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Friday, June 07

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Daily News Stuff 7 June 2024

To Infinity And Beyond Edition

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Disclaimer: Probably steal all your coins and make off with Princess Peach.

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Thursday, June 06

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Daily News Stuff 6 June 2024

Oops They Did It Again Edition

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  • Microsoft has effectively destroyed computer security altogether.  (Ars Technica)

    Not directly the subject of the article (which is about Microsoft Recall, again), but of the pinned comment.

    The point being that Recall is such a huge security risk, that even if you disable it (or never install Windows 11 in the first place), you have to assume that anyone you share a document with has been or will soon be hacked.

    Which is bad.


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Disclaimer: If we took the bones out it wouldn't be crunchy, would it?

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Wednesday, June 05

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Daily News Stuff 5 June 2024

Down And Out At OffKai Expo Edition

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  • Here's a 2800W power supply for your new...  Arc welder, maybe?  (Tom's Hardware)

    Exactly what power source that is supposed to plug in to is unclear.  An Australian 15A socket would work, but they're not common.  In the US maybe a 30A socket.


  • Intel's 144 core Xeons are here.  (Serve the Home)

    Unfortunately these will be competing with AMD's 192 core chips, and AMD's cores are faster.


  • There is nothing new under the Sun: Cable and telecom companies are suing the FCC over net neutrality...  Again.  (Ars Technica)

    I support net neutrality, because the cable and telecom companies cannot be trusted.

    I do not support the FCC creating this regulation, because it is a naked power grab.

    It requires standalone legislation from Congress, who can be trusted to do nothing.


  • China's internet is disappearing.  (New York Times)  (archive site)

    One third of the Chinese web has shut down since 2017, and almost everything published online in the country between 1995 and 2005 is simply gone.

    Even major natural events like the 2008 Sichuan earthquake are being progressively erased.

    In the West, the internet is forever.  Everything is archived, particularly things we might wish to be forgotten.  When Ragtag Archive - more than a petabyte of vtuber streams, much of it from channels now closed - was facing closure last year, a swarm of volunteers came together to preserve it.

    Less so in China.


  • Australia's Bookburner General has dropped her lawsuit against Twitter.  (Twitter)

    Never mind.  There will be another one along yesterday.


Disclaimer: Bookburner, bookburner, burn me a book, light me a fire, build me a pyre...

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Tuesday, June 04

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Daily News Stuff 4 June 2024

This Post Is Sponsored By Edition

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Monday, June 03

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Daily News Stuff 3 June 2024

No Edition

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  • The rumors were correct, and at Computex Taipei today AMD announced new CPUs due in stores next month.  (AnandTech)

    The Zen 3 based eight core 5800XT (a minor speed upgrade over the 5800X) and sixteen core 5900XT (a major upgrade over the twelve core 5900X) will refresh the AM4 platform.


  • Oh, and Zen 5 will also be out next month.  (AnandTech)

    These will arrive in the form of the 9600X, 9700X, 9900X, and 9950X, with TDPs ranging from 65W for the first two, to 170W for the 9950X.

    The 9600X and 9700X use 40W less than their Zen 4 predecessors, and the 9700X uses 50W less.  

    At the same time they're an average of 16% faster on real tests, and twice as fast in some specific cases.


  • Server CPUs are coming soon as well, with up to 192 cores.


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Disclaimer: Not so secret anymore, you foolish mollusc!

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Sunday, June 02

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Daily News Stuff 2 June 2024

Disempenguinated Edition

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Disclaimer: If pain persists, double the dosage.

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Saturday, June 01

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Into The Tessereactor

I think the Minecraft modpack is done.  There's nothing I know of to add, and nothing that is causing problems.

It will be uploaded to Curseforge soon, and I'll upload the file here as well - the modpack definition file is only about 600K.

The goal of this is a "vanilla plus plus" feel; that everything in the modpack is something Mojang might add if Microsoft weren't terrified of upsetting the players.  So there are no crazy magic mods, and no dramatic changes to the look and feel.  It doesn't add to or change any of the status bars, and you start the game empty handed looking for a tree to punch just as always.

But there's a lot of stuff in there; even without the special tricks it has ten times as many different creatures and twenty times as many items as base Minecraft.

The focus is on exploration, building, and crafting, rather than combat or role-playing.

