Meet you back here in half an hour.
What are you going to do?
What I always do - stay out of trouble... Badly.

Saturday, January 21

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Daily News Stuff 21 January 2023

Blarrgle Edition

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Tech News

  • Why are Radeon 6000 cards suddenly exploding?  Because all the affected cards are second-hand from a crypto miner and were horribly abused and stored in a vat of nitroglycerin.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Well, the last part might not be technically correct, but they were abused for mining cryptocurrencies and then abused again by being stored at the bottom of a swamp:
    These catastrophically damaged GPUs show that, even though they worked fine initially, the effects of humidity that had gotten deep into the products caused the silicon to crack during / after their first rigorous session under load.
    Don't buy second-hand graphics cards.  An entire second-hand computer, sure, just wipe the operating system and you're probably good to go.  But buying second-hand graphics cards right now is like ordering badgers off eBay: Even if you actually get a badger you're likely to regret it.


  • Currently available graphics cards ranked by value.  (Tom's Hardware)

    So what should you get?  Well, unless you're spending someone else's money probably not a current generation graphics card.  Excepting the new Intel models - which are looking rather better now than they did at launch - the best ranking for any of the current generation is 27th.

    If you don't care about ray tracing then a Radeon card between the 6600 and 6750 XT is a good bet, with pricing ranging $235 to $400.  While a 4070 Ti (27th) twice as fast as a 6600 (1st), it's also nearly four times the price.


  • Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx Gen 4 chip for PCs might not suck.  (WCCFTech)

    Actually it very likely won't suck because after the disappointment of Gen 1 and Gen 2 (which was exactly the same chip as Gen 1), Gen 3 finally delivered a worthwhile Windows-on-Arm platform.

    The new Gen 4 is expected to support up to 64GB of LPDDR5X RAM.  Gen 3 supports 32GB of LPDDR4X - enough to be useful and double the current iMac - and is available in a $600 developer kit from Microsoft if for some reason you're interested.

    Which would actually be a reasonable price compared to the Mac Mini if Windows-on-Arm had the level of support of MacOS-on-Arm.  It does not.


  • The TSA No Fly List has been leaked yet again.  (Daily Dot)

    Not by the government itself this time around, but by airline CommuteAir (who?) who left the CSV sitting on a test server exposed to the internet.


Disclaimer: The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone
And I must follow if I can.
Pursuing it with eager feet
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet
And whither then?  I DON'T KNOW I CAN'T READ.

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Friday, January 20

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Daily News Stuff 20 January 2023

Ouch Again Edition

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Disclaimer: More content tomorrow probably.

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Thursday, January 19

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Daily News Stuff 19 January 2023

Hell No Edition

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Tech News



Disclaimer: Not like IRyS who immediately identified the location as Sydney and then spent two minutes looking for Australia on a map.

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Wednesday, January 18

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Daily News Stuff 18 January 2023

Last Of The Bluphicans Edition

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Disclaimer: It was called 14nm+++ and it wasn't pretty.

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Tuesday, January 17

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Daily News Stuff 17 January 2023

End Of Summer Edition

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  • Intel's new 24 core i9-13980HX is faster than AMD's 32 core Threadripper.  (WCCFTech)

    The Threadripper 2990WX to be specific.

    From 2018.

    Which was kind of terrible.  Zen 1 / Zen+ was a different design to what we have today, and the 2990WX was just four Ryzen desktop chips wired together with only two of them having direct access to RAM and the other two having to hop through the other chips.  It did work and was one of the fastest chips around at the time, but that didn't last for long: It is slower than the 12 core 3900X that came out only one year later.  (WCCFTech)

    So Intel's 24 core laptop chip from 2023 is beating a AMD's 12 core desktop chip from 2019.  Not bad, but not remarkable either.


  • Weather forecast indicates one more day of summer here in New House City, followed by thunderstorms, rain, flooding, plague of frog, and all the rest.  Good times.



Tech News


Disclaimer: Bluptaker, bluptaker, blup me no blups.

