What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Friday, January 28


Daily News Stuff 28 January 2022

Tax But Verify Edition

Top Story

  • Facebook's venture into the blockchain space is apparently an ex-parrot.  (The Register)

    Called Libra, it's a multi-purpose payment processing, cryptocurrency, and NFT platform.  The plan was to have a core stablecoin and and easy way of implementing third-party cryptocurrencies and NFTs.  

    Creating a cryptocurrency on Libra is very easy - no blockchain code required - and an NFT apparently not too much harder.  Certainly better in that respect than Ethereum.

    But Facebook's plans ran head-first into disapproving regulators because they made the mistake of announcing their plans rather than just launching the platform and leaving regulators scrambling to catch up.

  • Russia meanwhile is not intending to ban cryptocurrency mining as previously rumoured.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Just going to track it and tax the hell out of it.

    Fine.  Whatever.

Tech News

Party Like It's 1980-ish Video of the Day

Disclaimer: It's not just you.  I speak all 37 dialects of Strine at a native level and I still don't know what he's saying.

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Thursday, January 27


Daily News Stuff 27 January 2022

As The Supply Chain Sinks Slowly In The West Edition

Top Story

  • Gluten-free breakfast cereal is available again.  I also stockpiled a couple of months worth of gluten-free snacks.

    Gluten-free bread and chicken nuggets have gone AWOL though, as have most brands of toilet paper.  Two years in and they still haven't figured this out.  And we don't have Joe Biden to blame, at least not directly.  This is a home-grown debacle.

  • Another country has been DDoSed off the internet.  This time it's North Korea in the hotseat.  (Reuters)

    Oh no.


Tech News

  • What's worse than NFTs?  Bankrupt cities using NFTs to raise funds.  (New York Times)

    On the upside this suggest that the entire blockchain ecosystem is due to collapse at any moment.

  • Fanhouse is a payment platform for SFW photos and videos.  It takes a 10% commission and passes 90% to content creators.  Apple of course famously takes 30% of everything.  So Fanhouse simply increased all prices in their iOS app by 50%.  (9to5Mac)
    On the platform’s website, users are urged not to buy tokens in-app, where they cost more than on the web. According to the site, 2,000 coins costs $30 on the app and $20 on the web. On Twitter, Nguyen wrote, "If the app wants you to enter payment information, don't. It means 'give Apple 30% of your money.'" Purchase coins on web, and you can freely use them in app after."
    Yes.  Everyone should do this.

  • Intel's Alder Lake Core i9 is faster than Apple's M1 Max*.  (Macworld)

    * The author wears a mask in his profile photo so you can probably just skip the article.

  • Nvidia's RTX 3050 sucks less than AMD's Radeon 6500 XT.  (AnandTech)

    It's a decent low-end gaming card.  We'll have to see what price it actually sells for because the $249 MSRP is a joke and everyone knows it.  But if it retails for 25% over the 6500 XT and you don't need to save every last penny it's an easy win for Nvidia.

Party Like It's 1980-ish Video of the Day

Disclaimer: If you leave me, take the cat with you.

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Wednesday, January 26


Daily News Stuff 26 January 2022

Unexpected Australia Day Edition

Top Story

  • The new mobile chips from AMD have started showing up in benchmarks.

    The Ryzen 6900HX is reportedly 11% faster on single-threaded tests and 28% faster multi-threaded than the 5900HX.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Which is interesting because it's basically the same Zen 3 core, just built using TSMC's 6nm process, which is really just a tweaked version of 7nm.  The performance gains seem to be efficiency gains - the older chip was limited by the heat and power constraints of a laptop, and the newer chip less so.

    If this benchmark bears out, it puts Zen 3+ laptop chips on par with current Zen 3 desktop chips, at less than half the power consumption.

  • Intel's Core i9 12900HK is even faster.  (Tom's Hardware)

    But it takes the opposite approach.  If you read past the shiny benchmark scores and get to the battery life test, when comparing the same Alienware laptop with 11th and 12th generation Intel CPUs, the battery life has dropped from 4h31m to 2h58m.

