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?

Sunday, June 16


June Anime Update

Just keeping track of what I've watched this year.

Dirty Pair TV & OVA
My Roommate is a Cat
Bunny Girl Senpai
Sakura Quest
Golden Time
Chunibyo (1 & 2)
Non Non Biyori (1, 2, and movie)
Merc Storia
Inari Konkon Koi Iroha
Akanesasu Shoujo
Netoge no Yome?
Noragami (1 & 2)
Recovery of an MMO Junkie
Slayers Revolution and Evolution-R
My Hero Academia (1, 2, 3, and movie)
Rising of the Shield Hero (currently airing)

It looks like rather a lot when you put them all in one place.

I'd recommend most of them too, with the exceptions being Netoge, which simply isn't very good, the first half of season two of My Hero Academia, which you just have to bulldoze your way through somehow, and Golden Time, which is a beautiful adaptation of a very weak story.

We're getting more of Danmachi, Non Non Biyori, and My Hero Academia later this year, so I'll be following those closely.

And now I've run out again.  Have to scan back and find those recommendations.

I think I'll give Log Horizon a try.  It sounds formulaic but is supposed to be well done.

Update: It is indeed formulaic but well done, except for the opening theme which is terrible.  (The ending theme is much better; they should have just swapped them because everyone skips the ending theme anyway.)  I hope people are getting reincarnated as the heroes speculate, otherwise it's a bit grim.

Update 2: You know what?  They should steal the opening theme from Akanesasu Shoujo.  Would work perfectly for this.  Need different animation, yes, but still.

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Saturday, June 15


Daily News Stuff 16 June 2019

Thank You For Your Feedback Edition

Tech News

  • The New York subway runs on OS/2.  (Tedium)

    And graft.  Mostly graft.  The parts that actually work, though, those run on OS/2.

  • Inside a Supermicro 48-port 100GbE switch.  (Serve the Home)

    We find: A power supply, six cooling fans, and a 48-port 100GbE switch chip.

    Also, could they not have made the whole case just one inch deeper?

  • YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest's ham-fisted censorship efforts are drawing attention beyond the usual tech circles.  (PJ Media)

    YouTube explained to James O'Keefe what triggered the censorship: It was the inclusion of a key piece of documentary evidence proving Pinterest's own fraudulent censorship.

    Democracy dies in Darkness, they say, and new media and old media alike are here to make sure of it.

Video of the Day

This guy is no dummy.

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Daily News Stuff 15 June 2019

Frantically Googling Error Messages Edition

Tech News

  • Wait, M.4 is a thing?  (AnandTech)

    No, as it turns out.  They've just jammed two M.2 connectors next to each other.

  • SD Express is on its way with chips for cards from Phison and chips for readers from Realtek.  (AnandTech)

    Basically a single lane of PCIe 3.0, so speeds close to 1GB/s, and supports device sizes up to 128TB.  Which will be great right up until you sneeze and you lose the entire corporate database cluster.

  • Ethiopia shut off the internet.  (Tech Crunch)

    In Ethiopia.

  • Returning to the Moon could cost US taxpayers $30 billion.  (Tech Crunch)

    Which means...  Carry the twelve...  You could colonise the entire Solar System and the seventeen nearest stars for less than than the price of the Green New Deal ($93 trillion).

  • A 64 core Threadripper could be coming later this year unless it isn't.  (WCCFTech)

    This week's WAN Show (Other Linus' weekly news show) talked about how this seems impractical and expensive for such a niche product.  But even more than with Threadripper 1 & 2, this will just be an alternate power profile for an Epyc chip.  Allow it to draw 250W instead of 180W, and let your packaging designers go nuts.

    It's the same socket as Epyc, same chiplets, same substrate.  Gen 1 had a fixed limit of 4 memory channels, but now with the I/O die they don't even need to do that.  Epyc could run just fine on Threadripper boards and vice versa, with a suitable BIOS.

  • If you need to run BBC Basic on your CP/M system today is your lucky day.

  • AMD's X570 chipset has been making all the noise recently but B550 and A520 are also on their way.  (Digitimes)

    These don't support PCIe 4.0; they are updated versions of the B450 and A320 (I don't think there was ever an A420).  But you get 20 lanes of PCIe 4.0 from the CPU regardless.

  • So just how fast is PCIe 4.0?  On, for example, that upcoming Phison SSD controller? (Tom's Hardware)

    They actually got their hands on a sample device and were able to run a full suite of tests, using an adaptor card that converts PCIe 3.0 x 16 to PCIe 4.0 x 8 (since PCIe 4.0 motherboards will be scarce for another three weeks).

    It hit 5GB/s in one test, but while it did well overall the faster interface alone was not enough to make it the unqualified winner.

