GAA, is the next generation design, but TSMC have pushed it back to their 2nm node, which will probably appear in 2023 at the same time as Samsung's commercial ramp up.

    The early production next year probably means just Samsung's own chips, which could give their devices a competitive edge for a while.

    Samsung will also have a 4nm process in full production next year.  As a reference point, Nvidia's latest graphics chips are produced on Samsung's 8nm process, so there are some big upgrades in the pipeline if they ever get the pipeline under control.

Anime of the day is Noragami from 2014, the story of - essentially - a gig-work god.  Yato has no shrines dedicated to him, but is dedicated to accumulating one million subscribers, like Ayame of Hololive.

To that end he posts fliers offering to solve people's problems for five yen, which is working out about as well for him as you would expect.  His luck starts to change - in multiple directions - when he runs into a human girl named Hiyori who saves him from an oncoming car - at the expense of a herniated soul.  At which point she's kind of stuck with Yato because he's the only one likely to be able to fix it.

There's a second season in 2015 that follows directly on from the first, and twenty-odd volumes of manga that carry the story on a lot further.

Tech News

  • Backblaze says that farming Chia  - the cryptocurrency, that is - isn't profitable.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Not even for them, and they have better economies of scale than anyone else in the world.

    They'll still let you pay to do it on their servers, they just point out that you're going to lose money.

  • Intel's SSD D7-P5510 SSD is nearly as fast as that Optane drive from the other day, has ten times the capacity, and is 20% cheaper.  (Hot Hardware)

    There are reasons Intel and Micron's Xpoint storage technology - used in Optane - hasn't set the world on fire: It's too expensive to produce in bulk, and smart controllers and caches mean flash-based storage can keep up with Xpoint in almost all cases.

    Xpoint is also being targeted at non-volatile memory, but even there it's not much cheaper than RAM, so it's another niche market.

    Anyway, $1600 for a 7.68TB PCIe 4.0 enterprise SSD is pretty good value.  Still a lot of money, sure, but that's roughly the same price per GB as high-end desktop drives like the Samsung 980 Pro.  And the kind of server you'd put this drive in would probably have two CPUs in the $4000 to $8000 range.

  • Tencent is spying on children.  (Bloomberg)

    Kids are staying up late playing games.  I know, lets monitor their activity using video cameras and secret AI.  That'll fix everything.

  • Samsung's app to control their internet-connected washing machine requires access to your location, phone calls, media, contacts, bank account, voting record, last three payslips, and the contents of your fridge.  (Vice)

    I've noticed something similar with Japanese web apps - they just ask for a whole slate of permissions they can't possibly need because their audience just clicks okay.

    And there's an added problem that if you change the permissions requested you need to re-submit your app for authorisation.  Even if you require fewer permissions than before.

    I have an internet-enabled washing machine from LG.  I wanted a combination washer/dryer, and they all had that.

    The fact that it's internet-enabled doesn't mean it has internet access, of course.  It's a bit of a pain, though, because simple, obvious functions like remembering the wash cycle from last time are relegated to the LG Android app, and there is no way in Hell I'm going to use the app.

  • Chrome for Android is always connected to Google Search.  (Ctrl Blog)

    This makes sense from a performance standpoint, because resolving DNS - particularly over a secure connection - and then establishing the secure connection for the website itself - takes long enough for a user to notice.

    And in theory Brave could arrange to do the same with Duck Duck Go.  Not without asking, though, because millions of unused connections that are permanently open would be rather a nuisance.

Vtuber of the Day

Vtuber of they day is Mooyü, one of Vyolfers' circle of friends.  She plays Minecraft on their server - known as Gwemshire - which is notable for its cottagecore aesthetics where Hololive Japan's server is a cross between WWIII and Disneyland.

She also does drawing streams - she designed and rigged her own Live2D avatar - and a weekly session playing through dating sims, starting with Hatoful Boyfriend - the one where all the romantic targets are birds.  Mostly pigeons.

