It was a bad day. A lot of bad stuff happened. And I'd love to forget it all. But I don't. Not ever. Because this is what I do. Every time, every day, every second, this: On five, we're bringing down the government.

Tuesday, March 22

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Daily News Stuff 22 March 2022

The One Million Dollar Cake Edition

Top Story

  • My internet is back.

    Which is good because both my wireless backup connections crapped out this morning.


  • Speaking of which Australia's NBN is spending $750 million to upgrade fixed wireless connections.  (ZDNet)
    As part of the upgrade, all users will be able to get up to 100Mbps speeds with 85% of the network capable of 250Mbps, have busy hours at minimum speeds of 50Mbps, 120,000 homes will shift from satellite to fixed wireless coverage, and those left on satellite will see off-peak quota-free window expanded from midnight to 4pm each day by mid-year.
    I've rejected some very nice houses over the past couple of weeks because they were on fixed wireless rather than fiber, but if this upgrade is going to be completed in the next couple of years then that's not going to change one bit because I don't believe anything they say.

    I've seen ping times as high as 120 seconds.

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Monday, March 21

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Daily News Stuff 21 March 2022

Turtles All The Way Up Edition

Top Story

  • Now that the floodwaters have receded there's a technician coming out to repair my internet.  Again.


  • Studies show that sleeping with the light on will probably kill you.  (Northwestern)

    On the other hand studies show if you sleep with the light off, the monster under the bed will bite off your hands and feet if they hang over the edge of the bed.


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Sunday, March 20

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Daily News Stuff 20 March 2022

Two Tin Cans And No String Edition

Top Story

  • Now that the Mac Studio is actually selling to customers we don't need to rely on Apple's own benchmark results anymore and it's not all that pretty for Apple. (WCCFTech)

    On the CPU side it does very well on Geekbench if you spend a lot of time running Geekbench. On Cinebench R23 the very expensive M1 Ultra comes in behind Intel's 12900K and AMD's 5950X. Intel's latest mobile chip, the 12900HK, is faster than the M1 Max.

    On OpenCL benchmarks the M1 Ultra is technically something that can run OpenCL. it comes in somewhere after AMD's 5700 XT and the Max-Q (low-power) version of the RTX 2070 Super mobile.

    And if you want to play a less graphics-intensive game like Civilization 6, the M1 Ultra is slower at 1440p than a ThinkPad P1 Gen 4 is at 4k. (Tom's Guide)

    Markedly slower. In fact, it may be slower on that than my own laptop, which only has an RTX 3060.

Questions and Answers

  • From Brickmuppet:
    I've often heard it said that "All the chips not made in China are made in Taiwan", but how true is that?
    Taiwan's TSMC is the world's largest chip manufacturer, but there are major factories operated by various companies in Japan, South Korea, Germany, and the United States. In fact, China produces 0% of leading-edge chips - their latest production lines are at 14nm where TSMC and Samsung are already at 4nm.
    Can anyone recommend a good pre-built gaming/streaming PC?
    I'd suggest checking out Gamers' Nexus series of reviews on YouTube. At least they weed out the worst pre-builts. Some of them aren't terrible.
    However, the tech sector logistics problems seem to be continuing and have multiple second order effects. Does anyone see any light at the end of the tunnel this year regards things like appliances and cars?
    I don't expect things to return to normal until 2024. Some particular areas are improving - DDR5 RAM, for example, and Nvidia graphics cards - but overall everything is still in short supply and all the factories are running 24/7.

    Which means that some parts of the economy are working, and if you're in one of those parts you're doing great (so long as you don't need to work 100 hours a week yourself).


  • From sock_rat_eez:
    What are your thoughts on the whole search - engine thing ?

    Do you have a preference ? Which one do you use ?
    I use DuckDuckGo, and it's mostly okay. Learning how to use the custom search extensions helps (enter ! and one or more letters at the end of your search query and it will use a different search index - and there are thousands supported).


