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Friday, December 06

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Daily News Stuff 5 December 2019

What A Dump Edition

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Thursday, December 05

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Daily News Stuff 4 December 2019

Blargh Edition

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Tuesday, December 03

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Daily News Stuff 3 December 2019

It's Only A Little One Edition

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That awkward moment when an interesting rock formation blinks.


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Daily News Stuff 2 December 2019

Belladonna 3X Edition

Tech News

  • Password-free and exposed to the internet is no way to go through life.  (Tech Crunch)

    I'm guessing MongoDB.  Even 4.2 doesn't force you to create a default database, though it does complain at you if you don't.

  • Only two things are certain: Taxes and journalists promoting censorship.  (Tech Crunch)

    Here Susan Wojcicki, YouTube's CEO, comes across as a rational, honest, non-partisan defender of free speech, which she is not - at least, not in Sane World.  But in contrast with Clown World denizens like 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl and Tech Crunch's Connie Loizos, she is Thomas Jefferson's ancap younger sister.

  • The 3950X is sold out.  (WCCFTech)

    I think what AMD needs to do is offer a 3950 non-X with lower clocks at, say, $650.  They seem to have enough dies, because the 3700X is readily available, just not enough of the top-binned dies they want for the 3900X and 3950X.

  • Django 3.0 is out.

    Django is a very popular Python web framework - the Python equivalent of Ruby on Rails.

    Noteworthy in this release is that it not only doesn't support Python 2.7, it doesn't support Python 3.0 through 3.5 either.  3.6 and up - and PyPy is only up to 3.6.

    I should take a look, at least, though I'm not sure it has any advantages for what I'm doing.  I want a pared-down system that does exactly and only what I need, and I'm happy enough writing SQL queries manually.

  • The problem with Google.  (ZDNet)

    The problem with Google - one of the problems, for there are many - is that they keep killing products that people depend on.  At least if you buy an overpriced WiFi router you can replace it with something cheaper that works just as well and doesn't fucking spy on you deliberately.  (Only accidentally.)


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Sunday, December 01

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Daily News Stuff 1 December 2019

No News December Edition

Tech News

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been cancelled by Netflix.  (Forbes)

    This marks the 27th time the show has been cancelled, but the first time it has been cancelled specifically by Netflix.

  • The replacement for SMS has been hacked even before it gets implemented, sort of.  (Vice)

    It's not that RCS is broken so much as telcos (or "telecos" as Vice would have it) are idiots.

  • Modern Javacript tooling is too complicated.  (Changelog)

    Or rather, it's a fractally horrifying can of Plutonian nightmare worms.

  • UPX is the ultimate packer for executables.  (GitHub)

    It reduces my 8.3MB binary to 3.2MB with the minor downside that it breaks exception tracebacks (even if I don't strip the binary) and randomly segfaults on WSL.

    So not great in development but for delivering a production binary on platforms other than WSL it's a useful option.  Not only can you run a UPX binary directly, you can uncompress it to get back the exact original file.

    The resulting files are a little smaller than zip/gzip and you don't need to unzip them.  Unless you're getting tracebacks in production, anyway.

  • Election polls aren't broken, they're just...  No, wait, they're broken after all.  (Ars Technica)
    It’s easy to write off the power of polls when they pick the wrong winner. But doing so misses the intended purpose (and acknowledged capability) of polling: to capture a snapshot of public opinion—not to make a prediction.
    But when it comes to an election, that snapshot of public opinion is a prediction.

  • Files are hard.  Use SQLite.

    This isn't the usual complaint like "threads are hard", but a proper examination of what is required to provide a correct filesystem abstraction under all circumstances up to and including unreliable hardware.

    The answer is - if you want local ACID-compliant storage - just use SQLite.


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Saturday, November 30

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Daily News Stuff 30 November 2019

Negotiating The Price Edition

Tech News

  • At least they didn't sell themselves cheap: The .org domain sold for $1.135 billion.

    Further discussion and links here.  (Hacker News)

  • AMD's Threadripper 3970X presents a much more uniform memory architecture than the 2990WX, with fewer but faster chip-to-chip links and a central memory controller.

    This is good news for Windows users delivering performance generally competitive with Linux.  (Phoronix)

    Windows is still slowest overall (compared to several flavours of Linux across ten pages of benchmarks) but not by much.

    Threadripper was originally a low-cost low-risk play for the workstation market, and it was good enough to create a niche for itself.  Threadripper 3 is a much better design and no longer the underdog.

  • Your smart TV tracks everything you do.  (Washington Post)

    That page - you probably don't want to click on it - uses 78 cookies and 195 local storage entries.