I knew of Hatoful Boyfriend, but I didn't know exactly what it was about.  I thought it was just a weird quirky game where you date birds for a reason they never bothered to explain.  Well, it is a weird quirky game where you date birds, that much is true.

She got so deep into the plot in this morning's stream that she's doing Episode Three Part Two later this evening because she can't put it down.

Update: Episode Three Part Three tomorrow.

Ayunda Stickmin Video of the Day

This is scheduled for the same time tonight as Mooyü's Hatoful Boyfriend Episode Three Part Two, but Risu is my favourite of HoloID and this game is perfect for her.

I guess I'll watch Mooyü live and then catch what I can of Risu.

There are just too many English-language vtubers streaming good content.  Something needs to be done.

Also, Calli / Gura Minecraft collab tomorrow, I think.  If Gura's still alive and sane after a nearly seven hour Minecraft collab today with Kiara.  I watched a bit, went back to sleep for three hours (it started at 5AM my time), and woke up expecting it to be over, but it wasn't even close.

And the Irys debut tomorrow as well.  She's still banned from Twitter, so that will be interesting.

Disclaimer: Quis fuckodiet ipsos custodes?

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Friday, July 09


Daily News Stuff 9 July 2021

Revenge Of The UPRP Edition

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Anime of the day is Little Witch Academia.  Actually, I thought I had already done this one, but I checked and I had only posted an AMV.

This originated in 2013 as a short film produced on a small budget, followed in 2015 by a second, longer film with funds raised on Kickstarter.  It hit its funding target in five hours - that first film was very popular among the anime community.

And that was followed by a 25-episode TV series in 2017, which is what I'm discussing here.  The TV series doesn't quite follow the continuity of the two movies - it starts earlier and events play out differently - but the characters and motivations are all the same, so the movies work just fine either as an introduction or as side stories.

If you think of this as Harriet Potter you won't be too far wrong, except that our heroine Akko is kind of an inverse of Harry Potter.  Her parents are supportive of her pursuit of magic, but rather than being her generation's designated hero from the outset, she's just plain not very good at it.

She's surrounded by a wonderful supporting cast, ranging from mushroom queen Sucy to token sane person Lotte to not-very-well-hidden-secret-identity Professor Ursula.  The story wanders a bit, but it's enjoyable throughout, and when it all comes together in the last few episodes it's really great stuff.

In my opinion this is the best anime series of the last five years.  Highly, highly recommended.

Tech News

  • Ethereum miners are dumping used video cards onto the second-hand market.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Don't buy them, they're probably fried from being run 24/7 in an overheated server room, by which I mean a tin shed somewhere outside Shenzhen.

    My benchmark 6700 XT still hasn't dropped below A$1000, but availability is vastly improved from a few weeks ago.  All models from both AMD and Nvidia are in stock from multiple brands in multiple online stores.

  • The new Atari console is kind of crap.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's not a hardware issue; with an AMD Ryzen APU and 8GB of RAM, it has more than enough horsepower.  The software, on the other hand, is kind of broken, even at the BIOS level.  You can install Windows 10, since it's really jut a PC, but good luck getting it to run apps without constantly throwing up errors.

    Unfortunately you're much better off with a Raspberry Pi and your choice of free emulators.

  • The Radeon 6600 XT will reportedly launch next month with an MSRP of $399.  (WCCFTech)

    If the 6700 XT was selling for anything like its MSRP of $479 it would be a no-brainer to go for the faster card.  In reality it's selling at a premium of about 60% here in Australia and 80% in the US, so any real comparison will have to wait for street prices of the 6600 XT.

    The new card has 80% of the shaders, 66% of the memory and memory bandwidth, and just 33% of the on-chip cache.  So how it performs will be very dependent on the game you're playing.

    Wait for benchmarks.

  • There are many options for API pagination.  (GitHub)

    All of them are annoying.

  • Don't buy the Lexar NM620 NVMe SSD.  (Serve the Home)

    Once it fills its pseudo-SLC cache, sequential writes drop to the speed of a regular disk drive.

    A laptop drive.

    From around 1998.

    Probably just a firmware issue, but that's their problem.