  • From Legion of Boom:
    I am looking for a 12 to 16 port 2.5 GB ethernet switch for a central residential. PoE not needed, but would be useful.
    The most cost-effective option I know of would be to use two TP-Link SG-108 8-port 2.5GbE switches. But it might be worth looking at the Ubiquiti - they have a 26-port model (12 x 2.5GbE, 12 x 1GbE, 2 x 10Gb SFP+) with 400W of PoE and Layer 3 management that's about twice as much as the two cheap unmanaged TP-Links.

    I'll take a closer look at that one for my new house.


  • From flounder, wrecker, hoarder, saboteur:
    Modern (mostly for newer OS releases) Android smartphone with decent size screen and decent enough memory size and CPU speed, SD card, and headphone jack.

    Can be a few years old. Does such exist?
    I recently got the Samsung A52S which ticks all those boxes. The just-announced A53 model removes the headphone jack, because of course it does.


  • From Honkeysuckapigheadedjiveturkeyfool:
    I have a 1050 Ti. Is there a newish significant upgrade for $200-$250ish USD?
    Maybe the RTX 3050? I tried to check US pricing on Newegg but the site is not talking to me right now - more the fault of my internet than Newegg, I think.

    Update: Nope, not even close. You might find a GTX 1650 in that price range if you are lucky.


  • From Ex-CopyEditor:
    I have a TP-Link AC1900 router at home, purchased in 2016. No firmware updates released since mid-2016. It works fine and I have no WiFi 6 devices yet. Upgrade or not? New router or reasonable hardware firewall, if such a thing exists? And does any soho company actually patch firmware after the device is sold?
    I have a TP-Link AC1600 provided by my ISP. Wasn't using it except to provide the basic wired internet connect until my own Asus router caught fire. I've replaced it with a Netgear model, though when I say replaced I mean the new one is currently sitting in a box.

    As to the hardware firewall - one popped up in the roundup today.



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Saturday, March 19

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Daily News Stuff 19 March 2022

All Sales Final Edition

Top Story

  • Weekends are Question and Answer time.  Skip your questions gaily across the comment section like a stone across a pond full of frogs, and I'll serve up what answers I can tomorrow.


  • When are we likely to see graphics cards at anything approaching reasonable prices again?  (WCCFTech)

    Well, here in Australia, the answer seems to be today:



    I've confirmed this with a couple of retailers here; prices are down close to 40% since last week.  If I wasn't in the middle of buying a house I'd be buying a new desktop.  (Despite the fact that I already have two laptops with RTX 3060 graphics.)

    AMD prices have not adjusted nearly as much, so instead of the 6700 XT competing against the RTX 3060, it's now facing the RTX 3070 Ti.  Which is not a good matchup for Team Red.

    Pricing on the top-of-the-line RTX 3090 has also barely moved, still marked up by about 100% over MSRP.  But from the RTX 3060 up to and including the RTX 3080 there's been a seismic shift.  (Which also leaves the recently re-introduced RTX 2060 more expensive than the much better 3060.)


Tech News


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Friday, March 18

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Daily News Stuff 18 March 2022

Hills Of Beans Edition

Top Story

  • The Apple Mac Studio: A historic achievement in not being overpriced garbage so long as you spend all day in Photoshop.  (The Verge)

    It has a fast CPU, an adequate GPU, lots of memory bandwidth, and can run Photoshop and probably other Adobe apps quite well.

    If that's what you want to do, it should be great.

    If you want to run some Python code as well, it should be a solid choice for that - not the most cost-effective perhaps, but just fine.  Likewise if you run Adobe apps and, say, JetBrains IDEs.

    If you want to play games, forget it.  If you need to run x86 code, definitely not your best option.  If you need to be able to upgrade memory and graphics later on, run in the opposite direction.

