Well that's good. Fantastic. That gives us 20 minutes to save the world and I've got a post office. And it's shut!

Thursday, September 30


Daily News Stuff 30 September 2021

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  • 96% of third-party containers deployed to the cloud contain known vulnerabilities.  (ZDNet)

    And 63% of code used to deploy cloud solutions is also insecure.

    Basically if you follow the latest standards and best practices in deploying a containerised cloud solution, you're fucked.

    I use containers - both the old and new servers are containerised - but for isolation, not for deployment.  And I certainly don't use third-party containers for production (and rarely even for development).

    Docker...  Basically sucks.

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  • U.S. needs to work with Europe to slow China’s innovation rate, says Commerce Secretary Raimondo.  (CNBC)

    That headline struck me as still more paid propaganda for China from the mainstream press, but that's unusual for CNBC.  It's actually a direct quote:
    If we really want to slow down China’s rate of innovation, we need to work with Europe.  ...  We have to work with our European allies to deny China the most advanced technology so that they can’t catch up in critical areas like semiconductors.  ...  We want to work with Europe, to write the rules of the road for technology, whether it’s TikTok or artificial intelligence or cyber.
    That doesn't mean it's not paid propaganda; it's just not CNBC getting paid off.

  • Phison has shown a new PCIe 5 SSD controller for both server and client devices.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Toshiba already showed off controllers for server SSDs, but the client models are new.

    These will support transfer rates up to 14GB per second.  Which is a lot.

  • The users are always wrong.  (UTK)

    But so are the programmers, and so are the managers.  The secret to success is to never try to do anything.

  • Russia has arrested the head of a cybersecurity company on charges of high treason.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Because he wouldn't roll over for the intelligence agencies running the ransomware gangs.

  • Digital pickpocketing the Apple Pay way.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Hackers can spend unlimited amounts on your Visa card from a locked iPhone without the phone ever leaving your pocket.  Apparently does not work with Mastercard or with Android devices.

    Researchers notified Apple of this a year ago.

  • An entirely different attack has been making the rounds on Android.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Malware embedded in at least 200 apps on the Play Store has been signing people up to unwanted paid subscriptions.  The apps have been removed but that doesn't mean the subscriptions have been cancelled, and it certainly doesn't mean anyone is getting their money back.

Disclaimer: Try or try not, there is no spoon.

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Wednesday, September 29


Daily News Stuff 29 September 2021

Floor To Ceiling Maintenance Windows Edition

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  • Dude, where's my stuff?  (JP Morgan)

    Why absolutely everything is out of stock absolutely everywhere.

    Which goes double for Australia.

Tech News

  • So that's where the 3000x2000 displays have gone.  (AnandTech)

    The Huawei MateBook X Pro has a 3000x2000 display.  On the other hand it doesn't even make an attempt at the Four Essential Keys - there aren't even labels overlaid on the cursor keys, has no storage options, and while it does have a touch screen it doesn't have the stylus that would make that display truly useful.

    Kind of meh.  Also made by slave labour for the PLA.

  • The WD Red SN700 is an M.2 NVMe SSD intended for caching duty in NAS boxes.  (Anandtech)

    That means it's designed for consistent performance and durability rather than the absolute peak throughput or the lowest possible price.  And it's available in capacities up to 4TB, which is currently an under-served category.  (I'm about to buy one, and the available models are not cheap.)

  • Twitter fell over.  (Bleeping Computer)

    And less than nothing of value was lost.

    My sixth appeal of my most recent ban is pending now.

  • Microsoft's two-factor authentication for Office 365 fell over.  (Bleeping Computer)

    And it failed safe, so that...  Wait, what?
    This issue could potentially affect any user if they leverage MFA and either Network Policy Server (NPS) or Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) to access Microsoft 365 services. This issue only affect on-premises users, and cloud hosted users are not affected.
    Their cloud service failed in such a way as to only affect those not using their cloud service.

  • Apple updated iWorks.  (Thurrott.com)

    And it's not a subscription.  But you have to buy a Mac, which is worse.

  • Six reasons to replace your Surface Pro 7 with a Surface Pro 8.  (ZDNet)

    It's one louder.

