This accidentally fell out of her pocket when I bumped into her. Took me four goes.

Sunday, January 16


Daily News Stuff 16 January 2022

Oops Edition

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Questions and Answers

  • From Filthy Lurker:
    If I'm looking to purchase a desktop to be used primarily for playing the occasional game on the intertubes with intertube (nothing demanding on a system) friends in a different state, but need it to have the ability to do some serious video editing, and have a budget of less than $1000, what would you recommend?
    That's not an easy one.  If you build your own you're going to pay 50% to 150% over MSRP for a video card.  If you buy a prebuilt desktop system it's likely going to suck.  (Gamers Nexus / YouTube)

    I like my Dell Inspiron 16 Plus but that's a laptop and if you want one with dedicated Nvidia graphics you're looking at about $1280 which is rather more than $1000.

  • From Sam Adams:
    Pixy Misa, could you please give a few new browser recommendations, with a brief explanation why you like them? I would really love to get the hell away from Google, Microsoft, etc.
    Sure.  It's not a long list though.

    1. Brave.  It doesn't spy on you - much - and it's highly compatible with Chrome other than the spying parts, being built on the same open source Chromium project.  The built-in ad blocker seems to work fairly well.

    Downside is that it likes to inject little crypto buttons into certain websites.  You can turn that off easily enough, but it's turned on by default.  I understand that they want to present a way to keep independent websites alive while blocking ads, but a browser should never alter the contents of a website without you explicitly requesting that.

    2. Vivaldi.  Also based on the Chromium project, so you can switch over and expect sites to work as before.

    If you like choosing exactly how you want your browser to behave, this is the one to go for.  It has twenty tabs full of settings for you to play with.  I'm not sure if there's anything that's not customisable.

    Plus it has built-in email and RSS support.  Not news (Usenet / NNTP) alas, but a pleasant reminder that the internet didn't always consist largely of walled gardens controlled by communists.

  • From mong:
    You mentioned Lenovo today. My understanding is that the company is owned by the Chinese which, let's face it, means the CCP. Is there any indication that their computers come preloaded with viruses or other malware to make it easier for them to spy on you?
    Good question.

    It's worth noting that Huawei didn't get banned for putting spyware on their consumer devices.  They got banned for putting spyware on their high-end telecommunications equipment.

    Why spy on your own customers and risk getting caught because every security researcher with a couple of hundred bucks can get their hands on one of your phones, when you can put the spyware in a 5G cell tower and spy on an entire country?

    That said, Lenovo did get embroiled in a scandal back in 2014, not for spying on customers directly but for inadvertently sabotaging customer security in a deal that might have netted them all of  $1 per system sold.

    The other two companies involved, Superfish and Komodia, went out of business in 2015 and 2018 respectively.

    People have been keeping a close watch on Lenovo since then.

  • From Inquiring Minds:
    Why does it take 900 network requests and one minute for to load (using the Brave browser on Linux)?
    You know how there are lots of long articles posted here every day?  You know how you can click to instantly show the full content of any post?

    That's because all that content and the embedded content behind the posts is right there in the main page.  Once the visible content has loaded your browser continues to load all the invisible stuff.

    There's JavaScript that can be used to lazy load it all, but it's not entirely seamless.  We should look into doing that anyway.

  • From CppThis:
    I like my current PC but it's probably going to start giving trouble in a few years. If I start sourcing components for a new build this year, including a GPU, will they all become available and make it through the supply chain by 2026?
    Given that the RTX 2060 from 2018 is the hot new card for 2022, that sounds about right.

Tech News

  • AMD could be raising prices of Epyc server CPUs by as much as 30%, while the launch of Intel's new Sapphire Rapids server CPUs is delayed until Q3.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Sapphire Rapids is supposed to be competitive with AMD's 3rd generation Epyc CPUs.  4th generation Epyc will be out later this year and is expected to blow current chips out of the water, with 25% better performance core and 50% more cores.

    So Intel's delay puts their new 56-core parts squarely in front of the bulldozer, since AMD has three server updates in the pipeline: Milan-X with up to 64 cores and 768MB of cache, Genoa with 96 cores, and Bergamo with 128 cores.

  • The RTX 3050 showed up early in Japan and sold out instantly.  (Tom's Hardware)

    At 60% over MSRP.

  • Intel's Celeron C6900 struggles with the latest AAA games.  (Tom's Hardware)

    That's hardly surprising since it costs less than a single current game title and runs at a modest 46W.  If you want to play current games you should be looking at the i3-12100 at least.  It's more expensive, still just 60W, and will run much faster.