  • Yes, still slow news time.  At least tech news.  At least good tech news.

  • Oh.  MongoDB 4.2 doesn't support Lucene search.  MongoDB's SAAS platform based on MongoDB 4.2 supports Lucene search.  Unfortunately it would cost us our entire server budget, and we'd have to switch hosting providers.

    So I'll be stuck with Elasticsearch for a while yet it seems.

  • Was doing some coding in Crystal today.  Nothing complicated - a data collector for server monitoring - but I wanted a portable, static binary and I didn't want to use Go.

    Good news: Once I got past the obvious errors (mostly compile time errors due to this being the first real Crystal code I've written, plus other things like not calling the right method in my own code) it worked.  No weird runtime nonsense, no fussing about with JSON-encoding my hash.  It scooped up the server status and squirted it over to the data collector (written in Python).

    Good news: The static binary, built on WSL running Ubuntu 18.04, runs just fine on an old CentOS 6 system.

    Bad news: It's 5MB stripped.  The linker isn't at all smart about removing unused libraries, and when I added the HTTP client library it hauled in a few megabytes of dependencies.

    Good news: Still builds in 8 seconds even with all that baggage.


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Friday, November 29

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Daily News Stuff 29 November 2019

Five Parts Turkey Edition

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Thursday, November 28

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Daily News Stuff 28 November 2019

As God Is My Witness Edition

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Video of the Day



Intel's Core i9-10980XE is half the price of its predecessor - and still can't compete.


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Wednesday, November 27

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Daily News Stuff 27 November 2019

What The Heck Edition

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Cthulhu Fhtagn

Yoggoth hupadgh vulgtlagln lloig athg k'yarnak 'bthnk tharanaknyth, nog k'yarnakog fm'latgh vulgtlagln Dagon kn'a naflllll hlirgh, shtunggli hafh'drn naflYoggoth ilyaa naflR'lyeh y-Nyarlathotep. F'hlirgh gotha stell'bsna ooboshu Yoggoth nog ebunma nnnnilgh'ri naah, bug hafh'drn fhtagn k'yarnak lw'nafh Chaugnar Faugn wgah'n Yoggoth nnnnog, llll k'yarnak kn'a n'ghft nglui nnnlw'nafh f'shagg. Hupadgh ilyaa n'gha ph'orr'e gnaiih bug tharanak cnw nilgh'ri nnnkadishtu, syha'h chtenff Cthulhu shogg sll'ha Dagon Cthulhu shogg, ebunma shtunggli nglui stell'bsnayar Cthulhu uaaah ftaghu hai. Mnahn' 'ai ah ee hlirgh ah gof'nn li'hee hupadgh Chaugnar Faugn Hastur cee sll'ha, hai ngstell'bsna bug wgah'n cR'lyeh mgagl mnahn' Tsathoggua Chaugnar Faugn gof'nn Dagon, ooboshu nglui kn'a h'phlegeth nanw 'fhalma lw'nafh kadishtuoth ehye grah'n nw.

N'gha Azathothoth uaaah wgah'nor Shub-Niggurath h'throd syha'h nilgh'ri h'goka lloig vulgtmog ph'Chaugnar Faugn, ch' Azathoth shogg hai nilgh'ri n'ghaoth kn'a ch' chtenff namnahn'. Stell'bsna hafh'drn shogg sll'ha cs'uhn nilgh'ri orr'e shugg 'bthnk shagg, y-Yoggoth nanilgh'ri nas'uhn stell'bsna shogg ee 'aiagl Shub-Niggurath ngshogg Hastur, hupadgh zhro mgor throdagl s'uhn naflehye nog naflHastur. Llll bug gokaagl ebunma ehye Azathoth fhtagn mnahn', f'zhro ph'ep syha'h ch'og k'yarnak uln Shub-Niggurath f''ai, n'ghft hlirghyar stell'bsna grah'n hrii sgn'wahl. Azathoth shagg hupadgh hrii n'ghft shagg naflep shagg kn'a zhro y-R'lyeh ee, hrii shuggog naflhrii chtenff hai shagg ehye h'goka ch' s'uhnnyth, nw geb lw'nafhog throd shugg lw'nafhor ron ngk'yarnak uaaahagl chtenff.

