This wouldn't have happened with Gainsborough or one of those proper painters.

Friday, December 02


Daily News Stuff 2 December 2022

Legs Edition

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  • Kanye West is not buying Parler after all.  (Axios)

    Bullet dodged.  For both parties, but after today, particularly for Parler.
    Ye has just around 55,000 followers on Parler, compared to 18.5 million on Instagram and zero on Twitter.

  • The Ikea desk legs I needed for my main office, that were out of stock for weeks, came back in for days, and then went out of stock again, are back in stock.

    I ordered 35.  I think I need 31 - maybe fewer if I use fixed drawers rather than the mobile ones, since you can mount the desktop directly onto the drawer units.  Since the legs are $4 each and they've been blocking my plans for thousands of dollars worth of furniture, I don't exactly mind if I end up with a few spares.

    (The longer desks - they come in 120, 140, and 200 cm lengths - recommend an extra leg in the middle, hence the odd number.)

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Disclaimer: Not that there's anything wrong ordering electronics from AliExpress...  If you're talking diodes and resistors.

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Thursday, December 01


Daily News Stuff 1 December 2022

As The Sun Sinks Slowly In The North Edition

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  • Here's everything that went wrong with FTX. (The Verge)

    Yeah, it just "went wrong".  By accident.

  • FTX’s Collapse Was a Crime, Not an Accident. (CoinDesk)

    That's more like it.
    In the weeks since Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency empire was revealed to be a house of lies, mainstream news organizations and commentators have often failed to give their readers a straightforward assessment of exactly what happened.  August institutions including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have uncovered many key facts about the scandal, but they have also repeatedly seemed to downplay the facts in ways that soft-pedaled Bankman-Fried’s intent and culpability.
    More October institutions, possibly November, but yes.
    It is now clear that what happened at the FTX crypto exchange and the hedge fund Alameda Research involved a variety of conscious and intentional fraud intended to steal money from both users and investors.  That’s why a recent New York Times interview was widely derided for seeming to frame FTX’s collapse as the result of mismanagement rather than malfeasance.  A Wall Street Journal article bemoaned the loss of charitable donations from FTX, arguably propping up Bankman-Fried’s strategic philanthropic pose.  Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias, court chronicler of the neoliberal status quo, seemed to whitewash his own entanglements by crediting Bankman-Fried’s money with helping Democrats in the 2020 elections – sidestepping the likelihood that the money was effectively embezzled.
    This is the straight shit.  If you're interested in the real story behind this latter day love child of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff, read most of the thing.

  • Elon Musk met with Tim Cook and announced that the war is cancelled.  (Yahoo Finance)

    Build your own war.

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Disclaimer: Imagine a twinkie, 35 feet long and weighing about 54 tons.

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Wednesday, November 30


Daily News Stuff 30 November 2022

Sans Adils Edition

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  • Apple's App Store is an ad-ridden mockery of its former self.  (Business Insider)

    If you're working on a good an useful app, you have to jump through flaming hoops to get it in the App Store.

    If you're producing worthless garbage that makes Apple money, no problem at all.

  • The same Ikea desk legs that were out of stock before are out of stock again.  Should have ordered them when I had the chance, even if I'm not planning to put those desks in place right away.

    That only affects the main office; the desks in at least four of the other five rooms use different legs that are still in stock and which I am going to order right now before those also disappear.

    Ordering the legs for ten desks gives me a delivery fee of $29.  One small desktop, $599.  That's why I didn't place an order sooner.

  • Speaking of ordering stuff, I bought some books.  I buy books all the time - every time there's a Humble Book Bundle that isn't rubbish I'll throw some money at it, so I average about 100 new books a month.

    But those are digital.  I stopped buying paper books a few years ago because (a) I mostly read on my tablet and (b) my old house was completely and utterly out of room.

    Now I have room.  Lots of.  Have to buy all the books before they stop printing them.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Seriously, this stuff is garbage.  I'd rather re-watch Barney Miller than 99% of what is coming out now.

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Tuesday, November 29


Daily News Stuff 29 November 2022

Bundles Of Billies Edition

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  • In a rare win for sanity and freedom Britain is abandoning legislation that would have banned "legal but harmful" speech online.  (Reuters)

    The proposed law was so twisted that it included criminal charges for executives of social platforms for the entirely legal speech of other people.

    This unsurprisingly provoked some pushback from said social platforms.

    The government - the nominally conservative government - is planning to return with more of the same but with a tasty won't somebody think of the children sauce on top.

  • I think everything I want from Ikea is in stock right now.  I could just set fire to my credit card and order a houseful of furniture in one go.

