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Wednesday, August 18

World

An Observation To Be Expanded Upon Later



Not something restricted to the US, either:


On a lighter note, this is why we permit Twitter to exist:

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Monday, August 16

World

Breathtakingly Inane



This was posted after the Afghan president fled the country.

Update: Democrat voters - at least those who continue to vote thus - are retarded.

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Wednesday, June 02

World

Upheld 9-0

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Thursday, April 22

World

[tevye]Tradition![/tevye]





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Tuesday, February 23

World

Daily News Stuff 23 February 2021

Minitru Approved Edition

Tech News

  • Building ByteDance's censorship machine.  (Protocol)

    If you're using a Chinese online platform, the Chinese government reads everything you say.  If you speak a language the spies don't know, you will encounter technical difficulties until you stop doing that.


  • They both blinked.  (Sydney Morning Herald)

    Facebook is unbanning Australia after some minor amendments to the shitty new link tax legislation.  They still have to pay the link tax, they just have more time to negotiate deals before any arbitration is triggered.


  • Samsung's S21 Ultra is a brilliant flagship phone but.  (AnandTech)

    Lacks a headphone socket, has no options for expandable storage, and starts at $1200.


  • JPEG XL is JPEG 2000 only good.  (Cloudinary)

    It supports transparency, overlays, animation (albeit very basic animation), and can be transcoded losslessly from existing JPEG images.  That is, both JPEG and JPEG XL are lossy, but there's no additional loss in the conversion.

    The sample images show that some of the competing formats - not JPEG XL - have interesting artifacts at high compression levels.  That is, they don't look like artifacts; they're not blocky, blurry, or smeared.  They just get the details wrong.  Flick between the original and compressed version and some of the fine details move.


  • JWCC is JSON with commas and comments.  (GitHub)

    Seems reasonable.


  • Concise Encoding is JSON with the lot.  (Concise Encoding)

    And a fried egg on top and spam.

    If you want JSON with the lot, the spec looks good.  If you want it in a language other than Go, time to roll up your sleeves.


  • Yes you can.  (Late Checkout)

    Article about Reddit - and how it is undervalued relative to the other social networks - mentions as a glaring flaw that you can't search within a subreddit.

    You can.  The UI isn't great; you either need to know the syntax, or enter your search and then choose to narrow it to a particular subreddit, but it absolutely works.

    Much of the advice given in the article seems similarly wrong.  The numbers are interesting, though.  Unless they are also wrong.  I didn't check.



Disclaimer: r/theydidntdothemath

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Wednesday, January 13

World

He Has A Point, You Know




Meanwhile...

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Tuesday, January 12

World

Some Actual Reporting For A Change

Catherine Herridge from CBS is a national treasure: A reporter in an age of journalists.

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Monday, January 11

World

China, Working Tirelessly To Make You Feel Better About Whatever Fucked-Up Shithole You Personally Live In

Yeah, them again.

Population change, huh?

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Friday, January 08

World

Never Mind The Genocide, Feel The Width

Tim Cook hates Donald Trump.  But he's just fine doing business with China.



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Thursday, November 26

World

Twitter Archipelago

Back in Twitter Jail, which is the nicest part of Twitter to be perfectly frank.  That's what I get for moderating my language.

Meanwhile...

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