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Monday, January 16

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Daily News Stuff 16 January 2023

Mostly Dead Is Partly Alive Edition

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  • BuzzFeed used ChatGPT to write a story about CNET using ChatGPT to write stories.  (BuzzFeed)

    How did it go?
    Note: This article was written entirely by ChatGPT and reviewed by a human editor. (Actually, we had to rewrite the prompt a few times to get it to stop inserting factual errors.)
    So rather better than usual then.


  • Kronii case arrived.  I am slightly disappoint that it didn't come in a fabulously Kronii box the way the Bae case did.

    Now I have two shiny new computer cases but still zero shiny new computer parts to put in them.


  • Happy godawful modern sculpture day!


Tech News

  • Why is there a global shortage of silicon chips?  A global shortage of silicon potatoes.  (Jabil)

    Basically.

    Pretty much everything needed to make chips is in short supply - so the chips themselves are in short supply.

    Thinking of making myself some dual RP2040 hobby boards.  Those at least you can get.


  • Nope, that's it.  No huge security disasters today, no blockchain meltdowns.  All quiet.


  • Too quiet.


Disclaimer: Blup.

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Sunday, January 15

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Daily News Stuff 15 January 2023

Slowly Then All At Once Edition

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Quick Roundup of Great Vtubers Video of the Day



Since the channel is named Depressed Nousagi and Nousagi is the name claimed by fans of Usada Pekora it's no surprise who makes #1 on the list, but it's a great list in general.



Vtuber Opening Video Thingy of the Day

Depressed Nousagi mentions Rosemi Lovelock of Nijisanji as one of the most wholesome vtubers around, but in the vtuber space there is no line to be drawn between wholesome and madder than a crack-addled squirrel.

This is her opening theme.




Disclaimer: The squirrel has a name, you know.

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Saturday, January 14

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Daily News Stuff 14 January 2023

Less Dead Edition

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  • YouTube will now demonetise your video if you swear in the first fifteen seconds.  Oh, and that's retroactive and applies automatically to every video you've ever uploaded.  (The Verge)

    You can manually edit each of your videos, reupload them, and file an appeal, and maybe they'll undo their mass monetisation murder spree for you.  Or maybe they won't.

    Or as Linus Tech Tips reports, maybe they'll hit a lot more of your videos because you dared complain about their very selective puritanism

    Advice: Learn Tagalog, or Bahasa.  Lots of creative swearing that YouTube probably won't pick up.

    Also, move to Rumble.


  • Meanwhile the Twitter files, categorically proving the collusion of social media and the government to illegally stifle dissent?  Nothingburger.  (Tech Crunch)

    The point being so far as I could read through this propagandist swill without throwing up (which I'd prefer not to do again this week) is that of course they are corrupt lying hacks looking to deplatform anyone who dares deviate from the designated Party line: They're communists.  And so are we.  Quit whining and go to the end of the queue.  Today's ration is one whole potato and if you miss out that's it until August.


  • Slightly less dead today.  Two medical and one domestic problem that have been plaguing me the last couple of weeks have been mostly cleared up through the judicious application of explosives modern chemistry.  And heavy drinking.


Tech News

  • Intel's 6GHz Core i9-1300KS is here.  (AnandTech)

    It's 25% more expensive and uses 20% more power (officially) than the regular 13900K, and it's 2% faster.

    Avoid.


  • Meanwhile in a less insane sector of the desktop CPU space the first PassMark score of AMD's Ryzen 9 7900 is up.  (PassMark)

    This puts it at 6% slower in single-threaded and 8% slower multi-threaded than the full 7900X, which is not bad at all given that the 7900 is 20% cheaper (at least at MSRP, since the 7900X is currently discounted everywhere) and runs at 65W vs. 170W for the full version.

    The 12 core 65W 7900 is also faster than the previous generation's 16 core 105W 5950X (which is what I have in the new servers I'm preparing right now).  Though not by a lot.

    If you need a reasonably high end but not absolutely maxed out desktop, this is a good choice.  The GPU market is currently a mess though.  The cheapest current-gen graphics cards cost twice as much as this CPU.