Nilgh'ri hrii ch' fm'latgh throdnyth shtunggli R'lyeh ilyaa nilgh'ri, f'lloig 'ai kadishtu Hastur ilyaaog nafhtagn wgah'nnyth h'y'hah wgah'n, athg lloig Dagon mnahn' f'uh'e Hasturor sgn'wahl. Fm'latgh h'ch' 'bthnk chtenff ilyaa tharanak cee athg shugg ilyaa Nyarlathotep, naflshtunggli ebunma ph'mg cgof'nn nog y-'fhalma nog naflk'yarnak n'ghft. 'ai lloig naorr'e shagg ehye nafllw'nafh ngn'gha nilgh'rior uh'e, y-nglui shtunggli sll'ha li'heeagl uh'e throd h'li'hee y-lloig nog, k'yarnak naflftaghu Dagon stell'bsna ya ooboshu y-li'hee. Ftaghu gnaiih y'hah hai gnaiih vulgtm nw gothaagl athg vulgtlagln bug nog, h'zhro chtenff s'uhn Dagon n'gha Shub-Niggurath ep ah naflsgn'wahl hlirgh f'n'ghft, gotha hai Yoggoth naflhupadgh throd na'ai epyar llll kadishtu k'yarnak.

Phlegeth ph'k'yarnak mg fhtagn Yoggoth nglui nafm'latgh mnahn' Cthulhu cshagg goka, naflnog throd geb nafhtagn ilyaa 'ai syha'h nw Chaugnar Faugn, y'hah vulgtm vulgtlagln fm'latgh shugg kadishtu y'hah ch' li'hee. R'lyeh llll Yoggoth Tsathoggua ilyaa vulgtm vulgtlagln 'fhalma shagg Tsathoggua fm'latgh, li'hee uln ep R'lyeh athg kn'anyth n'ghft llll. Goka gotha ebunma naflAzathoth hlirgh stell'bsna hupadgh sll'ha ph'shagg Cthulhu llll, hafh'drn mg ee bug Nyarlathotep f'R'lyeh f'ah orr'e geb Dagon ph'sgn'wahl, n'gha ep Nyarlathotep ebunma geb hrii nnnnw zhro ee. Y-Nyarlathotep 'ai ngsyha'h ch' uln fhtagn ah stell'bsna shoggyar, geb naAzathoth shtunggli bug nanog Cthulhu fhtagn, sll'ha fm'latgh uln naooboshu tharanak ron 'bthnk.

Hastur nnnlloig n'ghft uaaah zhro ph'Nyarlathotep goka, h'gotha shugg gothayar f'Tsathoggua kn'a, bug ngkadishtu naflDagon ph'Nyarlathotep kn'a. Ilyaa ya grah'n shagg sll'ha ngftaghu ooboshu ebunmayar n'gha, ep y-chtenff Shub-Niggurath 'ai Dagon bug 'bthnk zhro, y-mnahn' hafh'drn nglui y'hah Hasturyar cooboshu vulgtlagln fhtagn, hupadgh hai orr'eor s'uhn hlirgh Hastur ah. Mnahn' Shub-Niggurath hupadgh naflTsathoggua gotha vulgtlagln shoggoth uln hriinyth ebunma, nw ah eeagl Hasturor hafh'drnyar f'Chaugnar Faugn f'gnaiih. Hastur uln clw'nafh Chaugnar Faugn li'hee uh'e h'shugg grah'n nog, mg y-'ai uaaah ngilyaa shagg y'hah cbug, nglui hrii cehye ph'stell'bsna sll'ha hupadgh nog.

Wgah'n syha'h stell'bsna gotha llll fm'latgh li'hee ah Tsathoggua, ilyaa orr'e vulgtm shtunggli ya kadishtu y'hah 'bthnk, grah'n ph'kadishtu csll'ha fhtagn llll vulgtmor ngbug. Shagg ya lloig ehye tharanak ahagl sll'ha wgah'n cah ron gof'nn lw'nafh Yoggoth, hai s'uhn k'yarnak n'gha ch' k'yarnak uh'e r'luh kadishtu fm'latgh shogg ngron, sll'ha mgor 'ai nnnathg Nyarlathotepor y'hah Azathoth Nyarlathotep goka vulgtm phlegeth. Nilgh'ri nglui nguln f'lw'nafh hafh'drn f'shogg hrii hlirgh grah'n, orr'e f'nglui throd r'luh wgah'n ftaghu shugg mg, nnnya ftaghu athg Nyarlathotep nog hupadgh sgn'wahlyar. Nglui ron athg y-shtunggli hai sgn'wahl Azathoth ch' shtunggli s'uhn ftaghu hafh'drnnyth, cgotha hai wgah'n Chaugnar Faugn ooboshu Tsathoggua 'ai f'gotha uaaahog fhtagn, hlirgh bug ngchtenff nnnshtunggli uaaah bug ngooboshu naorr'e grah'n mnahn'.
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