Meet you back here in half an hour.
What are you going to do?
What I always do - stay out of trouble... Badly.

Thursday, November 25

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Daily News Stuff 25 November 2021

Wonders Never Cease Edition

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  • Slashdot linked to an Axios (spit) story bewailing the failure of the US Senate to approve the nomination of a communist to head up the country's banking regulations.  Not ever mentioning that she's a communist.

    A certain someone pointed out that she's a communist.

    And got voted up +5 Insightful.


  • Speaking of communists, China has suspended Tencent from updating existing apps or launching new ones.  (South China Morning Post)

    Tencent is a holding company for a huge range of investments in both Chinese and foreign businesses - like Engulf and Devour, their motto is Our fingers are in everything.  They run WeChat, which has 1.2 billion users, and own 20% of Universal Music, and a huge list of other stuff.

    They were one of the most valuable corporations in Asia at the start of the year, close to the trillion dollar mark, before Chairman Xi knifed the economy in the front.

    And now they are not permitted to fix bugs in their apps.  I'm sure this will work out just fine for everyone.


  • Speaking of communists and tech companies getting banned, miracle of miracles the Department of Commerce has actually been doing its job.  (The Register)

    Another 27 companies from China and Pakistan have been banned from doing business with the US - including one that has the exclusive distribution rights for HP servers in China.

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Party Like It's 1979 Video of the Day



This one confused me - I knew in my heart it was a 70s song, but it didn't show on the charts I was looking at.

Because it charted in Australia way back in '76 but not in the US until '81.



Disclaimer: Not that there's anything wrong with...  Wait, yeah, kind of is.

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Wednesday, November 24

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Daily News Stuff 24 November 2021

Barrel Of Chaos Monkeys Edition

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  • Bad news: DDR5 availability is a bad joke at this point.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Good news: It doesn't make any difference to typical workloads anyway, and where it does you'd be better off with a Threadripper or Threadripper Pro.  For games, DDR4 averages about 2% faster than DDR5 because of the high latency of early DDR5 modules.

    I checked two Australian online stores plus Amazon and Newegg, and none of them have any DDR5 RAM.  On eBay scalpers are charging between $25 and $80 per GB.  Decent DDR4-3600 modules from Corsair, Geil, G.Skill, and Team are readily available at less than $4 per GB.


Tech News

  • No P-cores for you! (WCCFTech)

    If the listing here is correct, Intel is planning to flood the zone with low-power E (for efficiency) cores, while P (for power) core counts will remain static at 8.  The new 12900K has 8 P and 8 E, while next year's 13900K is expected to have 8 P and 16 E, and the future 15900K 8P and 32 E.

    That's...  Kind of mixed.  The advantage is that Intel's E-cores are half the speed of the P-cores (actually a bit more) while using one quarter the power and die area, so on multi-threaded test you are potentially better off with this flood the zone approach.

    The downside is that you have huge disparities in individual thread performance depending on which core a task lands on.  Bad enough on the desktop; chaos on a server.

    On the third side, while AMD offers a 16 core desktop CPU right now - since last year, though early on supply was pretty tight - it is clearly thermally constrained and would run faster given a higher power budget.


  • GoDaddy leaked user profiles for 1.2 million WordPress sites.  (The Daily Swig)

    Sounds like rather a mess.  Usernames and passwords were exposed - plaintext passwords in some cases because they're stored in config files for the app, along with private keys for SSL certificates.


  • You can't trust App Store review scores.  (The Verge)

    I mean, yes, we all knew that, but this is an interesting case.  




    Yep.  All the positive reviews are reviews of the podcasts, not of Apple's podcast app, which people still hate.


  • Samsung is building a new $17 billion chip factory in Taylor, Texas, just outside Austin.  (Yahoo)

    Not clear if this is for leading-edge production or for bulk production of older chips for embedded and automotive tasks - both are in short supply right now - but the price tag suggests it will be pretty up-to-date.


  • India is planning to propose banning all private cryptocurrencies.  (Bloomberg)

    Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.


  • The US is playing me too.  (Bloomberg)

    The Federal Reserve, FDIC, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency which I hadn't even heard of until Uncle Joe decided to nominate an unreconstructed Stalinist to the post, are working on regulations to roll out next year.

