Is this how time normally passes? Really slowly, in the right order?

Wednesday, March 13

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Daily News Stuff 13 March 2024

Chapa Chapa Edition

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Disclaimer: Chipi chipi chapa chapa dubi dubi daba daba mágico mi dubi dubi boom boom boom boom.

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Tuesday, March 12

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Daily News Stuff 12 March 2024

Chipi Chipi Edition

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Disclaimer: Place water into a Glowstone frame for a Hostile Paradise.

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Monday, March 11

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Daily News Stuff 11 March 2024

Bestidge's Law Edition

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  • Is the Reddit IPO worth your money.  Fuck no.  (Forbes)

    The article takes Reddit's current trajectory and calculates a realistic value of about 3% of the IPO valuation.  Reddit would have to reach Facebook levels of users for the IPO to be worthwhile.


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Disclaimer: How do you keep a comment section in suspense?

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Sunday, March 10

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Daily News Stuff 10 March 2024

Weaselly Distinguished Edition

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  • Watching the anime 16bit Sensation which is set (mostly) in a tiny third-rate game development studio during the nineties.

    The details are pretty good - the computers are recognisable models that were available in Japan at the time, and among the many PC-9801s there's even a Sharp X68000.

    The programmer is working in real X86 assembler, and while the paint software the artists use is fictional its features are real enough.  A bit lacking, really; I'm pretty sure automated dithering was a common feature by then.

    The anime itself is kind of silly, but if you like retro computers, or retro computer games, or, um, retro stories, you might want to check it out.

Disclaimer: Weasels are weaselly distinguished, while stoats are stoatally different.

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Saturday, March 09

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Daily News Stuff 9 March 2024

Stoatally Different Edition

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Disclaimer: I'm just surprised that it didn't catch fire.

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Friday, March 08

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Daily News Stuff 8 March 2024

Looming Anime Drought Edition

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  • The worst person in the world just made a good point: EU Bookburner General Thierry Breton has confirmed his agency is investigating Apple over its decision to cancel Epic Games' developer account.  (Tech Crunch)

    Apple did this specifically to prevent Epic Games opening its own app store as is permitted under the new EU regulations.

    Breton pointed out that the regulations that force Google and Apple to open up their platforms also forbid those companies from using pretexts to keep their platforms effectively closed.

    As we've seen, the EU isn't shy about fining American companies billions of dollars, because for them it's free money.

    And it's reached a point where I don't blame them.  Watching one group of communist bleed another group of communists dry is better entertainment than you can find almost anywhere.


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All Tech Companies Suck Rant of the Day



I just bought a Moto G54 because (a) Motorola phones run a pretty clean version of Android, (b) it has a headphone jack and a microSD slot, (c) it has pretty good specs, with 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, an FHD+ screen, dual A78 cores and six A55 cores, and a 50 megapixel main camera with image stabilisation, and (d) it was dirt cheap at under $130 including sales tax and delivery.

Turns out they make you jump through hoops and void your warranty if you want to unlock the bootloader and install a fully open source operating system but with all the other nonsense going on I'm finding it hard to get outraged.  Yeah, it's sucky behaviour, but what am I going to do, pay four times as much for a three year old iPhone that is locked down harder than Motorola could ever dream of?


But Not as Much as a Certain Vtuber Company Video of the Day



Nijisanji's standard contract has leaked - the English language version, since it's a Japanese company - and though it's quite long it all boils down to two simple points:

1. We own you.
2. We owe you nothing.

There's a clause in there that if you are deemed to have "betrayed" the company, they can not only fire you without further notice but claw back everything they have paid you for the past twelve months.

There's another clause that they can force their vtubers to make appearances and issue press releases - which I suspect is what they used on Elira in the infamous hostage video - and another where they can force you to relocate at your own expense.

Oh, and there's another clause that they can change the contract at any time and the next time you stream you are automatically considered to have accepted the new terms.  Of course, streaming is the only way you can make money, but see points 1 and 2 above.

People still sign up for this because big vtubers make good money - solid six figures after YouTube and the agency take their cuts - but that's limited to Hololive (which has forty talents with over a million subscribers each) and a handful of others.  Smaller corporations and independent channels have a tough a hard time of it.


Secret Lives of Vegetables Video of the Day

Two of those handful of others are Filian - who hosted the annual vtuber awards recently - and Dokibird, who broke out of Nijisanji and kicked off much of the recent drama, both very successful independent vtubers.

Here Dokibird explains to Filian explain what is really going on.




Disclaimer: Nijisanji is basically a cat in corporate form.

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Thursday, March 07

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Daily News Stuff 7 March 2023

Chimken Plot Pie Edition

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Disclaimer: Don't eat brown snow either.

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Wednesday, March 06

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Daily News Stuff 6 March 2024

Plotato Plancakes Edition

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Disclaimer: Don't eat the yellow snow.

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Tuesday, March 05

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Daily News Stuff 5 March 2024

Lemmingtons Edition

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Disclaimer: You killed my hostage!

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Monday, March 04

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Daily News Stuff 4 March 2024

Prismatic Edition

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  • Are datacenters drinking all of Arizona's water?  No.  (MSN)

    Takes a lot of scrolling, but one of Microsoft's massive datacenters uses as much water as, uh, 670 families.  Say 2500 people.

    Based on that, all the datacenters in the world might use 0.25% of what is used domestically, which in turn is a small fraction of what is used in agriculture and industry, or, in California, flushed straight out to sea because planning is bad.


  • Researchers have created the first AI worms.  (Ars Technica)

    These use "prompt engineering" to trick LLMs into violating their own rules and generate emails that can, in turn, infect other LLMs.

    Everything old is new again.  We went through a whole decade of this with buffer overflows; this is the same thing except a thousand times more expensive.


Google Doesn't Work Anymore Music Video of the Day



Disclaimer: If you're evil, be evil all the way.

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