I'm in the future. Like hundreds of years in the future. I've been dead for centuries.
Oh, lovely, you're a cheery one aren't you?

Sunday, May 08


Daily News Stuff 8 May 2022

Always Has Been Edition

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  • Starting to get cooler weather in Sydney - overnight lows around 8C at my old place.  I checked what it was up at the new place, and it was nudging 0C.  So when I move in a couple of weeks it will be straight into winter.

  • We have always been at war with West Taiwan: Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter could face national security scrutiny because Saudia Arabia is rolling its existing 5.2% stake into the private company rather than taking the cash.  (Ars Technica)

    Saudi Arabia is no friend of free speech and regulators are worried that this might lead to bias and censorship on the revived platform.

    Stop laughing.
    Reuters noted that "China blocked Twitter in 2009 but many Chinese officials have been active on the social media platform. Some of them have complained that the company's efforts to restrict misinformation have targeted them unfairly."
    Well, I guess you can laugh a bit.

    Dumb as the article itself is, the comments are downright Orwellian - in the useful idiot sense, rather than the dire warning sense.  The regressive left is panicked over the possibility that their bubble might get punctureed.

Tech News

  • Recycling of plastic doesn't work, particularly when you don't do it.  (Nasdaq)

    California's Attorney General has launched an attack on the petrochemical industry, blaming them for the failure of California's recycling program...  Which doesn't recycle much of anything.

    As reported previously, if you put plastic out for recycling in the US, it most likely gets shipped overseas - because that's cheaper - and dumped in a river rather than processed - because that's cheaper.  It's far better for the environment to dispose of it in a regular landfill.

    Recycling aluminium actually works - you can tell, because they pay you for it rather than charging you to take it away.

  • How to back up your Gmail account.  (ZDNet)

    1. Install a local email program.
    2. Use it.

  • Crypto miners: Menace or just studying algebra?  New mining software bypasses the hash rate limiter on Nvidia graphics cards.  (Tom's Hardware)

    With the ongoing slump in crypto prices this probably won't make graphics cards disappear from the shelves again.  It will probably be something else that causes that.

  • The upcoming Threadripper 7000 range will bring up to 96 Zen 4 cores sometime late next year.  (WCCFTech)

    It's not clear why AMD is delaying workstation chips for a year after server and desktop parts come out, particularly when this release will be close to twice as fast as Threadripper 5000.

  • VPN installations have spiked by 1500% in Russia since the invasion of Ukraine.  (Washington Post / MSN)

    The Russian government is trying to stamp out use of VPNs but even China can't keep up with that task and Russia is having even less luck, so an increasing number of Russians are able to access accurate and unbiased reporting from sources like the BBC, CNN, and the New York Times.

Disclaimer: I said stop laughing!

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Saturday, May 07


Daily News Stuff 7 May 2022

Down Is The New Up Edition

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  • Xbox is was down.  (Bleeping Computer)

    It looks like it came back online just minutes ago, after about 11 hours during which you couldn't play games you owned on the console you owned because the truth is, you don't.

Tech News

  • QNAP.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Again.  Though this one seems specific to its security video systems and not to its generic NAS devices.

  • I have 100,000 unread emails.  What do?  (ZDNet)

    The answer is "declare email bankruptcy" and archive all of them.

  • Conjunction disfunction: These five magic words crash Google Docs.  (Bleeping Computer)

    The five words were And.  Type that five times in a row - And.  And.  And.  And.  And.  And. - with grammar suggestions turned on, and and and and and splat.

    Sadly it seems to have been fixed now.

  • Apple's M1 and A14 CPUs have a speculative prefetch bug similar to Spectre and Meltdown.  (Tom's Hardware)

    In theory this could allow Javascript running in a hostile web page to read the entire memory contents of your Mac - and possibly your iPhone too.

  • You wouldn't buy a book, would you?  (Ars Technica)

    Well, now you can't.  The Kindle app for Android currently allows you to purchase Kindle books right in the app with a single click - great if you're reading through a series, because it shows up when you get to the last page.

    That's going away because Google wants a cut.  Instead you'll have to open Amazon in your browser.

  • Amazon is planning to spend $12 billion on five new datacenters in Oregon.  (The Register)

    This is expected to create 600 local jobs - which is not a lot.  Most of the complicated stuff is done remotely; the local staff are responsible for putting things in racks and then taking them out again a few years later.

  • Intel will be bringing back high-end desktop systems with Sapphire Rapids.  (WCCFTech)

    Based on the current Alder Lake cores, but with more of them - up to 24 on the mainstream range, and up to 56 cores per socket - and two sockets - on the expert range.  Clock speeds up to 5GHz, DDR5 RAM, PCIe 5 I/O, and TDPs up to 500W.

    Time to get that 2000W power supply.

    Expected in Q3 this year, which is not that far off.

Disclaimer: I'm gonna sing the doom song now.

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Friday, May 06


Daily News Stuff 6 May 2022

Build Your Own Europe Edition

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  • Elon Musk is not going it alone on his buyout of Twitter - Larry Ellison of Oracle is among the takeover backers chipping in a few billion.  (Ars Technica)

    Ellison is of course just wildly popular with the kind of person panicking at the possibility of the wrong kind of people being permitted to speak, for example:
    Fuck all of those guys.
    Funny how the most hated of Silicon Valley are in this deal. I wonder id they got trolled too much and are trying to get even.

    The only Twitter I read is from reporters so I have no idea first hand knowledge of how Musk and Ellison were treated.
    Clearly an expert opinion, as is this:
    Libertarian billionaires. Just the people we want controlling social media. /s
    This, but unironically.

