Tuesday, January 24


Daily News Stuff 24 January 2023

Monogrammed Kleenex Edition

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  • Storaxa is a NAS/router/WiFi access point/VM host/media server/thingy.  (Liliputing)

    It has five 3.5" drive bays and four M.2 slots for storage, plus another M.2 slot for the boot device.  Four 2.5Gb Ethernet ports, WiFi 6E, four 10Gb USB ports (plus another two USB 2.0), and HDMI and DisplayPort for video out.  It runs Proxmox VE to provide virtual servers, and TrueNAS and OpenWRT - which is exactly what I'd use if I were doing this myself.

    CPU in the base model ($399) is an Intel Atom N6005, but for about $80 more you can upgrade to a Ryzen 5800U which provides dramatically faster, well, everything basically.

    All in a neat little box - 7x8x10".

    What's the catch?  First, it doesn't actually exist yet, it's a Kickstarter project.  Second, like most interesting and reasonably priced devices, it's made by a small Chinese company you've never heard of.

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Hololive-Related Thingy of the Day

Holocure 0.5 is due out February 10, bringing with it new maps, new music, and all of JP Gen 1 and Gen 2 as playable characters.  I was a bit confused why there were only nine new characters shown, but then remembered that Fubuki was included with Hololive Gamers in the 0.4 update, and she was a Gen 1 member before she created Gamers.

The game is mostly notable because it's loaded with little nods to Hololive fans - like the fact that you can pet Amelia Watson's real-life dog Bubba - but it's free and it's more fun than a lot of the stuff that sells for $70 plus day one DLC.

I played a lot of Holocure last year when I was travelling all the time and didn't have a computer at hand that could even handle Minecraft competently.  Don't regret it.

Disclaimer: The catch is, there is no catch.

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Monday, January 23


Daily News Stuff 23 January 2023

Ow My Bees Edition

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  • If you're looking to build a new PC, the price increase for mid-tier DDR5 RAM over DDR4 is now close to zero.  One less reason to favour Intel over AMD.  (Intel chips still support DDR4 with an appropriate motherboard; the new AMD chips don't.)

  • If you want a graphics card to play games - and you're spending your own money, and you didn't just win the lottery - the best value is to be found in AMD's Radeon 6600 and 6700 families.  If you don't expect to run the latest games at 4K at over 60fps, those should do just fine.

    What if you want to run something that uses the graphics card as a compute engine, like Stable Diffusion?  Then things get a bit more complicated.  (Tom's Hardware)

    In the first test here, the fastest card on the market - Nvidia's $1600 RTX 4090 - comes in sixth place, behind AMD's 7900 XT, and also behind Nvidia's own RTX 3080 from 2020.  The 4080 is slower than a 3070.

    Intel's cards are at the bottom of the heap, but AMD's previous generation is also pretty bad.

    I think the answer is don't want that.  Failing that, soldier on with a 3060 Ti until this mess gets sorted out.

  • Amazon ran Comixology into the ground and now it's laying off staff.  (Android Police)

    Comixology is the leading digital marketplace for comics - the comic version of Kindle - and Amazon naturally bought it back in 2013.  They left it alone for a surprisingly long time before ruining everything last year, and with the current round of staff cuts they've apparently laid off everyone who might have fixed it.

    The article is a justifiable rant about Amazon's mishandling of the service, but it completely ignores the elephant in the room: Comics suck and nobody is buying them.

    DC and Marvel were approaching bankruptcy before - basically - being rescued single-handed by Robert Downey Jr's performance in 2008's Iron Man.  Now, many, many billions of dollars in box office receipts later, they are still approaching bankruptcy because they are being run by lunatics.

    Manga, meanwhile, is doing just fine.  Actually manga mostly sucks too but it doesn't blame the reader for that.

Disclaimer: Sturgeon's Law applies recursively.

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Sunday, January 22


Daily News Stuff 22 January 2023

Yes We Want No Bananas Edition

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Disclaimer: Ouch again, though not as bad as previously.  Sigh.

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Saturday, January 21


Daily News Stuff 21 January 2023

Blarrgle Edition

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  • 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


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


Daily News Stuff 19 January 2023

Hell No Edition

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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


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


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.

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Disclaimer: Bluptaker, bluptaker, blup me no blups.

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Monday, January 16


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!

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


    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


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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