The ravens are looking a bit sluggish. Tell Malcolm they need new batteries.

Friday, February 04

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Daily News Stuff 4 February 2022

Submissive And Breadable Edition

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  • So between Zoom calls this evening I briefly tuned into Nick Rekieta's stream with Robert Barnes, and thought I'd misheard him because it sounded like he was giving as shout out to Phase Connect vtuber Pipkin Pippa.

    Turns out he was giving a shout out to Phase Connect vtuber Pipkin Pippa and I'd missed something special - and the stream has been privated now.

    Two observations: First, that vtubers are counter-culture in a world where mainstream culture is increasingly insulting Marxist drivel (not a new observation I admit), and second, that if the three rabbit vtubers Pippa, Pekora, and Non ever get together we may experience an Earth-shattering kaboom of record proportions.


  • There's nothing worse than legislation with a cutesy name and popular bipartisan support: The abominable EARN IT Act is back again.  (EFF)

    The point of the bill is to eradicate online privacy.  Not only would it open up every online to government snooping, it would make the use of encryption evidence against defendants in civil and criminal prosecution.

    Here's a handy list of the culprits.

    On the plus side - though I doubt this has entered the thinking of any of those listed - is that this would annihilate American Big Tech.


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Thursday, February 03

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Daily News Stuff 3 February 2022

Slow Query Log Edition

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  • So I thought I'd take a look a Phoenix NAP, the company reviewed the other day by Serve the Home.  They offer dedicated servers with the convenience of the cloud, and sane terms of service which amount to "Pay your bills on time, no spam, nothing illegal, no, seriously, no spam."

    There's a particular model they offer that would suit us well, based on Intel's new Xeon E3-2356G (equivalent to a desktop i5-11600K).  64GB RAM, 1TB NVMe storage, and 20Gbps networking for $113 per month.  That's a very fast network connection for that price.  With the default operating system you can have one deployed in under a minute, or ten minutes for a custom installation.  Perfect for deploying a cluster because you have lightning fast networking and complete control via the dashboard for when you screw up the firewall and/or routing settings and lose SSH access.

    Except...  They don't have any.


  • The Wormhole cross-blockchain platform, supporting Avalanche, Oasis, Binance, Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, and Terra...  Got hacked.  (Bleeping Computer)

    120,000 ETH, worth about $326 million, walked out the door.  In case you thought you were having a bad day.


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  • The WD Black SN770 is okay.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This is a new model of entry-level PCIe 4 DRAMless SSD; the MSRP is the same as the SN750 SE we saw on Sunday but it's up to 40% faster.


  • Nvidia's new GeForce RTX 3090 Ti is here, where by here we mean it hasn't been announced and you can't buy it anywhere, that latter part isn't much different to the existing 3090.  (WCCFTech)

    Also it costs up to $6000.


  • Scientists have invented a new metamaterial that is not just boingy, it's super boingy.  (Phys.org)
    By controlling the elastic and magnetic interactions, we engineer two distinct phases—the closed and open phases—in the deforming metamaterials and show that capabilities for energy storage and management are introduced by crossing through the phase boundary.  A Landau free energy–based model predicts the design space for metamaterial geometry and magnetic interactions to support phase transitions.  We demonstrate that magnetic interactions, instead of only elasticity [e.g., buckling or suppression of internal rotations], can control the coefficients in the Landau free energy and modulate the phase transitions.  The coexistence of the closed and open phases in metamaterials and their transition induce a stress plateau during mechanical deformation with enhanced energy storage and mitigation capacity.
    Oh, right.  That's what I thought.


  • European regulators have ruled that the cookie consent popups that have proliferated in response to European regulations ruling that tracking users without consent is illegal, are illegal.  (Engadget)

    Either make popcorn or block the entire continent at the router.


  • That outage that took the whole of North Korea off the internet?  Just some guy.  (Wired)

    They have a battalion of elite state hackers, we have some random dude sitting in his pyjamas in his parents' basement.  It's the Greco-Persian wars all over again, except the Greeks really need a shower and the Persians are communists.


  • The Eppur si muove problem.  (The Federalist)

    Not directly tech related except in that so much of this is playing out online and, of course, so many of the Big Tech companies have pawned their souls for a sack of wet mice.  From Twitter to YouTube to Spotify to Facebook to GoFundMe, everyone is desperately playing whack-a-mole with the truth.