  • It's 2019.  Why aren't Docker and LXC/LXD secure by default?  (Bleeping Computer)

    And MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch...  It's not enough to have a guidebook to securing commonly used infrastructure; it must install that way automatically and have a guidebook to punch holes in the security model only when needed.

  • Huawei has put its Mate X on hold following Samsung's trouble and the fact that no-one will buy it anyway.  (Thurrott.com)

  • YouTube censored a video discussing Pinterest censoring links to conservative blogs.  (One Angry Gamer)

    I have no particular need to see Glenn Reynolds naked but at the same time I'm pretty sure Instapundit doesn't prominently feature nudity.

    This comes a day after Twitter suspended Project Veritas for reporting on the same incident.

    They're all playing "Notice me senpai!" with the DOJ.

The Net Interprets Brain Damage As Censorship And Routes Around It

First they came for Tim Pool, and we all laughed because he's already on three other platforms.

Anime Trailer of the Day

Apart from the first half of season two - which is where I got stuck the first time - the show is generally strong.  Worth getting past that part, even if just for the Froppy episode.

Picture of the Day


Look, I'm not saying no, I'm just saying there are certain practical considerations.  Art by @tao15102

Disclaimer: Git projects built by small teams should not be more than a gigabyte.  What are you people putting in there?

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Daily News Stuff 14 June 2019

Glub Glub Glub Edition

Tech News

  • The Atari VCS is almost here.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Hidden inside the retro-ugly case is a Ryzen embedded APU - just a tiny one, with 2 cores / 4 threads and Vega 3 graphics.  So, basically, 20 times as fast as a Playstation 2.

    $249 with 4GB RAM, $279 with 8GB.  ETA March 2020.

  • Russia will ban all VPN providers who are any good.  (TechDirt)

    Which comes as no surprise to anyone.

  • Is content moderation impossible at scale or is Twitter just run by idiots?  (TechDirt)

    We report, you facepalm.

  • Modern web-based documentation systems SUCK.  Give me back Word!  Give me back Ami Pro for that matter.

Video of the Day

Two tech journalists talk tech.

Disclaimer: Bleh.  It's been one of those weeks.  One of our MongoDB servers died Tuesday; our GitLab server exploded today.  No data lost but I could have done without the excitement.

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Thursday, June 13


Daily News Stuff 13 June 2019

A Page With Slug "Name" Already Exists Edition

Tech News

Music Video of the Day Inspired by Jay

Disclaimer: A page with slug "mint" already exists.  A page with slug "draft" already exists.  A page with slug "_randomsequenceofcharacters234831352" already exists.

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Wednesday, June 12


Daily News Stuff 12 June 2019

North And South Edition

Tech News

  • Possibly the coolest little tech tidbit of the day is from AMD again.

    The new Ryzen 3000 family consists of one or two CPU chiplets (up to 8 cores each) and an I/O die handling memory and PCIe 4.0 and some built-in SATA and USB and other functions.  The chiplets are connected to each other using AMD's Infinity Fabric 2 at 50GB/s.  On the 12 and 16 core chips the two CPU chiplets are connected directly to each other, and each is also connected to the I/O die. 

    [Update: Apparently, unlike earlier Epyc and Threadripper chips, the CPU chiplets only talk via the I/O die, and that handles all the routing.  That saves a lot of traces on the package, at the expense of latency.  But there's no practical way to route 28 interconnects on a 64 core Epyc anyway, which is what would be required.  First generation Epyc only requires 6 such links.]

    The I/O die connects to the X570 chipset over PCIe 4.0.  Like the I/O die, the chipset includes a bunch of PCIe 4.0, SATA, and USB.

    Very much like the I/O die, in fact, because it is the I/O die.  The I/O chip on the motherboard is the exact same chip as the one on the CPU.

    Which in theory means that both the CPU and the X570 have some tricks up their sleeves that weren't previously discussed.

  • All those messy Star Control lawsuits and countersuits have been settled amicably for a jar of honey and a pint of mead.  (PC Gamer)

    As Brickmuppet notes, I am never facetious.  I don't need to be.
    "We added a section in which I'll be working with Paul on beekeeping. He's going to send me some meade, I'm going to send him some honey. I don't think the lawyers were particularly enthusiastic about us incorporating some of this into the agreement. I did a tutorial video on beekeeping I was going to send over but got stung in the video, so thought better than to actually send it."

  • I had to enable notifications on Tohru because we were adding them to our apps at my day job.  Holy crap those are annoying.

In anime news, the first half of season two of My Hero Academia is pretty much what I feared.  The sports carnival arc contained maybe five episodes of content and eight episodes of dehydrated water.  Season one covered four story arcs in the same amount of time.

It gets better immediately after that, though.  The internship arc and subsequent episodes have the same mix of more-or-less rational educational procedure and heroic adventure as season one.