    A huge 17" laptop is going to spend most of its time parked on a desk anyway so that might not matter to you, though you should expect 12th gen laptops to run hotter and louder as well as faster.

Tech News

Obscene Armenian Pigeon Video of the Day

Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Stand for the National Anthem Video of the Day

Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Stand for the Other National Anthem Video of the Day

Party Like It's 1980-ish Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Too many times I've seen the sun come up through bloodshot eyes this week.  No matter what I do these server patches leave no time for sleep.

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Tuesday, January 25


Daily News Stuff 25 January 2022

Late Breaking Extra Edition

Top Story

  • Just want to make it clear that the crew of The Incomparable network are definitely probably not communists and their D&D podcast Total Party Kill in particular is great fun.

    Unless they've switched to 5e in which case I will be duty bound to declare it anathema.  Honestly it's been all downhill since they removed level names.

  • Also, Tucows is still not dead.

  • This way to the egress: Save 99% on your Amazon Cloudfront bill with this one simple trick!  (Fleet)

    Don't use Cloudfront.

    In this case Fleet reduced their monthly bandwidth expenses from $2457 to $41 by delivering content from German hosting platform Hetzner rather than directly from AWS.  Amazon - and Google and Microsoft and IBM - charge absurd rates for bandwidth.

    I posted an item not long ago about Amazon reducing their bandwidth charges except that I couldn't find the price reductions listed anywhere.  Turns out the reason is that there was no reduction.

    The increased the limit of the free tier, but all the paid tiers remained exactly the same.  Instead of the first dose being free, now the first two doses are free.

Tech News

Hololive EN Gets Five New Members or Does It Video of the Day

Friendly Neighbourhood Spider Spider Video of the Day

Party Like It's 1980-ish Video of the Day

Disclaimer: So I'm a Marvel superhero, so what?

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Monday, January 24


Daily News Stuff 24 January 2022

Stacked Forksheet Edition

Top Story

Tech News

  • You can't get there from here.  (Hacker news)

    Try to log in to Gmail from a device or browser they don't recognise, and it will tell you to try again from one that they do.  Got a security code?  Tough shit, you're not getting in.

    Now, if you have a device they recognise, the way it works isn't bad at all - it will pop up an alert on the other device and say "is that you?" and you just press the button and you're in.

    If you don't, though, you're kind of screwed.

    In the comments, people complaining about Apple, Facebook, and Amazon pulling the same crap.

  • Medium was a promising, um, medium.  Then it turned to shit.  (etcetera)

    I mean legitimately worse than Twitter, which is a pretty impressive achievement.  Not because of the content, but because of the platform.

  • What are NFTs, how do they work, and why do they suck?  (Absolucy)
    The ultimate goal of NFTs is kind of awful when you look at it - people want to reintroduce scarcity to the internet, a landscape where scarcity doesn't really exist.
    Yes.  Well, mostly yes.  NFTs have valid purposes, but for those purposes there is no artificial scarcity.

  • Businesses are banking on cryptocurrency. But there are two big challenges ahead.  (ZDNet)

    1. Cryptocurrencies suck.
    2. Governments suck.

    Though #2 is hardly a new discovery.

Wakeup Call Video of the Day

Party Like It's 1980-ish Video of the Day

Disclaimer: It's not what you think.  Okay, it is what you think, but I can explain.  Okay, I can't explain, but I can run away.  Byeeeeeee!

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Sunday, January 23


Daily News Stuff 23 January 2022

I Can See The Fnords Edition

Top Story

  • Far-right hate group the Patriot Front was hacked and 500GB of data has leaked onto the internet.

    In this video where they accidentally leave the camera running, several members of the Front remove their masks and out themselves, leading them to being tracked down by the Twitter mob and losing their jobs, homes, bank accounts, pet wombats, and so on.


    Because they very carefully keep their masks in place while they swear allegiance to Hydra and then pretend to fumble with their glasses.  They supposedly believe the camera is off but strangely you never get a good look at any of them.