  • Yikes: Safari 15 is leaking your browser activity.  (FingerprintJS)

    If a site uses the IndexedDB API to store local data in your browser, every other site you visit can see that you visited the first site.  Every embedded frame can see that you visited the first site.  If you're using private mode, it doesn't matter, every site can still see it.  If you're on an iPhone or iPad and using a different browser it doesn't matter, every site can see your browser activity.

    That's because there aren't really any other browsers on iOS, just Safari in drag.

  • Intel has launched its new Atom-based Atlas Canyon NUCs.  (Serve the Home)

    These don't entirely suck.  Over time Atom has reached the point where it's fine for basic tasks.  You'd still want the quad core and not the dual core, but single-threaded performance is actually better than the i7-5500U that I still use as a spare laptop, and multi-threaded performance with the quad core Atom is a lot better.

  • QNAP devices are under attack again.  (Bleeping Computer)

    This seems to be existing vulnerabilities and not new ones, but there are a lot of existing vulnerabilities.

  • A year with a crappy MacBook.  (ZDNet)

    As always, what a journalist considers a heavy workload is laughable, so take the comments on 8GB being adequate with a a kiloton of salt.  More importantly:
    This is something that pros especially should be aware of: bootable backups are possible, but if your internal SSD completely dies, that bootable backup will fail too.
    So...  Your backups work a long as you don't need them, and die the instant you do?

    How very Apple.

  • Is open source really free if we aren't allowed to break it?  (The New Stack)


    Fortunately GitHub has restored the account of the developer who most recently blew up the entire Node.js ecosystem and allowed him once again to access the code that he created.  With any luck this whole drama will soon be forgotten and then immediately repeated.

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Saturday, January 15


Daily News Stuff 15 January 2022

Here Comes The Rain Again Edition

Top Story

Tech News

  • Lenovo Tab M8 FHD 4/5

    I basically chose the M8 FHD for its 1920x1200 screen, with everything else being secondary.  Fortunately it turns out the the screen is genuinely good - bright, sharp, and colourful without being oversaturated - with everything else being adequate.

    The CPU (a Mediatek P22T with eight A53 cores) is fast enough for most things - I opened up Final Fantasy III and there was no noticeable delay and the opening video was glitch-free even when I rotated the tablet by 180 degrees to make it rotate the video as well.  The Kindle and Audible apps bog down when installing lots of content, but I think that's just because those apps are garbage.  The tablet is otherwise responsive when those apps are glitching.

    Almost everything is installing neatly to the microSD card, with the exceptions being Google stuff and browsers, which are probably tied to internal storage for security reasons.

    Sound is, well, it's there.  There's only one speaker and it's adequate, but no more than that.  There's a headphone jack though if you want something better - no awkward USB dongles needed.

    Software is Android 10 with the November 2021 updates.  Given the limited improvements in Android in recent years that's fine.  I installed Nova Launcher as always so I'm not sure what Lenovo might have done with the default UI.  Nova Launcher erases such nonsense.

    Note sure of battery life under normal use yet, since I've been busy installing about 200GB of content.  That drains the battery pretty fast, but I have fibre internet now (well, FTTC), so it's installing the content pretty fast too.  If it's draining the battery 3x faster than my old tablet but installing content 6x faster - which is my guess - that's not really a problem.

    Overall it gets a 4/5.  It was on sale as low as $89 over the holidays, so keep that in mind if you're looking to buy one - the regular price is $159.

  • If you want something a little upmarket and don't mind waiting Lenovo is also bringing their Legion Y700 gaming tablet to market.  (Liliputing)

    This is a little larger - 8.8" rather than 8" - with a 120Hz 2560x1600 screen and 100% of DCI-P3 colour.  The CPU is a Snapdragon 870 (A77 core) which is much faster than the P22T - on GeekBench single-threaded test it's between four and five times faster.

    If this is made available in Australia and the price isn't insane I'll consider it, but it's certainly going to cost a lot more than the M8 FHD.

  • Lenovo's P12 Pro also has a 120Hz 2560x1600 display and a Snapdragon 870 CPU, and costs $630.  (Liliputing)

    Well, it did but it's out of stock right now.  

    That's a 12.6" model and includes a pen, so I'm hoping the Y700 comes in a bit cheaper.

  • If you want a mid-size Android tablet Samsung's new Tab A8 is one.  (Liliputing)

    Priced starting at $230 (3/32GB) up to $330 (4/128GB).  The CPU on this one has A75 cores so it's more than twice as fast as cheaper A53-based tablets, and the 1920x1200 display should be fine.

