It was a bad day. A lot of bad stuff happened. And I'd love to forget it all. But I don't. Not ever. Because this is what I do. Every time, every day, every second, this: On five, we're bringing down the government.

Monday, August 23


Daily News Stuff 23 August 2021

We Also Shoot Dogs Edition

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  • Apparently puppy murder doesn't poll well because Australia's Prime Minister is pushing state governments to end their idiotic lockdowns.  (

    And yeah, the puppy murder was a real thing done in the name of Public Safety.  People are not impressed, and in fact a criminal investigation is under way.  You can get away with doing that to humans, maybe, but not to dogs.

    "Bat Flu Zero" is an idiotic fantasy we caught from New Zealand, and even the Island Kingdom of Sheep Hermits can't actually sustain that dream.

  • "AI" tech that tracks noises that may or may not be gunshots landed an innocent man in jail.  (AP)

    Studies suggest that ShotSpotter, while expensive, is basically useless at reducing crime.  It's not entirely clear if it works at all.  Experts say that the system is perfectly designed - intentionally or not - to produce false positives.

    In this case, after Michael Williams had been in jail awaiting trial for eleven months, the prosecution shrugged and said they didn't have enough evidence to proceed.

    And David Chipman, Biden's nominee to head the BATF?  A former ShotSpotter executive.

Tech News

  • Firecuda go whoosh. (Tom's Hardware)

    7.3GBps read, 6.9GBps write, 1 million IOPs.

    It's not cheap - you can get two WD Blue SSDs for the same price - but it's actually faster than two WD Blues in RAID-0.

  • Samsung showed off 512GB DDR5-7200 modules for next-generation servers.  (AnandTech)

    The module layout suggests that 64GB desktop modules could also be on their way, as we saw earlier from...  Oh, the server just fell over again.  I think it was Team Group, while I wait for the database check to run.

  • A new Mac Mini with an M1X is on its way.  (WCCFTech)

    Might be interested if Apple didn't spy on children.  That debacle has kind of fallen off the radar with all the other debacles going on, but I haven't forgotten.

  • Stack 'em, pack 'em, and rack 'em: AMD discusses upcoming 2D, 2.5D, and 3D chiplet tech.  (WCCFTech)
    The interconnect uses a brand new hydrophilic Dielectric-Dielectric Bonding with Direct CU-CU bonding which was designed and co-optimized in deep partnership with TSMC.
    That's exactly what I was about to say.

    They're also looking at stacking CPU dies and stacking DRAM directly on the CPU.  With HBM3 you could have 32GB of RAM with 1TB per second bandwidth right in the CPU socket.

    The technology will appear first in Zen 3D late this year or early next.  This will have the same core design as current desktop Ryzen but triple the L3 cache - up to 192MB total - giving up to 25% better performance in Monster Hunter World.

  • Which is just what Intel is doing with their new high-end Sapphire Rapids Xeons.  (WCCFTech)

    Only more so - they could go as high as 128GB of RAM directly on the CPU.

  • The book The Honest Truth About Dishonest was based on fake data.  (The Economist)

    Article is truncated, but the gist is that the authors are either lying or grossly incompetent.

  • Get admin access to Windows 10 with just a mouse.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Don't even need to click on it.  Just plug it in.

    Razer has responded, is preparing a bugfix, and has offered a bug bounty, so even though they screwed this up they are acting responsibly.

Hololive EN Debut Stream Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Actually had a business discussion today on team members' bus factor.  Mine, unsurprisingly, is 1.

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Sneaky Bastards

I caught the first debut and the council meeting - spaced out over 9 hours starting at 3AM did not make it timezone friendly, even though I managed to get a few hours sleep beforehand.

And then, right at the end:

There's another one.  Their account has been in stealth mode on Twitter since May.

Meanwhile, I just checked out Lumi from Cyberlive - the boing boing girl who plays Kerbal Space Program and sings in harmony with herself in Swahili, and she was discussing the history of musical scales in Western music with chat and also herpetology and the etymology of the names of the Micronesian island states.  In Minecraft.

Update: Just tuned in to Pina's Minecraft stream and Lumi was fangirling in the chat.  There's a lot of that - Kiara is a huge fan of Pomu from Nijisanji, and Pomu is a Pikamee fan.

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Sunday, August 22


HoloWeekend Reboot

Quick note: Migration won't be today.  Library compatibility issues causing trouble running the old binaries on the new server.  It looks like I should be able to switch over to current binaries in the next couple of days, though, so we'll have a much cleaner move - latest MariaDB and at least a nominally supported version of Python.