    On the plus side that might destroy the entire industry.


  • How retarded are the retards at Axios?  All the retarded.  (Axios)

    They do eventually concede that there might be concerns with China's new privacy law, which places no restrictions whatsoever on the government while hampering private business.


  • Russia meanwhile is demanding hostages from all foreign tech companies if they want to continue operations in the country.  (9to5Mac)

    That's a hell no from me.


  • Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the new Macbook?  (Hot Hardware)

    PC reviewer reviews the MacBook Pro, is not impressed with that stupid notch.


Party Like It's 1979 Video of the Day



Could have sworn this song was from the 80s, but no.  This video yes, but not the song.


Party Like It's 1939, 1959 and/or 1989 Video of the Day




Disclaimer: Put regular in the time scoop instead of super and that's what you're going to get.

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Tuesday, November 23

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Daily News Stuff 23 November 2021

Mounting A Scratch Monkey Edition

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  • To shuck or not to shuck?  (Tom's Hardware)

    With graphics cards still absurdly overpriced, it's tempting to get a prebuilt server from some place like Dell, pull the graphics card, and sell the rest on eBay.

    Dell did have an XPS desktop model with a 3070 that was good value for this, though the machine itself sucks.  But that model has disappeared and the best they offer in Australia right now is a 3060 Ti, and the pricing there is marginal at best.

Tech News


Party Like It's 1979 Video of the Day





Disclaimer: Do as I do - but only if you're prepared to clean up afterwards.

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Monday, November 22

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Daily News Stuff 22 November 2021

Wuhu Bat Flu Edition

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  • Correction: The Wuhan Bat Virus Institute is not located a hundred yards from the Wuhan Bat Soup Market.  The Wuhan Center for Disease Control is located a hundred yards from the Wuhan Bat Soup Market.

    The Center for Disease Control is not rated for bat virus containment and any bat virus they had would likely escape immediately to any surrounding bat locations...  But I was still wrong.

    I think Google Maps showed the wrong lab if you looked it up early last year and has since been corrected.  Or I was just wrong.  Or possibly both, since there's a record of Google Maps being updated.


  • What is Intel up to these days?  As it turns out, rather a lot.  (CNet)

    Yes, they're playing catch up with AMD, Apple, Nvidia, TSMC, and Samsung, after years of decisions that enriched the board of directors and senior executives at the expense of the long-term viability of the company.

    On the other hand, they're spending $3.5 billion to upgrade their New Mexico fab, $20 billion to build two new fabs in Arizona coming on line in 2024, and up to $100 billion at a new US location to be announced soon.

    They're also planning on rolling out 4nm, 3nm, 2nm, and 1.8nm process nodes over the next four to five years.  Where nm stands for "numbers for marketing".  But even though they are marketing numbers, they are the same kind of marketing numbers that label the current process as 7nm, so that's a huge improvement.


Tech News


Personal Peeves

I've ordered 25 boxes of gluten free chicken nuggets over the past week.

I've received one.

I don't want 25 boxes, I want five or six. I keep ordering them and they keep telling me they're out of stock, when they show up as being in stock before, during, and after the order.

There's exactly one source of gluten free chicken nuggets hereabouts, and I'm not going there in person for another three weeks because they require you to check in with a government bat flu tracking app which I have refused to do through out this entire debacle. That ends on the 15th.

Gluten free bread? Also out of stock. Gluten free corn flakes? Out of stock.

I did order a few kilograms of rice, so I'm not about to starve, but it's annoying to have most of my staple diet disappear all at once.


Party Like It's 1979 Video of the Day




Disclaimer: My latest fave nerdcore/hard rock cover band is Impedance/Resistance.

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JoJo Was A Man




Hollywood is united in mourning for a (checks notes) convicted child rapist.

Viva Frei (David Freiheit) is likewise unimpressed.



I think the word he was looking for is beatifying.

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Sunday, November 21

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Daily News Stuff 21 November 2021

Evil Dog God Edition

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  • That pointless 20TB torrent of NFTs?  Fake.  (Club NFT)

    99.95% of the 20TB file is zeroes.  They didn't even bother with the pointless scraping of already-public data.  They just lied.

