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Wednesday, June 26


Daily News Stuff 26 June 2019

Everyone I Don't Like Is A Nazi Edition

Tech News

  • Google has joined the People's Front for Punching Nazis where by "Nazi" they mean, apparently, conservative Jewish podcasters and Canadian academic psychologists.  (One Angry Gamer)

    This seems like a rather broader definition of "Nazi" than the one I am used to.

    Google hastened to explain that they didn't mean that Ben Shapiro was a Nazi, just that he was "Nazi-adjacent-adjacent", like Portugal in WWII.

  • There's a vulnerability in AMD's secure virtualiz- oh it's fixed already.  (AnandTech)

    They screwed up the elliptic curve parameters and ended up with a balloon animal instead of an encryption scheme.

  • Mike you idiot.  (TechDirt)

    Apparently there is no intellectual property in the fashion industry.  Now, the tweet and the movie Mike was attacking were indeed stupid and invited harsh criticism, but for Dog's sake get your facts straight for once.

  • AMD's Ryzen 5 3600 breaks cover as a Spanish site bobbles the embargo and it looks pretty good for the most part.  (Tech Powerup)

    For example, it beats the much more expensive 8 core i7-9700K in Cinebench.

    One oddity is slow write performance to RAM.  Read and copy are normal - only limited by the RAM itself, and within a couple of percent of the i9-9900K - so this might be an error in the benchmarking tool, or it might be something that needs a BIOS patch.

  • Do not write your own libc.

    I mean, seriously.

  • SK Hynix has entered production on its 128-layer 4D NAND flash the fourth dimension being, of course, marketing.  (Tech Powerup)

  • Worried that bullshit codes of conduct would stifle honest discussion between software developers?

    Turns out that developers will be developers regardless of the bullshit codes of conduct with which they are expect to comply.  (ZDNet)

  • GitLab 12 is out.

    It has a pancake-sorting algorithm.  No, wait, that was a different article.

  • That guy who got his entire life stolen via a bogus SIM swap got most of it back.  (ZDNet)

    No surprise: His bank was the most responsive and responsible, preventing a transfer of $25,000 from ever leaving his account.

    No surprise: Twitter was the worst; without a direct contact inside the company he would have been unable to recover his account, and anyway, his entire history is gone.

    He offers some useful - if inconvenient - tips to prevent this happening to you.

  • They're back!

    Since both games are headed for PC I give it about 30 seconds before someone patches the character model.

  • Where's Waldo Mike?

Anime Ending of the Day

I watched the Sword Oratoria spinoff, and it was okay, then I rewatched a couple of episodes of DanMachi itself, and it's so much better.  Animation and story and everything.

What the Heck Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Bunch of hecking feppers.

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Tuesday, June 25


Daily News Stuff 25 June 2019

Oops We BGP'd It Again Edition

Tech News

Picture of the Day

Get your kiwi sparkling clean at the Kiwimat!

Update: It's not just some cool drawings of two kids and their kiwi, it's a cool webcomic of two kids and their kiwi.

Disclaimer: We believe our earlier disclaimer stands on its own merit and have no further comment at this time.

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Monday, June 24


Daily News Stuff 24 June 2019

Pi Day In June Edition

Tech News

  • Raspberry Pi 4 is out.  (

    The CPU has been bumped up to a 1.5GHz quad-core A72, which is not slow.  My Mediapad is a quad A72 at (I think) 2.2GHz, and it zooms through stuff.  It should be at least twice as fast as the current Pi 3B+ which has a quad-core 1.4GHz A53.

    The Pi 4 also has up to 4GB RAM, WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5, full gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and two (micro) HDMI ports.  It can run two 4K monitors at 30Hz, or one a 60Hz and a second screen at 1080p.

    $35 with 1GB, $45 with 2GB, $55 with 4GB.

  • If WiFi isn't doing it for you anymore why not try LiFi.  (The Verge)

    Since it uses visible light, its ability to pass through solid objects is limited, and by limited I mean zero.  Unless they're made of glass.  On the other hand, since it uses visible light there's no RF interference, because it's not RF.

  • Knitting community Ravelry has gone full Oberlin, banning anyone supporting the President of the United States.  (One Angry Gamer)

    Apparently did the same thing last year.

