Monday, February 07


Daily News Stuff 7 February 2022

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  • Not directly tech-related but it played out on Twitter so I'm going to snipe it.  (Also there's not that much tech news today.)

    Overnight all sorts of awful crimes broke out at the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa...  Unless they didn't.

    And suddenly the person tweeting out his tale of attempted mass murder went very, very silent.

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  • Also the head of government-funded got caught, well, making shit up.

    His "friend" said he saw the flyer in Ottawa...  And then downloaded an existing photo from Twitter and sent it to him because, um, he didn't have access to Twitter to post it himself.  Or a phone to take a picture, apparently.

    But although that one was fake, he definitely has others that are real.  Except he doesn't because he's not there, but trust him.

    Story checks out.

  • The Freedom Convoy fundraiser on GiveSendGo has passed $4 million, despite an ongoing DDOS attack.  Their servers are still kind of broken but clearly some people are getting through.

  • The CEO of Spotify is still trying to split the baby.  (Today)

    He apologises to the haters of Joe Rogan and to his own staff, says that Spotify is keeping Rogan anyway, and offers to pour $100 million down the drain of "marginalised" artists.

    This is gonna end well.

    Spotify was never a good company, and I'm assuming Rogan got his money and can walk if the house of cards collapses.  I hear CNN is going have a whole lot of vacancies soon.

  • Meanwhile the big advantage of Web3 is that it's decentralised and no-one has control and you can't cancel people oh wait.

    Apparently for the crime of suggesting that it would be nice if people didn't murder quite so many babies.

  • Intel's i5-1240P is faster than an i7-1195G7.  (WCCFTech)

    By quite a good margin.  Which is to be expected, because the 1240P is a 12-core (4 fast cores + 8 slow cores) 12th generation chip and the 1195G7 is a 4-core 11th gen chip.

    The 14-core 1280P meanwhile (6+8 ) comes in just behind AMD's new 6900HX in multi-threaded tests.  But the 6900HX is an eight-core part, so that's not exactly a win for Intel.

    On single-threaded tests Intel's 12th gen leads by 10% over AMD and 20% over their own 11th generation.

    Also, the 1280P is a 28W part, and Intel's prior 28W lineup only went to 4 cores.  So there should be some much more capable thin-and-light laptop models this year.

  • Largely pointless benefits aren't going to keep tech workers happy.  (ZDNet)

    75% of managers want to work from the office.  34% of staff do.  That's a problem in an industry struggling to find skilled workers.

    We're 100% remote at work, and it makes it a lot easier to find and retain staff.

  • Will remote tech workers tolerate being monitored?  No.  (ZDNet)

    Betteridge's law never fails.

  • What will keep tech workers happy then?  (ZDNet)

    1. Money.
    2. A company that isn't run by idiots.

    American Big Tech is in for a world of hurt.

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1 Not run by idiots - that's a deal killer right there.

Posted by: Frank at Monday, February 07 2022 06:25 PM (rglbH)

2 The entire pre-packaged lifestyle that silicon valley wannabe firms offered always seemed infantile to me: If I'm doing work requiring *actual* thought, the last thing I need is fooseball tables, smoothies, and beanbag chairs. "Hey, it's like your undergrad dorm, but at *work*." "Do you realize working in my undergrad dorm was a *trial*?" This is like some attempt to cargo-cult a lifestyle out of context: It might make sense if you're actually the founders of some garage startup, actually friends with each other, actually only two or three people, actually 20 years old and doing this as a sort-of-hobby about to take off, etc.
What I need is privacy, freedom from distractions, and time to experiment. Privacy and some degree of solitude aren't optional: They are a psychological *NEED*, one that the entire tech-influenced world seems malevolently hell-bent on denying. Without them, thinking of any depth can't happen.
These problems used to be solved by every previous successful lab by *offices with doors*. It also helps if less than 50% of my time was spent in various "agile" meetings.
(PS - most of these are inspired by an earlier job. My current position is far better on every count.)
Now that we live in the age of teleworking, we all have our doors back! 

Posted by: MadRocketsci at Monday, February 07 2022 09:43 PM (hRoyQ)

3 "What will keep tech workers happy?"
Sex.  Lots of involuntary, unwelcome sex.  We'll empty the California prisons and station 5 to 20 inmates in every office.  Lube will be optional.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, February 08 2022 12:24 AM (LADmw)

4 "75% of managers want to work from the office."
Those are the ones who "manage" by walking up and down the aisles and making sure everyone "looks like they're working."

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, February 08 2022 12:49 AM (Z0GF0)

5 Re: remote monitoring, my company went Microsoft 365 last year after narrowly avoiding a ransomware attack.  One of the things they did was to take away administrator accounts from everyone--if you need it, you have to ask IT and they'll give you credentials you can use for a limited time.  This crippled my ability to work because a lot of the tools I use require admin, so I just do most of my work on my personal PC now.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, February 08 2022 12:51 AM (Z0GF0)

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