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If Hitler invaded Hell, I would give a favourable reference to the Devil.

Wednesday, May 22


Daily News Stuff 22 May 2024

Scarlett Skies Edition

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Anime Music Video of the Day

<s>Song is Engel by Rammstein.  Anime is Neon Genesis Evangelion, which is kind of a mess.

This is a 4K AI upscale of the HD remastered version, which was a frame-for-frame remake of the SD remastered version, which was a frame-for-frame remake of the original version, which was cut together with two VCRs and a stopwatch.</s>

Well, that's blocked in the US, all four versions of it.  So here's The Irresponsible Captain Tylor.

Disclaimer: Give me Windows 10 or give me death!

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Tuesday, May 21


Daily News Stuff 21 May 2024

Turtle Recall Edition

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  • Microsoft Recall is the AI-powered future of PCs.  (The Verge)

    This new feature coming to Windows 11 lets you find and replay any moment in your PC's history...  By constantly taking screenshots.  Of everything.  Private email.  Passwords.  Personal chat messages.  Confidential business documents.  Credit card numbers.  Personal identification.  Everything.

    Not DRM-restricted content, though.  That would be taking things too far.

    And don't worry, all this information will be kept safe on your computer and Microsoft takes security very seriously.  (Tech Radar)

  • I just set up two PCs running Windows 10.

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Anime Music Video of the Day

Song is Stick Together by Elias Naslin, featuring Lucy and Elbot.  I don't know who any of those people are, but the song works well here.

Anime is Little Witch Academia, which started out as a short film, then got a Kickstarter-funded sequel, and was finally expanded into a 25-episode TV series.  The TV series differs a little in continuity from the original films, but it is very good.

Disclaimer: Never pick a fight with someone who once blew up the Moon by accident.

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Monday, May 20


Daily News Stuff 20 May 2024

First Catch Your Rabbit Edition

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I'm not sure what programmers are thinking when they do things like this.  Two cases I ran into over the weekend:
  • In the LXD service for managing containers and virtual servers, you can route individual ports from the public internet to specific containers.  If you have an email server in a container, you can route just the email ports (SMTP, POP, IMAP and so on) to it, without exposing anything else.

    If you want to preserve the public IP address - important in a lot of tasks - you have to set up this route in NAT mode.

    You can't do that; your container needs a static IP first.

    You can't add a static IP to your container; you can't override the network connection on the default bridge.

    You can't override the default bridge...  Wait, you can override the default bridge?  Why can I do that, but not just assign a static IP, which is a much more trivial operation?

  • When setting up multiple blogs under WordPress, the first thing you need to do is edit the WordPress source code.

    Then you have to disable all your plugins.

    Then you can run the setup routine to configure a multi-site network.

    What that setup routine does is give you a list of additional changes you need to make to the WordPress source code - and to your Apache configuration.

    This makes my own blogging software feel like a beacon of light in a howling void, when at this point it's mostly kind of meh and seriously needs updating.

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Anime Music Video of the Day

Song is Counting Stars by OneRepublic.  Anime is of course Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea.  Some people don't think highly of Ponyo.  Those people are bad.

Disclaimer: So is PHP.

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Sunday, May 19


Daily News Stuff 19 May 2024

If You Give A Rat A Cookie Edition

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  • Section 230 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects online platforms from most civil and criminal action if all they do is faithfully present data provided by their users (and take appropriate action when informed that action needs to be taken).

    But that law may not provide any protection at all when the data is rewritten using AI.  (MSN)

    Oh no.


  • AMD's beastly Strix Point Halo CPU could be even more of a beast than previously anticipated.  (Hot Hardware)

    This chip - or rather, module, since it seems to consist of three smaller chiplets - will have 16 full Zen 5 CPU cores (rather than the anticipated Zen 5c, which is fully compatible but smaller and slower) and 40 RDNA3 graphics cores, with a 256-bit bus.

    It will also have some number of Zen 5c cores on the graphics part of the module, though we don't yet know how many.

    It's basically a PlayStation 5 except with three times the CPU performance.

    (AMD also designed the chip for the PlayStation 5.  And the Xbox Series X and S.)

  • It's not a bubble!  With AI startups booming, the rest of the Silicon Valley bullshit is back too.  (Tech Crunch)

    It's a bubble.

  • LXD can do anything.

    You just have to be prepared to jump through seventeen flaming hoops to get there.

    Was having a lot of trouble preserving client IP addresses coming into a containerised proxy.  This is the solution:

    1. Forget binding public IPs to your containers; use LXD's proxy devices wheich are more specific and hence more secure.

    2. To preserve the client IP the proxy device must be running either in NAT mode or proxy protocol mode.

    3. Proxy protocol mode doesn't work at all with Caddy, at least in default settings.  It just turns every request into a 400 error.