    It's not so much that they're feds, as that they are incompetent feds.  They trust in the fact that the mainstream media is even more incompetent and corrupt than they are, and for the most part, they're right.

Questions and Answers

  • From Peter the Not-so-Great:
    I have an older Apple Mac Mini (bought in 2015, IIRC) with an Intel Core I5 1.4 GHz processor, 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 Ram, and an Intel HD Graphics 5000 graphics processor. The Mac is still running the OS it came with from the factory (OS X El Capitan v10.11.6). I use it almost exclusively for Web surfing, and I'm finding the browser (Safari v11.1.2) is starting to hiccup from time to time, especially if I have lots of tabs open with Youtube videos or other resource hogs (e.g. tabs closing on their own, prolonged freezes with the Spinning Beach-Ball of Doom).

    What can I do to upgrade/fix the OS and browser so that things run more reliably? In particular, what are the latest versions of OS X and Safari I can install that (a) are still available, (b) will run on my Mac, and (c) have as few of Apple's more Orwellian innovations as possible? Would you recommend a different browser? Or, to turn an old phrase on it's head, should I just buy a PC?
    I have an iMac from 2015 running 10.14 and it mostly copes fine with web browsing.  I also have a dual-core Windows laptop from that year with a similar CPU to that Mac Mini.  What I suspect is happening is you're running out of RAM thanks to years of web page bloat, which means that nothing you do to the OS or browser is likely to help much.

    Unfortunately, the model you have probably has the RAM soldered in place, so yeah, time to just buy a PC.

  • From Fred Z:
    Where did the code formatting "rule" for brace bracket indentation come from?  I hate it and wont use it.
    Ah, stories from the Indentation Wars.

    My advice is use Python.

  • From gourmand du jour:
    I have a number of external HD devices, they have a lot of audio, pictures, etc.

    While the devices still work my older computer, they don't work with my newer one (MacBook Air with the M1 chip running Monterey OS). The manufacturer of the external device (Western Digital) says they no longer make drivers to support older devices (which are about a decade old).

    Is there any work-around?
    I'd heard of Western Digital abandoning their older low-end NAS devices, but that just means you don't get updates, they should continue working without new drivers as long as they're already configured.  Same goes for USB hard drives.

    Rafal Gan Ganowicz suggests they may be formatted with the (very) old HFS, which is possible and would explain why they won't work with a new Mac.

  • From Zho Bai-den:
    I'm looking for a laptop that doesn't have an oversensitive touchpad; I've bought a couple that seem to open links with the slightest, unintentional touch. I have adjusted all software settings.The Apple Mac works for me, but I won't have one. Is there a brand or model line that has the "right touch"?
    That's a good question, but I stay as far away from the touchpad as I can - partly for exactly that reason.

    The newer Dell Inspiron models seem to be decent on this, but I mostly use mine via a wireless keyboard and mouse and an external monitor, so I'm not the best person to ask.

  • From Wingnutt:
    since retiring a number of years ago, my computer skills have atrophied. Have a Thinkpad that's still operating fine on Win10 ... but never gets used unless my Surface bites the dust. Thinking of converting the Thinkpad to linux. a) workable for a laptop? b) best distro to use? and c) wipe the hd and start from scratch, or go with dual boot?
    Linux generally works well on laptops these days as long as you don't have brand new hardware that hasn't received a Linux driver yet.  For a Thinkpad a few years old you should be fine.

    I'd suggest giving Ubuntu a try.  Mint is also popular for desktop/laptop use for normal humans.

  • From Rafal Gan Ganowicz:
    What is a great external SSD for a boot drive? Thunderbolt 3 is available, and from what I hear if you get a Thunderbolt SSD your speeds are about double of what a USB-C drive can offer.
    Basically there's three ways to go here: Samsung has a pretty nice range of USB-C SSDs which are really tiny and reasonably fast.  OWC makes their own Thunderbolt SSDs including models that let you install up to four of your own M.2 drives and run up to 3x faster than the Samsung drives.  Or you can get a USB-C drive case off Amazon and make your own.

