Well that's good. Fantastic. That gives us 20 minutes to save the world and I've got a post office. And it's shut!

Sunday, December 16


Daily News Stuff 16 November 2018

Tech News

  • LG's 32QK500-W delivers 2560x1440 at 75Hz with Freesync for $300.  (AnandTech)

    Personally I prefer 4K for productivity and dropping back to 1080p for games, but if you want a big, high resolution display that doesn't need a 2080 Ti to run at decent frame rates, this looks like a solid choice.

    IPS, two DisplayPort and two HDMI.

  • Gigabyte's Z390 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce Deathstalkr Pro X 2 motherboard has everything.  (PC Perspective)

    WiFi 5 (802.11ac), 1GbE and 10GbE, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3.1 gen 2 ports, two USB 3.1 gen 1 ports, HDMI, 7.1 sound, three PCIe 3.0 x 16 slots, three M.2 slots, and a bundled water cooling block.

    Problem is, all of that (except the water cooling) is driven by a standard socket 1151 Intel CPU with just 16 PCIe lanes.  It needs about four times that many to enable all those features at once.

  • Remember that Intel demo of a 5GHz 28 core CPU?  The one with a massive 1HP external water chiller?  Well, now you can buy it!  (Tom's Hardware)

    Sort of. The part being offered is 28 cores on an LGA 3547 socket, the same as the demo, but it tops out at "only" 4.3GHz.  255W TDP. 

    Price TBA, but possibly around $4000, which would make it twice the price of AMD's 32 core 2990WX.

    Oh, and even if you have a current year high-end Intel desktop motherboard, you'll need to replace it, because this uses a different socket.

  • Those Bitcoin scammers aren't threatening to blow people up any more.  Now they're just going to throw acid at you.  (ZDNet)

    A huge improvement, we can all agree.  Apparently their bomb threats raised $1 and the interest of the FBI.

  • That tea has been in Boston Harbor for 245 years now.  I think it might be ready.  We just need eleven billion gallons of milk and a sugar cube the size of Devils Tower.

    Sip.  Blerrrgh.

  • Asking the important questions: What exactly is the evolutionary status of bon-kyu-bon?  (Psychology Today)

Social Media News

Video of the Day

Patreon, PayPal, and Stripe may just destroy your business, and the businesses of everyone around you, if someone you never met used a bad word on someone else's YouTube channel in reference to neo-Nazis.

This is not a good thing.

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Saturday, December 15


Daily News Stuff 15 December 2018

Tech News

Social Media News

Video of the Day

Gamers Nexus's worst and even more worst of 2018.

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I think I've been there.  To that exact island.  Years ago.

Bonus Picture of the Day


That stuff that looks like milk is actually milk.  The photographer used a high-speed camera while the model stood in a big bucket and an assistant threw milk at her, then hundreds of individual photos were digitally merged to produce the results.

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Friday, December 14


Daily News Stuff 14 December 2018

Tech News

  • If you edit video, you can do a lot worse than picking up the Humble Vegas Pro Even More Creative Freedom Bundle

    Terrible name, but for $1 you get Fastcut Plus (entry level), and for $25 you also get Sound Forge Audio Studio 12, Vegas Movie Studio 15 (both current versions of their mid-range tools), and Vegas Pro 15 Edit and Vegas DVD Architect, the previous versions of their high-end tools, normally priced at...  Well, right now you can get Vegas Pro 16 for $299.  Which is more than $25.

    Not included in the bundle is Acid, which is my favourite of the Sonic Foundry/Sony Creative Software/Magix range.

    Also, if you're quick, they're giving away Lego The Hobbit free right now.

  • If you need site monitoring with SMS alerts, like, for example, you run a blog platform that has a memory leak that pops up from time to time, StatusCake is offering 25% off paid plans right now.  They also have a pretty good free plan if you don't need SMS alerts, but that's not 25% off.

  • Gigabyte's R161 is a liquid-cooled overclocked server based on Intel's high-end desktop CPUs.  (AnandTech)

    Two questions: First, why?  And second, at least it's not called the R101.  Yes, I realise that's not a question.

