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Thursday, April 25


Daily News Stuff 25 April 2019

ANZAC Day Dawn Moving Van Edition

Tech News

Relevant Observation of the Day


Just finished Chunibyo.  Well, both TV series, both OVAs, a couple of the little specials, and the second movie.  The second TV series is a little wobbly precisely because the first series ended strongly, but the second movie puts everything back together.

The first movie is a retelling of the first TV series, so I've skipped that one for now.  Watch it in that order: TV 1, OVA 1, TV 2, OVA 2, movie 2.  All the little specials aside from the two full-length OVAs are optional.

As a whole I give it three idiots out of four.  A bit uneven, but recommended.

I'm starting to run low on things to watch, having recently burned through:

Dirty Pair TV & OVA
My Roommate is a Cat
Bunny Girl Senpai
Sakura Quest
Golden Time

Currently moving on to Danmachi and Non Non Biyori, which will hit the bottom of my unwatched pile.  Then I'll need to move on to the partly watched stuff, both old (Zettai Karen Children) and new (Made in Abyss).

Recommendations welcome.

Disclaimer: Do not chain your sushi.

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Wednesday, April 24


Daily News Stuff 24 April 2019

Chunibyo Edition

Tech News

  • Oppo's Reno 10x Zoom has a popup selfie camera.  (AnandTech)

    This one pivots rather than sliding, which might be a more robust design in the long term.  6.6" 2340x1080 OLED display, 48MP main camera, 12MP telephoto camera, 8MP wide angle camera, and 16MP front camera.  Snapdragon 855 with 8GB/256GB and a 4065 mAh battery.

  • Meizu's 16s is basically the same thing with no moving parts.  (AnandTech)

    Its front camera has a diameter of 2.5mm so while this model has a bezel it is very small.  The headphone jack is also very small, being entirely absent.

  • Nvidia launched their GTX 1650 which is simultaneously slower and more expensive than AMD's Radeon 570.  (AnandTech)

    It does use less power, though, so if you're stuck with an older OEM system and have to rely on slot power, it's probably the best you're going to find.

    Most interesting part of this launch is that Nvidia didn't allow reviewers to test the card before, providing neither sample cards nor the drivers required to run this model.

    Despite that, the verdict has been delivered already and it's a resounding meh.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The card they tested didn't even have the decency to run on slot power, its only real advantage.  So make sure you check carefully if you need that specific functionality.

  • Fractal Design produces clean, understated computer cases.  This is not one.  (PC Perspective)

    Well, compared to some of the monstrosities out there I guess it still is, but ech.

  • Sandisk may not have 1TB cards out yet but Lexar does.  (SSD Review)

    Well, review samples anyway.  No listing on Amazon yet, but their 512GB model is a promisingly affordable $82.


    Is your name Bruce Schneier?  I think not.

    [I'm planning on ignoring my own advice tomorrow.  Watch this space.]

  • Intel announced 34 new CPUs.  (AnandTech)

    These are all just marketing variants of the Coffee Lake Refresh die, which is the same as Coffee Lake, which is the the same as Kaby Lake, which is the same as Skylake, which is almost identical to Haswell.  More cores at the high end but those parts had already been released, so this announcement is a big dish of nothing.

  • Washington Post music critic hates podcasts.  (Washington Post)

    "Just anyone can blather on endlessly these days," he added.  "What is the world coming to?"

  • QEMU 4.0.0 is out.

    If you need to run S390 software with hot plug support, or Arm with more than 256GB of virtual RAM, or RISC-V with USB, this is what you've been waiting for.

  • JavaScript is space cancer.  (Reddit)

    Best comment: I look forward to awe-inspiring images of the [object Object] supercluster.

  • Gigabyte has a new 2U 256 core server.  (Serve the Home)

    Well, 4 node cluster, anyway.  Time to plug in some 100Gbit cards and fire up OpenMP.

  • Nintendo's Switch has now outsold the N64.  (One Angry Gamer)

    In one third the time, too.

  • Memory prices are finally coming back down.  (Tech Report)

    Not to historic lows yet, but much cheaper than what we've been faced with the last couple of years.

    AMD was also selling the 16 core Threadripper 2950X at about 20% off but that one's already gone.

Random Anime Screenshot of the Day


Disclaimer: Making a sequel to a story that ended perfectly rarely succeeds, but it's still better than a prequel.

