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Friday, June 14

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Daily News Stuff 14 June 2024

Antiantivirus Edition

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Disclaimer: Out of a <smack> ouch.

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Thursday, June 13

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Daily News Stuff 13 June 2024

Disemdelawarisationism Edition

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  • Has Elon Musk finally lost Tesla shareholders?  (New York Magazine)

    In the balance: Shareholder votes on whether to restore Musk's $50 billion compensation package, and to tell the state of Delaware to go fuck itself and reincorporate in Texas.


  • No.  (Yahoo News)

    Both votes at the Tesla AGM have reportedly passed by substantial margins.

    Ars Technica commentariat hardest hit.


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Disclaimer: A broken arrow frog is like a poison dart frog, but radioactive.

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Wednesday, June 12

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Daily News Stuff 12 June 2024

Retromingent Jaguars Edition

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  • Twitter is about to hide likes.  (The Verge)

    Which is to say, the like button will still be there, and the like count will still be there, and you'll be able to see which posts you liked and who liked your posts.

    But you won't be able to see who liked someone else's posts.  Just the count.

    And the psychopathy rampant in The Verge's comment section shows that Elon Musk is entirely correct in pushing for this change.


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Disclaimer: Currently reading Scampidor Dali and the Case of the Aerial Alligator.

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Tuesday, June 11

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Daily News Stuff 11 June 2024

Escape From New Hampshire Edition

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Anime

Mushoku Tensei continues to be an amazing adaptation of a fairly decent story.  Or in the case of episode seven of season two, an amazing adaptation of an incredibly stupid story.

Well, we can't have Frieren and Apothecary Diaries every season.

I don't know why, but we can't.

Update: Also the commenters on Crunchy love to refer to this as "the grandfather of isekai" because the novel series started in....  2012.  Get off my lawn.

Update 2: After a couple of dumb episodes, it redeems itself.




Disclaimer: Almost.

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Monday, June 10

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Daily News Stuff 10 June 2024

Clockwork Orrery Edition

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  • How a single ChatGPT mistake cost us $10,000.  (Asim)

    The error is actually fairly subtle, but it's another one of those cases where multiple individual bad ideas* combine to create a disaster.

    In this case, the account ID for new users was not assigned when the user was created, but in each worker thread when the server was started up.

    Nobody saw this during testing because they were restarting the server all the time, and each restart generated a new pool of available user IDs.

    But the moment things were working...  They stopped working.

    * Interpreted, weakly dynamically typed languages, database definitions in generic code, and using fucking ChatGPT, for starters.


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  • Designing a Lego orrery.  (Marian)

    Just the Earth-Moon-Sun system, though there's a preliminary idea at the end of doing a simpler version for the entire solar system - just doing planetary orbits and leaving out orbital inclinations, axial tilts, and moons.

    Putting all of those features in, building it out of Lego, and keeping it accurate would make it extremely complicated.

    Also, quite large.


  • Over a thousand malicious extension to Microsoft's Visual Studio Code have been discovered with hundreds of millions of total installations worldwide.  (Bleeping Computer)

    The idea behind Visual Studio Code is that it's a useless piece of garbage but is easy for people to extend.

    Which is like selling homes that are just a frame of 2x4s vaguely nailed together, covered with tarps and some exposed drains and wiring.

    Cheap.  Easy to upgrade.  Hilariously unsafe.


  • HP shipped a bad BIOS update that bricked many of its ProBook laptops.  (Tom's Hardware)

    And of course it was an automatic update, so you'd just wake up one morning, running late for work because your alarm didn't go off, and find that your computer had committed suicide during the night.

    Or, worse - since these are business laptops - you work in corporate IT, and you have a hundred dead laptops to deal with all at once, and all that HP is offering is a motherboard replacement that costs nearly as much as a new laptop.

    Oh, and the BIOS file HP installed?  Wasn't even a BIOS file.  But the automated update tried to install it anyway.

Anime

Watching season two (the real season two, not the second half of season one which Funi tried to call season two) of Mushoku Tensei, a.k.a That Time a Slime was Reincarnated.  I rewatched the first season over the weekend and it held up well enough.  The main character starts out unlikeable but he knows it and works to improve.  Mostly.

And now we get to find out what was going on with that Cyber Sylphie we briefly glimpsed late in season one.

