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Saturday, August 13


Daily News Stuff 13 August 2022

Working In The Coal Mine Edition

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Disclaimer: The live studio audience was behind the painting.

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Friday, August 12


Daily News Stuff 12 August 2022

Dunkin' Dromedaries Edition

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  • $15 well spent I'd say.  (Towards AI)

    For $15 the author got, well, see for yourself.

    Most of the $15 was spent figuring out how to ask for what he wanted, but that's kind of the deal in any artistic endeavour.

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  • The ThinkPad Carbon X1 Gen 10 is another thin-and-light laptop with the goods.  (Thurrott.com)

    12th gen Intel CPU, up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD**, choice of displays up to a 3840x2400 touchscreen, dual Thunderbolt ports, dual USB-A, HDMI, and headphone jack.  No microSD slot but at least with USB-A you can plug in a little adaptor.

    Base model is more reasonably priced in Australia than the HP Pavilion Plus - the ThinkPad is currently on sale - but neither the 32GB nor 2TB options are available here.

  • Redis explained.  (Architecture Notes)

    Redis is not a database server, it's a data structure server.  I wouldn't recommend it for permanent data storage (though you can do that, and I have), but for manipulating data before writing it to your primary database it is unrivalled.

  • The CDC says forget all that stuff we told you about COVID; we give up.  (Ars Technica)

    Thanks guys.

  • Intel has dumped an estimated $3.5 billion into its GPU division so far.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's my estimation that it will take the company five years to come up with a truly competitive product, which would likely mean spending another $3.5 billion.  Industry analysts are 50/50 on whether the company is willing to commit to that.

    Most of the benefit would be in the datacenter - accelerator cards for things like the dunking llama in the first item sell for far higher prices than desktop graphics cards.  Do they need the volume side of the business to keep the effort afloat?  I don't know.  Should you buy a first-generation Arc graphics card?  Absolutely not.

Disclaimer: There's no knives or forks either.  Someone's nicked the entire bleedin' cutlery set.

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Thursday, August 11


Daily News Stuff 11 August 2022

Slowly Then All At Once Edition

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  • Too many employees, but few work.  (Business Standard)

    Mark Zuckerberg:
    Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn’t be here.  And part of my hope by raising expectations and having more aggressive goals, and just kind of turning up the heat a little bit, is that I think some of you might just say that this place isn’t for you. And that self-selection is okay with me.
    Sundar Pichai:
    There are real concerns that our productivity as a whole is not where it needs to be for the head count we have. [We need to] create a culture that is more mission-focused, more focused on our products, more customer-focused
    Maybe you should have thought of that before you spent ten years hiring communists and destroying your respective companies from the inside.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Wait, I actually am Marie of Roumania?

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Wednesday, August 10


Daily News Stuff 10 August 2022

Quick one today.

Disclaimer: Could it be when I was young, someone dropped me on my head?

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Tuesday, August 09


Daily News Stuff 9 August 2022

Frothy Water Edition

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  • AMD's Threadripper Pro 5000 series is finally available in retail.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Five weeks before Ryzen 7000 launches.

    If you need the memory capacity (Threadripper Pro supports up to 2TB of RAM) or the I/O bandwidth (7 full x16 PCIe slots with room left over) then these chips make sense.  There's certainly nothing from Intel to compete right now.

    If you just want a faster CPU they're less compelling.  The 24 core 5965WX is likely only 10% faster than the 7950X will be, and much more expensive.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Up up down down left right left right B A START.

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Monday, August 08


Daily News Stuff 8 August 2022

The Menace From Earth Edition

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  • If you absolutely need an RTX 3090 Ti This is your lucky day. (Tom's Hardware)

    EVGA has slashed the prices on two models by close to 50% to a merely exorbitant $1149 and $1199.

    This sort of price cut does suggest the RTX 4000 range are (a) close and (b) a significant upgrade over current cards - enough that existing inventory will be dead weight once the new cards ship.

Tech News

  • The best thing we can do with JavaScript is retire it. (Dev Class)

    Well, the second best thing we can do with JavaScript is retire it. The best thing is to take it out the barn and kill it with an axe. And a chainsaw. And ten gallons of kerosene and a box of matches.

    What the person saying this - Douglas Crockford, inventor of JSON - wants to replace the world's most popular programming language with is E:
    The E language provides a convenient and familiar notation for the ELib computational model, so you can program in one model rather than two. Under the covers, this notation expands into Kernel-E, a minimalist lambda-language much like Scheme or Smalltalk.
    Objects written in the E language are only able to interact with other objects according to ELib's semantics, enabling object granularity intra-process security, including the ability to safely run untrusted mobile code (such as caplets).
    Yeah, I suspect you may have your work cut out there.

  • Do not disturb is no longer enough. (The Register)

    We need a STFU mode for computers and mobile devices.

  • Build your own Windows tablet. (Instructables)

    A large, heavy, power-hungry Windows tablet, based on laptop gizzards, but still.

The True Story Video of the Day

Yep, it was the ice cream truck scene.

Disclaimer: Do not taunt happy fun owl.

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Sunday, August 07


Daily News Stuff 7 August 2022

Bordered In Black Edition


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  • Amazon is acquiring Roomba maker iRobot for $1.7 billion.  (Ars Technica)

    Given Amazon's habit of handing out Ring doorbell video footage without the tedious drudgery of asking or telling the owners, my inclination to buy a Roomba has abruptly evaporated.  At least a doorbell is - by design - on the front of the house facing outwards, not roaming around inside.