  • Grad students hardest hit: ChatGPT - with a lot of editing - can turn out reams of stultifying drivel to justify your research grant.  (Arxiv.org)  (PDF)

    The paper was written using ChatGPT, one section at a time, then manually edited.  It's barely distinguishable from traditional human-generated academic excrement: Wordy, boring, and ultimately pointless.


  • Live by the woke, die by the woke.  (The Register)

    Nobody uses Apache anymore anyway.  (Checks servers.)  Uh.



Fuck You YouTube YouTube Video of the Day



You might wonder why you should watch a video by a guy with a cat named Mr Clinton.  Well, Clinton earned his name because before he was fixed he tried to f*ck everything.

Also, Clinton - the cat - got flagged for a community guidelines violation.

Rossman here goes over the new YouTube partner agreement related to the swearing thing mentioned above.  According to the agreement, YouTube not only can and will remove monetisation for your videos if they detect swearing in Cat, they will do so retroactively not just in terms of older videos but in terms of older ad revenue.

That is, if you had a viral video last year and your cat said something rude and it earned dozens of dollars, they will take that money away from you.


Disclaimer: Dogs and cats, living together.  Mass hysteria!

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Friday, January 13

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Daily News Stuff 13 January 2023

Do not adjust your set.  Daily News Stuff will resume tomorrow when I'm less dead.  Probably.

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Thursday, January 12

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Daily News Stuff 12 January 2023

Used To Be And Still Is Edition

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  • There's a lot of uranium and thorium around.  If we used those elements for all our energy production (ignoring that hydro is also entirely viable in some locations), and we built efficient breeder reactors to reuse fuel, how long would the known reserves last?

    4.3 billion years. (What is Nuclear)

    About 700 million years after that, the Sun will expand to the point that everything on Earth dies in a blaze of, well, just a blaze really, and energy needs will become a moot point.

    That's the highest estimate I've seen and a lot longer than my own quick calculation which was "only" 5 million years.  I'll check the math at some point when I'm not rolling around on the floor.


  • The bankruptcy team now running collapsed crypto Ponzi scheme and left-wing campaign contribution laundering machine FTX has recovered about $5 billion worth of, well, things.  (WCCFTech)

    Not including the bullshit self-created cryptocurrencies that were used to keep the whole scheme inflated at a valuation of $32 billion.  That's about half the total customer funds that disappeared when the bubble popped.

    Customers and creditors are likely to see a decent amount of their money returned.  Unsecured shareholders are just screwed though.


Tech News

  • Want a 480 core Linux server?  Got a few hundred grand to spend?  Inspur has you covered.  (Serve the Home)

    It's a 6U rack-mount system so it's not small by modern standards, but we're not at a point yet where any 480 core server is exactly small.   You can pack 480 cores into 2U if you don't mind them being divided across four modular servers, but they you can do the same with AMD and get 768 cores.


  • Ryzen 7000X3D will be released on February 14.  (Tom's Hardware)

    I'll definitely wait that long before building a new system; it will probably be March or April.

    Meanwhile the non-X parts are at retail and slightly cheaper than the X parts.  In the case of the 7700, the price at my formerly local retailer is exactly the same as the 7700X.

    Since you can overclock the 7700 and get exactly the same performance as the 7700X, and you can reduce the power consumption of the 7700X and make it behave exactly like the 7700, it's not a surprise that the retail prices aren't hugely different.

    No Passmark scores up yet for these models.  I'll keep an eye out for that one as it has historically tracked closely with the performance I measure with my own workloads.


  • OpenAI is piloting a professional version of ChatGPT.  (TechCrunch)

    "Professional" here means you pay for it and it doesn't just randomly stop working.  Which, really, is what professional means in other contexts as well.



Vtuber Opening Theme Video of the Day



Yes, it's the drug-dealing shitposting Yakuza dragon herself, may she rest in peace for another 498 years.


Tempus Fugit the Fuck Outta Here Video of the Day


For those not in the rabbit hole, that spider is Bae in her Halloween outfit:





Disclaimer: 100 books to read before you die.  #99 will kill you.

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