  • This 65" monitor is 10" larger than existing 55" monitors.  (AnandTech)

  • ADATA announced the XPG Gammix S11 Pro SM2262EN.  (AnandTech)

    A cat?  Maybe a dog?

  • AMD's new video drivers deliver up to 39% better performance in Battlefield V.  (PC Perspective)

    If the frame rate improves 39% in a game that nobody plays, does it make a sound?

  • The first Ryzen 3000 family benchmarks have leaked.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Except that these aren't the big new 7nm desktop Ryzen 3000 parts, these are the 12nm Ryzen laptop refresh parts.  (There were no first-generation laptop parts, so the numbers are a bit screwy.)

  • Etsy's internal documentation is carved in stone.  (Code As Craft)

    Tiny, adorable, organic stone, lovingly individualised just for you and smelling faintly of lavender.

  • The latest Bitcoin email scam comes packaged with its own little bomb threat.  (Bleeping Computer)

    I suspect the FBI will be taking this one a bit more seriously than the average "we hacked your laptop camera" spam.

Social Media News

Video of the Day

The thing Chris Chibnall missed entirely in the current season (just ended) is that Doctor Who isn't about politics but about smiling psychopaths committing exocide.

Picture of the Day


In the grim dark future there is only 1950s Burger King.  There's one like that on the way from Sydney to Melbourne.  Or was, haven't done that road trip for a while.

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Thursday, December 13


Daily News Stuff 13 December 2018

Tech News

  • Intel had their 2018 architecture day where they discussed their new lineup of cornices and finials.  (AnandTech)


    • They have finally run out of lakes, so the next architecture on the roadmap is called Sunny Cove - or maybe not, since Ice Lake will have Sunny Coves in it, though apparently a bit chilly this late in the year.

    • A major focus of Intel's CPU designers going forward is cheating on benchmarks (though the term they use is special purpose performance increases).  To be fair, when you have billions of transistors to play with, and you find a common workload that you can speed up 10x at the cost of 50 million transistors, it would be foolish not to consider it.

    • Integrated graphics will suck less.

    • There will be chips with both Core and Atom CPUs in them, similar to what Arm has been doing with their mobile chips for approximately three hundred years now.

  • How does Battlefield V run on integrated graphics?  (Tom's Hardware)

    Trick question.  No-one is playing Battlefield V.  On Intel integrated graphics it doesn't run at all, but no-one cares, so Intel has that going for them.

  • Shady torrent sites are using fake DMCA notices to shut down competing, slightly less shady torrent sites.  (TechDirt)

    The problem with DMCA - one of the problems with DMCA - is that while filing a false takedown notice is technically perjury, the Act defines no penalties.  One of our servers got shut down twice last month due to false DMCA notices by a company which was getting penalised for comment spam that they themselves posted.

  • I haven't been following Nvidia lately, but ouch.  (Tech Crunch)

    They've lost half their market valuation in the last six weeks, despite largely having a lock on high-end laptop, desktop, and workstation graphics cards and a major share of server AI accelerators.  I think they were overvalued before and this is just reality catching up with overheated investors; the company's technical fundamentals are solid, and no-one else even has a competitor to the RTX 2080 on their roadmap.

  • Water may not have memory - well, water does have memory, but it only lasts for about a femtosecond, like when you go into the kitchen late at night - but ant colonies do.  (Smithsonian Magazine)

  • MacOS Mojave poops on Nvidia.  (Forbes)

    I updated to Mojave without major breakage, but my Mac has AMD graphics.  I don't know what the last Mac model was that came with Nvidia graphics.  One of the Macbook Pro models, probably, the one where half the graphics chips failed and Apple swore off Nvidia for all of this eternity and half of the next.

  • Grafana Loki is like Prometheus, but for logs.

    If your reaction is Well, I know what logs are, rest assured that you are not alone.

    Apparently it is particularly well suited for storing Kubernetes Pod logs, just in case you happen to have those cluttering up your living room.

  • It is illegal in the United States to trade futures in onions.

  • The tax numbers of 120 million bajillion people were exposed online due to an oops.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Wait, that's 120 million Brazilian people.  Still rather a lot.