  • Blockchains suck.  (Molly White)

    True, but the alternative also sucks.

  • A former official in the DHS OIG has pleaded guilty to stealing personal information on government employees.  (Bleeping Computer)

    It sounds like this was for commercial gain and not sold to Russia or China, so that's fine I guess.

  • FedEx wants to deploy laser missile-defense systems on its planes.  (Gizmodo)

    Everything is going swimmingly.

  • John Deere has been hit with a class action lawsuit over right-to-repair.  (Motherboard)

    John Deere absolutely sucks in this area.  Everything on their modern equipment is locked down and impossible to repair independently.  They're the Apple of tractors.  The only upside is a booming market for second-hand farm equipment.

  • Newly released documents from the Google antitrust lawsuit allege that the company engaged in outright fraud in setting ad prices.  (Wired)

    Google denies the allegations.  And Google wouldn't lie, would they?  Their corporate motto after all is "...".

  • Asus has some new portable display / drawing tablets that look interesting.  (Liliputing)

    At the high end this includes a 15.6" 4K screen that includes a pressure-sensitive pen.  At $799 it's not exactly cheap, but there are also three 1080p models, including one with WiFi and an internal battery that are likely more budget-friendly.

Party Like It's 1980 Video of the Day

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Friday, January 14


Daily News Stuff 14 January 2022

And The Other Guy Was Dead Edition

Top Story

  • Pixy's First Law of Personal Responsibility: Once you choose Node.js, everything that happens subsequently is your own damn fault.

    When open source developers tell you to go fuck yourself go bad.  (ZDNet)
    While open-source developers should be fairly compensated for their work, wrecking your code isn't the way to persuade others to pay you.
    Yes it is.

  • My new tablet is set up and installing stuff.  The one significant quirk is that it thinks the 400GB Sandisk microSD card is a 512GB card with a bunch of space already used.

    I'm not sure why; I think they've monkeyed with Android's adoptable storage mechanism and screwed it up.  I don't have a recent stock Android device with expandable storage to compare it with, but I don't think Google is that dumb, even now.

    I wondered if it was a fake card, but I've bought a dozen Sandisk microSD cards in recent years and the packaging and card looked genuine, and I've installed 54GB to it so far without a hiccup.*  I think Lenovo just messed this up.

    * Mostly my Audible library.  Being a member for 10 years times two books a month equals about 400 audiobooks.  Somehow.

  • Our hosting company found the payment - it fell down behind the sofa cushion.  So we're safe for another month unless the IP address falls off the proxy server and how likely is it for that to happO*_$%#*#@ NO CARRIER

Tech News

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Thursday, January 13


Daily News Stuff 13 January 2022

Much Of A Muchness Edition

Top Story

  • My Lenovo Tab M8 FHD arrived, and despite some listing weirdness (Amazon has it as a "business laptop" running ChromeOS) it is actually the right thing.

    Since it's currently the only small Android tablet with a high resolution screen, and at A$234 including international shipping and taxes it's reasonably priced - less than a third of the cheapest iPad Mini - if it works well I'll buy a second one.

    Lenovo has an 8.8" gaming tablet in the works, but nothing showed up at CES so it could be some way off.  Samsung's latest small tablet only has a resolution of 1340x800 which is barely better than the 2012 Nexus 7.

  • Why you can't hire engineers.  (GitHub)

    Probability 1: Your company sucks.

    Probability 2: Everything else sucks, so even though they are actively looking for a new job because their current company sucks, you need to work twice as hard just to convince them that your company might suck less.

    Probability 3: Someone at your company installed Node.js without your knowledge, and now it looms over your headquarters like a great looming thing.

Tech News

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Wednesday, January 12


Daily News Stuff 12 January 2022

Psy-Ops R Us Edition

Top Story

  • Is Web3 a scam?  (Stack Diary)

    <shake shake>

    Signs point to yes.

  • NFT projects are MLMs for tech elites.  (Every)

    Yes.  Mostly.  I'm trying to do work using NFTs to solve practical problems, as ownership or identity tokens for digital property, where an NFT has an intrinsic value of a few cents to a few dollars.

    The people who burn tens of thousands of dollars on intrinsically worthless garbage annoy the hell out of me because they price the blockchain out of reach of the practical stuff I want to do.  At best it's money laundering.  That's at least an understandable motive.

  • Blockchain apps are not what they appear to be.  (Molly White)

    All too often they fail to deliver on their promises - and fail in the worst possible way.

