What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Monday, October 31


Daily News Stuff 31 October 2022

Three Pounds Of Leftover Candy Edition

Top Story

  • Elon Musk reportedly terminated Twitter's top executives for cause, meaning they don't get their multi-million dollar payouts.  (Yahoo News)

    Ignore the "media activist" - that is, communist censorship maximalist fuckhead - in the video at the top.  Has nothing at all to do with the story, it's just the usual 1984 is a cookbook crap.

    The story is that if terminated for cause - fired for significant malfeasance, like using the company as a political toy and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in the process - they don't get their sweet golden parachutes, which would otherwise have totaled over $100 million.

    On the other hand, the story also claims that Musk plans mass layoffs before 1 November to avoid share vestments which obviously ain't gonna happen.  As I said before, they literally know nothing.

  • Yeah, Halloween is not a thing in New House City, or at least, not here at the end of a one-way street on a hill overlooking New House City.  Richer pickings elsewhere would be the safe bet.  Well, you'd be wrong, and now I have three dozen Freddos all to myself.

Tech News

Disclaimer: How does a left-wing drone even fly?  You'd think they'd just flop around aimlessly on the ground, like, well, a left-wing drone.

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Sunday, October 30


Daily News Stuff 30 October 2022

Halloweeneen Edition

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  • Nvidia's RTX 4090 is a power-hungry monster - unless you ask it not to be.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The reviewers put the card through benchmarks of four games with the power budget set from 50% to 120% of stock, in 10% increments.

    At 70% power you lose about 5% in performance, while bringing power consumption down from 450W to a little over 300W.  They really have this thing dialed to the absolute max, even though that buys very little.

  • Ghostbusters movies ranked from best to worst for Halloween:

    1. Ghostbusters, 1984
    2. Ghostbusters Afterlife, 2021
    3. Ghostbusters 2, 1989
    4 - 999,997. Almost a million other movies, most of which have little or nothing to do with ghosts. 
    999,998. Ghostbusters 2016
    999,999. Naked, a Netflix original with a justifiable 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and easily the worst film I have ever watched.  Which also has nothing to do with ghosts, it's just really bad.

Tech News

Disclaimer: The least honest is Jonathan Chait.  Just in case you were wondering.

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Saturday, October 29


Daily News Stuff 29 October 2022

Cesspools R Us Edition

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Tech News

  • Any Pantone colour so long as it's black: If you use uncommon Pantone colours in your artwork, you're gonna have a bad day.  (Pluralistic)

    Pantone wants license fees.  Like $20 per month per user, which is more than Adobe charges for Photoshop.  So support is going away.

    And since Photoshop is a subscription now and automatically updates itself, its going away right now.

    So if you load up an image that worked fine yesterday and is now just a random collection of black smears, that's why.

    Well, that or you accidentally download an Democrat ad campaign.

  • The open source community immediately stepped in with a solution:

  • Which was just far enough off to be useless:

  • But the creator is actively working to with users to resolve any issues:

    Also, colour is complicated.

  • A handheld device with a 7" 1920x1200 screen covering 100% sRGB colour?  I am so there.

    Prices starting at $1199?  Maybe not so much.  (Liliputing)

    It does come with a Ryzen 6800U and up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, but it's a niche within a niche.

  • Details have leaked of AMD's new high-end graphics cards and this close to launch they're likely to be pretty accurate.  (WCCFTech)

    Where the current 6950XT has 16GB of RAM and 80 cores ("compute units" in AMD terminology), the 7900XT will have 20GB of RAM and 168 cores, and the 7950XT 24 GB and 192 cores.

    The new designs are split into multiple chips, with a large main chip handling computation and multiple smaller chips (five on the 7900XT, six on the 7950XT) handling the memory interface and caches.

    While the total silicon area on a 7950XT won't be much less than on Nvidia's RTX 4090, the largest chip will be half the size, making it easier and cheaper to produce.  We'll have to wait and see how much easier and cheaper, and also how much of that 140% increase on compute hardware translates into real world performance.

Disclaimer: There’ll be an airplane crash in Burma next week, but it shouldn’t affect me here in New York. And the feegs certainly can’t harm me. Not with all my closet doors closed.

No, the big problem is lesnerizing. I must not lesnerize. Absolutely not. As you can imagine, that hampers me.

And to top it all, I think I’m catching a really nasty cold.

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Friday, October 28


Daily News Stuff 28 October 2022

Freebird Edition

Top Story

  • This bird has flown.

  • Elon Musk has taken charge at Twitter. (CNBC)

    Out immediately are hapless CEO Parag Agrawal, who made drugged-out hippie Jack Dorsey look like Steve Jobs by comparison; CFO Ned Segal, whose only talent appears to be losing billions of dollars; and vapidly vicious Chief Inquisitor Vijaya Gadde, whose appearance against Tim Pool on the Joe Rogan podcast showed that she is incapable of anything beyond repeating leftist talking points.

    Not just fired, but escorted out of the building by security.  (The Verge)

    The entire Twitburo is in the process of being defenestrated.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Isn't it good, Norwegian wood?

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Elon Musk has taken charge at Twitter.  (CNBC)

Out immediately are hapless CEO Parag Agrawal, who made drugged-out hippie Jack Dorsey look like Steve Jobs by comparison; CFO Ned Segal, whose only talent appears to be losing billions of dollars; and vapidly vicious Chief Inquisitor Vijaya Gadde.

The entire Politburo is in the process of being defenestrated.

