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Sunday, March 26


One Small Step


  1. The new server structure made the image filesystem read-only.  I got that sorted out the first week after the chaos of the move.

  2. The file upload API changed and renamed the filetype field, causing image uploads to fail.

  3. The new filetype was an object rather than a string so I couldn't even parse it to get the image type.

  4. There has been a bug in the code for fifteen years that only surfaced after I updated the MySQL server during the move, so even after uploading the file it wasn't accessible.  The record was created with invalid data and then immediately updated so this problem was invisible - it lasted less than a millisecond each time - until the new version of MySQL enforced stricter checking and refused to create the records at all.


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RIP Wonderduck

Well, damn.

Wonderduck was a good friend for many years.  He was having trouble accessing his blog recently and I was too busy to get it fixed for him, and now it's too late.

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Daily News Stuff 26 March 2023

Surely You Don't Care What Other People Think Edition

Top Story

  • TikTok users are retarded and so is the tech press that reports on the issue.  (Tech Crunch)
    Still, TikTokers point to the distinction between sharing data with a private Chinese company and the Chinese government.
    None.  The difference is none.  All Chinese internet companies are entirely under the thumb of the Chinese intelligence agencies.
    For its part, TikTok has tried to appease U.S. officials with a plan called Project Texas, a $1.5 billion undertaking that will move U.S. users’ data to Oracle servers.
    Which simply proves that TikTok is acting in bad faith.  The company has claimed for years that US user data is held separate from and inaccessible to Chinese operations, but all of TikTok's internal tools have backdoors to allow China to spy on foreign users.  (BuzzFeed)

    Look, if you want to be a pawn of a genocidal communist dictatorship, don't take half-measures, move to North Korea.  It's a free country. 

    To enter, not to leave.  You can only leave in a box.

Tech News

  • Proxmox VE might poop itself when daylight savings kicks in.  (Proxmox)

    This can't happen all the time or it would have been caught and fixed years ago, but several users from the UK reported it right as daylight savings started there.

    Always configure Linux/Unix systems to run root as UTC.  You can set timezones in individual user accounts and applications, but leave root alone.

  • A comparison of three hobbyist PCB services.  (lcamtuf's thing)

    I'd like to see a bigger review of these services; I'll see if I can find one.  Basically you can send these companies a design and get back circuit boards - in as little as 24 hours if you're willing to pay.  Some will also assemble the entire circuit for you, though again that costs money.

  • Panera Bread will use your palm print for membership verification and payment.  (CBS)

    Which means they have to have your palm print and your payment details on file.

    I'd list all the ways in which this will go horribly wrong but then I'd need a bigger blog.

  • After a petition signed by 30,000 Amazon workers demanding the right to work from home, Amazon says it would be happy to lay them all off if they don't quit whining and get their lazy asses into the office.  (NY Post)

    I work from home, but that started because I was working twelve hours a day and couldn't continue doing that if I spent two hours commuting each day as well.  It worked so well that the company eventually closed its physical office and set everyone to work from home.

    But these people are just idiots.
    "I'm collapsing here. I 'm sorry I feel like a total failure," one Amazon staffer wrote, according to Insider.  "Come in and work.  Do as you're told."

    "I'm crying as my family prepares a meal."
    On second thoughts, you're right.  Don't bother coming into the office.  We'll send you your severance details.

  • I nearly bought a Framework Laptop but the battery on the 1340P was 10% smaller than the one on the 1360P and a new battery would cost a whole $69.  (The Verge)

    Now there is a point here: There is almost no difference between the 1340P and 1360P (or the previous generation's 1240P and 1260P) and no reason to spend the extra $320, except that the 1360P Framework 13 comes with a slightly larger battery.

    The reason for that is that Framework already has large orders for the smaller, older battery and needs to put them somewhere or pay a lot of money to cancel the order, and the 1340P as the latest low-end model is the obvious victim of choice.

    But on the eleventh hand, just buy the AMD version.  Better in every way and all AMD models come with the new battery.

    I'm planning to plunk down $100 to pre-order it.  Ships some time in Q3, and I doubt something better will show up before then.

Framework Video of the Day

Now that Linus has his channel back (one of his staff opened a PDF that wasn't a PDF) he's taken a look at the new Framework 16.  A prototype, since it won't ship until late this year, but he was an early investor in Framework and has one of the biggest hardware review sites around, so he gets early access.