    You could at least eat tulip bulbs.

Tech News

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Not At All Tech News January 12 2022

The difference between the Democrats and the Nazis is the Nazis only needed one Reichstag Fire.

Another - long - thread.  Whatever you think about Senate Democrats - with a couple of exceptions - it's not nearly harsh enough.

Unrelated (or is it?)

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Tuesday, January 11


Daily News Stuff 11 January 2022

Slightly Less Ugh Edition

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Tech News

  • How to secure your QNAP NAS.  (Serve the Home)

    1. Follow the menus in QTS or QUTS depending on your device to perform a clean shutdown.
    2. Turn off the power and unplug the power and network cables.

  • Linux Mint has sold out to the commies at Mozilla.  (ZDNet)

    Who get their money in turn from the commies at Google.

    This is in place of previously selling out to Yahoo, so I'm honestly not sure very much has changed here.  It's free money; they'd be fools not to take it.

  • Multiple carriers including T-Mobile/Sprint are blocking Apple's Private Relay.  (9to5Mac)

    Private Relay is a sort of low-grade corporatist TOR, and T-Mobile is blocking it specifically because it prevents them from spying on their customers.

  • How NPM can prevent a new colors attack.  (RSC)

    Pinned versions.

    My first suggestion would be burn it and piss on the ashes, but pinned versions might work too.

  • If you want to build the next Cobalt Qube the Interceptor board from Axzes might be what you need.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's a carrier board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 - a smaller version of the Raspberry Pi with just the CPU and RAM, no I/O ports - that provides five SATA ports, four gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB ports (plus two USB headers), and two HDMI ports.  $99 plus the cost of the compute module itself, which is, um, out of stock.

Party Like It's 1980 Video of the Day

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Monday, January 10


Daily News Stuff 10 January 2022

F-Word All The Things Edition

Top Story

  • Oh nyo.

    This is the game that wrecked my vacation and now that I'm back from vaction has wrecked my first day back at work.

    Thanks anonymous hacker, but couldn't you have done this a week earlier?

Tech News

Party Like It's 1980 Video of the Day

This Is Why I Throw Money at Vtubers Video of the Day

A lousy day at work after a lousy week when I was supposed to be on vacation but was at work - often at 2AM - but this little clip cheered me up.

Thank you chaos gremlins.

Disclaimer: Ugh.

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Sunday, January 09


Daily News Stuff 9 January 2022

It Was The Both Of Times Edition

Top Story

  • The best of CES. (Hot Hardware)

    A couple of these I agree with. AMD's Ryzen 6000 looks great, the OnePlus 10 Pro with a camera-module co-developed with Hasselblad is going to be expensive but could be good, and the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition is shut up and take my money. (PC Magazine)

    It uses a 12th-generation Core i9 laptop chip - so six fast cores and eight low-power cores, up to 32GB of RAM (soldered in) and 1TB of SSD (possibly replaceable) and a 2880x1800 14" OLED display with 90Hz refresh and 100% of DCI-P3 colour.

    And the Four Essential Keys. And dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI, a regular USB port, and a headphone jack. No microSD slot but you can plug a little adaptor into the USB port for that.

    Price not yet announced but likely to be a lot.

  • The Worst of CES. (The Register)

    A couple of these I've already featured here: The Samsung TVs with a built-in NFT marketplace, and the new Mercedes EQS which forbids its owners from opening the hood.

    But one I'll add is from the Best Of article above: Dell's new XPS 13 Plus not only lacks the Four Essential Keys, it lacks the entire row of function keys as well. Dell is not just copying Apple, they are copying features Apple had to walk back because their customers rioted.

Questions and Answers

  • From Hal9000:
    Do you know anything about MIDI? I have a MIDI hardware controller that I want to send CC (Continuous Controller) messages to a Win 10 app that controls a digital mixer. From what I've been able to gather, this can't be done directly. There must be something "in between" that listens for USB messages, and then forwards them.
    In any case, I want to develop a Windows desktop or web app (for personal use) to do this. What do you think of VS Community Edition? I have most (recent) experience using Python and php/ mysql (low level Raspberry Pi stuff) but could dust off my C++ if necessary.
    I don't know much about MIDI or VS Community Edition, but I do know that Python has MIDI libraries available and I use and recommend PyCharm, which also has a free community edition.

    I'd certainly give Python a try before diving into C++.