Quick note 2: Sana is Aussie as all get out.

Quick note 3: Now that I'm catching up, Baelz is an Aussie as well.  Accent, check.  Talks about Macca's, check.  Discusses the proper way to eat a meat pie, check.  That makes four Australians in HoloEN.

They're back!

Starting at 3AM on a Monday. Perfect.

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Daily News Stuff 22 August 2021

One Step Sideways Three Steps Down Edition

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  • Migrating the other sites to a new server.  So how do I switch over the shared filesystem from OpenVZ to LXD?  Read read...  Fuck.

    No shared filesystem for now then.

    Preparing to switch over today.

  • No it doesn't.  Core i9-12900K outperforms 11900K on After Effects.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The benchmark gives essentially identical results for 11th gen 8-core, 12th gen 8+8 core, and AMD 16-core CPUs, because it's a GPU benchmark.

    Sometimes the tech press are as bad as the mainstream press.

Tech News

Disclaimer: We may be strange loops, but some of us are looping at the stars.

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Saturday, August 21


HoloWeekend Discontinues

Mio is currently running in the HoloPortal Relay, while the next set of events is queueing up.

One more to go.

Update: Welp, the next set of events just got unqueued.  Looks like YouTube shadowbanned the whole of HoloEN Gen 2.

YouTube has been unsubscribing people repeatedly because their magic algorithm is dogshit.  They were all over 100k two days ago; now they're all back around 50k.  Sana - the first in line to debut - now has just 38k subscribers on YouTube, but 160k followers on Twitter.  But that's a rant for another day.

Before the debut of HoloEN Gen 2, Kiara of HoloEN Gen 1 will complete her interviews of HoloEN Gen 0.

With Hololive, Nijisanji, and Prism all streaming every which way I haven't had time to properly check out Cyberlive, who, despite their generic name, seem to be doing good things.

Oh, and since the EN Gen 2 debut is postponed due to Tropical Storm Susan, I'll mention this:


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Daily Tech News 21 August 2021

Look Before You Oh Never Mind Edition

Top Story

Tech News

  • Collaborative filtering doesn't work for...  Chatroulette?  (Chatroulette)

    Not surprised given the nature of the service, but the article actually goes to some lengths to examine why, which makes it worthwhile even if I personally have no use whatsoever for Chatroulette itself.

  • After Royal Core, Intel's Lunar Lake could bring 30% IPC improvement over Meteor Lake using Lion Cove cores.  (WCCFTech)

    What does any of that mean?  Well, future Intel processors will be faster than current ones.  The article is talking about Intel's 15th, 16th, and 17th generation parts, where current chips are 11th generation.  So we're looking at 2025 and 2026 before these chips finally arrive.

    It also mentions 40 core desktop parts - but that's still 8 large cores and 32 small ones.  AMD will give you 16 large cores today.  Just plunk down your money.

  • On the other hand AMD's initial socket AM5 parts will have DDR5 support but no PCIe 5.0.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Intel's support for PCIe 5.0 seems useless at this point - it only applies to the video card, and not only do video cards not need PCIe 5.0, they don't support PCIe 5.0.

    When they do appear, at least you'll be able to run two cards because a x8 PCIe 5.0 slot is as fast as a x16 4.0 slot.  But Nvidia no longer supports SLI so that's basically pointless too.

    AMD's Raphael - the initial AM5 part - has 28 PCIe 4.0 lanes, up from 24 on current AM4 parts.  It looks like the additional 4 lanes are intended to provide two USB 4 sockets, which in addition to 40Gbps USB, support DisplayPort 2.0 video and PCIe connections.  The chip can also provide two HDMI ports for a total of four displays.

    Like Intel, AMD really needs to get just a few lanes of PCIe 5.0 for the chipset connection.  At the moment their high end chipsets (Threadripper) use 8 lanes of PCIe 4.0 to get the needed bandwidth.

  • Hackers stole $90 million from the "most secure" crypto exchange.  (Tom's Hardware)


  • Tesla's D1 AI chip can deliver 362 teraFLOPs - albeit at FP16, so useful for AI but not for scientific work generally.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This is intended for use in servers that analyse data and train less powerful systems in autonomous vehicles.