    Probably best not to.  Would save on delivery fees but leave my living room filled with flat packs when I've only just got it free of boxes.

    Going to end up with 90 feet of desk space.

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Disclaimer: But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some ink converters!

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Monday, November 28


Daily News Stuff 28 November 2022

Refrigerised Edition

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  • Private data for 5.4 million Twitter users has been leaked online.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Twitter had a bug - fixed back in January - that let you look up a phone number or email address and get the corresponding account, if one existed.  Patient hackers crawled their way through millions of numbers and addresses - probably stolen from somewhere else - to match them up, and then offered it all up for sale for $30k.

    Now it's apparently available for free.

Tech News

  • The CBC tried to get Libs of TikTok banned from Shopify (it's a Canadian company).

    The CEO told them, very politely - he's Canadian - to shove it.

    And then blocked them.

  • When they said the compiler could make monkeys fly out of your butt, they meant it.  (PKH)

    Integer overflow in C is undefined behaviour.  That means that if you put a check in your code to catch that a value has overflowed and fix the problem, the compiler is entirely within the C standard if it removes your check and then crashes when the value overflows.

    Use a real language.

Disclaimer: Today is Cyber Monday, the day when we all gather together and eat roasted cybers, a type of eggplant.  Nobody knows why we do this.  Tastes vile.

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Sunday, November 27


Daily News Stuff 27 November 2022

Among Our Weapons Edition

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  • What really went on at FTX.  (New York Post)

    Drugs and vegetarian food, and setting fire to other people's money.

    Decentralised finance is showbusiness for ugly, incompetent, dishonest meth addicts.

  • Elon Musk hasn't done anything new to outrage the usual suspects.  They're still outraged, of course, but it's not new.

Tech News

  • There are only two hard problems in computer science:

    0. Cache invalidation
    1. Naming things
    2. Asynchronous callbacks
    3. Off-by-one errors
    4. Scope creep
    5. Bounds checking

    I had a story to go along with this but the story was boring.

  • Lenovo has accidentally confirmed the new, cheaper, lower power Ryzen 7900 and 7700 non-X parts.  (WCCFTech)

    We don't know if these will be available as retail parts - the 5900 wasn't, for example - or if they do, whether will come bundled with CPU coolers.

    AMD is also preparing a lower cost motherboards based on the A620 chips set.

    Current Ryzen 7000 motherboards are quite expensive, even at the low end.  The current cheapest Socket AM5 motherboards cost twice as much as the cheapest Socket AM4 boards.  They are better, yes, but not twice as better.

Disclaimer: Quick one today, I have a migraine, and also there is no news.

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Saturday, November 26


Daily News Stuff 26 November 2022

Third Coming Edition

Top Story

  • Elon Musk just decided to bring the worst people on the internet back to Twitter. (The Verge)

    People who weren't banned from Twitter:

    • Chinese genocide apologists
    • Hitler-worshiping Hindu nationalists
    • Iran's terrorist leadership
    • Antifa goons actively planning assaults
    • Pedophiles
    • People illegally distributing puberty blockers to children (who were also pedophiles, strange coincidence there)
    • People running mass-reporting schemes (who were - yes - also pedophiles)

    People who were banned:

    • The New York Post for news stories inconvenient to Democrats
    • James Lindsay and the Babylon Bee for accurately identifying an adult male
    • Nick Rekieta for being the victim of a mass-reporting scheme
    • Me for suggesting a certain politician "needs to resign, or be thrown in a volcano, whatever works"

    And it's only with those people being reinstated that the news media, which is all - mainstream and technology together - intensely pro-censorship, is getting itself worked up.

  • Hoping that particular politician will soon be out of office, but it's Melbourne and they're all insane down there.

Tech News

Disclaimer: It's nearly Christmas and I haven't taken down my Halloween tree yet.

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Friday, November 25


Daily News Stuff 25 November 2022

With Slightly Less Downtime Edition

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Floppotron Rhapsody of the Day

Disclaimer: HTTP 413 I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing.

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Well, Poop, Part N+1

Sorry about that.  We're back.

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Thursday, November 24


Daily News Stuff 24 November 2022

For The Fifteenth Time Edition

Top Story

  • Why Twitter didn't go down, from a Twitter site reliability engineer.  (Substack)

    Because it's automated.

    The funny thing is, this guy worked on the distributed caching system, and the distributed cache is the most visibly unreliable component of the entire platform.

  • Twitter is not only still not dead, but is planning to cast some advanced necromancy:

    This will be fun.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still not dead.

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