    Never go full Oberlin.

Anime Music Video of the Day

I posted this three months ago, but just realised this is the same person who created the Non Non Biyori AMV from Friday.  It's not always about fancy visual effects; sometimes it's just pairing up the song and the video and letting it flow.  Well, and dozens and dozens of beat-perfect cuts.

Disclaimer: As some day it may happen that a victim must be found
I've got a little list — I've got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground,
And who never would be missed — who never would be missed!

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Sunday, June 23


Daily News Stuff 23 June 2019

Damn It I Have To Leave The House Edition

Tech News

  • There is no cloud, there's just someone else's computer.  Possibly yours if you're running Wordpress.  (ZDNet)

    A commercial proxy service turns out to consist entirely of hacked Wordpress sites.  Thousands of them.

  •  How AMD's Rome pricing compares with Intel at every level.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Intel is most competitive at the 24-core point, where their cheapest processor costs only 80% more than AMD's most expensive part.  Intel's cheapest 24-core server CPU will save you nearly 5% over AMD's cheapest 48-core CPU.


  • Reddit's new design is now the default.  On my monitor, browsing /r/programming I could previously see 14 headlines and an ad on one page.  Now it's 4 headlines and an ad.

    This is not an improvement.

  • TSMC has shown off a chiplet-based ARM server CPU.  (WikiChip)

    This is just a tech demo so far - the chiplets are tiny, each containing four A72 cores and the interconnect hardware.  On the other hand, they can hit 4.2GHz, which is pretty fast for an Arm core.

  • How to get 32-bit games running on Ubuntu 19.10.

    Step 1: Use a different distro.

  • Three products Apple needs to make but doesn't.  (MacWorld)

    A monitor, a router, and an external disk drive, basically.

  • Coming soon from Toho Studios: Rogue Slug.  (BBC News)

    Followed by Godzilla vs. Rogue Slug and Rogue Slug One: A Train Wars Story.

In anime news, Danmachi season two starts July 13.  I had forgotten that it has a spin-off series, Sword Oratoria, or to give it its full title, Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka Gaiden: Sword Oratoria.

Turns out it's not so much a spinoff as an alternate camera angle.  It follows exactly the same events, just from the perspective of Aiz (mostly) rather than Bell.  It's not bad, but it's not anything new either.

Update: Left the house.  The big ceiling was leaking again.  Nonetheless managed to exchange tokens of value for some fabric coverings for my lower extremities and a burned dead fowl still warm from the flames.

Picture of the Day

Anime Preview of the Day

Was browsing through the upcoming season.  Apart from Danmachi 2 it seems a bit sparse and we'll have to wait for the hidden gems, but Kanata no Astra looks like it might be worth a watch.

It looks like the following season will be the big one for this year, with My Hero Academia 4 confirmed and Non Non Biyori 3 and Dragon Maid 2 assumed since they've been announced as 2019 releases.

Disclaimer: Do not taunt happy rogue slug.

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Saturday, June 22


Daily News Stuff 22 June 2019

Why Did I Work So Hard At The Sports Festival Edition

Tech News

  • Moderating social networks is an awful job because people are awful.  (TechDirt)

    The situation is not improved by the fact that all the major social networks are run by idiot children.

  • AMD's Epyc Rome lineup looks to have leaked.  (WCCFTech)

    Starting at around $500 for an 8 core part (single or dual socket) and ranging up to $5000 for a single-socket 64 core and $7700 for a dual-socket 64 core part.

    I still want to see more AM4 servers though.

  • That bug in Chrome's site suggestions has reportedly been fixed in the latest update.  (Bleeping Computer)

  • Ubuntu is dropping 32-bit support as of 19.10.  (Ubuntu)

    Not only will there no longer be 32-bit builds of the operating system, the 64-bit builds won't have any 32-bit libraries.  While the kernel still retains the ability to run 32-bit apps, you will have to bundle all dependencies with your app.  And you'll also need to work out how to build it in the first place without any 32-bit support in your development environment.

Disclaimer: I suppose you think nothing much is happening as the moment.