    Which I must admit is a lot less effort.  If you're doing something with no identifiable value or purpose, might as well take the easy way.

Tech News


Party Like It's 1979 Video of the Day



I've never seen the video for this before.  Not sure how it managed to escape from 1959.  I expect Sam Beckett was involved.


Party Like It's 1959 Video of the Day





Disclaimer: Freeze!  I'm Korone Baker.  Put your money in the air and gimme all your hands.

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Saturday, November 20

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Daily News Stuff 20 November 2021

Half Past Eleventy Edition

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  • Amazon doesn't rouse my ire as often as the other big tech companies.  I order stuff from them - though not gluten-free jelly beans, because those seem to be perpetually out of stock - and they drop it on my doorstep.  Quick, cheap, no fuss, and a life-changer during the lockdown when many smaller stores were closed (or closed to the unvaxed) and I needed something that I couldn't get in my weekly grocery delivery.

    It's only very recently that Amazon Australia has become useful.  When they first launched down under, they only sold digital goods - Kindle books and things like that - which was worse than useless because it required you to change your Kindle account which would lose all the content from the US store.  Still does, so far as I know, so I don't use it for that.

    But they are, quietly behind the scenes, amoral scumbags.  (Reuters)

    Amazon lobbyists have scuttled dozens of state privacy bills.
    In a statement, Amazon said: "The premise of this story is flawed and includes reporting that relies on early, incomplete drafts of documents to draw incorrect conclusions.” The company said it protects consumers’ privacy and doesn’t sell their data. "We know we must get privacy right in order to meet our customers’ high expectations.”
    Which is another way of saying, Yes, we did all those things, but we corrected some typos before the email went out.


  • Meanwhile, twelve ordinary men and women, picked at random and fed lies by their own government, once again showed more wisdom and courage than all the nation's self-appointed elites put together.

    Consider me grey-pilled for the rest of the day.



Tech News

  • Samsung is working on DDR6, GDDR6+, and GDDR7 RAM for PCs and video cards.  (WCCFTech)

    DDR6 has a planned speed of 12.8GHz, twice as fast as DDR5.  GDDR6+ will hit 24GHz - graphics RAM runs faster than motherboard RAM - and GDDR7 32GHz.


  • Speaking of DDR5, there isn't any.  (Tom's Hardware)

    I saw this story yesterday but wasn't sure if the source was reliable, though the details are plausible enough.  DDR5 memory modules are in short supply, yes, that's easy to confirm.  The detail here is that it's not because DDR5 memory chips are hard to get, but because the PMIC - the voltage controller used on each module - is sold out, with a lead time over eight months.  And it also costs ten times as much as the equivalent chip on DDR4 modules.

    Given that for most tasks DDR4 actually works out slightly faster than DDR5 - because early DDR5 modules have terrible latency settings - it makes sense to just pretend for now that it doesn't exist.

    In a year or so it will have all settled down and modules with better timings will show the benefits of DDR5, but for now, it's somewhere between a paper tiger and a white elephant.


  • China is probably lying about its supercomputers.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The specs and the benchmark numbers don't add up.


  • Amazon Ion is... Wait, I've done that one.  (GitHub)

    Yeah.  And since then I've come to the conclusion that any data serialisation format that supports comments should be taken out behind the barn and killed with an axe.


  • If you need to keep thousands of different versions of the same program, Elfshaker is for you.  (GitHub)

    Most of us don't need to do that, but if you're releasing prebuilt binaries of an application, it's really handy to keep every single version, including all the betas and debug builds.  Elfshaker can do that for you - and deliver 4000:1 compression by only storing the differences between the builds.


  • 500 Server Error Unable to unlock car.  (Bleeping Computer)

    If you unlock your Tesla with the mobile app and don't keep the key with you, you might want to reconsider that.


  • The ECS LIVA Mini Box QC710 Desktop is a tiny Arm-based Windows PC.  (Thurrott.com)

    You can buy it from the Microsoft store and you can see that the tech giant is behind this platform all the way by their strict no refunds policy.

    It runs the Qualcomm 7c processor, which while actually a good bit faster than my own phone - it's an A76 and my phone is the older A73 - is hopelessly slow at running Windows.