    And if you believe Apple's claims that the GPU on the new M1 Ultra is faster than Nvidia's RTX 3090, well:
    It was a different story with graphics performance, however. Apple, in its keynote, claimed that the M1 Ultra would outperform Nvidia’s RTX 3090. I have no idea where Apple’s getting that from. We ran Geekbench Compute, which tests the power of a system’s GPU, on both the Mac Studio and a gaming PC with an RTX 3090, a Core i9-10900, and 64GB of RAM. And the Mac Studio got… destroyed. It got less than half the score that the RTX 3090 did on that test — not only is it not beating Nvidia’s chip, but it’s not even coming close.
    That's on a GPU acceleration benchmark.  Gaming performance is even worse:
    On the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark, the RTX was also a solid 30 frames per second faster. Now, this is Apple gaming, of course, so Tomb Raider was not a perfect or even particularly good experience: there was substantial, noticeable micro stutter at every resolution we tried. This is not at all a computer that anyone would buy for gaming. But it does emphasize that if you’re running a computing load that relies primarily on a heavy-duty GPU, the Mac Studio is probably not the best choice.
    Good to see an honest review like this.  The M1 Max / M1 Ultra are well-designed chips with excellent CPU performance and decent GPU performance, coupled with industry-leading power efficiency thanks to TSMC's 5nm process.

    But they are not, as Apple keeps claiming, a fundamental breakthrough in performance.  They're merely very good.

    Also the article mentions the interconnect bandwidth on the M1 Ultra: 2.5TBps.  That's rather a lot.


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Thursday, March 17

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Daily News Stuff 17 March 2022

Building Better Butter Bugs Edition

Top Story

  • Nvidia has quietly cut the cost of its GPU chips to graphics card makers by 8-12%.  (WCCFTech)

    Does this mean the price of graphics cards is finally coming down?

    ...

    Apparently, yes.  Still well over MSRP, but much less over MSRP than previously.  AMD CPU and GPU prices are also down, though their GPU prices weren't marked up as much as Nvidia's and haven't come down as sharply.

    Plus DDR5 RAM is now in stock and only twice the price of DDR4.

    I'm not in the market having (a) just bought two laptops and (b) to move house shortly, so I'll just have to hope prices are still low six months from now or that the new insect overlords are at least relatively benign.





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Wednesday, March 16

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Daily News Stuff 16 March 2022

Twelve Pounds Of Snakes In A Five Pound Sack Edition

Top Story

  • Chinese CPUs could catch up with Intel by 2025.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Says an Intel exec - speaking at a gathering of the Chinese Communist Party who are not people who would appreciate being told the truth, that their home-grown CPU efforts are basically garbage.


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Tuesday, March 15

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Daily News Stuff 15 March 2022

Stewed Worms Edition

Top Story

  • Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn is in talks with Saudi Arabia to set up a new $9 billion factory in that country.  (9to5Mac)

    This makes total sense given Saudi Arabia's renowned pool of low-cost skilled workers.

    Um.

    Actually it does make total sense when you consider that both parties are hedging their bets.  Foxconn wants more factories outside of mainland China - it doesn't care so much where they are as long as they're not in China.  And Saudi Arabia wants industries other than oil - it doesn't care so much what those industries are, so long as they're not oil.

    Both have tons of money to invest.  Both want to invest somewhere other than where they have been investing so far.

    Downside is, Saudi Arabia kind of sucks.

    Upside is, they're not likely to actually launch a missile strike on Foxconn HQ.

Tech News

  • Microsoft is testing ads in the Windows 11 File Explorer.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Seriously, Microsoft, WHAT THE F*CK ARE YOU DOING?

    The desktop / laptop market is yours.  They only thing you need to do is not piss off your users too much.  And yet, and yet...


  • QNAP has another severe privilege escalation bug.  (Bleeping Computer)

    This time, though, it's not entirely their fault.  It's the "Dirty Pipe" bug that affects all recent versions of the Linux kernel.

    But mainstream Linux releases have already been patched.  QNAP's version has not.


  • Twitter has rolled back a change that tried to force users into their awful algorithmically-driven "Home" timeline.  (The Verge)




  • Speaking of privilege escalation bugs in Linux there's another one.  (The Hacker News, which is not the same site as Hacker News(

    Please not.