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Friday, June 21


Daily News Stuff 21 June 2019

Cough Bullshit Cough Edition

Tech News

  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai admits that they can't moderate YouTube perfectly so they plan to keep fucking everything up as they have been so far.  (TechDirt)

    With 100 new videos uploaded every second, and the sum functional IQ of YouTube's executive suite in the single digits, this is not a problem likely to be resolved any time soon.

  • Google Chrome seems to want to screw up your URL suggestions.  If it prompts you with something dumb, hit Shift-Delete to make it forget it.

  • Smartphones are not making children grown horns you fucking morons.  (TechDirt)

    I've seen this garbage repeated credulously in multiple newspapers, because journalists are imbeciles.

  • Speak the actual literal truth and Twitter will ban you.  (TechDirt)

    Tim Pool pointed this out when he was on Joe Rogan with Twitter's vapid mosquito-fodder figurehead Jack Dorsey and their multifunction legal, policy, trust and safety robot Vijaya Gadde.  That was when they came up with their new corporate slogan "Thank you for your input.  Your account is now permanently suspended."

  • I think the problem with this MacBook Pro extends beyond user error.  (Reddit)

    The part where Apple won't touch it until it's spent 24 hours in a fireproof safe is a clue.

  • Windows 10 might soon let you name virtual desktops like CDE did in 1994.  (Bleeping Computer)

  • Google will stop making tablets after spending six years desperately avoiding a repeat of their early success.  (ZDNet)

Anime Music Video of the Day

Disclaimer: If at first you succeed, make sure you never repeat the simple and obvious formula that gave you that success.  I mean, you might succeed again and then where would you be?

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Thursday, June 20


Daily News Stuff 20 June 2019

Talkin' Bout Shaft Edition

Tech News

  • Everyone's favourite SSD controller company with a dumb name has announced a controller for the USB standard with a dumb name - with a dumb name.  (AnandTech)

    Phison's PS2251-17 is a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface directly to flash, delivering up to 1.3GB/s.  Which is a bit slow for USB 20, but a lot faster than SATA.

    I'll take it.

  • A Google partner company hoovered up the content of lyrics site Genius.  (TechDirt) 

    Genius caught them red-handed by using alternating patters of regular and fancy apostrophes to embed a message in Morse Code.

    But -

    First, only 100 songs out of 1.5 million have been identified as having been copied. 

    Second, Genius doesn't own the copyright to the lyrics.  They license them, and Google's partner also has a license.

    Third, a previous court ruling on the use of "trap streets" in street directories held that trap streets in themselves were not copyrightable, so by that precedent neither are Genius's apostrophes.

    And fourth, Amazon and Microsoft have the same copied lyrics.

  • Why Google+ failed.  (OneZero)

    Not necessarily correct, but a worthwhile look at why Google's design choices may have doomed the network from the start.

  • Intel most definitely either is or is not outsourcing some 14nm production to Samsung.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • Infinity nines, HPE?  (Serve the Home)

    I guess you can write an SLA promising 100% uptime, so long as the penalties for missing the target still leave room for profit.

    Basically, though, this is a network storage array where everything is redundant and hot-swap.  Dual-attach SAS drives mean even a backplane failure leaves you up and running.

  • Australian prices for the Intel 660p have come down to Earth with a thump, and are now within a couple of percent of US prices (allowing for exchange rates and sales tax).  Time for a 2TB upgrade!

Video of the Day

There's a new Shaft movie out, it seems.  It's supposed to be both fun and faithful to the 70s original.  It has a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes - and a 33% critic score.

Rotten Tomatoes now insists that you verify your movie tickets before they count your vote in the viewer score.  So that 95% is from a verified audience.

Disclaimer: <rant mode="penn jillette">He's a complicated man AND nobody understands him but his woman.</rant>

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Wednesday, June 19


Daily News Stuff 19 June 2019

Hot Fix Sundae Edition

Tech News

  • There's a serious flaw in Linux networking that lets attackers remotly DOS or even crash your server.  (Ars Technica)

    Fortunately there's a simple mitigation; it just slows down new connections slightly.  No impact if the network is robust, a few tens of milliseconds if there's packet loss.  

    Poke poke.

    And we're safe.  In theory.

  • PCI Express 6.0 is on its way.  (AnandTech)

    This will be double the speed of PCIe 5.0, which will be double the speed of PCIe 4.0, which is double the speed of PCIe 3.0 that everyone currently uses.

