Monday, March 14


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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1 The article says Ford's offering a $50 discount for vehicles without automatic stop/start.  I'd probably *pay* $50 to not have that.  But, uh, don't tell them.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, March 14 2022 11:26 PM (Z0GF0)

2 Hrm, how much for a vehicle with a mechanical diesel, air-start, 10-speed roadranger, and a ring-mount for a machine gun on top of the cab?

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, March 15 2022 12:17 AM (LADmw)

3 Normal, at least six figures.  There are security companies that modify SUVs to armor them up, and yes, you can get a turret mount, if you're willing to settle for a machine gun up there.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, March 15 2022 07:11 AM (Z0GF0)

4 I would be willing pay a premium for a car that still uses a normal car key to start, and not a push start/stop button.  If you could replace the darn MFD in the central console with a CD and a cassette player, that would be fantastic too.

Posted by: cxt217 at Tuesday, March 15 2022 08:37 AM (MuaLM)

5 cxt, my 2015 Sonic has a key, not a pushbutton.  Also, a lot of times you can remove the front panel and the MFD is a standard 1- or 2-DIN unit, and there are aftermarket panels with the proper cutouts.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, March 15 2022 01:10 PM (Z0GF0)

6 Rick, I am aware that quite a few cars, even recent vintage, still use keys (Though not necessarily for everything in a car that I wish a key would be used for.), but I am grumpy that Honda decided to do the push button start/stop for who knows how long, thus reducing my willingness to replace a Honda with a Honda unless I can find a vintage one.  Also, replacing the MFD would require far more skills at fiddling with cars than I have, as well as knowing what the car has that is connected to the MFD that I might not want to break, least it break the car.

Posted by: cxt217 at Tuesday, March 15 2022 02:11 PM (MuaLM)

7 The upvote-ranker seems to have a blind spot the size of Jupiter about niche content. How many Redditors will upvote a discussion of "how to braid shigeuchi on a marudai", for which the top hits are a poorly-linked page on ee0r's mostly-abandoned site, the high-end specialty store Braidershand, and my blog?

(amusingly, the first forum that permits upvotes is the fourth search result, and it's a single non-upvoted post by ee0r four months ago, linking to his 11-year-old page)


Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, March 15 2022 02:20 PM (ZlYZd)

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