    The problem with liberals in the US is they got what they wanted - they swore to take power by any means necessary, and they did, and now everyone is realising that liberals don't have the remotest idea how to do anything.

    Which will all be very amusing come January 2025 if we haven't all died in a global thermonuclear apocalypse.



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Wednesday, February 02

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Daily News Stuff 2 February 2022

Can't Send Messages Because Fuck You That's Why Edition

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  • AMD is expecting sales of $21.5 billion this year after a Q4 total of $4.8 billion.  (Tom's Hardware)

    If you remember the situation AMD was in back in 2015 and 2016, this is very encouraging.  AMD provides a viable alternative to both Intel and Nvidia, not only serving to keep the bastards honest, but often beating the bastards at their own game.

    Intel has recently caught up with AMD on the desktop after five years lagging behind, and Nvidia is probably a better choice for graphics for the average user.  (Though the GPU market is so distorted right now that it's impossible to say who is really providing the better price/performance tradeoff.)

    We've already seen what Intel does when it's not facing competition, and it was not healthy for anyone.

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Tuesday, February 01

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Daily News Stuff 1 February 2022

Heck Week Edition

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  • The soft bigotry of lowered expectations:

    2019: Dammit, they're out of triple-cream Brie.  Do we really have to settle for double-cream?

    2022: Check it out baby!  Name-brand toilet paper!


  • Hot new NFT marketplace LooksRare has already done $8 billion in sales.  (Decrypt)

    If you're thinking "I bet most of that is fake", then you're right - 87% of those sales are users buying their own NFTs to drive up the price.

    In an effort to stabilise their marketplace and restore buyer confidence, LooksRare has implemented strict measures to...  Who am I fooling?  They haven't done squat.

    I'd be surprised if it lasts the year.

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  • Test driving PhoenixNAP's Bare Metal Cloud.  (Serve the Home)

    I'm running a bare-metal cloud server here in Sydney for development until I finish rebuilding my lab (still have boxes everywhere) and it's great.  Unlike a typical cloud server, you get an entire physical server, sitting in a rack, reserved entirely for you.  And unlike a typical dedicated server, you have a dashboard where your could spin up a new server for an hour, a day, a week, a year, whatever you need, have it online in a minute or so, and shut it down when you're done.

    PhoenixNAP's pricing is very close to what I'm paying here in Sydney - a six core server with 64GB RAM and 1TB NVMe storage is $105 per month, though the one I have here has 800GB mirrored instead, and the PhoenixNAP server has dual 10Gb Ethernet rather than 1Gb.

    It's about a quarter the price of Amazon while retaining the pay-by-the-hour flexibility.  You don't get all of Amazon's add-on services, but you should run a mile from Amazon's add-on services if you possibly can; they serve purely to lock you into that platform and Amazon has proven it cannot be trusted.

    The biggest difference though is bandwidth pricing.  Bandwidth on all the big clouds is highway robbery - $90 per terabyte at Amazon and IBM, and something similar at Google and Microsoft.

    With PhoenixNAP, $90 will buy you fifty terabytes of bandwidth with a few bucks left over for coffee.

    RAM is plentiful too.  Except for a couple of budget models, you get 64GB, 128GB, or more.  The only problem is storage.  The reasonably priced options have only 1TB or 2TB of storage, which is not really a lot.  My laptops have 5TB.

    They do offer their own S3-compatible cloud storage at $23 per TB per month - including 30TB of free bandwidth, which would cost $2700 at Amazon.  So if you're storing a lot of image or video files, it could take that load off your servers.

    I really like having a dashboard where I can just go clicky-clicky and provision new servers.  I really hate cloud pricing - and the general behaviour of Big Tech.  So for me this platform is something that bears looking into.


  • Speaking of hating the general behaviour of Big Tech 84% of app developers support an antitrust bill targeting Apple and Google's app stores.  (The Hill)

    Justin Trudeau will be along in a minute to explain why this is a fringe minority of racists.


  • The new hire who showed up is not the same person we interviewed.  (Ask a Manager)

    A new type of parasite is taking advantage of remote work and remote hiring, having a qualified candidate show for the interview and then an alien bug in a skin suit  turn up for the job.

    In this case there's a happy ending involving a jumbo-sized can of Raid, but in some corporations this is likely going undetected.



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