You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine, and you think they're probably lying to make you feel better?
Everything's going to be fine.

Monday, October 21


Daily News Stuff 21 October 2019

Only Meant To Happen To Other People Edition

Tech News

Video of the Day

Presented without comment.

Disclaimer: Very without comment.

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Sunday, October 20


Daily News Stuff 20 October 2019

Not Mutually Exclusive Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: If I could predict our access patterns I wouldn't be here at 11:30 at night.

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Saturday, October 19


Daily News Stuff 19 October 2019

Fish And Chips And Vinegar Edition

Tech News

Video of the Day

Video should play even if the preview doesn't load.  If it fails, well, try this one instead.

Lost Doctor Who Episode of the Day

After you've watched it, go back and watch the 50 seconds I skipped at the beginning as well.

Disclaimer: Ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-bop.

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Friday, October 18


Daily News Stuff 18 October 2019

Good Wiggle Hunting Edition

Tech News

  • PyPy 7.2 is out.  (MorePyPy)

    This release includes full Python 3.6 compatibility (right in time for Python 3.8), Arm support (this is a JIT compiler, so they need to build that in themselves), and a new, faster JSON decoder (I care mostly about encode performance and that was already very good).

    Work is now under way on full Python 3.7 compatibility and updates to the secure sandbox that lets you run parts of your application in a restricted environment.

  • Ubuntu 19.10 is here, including Raspberry Pi 4 support.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • Record your journey to your personal Mordor.  (Etsy)

  • Easily install Crystal on any platform!  (

    Except Windows, because it doesn't run on Windows yet.  It does work on WSL though, except if you want to use memory-mapped I/O, because memory-mapped I/O doesn't run on WSL yet.

  • Caddy 2.0 is on its way - currently at 2.0 beta 6.  (

    This includes lots of added goodness on top of an already great server.  All the paid "enterprise" extras have been rolled back into the open source version under the Apache license, so you're free to use it anywhere. 

    The new config API means you can manage live updates from your own app or configuration management platform.  Of course that also gives you the opportunity to lose your configuration, but you can stick to classic config files if you prefer.  It can even read existing Nginx config files.

    It speaks HTTP 1, 2, and 3, and WebSockets on the front end, and can route your requests to pretty much anything.

  • MongoDB 4.2 supports Lucene.  (MongoDB)

    This might not sound like much, but at my day job I support large MongoDB databases (terabytes) that are replicated into Elasticsearch (based on Lucene) for, well, search.  Elasticsearch has slightly different data rules than MongoDB, and sometimes records that are just fine in one cannot be stored in the other.  (And this issue seems to be getting worse with recent revisions.)

    This update means I'll be able to drop the replication process and the separate search servers and just have all my eggs in one basket.

  • Percona Backup for MongoDB lets you back up your basket.  (Percona)

    You can also run it on ZFS and use fsynclock() before a snapshot to get a ready-to-go point-in-time backup, but Percona's backup tool has nice features like writing to S3-compatible storage and backup verification.

  • Yahoo Groups is not shutting down.  They're just deleting all the content.  (ResearchBuzz)


  • Faster than Intel, one quarter the price.  (Serve the Home)

    How does AMD's Epyc 7502P stack up against the Intel Xeon Platinum 8280?  Wait, I just told you.  Oops.

  • A malicious Tor browser is stealing cryptocurrency from people buying illegal stuff on the Dark Web.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Just like real life only you don't get stabbed.

  • Fake wordpress plugins mine cryptocurrency on your server.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Which then gets stolen by a malicious Tor browser while shopping for illegal stuff on the Dark Web.

  • Luna Display can now display your Mac screen on your Mac.  (Six Colors)

    Your other Mac, that is.  All Thunderbolt Macs used to support this using Target Display Mode, but it died with Retina and still hasn't been restored.

    My Dell Inspiron 27s just have HDMI input.  It works.  Well, 99.8% of the time, anyway.

  • Thirdripper is expected to be announced November 5th.  (Videocardz)

    24 and 32 core models available November 19th, and the unspecified 3990X - either 48 or 64 cores - to follow in January.

  • Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, YouTube, and even Blizzard haven't done anything spectacularly stupid in public for an entire day.

  • Fomantic-UI is a community fork of Semantic-UI with a dumb name.

    Apart from the name, though, it's all good.  Semantic-UI is in most ways superior to Bootstrap, but didn't have the corporate backing and hasn't taken off commercially (so far, at least).  Updates on the official repo have slowed this past year so the community stepped in to keep things moving.

Video of the Day

Disclaimer: The other 0.2% is not fun.

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Thursday, October 17


Daily News Stuff 17 October 2019

Hardware Store Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: Yes, it's a slime mold.  Whenever you see one of those "bizarre creature can survive being cut in half" stories it's always a slime mold.  But then, so is the faculty of Oberlin College.

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Wednesday, October 16


Daily News Stuff 16 October 2019

Third Thursday Edition

Tech News

Video of the Day

Today we look at motherboard.  It's amazing this thing even works.

Disclaimer: Because idiots.

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Tuesday, October 15


Daily News Stuff 15 October 2019

Make It Stop Spinning Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: Short news stuff today because I disagreed with something that ate me.

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Monday, October 14


Daily News Stuff 14 October 2019

Muddle Puddle Tweetle Poodle Beetle Noodle Bottle Paddle Battle Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: There are those that dream of things that never were, and ask why not?  I look at things the way they are, and ask what the fuck?

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Sunday, October 13


Daily News Stuff 13 October 2019

Never A Frown Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: It's mock turtles all the way down.

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Daily News Stuff 12 October 2019

Fibre Rich Edition

Tech News

  • Fibres considered harmful.   (PDF)

    Says Microsoft, who have a terrible implementation of fibres.

    Go and Erlang developers expressed surprise at hearing that the feature they had been successfully using for years to develop robust and scalable software was not useful in developing robust and scalable software.

  • Why enterprise software sucks.  (Twitter)

  • One day that DB-25 to 50-pin Centronics adaptor will come in useful.  (ZDNet)

    On that day, you won't be able to find it.

  • Everyone loves Facebook.  (ZDNet)

    I'm doing some work with Facebook's Libra - but as a technology platform, not a payment platform.  So I don't care that all of Facebook's payment processing partners - Paypal, Stripe, Visa, and Mastercard - have pulled out of the project.  I suspect Facebook does care, though.

  • There's nothing to see here.  (One Angry Gamer)

    A $175 Mei statue disappeared from pre-order on Blizzard's online store.  So did another $175 pre-order statue of a different character.  Other Mei merchandise is still available.

    In case you have a life and haven't been keeping track, after Blizzard kowtowed to China over a player's Hong Kong comments, the character Mei from their game Overwatch has become an overnight symbol for the Hong Kong civil rights movement.

  • EM8ER will have a butt slider.  (One Angry Gamer)

    At last, a worthwhile task for that 2080ti.

  • Do not pour coffee directly into your Panasonic Toughbook 55.  (ZDNet)

    It's designed to be splashproof, not entire-cup-of-coffee-proof.  Though a post-mortem did highlight an odd design choice that could significantly improve the coffeeproofing with a quick aftermarket add-on.

  • Supermicro's X11SPA-T motherboard only has one 10G Ethernet port.  (Serve the Home)

    It does have twelve DIMM slots, four M.2 22110 slots, four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, three PCIe 3.0 x8 slots, eight SATA ports, and both remote management and integrated audio, always an interesting combination.

Video of the Day

I like everything about this song.

Disclaimer: Raku or Raku not, there is no Perl 6, apparently.

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