    4. To configure NAT mode just add nat=true to your proxy commands, e.g.

    lxc config device add $MY_CONTAINER http-proxy proxy listen=tcp:$PUBLIC_IP:80 connect=tcp:$CONTAINER_IP:80 nat=true

    5. This will fail.

    6. You need to make CONTAINER_IP a static address - by default it's picked up from the hosts file.

    7. You can't.

    8.  Unless...  You delete and then re-add the container's network device following the instructions here.

    9. Now your proxy server will keep the client IP addresses.

    10. Yay.  I only spent five hours on that.

Anime Music Video of the Day

Song is Long Gone and Moved On by The Script.  Anime is Usagi Drop a.k.a Bunny Drop, which tells the story of a family gathering when the clan patriarch passes away - only to find he's left them an unexpected gift in the form of his six year old daughter.  

When the ostensible adults in the room are discussing what should be done with her - the mother has disappeared - Daikichi, the 30-something man you can see in the video, says Fuck you guys, she's family, I'll take her in if you're all too useless.

He knows absolutely nothing about raising children, but he finds a way to make it work.

Disclaimer: I'll pass on the recommendation not to read the manga for this one.  I took the advice so I can't confirm it either way.  The anime though is utterly delightful.

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Saturday, May 18


Daily News Stuff 18 May 2024

Dark And Stormy Day Edition

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  • Slack is taking customer data and using it for AI training.  (Security Week)

    "You can opt out", said Slack, which didn't actually bother to tell anyone it was doing this in the first place.  "You just have to call customer support."

    "The data is not shared with third parties and never leaves Slack's trust boundary" added a Slack representative, missing the point that Slack's trust boundary is now zero.

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Anime Music Video of the Day

Song is Best Day of My Life by the band American Authors.  Anime is Non Non Biyori, which follows the daily lives of the children - all five of them - in a remote Japanese farming community.  The location is fictional but the hints are that it would be somewhere in northwestern Honshu.

Their dilapidated school building though is entirely real.

Disclaimer: There is a word - though I don't remember the word or even the language it is from, so this is of questionable utility - for nostalgia for a time and a place that you never knew.  Non Non Biyori delivers that like nothing I have ever seen.

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Friday, May 17


Daily News Stuff 17 May 2024

Magic Web Fairies Edition

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Anime Music Video of the Day

No reason, I just like it.

Disclaimer: It's not our fault!

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Thursday, May 16


Daily News Stuff 16 May 2024

Wheel Of Fish Edition

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Disclaimer: Don't talk to me about first aid, boy, you owe me fourteen chickens.

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Wednesday, May 15


Daily News Stuff 15 May 2024

Potato Edition

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Tuesday, May 14


Daily News Stuff 14 May 2024

Witchflixn't Edition

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Vtuber Music Video of the Day

Today it's Haachama.  She's a bit confused but she has the right spirit.

Disclaimer: Also an honorary Aussie, having completed high school here and eaten the local wildlife.

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Monday, May 13


Daily News Stuff 13 May 2024

X Marks The Plot Edition

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  • Leaked details of Intel's upcoming Arrow Lake desktop CPUs indicate that the company is abandoning hyper-threading.  (Forbes)

    Hyper-threading allows a single core to work on two tasks at once, or almost at once, interleaving instructions from two different programs on alternate cycles.

    This improves overall performance by around 20%, but at the cost of increased complexity and power consumption and the introduction of subtle security issues.

    Since Intel's new efficiency cores run at about the same speed as each thread on a hyper-threaded performance core - but use half as much space on the chip to do it - removing hyper-threading at this point makes perfect sense for Intel.

    AMD doesn't have efficiency cores as such.  It has its "c" cores, where c probably stands for compact, but they are functionally identical to the full-sized cores and include hyper-threading themselves.

  • Workers at the Towson, Maryland Apple Store have voted to authorise a strike.  (Tech Crunch)

    Right you are then.  Have fun.

Vtuber Music Video of the Day

Today's song is Rhythm by former Prism Project member, pocket-sized singer/songwriter/audio engineer Pina Pengin.  Prism was a small vtuber agency that was taken up by Sony Music and then dropped, hard, a year later.

In the space of a year Sony went from owning four vtuber agencies to just one, Vee.

Thankfully all the talents under Prism were given their model and channels so they could continue their careers as independents.  Which they are doing.  Inimitably.

Don't ask about Luto.  She's Australian.

I mean, so is Sara, but we don't hold it against her.

Disclaimer: So is Nana Asteria.  In fact, Prism had a dangerously high concentration of Aussies, and one Kiwi.

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