  • Smart fish or dumb test?  (Quanta)

    Is the cleaner wrasse a red herring, or is it truly smarter than an Ivy League sociology major?

  • MediaTek's Helio P90 features two A75 and six A55 cores, a PowerVR GM 9446 graphics thing, a dual-core AI coprocessor, and a three-core image coprocessor.  (Android Central)

    MediaTek is well-known for producing cheap, low-end mobile chips, like all those eight-core 1.3GHz A53 parts, but this is a very capable midrange part.

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai argues that Google could fail at any moment.  (Axios)

    Because Google is finally getting the anti-trust attention they've been begging for all year.

    Also, Google Chrome marks Google's CEO's name as a spelling error.

Video of the Day

Picture of the Day


First the birds, now the bees.  Educational poster by Bangzheng Du.

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Wednesday, December 12


Daily News Stuff 12 December 2018

Tech News
  • The Nokia 8.1 is a phone.  (AnandTech)

    In fact, it's probably the Nokia X7 with a different label and a software update.  It has a headphone jack.  And a mid-range but pretty decent Snapdragon 710 (2 xx A75, 6 x A55).

    Only three cameras, which is almost none these days.

  • AMD's Ryzen rumours rounded up.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • These peanuts make my HDMI connection glitch.

  • Will you still feed Firefox now it's 64?

  • DigitalOcean has launched its Kubernetes service.  (Tech Crunch)

    What does this do?  I have no fucking idea.  Something about getting all your servers compromised at once, automatically.

  • Intel has offered a sneak peak of its SunnyCove server platform.  (Reddit)

    It runs faster on 7-Zip.  7-Zip, the zip that refreshes!

  • Australia is doomed.  (The Next Web)

  • Amusingly, Australia's new internet insecurity law violates the GDPR.  (alp.fail)

  • Odroid's XU4 gets reviewed.  (Phoronix)

    It's twice as fast as the Raspberry Pi 3, sometimes three times as fast, four times on Python, but it does have a fan rather than a passive heatsink for cooling, so it might not be useful for every application.

  • The Odroid H2 is very very out of stock but will be back in three months or so.  That got a review as well.

  • Animal, vegetable, mineral, fungi, protozoan, or hemimastigote?  (Quanta)

    Look, just stop it, okay?  Stop finding new things.

  • China may be behind the Starwood hack.  (New York Times)
    Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denied any knowledge of the Marriott hacking. "China firmly opposes all forms of cyberattack and cracks down on it in accordance with the law,” he said. "If offered evidence, the relevant Chinese departments will carry out investigations according to the law.”
    He almost made it through the speech with a straight face, too.

  • Axios examines the positive impact of low unemployment without ever once mentioning the T-word.

  • Now that the useful idiots in Labor have voted for the Asinine Internet Insecurity Act (AIIA) the useless idiots in the Liberal Party are telling them where to shove their amendments.  (ZDNet)

  • In slightly less pathetically stupid news, the Australian Space Agency will be setting up shop in Adelaide.  (ZDNet)

    I wonder if they'll reopen Woomera for launches.  Woomera, though a shadow of its original self, is still bigger than Ohio.  (When first established, it was the size of Colorado).

  • Supermicro has completed an external security audit that found no signs of the backdoor chips alleged by that stupid Bloomberg report.  (ZDNet)

    Bloomberg still has offered no hard evidence, or even documentation, supporting its assertions.

    The next step is a multi-trillion-dollar lawsuit.  I hope.

Picture of the Day


The latest in the educational series by Bangzheng Du.

Video of the Day

Other Linus called up some PC assemblers without telling them who he was and let them sell him some computers.  Now he unboxes them all!  What will he find?

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Tuesday, December 11


Daily News Stuff 11 December 2018

Tech News

  • Want a new system based on AMD's Zen CPU and Vega graphics?  Only got fifty bucks?  AMD got you covered with the Athlon 200GE.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Yeah, don't expect too much out of the integrated graphics on a $55 CPU, even in 2018.  If you want to play games, and don't have even a second-hand graphics card, scrape together the money for the Ryzen 2200G which can actually put in a decent showing at 1080p if you turn down the detail settings a bit.

