Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Wednesday, September 11


Daily News Stuff 10 September 2019

Very Short Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: Actually, it was a moon, and they all lived happily ever after.

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Monday, September 09


Daily News Stuff 9 September 2019

Regexes All The Way Down Edition

Tech News

  • The Cult of Kubernetes.  (

  • It’s not wrong that "🤦🏼‍♂️".length == 7

    Well, it's 7 in Java and JavaScript, 5 in Python 3, and 17 in Rust.  Oh, and 1 in Swift.  Because fuck programmers trying to write applications that actually work anyway.

  • Urban Dictionary - yes, that Urban Dictionary - has scrubbed the term "GamerGate" from its site except for the entomological definition of the crown princess of an anthill.  (One Angry Gamer)

    It really does mean that as well as the other thing.  (Wikipedia)

    Walking talking Superfund site Zoe Quinn was also deemed too outré for the famously staid lexicographers at UD.

  • Is there a regular expression to detect a valid regular expression?  (StackOverflow)

    Not only is the answer no, but you are going to hell for having asked and I am going with you for having answered.

    Well, technically.  But since regular expressions haven't been regular since the incident of which we shall remain silent, you can just use 

  • Regarding people disappearing into paintings...

  • So what the heck is going on with Thirdripper?  (Gamers Nexus)

    The latest leaks claim that it will appear in 4 and 8 channel versions - that latter is possible with the TR4 socket, though not with current motherboards - and 64 or 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0, with one quarter switchable to SATA mode so you can have 32 SSDs connected directly to the CPU.  Which is very not possible with current motherboards.

    In the video Steve mentions "surface-mount LGA sockets" and for a minute I thought he was referring to BGA, i.e. surface-mount CPUs.  But no, it's LGA, and current Threadrippers are LGA already.

    So most likely the four-channel sTRX4 models will drop straight in to existing motherboards, though they'll need new motherboards for the PCIe 4.0 and SATA extensions, while the high-end sWRX8 models will really need a new motherboard.

Disclaimer:  Some people, when confronted with a problem with regular expressions, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions to validate my regular expressions.” Now they have aleph-one problems.

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Sunday, September 08


Daily News Stuff 8 September 2019

No Just No Edition

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Disclaimer: Perambulatory personages?

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Saturday, September 07


Daily News Stuff 7 September 2019

Life, The Universe, And Everything Edition

Tech News

  • We posted part one of a video series about the solution to a 65 year old mathematical puzzle a few months ago.

    At the time, only two numbers remained to be found.  The video was made in 2015, but by coincidence I posted it just before the next number was found.

    And now the final missing number has been found, and it is...


  • Samung has an affordable 8K QLED TV.  (AnandTech)

    Yeah, I thought it said OLED for a moment too.

    It's still 8K so "affordable" means $2500, but for a 55" 8K display that's not so bad.  Would be an interesting choice for a computer monitor since it's the same pixel density as a regular 4K 27" display, though I'd personally rather have something 8K wide but only half the height.

  • COPPA and CDA 230 are colliding and we're getting bombarded with the legislative equivalent of gravity waves.  (TechDirt)

    Mike stops inventing rights out of whole cloth for a moment and provides the analysis that makes TechDirt worth reading.

    The FTC basically decided that although YouTube as a whole is protected by CDA Section 230, individual channels are in violation of COPPA and thus YouTube as a whole is liable.

    Google settled rather than trying for an appeal, probably because this would have been spectacularly bad PR.  But when the "think of the children" line is off the table in some future case I expect this to go to the Supreme Court.

  • Apple is blaming Google for tanking the value of iOS (reads fine print) vulnerabilities.  (WCCFTech)

    While Google's Play Store is a complete mess compared to Apple's App Store - mostly because the App Store is nightmarishly restrictive - iOS itself has had quite a few security issues of late.

  • Let's Encrypt is encrypting 30% of web domains.

    This is good - Let's Encrypt is free and support is built right into modern proxies and web servers like Caddy.

