Sunday, January 24


Daily News Stuff 24 January 2021

Chicken With A Trident Edition

Tech News

  • Everything you ever wanted to know about the Raspberry Pi Pico but were afraid to ask and how to raise wolves.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Looks like a nice little board for nice little projects.

  • Problem: Despite the distinctly cheaper MSRP actual RTX 3060s can cost as much or more than the RTX 3060 Ti.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The culprit is the 12GB of RAM and the general shortage of absolutely everything.

  • Pip has dropped support for Python 2.  (Pypa)

    Hardly unexpected because it's been warning you about this for the last eighteen months.  Python 2 is still actively supported, though, thanks to PyPy, the Python compiler, so people will work around this.

  • One of the chief idiots behind the Code of Cancer movement infecting open source is at it again.  (ZDNet)

    The author of this particular article frequently writes nonsense, but this one is fairly measured.  It gives space for the chief idiot in question to spout her idiocy, then quotes several actual experts in rebuttal.  

    Here's what she's trying to do this time:
    The Software shall not be used by any person or entity for any systems, activities, or other uses that violate any Human Rights Laws. "Human Rights Laws" means any applicable laws, regulations, or rules (collectively, "Laws") that protect human, civil, labor, privacy, political, environmental, security, economic, due process, or similar rights; provided, however, that such Laws are consistent and not in conflict with Human Rights Principles (a dispute over the consistency or a conflict between Laws and Human Rights Principles shall be determined by arbitration as stated above). Where the Human Rights Laws of more than one jurisdiction are applicable or in conflict with respect to the use of the Software, the Human Rights Laws that are most protective of the individuals or groups harmed shall apply.
    Or, to put use the vernacular, fuck you.

    It's a handy warning sign for projects headed for complete disaster, though, like the bright colours of poisonous frogs.

  • Softbank is having a hard time getting regulatory approval to sell Arm to Nvidia.  (Nikkei)

    In large part due to West Taiwan, which is ruining everything as usual.

Vidéo du Jour sur le Trifluorure de Chlore

For the impatient, the explosions start at the 84 second mark.  Worth noting that it immediately reacts with and destroys every kind of safety equipment while releasing huge amounts of heat and also corrosive poisonous gases.

This is the only video I could find that actually showed ClF3 as opposed to talking about it, because no-one post-WWII has been crazy enough to actually touch it except for the French sometime in the 1980s.

And, uh, the semiconductor industry.  No, really.  They use this stuff as cleaning fluid.

For background, we have this classic.  I know I've posted it before - possibly more than once - but it's been a while.

That one ends with a brief discussion of fluoroantimonic acid, the strongest acid known (although how strong an acid is has a specific chemical meaning and doesn't directly correlate to how corrosive it is).

So, yeah, I punched that into the search field because of course I did.

And we had fun fun fun 'til the safety officer took our license away.

Disclaimer: Do not trust West Taiwan.  West Taiwan is asshoe.

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1 I have a rule that arbitrarily restrictive licenses make software not fit for the use of a free person.

That restriction violates this rule. 

Therefore the restriction is recursively restrictive. 

Also, given events, the son of a bitch behind this stuff is taking part in the war, is a legitimate military target, and ought to be killed. 

Posted by: PatBuckman at Monday, January 25 2021 03:36 AM (6y7dz)

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