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Thursday, October 27


Daily News Stuff 27 October 2022

In Sink Edition

Top Story

Tech News

  • Seagate, which does actually deliver new products on a regular basis - including some pretty good SSDs - is laying off 3000 staff.  (Blocks and Files)

    They blame this on the global economic poopage, which seems reasonable.  Seagate and Western Digital were doomed if they didn't make the transition to SSDs, but they did, so they're not.  Business picked up at the start of the Wuhan Bat Flu Death Plague with everyone working from home and lots of new home computers and servers getting deployed, but that bump is well and truly over.

  • Benchmark results have leaked for AMDs Ryzen 7300X and 7800X.  (WCCFTech)

    The 7300X is a budget four core part, which is not going to sell well right now because Socket AM5 (that Ryzen 7000 uses) is not a budget platform.

    The 7800X is a ten core part, which is something new for Ryzen consumer products, though there is one embedded ten core chip.  That will, appropriately, slot it in between the eight core 7700X and the twelve core 7900X.

  • Just on that ten core thing, Intel's 13600K, with six P cores and eight E cores, is also effectively a ten core CPU, since E cores are basically half the speed of P cores.

    Since it's priced a little cheaper than the eight core 7700X - and can use cheaper DDR4 RAM - it's a pretty good deal if you don't care that some of your cores are half-crippled.  That would drive me crazy when I'm testing code so my desktop systems are going to be Ryzen, but most people won't care.

  • Australia's weird little time zone.  (Howder Family)

    Australian Central Western Standard Time (UTC+08:45) covers a region stretching for 340km (about 210 miles) along the Eyre Highway and the south coast of Western Australia, from Cocklebiddy to Border Village.

    The total population of the area is about two hundred.  And a million kangaroos.

  • My spade went through there.  Ordered some garden tools from Amazon.  Almost everything arrived promptly, but the spade was stuck in transit.

    Turns out that's because it was coming from Perth.  By road.  I mean, fine, whatever, it's a spade.  Enjoy your trip.

Disclaimer: Bon voyage!  Don't forget to write!

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Wednesday, October 26


Daily News Stuff 26 October 2022

Marmite Milkshake Edition

Top Story

  • What a difference a year makes: Microsoft's newly announced Surface Laptop 5 is slower and has worse battery life than the Surface Laptop 4...  Maybe.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Comparing the new Intel model with a U-series CPU (two fast cores, eight slow cores) against the previous AMD model with their U-series CPU (eight fast cores) from two generations ago, Tom's Guide found battery life about 20% worse and performance on some multi-threaded applications actually slower.

    It should do well on light tasks like word processing or web browsing...  Things that don't tax the CPU in the first place.

Tech News

  • Do not taunt happy fun 12VHPWR cable.  (Tom's Hardware)

    And never, ever feed it...  I mean, bend it closer than 35mm from the connector.

    It's designed to carry 50A on a pretty small connector, and if you fiddle with it too much, it will give up the magic smoke...  On your brand new $1600 graphics card.

  • AMD is not going to the new 16-pin 12VHPWR connectors in this release cycle.  (Tom's Hardware)

    So bend away - once you get your hands on one of those cards - and if the smoke gets out, it's for some other reason.

  • Nvidia is launching the new RTX 3060 Don't Buy This It Sucks edition.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It has 8GB of RAM - down from the normal 12GB - and a 128-bit bus down from 192 bits.  Which makes it likely to be about one third slower than the regular 3060 as well.

  • Mediatek's Dimensity 9200 beats Apple's M1 chip...  On one benchmark.  (WCCFTech)

    The chip - apparently due out next month - has the brand new Arm X3 core, so it does legitimately offer a performance improvement.  Probably not enough to catch up with Apple's custom cores, but by no means bad.

  • GitHub is now pulling in $1 billion in annual recurring revenue.  (Thurrott.com)

    Which makes me wonder how well Microsoft's other acquisitions are doing.  Microsoft acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion (which used to be a lot of money) in 2018, and miraculously, has not destroyed it.


  • Python 3.11 is 50% faster.  (Phoronix)

    Than what, you ask.

    Basically any previous version.  Python performance has been static - a polite term would be stable - has been static for a very long time.  A 50% performance boost is nice to see.

  • The Minisforum UM690 is another nice NUC.  (Liliputing)

    Featuring the Ryzen 6900HX it should perform about the same as other third-party high-end NUCs like the Asus PN64 with its i7 12700H, but the AMD chip has twice the graphics performance of the Intel one.

    Since these are tiny little boxes that can't really be upgraded, that might be worth considering.

    Of course, the Asus model is available in retail right now and the Minisforum is only up for pre-order, so eh.

Disclaimer: To eh is human.

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Tuesday, October 25


Daily News Stuff 25 October 2022

Expected Unexpecteds Edition

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Tech News

Disclaimer: "I am shocked, shocked to find that <verb> is going on in here."  "Your residuals cheque, sir."  "Oh, thank you very much."

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Laptop Time

New laptop arrived.  Ordered late Friday night, shipped Monday afternoon, delivered Tuesday lunchtime.

I was expecting it probably by Thursday, so that was a pretty good effort.

I shall name it Pina.

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Monday, October 24


Daily News Stuff 24 October 2022

Everything New Is Old Again Edition

Top Story

  • What's a worse scam than NFTs?  NFT books.  (lcamtuf's thing)

    One of the top rated NFT books on Amazon was apparently written by an AI.  If you thought that AI wasn't sophisticated enough to write a book, you're correct.  It isn't.  The results are awful and the reviews are fake.  The positive reviews, anyway.

  • My new laptop has shipped.  Should have it soon.  HP keeps stock in Australia, unlike Dell, which ships everything for the region out of Singapore.  "Ships next day" says Dell's website.  Doesn't say "then takes two weeks to arrive".

Tech News

Disclaimer: I'll make my own Four Essential Keys.  With blackjack, and hookers.

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