Is this how time normally passes? Really slowly, in the right order?

Monday, December 05

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Daily News Stuff 5 December 2022

Weasel Cannon Edition

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  • So with Elon Musk spending all his time trolling people on Twitter, his other companies are floundering, with Tesla, uh, launching its promised electric semi and blowing away all the competition.  (EV Universe)

    There are other electric semis on the market, but the Tesla has the largest battery, the longest range, the fastest recharge time (not even close), and the highest efficiency.

    It takes 30 minutes to recharge to 70% capacity, and has a fully charged range of a little over 500 miles.

    The article analyses the test trip to dig up details like the effectiveness of the Tesla's regenerative braking and its unloaded weight.

    Tesla has around 1000 orders for the Semi already.


  • Meanwhile Starlink, which already operates more satellites than everyone else in the world put together has FCC approval to triple its deployments.  (Engadget / MSN)

    The company will be launching 7500 Gen 2 satellites.  These will enable broader adoption of direct-to-orbit mobile communications.


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Sunday, December 04

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Daily News Stuff 4 December 2022

Out Of The Fire, Into The Frying Pan Edition

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  • The mee.nu server is alive, with all data up to yesterday transferred to the new system.  There wasn't much data yesterday because the planned maintenance at the datacenter ended up taking 25 hours.

    So someone had as bad a weekend as I did.

    Also bumped from CentOS 6 to Ubuntu 22.04 and from MySQL 5.7 to MariaDB 10.9 with relatively little trouble.

    Don't try to upload files just yet, though, right now that's read-only.  I'll fix that shortly.


  • Also looking at getting some new servers and replacing all the old ones.  Should work out cheaper in the end.

    Two 5950X systems with 128GB RAM and 4TB SSD, and a new ZFS storage server for backups.  With the 7950X out the 5950X is a lot cheaper now, and still twice as fast as anything I currently have.

    Overkill right now but if I can avoid weekends like this, totally worth it.


  • MSN fired its human journalists and replaced them with an AI that writes stories about mermaids.  (Futurism)

    The only problem is this story about collapsing journalism standards in pursuit of a quick buck, is a story of collapsing journalism standards in pursuit of a quick buck.

    It's not true.

    MSN aggregates a huge range of "news" sources, almost all of them garbage, but it's handy sometimes because it usually punctures the paywalls when it does so.

    One of those sources it aggregates is called Exemplore, and it's nearly as much of a trash fire as Futurism.

    The New York Times is still in a class by itself when it comes to trash fires though.

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  • I wonder how ZFS would perform on AWS sc1 EBS volumes.  Probably poorly.


  • Intel's Core i5 13500 is over 50% faster than the Core i5 12500.  (Tom's Hardware)

    On Passmark it's almost exactly 50%.  Other tests rate it a little higher.

    This is not because the main "performance" cores are a lot faster; they're a little faster but not much.  With this generation Intel has added eight "efficiency" cores to the six "performance" cores, and that gives a big overall boost for multi-threaded work.

    I'm not sure I like this, because the E cores run at half the speed of the P cores, and I really want everything to be consistent.  But Windows likes to run a lot of crap in the background, and having eight extra cores to take care of that sure won't hurt.  

    If it's priced similarly to the 12500 - around $200 - this will make a fine CPU for most desktop users.


  • AMD reportedly plans to launch three new X3D processors at CES in January.  (Tom's Hardware)

    AMD's X3D models stack an extra chip on the CPU to triple the size of L3 cache.  Depending on what you're running the effect can be huge - the 5800X3D is still up there among the fastest CPUs available for gaming, despite being clocked lower than the regular 5800X.

    Leaks suggest that AMD will be releasing 12 and 16 core models this time, as well as the 8 core chip aimed at gaming.  (They also do this on their Epyc server CPUs, for up to 768MB of L3 cache on the chip.)



Disclaimer: Rumours of my death have been very slightly exaggerated.

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We're Back

Well, that was exciting.

We've moved to the new server.  Well, two new servers, since the designated new server had weird issues.

The migration was complicated by the old server disappearing for 24 hours just before I was set to start doing this.

But...  We're back.

We were actually back for a while earlier (as some people noted) but that was with three weeks of data missing.  In the end I was able to recover everything up to the Scheduled Maintenance Window of Doom, and the only person who posted anything after that was me (and a couple of commenters) so that's close enough to everything.

Also, looks like I can stop paying for that backup server, since it's kind of deceased.

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Friday, December 02

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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.
    Oops.


  • 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

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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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Wednesday, November 30

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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.


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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

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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

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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.


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  • 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

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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.


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  • 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

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Daily News Stuff 26 November 2022

Third Coming Edition

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  • 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.


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

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