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Monday, February 18


Daily News Stuff 18 February 2019

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Sunday, February 17


Daily News Stuff 17 February 2019

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Disclaimer: Objects in the mirror are actually behind you.

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Saturday, February 16


Daily News Stuff 16 February 2019

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Friday, February 15


Daily News Stuff 15 February 2019

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Thursday, February 14


Daily News Stuff 14 February 2019

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  • South Korea has set up its own Little Firewall.  (Bleeping Computer)

    They are blocking websites using SNI and forcing search engines to filter results.  Not nasty dark web stuff like drug sales, but ordinary adult content.

  • IBM has a cloud platform.  (The Next Platform)

    Who knew?

  • Singtel lost 40 million mobile customers.  (ZDNet)

    Have they looked down the back of the sofa?  I found $2.40 last time I pulled the cushions out.

  • Hardkernel's Odroid N2 is a wee bit more powerful than the Raspberry Pi.

    It has A73 cores instead of A53 cores.  The A5x series is low power; the A7x series is high performance.  Not that the A53 is terrible, but the A73 is more than twice as fast.

    Which means it uses more power, of course, so it won't fit everywhere you might want to put a Pi, and it's more expensive as well.  But choice is good.

    Boards will ship in April, $63 with 2GB RAM, $79 with 4GB.

    There was to be an Odroid N1 last year, but it was cancelled because the memory chips became unavailable without warning.

  • DigitalOcean introduces managed databases, starting with PostgreSQL.

    Because...  Just because.

    Pricing starts at $15 for a database node with 1 CPU and 1GB of RAM, which is three times the cost of a regular VPS of that size.

    PostreSQL is better than MySQL in every way except for actually using it.

    Full-text indexing in MySQL: Put a full-text index on the desired fields.

    Full-text indexing in PostgreSQL: Take your text fields, and create a new field that is a doubly-inverted flip list of the communitised k-terms.  Then simply apply a Queequeg-Moravec hash-trie index to the denormalised wave function of the tetragrammaton.  The search operator is &*==!=? and the match terms take the form of a sonnet.  In Flemish.  You may experience database outages if your Flemish is not period-accurate to the late 16th century.

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Wednesday, February 13


Daily News Stuff 13 February 2019

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Tuesday, February 12


Daily News Stuff 12 February 2018

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Video of the Day

Don't look too closely; just enjoy it.  

Apparently she actually did play bass on some of the songs - she's right handed but even learned to play left-handed for the performance - but not this one.

Picture of the Day


Found on Twitter.  I'll have to look up the artist and give proper credit; they basically did a whole fake fashion magazine in this style.

Update: Art by @youcapriccioWeebly page.  Pixiv profile.


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Monday, February 11


Daily News Stuff 11 February 2019

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Also featuring in Python 3.8.  (Seriously, check out Kobayashi's computer screen when she's working.)

Anime Op/Ed of the Day

Celebratory Repeat AMV of the Day

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Sunday, February 10


Daily News Stuff 10 February 2019

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  • If Facebook is outlawed only outlaws will have Facebook.  (Wired)

    This is an analysis of the German antitrust ruling against Facebook's advertising model.  Facebook is toast in Germany if they don't win on appeal, and that seems unlikely.

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Saturday, February 09


Daily News Stuff 9 February 2019

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  • Google is an open-source ClusterFuzz.  (Tech Crunch)

    Wait.  That might not be entirely correct.

    Fuzzing is a testing technique that automatically generates random inputs for your program - or carefully designed evil inputs, or some combination.  There are lots of tools for this already, but another one is welcome.

  • Pikazon, I ChooseCo you!  (TechDirt)

  • Abandoning Google Analytics for Fathom.

    Hmm.  What is Fathom written in?  Go?  Fine.

    Go, I've often said, is hipster COBOL.  But COBOL ran banks and insurance companies for decades.  A new COBOL is not inherently a bad thing.  I think people should have gone with Ada instead - it's a much better designed language than Go.  Or even Apple's Swift.  But Go is fine.

    (Fathom GitHub)

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  • Spotify will squish you if you use an ad blocker.  (Tech Crunch)

    I'm okay with that.  Spotify has a direct external cost for every song you listen to.  If they don't recoup that somehow

  • California's disingenuous Attorney General is at odds with their incompetent legislature over the meaning of the state's new public records law.  (TechDirt)

    Given what we've seen with with Bill of Rights over the year, you would think that legislators would adhere to what I call the This means you, shithead rule.  That is, if anything in a bill could possibly be subject to weaselry, you add very specific text to the effect that This means you, shithead.

  • Under the guise of preventing human trafficking, Hawaii wants to force ISPs to filter porn.  (TechDirt)

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