  • Google is dropping Play Services support for Android Jelly Bean. (ZDNet)

    I'm totally fine with this.  That's versions 4.1 through 4.3, and the new baseline for ongoing support will be Kit Kat - Android 4.4.

    Even my 2013 Nexus 7 has updated to Android 6.  If you have something still running on 4.1 with no way to upgrade, well, congratulations on keeping it going for eight or ten years, but maybe time to look at something slightly newer?

  • California exodus is just a myth, says....  California.  (SFGate)

    The University of California's Department of Denying Reality looked into the question and said, and I quote, Nuh-uh.

  • Also there are no problems with the water supply in the state.  (Axios)

    You just can't have any.

Little Witch Anime Music Videos of the Day

One of my favourite AMVs from this series; it highlights a lot of great character moments, though you won't realise their impact until you've seen the show.

The other instant classic LWA AMV, this one focuses on Sucy and particularly on the Sucy episode, which is a better introduction to philosophy than any university is likely to offer these days.

Vtuber of the Day

Vtuber of the day is Pina Pengin from PRISM Project.

PRISM only started up this year, and Pina is in their third generation and only debuted at the end of June - less than two weeks ago.

But she can draw:

And she can sing:

Oh, and she composed, wrote, and mixed that song herself.

And she plays Minecraft.

And she speaks fluent English and Japanese.  That seems to be Prism's niche - English language streams from Japan - and I hope it works for them.

Also, she loves terrible jokes.  The worse, the better.

Speaking of Minecraft, they seriously bookended my weekend.  Kiara and Gura at 5AM Saturday, Calli and Gura at midnight Sunday.  Amelia at 3PM Saturday.  Ina jumped in early at 6 o'clock this morning, when I would normally be sound asleep except for the emergency wakeup call from work at 4AM.  

And Vyolfers at 10AM.  And I haven't even finished watching Elira and Pomu's (from Nijisanji EN) stream from yesterday.  Oh, and Pomu was playing Shantae today.

And Ina is already talking about inviting IRyS to play Minecraft with the rest of HoloEN, and there's a whole new generation coming in a month or so.

I will watch anime again at some point.  If nothing else, the new season of Non Non Biyori.

Disclaimer: Not that that is saying very much.

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Thursday, July 08


Animes Of The Days

Somewhere to keep track...

  • Dirty Pair
  • Slayers
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Escaflowne
  • Danmachi
  • Dominion Tank Police
  • Bubblegum Crisis
  • Record of Lodoss War
  • Devil Hunter Yohko
  • Non Non Biyori
  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  • Urusei Yatsura
  • Cutie Honey
  • Gunsmith Cats
  • Wakfu
  • K-On!
  • Tenchi Muyou
  • Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure
  • El Hazard
  • Phantom Quest Corp
  • Iria: Zeiram the Animation
  • Galaxy Fraulein Yuna
  • Patlabor
  • Black Lagoon
  • Princess Tutu
  • Hololive
  • Ah! My Goddess
  • Maison Ikkoku
  • Log Horizon
  • Midori No Hibi
  • Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
  • Ranma 1/2
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor
  • Trigun
  • Strange Dawn
  • Pretty Cure
  • Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
  • Alice to Zoroku
  • Hidamari Sketch
  • Bleach
  • Komi Can't Communicate
  • Iroduku
  • Amaama to Inazuma
  • Ichigo Mashimaro
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • Kamichu
  • Himouto! Umaru-chan
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena
  • Shirobako
  • Kimi ni Todoke
  • A Place Further Than the Universe
  • Girls' Last Tour
  • My Hero Academia
  • Time Travel Shoujo
  • Gate
  • The Great Passage
  • Galaxy Angel
  • Tenshi na Konamaiki
  • Hellsing
  • Keroro Gunso
  • Jungle wa Itsumo Hale nochi Guu
  • Tenshi ni Narumon
  • Little Witch Academia
  • Noragami
  • Ushio and Tora
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

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Daily News Stuff 8 July 2021

Eternal October Edition

Top Story

  • npm audit is broken by design.  (Overreacted)

    To unpack that: npm audit is a tool for tracking the infinite number of vulnerabilities NPM causes.  NPM is the unbelievably awful package manager for Node.js.  Node.js is the godforsaken fusion of JavaScript and interrupt-driven code for server-side applications.