    A good Thunderbolt case with a good drive inside it will be up to twice as fast as a USB-C drive.  USB 4 is as fast as Thunderbolt but I haven't seen any devices supporting its full speed yet - and in any case it doesn't help you because if you found a USB 4 device it would fall back to USB 3 speeds when plugged into Thunderbolt.

  • From Braenyard:
    Pine Phone, you did a review on the Pine Phone and its cousins and provided links. I didn't save the address to that post.

    Do you have an updated opinion?
    Can you provide a link to that old post?
    This is my most recent mention of the PinePhone.

    I haven't used one, but the specs on the current model are at least functional.  It's around 50% faster than the little Lenovo tablet I just got and that runs fine most of the time.

    It's expensive for the hardware specs, but if you want to break free from the Google / Apple diarchy, there aren't many other options.

  • From Fox2!:
    Do you have any idea when Apple is going to release a 27 inch iMac with the A series chip? The 27 is still being offered with an Intel chipset, which means immediate obsolescence when they finally release the A chip version.
    I've seen the usual rumours but nothing more than that.  When it does finally show up remember that it won't be upgradeable at all - everything will be soldered in place.

    I would be surprised if they don't announce something this year, but my guess would be later rather than sooner.

  • From WillowViney:
    You say that Node and npm suck. I don't disagree with that opinion, so what do you consider to be the best alternative to Node for new web projects? Deno? Something else?
    Python.  Ruby if you prefer it.  Nim or Crystal if your development cycle allows for compile times.  Or Go, or Java.

    JavaScript has no place on servers.

  • From Nimrod:
    There are several problematic issues with modern consumer tech (more or less related), and everyone would weight them differently. What would your hw/sw/service recommendations to minimize concerns for each of these:
    1) concerned about surveillance capitalism
    2) concerned that China is asshoe
    3) concerned about hostility to conservative/traditional/non-elitist worldviews
    That's not a small question!

    1. Don't use cloud components.  Software as a service can work.  Cloud servers - bare instances of Linux running in a huge datacenter somewhere - can work.  Cloud databases, cloud message queues, cloud search engines - those are anathema to any sort of freedom.

    2. For the most part China doesn't seem to go asshoe on consumer devices, probably because they know it could cost them a trillion dollars a year.  Huawei was banned for putting backdoors into 5G mobile networks, not into their phones.  The biggest story I've seen was Bloomberg's coverage of a hardware hack put into Supermicro servers at the Chinese factory - and that story was bullshit.

    3. If you go with cloud servers and back up to an entirely separate cloud, and avoid anything that locks you into one provider (cloud databases are particularly bad) then you can pick up and move anytime.  For years this blog was hosted with a Texas company that was solid on free speech issues, but they got bought up by a larger corporation.

    Main thing is don't lock yourself in.

  • From buddhaha:
    Is there an 8" tablet (or thereabouts - smaller can't read, bigger gets awkward), that runs a privacy oriented os, ie: something non-apple other than android.
    Not that I know of.  You could try updating a Lenovo or Samsung tablet with something like LineageOS, but support for tablets is patchy at best.

  • From Aetius451AD:
    I was going to ask whether anyone had seen anything about new rare earth mines being opened in addition to the chip manufacturing plants. Then I thought: do they just dig rare earth material out of the ground and send it straight to the chip plant? It would have to be refined at some level, right? Are there separate refineries or are they done at the mining end (or the chip end?)
    One thing to note is that rare earth elements aren't actually rare; several countries including Russia, Canada, the US, Australia, and Brazil each have proven reserves sufficient to provide the entire planet.  On a recent discovery in Brazil:
    The price of neodymium is now U.S. $300,000 a tonne, and we have 28 million tons* of it.
    The problem with rare earth elements is that refining them is an environmental nightmare and everyone is perfectly happy to leave China to poison their own countryside.

    Also, rare earths aren't used much in chip production; it's mostly very very pure silicon and very very nasty solvents.

    * I think that's actually 28 million kilograms.  28 million tons of neodymium would be a lot.