    And it's bad, because a successful stealth attack targeting Let's Encrypt could endanger 30% of web domains in one go.  (You'd also need to fake their DNS, but that's just a question of offering free public WiFi.)

  • PingFS stores your files in (reads fine print) the payloads of in-flight ping packets.

    It's mercury delay lines for a new age.

  • Cube World aten't dead.  (One Angry Gamer)

    I bought it and spent some time playing it years ago, but it went into hibernation in 2014 and updates have been sparse.  But now:

    I liked it at the time but it was an early beta release and I ran out of things to do after a while.  I'll be interested to see what's changed since then.

Video of the Day

Um, okay.  Switch today, Steam November 1st.

Disclaimer: This is purely a work of fiction and tiny pixies should never infiltrate girls' bedrooms and ineffectually shoot them with tiny machine guns.

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Friday, September 06


Daily News Stuff 6 September 2019

Everyday Life Of The Four Spider Sisters Edition

Tech News

  • Huawei announced their Kirin 990 and 990 5G CPUs.  (AnandTech)

    These have the A76 core, the same as in the Kirin 980, but have a 60% larger GPU running at a slightly lower frequency.

    Huawei said the reason for A76 is that the A77 isn't delivering the desired performance per watt on TSMC 7nm, and they will likely hold off until 5nm is available.

  • USB4 apparently supports 40Gbps transfers in USB mode as well as in PCIe mode when the optional Thunderbolt 3 compatibility is enabled.  (PC Perspective)

    Can we please use this to replace SATA?

  • Facebook leaked 419 million phone numbers.  (Tom's Hardware)

    You know, in the old days, we had these things called "phone books", and they basically just gave them to you.  Every year.

  • That just means the court is also wrong, Mike.  (TechDirt)

    There is no First Amendment right to a White House press pass, and your Fifth Amendment rights are not being violated if yours is suspended because you are an asshole in public.

  • Samsung showed off a prototype key-value SSD.  (AnandTech)

    SSDs are normally block-addressed.  This one is arranged like a simple database - think Berkeley DB rather than MySQL.  You have a pool of objects, each identified by a key (up to 255 bytes) mapped to a value up to 2MB in size.

    So rather than the CPU mapping keys to locations in a file to block addresses and doing the appropriate reads on the SSD, you just shoot the key at the SSD and get the data back.

    This does require an update to the NVMe spec, and I'm not sure how redundancy is handled - these days they might just say use two servers.

    Potentially interesting but I'm not sure how much this will improve on what we already have.

  • COBOL turns 60 this month and still works better than Node.js.  (ZDNet)

Disclaimer: Pics and it didn't happen.

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Thursday, September 05


Daily News Stuff 5 September 2019

You Should Have Specified "Median" Edition

Tech News

Video of the Day

Normal people: Rey is stupidly overpowered.

Teenage girls: Dual-wield lightsabers, take out 360 opponents without a single miss, while dancing to K-pop.

Disclaimer: My folks asked for me to be average and all I got was this stupid superpower.

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Daily News Stuff 4 September 2019

At Night The Ice Weasels Come Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: A taxonomy and cladogram of isekai would make an interesting masters' thesis.

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Wednesday, September 04


Daily News Stuff 3 September 2019

I Can't Believe Skeleton Soldier Couldn't Protect The Dungeon Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: There'll be an airplane crash in Burma next week, but it shouldn't affect me here in New York. And the feegs certainly can't harm me. Not with all my closet doors closed.

No, the big problem is lesnerizing. I must not lesnerize. Absolutely not. As you can imagine, that hampers me.

And to top it all, I think I'm catching a really nasty cold.

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Tuesday, September 03


Daily News Stuff 2 September 2019

I Can't Believe My Little Sister Could Be A Dimension Hopping Con Artist Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: We tried to rewrite the code in Java but we had no idea what we were doing and completely ignored the built-in BigDecimal library which would have immediately solved our problem and blamed the language instead of ourselves.

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Sunday, September 01


Daily News Stuff 1 September 2019

Everyday Life With Farmer Girls Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: That's not how it works.  That's not how any of this works.  Particularly the aqueduct.

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