    And JavaScript is a quick hack Brendan Eich threw together over a weekend in 1995 to get some basic field validation into Netscape Navigator.

    It's all broken, in every way imaginable, and in many ways impossible to imagine.

Anime of the day is Tenshi ni Narumon - I'm Gonna Be An Angel - from 1999.  I couldn't find a decent clip of the opening credits, but here's the whole first episode....  Dubbed into Spanish.  Don't say I never give you anything.

This is unusually cartoonish for anime - you can see the style in the opening credits, which fortunately were not dubbed - but it has its own weird charm.

There won't be a dry seat in the house when you get to the scene where - as I wrote at the time - our hero and his maybe-girlfriend (aged 16-going-on-4) are plummeting to their deaths from the school clock tower whence they have been ejected by a perverted demon puppet, but are rescued in the nick of time by our brave (if scatterbrained) heroine wearing mechanical wings and a rocket pack (made by her little sister) - and a durian on her head - at the precise moment the Earth is undergoing a very near miss from a rather unlikely short-period comet.

That's one episode.

Tech News

  • Gigabyte has announced a 10Gbit Ethernet card.  (Tom's Hardware)

    I can't even remember when I upgrade to gigabit ethernet - twenty years ago, maybe - and we're still mostly stuck at that speed.  Recent motherboards have started to show up with 2.5Gb Ethernet, and 100Gb cards are readily available, but the switch situation is a complete nightmare.

  • Unexpectedly: Neurons encode information in the timing of their firing.  (Quanta)

    Speaking from a computer and network background, why the bleeping bleep was this in any way unexpected?  It's entirely routine in computer networks - and in pre-computer networks like the telegraph system - so there's no reason to expect the brain not to have evolved the same tricks in some form.

    Neuroscientists love to tell people that the brain is not a computer, but all they show when they say that is they don't know what computers are.

  • 36 US states and one swamp are going after Google for monopolistic shit relating to the Play Store.  (

    Don't know if this will also run afoul of a random Hawaiian judge the way the Facebook case recently did, but keep it up guys.

  • What browser should you use to replace Chrome?  (ZDNet)

    They suggest Brave, and it's a good choice.  I'm running it on my Android tablet and I get the occasional UI glitch - which might be due to the fact that I'm browsing huge pages on an old A53 CPU - but it's quickly fixed by switching out of the app and then back in again.

    It has built in ad blocking, when Chrome on Android doesn't even allow you to set up a plugin for that.

  • A Chinese prenatal test has been used by the PLA to gather genetic data on millions of women.  (Reuters)

    The privacy agreement promises to hold the data confidential unless...  Basically unless the Chinese government wants to take a look.

  • New Hololive member IRyS has now passed 200,000 subscribers, without posting anything, and 150,000 Twitter followers, with a single tweet and her account restricted - still, because this is Twitter.

    Meanwhile YouTube demonetised Pikamee, everyone's favourite electric kettle, and in a shocking turn of events admitted it was a mistake and fixed it in a matter of hours.

  • It never rains but it rains some more, particularly when there's an idiot on the roof with a hose.

    Marine only has 1.4 million subscribers.  No reason to maybe assign someone to take a look before deleting her entire fucking account.

    Yes, it's back now.  But maybe, YouTube, maybe you could try skipping the part where you delete the entire account and go straight to the having something with a functioning brain check on things?

Let's Kill Da Ho Vtuber Clip of the Day

Pikamee is fluent in spoken English and pretty good at written English, but her partner in the VOMS project Tomoshika is still learning and sometimes trips up resulting in clips with millions upon million of views.

HoloVOMS Anime Music Video Clip of the Day

The song - consisting entirely of Japanese onomatopoeia - was written by Gyari, the founder of VOMS, and covered here by Sakura Miko of Hololive Generation 0.