  • From Bitblt:
    I'd been thinking of trying to acquire a new desktop after the new year to replace my aging i7-950 / currently GTX 970 build. (Not liking change, I like to buy sweet-spot high-end and then ride it for a very long time with occasional upgrades.) Originally I was thinking of trying for an AMD 5950x / RTX 3080 system. But the AMD 7950x announcement and rumors of RTX 4000 later this year have me wondering if I should wait. Especially with the new mobo chipset with updated PCI and RAM support, and the sweet IPC bump on the CPU arch. Thoughts?
    Zen 4 looks like it will be a really great upgrade.  It's a shame it's taking so long to arrive - two whole years, how dreadful - but it brings a new core plus PCIe 5 and DDR5.

    Intel already has all that and their platform is honestly not bad if you avoid the highest-end chips that use 50kw of power at idle.  The problem biting Intel is that DDR5 right now is very expensive without actually being any faster than DDR4 in most applications.  That might be resolved in nine months or so when AMD's new chips and motherboards appear.

    AMD has also announced that the new Socket AM5 will be a long-lived design just like the current AM4, which first appeared in 2016.  Intel sockets generally change every couple of years.  

  • From Bitblt again:
    You keep mentioning and linking this Hololive and related stuff. I'm out of the loop. What is that, and what's the background on it?
    Some background from my personal perspective might help.  I spend long hours alone at home at my desk, sometimes late at night, and I find that having something playing on the second monitor can help prevent me from getting even more distracted and wasting time on Twitter or wherever.

    For a few years I was a dedicated listener to a long list of podcasts, including networks like This Week in Tech and The Incomparable.  But as we moved into 2020 a lot of the stuff I was listening to on ostensibly tech or geek culture topics was becoming unpleasantly political, and by "unpleasantly political" I mean batshit crazy communism.  The same stuff that had wrecked Twitter by 2018.

    But around that time, this surfaced in my recommendations on YouTube, the only time Google has gotten anything right since about 2013.

    It's only a 20 second clip but it was enough to make me say What the heck? and take a closer look.  And then I found there's no escaping the rabbit hole.

    This is Hololive:

    Yes, there's a lot of them.  (That's seven videos edited together by a fan, which explains why some of the transitions aren't perfect.)

    Basically Hololive is a 24/7 international all-girl improv comedy channel.  Unwoke, unpolitically correct, irreverent and chaotic.  They even have their own Bugs Bunny character - you see her for a couple of seconds in that video, her name is Usada Pekora and she has 1.8 million YouTube subscribers.

    They sing, they dance - they have live concerts using full motion tracking and 3D models, they draw - at least two are successful commercial artists, they play an awful lot of Minecraft, and they don't take any shit from anyone.

    Hololive's own background is also interesting.  Parent company Cover Corp was working on a new AR device, that replaced expensive motion tracking with a regular iPhone and clever software, but they weren't having a lot of success breaking into the market.

    Then in 2017 two Japanese girls fresh out of high school approached them and said what they needed was their own virtual spokeswoman.  One of them is now Tokino Sora with 900,000 subscribers, and the other is referred to as A-chan, and is a senior manager overseeing activity across the entire company.

    The pivot was spectacularly successful, and Hololive is basically a money factory.  Their smallest channel - and they have dozens - has close to 300,000 subscribers, and the largest is approaching 4 million.

    I think a lot of people are sick of hypocritical woke crap and are looking for entertainers who will simply tell it like it is.  The 2D characters they use and the stage names (and a very strict corporate policy protecting their privacy) give them enough distance that they don't need to maintain a pretense in their opinions.

    They don't get explicitly political but in this benighted age that itself is a profound political statement.

    And beyond the official content - and there's so much of that that it's impossible to watch it all - there's an absolute avalanche of fan content, from cute video clips:

    To entire virtual worlds:

    So forget Hollywood, forget Netflix, forget podcasts, I really don't care anymore.  I'll be over here in the corner juggling hedgehogs.

    Also, Hololive is the main reason I bothered to get back on Twitter.  They post their stream announcements there.