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Tuesday, April 23


Daily News Stuff 23 April 2019

Considered Harmful Edition

Tech News

Anime Stuff

  • I tried Chunibyo when it first aired and bounced off after a single episode.  Giving it another try now, and yes, it's a lot better than my first impression led me to think.

    I've been watching a lot more anime lately because I've been working with Ethereum, and it's horrible beyond all imagining and I need something to reset my brain afterwards.  Even Golden Time, which frankly was kind of bad.

Picture of the Day


The Night Shift  Art by Atey Majeed Ghailan

Disclaimer: Considered harmful considered harmful.

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Monday, April 22


Daily News Stuff 22 April 2019

Toradora With Traumatic Head Injuries Edition

Tech News

Anime Review - Golden Time

Golden Time is a 2013/2014 series that I completely missed when it came out, and just watched over the Easter long weekend (at least, it is here in Australia).  It's based on a new series of light novels by the author of Toradora, and received a first-rate anime adaptation by J.C. Staff.

The production values are top notch, the characters are engaging, the writing is often laugh-out-loud funny, and the plot is a train wreck.  And not one of those interesting train wrecks where the explosions and screaming go on far longer than you would think possible, but one of those boring ones where it simply falls off a bridge into a river and everyone dies.

Our protagonist Banri is a first-year student at a Tokyo law school, a refreshing change from the innumerable high-school romantic comedies.  On his first day (he's running late, of course) he meets and makes friends with fellow freshman Mitsuo who is promptly assaulted by his psycho ex-girlfriend Kouko (voiced by Yui Horie).

Things happen, Banri and Kouko and a group of fellow freshmen are kidnapped by Scientologists, Banri makes up a story about amnesia to fool them into letting the others go...  And then it turns out that he didn't make it up.  Cue the sound of air being let out of the show's tires.

Where it really goes off the rails though is a few episodes later when we see Banri's lost memories being represented by a ghost Banri.  I thought that was a fine metaphor - losing your memory is as close as you can get to dying without actually stinking up the place.

The problem is, it's not a metaphor.  It's an amnesia Force Ghost.  Who places a curse Banri for not making the decisions ghost Banri wants him to make, and nearly gets the entire group killed...  Only in the end they walk away with literally a scratch and it makes no difference to anything.

I didn't realise going in that it was written by the author of Toradora.  If I'd known that I would have had higher expectations and been even more disappointed than I was.

The occasional scene like this kept me watching:


Or this:


But there aren't enough moments like that for me to suggest that others do the same.

Taiga from Toradora is iconic.  Kōko meanwhile is treated as a secondary character throughout (even though the show is marketed as if everything revolved around her).  She could have been iconic.


But no matter how hard J.C. Staff and Yui Horie worked, she had that whole trainwreck thing to contend with.

Two blunt head traumas out of four.  Not recommended.

Picture of the Day


Disclaimer: Blunt head trauma is not recommended for children under the age of 12, pregnant or nursing women, or, basically, anyone else.

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Sunday, April 21


Daily News Stuff 21 April 2019

Golden Time Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: I'm pretty sure amnesia doesn't work like that.

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Saturday, April 20


Daily News Stuff 20 April 2019

I Do Not Like It, Sam I Am Edition

Tech News

  • Should ad-supported networks be regulated differently from other platforms?  (TechDirt)

    That seems at least a reasonable idea to pursue.

  • Working as a librarian gave me PTSD.  (LA Times)


    In Washington DC.


  • RedHat has taken over management of OpenJDK 8 and 11 from Oracle much to everyone's relief.  (TheServerSide)

    RedHat did this previously for OpenJDK 6 and 7 when Oracle forgot those existed.

  • Google and Amazon have buried the hatchet, and not in each other.  (The Verge)

    YouTube is coming back to Amazon's Fire devices, and Prime Video is returning to Chromecast.

  • Is it possible to escape the Apple ecosystem?  (ZDNet)

    Wait, Apple has an ecosystem?

  • Build your own blockchain in Crystal.

    The code and explanation are both clear, and it covers the principles of blockchains and what mining is all about.  It doesn't cover the networking side of things so it's not a distributed blockchain.