Some highlights:

Building and Crafting

  • Create, along with a number of add-ons
  • Chipped, which alone adds about seven thousand new decorative blocks - and seven new workstations for creating and modifying them
  • Chisels and Bits, which lets you use a chisel to carve Minecraft blocks into any shape you fancy
  • Domum Ornamentum, which lets you take two Minecraft blocks (including blocks from other mods) and a pattern, and create a new block combining them

Dimensions

Without going totally crazy, there are a lot of new dimensions, including:
  • The Aether (with add-ons)
  • The Bumblezone
  • The Everbright
  • The Everdawn
  • The Feywild
  • The Twilight Forest
  • The Undergarden
Meanwhile the Nether and the End have been upgraded with Incendium and Nullscape and several other mods.


Creatures

Again, a lot of new beasties, many of them not automatically hostile.
  • Bugs Aplenty
  • Cane's Wonderful Spiders
  • Creeper Overhaul
  • Critters and Companions
  • Enderman Overhaul
  • Exotic Birds
  • Grimoire of Gaia, which includes a number of hostile mobs so they are set to only start showing up after 28 days in game
  • More Mob Variants, which includes all the new wolf types coming in 1.21
  • Nether Depths
  • Nether Overhaul
  • Productive Bees
  • Unusual Fish
  • What the Gecko

Others

  • Villages and villagers have received a major upgrade combining about thirty different mods and resource packs - though they're still kind of dumb because the AI upgrade I tried made the game crash
  • Food and drink are completely overhauled, with Aquaculture, Croptopia, Farmer's Delight giving a huge range of crops and cooking options, and the Let's Do series bringing wine, beer, spirits, tea and coffee, and candlelit dinners
  • New measures to protect and enhance your pets - plus a lot of new pets to find
  • Easier travel with Small Ships, Immersive Aircraft, and from Tameable Beasts several new steeds to ride - some of which can fly

It works within the default 4GB heap allocated by the Curseforge loader, and runs fine in 16GB of RAM even with a bunch of other stuff active.

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Daily News Stuff 1 June 2024

Xboxnt Edition

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  • Xbox is was down.  (Reddit)

    Pixy, your Xbox and Xbox 360 are sitting in a box in the garage, and your Xbox Series X is sitting in its original box in the closet because you still haven't opened it.  What do you care?

    I can't log in to Minecraft.

    I have Minecraft installed.  I have my own server.  I can't play it because a service I don't use and don't care about is down.
    You may not be able to sign-in to your Xbox profile, may be disconnected while signed in, or have other related problems. Features that require sign-in like most games, apps and social activity won't be available.
    This apparently includes offline single-player games that you have already installed on your console.  And Minecraft.


  • Live Nation has confirmed earlier reports of a data breach.  (Tech Crunch)

    The company itself wasn't hacked, but:
    A spokesperson for Ticketmaster, who would not provide their name but responded from the company’s media email address, told TechCrunch that its stolen database was hosted on Snowflake, a Boston-based cloud storage and analytics company.
    I hate cloud storage.
    Snowflake said in a post on Friday that it had informed a "limited number of customers who we believe may have been impacted" by attacks "targeting some of our customers' accounts." Snowflake did not describe the nature of the attacks, or if data had been stolen from customer accounts.
    The problem there is that when Snowflake says "a limited number of customers", they mean "a handful of the largest corporations in America", not "a small number of individual people".

    And just one of Snowflakes customers had half a billion customers of its own.

    As always with security, it's only as strong as the Post-it note on the intern's desk at your cloud storage provider.


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Disclaimer: Pfeh.

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Friday, May 31

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Daily News Stuff 31 May 2024

Leave It In The Ground Edition

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  • Fracking wastewater from Pennsylvania alone could provide 40% of domestic lithium requirements for the US.  (Ars Technica)

    The Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania contains enough natural gas to meet all domestic requirements for 18 years all by itself, and is also rich in lithium.  So rich that the wastewater from fracking efforts is just loaded with the stuff.

    The Ars commentariat is outraged at the thought that extracting critical energy resources could provide other critical resources for free.  There's not enough lithium in the world for that lot.

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Anime Music Video of the Day


Song is My Type by Saint Motel, an indie band from Los Angeles and one of the few bands currently active that I genuinely enjoy, what with me being 29 and all.

Anime is the recently aired Apothecary Diaries, which is truly excellent and recommended to everyone except children.  It's not an adult anime, but it is a grown up anime.



Disclaimer: Answer me these questions three, before the other side you see.

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Thursday, May 30

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Daily News Stuff 30 May 2024

In Alaska In February With The Windows Open Edition

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Disclaimer: Beans.

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