  • Asus have updated their PN50 Ryzen-based NUCs.  The PN50-E1 adds 2.5Gb Ethernet, which is welcome, and yanks the 3.5mm audio jack, which is not.

Disclaimer: Why do they all have boinkie doinkies?  It's not fair!

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Planning My Weekend

At least I'll have company while I work on the new server.

That's a whole lot of Minecraft.

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Friday, August 20


Daily News Stuff 20 August 2021

Stripes Vs Plaids Edition

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  • Intel spoke about their Alder Lake 12th generation desktop parts.  (AnandTech)

    It supports DDR5 RAM up to 4800MHz, which we've seen is not much faster than DDR4 at 3200MHz (except when it is), an 16 lanes of PCIe 5.0 and 4 lanes of PCIe 4.0.  Plus from the chipset up to 12 lanes of PCIe 4.0 and 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0.

    Which means they've done something really dumb.  The one place that needs more bandwidth, and that Intel has total control over, is the interface between the CPU and the chipset.  Make that 4 lanes of PCIe 5.0 and you can actually use all those downstream lanes.

    But that's exactly what they didn't.

    Oh, and it has 8 fast cores and 8 slow cores, which is basically useless on a desktop.

    But they are also promising a 19% improvement on IPC, which if real is definitely not useless.

Tech News

Disclaimer: And you get a Reichstag Fire, and you get a Reichstag fire!  Everyone gets a Reichstag Fire!

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Thursday, August 19


Daily News Stuff 19 August 2021

Oops I Hashed It Again Edition

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  • Researchers have taken a closer look at Apple's Neural Hash - the one they'll use to throw you in jail for child porn - and have already generated a hash collision.  (GitHub)

    A hash collision is where two totally different sets of data produce identical results when run through a particular algorithm.

    This is the 1-in-a-trillion chance Apple was talking about.

    Apple now says this is not the real algorithm, which totally doesn't have this problem, and that they'll also use a second algorithm to double-check before throwing you to the wolves.  You wouldn't know the second algorithm, it lives in Canada.

  • Looks like no product launches at work this weekend, so I'm going to stay in bed doing server updates and watching anime girls play Minecraft.

    On Saturday Prism Project is doing a Minecraft collab with all 9 members, and Hololive is doing a relay stream to celebrate linking the EN and JP servers.  HoloID is getting their own server as well, but they'll probably go the same route as EN and not link it until they reach the End on their own.

    Plus there's the whole EN Gen 2 debut on Sunday.  YouTube doesn't seem to be doing them any favours; they all lost at least 30,000 subscribers today.  I'm sure that will get rectified, but along with getting their accounts locked by Twitter is a rocky start.

    Where HoloMyth consists of an ancient Atlantean, the priestess of a mysterious cult, a phoenix, Death's apprentice, and a British chick, the new generation consists of the incarnations of Space, Time, Nature, and Civilisation, and a rat.

Tech News

  • Do you people want consent decrees?  Because this is how you get consent decrees.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Microsoft is fucking around in Windows making it harder to change your default browser.  In fact, there no longer even is a default browser; there's a different selection of each file type and protocol, and you have to change them all individually.

  • Intel's next-next-gen Raptor Lake desktop CPUs will have up to 24 cores.  (WCCFTech)

    8 real ones and 16 low-power and low-performance cores.

    I don't know why, but it's plausible they can't currently add more high-performance cores and stay within their power budget.  The last two generations of Intel desktop parts have been notoriously power-hungry and it doesn't sound like the new chips will improve on that.

    Their laptop parts aren't such a problem.

  • The US Census Bureau got hacked-ish in January of last year.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Only ish, because an investigation has showed that the hackers were able to exploit a bug in Citrix to gain access, but the system is such a bureaucratic nightmare to use that they gave up at that point and went away.

  • 48.6 million current and former T-Mobile users are going to have a bad day.  (Bleeping Computer)

    No phone numbers, passwords, or financial data.  Just your full name, date of birth, SSN, and driver's license.

    So that's alright then.

  • TSMC is now the most valuable company in Asia.  (CNBC)

    With China hell-bent on destroying its own economy and demand for chips at record highs, TSMC's market cap has remained solid while Tencent and Alibaba  have gone into sharp decline.

    TSMC is unusual in this field in that they make stuff themselves, and they are very, very good at it.

Disclaimer: Blrrrrrrp.

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Back again.

This server is really getting on my nerves.  Cutover to new server this Sunday.  Should be less downtime involved than from a single one of these crashes.

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