    It also has just 4GB of RAM - not user upgradeable - which is pretty woeful for Windows these days.  My phone, despite being an older budget model and Android being much lighter than Windows, has 8GB.


  • The FDA wants 55 years to deliver public information on the Pfizer Bat Flu vaccine.  (Substack)

    Snopes says "mostly false", which means of course it's entirely true.  As I've said before, Barbara was always the brains behind Snopes, and in recent years we've learned that she was also the integrity.  Since they split up the site has crashed, burned, and is currently tunneling straight for the Mohorovičić Discontinuity.


  • Do not rely on SMS-based 2FA.  (Engadget)

    It can rapidly devolve into 0FA if you're the victim of a SIM swap.  In this case costing the victim $36.5 million.


  • The CEO of Citadel outbid a group of crypto investors for a copy of the Constitution.  (WSJ)

    My immediate reaction was oh fuck not another $40 million NFT.

    As it turns out, no.  An extremely rare actual physical first edition.  Which given that people seem determined to burn it to ashes one way or another, may be a sound investment.

    It will be loaned and on display in an Arkansas art museum.  Don't know which one because the free part of the article cuts off there.

Party Like It's 1979 Video of the Day



Now that is some proper 70s music.  Not the 80s come early, not the 60s running late, pure unmistakeable 70s.



Disclaimer: Hand over the nugs and no-one gets hurt.

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Friday, November 19

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Daily News Stuff 19 November 2021

One Of Those Days And A Half Edition

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Party Like It's 1979 Video of the Day



It's just wrong that this came out in 1979.  It's distilled Essence of 80s.



Disclaimer: Nope, still ow.

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Argh

Me: Okay, I've been pushing back against this change request because we don't have the time to do it properly, but people insisted, so here's a simple version that will work unless something unprecedented happens.

Something Unprecedented: Well, hello there!

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Thursday, November 18

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Daily News Stuff 18 November 2021

Kill -9 Them All And Pipe Them Through Sort -U Edition

Top Story

  • AMD and Qualcomm are looking to Samsung's 3nm process which is expected to start production next year.  (WCCFTech)

    TSMC currently has a technology lead over Samsung with its 5nm process, but that doesn't matter for anyone except Apple because no-one else has had a chance to buy it.

    Even if Samsung's 3nm node again lags behind TSMC's 3nm technically - it looks like it will ship sooner - if that situation repeats and customers like AMD can't get space on the 3nm production line, Samsung is likely to pick up their business.

    In this case Samsung may also have a better product, since it is using the new GAAFET design at 3nm where TSMC is holding of until 2nm before switching.

    One of the big advantages Apple has with its M1 chips is that they're at 5nm when AMD and Intel are at 7nm, so you can bet the latter companies are looking to level that playing field.


Tech News

  • What the hell is going on with that keyboard?  (ZDNet)

    Seriously, Asus?  The Amstrad CPC 464 was a nice computer for 1984 but I don't think there's any pressing need to reproduce it in 2021.


  • Blink if you're under duress.  (The Verge)

    One of the founders of YouTube has likened a recent video trying to put a positive spin on the removal of the dislike counter to Jeremiah Denton blinking out torture in Morse code.

    I don't think anyone currently working for YouTube is even aware that such a thing happened.


  • Live by the online subscription, die by the online cancellation.  (Nieman Lab)

    The FTC has ruled that if customers can sign up for a subscription by clicking a button, companies must allow them to cancel that subscription the same way.  


  • Miramax is suing Quentin Tarantino over NFTs.  (TorrentFreak)

    The director wants to cash in on the booming marketplace of rich idiots.  The movie company naturally wants its cut of the money, which is to say, all of it.


  • Minecraft 1.18 is due out on November 30.  (Windows Central / MSN)

    This is the second part of the Caves and Cliffs update, containing caves and cliffs.  The first part didn't have any caves or cliffs.

    It also apparently makes axolotls harder to find.  Since I only have one so far, I might need to look around for some more before I update.


Party Like It's 1979 Video of the Day




Party Like It's 1979 Bonus Video of the Day



I posted this on my blog previously but not in one of the regular daily updates, so here it is for everyone.



Disclaimer: Objects in the time mirror are later than you think.

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