This video shows off the modular design: Six swappable I/O modules - they're all USB-C internally but can switch between USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, audio, micro SD, or storage - up to 1TB each.  A swappable PCIe module for a graphics card or other device.  

And six swappable input modules.  The keyboard, trackpad, and the inch or so of empty space to either side of each are all removable and replaceable without even needing a screwdriver - they clip in place with magnets.  (The screen bezel is also magnetic.)

Which is great but still leaves the model I want - the Framework 13 - without the Four Essential Keys.

Disclaimer: You can't always get what you want, unless you have a Digi-Key account, a surface-mount reflow workstation, and a very steady hand.

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Saturday, March 25


Daily News Stuff 25 March 2023

Autumn Joy Edition

Top Story

Tech News

Disclaimer: Also, McCarthy was right.

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Friday, March 24


Daily News Stuff 24 March 2023

8PM Lunch Edition

Top Story

  • Framework, the company behind - logically enough - the upgradeable/repairable Framework laptop, had a couple of announcements today.

    First is an AMD version of what is now called the Framework 13.  (Frame.work)

    This is something people have been asking for since the first Framework laptop appeared.  It will come with a six or eight core Ryzen 7000 CPU with Zen 4 cores and RDNA2 graphics, plus up to 64GB (and maybe 96GB) of DDR5 RAM in two SO-DIMMs.

    There's also a 13th generation update to the Intel version, and that model still uses DDR4 RAM in case you have 64GB of spare SO-DIMMs just lying around like I do.

    If you have an earlier Intel version, you can buy just the new motherboard and swap it in, and they have a $39 case so you can re-use the old motherboard as a desktop PC.

    Still lacks the Four Essential Keys.  Otherwise I'd have bought one already.

  • The other new announcement is the reason the Framework laptop is now the Framework 13: The Framework 16.

    This is a 16" version of the same idea, with a few extra features enabled by the larger design.

    The Framework 13 has four interchangeable I/O modules so that you can get whatever mix of I/O you need.  If you want three 2.5Gb Ethernet ports on your laptop you can do that.

    The Framework 16 uses the same modules but supports six of them.

    It also has a PCIe 4.0 x8 slot for a graphics module (or another device, like a dual M.2 slot adaptor).

    And while it still lacks the four essential keys, it has interchangeable input modules, so there's an optional numeric keypad if you want it, and other user interface modules on the way.

Tech News

Disclaimer: -

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Thursday, March 23


Daily Tech News 23 March 2023

Triple Frog Edition

Top Story

Tech News

  • There's a looming replication crisis in AI research.  (AI Snake Oil)

    More specifically there's a looming replication crisis for any research that involves the products of ChatGPT creator OpenAI, which in reality is anything but open.  OpenAI is shutting down access to its Codex AI, giving researchers three days notice before a hundred scientific papers were consigned to the reproducibility dustbin.

    That site looks interesting; it throws cold water on a number of overheated subjects in the AI space.

  • Nvidia's RTX 4000 SFF is a half-height Ada Lovelace professional graphics card.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Perfect if you need a second graphics card but your special edition Hololive PC case only has half-height slots after the first one.

    It has 20GB of RAM and four mini-DisplayPort ports, delivers roughly the performance of the previous generation's RTX 3070, and uses just 70W of power.  The 3070 itself has 8GB of RAM and uses 220W of power, so that's a pretty substantial improvement.

    The price is, unfortunately, $1250.  It would be quite a good card otherwise.

  • Meanwhole Nvidia's H100 NVL has 188GB of RAM and fills four full-height PCIe slots.  (AnandTech)

    And uses around 800W of power.

    Price is not even mentioned, but if you assume it will cost somewhere between a new car and a new house you won't be disappointed.  If you wonder who is in the market for such a thing, Nvidia's marketing says it offers "12x the GPT3-175B inference throughput as a last-generation HGX A100".

    Yeah, it's aimed squarely at OpenAI.

Disclaimer: No, b-e-e-tles.  An inordinate fondness of beetles.  Now turn that music down.

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Wednesday, March 22


Daily News Stuff 22 March 2023

Redacted Edition

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Tech News

Disclaimer: Beware of falling eels.

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Tuesday, March 21


Daily News Stuff 21 March 2023

Pippa Does Zillow Edition

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Tech News

Disclaimer: And watch out for cat detector vans.

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Monday, March 20


Daily News Stuff 20 March 2023

Pest Toast Edition

Top Story

Tech News

  • There is no tech news today.  There just isn't.

Disclaimer: And when I say there is none, well I mean there is some.

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