  • Google is being evil again.  (Ars Technica)

    In this case they have on online app for ordering food from restaurants.  They set up helpful pages for restaurants who join the program where customers can order food online.  And being Google, they preferentially link their own ordering pages from search results.

    Also, being Google, they create these online ordering pages even for restaurants that do not join the program.  And preferentially link to those pages rather than to the restaurant's own website.

    Google has responded to the lawsuit, saying:
    We are not doing what we are obviously doing.  We will vigorously defend ourselves from these baseless claims of malfeasance which are obviously true and which we completely deny.  We did not create the hundreds of thousands of web pages in our application we we run and  link to them from our search engine and we don't know who did, and in fact, they're probably not there at all.  Dave, can we scrub those, like, now?


  • There is something of a kerfuffle in the physics world right now over room-temperature superconductors.  (Science)

    One group published a paper claiming they had created a room-temperature (though not STP) superconductor.  Another researcher got hold of some of their raw data and, not mincing words, called it a case of "probable scientific fraud".  Then things started to get heated.

    Both parties have had papers removed from prepublishing site arXiv.
    Hellman says the superconductor controversy may stem in part from the ethos of physics, which has historically encouraged combativeness. "The culture of physics is one that is more aggressive and not very welcoming," Hellman says, which can lead to accusatory language ending up in papers. She would like to see that change. "I flinch at some of the language being used."
    Oh, grow up and quit whining.  If they're not actually calling for pistols at dawn, leave them to it.


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Monday, March 14

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Daily News Stuff 14 March 2022

Well That's Just Peachy Edition

Top Story

  • In a move that experts say could affect supply chains, China has locked down tech industry hub Shenzhen.  (Tom's Hardware)

    I was reliably informed that there was no bat flu in China.

    This includes Foxconn factories making iPhones.  (9to5Mac)
    China placed the 17.5 million residents of Shenzhen into lockdown for at least a week on Sunday, seeking to halt a growing Covid-19 outbreak.  All bus and subway systems have been shut, and businesses, except those providing essential services, have been closed.
    Expect lead times on a lot of things to slip, if it's not in stock today.

    This is partly why I have two main laptops each with 64GB of RAM and 5TB of SSD.  I don't know when the supply chain is going to become unfucked, and I can't afford to not have a working laptop.

    I also can't afford not to have working internet, but here I am.


Tech News

  • At least once I move house I'll be able to upgrade from the 80Mbps I got before it stopped working to at least 500Mbps.


  • Veloren is a multiplayer voxel RPG written in Rust.  (Veloren)

    And open source.  Wait, it is open source, right?  Yep, there we go.

    Voxels mean that 3D objects are made up of little 3D cubes, rather than being a 2D texture printed over a 3D block the way Minecraft mostly is.  The 3D equivalent of pixel art.

    The game looks pretty neat.


  • Congratulations, you just invented upvote spam.  (DKB)

    Any time you use a proxy to measure something of value, you create a matching incentive to generate that proxy without generating any value.

    Google's PageRank algorithm created comment spam.  It simply wasn't a thing before that.

    And nobody seems to be learning the lesson.


  • You can't get the chips, you know: So Ford is just going to sell cars without them.  (The Verge)

    If it's something you can live without - like back seat climate control functions - they're just going to ship the damn things and give you a discount.  But probably not much of one.



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Sunday, March 13

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Daily News Stuff 13 March 2022

Third Mortgage Edition

Top Story

  • AMD's new Threadripper Pro 5995WX is the fastest CPU in the world. (Tom's Hardware)

    I mentioned yesterday that AMD was losing ground in an area where it had total dominance a couple of years ago, but it has a lot of ground to lose. 24 of the 25 fastest CPUs available are made by AMD, with only Intel's Xeon Platinum 8380 making the rankings - and even then behind AMD chips at one third the price.

    Apple's brand new M1 Ultra should roughly match AMD's 5950X from 2020 at #36 on the list. The existing M1 Max is at #180.