Tech News

Disclaimer: You can't get the wood, you know.

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Thursday, May 05


Daily News Stuff 5 May 2022

Land Of A Thousand Hour Weeks Edition

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  • If you're running the brand new Chrome version 100 upgrade to 101 right now.  (TechSpot)

    Chrome 100 has 29 security vulnerabilities, six of them considered serious.

Tech News

Disclaimer: You want to hear about the cow story?  I told the cow story.

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Wednesday, May 04


Daily News Stuff 4 May 2022

Wormhole Extreme Edition

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  • Chinese state hackers are targeting the Russian government.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Yes, and everyone else on the planet as well, but it's worth noting that China and Russia are not allies.  At best they momentarily share some of the same enemies.

    China has also been caught hacking Ukraine.  Not sure if Russia has been caught recently hacking China, but I have no doubt they are doing so.

Tech News

  • AMD has confirmed the rumoured Dragon Range laptop CPU due next year.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This will be a Zen 4 chip for high-end gaming laptops - probably with 16 cores.

    Intel already has 16 core parts but those are 8 performance cores plus 8 much slower efficiency cores.  The AMD design will have 16 performance cores.

  • Speaking of high-end gaming laptops the Gigabyte Aero 16 is one.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Well, sort of.  It has a Core i7 12700H and an Nvidia 3070 Ti (Max-Q) which are good but not top-of-the-line parts, but it also has a 3840x2400 OLED display, dual RAM slots, dual M.2 slots, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, and the Four Essential Keys.

    It's about 20% faster single-threaded than my Dell Inspiron 16 Plus, but unfortunately costs twice as much in Australia.  I'm in no hurry to upgrade.

    (The Inspiron 16 Plus doesn't have dedicated keys for the FEK, but it has a numeric keypad which does double duty.)

  • The 3080 Ti is selling at MSRP.  (Tom's Hardware)

    A mere $1200.

    For a card that will be obsolete in a few months.

  • Axios is garbage.  (Axios)

    In their why free speech is bad article, they note that without some moderation, social networks die.  But they also make it very clear that they are arguing in bad faith:
    Why it matters: Even much smaller social networks that aimed to minimize content moderation have found that an "anything goes if it's legal" policy quickly devolves into a miasma of violence, spam, fraud and bullying.
    Speech is violence and violence is speech.

  • Overshooting the target: NASA requires the Artemis Moon lander to be able to deliver a payload of 865kg to the lunar surface; SpaceX's Starship can deliver 100 tons.  (Ars Technica)

    That completely changes what is possible for future Moon missions.  Just shove everything and the kitchen sink onto the rocket; it doesn't matter if it turns out you don't need it.

Disclaimer: Just remember not to pack the car keys.  Yes, I did that once.

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Tuesday, May 03


Daily News Stuff 3 May 2022

What's The Absolute Worst That Could Happen Edition

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Tech News

Disclaimer: And on the eleventh hand, banning cryptography means banning arithmetic.

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Monday, May 02


Daily News Stuff 2 May 2022

Twelve Terabytes Of Crap Edition

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Tech News

Disclaimer: Pack 50 boxes and what do you get?  Lower back pain and you're not half done yet.

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Sunday, May 01


Daily News Stuff 1 May 2022

Death To Commies Edition

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Questions and Answers

  • From Another Anon:
    My understanding of BlockChain is that a new entry, or a Block, has to be calculated based on every other Block in the history of the Chain to validate that it is cryptographically correct and thus valid. Basically, do the math on previous blocks ("N") to confirm the next block ("N+1") is accurate and true.

    That said, does this mean that BlockChain is, by design, a victim of the "Schlemiel the Painter's algorithm"? IE: The painter paints X feet of lines on a road the first day, 4/5ths of X feet on day two, 2/5ths of X day, and then worse... because it takes him longer and longer to get to the paint bucket that he left at the very start of all the lines? (Joke being that said painter never picked up and carried the bucket with him, at all.)
    Every implementation I know of is smart enough to move the bucket - that is, it can verify new transactions based on previous verifications. Blockchains do rely on having multiple nodes verify transactions though - it's possible for a bad node to verify a transaction that later gets rejected, or vice versa.

  • From MadItalian:
    Anyway to stop the link hijacking ads? I click on more info / read more and it opens in a new tab for the story at Ace Comments and then redirects the original tab to the ad.

    I know ad revenue is in the toilet but that action is frustrating.
    Anyone else seeing this? That's a pretty minimal piece of JavaScript that shouldn't be doing anything like that.

Tech News

Possibly Not Totally Crap Notebook Review Video of the Day

A full review of the new 14-core thin-and-lite Dell XPS 13. A lot was sacrificed in pursuit of an ultra-slim design with a high-end CPU, including I/O and battery life. But it is very, very fast.

Disclaimer: Do not, under any circumstances, do the dinosaur.

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Saturday, April 30


Daily News Stuff 30 April 2022

Blaargh Edition

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  • It's the weekend again and that means something, I don't remember what. Beer, maybe.  Do I like beer?

  • The FBI searched the data of millions of Americans without warrants. (Bloomberg)

    I am shocked, shocked, to find that the FBI is the largest organised criminal gang in the country.

    Even the ACLU is against it. Probably because they got searched, but whatever.

Tech News

Did Elon Musk Disparage Twitter?  No, You're All Idiots Video of the Day

Particularly telling point that Twitter's own CEO said much the same thing a year ago.

Money quote:
When you talk about disparagement, it really has to be something that disparages.

Sort of Anime Music Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bleeto.

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Friday, April 29


Daily News Stuff 29 April 2022

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Tech News

Disclaimer: Ugh.  Double ugh.

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