  • From badgerwx:
    Several times in 2021 you had items about chrome & recommended that people avoid it. I'm a Linux user & wondered if that recommendation also included chromium? I use several browsers (depending on the site I'm accessing) & I hope that I can keep using chromium w/o worrying about the latest evil Google is up to.
    As far as I know, yes. Chromium has a few questionable API features (that Brave, Vivaldi, and others remove in their Chromium-based browsers) but the worst of the Chrome features are only in Chrome.

  • From Gmac:
    You mentioned a Dell laptop that you were getting and I was wondering if their product line uses any of the newer [AMD] chipsets for the processor and graphics.
    Dell does have some AMD-based laptops - if you look at their Vostro range, for business laptops, or their G-series gaming laptops. I don't think they have any laptop models with dedicated Radeon graphics, only integrated graphics or Nvidia.

    The Inspiron models I have are Intel / Nvidia though.

  • From Fred Z:
    Android Firefox seems to be refusing to update dynamically created input fields on a reload. The inputs are created by PHP with a default, eg current date.
    A page left open overnight then reloaded will not show the new date even though inspection shows the val attribute has been properly set by php.
    This could be related to weirdness in Firefox's page caching. Other people seem to have run into the same problem, and the solution is to disable caching on your form page.

  • From John Henry:
    I hate that I can't get a decent size TV that doesn't have alexa/Siri/echo built in. I hate the idea that my TV track s me.
    I like your idea of using a monitor instead of a tv but expensive and small
    How about a 70"tv connected to a pc stick plugged into the hdmi port? No direct connection to the internet
    Can the TV send info out over the hdmi, through my computer and back home?
    I know that the computer will tell prime/Netflix what I'm watching on their channels. But that's it, right. The TV is just a dumb display.
    The answer to that is a resounding maybe.

    Recent versions of HDMI actually support Ethernet, so if both your TV and your your PC stick support Ethernet-over-HDMI and you don't disable it, there is a channel for all the "smart" garbage to activate itself.

  • From Nemo:
    Just what are the "Four Essential Keys", anyway? The only keys I find essential are the ones labeled "A" through "Z" and "0" through "1". OK, the space bar and the shift key and "Return" are pretty important, too. But then, I grew up with a manual typewriter, so what do I know?
    PgUp, PgDn, Home, and End. If you don't have dedicated keys for those, some common editor functions require you to hold down four keys at once.

  • From Jewells45:
    Pixy can you unban my etsy shop, pretty please?
    Oops, sorry, will get back to that today.

  • From Nathan:
    Why do people write Y2K22? Is it somehow more optimized than 2022?
    It's a reference to the Y2K bug for idiots who have generated similar bugs in 2022.

  • From m0lr4k:
    Sick of Windows, how practical are things like Crossover and Proton for running Windows apps on Linux? I managed to install Debian 21 years ago now, but have never kept it as a daily driver. The biggest gap I still see when I try is the garbage ecosystem around audio systems/drivers, and high end design software. (That said, saw even things like Rhino3d have been successfully kinda run with crossover.)
    I haven't done this myself recently, but reports from sites like Phoronix suggest that the situation has improved enormously over the past 12 months. Might be worth as shot.

Tech News

  • Intel's Core i9 12900HK beats AMD's Threadripper 1950X on Cinebench R20. (Tom's Hardware)

    On the one hand, the 1950X is from 2017. On the other hand, the 12900HK is a laptop chip.

    On the third hand the 12900HK is 20% faster than AMD's current fastest laptop chip but uses twice the power. (WCCFTech)

  • QNAP's new TS-464T4 NAS has Thunderbolt 4 and 10GbE. (Tom's Hardware)

    It's a compact 4-bay NAS with dual M.2 slots for caching drives, 2.5Gb and 10Gb Ethernet, dual Thunderbolt ports for directly attaching laptops, and HDMI to directly attach a monitor,

    Price not yet announced but likely to be a lot.

  • In a surprising turn of events, the Webb Space Telescope still has not exploded. (NASA)

    Not sure what is going on here.

  • Half a billion users of the free Avira antivirus software - from the same shitheads who own Norton these days - now get to experience the joys of mining crypto. (Krebs on Secuity)

    The same company - formerly Symantec, now called NortonLifeLock which is a totally reassuring name after their enterprise division was sold off to Broadcom - also bought Avast last year, for another half a billion victims customers.

  • What's wrong with this picture?

    Mumei from Hololive Council did a meme review stream just now. She had around 8000 viewers, which isn't too bad.

    But she also ran a poll - which got over 44,000 votes.