    This is Gawr Gura of Hololive EN, the most successful virtual YouTube of all time:

    Okay, yeah, she's a bit of a ditz on some things. But she can maintain both sides of a conversation for four hours at a time, every day, without ever repeating herself, and for the most part while doing three other things at the same time, and that's a rare talent.

Tech News

  • Australia's Secretary for Home Affairs has made comments on the surveillance state that are almost sensible.  (ZDNet)
    Pezzullo wants "everyday Australians" to have the confidnce that it would be "highly unusual for any of their data, any of their devices, or indeeed any of their engagement through their devices with data, to be the subject of surveillance or interception".

    "I think the more immediate pressing problem for the citizenry is to actually understand what companies are doing with that personal and sometimes intimate data," he said.
    "Everything that government will do will always be purposely designed by the parliament to be much more restricted than that."
    Forgive me if I don't trust you fuckers the width of a single electron.

  • If you want an 8k resin-based 3D printer the Phrozen Sonic Mini is one.  (Tom's Hardware)

    I don't know that much about resin-based 3D printing, but the models this turns out looks pretty nice.  You do need specially formulated resin to get that 8k detail but if you use that the results are impressive.

  • Everything has two prices.  (Raptitude)

    The first in dollars, the second in time.  

    Since I got two pay increases last year I'm pretty much at saturation point on the second price.  I was planning to use my holiday time over Christmas and New Year to rebuild my home office, but then the blockchain we use blew up and I ended up working an 80 hour week instead of a zero hour one.

  • Why are skyscrapers so short?  (Works in Progress)

    Short answer: Elevators.

    Long answer: Still elevators.

  • 90 WordPress themes and plugins had backdoors added to them in a supply chain attack.  (Bleeping Computer)

    This is novel in that the plugins didn't already contain backdoors.

  • McAfee Enterprise Agent on the other hand, did.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Installing the security software had the neat effect of making systems dramatically less secure.

    It's now been fixed.

Party Like It's 1980-ish Video of the Day

It's Australia Day week here so yes, you're going to get 7 days straight of the best 1981 Australia has to offer.

Yes, 1982 was better - stellar year for Aussie music - but we're not up to 1982 yet.

And in case you're wondering, yes, it's about Errol Flynn.

Disclaimer: I'm Elvis Presley!

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Saturday, January 22


Daily News Stuff 22 January 2022

This Is Hololive Edition

Top Story

  • Intel is spending $20 billion on a new manufacturing facility in Ohio.  (AnandTech)

    The new facility will initially include two factories on 1000 acres, with room to expand to eight factories.

    These won't come online until 2025, so they're not going to help you buy that video card you want, but they are in addition to the $20 billion expansion Intel already has under way in Arizona, $3.5 billion in New Mexico, $3 billion in Oregon, and $7 billion in Malaysia.

    Almost as if chip making was big business these days.

  • Weekends are question and answer time.  Drop your questions in the comments today and I'll attempt to answer them tomorrow.  If you left a question during the week I'll try to answer those too but I might miss seeing some of them.

Tech News

  • Google's inclusive language police are working tirelessly to prevent offense to inanimate objects.  (Wall Street Journal)

    Not a surprise to see stories like this; we all know the lunatics have taken over the asylum at Google.  Bit of a surprise to see the story being written by eminent theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss.

  • Athletes competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics should keep their mouths shut if they want to get out of China alive.  (South China Morning Post)

    Interesting to see this article not quite directly accusing the Chinese government of genocide but liberally citing others who do level those accusations.  The SCMP is owned by the Alibaba Group, which is not exactly on cordial terms with the Xi dictatorship.

    It also puts he boot squarely into the International Olympic Committee, which has entirely earned this kicking.

  • The Raden 6500 XT is a crap desktop graphics card because AMD never intended it to be a desktop graphics card.  (Hot Hardware)

    The design choices are focused on reducing power consumption, not cost, for a laptop graphics solution.  And it works fine...  Works acceptably in that scenario.

    So for example it only has 4 lanes of PCIe.  That's fine - acceptable - if you have PCIe 4, but slows things down significantly in older systems with PCIe 3.  But in laptops that's irrelevant, because nobody is going to produce a laptop with a four year old CPU and the latest graphics chip.

