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

Tuesday, November 28

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Daily News Stuff 28 November 2023

All The Ti In China Edition

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  • A land grab is under way in Australia for lithium mining rights.  (Financial Times)

    For the most part it's major Australian companies blocking foreign takeovers of lithium mining startups.

    Despite a collapse in lithium prices, sales by Australia quadrupled in the first half of this year compared with 2022.  All by itself that generated a 1% annual growth in Australia's GDP.

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Disclaimer: If you're going to make fake AI personas, do something believable like a talking duck.

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Monday, November 27

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Daily News Stuff 27 November 2023

The Bat Came Back Edition

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  • While Americans are slowly waking up from their food comas, those crafty Chinese are preparing to start manufacturing 5nm chips...  Sort of.  (WCCFTech)

    China has been banned from buying the machines to make chips below the 14nm node.  They can make 12nm chips because 12nm is really just a tweaked version of 14nm.  And they can make 7nm via a technique called double-patterning, which was used before EUV technology (extreme ultra-violet) made direct 7nm and smaller nodes possible.

    Double-patterning is expensive and fussy and wrecks your yield - the percentage of good chips you get from a wafer - but it does work.

    To get 5nm they would need to go to quad patterning, which is also a proven technology but even more expensive and a whole lot fussier, and the resulting yields would be in the toilet.

    China can build its own machines, but to do so it will first need to build the machines for that, and currently it lacks the machines to build those machines.  It's very complicated and requires incredible precision, and there really isn't any way to rush it.


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  • Beej's Gude to Interprocess Communication.  (Beej.us)

    It's amazing how little this stuff has change since I was a baby programmer logging on to my first Unix system.


  • So Cyber Monday is here, and with it lots of amazing computer deals like...

    Nothing, really.  I mean, the 4TB Samsung 990 Pro can be found for $250, but that was already true.

    I got some cutlery and a fancy slow cooker.  I bought a cheap Kmart slow cooker when I moved to a colder climate last year, and I use it all the time.  This new one is bigger and has a timer and a temperature probe, and can allegedly roast an entire chicken.

    I'll give that a try because it's not something I bother with very often because I hate cleaning the oven.  With a slow cooker you can just put the cooking pot and the lid in the dishwasher and forget about it.


Disclaimer: How many programmers does it take to clean an oven?  None, that's a hardware problem.

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Sunday, November 26

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Daily News Stuff 26 November 2023

Trigger Words Edition

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Disclaimer: Burp.

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Saturday, November 25

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Daily News Stuff 25 November 2023

Istanbul Is Constantinople Edition

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  • Researchers have bypassed Windows Hello secure logins.  (Bleeping Computer)

    All they needed to do was (checks notes) completely disassemble and rewire the laptop.

    Windows Hello is designed to be secure even if you do that, but that's a pretty difficult task when your partners building the CPUs, laptops, and fingerprint scanners fail to follow the specs.


  • AMD's Ryzen 8000 laptop chips are expected to be announced early next year, likely at CES.  (WCCFTech)

    These are a major advance over the already very good Ryzen 7000 chips.  Although they still use Zen 4 cores, and are still limited to 8 cores, and still use RDNA3 graphics, and still only 12 graphics cores, and are still limited to DDR5 memory, and...

    Wait, these aren't an advance at all.  These are the same chips with the numbers changed.


Disclaimer: Stand back!  I have a five pound pork roast and I'm not afraid to use it!

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Friday, November 24

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Daily News Stuff 24 November 2023

Natural Turkey Extract Edition

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Disclaimer: Hans, get the flammenwerfer.

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Thursday, November 23

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Daily News Stuff 23 November 2023

Bleh Edition

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Disclaimer: As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

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Wednesday, November 22

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Daily News Stuff 22 November 2023

Per Astra Ad Aspera Edition

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  • The DOJ has apparently succeeded in shaking down Binance for $4 billion.  (Wall Street Journal)  (archive site)

    The fines will settle civil liabilities over violating US financial sanctions in allowing people to transfer imaginary money over the internet, and CEO Changpeng Zhao will plead guilty to one criminal charge and - since he's not a Republican - probably get off with probation.

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Disclaimer: Scum-Sucking Pigs WBAGNFARB.

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Tuesday, November 21

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Daily News Stuff 21 November 2023

You Don't Hate Journalists Enough Edition

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  • Elon Musk went nuclear on Media Matters.  (Tech Crunch)

    The article tries do pretend this didn't happen, because as the saying goes You don't hate journalists enough.  You think you do, but you don't.

    Media Matters ran a shock exposé showing that Twitter ran ads against extremist content, leading to a flight of major advertisers.

    The only problem is, Twitter was watching while they did this.

    What they did was create a new account and:

    1. Follow every Nazi meme account they could found (which was not many).
    2. Follow the major advertising brands they wanted to scare away from Twitter.
    3. Sit there hitting refresh over and over until they got the screenshot they wanted.

    Only problem with that is that Twitter logged everything they did and can show that the only account in the world that saw those ads on those tweets was Media Matters, because they spent an entire day setting things up to get that result.

    Does Tech Crunch tell you that?  No.

    Does The Register tell you that?  No.

    Does Ars Technica tell you that?  No.

    They're all-in on censorship.


  • Oh, and the Texas Attorney General has announced a criminal investigation into Media Matters conduct.  (MSN)

    You don't hate journalists enough - but maybe Ken Paxton does.


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Disclaimer: I'm not sure I ever did care, to be honest.

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Monday, November 20

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Daily News Stuff 20 November 2023

Picnics On The Sun Edition

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Disclaimer: Fountain pens, yes.  Everything else, no.

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Sunday, November 19

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Daily News Stuff 19 November 2023

Up The Sideways Staircase Edition

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  • Starship's second test flight successfully reached space - and then went boom.  (Ars Technica)

    Not everything went to plan, but it went a lot better than the first test, with all 33 engines in the booster working, a clean separation of the second stage of the rocket, and reaching a height of nearly 150km before the automated self-destruct system got bored and decided to join in the fun.


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Disclaimer: Nobody asked you, Patrice!

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