Friday, August 12


Daily News Stuff 12 August 2022

Dunkin' Dromedaries Edition

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  • $15 well spent I'd say.  (Towards AI)

    For $15 the author got, well, see for yourself.

    Most of the $15 was spent figuring out how to ask for what he wanted, but that's kind of the deal in any artistic endeavour.

Tech News

  • The ThinkPad Carbon X1 Gen 10 is another thin-and-light laptop with the goods.  (

    12th gen Intel CPU, up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD**, choice of displays up to a 3840x2400 touchscreen, dual Thunderbolt ports, dual USB-A, HDMI, and headphone jack.  No microSD slot but at least with USB-A you can plug in a little adaptor.

    Base model is more reasonably priced in Australia than the HP Pavilion Plus - the ThinkPad is currently on sale - but neither the 32GB nor 2TB options are available here.

  • Redis explained.  (Architecture Notes)

    Redis is not a database server, it's a data structure server.  I wouldn't recommend it for permanent data storage (though you can do that, and I have), but for manipulating data before writing it to your primary database it is unrivalled.

  • The CDC says forget all that stuff we told you about COVID; we give up.  (Ars Technica)

    Thanks guys.

  • Intel has dumped an estimated $3.5 billion into its GPU division so far.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's my estimation that it will take the company five years to come up with a truly competitive product, which would likely mean spending another $3.5 billion.  Industry analysts are 50/50 on whether the company is willing to commit to that.

    Most of the benefit would be in the datacenter - accelerator cards for things like the dunking llama in the first item sell for far higher prices than desktop graphics cards.  Do they need the volume side of the business to keep the effort afloat?  I don't know.  Should you buy a first-generation Arc graphics card?  Absolutely not.

Disclaimer: There's no knives or forks either.  Someone's nicked the entire bleedin' cutlery set.

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1 As always, the comments on that Arseticle are a glorious whinefest. They're wetting themselves at being abandoned.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, August 12 2022 11:47 PM (BMUHC)

2 Well, Birx's book out basically outright admits to being a clusterkriff.  She apparently knew that she was lying.  Reviewers say that she says she needed to trick Trump, otherwise he would be too stupid to follow her advice and lockdown everything forever. 

Thing is, a public policy scheme that involves cooperation by the public, kinda depends on willing compliance.  Which is going to depend on rumors, and rumors are partly going to depend on the level of distrust for government speech, which can be caused by official or government lies. 

If you need 99.5% compliance for a scheme, but are only going to get 95% compliance on account of lies initially baked in, an expert would realize that the scheme is fundamentally unfeasible, and needs to be replaced by an alternative.

Birx was only creating an inference of a lie that increased in strength as events continued.  The actual key element for public compliance was the non-obvious lies about BLM that summer.  AMA et al. saying that the BLM riots were a public health necessity is clearly false once you check the potential numbers, but it was not obvious because most did not check those numbers. 

Once Birx admitted it publicly in writing, her colleagues at the CDC were in a bind.  And, the bureaucratic answer for career safety is to distance yourself, back off on the obnoxious policy, and pretend that you were always going to do what you did because process. 

Anyway, with this Mar A Largo raid, and the recent explanation that it was about nuclear secrets, there are a lot of interesting elements not obvious at first glance. 

One is, there are a lot of federal security organizations, and why would the FBI be working on its own on actual important nuclear secrets?  The Feds have special security organizations for nuclear secrets. 

Two, one of those organizations is at the Department of Energy, which has the Q and L clearance levels.  The Q is famous these days because of Q-anon, a probable false flag who was claiming to have that clearance.  aka 'trust the plan' guy.  (Never trust the plan.)

Three, the selection of the judge was apparently pretty sketchy.

Four, apparently the resulting warrant, and actions taken based upon it, are unusual and super sketchy.  Like, a team from FBI HQ branch, and not notifying the local branch?

Five, the timing is weird.  18 months, and they either find out about the problem now, or have no other alternatives?  It looks like a response to something other than the obvious, or is looking forwared to some other event.

Six, the 'attempted shooting' last night is pretty strange. 

Posted by: Pat Buckman at Saturday, August 13 2022 02:16 AM (r9O5h)

3 Oddly enough, watching Hololive play Rust has made me really want to play Minecraft.  Is the Minecraft Java Edition the version with Java built into the game so the player does not need to install Java on their system?

And am I the only one who thinks the constant shifting of the narrative and reasons for the raid indicates the Dems are panicking at polling for it?

Posted by: cxt217 at Saturday, August 13 2022 01:22 PM (2tHvf)

4 cxt:  yes.  no.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, August 14 2022 05:05 AM (BMUHC)

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