    The only reason it's shown up on the desktop at all is the ongoing shortage of graphics cards - better to have something out there than nothing at all.

    That explains all the shortcomings of the card - the limited I/O and memory bandwidth, the missing video compression codecs, the lack of VRAM - they grabbed some spare mobile chips to try to keep up with desktop demand.

    It's still a bad card and you shouldn't buy one, but it's not malice aforethought.

Party Like It's 1980-ish Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Tried to start it up, tried to start it up but it don't pop.  It's been running hot, think the carburetor might be shot.

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Friday, January 21


Saved For Tomorrow

Saving this because I'm gonna need it.

Also because that is some freaking awesome editing work.  There's a couple of transitions that aren't quite perfect, but damn.

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Daily News Stuff 21 January 2021

Antiredecentralisation R Us Edition

Top Story

  • A lot is made of how the blockchain is distributed and decentralised and fault-tolerant and no one person can control it and then a hamster in Hong Kong sneezes and all your NFTs disappear.  (ZDNet)

    OpenSea's site went down around 6AM and was restored by 8:30AM.  And the blockchains themselves - Ethereum, Klaytn, and Polygon are the ones OpenSea support - were working as usual, or in the case of Polygon, completely fucked - again - but still technically alive.  

    But NFTs were missing from users' wallets another seven hours.  What was going on?

    Well, you have to understand that blockchain APIs are basically garbage.  Writing a wallet that can actually display a user's NFTs on an Ethereum-compatible network using the standard APIs is nightmarishly difficult.  It's the mobile app equivalent of making a chicken sandwich from scratch.
    It ultimately took him six months and $1,500 to make the final product using a thorough 16-step process that required him to grow a garden (step 1), harvest wheat (step 10) and even, yes, slaughter a chicken (step 14).
    But OpenSea has an API that makes it much easier.  So, not wanting to spend six months only to end up choking a chicken, every wallet developer uses the OpenSea API.

    Every wallet developer.

    When OpenSea hiccups, every NFT wallet in the world breaks.

    Because decentralisation.

Tech News

Pixy Is Watching Video of the Day

I was scrolling through Amazon Prime (I cancelled Netflix long ago but keep Prime for the free deliveries) wondering if they had anything worth my time.  They have House but it doesn't have Teardrop as the opening theme so forget that.  And then I tripped over Iroduku.  And ended up watching it until around 2AM.

Rewatching it, because I've seen it already; it's just that good.

If you don't have Amazon Prime don't fret because somehow the whole thing is also on YouTube.

House Like It's 2022 Video of the Day

The three opening themes of House.  The first is Teardrop by Massive Attack, and is the only correct theme.  The second one is like when your favourite brand is out of stock and you have to buy store brand and you get it home and you find that it's actually not that bad but you go right back to your regular brand anyway.

The third is predigested crap.

So guess which one Amazon is giving me.

Party Like It's 1980 Video of the Day

Disclaimer: The problem with making a chicken sandwich from scratch is you just can't get good scratch anymore.

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Thursday, January 20


Daily News Stuff 20 January 2022

Stop The Year I Want To Get Off Edition

Top Story

  • Disinformation is mostly bullshit.  (Harpers)

    If you read the article, note that much of it is biting satire.  The point is that most of the claims being made regarding disinformation are themselves disinformation - or more specifically, utterly baseless, pseudoscientific garbage.

  • Not that this is going to stop anyone, or even slow them down much.  (ZDNet)

    Australia is demanding to know why Google and Facebook aren't censoring "disinformation" faster.

    While our government is as shitty as America's in this respect and unconstrained by our constitution, I have no sympathy whatsoever for the Big Tech companies that gleefully dug this hole for themselves.

Tech News

Party Like It's 1980 Video of the Day

Disclaimer: I will not mint this NFT.  I will not list on OpenSea.  I will not mine blocks on a boat.  I will not send ETH to a goat.  I think the blockchain is a scam.  I do not like it, Sam-I-am.

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