  • But increasingly, neither is Ethereum.  (Coindesk)

    Running a full Ethereum node is a pain because the blockchain has grown huge as Ethereum has gained popularity.  (And the transaction rate of Ethereum, compared to real-world systems, is still indistinguishable from zero.)

    Running a light Ethereum node is a pain because light nodes suck so no-one will peer with you.

    So everyone wants to outsource that problem.

    And everyone is outsourcing it to the same platform - Infura.

    And that means you could replace the entirety of Ethereum with a single MySQL instance and maybe a couple of replicas for safety, and deliver 100x the performance for 1/100th the cost.

    That's the curse of decentralisation.

  • The curse of centralisation, on the other hand, can be shown in WordPress.com's censoring of Jerry Coyne's blog at the behest of Pakistan.

    Run WordPress yourself: Get hacked.  Even if the current release of WordPress is secure, no-one runs it without extensions, and the WordPress extension marketplace is a disaster area.

    Use hosted WordPress: Get hacked anyway, get charged $50 extra a month.

    Use WordPress.com: Get censored according to the standards of the most repressive regimes on Earth.

Picture of the Day


Disclaimer: Allergens - may contain traces of Node and NPM.

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Friday, April 19


Daily News Stuff 19 April 2019

Nazi Flowers Edition

Tech News

Icy Trail Map of the Day


Click for a readable version.  Possibly the only NSFW urban transport map you'll see all day.

Disclaimer: Some Thus No Highlander services operate directly to and from Celt Ran.

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Thursday, April 18


Daily News Stuff 18 April 2019

Realistic Fake Cat Butthole Edition

Tech News

Science Fiction News

  • Science fiction and fantasy grand master Gene Wolfe has passed away, aged 87.  (The Guardian)

    The Book of the New Sun is probably his most noted work, but his stories range from the relatively whimsical Free Live Free and There Are Doors to the deeply introspective Soldier in the Mist.  Almost all of them are worth reading.  (I didn't care for The Land Across, but that's a rare exception).

Anime News

  • I have watched and enjoyed several anime series recently: The first half of Re:Slime (it loses steam after that point), My Roommate is a Cat, Hinamatsuri, Bunny Girl Senpai, Endro!, Iroduku, and Sakura Quest, which is an example of how quality writing, direction, and art outweighs a flimsy premise.

    Sakurada Reset is an example of how the lack of quality writing, direction, and art can sink an interesting premise.  Also, I don't think they had a budget.  I mean, literally zero.  Shame.

Picture of the Day


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Wednesday, April 17


Daily News Stuff 17 April 2019

Blup Edition

Tech News

Anime News

  • Monkey Punch a.k.a Kazuhiko Katou, creator of Lupin III, has passed away, aged 81.  (Crunchyroll)

  • I've been watching Sakura Quest.  By mistake, I thought it was a show about a young princess who leaves her kingdom and returns years later to become queen and work with her council of ministers (all young women) to restore prosperity and discover the truth behind the myth of the mysterious dragon girl.

    Which in fact it is.

    Anyway, initial thoughts:

    • This is nice, but it's no Shirobako.
    • It's taking an awful long time to find its pace.
Later thoughts:
    • This is actually really good.
    • Who wrote this?!  Have to screenshot that dialog and post it.
    • Is there some magic program that converts photos into anime backgrounds?  There's so much detail in some of these shots and they only last a couple of seconds.

Anime Opening of the Day

Picture of the Day


Remember, Chihiro... Art by Anato Finnstark

Disclaimer: မြန်မာစာလုံးစောင်းအက္ခရာရှိပါလျှင်ငါတွေးမိ။ ဒါကမျိုးအေးပါလိမ့်မယ်။ သူအပေါငျးတို့ဆံပင်ကောက်ကောက်နှင့်လိမ်နေတဲ့စတိုင်သုံးဆယ်ဒီဂရီထောင့်မှာပါ။ ကောင်းပြီ, ဟုတ်တယ်, ကထိုသို့သောအမှုကိုအရှိကွောငျးပေါ်လာပါဘူး, သို့မဟုတ်ပါကအတုယူနိုင်ပါသည်ကအနည်းဆုံးပါ။

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Tuesday, April 16


Daily News Stuff 16 April 2019

Chupakabura Edition

Tech News

Appropriately Named Things Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Don't eat the yellow neutronium.

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