Wednesday, September 07

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Daily News Stuff 7 September 2022

Burn All The Things Edition

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  • How Cloudflare got KiwiFarms wrong.  (The Verge)

    Cloudflare got KiwiFarms wrong by caving to the fascist mob, but since The Verge is a card-carrying flag-waving member of that mob, this article is complaining that Cloudflare didn't cave sooner.

    The excuse given is "stochastic terrorism", a term that means someone somewhere said something I don't like.


Tech News

  • The GPD Win 4 is a hand-held game console like the Sony Playstation Vita and Nintendo Switch.  (Liliputing)

    It's a bit chunkier; the Nintendo Switch weighs around 11 ounces and this is nearly 20.

    On the other hand, it has a keyboard - under the 6" 1920x1080 display, which slides up if you want to type rather than play games, an 8 core Ryzen 6800U CPU, up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of NVMe SSD.

    Don't need.  Do want.  It's twice as fast as the laptop I'm using right now.


  • The Ryzen 4100 and 4500 are here.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Not sure exactly why, since these are older Zen 2 cores.  But the 4100 costs $99 and the 4500 costs $129, and they're not bad chips.  So I guess that's a reason.


  • There was a 23 year old denial-of-service bug in Curl.  (Haxx.se)

    Sort of.  Curl is a client-side tool (and software library) for fetching content from the web, so you could only really DOS yourself.  It involved bad cookies, which are a problem.  Probably oatmeal raisin, which are just cheap counterfeit chocolate chip.


  • Still playing with Midjourney.  Some prompts are dead ends that give horrible results after dozens of attempts.  Others work first try, like "middle-aged wizard at workbench".

    http://ai.mee.nu/images/MidjourneyWizard.jpg?size=512x&q=95

    It's a lot better at head-and-shoulders shots than full-length.  It often loses track of the arms or hands and the results are not pretty.

    Pleased with this Ice Witch too:

    http://ai.mee.nu/images/MidjourneyIceWitch.jpg?size=512x&q=95

    And added a couple more along that theme:

    http://ai.mee.nu/images/MidjourneyWaterWitch.jpg?size=512x&q=95
    http://ai.mee.nu/images/MidjourneyFireWitch.jpg?size=512x&q=95
    http://ai.mee.nu/images/MidjourneyStoneWitch.jpg?size=512x&q=95

    It makes things easier if you expect the results to look slightly creepy.

    In fact, it's really good at creepy.

    http://ai.mee.nu/images/MidjourneyClockWitch.jpg?size=512x&q=95

    It's keeping it from being creepy that's the challenge.

    http://ai.mee.nu/images/MidjourneyClockWitch2.jpg?size=512x&q=95

    But not impossible.

Disclaimer: My family called them "squashed fly biscuits".

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1 I like a good oatmeal raisin cookie, and there were some artisan bakeries in California that made really, really good ones, but the easiest thing to find on the shelves was Safeway's wretched cranberry oatmeal raisin cookie. I've never understood the desire to add cranberries to food. It's like the fruit version of kale.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Wednesday, September 07 2022 10:01 PM (oJgNG)

Posted by: Grumpy and Recalcitrant at Thursday, September 08 2022 09:04 AM (nRMeC)

3 Never mind, you caught it yesterday.  I should have known you would.

Posted by: Grumpy and Recalcitrant at Thursday, September 08 2022 09:06 AM (nRMeC)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?




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