Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Friday, November 11

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Daily News Stuff 11 November 2022

Timing Is Everything Edition

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Disclaimer: There is no I in FBI.

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Explosions and Fire 11 November 2022

Host node issue with the blog server.  It dropped dead so completely that the reboot button stopped existing.

I was in the middle of bringing up yesterday's backups on a new server when the support team got it working again.

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Thursday, November 10

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Daily News Stuff 10 January 2022

Oops Edition

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Disclaimer: Don't let your clones grow up to be cowboys.

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Wednesday, November 09

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Daily News Stuff 9 November 2022

Meh Edition

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Disclaimer: Like a lot of people I know.

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Tuesday, November 08

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Daily News Stuff 8 November 2022

Russia Edition

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  • Some guy on Reddit found a PDP-8 and an LGP-30 in his grandparents' basement. (Reddit)

    The LGP-30, dating from 1956, is the star in the Story of Mel:
    A recent article devoted to the macho side of programming
    made the bald and unvarnished statement:

    Real Programmers write in FORTRAN.
    Maybe they do now,
    in this decadent era of
    Lite beer, hand calculators, and "user-friendly” software
    but back in the Good Old Days,
    when the term "software” sounded funny
    and Real Computers were made out of drums and vacuum tubes,
    Real Programmers wrote in machine code.
    Not FORTRAN. Not RATFOR. Not, even, assembly language.
    Machine Code.
    Raw, unadorned, inscrutable hexadecimal numbers.
    Directly.
    I didn't know any of these very, very early computers still existed in the wild.


  • Qualcomm has a new Arm CPU.  (WCCFTech)


  • Arm wants to kill it.  (The Register)

    Arm's lawsuit against Qualcomm appears self-defeating.  Don't declare war on your own customers unless...  There is no unless.  Don't do that.


  • Do you need a PC the size of a box of 3.5" floppies, with three HDMI ports, three USB ports, and dual Ethernet ports?  The Gateway Mini PC T8-Pro is exactly that.  (Liliputing)

    Though it has as much in common with the original Gateway computer company as a thing does with another thing that it has nothing in common with except the name licensed out for a bit of extra cash.


  • The Overton Window as arbitrage opportunity.  (Under Orion)

    Find out what risks people are not permitted to speak of, and hedge against those risks.  If speaking of the looming energy crisis is taboo, buy energy stocks.  And make out like a bandit.


Disclaimer: My Overton Window is double-glazed.

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Monday, November 07

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Daily News Stuff 7 November 2022

Ice Weasels Are Go Edition

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  • Massive tech industry layoffs and the whiny illiterates who report on them.  (Mashable)

    Facebook is set to lay off around 12,000 employees.  Peloton has already fired 4000.  Microsoft removed a relatively modest 1000.  Snapchat fired around 1200 - 20% of its total staff.  Shopify is reducing by 10%, around 1000 workers.

    Amazon is planning to hire 1500 new employees....  To work in its warehouses over Christmas.

    About the only bright point is Australia's largest tech company, Atlassian, which is looking to hire 1000 people.  That's one for every 50 tech workers laid off in the US.

    Thunderdome time.


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Daily Twit Stuff 7 November 2022

How it started:



How it's going:


Twitter's entire "curation" team was fired on Friday.  Turns out that "curation" mostly means "fraud".


More joy in Twitville:

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Sunday, November 06

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Daily News Stuff 6 November 2022

 Slow Cooking In Hyperspace Edition

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Disclaimer: We're hiring.  But not commies.

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Saturday, November 05

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Daily News Stuff 5 November 2022

Gobbling Up Peanuts At A Rate Of Knots Edition

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  • Twitter layoffs leave whole teams gutted albeit not literally but that would probably be an environmental hazard.  (The Verge)

    Half the company has been told not to bother coming back to work on Monday.  Sadly for the idiots who thought they had a legal case under the WARN act, it turns out the richest man in the world has access to lawyers.  The actual terminations take effect at the start of February, but people are locked out of Twitter's offices and computer network effective immediately.

    Which is the only way to handle it when half your employees are mentally-impaired anarcho-communists.
    The areas of Twitter impacted the most by Musk’s cuts include its product trust and safety, policy, communications, tweet curation, ethical AI, data science, research, machine learning, social good, accessibility, and even certain core engineering teams, according to tweets by laid-off employees and people familiar with the matter. More company leaders, including Arnaud Weber, VP of consumer product engineering, and Tony Haile, a senior director of product overseeing Twitter’s work with news publishers, have also been laid off following Musk’s firings of Twitter’s senior leadership last week.
    A lot of those teams sound like they could be removed entirely without anyone noticing - and apparently the curation department was.  That's the team that - among other things - edits the trending topics list whenever the peasants start getting ideas above their station.


  • Latest kitchen toy is a slow cooker, which I am really liking so far.  Since I often have to work late, the ability to put dinner on at lunchtime and then eat it whenever is really convenient.  It also smells great.

    Doing pork medallions with baby potatoes and honey mustard sauce today.


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Daily Twit Stuff 5 November 2022

No shit, Elon.



Is he paying attention?  Maybe.


Meanwhile, the Augean Stables were closed for the day while they power-washed the communist detritus with the Guadalupe River:


And banned again already...  Sort of.

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