  • In shutting the barn door after the horses have disappeared over the horizon making gleeful whinnying noises news, the iPhone 6S, 7, and 8 can no longer be sold in China.  (WCCFTech)

    This is over the ongoing patent dispute with Qualcomm.

    China is enforcing foreign patents?  China?

  • It includes dust covers for the serial ports.  (Fanless Tech)

    They're still used in embedded applications!

Social Media News

  • The European Union has fired back in the fiercely competitive stupidest government body in the world stakes.  (Tech Dirt)

    Their latest bid tells social networks and content providers that (a) they need to block all potentially infringing content, (b) never let infringing content return after it has been blocked, (c) never block non-infringing content, and, the piece-de-la-creme, (d) not use filters for this.

  • Apple, Google, and Microsoft have called the Australian government a bunch of flamin' wowsers over the country's new internet insecurity legislation.  (Tech Crunch)

    Meanwhile, the Labor Party has likened the new law to a cane toad which is a bit fucking rich after they voted to pass it.  (ZDNet)

  • Google is planning to shut down Google+ after a bug was discovered to have given developers access to private data of over 50 million users.  (WCCFTech)

    No, not that one.  This is brand new.  The bug was introduced during code updates last month as the company moved to shut down the network next August.

    The shut down has now been moved up to April.

Picture of the Day


Lizard is tired of your shit.

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Monday, December 10


Daily News Stuff 10 December 2018

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Sunday, December 09


Daily News Stuff 9 December 2018

Tech News

  • I'm almost out of disk space.  Except for the 2TB free on the external drives on my Mac, and the 8TB drive that is still sitting in Nagi, my old Windows system that Tohru replaced last year, and the brand new 8TB drive that is sitting in a box in the spare bedroom...  And about 25TB of RAID-Z storage on the new servers.  Maybe not quite out of disk space.

  • I haven't looked at FreeNAS, but my recent positive experience with ZFS suggest that maybe I should.  Anyway, FreeNAS 11.2 is out and just the thing for the software component of that latter-day Cobalt Qube.  (Serve the Home)

  • If you update your Mac to Mojave and apps start demanding to take over your computer via accessibilty, you can either (a) let them or (b) they stop working.

    You can control it in System Preferences / Security & Privacy / Accessibility / Allow the apps below to control your computer.

    Trillion dollar company spent thirty cents on that design decision.

    Also the settings panels in iTunes are now, for some reason, mauve.

    And iTunes still stops downloading your podcasts whenever it feels like it, and the Download All button has been MIA for at least seven releases.

  • In unrelated news, Pocket Casts is down for emergency server maintenance.

  • Why you need a supercomputer to build a house.  (Tech Crunch)

    Because the box a laptop comes in is too small.

  • AMD's Navi 10 may launch in mid-2019 and compete head-to-head with Nvidia's RTX 2070.  (WCCFTech)

    Even WCCFTech suggest that you take this one with a bucket of salt.  What makes the story plausible is that it still cedes the high-end market to Nvidia - there's no competitor even rumoured for the 2080, 2080 Ti, or Titan.

  • You know what this $1 comics bundle needs?  A bunch of 4GB PDFs..  (Humble Bundle)

Social Media News

Video of the Day

This trailer for CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 looks amazing and leaves me with no desire whatsoever to buy the game, or even to download it if they give it away for free.

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Saturday, December 08


Daily News Stuff 8 December 2018

Tech News

  • Looking for a single-chip 64-port 200GbE switch?  Go Barefoot.

    That's quite a lot of bandwidth.  And we're still waiting for consumer-priced 10GbE switches.

  • The Asus ZenBook Pro - the one with the screen in the touchpad - gets a hands-on review.  (ZDNet)

    Shows how spoiled we are getting when a major complaint is that it is nearly 19mm thick and weighs almost 1.9kg.

    Wasn't very long ago when that was a thin-and-light model.

  • This Sunday marks the 50th Anniversary of The Mother of All Demos. (TechDirt)

Social Media News

Video of the Day

Yeah, sorry, I'm not that into first-person RPGs any more.

Shut up and take my money!

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Friday, December 07


Daily News Stuff 7 December 2018

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