I tried watching a recent series called Re:Monster - that's really its name - and it was just like Re:Slime (not really its name) if that series had been written by a fourteen year old boy on a quest to tick off every unfair stereotype of fourteen year old boys.  Not recommended for everyone.  

Ignore the 4.5 stars on Crunchy and read the reviews instead, which are scathing.  The main character's progression is exactly the reverse of Rudeus from Mushoku Tensei.


Scale Model Solar Systems R Us Video of the Day



Disclaimer: Do not install James Joyce's Ulysses when the system requests a firmware update.  It has been reported that this may negatively affect your user experience.

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Sunday, June 09

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Daily News Stuff 9 June 2024

The Man Who Sold Mars Edition

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Random Vtuber Video oft the Day




Find yourself a girl who looks at you the way Alana does at a Kentucky Ballistics video.



Disclaimer: Nana Asteria banned from Louisiana for crimes involving sesame oil and putting mayonnaise on rice.

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Saturday, June 08

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Daily News Stuff 8 June 2024

On Beyond Zebra Edition

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  • Just in time for the weekend, there's a new critical security vulnerability in PHP.  (Ars Technica)

    Sysadmins worldwide panic.

    On Windows.

    Sysadmins worldwide go back to sleep.

    If you have Chinese or Japanese language packs installed and run PHP on Windows, Windows itself will helpfully slip unsafe characters past the normal security mechanisms and into database queries where they will wreak havoc.

    There are several fatal design flaws working together to make this a problem, and none of them are unique to PHP.

    Though PHP is still awful and nobody should use it for anything, ever.


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Random Anime Music Video of the Day



Song is Hall om mig by Nanne Gronvall.  Anime is Princess Tutu, the greatest story ever told about a duck who saves the world through the power of ballet.

It's like...  Someone took Swan Lake, turned it inside out, shook out all the parts, and put it back together, only somehow better and also even more weird.



Disclaimer: No ducks were harmed in the filming of this video.  Much.

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Friday, June 07

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Daily News Stuff 7 June 2024

To Infinity And Beyond Edition

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Disclaimer: Probably steal all your coins and make off with Princess Peach.

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Thursday, June 06

Geek

Daily News Stuff 6 June 2024

Oops They Did It Again Edition

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  • Microsoft has effectively destroyed computer security altogether.  (Ars Technica)

    Not directly the subject of the article (which is about Microsoft Recall, again), but of the pinned comment.

    The point being that Recall is such a huge security risk, that even if you disable it (or never install Windows 11 in the first place), you have to assume that anyone you share a document with has been or will soon be hacked.

    Which is bad.


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Disclaimer: If we took the bones out it wouldn't be crunchy, would it?

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Wednesday, June 05

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Daily News Stuff 5 June 2024

Down And Out At OffKai Expo Edition

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  • Here's a 2800W power supply for your new...  Arc welder, maybe?  (Tom's Hardware)

    Exactly what power source that is supposed to plug in to is unclear.  An Australian 15A socket would work, but they're not common.  In the US maybe a 30A socket.


  • Intel's 144 core Xeons are here.  (Serve the Home)

    Unfortunately these will be competing with AMD's 192 core chips, and AMD's cores are faster.


  • There is nothing new under the Sun: Cable and telecom companies are suing the FCC over net neutrality...  Again.  (Ars Technica)

    I support net neutrality, because the cable and telecom companies cannot be trusted.

    I do not support the FCC creating this regulation, because it is a naked power grab.

    It requires standalone legislation from Congress, who can be trusted to do nothing.


  • China's internet is disappearing.  (New York Times)  (archive site)

    One third of the Chinese web has shut down since 2017, and almost everything published online in the country between 1995 and 2005 is simply gone.

    Even major natural events like the 2008 Sichuan earthquake are being progressively erased.

    In the West, the internet is forever.  Everything is archived, particularly things we might wish to be forgotten.  When Ragtag Archive - more than a petabyte of vtuber streams, much of it from channels now closed - was facing closure last year, a swarm of volunteers came together to preserve it.

    Less so in China.


  • Australia's Bookburner General has dropped her lawsuit against Twitter.  (Twitter)

    Never mind.  There will be another one along yesterday.


Disclaimer: Bookburner, bookburner, burn me a book, light me a fire, build me a pyre...

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