A cricket bat!
Twelve years, and four psychiatrists!
Four?
I kept biting them!
Why?
They said you weren't real.

Tuesday, May 14

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Daily News Stuff 14 May 2024

Witchflixn't Edition

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Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today it's Haachama.  She's a bit confused but she has the right spirit.



Disclaimer: Also an honorary Aussie, having completed high school here and eaten the local wildlife.

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Monday, May 13

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Daily News Stuff 13 May 2024

X Marks The Plot Edition

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  • Leaked details of Intel's upcoming Arrow Lake desktop CPUs indicate that the company is abandoning hyper-threading.  (Forbes)

    Hyper-threading allows a single core to work on two tasks at once, or almost at once, interleaving instructions from two different programs on alternate cycles.

    This improves overall performance by around 20%, but at the cost of increased complexity and power consumption and the introduction of subtle security issues.

    Since Intel's new efficiency cores run at about the same speed as each thread on a hyper-threaded performance core - but use half as much space on the chip to do it - removing hyper-threading at this point makes perfect sense for Intel.

    AMD doesn't have efficiency cores as such.  It has its "c" cores, where c probably stands for compact, but they are functionally identical to the full-sized cores and include hyper-threading themselves.


  • Workers at the Towson, Maryland Apple Store have voted to authorise a strike.  (Tech Crunch)

    Right you are then.  Have fun.


Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today's song is Rhythm by former Prism Project member, pocket-sized singer/songwriter/audio engineer Pina Pengin.  Prism was a small vtuber agency that was taken up by Sony Music and then dropped, hard, a year later.

In the space of a year Sony went from owning four vtuber agencies to just one, Vee.

Thankfully all the talents under Prism were given their model and channels so they could continue their careers as independents.  Which they are doing.  Inimitably.

Don't ask about Luto.  She's Australian.

I mean, so is Sara, but we don't hold it against her.





Disclaimer: So is Nana Asteria.  In fact, Prism had a dangerously high concentration of Aussies, and one Kiwi.

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Sunday, May 12

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Daily News Stuff 12 May 2024

Singing Horses Edition

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  • If you have an Asus anything, better hope it doesn't need to be repaired.  (Tom's Hardware)

    There's a video at the end of the post providing background, but among other scams, Asus wanted around $2700 to replace just the power connector on an RTX 4090 - a well-documented problem with these cards - and $200 for a literally microscopic scratch on an Ally Z1 gaming device.

    In that case the device was sent in to repair a broken joystick, and not only did Asus not offer to repair the joystick, they threatened to send the device back disassembled if the customer didn't cough up.

    This didn't go down too well because the customer in question was a hardware review channel with more than two million subscribers.


  • My new laptop is an Asus.


Tech News

Asus RMA Fail Video of the Day



Never get into an argument with a man who buys shampoo by the barrel.



Vtuber Music Video of the Day



My single favourite song from Hololive, and they've recorded a lot of songs.  The English branch by itself has something like 400 entries on the playlist.

Amazing that this came out of the mouth of a rat who even speaks Japanese with a thick Australian accent.


Disclaimer: A lot of things can happen in a year.  The king might die.  I might die.  And maybe the rat will learn to sing.

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Saturday, May 11

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Daily News Stuff 11 May 2024

A Billion Biles Abay Edition

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  • Earth is facing a Category G4 geomagnetic storm.  (The Verge)

    That's just one rating lower than the Carrington Event which was so energetic it knocked out telegraph lines across Europe and North America - except for some that heeded the warning and disconnected power in advance, which were able to keep operating even without any electricity.

    What you can expect: Pretty lights in the night sky.  (Axios)

    Fiber optics are completely immune to this, satellites are shielded, and it's not strong enough to affect the power grid.


Tech News

Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today it's Ayanda Risu and Aragami Oga's song Harapan PanPanPan, which is a Japanese / Bahasa pun.


Disclaimer: Risu is a squirrel, and her parents are Okayu and Korone, who are a cat and a dog respectively.  That's just how the Hololive family tree works.  Bijou and Kobo are each other's mothers.

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Thursday, May 09

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Daily News Stuff 10 May 2024

Squashed Edition

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Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today it's Fujikura Uruka's violin rendition of Pippa the Rippa.

Sounds catchy?  You want to listen to the original?  Well, you can't.  It died.





Disclaimer: It died of moider.

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Daily News Stuff 9 May 2024

Top Story

  • Underpants gnomes, eat your heart out.

    Stack Overflow signed a deal with OpenAI - creators of ChatGPT - to sell off user data at a presumably enormous profit.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The users of course don't see a penny of this.

    Understandably annoyed, those users started editing their content.  They can't delete answers that have been accepted due to the way Stack Overflow works, but they can update them and render the data worthless.

    So Stack Overflow started banning its own best users.

    To rub salt into the wound, Stack Overflow has long banned its users from using generative AI to help write those answers, but has no qualms whatsoever about selling your work.

    This likely violates the terms of Europe's GDPR, so let's see what the lawsuit fairy brings.


Tech News

  • Don't buy an Intel 14900K for gaming.

    Now that Intel has walked back its chip-frying levels of automated overclocking, Hardware Unboxed has re-tested the 14900K against AMD's 7800X3D on a range of games.



    The two chips perform about the same.

    But the Intel chip is 50% more expensive and uses twice as much power.

    Note that this is still with the Intel chip running at 250W at all times, just not previous levels that went as high as 400W.