  • Install Windows 11 on a potato.  (Bleeping Computer)

    The Universal MediaCreationTool can now create install files for Windows 11.  You still need an activation key, but otherwise it will install regardless of whether your computer meets all of Microsoft's strict compatibility rules, or indeed any of them.

  • Microsoft is rushing to fix a bug that leaks Exchange Server login credentials.  (Bleeping Computer)

    A bug they've known about since 2017.

  • Jelly much?  (9to5Mac)

    The new iPad Mini 6 suffers from visible jelly scrolling.  Apple says this is entirely normal and totally not an issue because, and I quote, fuck you that's why.

    The actual cause is that the iPad Mini, a small tablet that will mostly be used to read content in portrait mode, has a screen that is natively in landscape mode.  Jelly scrolling - there's video at the link - appears mostly when you rotate a display so that it's refreshing on one axis and scrolling in the other.  It is to some degree unavoidable if you turn your device sideways.

    Apple saves you the trouble by delivering the device sideways out of the box.

  • RemObjects Elements for personal use is available for $199 per year.  (Elements)

    It supports Object Pascal, C#, Basic, Swift, Java, and Go, and compiles to .NET, iOS, Android, WebAssembly, JVM, and native binaries for Windows, Mac, and Linux - including the Raspberry Pi.

Disclaimer: Nobody knows the rice I've seen.

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In Which Russell Brand Has A Heaping Helping Of Chocolate Frosted Redpills

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Tuesday, September 28


Daily News Stuff 28 September 2021

Way Worse Edition

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Tech News

Disclaimer: Thank you for contacting me. I am currently away on leave, traveling through time, and will be returning last week.

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Monday, September 27


Daily News Stuff 27 September 2021

Vtubers Channeling Donald Trump Edition

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Disclaimer: Not the turtle!

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Digital Tourette's Strikes Again

The Age is outraged at @therealrukshan for reporting without a license. Or they've just gone completely insane.  Hard to tell.

Meanwhile I'm still banned for criticising Dictator Dan.

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Sunday, September 26


Daily News Stuff 26 September 2020

Pessimalism Anonymous Edition

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Even South Canada Still Has Some Freedom of Speech Video of the Day

A Wisconsin teen sued after being threatened with jail over an Instagram post - and won.

Though Joseph Conrad is a great name for a sheriff.

Disclaimer: Splunge.

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Saturday, September 25


Daily News Stuff 25 September 2021

Update And/Or Smash All The Things Edition

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  • China has banned cryptocurrencies.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Well, except for one, controlled by China.

    Be interesting to see what happens with video card prices.  Hard drive prices are on their way back down after the Chia mining crazes fizzled out, but video cards are in short supply even without the miners.

    Anyway, I have an RTX 3060 now - albeit a laptop 3060 - which should do for a while.

  • A teenager on TikTok invalidated the garbage research of thousands of garbage scientists.  (The Verge)

    How it happened is you're lazy and stupid and your research is worthless.

  • Your face is not a bar code.  (UCLA)

  • Your butthole on the other hand...  (The Guardian)

  • A look at the Asus Zenbook 13.  (Hot Hardware)

    This one has a Ryzen 5800U, an OLED display covering 100% of DCI-P3, albeit only at 1080p, the four essential keys, two USB-C, one USB-A, HDMI, microSD...  No headphone jack and soldered RAM, but oh well.

  • Using Nim instead of Python for data processing.  (Benjamin D Lee)

    Nim is essentially a statically typed and statically compiled Python.  I say essentially because the languages are just very similar, not actually compatible.

    There is a Python JIT compiler - it's called PyPy and it works very well - and in this case it's already nine times faster than Python, but Nim is three times faster again.

Disclaimer: Three girls, two bony ponies.  No, just watching Hololive play Minecraft.  Get your mind out of the gutter and into the other gutter.

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Content Not Relevant, Testing Something

I mean, not relevant to this particular post, it is relevant o the world at large and the frauds in charge.

Also, this is literally the objectification of women.

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Well, Fuck

Yeah, we're back.  

I have an alarm set to go off when there's a site outage, but the alarm went down.

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