    Now, this is one particular benchmark suite - PassMark - but it's one that I've found pretty reliable over the years, with results covering Intel, AMD, and various Arm chips, and going back to 2009.


Questions and Answers

  • From A Whole Bunch of Readers:
    The comments are showing "not secure" in my browser. Why are the comments showing "not secure"?
    Your browser is neurotic.

    Also, fixed.


  • From GWB:
    Single- vs multi-threaded? Where do I encounter each?
    Word/Excel/Powerpoint? gimp/Photoshop? Music mixer programs? Virtual reality games (Second Life)? Other games that aren't online? 3D building (Blender, all those inexpensive house plan-making apps)? Teams/Zoom/Skype?
    Good question.

    Blender is definitely multi-threaded. The better music mixer programs are multi-threaded. Most games are multi-threaded. (Because consoles have had multiple cores for years. Even the PlayStation 2, sort of.)

    Office applications are mostly single-threaded, same with meeting apps. Photoshop is I believe still mostly single-threaded, though some filters will make use of all your cores.


  • From Methos:
    Brave has the feature where it dings you with ads periodically and gives their inhouse currency thing which then gets distributed to the sites you use, and there's a listing for mu.nu there (rather than ace.mu.nu, like the other listings). Does that get to you or ace at all, and is it actually worth anything?
    It definitely doesn't get to us, and I doubt it's worth anything. I should check though.


  • From SSR:
    I despise anything cloud based, always connected software, and subscription fees. I purchase stand alone versions of Microsoft Office and Acrobat Pro and the a-holes still force log in. And don't get me started on operating systems. The only thing I think should be connected is software that you are actively using and know is connected (i.e. email client, web browser) and user requested OS check for updates. I have an iPhone (I refuse everything Google) and probably have 7/8 of everything turned off. I realize there is no getting around being connected without completely disconnecting but then your life is made difficult. Ranting over, what can you recommend to be as minimally connected as possible on a personal laptop/PC?
    So far I am leaning toward Mint and Softmaker Office but need replacements for Acrobat Pro and iTunes to transfer music, photos, and bookmarks.
    Mint or Ubuntu would be my choices there. There are free Linux apps to create and edit PDFs and mage music and photos. They may not be as pretty as iTunes but given that the last time I checked, iTunes still stored all its metadata in a single huge XML file, they pretty much have to work better.


  • From Daniel Ream:
    Continuing on with my media server project: I'm looking at Plex as a media server/organizer but I will need transcoding support because reasons. The i3-10105 CPU doesn't have an integrated GPU; are there other single CPU options that can do cool, quiet, and just enough GPU to transcode to h.264 8 bit with subtitles or should I look at a dedicated GPU with the i3?
    Hmm. The i3-10105 is listed as having UHD 630 integrated graphics, which should work with Plex. Normally only Intel CPUs ending with F lack the integrated graphics. (Well, and high-end workstation and server chips.)


  • From Found the libertarian, boss!
    Just how bad is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, anyway?

    It was the cheapest 10" available at officeworks. I use it for chrome and YouTube.
    Roast my tablet.
    Full specs here. (GSM Arena)

    It has two A75 cores and six A55 cores. Not high-end but perfectly adequate and definitely faster than the Lenovo M10 I have.


  • From LeastinID:
    I am often having trouble when I try to view AoS on my iPhone ( - it starts loading, seems to hiccup and starts reloading, hiccups again and then displays a black page with this text: " A problem has repeatedly occurred on'HTTP://http ace.mu.nu/' " This has happened with different browsers.
    It seems as if it's an IOS problem, 'cause it doesn't happen on my MacBook.
    Most likely your phone ran out of memory, because the main page here is filled with stuff. Let me know which model it is, because if it's an older one we might not be able to do much, but if it's a newer model it definitely shouldn't be running out of memory and we need to fix the site.


  • From the last to post:
    This is probably a dumb question: Is there a way to download Youtube videos for later viewing?