    Intel now recommends default power settings of 125W, which will definitely reduce performance - and is still more power than the AMD chip uses.


  • US libraries are fighting for a better deal on e-books.  (Axios)
    "We need the coercive power of the state sitting behind us at the table saying, 'We need a special slice of the pie.'"
    Suddenly I'm feeling that the people who burned the library at Alexandria weren't all bad.


  • Google is leaving its godawful offices in San Francisco.  (SF Chronicle)

    Continuing the hollowing out of what I'm told used to be a nice town.

    Google is not yet leaving the city entirely, much less the state.  But maybe.


  • Minisforum's AtomMan X7 has an Intel 185H CPU (6 P cores and 10 E cores), up to 96GB of RAM, four video outputs, two M.2 slots, and a four inch built-in display.  (Notebook Check)

    And dual 5Gbit Ethernet ports and, somehow, a camera.

    Which sound neat until you look at the photos and realise that it's not plugged in to anything.  The configuration pictured would need a minimum of five cables.

Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today it's Neuro-sama singing Dubidubidu, which was originally performed by Christell Jazmin Rodriguez Carrillo on Chilean television in 2003, when she was...  Five.  Then for no apparent reason other than it is kind of catchy it suddenly became a huge meme last year.

Neuro-sama herself is an AI, and I don't use the term lightly.  Although she's the work of a single developer and has the intellect of a precocious and bratty five year old herself, that's infinitely preferable to billion-dollar corporate efforts like OpenAI's ChatGPT or Google's Whatever It's Name is Today, which exist solely to lie to you and call you racist.

Neuro-sama exists to drive you insane and send you bankrupt.



Disclaimer: Don't let her order pizza.

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Wednesday, May 08

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Daily News Stuff 8 May 2024

You Say Wah Edition

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  • Speaking of laptops, the old new laptop - the one I bought two years ago that has been waiting all this time to be set up - has a working Windows license again.

    And it runs my modded Minecraft instance at 60fps with shaders enabled.

    It could probably do more but it's only a 60fps screen.


  • Asus leaked the part number and specs of AMD's upcoming Strix Point laptop chips.  (AnandTech)

    Twelve cores - four Zen 5 and eight Zen 5c, which are identical but run at clock speeds about 25% lower, 36MB cache, a top speed of 5.1GHz on the main cores, and 77 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of AI thingy.

    That's double the AI thingy of Apple's M4, which has a 38 TOPS thingy.


  • China's latest GPU beats the best chips from AMD.  (Tom's Hardware)

    That is, the best chips from AMD from 2008.

    It's roughly equivalent to a Radeon 4850.  I had one of those.  Passive cooler.  Played Mass Effect and Dragon Age on it.

    It definitely slowed down in big combat scenes but it was mostly okay.


  • Micron's new LPCAMM2 memory modules are now available for purchase.  (WCCFTech)

    In one speed, LPDDR5X-7500.

    $175 for 32GB and $330 for 64GB.  Not cheap but 80% cheaper than Apple and even more cheaper than replacing your whole computer because the RAM is soldered in place not that I'm bitter about that right now.


  • An OpenAI executive says that ChatGPT will be "laughably bad" in twelve months.  (Business Insider)

    Hey, give yourself some credit.  It's laughably bad right now.



Vtuber Music Video of the Day



Today's effort is a collab from Hololive's Gawr Gura and Callipe Mori, who between them have approximately seventeen billion subscribers.


Disclaimer: Subscriber numbers may settle in shipping.

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Tuesday, May 07

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Daily News Stuff 7 May 2024

Excluded Mondays Edition

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Random Vtuber Music Video of the Day


Not Hololive today, but indie vtuber Midas, with Touch Tone Telephone.



Disclaimer: Cause I'm the right one, on my VOLTE telephone.

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Monday, May 06

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Daily News Stuff 6 May 2024

Bibbidy Bobbidy What Edition

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Random Vtuber Music Video of the Day


Today it's Suisei of Hololive's Generation 0.


Disclaimer: Fleem.

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Sunday, May 05

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Daily News Stuff 5 May 2024

Break Brakes In Case Of Car Edition

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  • Understanding Stein's paradox.  (Joe Antognini)

    Well, that didn't work.


  • Why RAG won't solve generative AI's hallucination problem.  (Tech Crunch)
    Because models have no real intelligence and are simply predicting words, images, speech, music and other data according to a private schema, they sometimes get it wrong. Very wrong.
    What RAG does is tell the AI to look the damn answer up instead of making it up.

    For which the AI is entirely unnecessary.


  • 4060 Ti or 7700 XT?  (Tom's Hardware)

    Following price cuts from both Nvidia and AMD, the judges award this round to the 7700 XT.  In fact, I've seen the 7700 XT (which has 12GB of RAM) selling for less than even the 8GB model of the 4060 Ti, making the choice easy.


  • Setting up computers all over the place, including a new Linux server at home running Ubuntu 24.04.

    Dug out the spare Dell laptop that had the spare 4TB SSD in it, and that has now been moved over to the new Asus laptop.  The Dell itself doesn't seem to have survived the move - or didn't survive sitting idle for two years.  Either way.

    That frees up 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD for a second Linux server.

    The Linux servers will be called Voms and Versen.  The Asus laptop is Maomao.

    I still need to come up with names for the two main Dell laptops.  They were originally going to be Sana and Pomu, but both of them have now granulated.


Disclaimer: The Team MP44 is awarded a rating of "sucks", after failing completely under both Windows and Linux.

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