Disclaimer: The stars are in auspicious alignment, the various significant moons are in the correct houses, and ambient psychic energies are in balance.  All is well, and the universe is at peace.  Well, actually 2/3 of our civilization has been decimated by the Ilwrath, but besides that all is well.  It is good to see you again.

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Tuesday, June 11


Daily News Stuff 11 June 2019

Maybe The Pig Will Learn To Sing Edition

Tech News

Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Screw you Epic Game Store.

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Monday, June 10


Daily News Stuff 10 June 2019

Scarlett Ohana Edition

Tech News

Video of the Day

Dave from Computing Forever got three hits in that now-infamous New York Times infographic: Once as himself, once as his cartoon version, and once as a screenshot of a video he made on Anita Sarkeesian and Carl Benjamin (a.k.a Sargon of Akkad).  Philip DeFranco only made the list once.

Disclaimer: Keep your friends close and your enemies in formaldehyde.

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Sunday, June 09


Daily News Stuff 9 June 2019

A Swing And A Miss Edition

Tech News

  • The traditional news media have declared war on YouTube.  Yesterday it was Vox, and now it's the New York Times, with their dramatic piece on how squishy leftie Philip DeFranco radicalised some random guy.

    That's not the story they intended to run, but the incompetence of the New York Times knows no bounds.  DeFranco is unamused.

    And the "radicalisation"?  The guy dated a girl who was an evangelical Christian.

    The funny thing is that YouTube holds all the cards in this game, but has so far folded on every hand.

    The New York Times "fixed" the libellous graphic by removing Jimmy Kimmel.  But not Philip DeFranco.

    As I said, no bounds.

  • India is considering jailing cryptocurrency users for 10 years.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Having written apps using the Ethereum blockchain, I wholeheartedly approve of this measure.  As a good start.

  • Google's Stadia will kill your download cap.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Reason #97 not to use it.

  • Apple has announced iPadOS, a fork of iOS that supports modern operating system features.  (ZDNet)

    Like files, mice, and expandable storage.

    Of course, Apple being Apple, no iPad has ever had a an SD card slot, so the only way you can have expandable storage is by leaving it sticking out of the Lightning or USB port ready to be snapped off in the first minor accident.

  • E3 is on, but it's not a hardware year, and no interesting games so far.  I did mention Baldur's Gate III?  Yes, I did.  So...  Nothing.

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Saturday, June 08


Daily News Stuff 8 June 2019

More Faster Please Edition

Tech News

  • So, what if you're in Australia and you want more than 100Mbps internet access?

    The short answer is tough cookies. The longer answer is that some providers do sort of offer higher end plans. (LifeHacker)

    Aussie Broadband has 150/100 starting at $150 per month and 250/100 starting at $170 per month - but only for FTTP and FTTB connections.

    If you're on FTTC (which I will be) much less FTTN or HFC, you're completely out of luck.

    iiNet (my ISP) offers gigabit symmetric fibre but at $900 per month on a 36 month contract it's not quite what I'm looking for.  (ZDNet)

  • Dropbox increased all its plans by $2 per month ($3 in Australia). (The Verge)

    On the other hand, the 1TB plan now provides 2TB, the 2TB plan provides 3TB, and the 3TB plan goes up to 5TB.

    I was intending to upgrade from 1TB to 2TB, so this will actually save me money. For more typical customers who use 5% of their storage, not so great.

    Dropbox (and my own local backups) reduced my recent drive failure from a disaster into just a darn nuisance.  And a reminder: If you have multiple computers, Dropbox can sync across your local network as well.

  • Long time and abruptly former Ars Technica contributor Peter Bright a.k.a Dr Pizza was reportedly arrested by the FBI in a sting operation. (The Daily Dot)

    Do not read the linked article if you have blood pressure problems.

  • 32GB DIMMs are here and not insanely expensive. (Tom's Hardware)

    Around $156 for regular size and $169 for notebook (SO-DIMM) at 2666MHz. That puts it right at the price of two 16GB modules.

    Now I just need to check if they'll work in Tohru and Rally. Though really, since I have two of them, 32GB will be plenty.

  • The organiser of that Google walkout just walked out. (Tech Crunch)

    Maybe she can find a job at Vox or BuzzFeed.

  • In sad news that is actually sad Maker Faire has laid off all its staff and is ceasing operations. (Tech Crunch)

  • An NPM package name generator.

    Your NPM package could be named haemadynameter

    Um.  Okay.

  • Graphcore's C2 IPU provides two AI processors, each with 1216 cores, each capable of around 100GFLOPs.  (Serve the Home)

    That's over 200TFLOPs per card, and you can link 8 cards together in a single server, for...  A lot.

    Each chip has 900GB/s of off-chip bandwidth and 90TB/s of on-chip bandwidth.  Also a lot.

Video of the Day

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