    (Google has not been my friend when trying to find this out... ;-)
    Yes, one of four ways:

    1. In the Android and iOS apps, some videos have a download button.
    2. If you have YouTube Premium, this works for most videos and is also supported in Chrome (possibly other browsers, definitely in Chrome).
    3. A variety of dubious free and paid apps.
    4. YouTube-dl. (GitHub)


  • From Retired, thank God:
    My question concerns Kaspersky - I have used them for my internet security and anti-virus protection for several years without a problem. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the potential for collateral damage, do you think that I should switch to another company for this? If I should switch, which company do you recommend for Windows 10? Thanks.
    My recommendation at this point - unless you have specific security needs - is to stick with the built-in Windows Defender. It's actually pretty good.


  • Sorry if I missed anyone, busy weekend.


Tech News

  • The Raspberry Pi Pico is now available as a Commodore 64 cartridge. (Tom's Hardware)

    Because... Because it's cool. That's because.


  • AMD CPUs See Less Than 10% Performance Drop From Revised Spectre-v2 Mitigations (Tom's Hardware)

    AMD Strategy For Spectre V2 Vulnerability Noted As "Inadequate", Up To 54% Drop In CPU Performance (WCCFTech)

    The Performance Impact Of AMD Changing Their Retpoline Method For Spectre V2 (Phoronix)

    Three sites reporting the exact same story. Phoronix ran the benchmarks that Tom's Hardware and WCCFTech linked in their respective articles.


  • A short conversation with a bank. (Things That Have Caught My Attention)

    Fortunately I have someone assisting me with my upcoming conversation with a bank.


  • Kali Linux is adding operating system snapshots to bare-metal installs. (Bleeping Computer)

    With BTRFS rather than ZFS, but same basic idea.

    If your computer doesn't boot after you install some updates, you can just tell it to boot from the version before you installed your updates. The snapshots are created automatically on every boot and every software update.


  • Amazon is closing all its brick and mortar stores because - basically - they suck. (ZDNet)

    Amazon knows how to disrupt traditional retail. It does not know how to fix it.


  • Are Apple customers particularly stupid? Signs point to yes:

    How to rearrange the icons in your MacOS dock. (ZDNet)

    The answer is, drag and drop, just like for the last fifteen years.

    Everything you needed to know about the new Mac Studio. (9to5Mac)

    We copied Apple's website and put ads in it because our readers are dumb.


  • Open up! LPD! (Input)

    This is all kind of dumb.


  • I have one of those little laser measury things. My house is 30cm longer than I guess just by standing back and looking at it.


  • Walgreens replaced some fridge doors with screens. And some shoppers absolutely hate it. (CNN)

    You know the ones - they prevent you from seeing what is actually in the freezer which is the entire reason you are standing in front of the freezer in the first place.
    "Why would Walgreens do this?" one befuddled shopper who encountered the screens posted on TikTok. "Who on God's green earth thought this was a good idea?"
    Good question, TikTokMan.
    "I hope that we will one day be able to expand across all parts of the store," said Cooler Screens co-founder and CEO Arsen Avakian in an interview with CNN Business.
    How about no?
    But beyond the confused social media posts, the tech has also attracted misinformation and conspiracy theories. Politifact last month debunked a viral Facebook video that claimed "Walgreens refrigerators are scanning shoppers' hands and foreheads for 'the mark of the beast.'"
    Do tell.
    The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed.

    But while the question of whether COVID-19 vaccines are the "mark of the beast" may be open to religious interpretation, another question remains. Are the Cooler Screens at Walgreens meant to detect markings and prevent people who lack those markings from shopping? No.

    The Cooler Screens doors are "equipped with a camera, motion sensors, and eye tracking," according to a 2019 Fast Company article. "The doors can discern your gender, your general age range, what products you’re looking at, how long you’re standing there, and even what your emotional response is to a particular product."
    I am monumentally reassured that the supermarket freezer is merely assessing my emotional state and social credit score and not scanning for literal Biblical insignia.


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