Tech News


  • Why did you get a variable rate mortgage? Are you stupid or something?

    Long-term fixed-rate mortgages are almost unknown outside the US, and certainly don't exist in Australia. If you think about it, there's no way a bank would offer a long term fixed rate loan when interest rates are at historic lows, because they can only lose on the deal... Unless something is propping them up on the other end.

  • Are blockchains / cryptocurrencies / NFTs / stablecoins / decentralised finance a scam?

    Mostly, yes. Not entirely, but it's the way to bet.

  • You keep mentioning gluten-free stuff. Isn't that also a scam?

    Unless you have celiac disease, yes.

    If you do have celiac disease, gluten-free meals are the difference between living a relatively normal life and being a hermit subsisting on boiled rice and carrot sticks.

  • Who is that vtuber you referred to obliquely the other day?

    If I referred to them obliquely it would only be a retired Hololive member, and there's only four of those (not counting Hitomi Chris, who no-one remembers): Aloe, Coco, Rushia, and most recently Sana. And the reason for the obliquity is that all four have other online personas kept separate from Hololive for privacy / contractual reasons. On my non-technical posts I will sometimes be less oblique - or a quick Google search will probably tell you more than you ever wanted to know.

I Survived, Bishes Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Read Stardust instead, or The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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Saturday, August 06


Daily News Stuff 6 August 2022

Stockholm Syndrome Anonymous Edition

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  • Right to jail, right away: How a crypto developer faked an ecosystem. (CoinDesk)

    Using eleven different names, one programmer built a multi-layered financial platform on top of the Solana blockchain. At its peak the Saber stablecoin exchange and the services built on top of it had a "total value locked" - TVL - around $7.5 billion, but that involved a lot of double counting.

    And no-one knows how much because one of those services - Cashio - got hacked and the whole thing imploded.
    Seven Saber ecosystem users told CoinDesk they felt abandoned by the Macalinao brothers. Some lost money in CASH tokens (the erstwhile stablecoin went to zero). Others say their crypto is stuck in derivative tokens issued by Sunny. One pseudonymous user, Brad_Garlic_Bread, said he lost around $300,000 across Sunny and Saber – "there's a lot of people worse off than me."

    The community assumes Ian is running the show "but no one knows for sure," Brad_Garlic_Bread said.

    He’s still trying to get Ian’s attention. On July 16, Brad asked if Ian "can pretend to be Surya [one of the fake identities] for like a day" to help Sunny Aggregator's investors recover locked tokens. Ian was answering questions in the Saber Discord; he skipped Brad’s.

    Other SUNNY token-holders asked Ian for clues about the yield aggregator's future. Saber is moving to Aptos – will Sunny do the same? They asked what became of Sunny's lead developer.

    There is a time to ask questions, and there is a time to file lawsuits and press criminal charges. If these idiots can't work out what time it is, I have little sympathy for them.

    More generally, though: If someone offers you an investment opportunity in a "stablecoin", it's a scam. If they promise 17% returns per month, as some of these ventures have done, then it's your own fault if you fall for it.

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  • More people who deserve what they got: Audiophiles are in an uproar after it turned out their precious vinyl was pressed from high-quality digital recordings rather than lower-fidelity analog master tapes. (Washington Post)

    They just forgot to mention that part. And their best customers are - unfortunately for them - crazy:
    "One of the reasons they want to excoriate MoFi is for lying," says Howarth. "The other part that bothers them is that they’ve been listening to digital all along and they’re highly invested in believing that any digital step will destroy their experience. And they’re wrong."
    If someone charges you thousands - or tens of thousands - of dollars for a hi-fi system that is audibly worse than a $500 shelf system, then it's your own fault if you fall for it.

  • Did the NSA and NIST deliberately sabotage cryptography standards? (Cr.yp.to)

    The post is rather rambling, but the upshot is they are not responding to FOIA requests and the author has filed suit to uncover what is going on with current efforts to establish quantum cryptography standards.

  • That's no moon. That's a kielbasa. (Vice)

    Actually in this case it was Proxima Centauri, or rather, not Proxima Centauri but a slice of chorizo.

  • Speaking of moons South Korea launched a lunar orbiter yesterday. (Nature)

    Using a SpaceX rocket and launching from Florida, but why keep a cow in the kitchen when you can get... I don't know where I'm going with that analogy.

    The Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter will take a very leisurely trip the the Moon, arriving in orbit in December.

Disclaimer: I expect to arrive in orbit in December too.

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Friday, August 05


Daily News Stuff 5 August 2022

Bats In My Face Edition

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  • AMD's Ryzen 7000 range looks set to go zoom.  (WCCFTech)

    The new top of the line 7950x has a base clock speed of 4.5GHz and a maximum speed of 5.7GHz.  The current 5950X has a much more sedate base speed of 3.4GHz and a top speed of 4.9GHz.

    Coupled with a 15% improvement in performance per clock that should result in some speedy chips.

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Not At All Tech News

  • How it started:

  • How it's going:

  • If you watch the video in that first one, then yes, that's who you think it is.

Disclaimer: Unless you think it's someone other than who it is, in which case it's not.

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Thursday, August 04


Daily News Stuff 4 August 2022

So this server crashed while I was standing in line for security. Fortunately I had the audible alarm switched off and didn't have to explain why my bag was beeping.


- GitLab is planning to delete projects that are not updated for a year, which everyone agrees is insane.

- Robinhood is firing a quarter of its staff. If you have the option, take it, because the company is probably doomed anyway.

- My flight is boarding.

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