Disclaimer: Could be worse.  Could be engulfed in a pyroclastic flow, and also raining.

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Wednesday, July 07


Daily News Stuff 7 July 2021

Reschedule Everything Edition

Top Story

  • Australia is getting a shiny new computer.  (Tom's Hardware)

    200,000 cores, 750 next-gen graphics cards (with 128GB of RAM each), 548TB of total RAM, 2.7PB of SSD, and over 100PB of total storage.

    It will be used for radio astronomy and Minecraft.  Well, mostly Minecraft.

  • Hololive announced their new English-branch VSinger - that is, a real human vocalist using a virtual avatar - about seven hours ago.

    Her name is IRyS - her equivalent in the Japanese branch is called AZKi, so there's something of a theme there - and she has 122,000 subscribers on YouTube so far.

    Without actually streaming anything - she won't debut until Sunday.

    100,000 subscribers used to be a lot for a vtuber.  Nijisanji's new EN branch all hit it in their first month; Hololive talents now hit it before their channels go live.

    Meanwhile, Twitter being Twitter has restricted her account.

  • And now YouTube has demonetised Pikamee.


    If they don't fix that quick smart, we riot.

    Update: They fixed it quick smart.  For once.  Riot cancelled.

Anime of the day is Jungle wa Itsumo Hale nochi Guu, a.k.a Haré+Guu, from 2001 - with two OVA sequel series in 2003 and 2004.

It's the story of Guu, the cute little pink-haired girl in the credits, who is basically Cthulhu, and Hale, a ten-year-old boy who is the only person who seems to notice that she literally eats people.

Well, not eat, exactly.  Swallow, yes.  But not eat, as such.

This one is just a tiny bit odd.

Tech News

  • Lies, damned lies, and benchmarks: Oppo is doing weird shit, and not always to their advantage.  (AnandTech)

    Apps don't always load on the fastest X1 core - I don't know of any phone CPU that has more than one of Arm's new X1 core - and don't always even run the A78 cores at full speed.  In some cases Vivaldi can run six times faster than Chrome even though they use the same rendering engine.

    It looks like an error in the power vs. performance profile of the phone, that it's trying to reduce power of apps where it should be maximising performance.  Phones have been caught cheating benchmark results before by detecting that a benchmark was running and turning everything up to max just short of melting the phone entirely.

    But this is the opposite of that.

  • JEDI has been cancelled.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The Trump Administration awarded a major contract to Microsoft to run cloud services for the DoD, as the obviously least sucky option.

    New administration, new priorities.  Since the goal now is to make everything suck as much as humanly possible, the deal has been cancelled and will now be split up into an obviously unworkable hell-brew spread across every cloud platform in existence.

  • There's a big bug in Windows printing.  (WCCFTech)

    If you have remote printing enabled, and attacker on your network can take over your computer - bad enough if you're just sharing a printer from your PC, a lot worse if it's an enterprise server.

    Patches are out now for Windows 7, 8, 10, and Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2019.

    If you're running something older than 7, you probably still have the bug, but there's not going to be a patch.

  • An 800GB Optane P5800X costs $2044.  (Serve the Home)

    It is fast, yes.  But for that price you can get a 6.4TB Micron 9300 Max, with an 11 microsecond average write latency - barely slower than the Optane - and a 37PB total write endurance.

    The big difference is in read latency, but given the price difference it might be better to save your money and add 256GB of RAM instead.

  • WSL2 on Windows 11 vs Ubuntu.  (Phoronix)

    I use WSL - Linux on Windows - every day.  Its a big upgrade over Cygwin, since it's real Linux, and you can just download regular Linux apps and run them.

    These benchmarks show that if you're not doing a lot of I/O, it's basically indistinguishable from the real thing.

    If you are doing a lot of I/O, though...  Not so hard to distinguish.

  • The US has reserved the right to consider sending a strongly-worded letter to Russia if it keeps attacking US companies.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Maybe Joe can make another list.

Stacy's Mom's Anime Music Video of the Day

Nearly forgot about this one, which would have been a crime.

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