    The only way to vote on the poll is to watch the stream, and getting even a 50% response rate to a poll is pretty good on YouTube.

    Meaning they are massively undercounting live viewers.

    I noticed that Kaneko Lumi of Cyberlive - the one who plays Kerbal Space Program and sings duets with herself in Swahili - has abandoned YouTube for Twitch. Twitch is run by idiots, yes, but they don't seem to actively despise content creators the way YouTube does.

Not At All Tech News

  • Currently reading Tim Powers' Stolen Skies, the third book in the Vickery & Castine series.  Powers doesn't really do sequels; other than this series there's Earthquake Weather which was mostly solid and Hide Me Among the Graves which was not - his only novel in 30 years that came up short.

    The first of these was great, classic Powers; the second was pretty good but not quite as good; the third is shaping up to be better than the second.  Recommended.

    Also recently read (or re-read) Lawrence Watt-Evans' Obsidian Chronicles - Dragon Weather, Dragon Society, and Dragon Venom.  Turns out I had never read the third volume before - I would have remembered that ending.  Quite a change from the more light-hearted Ethshar stories; people die in all sorts of gruesome ways throughout the series.

  • Let's call the whole thing off.

  • Totally Not Feds R Us

This Is Getting Out of Hand, Now There's Five of Them Video of the Day

Sana and Baelz of Hololive Council, Luto and Sara of Prism Project, and now Neena of Production Kawaii.  There might well be more; my watch queue is perpetually full these days.  And Haachama as an honorary Aussie of course.

I only spotted Neena because this popped up in my feed:

Her accent isn't so obvious in that clip but that's the brand of peanut butter I buy.  Used to be Kraft, but it was sold to a local company and rebranded a few years ago.

Party Like It's 1980 Video of the Day

Sydney band Flowers might be slightly more familiar under the title of their debut album they adopted as their band name the following year: Icehouse.

Disclaimer: Are we not forest fairies? We are Pomu!

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Saturday, January 08


Daily News Stuff 8 January 2022

Terrible People Edition

Top Story

  • Everyone in this story deserves everything that is about to happen to them: A new "tech startup" wants to allow people to bet on lawsuits using purpose-made cryptocurrencies.  (Motherboard)

    That's an awful idea in at least three different ways but the people behind it aren't likely to have much time to enjoy the chaos because they are dumb enough to market the idea with "50%+ annual returns".

    Yes, anything that offers that is a Ponzi scheme - or a robbery - and yes, the feds do still take a dim view of such things.

    Unless they're the ones running it.

  • Weekends are Question and Answer time.  Drop your tech questions in the comments and I'll attempt to answer them tomorrow.

Tech News

  • If you offer a Patreon subscription in an international subscriber's local currency, you are now subject to the laws of that country.  (The Register)

    Says a ruling by Lord Justice Fuckbiscuit of Britain.

    Since this is in regards to a libel suit, and libel laws in Britain are shit, this is important.

    The solution is to block all GDPR countries at the router.  Let them eat cold kippers and warm beer.

  • SonicWall has its own Y2K22 bug.  (Bleeping Computer)

    There is at least a patch for this one, unlike Honda cars which are trapped in 2002 until August.

  • How a routine gem update created $73k in subscriptions.  (SerpApi)

    They weren't hacked and subscribed to garbage services as I first thought.  Rather, after updating the libraries for a code deployment (Ruby libraries are called "gems") their software charged existing customers an extra $73k.


    Because (after much debugging on their side) there was a change in what "or" meant in a MongoDB database library.

    The maintainers of that library should be strapped to the outside of a rocket and launched directly at Cygnus X-1 because you do not ever, ever, ever do that.

  • First impressions of Web3.  (Moxie)

    Web3 is the web, only fucked up with catastrophically bad blockchain implementations which promise to decentralise everything but in fact centralise it on new platforms that don't answer to you any more than the current ones do but also cost you money.

    The article gives a specific example of the rapid corruption of a supposedly decentralised protocol.

  • What is Web3?  (Substack)

    Is it all a scam, or is it only almost all a scam?

  • AMD's cheap(ish) new RX 6500 XT video cards kinda suck.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Only 4 PCIe lanes and missing hardware for  video decoding, meaning that task lands back on your CPU, makes it a big pile of meh.

  • A fire at ASML's factory in Berlin affected less than 1% of the floor space.  (Tom's Hardware)

    But the area is involved in making key components for EUV lithography, and ASML is the only company in the world that makes machines for EUV lithography.  

    And EUV lithography is what is used to make all the latest computer chips.  All of them.

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