    Yes, this is a dramatic acceleration of upgrades.  We were all stuck on PCIe 3.0 far longer than anyone had planned, and the PCI-SIG committee is trying to catch up again.

    PCIe 6.0 uses the same signal rates as 5.0 but encodes two bits per clock using four voltage levels - a technique called PAM4 and used in high-speed networking - much the same as MLC flash encodes two bits per cell by having two intermediate levels between empty and full.

    This means it can work with similar materials and designs as PCIe 5.0, while keeping full backward compatibility.  The downside is that it makes the controller circuitry a lot more complicated; you not only have to deal with intermediate levels, you have to deal with intermediate levels accurately and consistently within 60 picoseconds.

    The final spec is due in 2021 and first products in 2023, but I wouldn't expect this to reach consumer systems for a while.

    The impetus for this is terabit networking, which requires a ton of expansion slot bandwidth.  And the impetus for that is cloud-scale virtualisation: If your interconnect is fast enough your entire datacenter becomes one huge massively fault-tolerant server that you can dynamically subdivide to suit needs that change from one second to the next, without needing the level of over-provisioning that currently entails.

  • Facebook is gearing up to launch its own currency, spinning off a new subsidiary called Calibra to focus on financial services.  (Tom's Hardware)

    All I have to say is Danger, Will Robinson!

  • Australia has blocked HorribleSubs and hundreds of other sites.  (TechDirt)

    Nobody tell them.

  • Apparently President Trump is allowed to block people again.  (Tech Dirt)

  • Out of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers 500 run Linux.  (ZDNet)

  • Apple Stores suck.  (ZDNet)

  • Don't link accounts.  (ZDNet)

    Important note: Even if your online storage provider promises that all your files are encrypted and safe from hackers, even if that's true, it doesn't help if the hacker has your login.

  • Google plans to spend a billion dollars on worker housing.  (

    Or they could move offices to somewhere that isn't a blighted far-left hellscape.  Just a thought.
    You code sixteen apps, what do you get?
    Another year older and deeper in debt.
    Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go -
    I owe my soul to the Google Play Store.

Video of the Day

A review of a computer you've never heard of...  Unless you read Daily News Stuff.

Disclaimer: Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.

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Tuesday, June 18


Daily News Stuff 18 June 2019

You Have No Place On Our Platforms Edition

Tech News

  • Gab filed a complaint concerning Apple with the DOJ.

  • Apple banned Gab's developer account.

    Now, "following" is a weasel word that implies because of but only actually means chronologically later than.  But this game of antitrust "notice me senpai" is getting out of hand.

  • Ireland plans to ban new petrol and diesel engines by 2030.  (BBC)

    Shocking news from 2030: The importation of used vehicles from Europe into Ireland continues to soar...

  • Navi has landed...  In the Linux kernel.  (Phoronix)

    Over 400,000 lines of open source code have been posted by AMD for inclusion in an upcoming kernel release.

  • It turns out that Hedetniemi's Conjecture is false.  (Quanta)

    This is a graph-colouring theorem - similar to the Four Colour Map Problem - and has been a standing question for 53 years.  The entire proof is just three pages long.

Anime Music Video of the Day

It's been here before but they keep making me repost it.

Disclaimer: You shall not pass Go.  You shall not collect $200.

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Monday, June 17


Daily News Stuff 17 June 2019

No One Ever Learns Edition

Tech News

  • If architects designed buildings the way Node.js developers design code, it wouldn't even take a woodpecker.

  • Benchmarking Intel's Xeon Gold 6242.  (Serve the Home)

    Not exactly cheap, but still delivers 80% of the performance of the Xeon Platinum 8260 for half the price.

  • A courageous response to a dirtbag hacker.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Not being facetious.  I don't know who Bella Thorne is, but she's a brave and level-headed young lady.

  • Google is in a twisty maze of little trap streets, all different.  (

    What Google did here might be legal in the general case (precedent is well-established) but adds fuel to the fire for anti-trust investigators who are already not particularly well-disposed.

  • Developer conferences suck.  (ZDNet)

    So does that article, once it gets past the section criticising Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Google.  So does Salesforce.  They are at least as bad as the consumer-oriented tech giants.

In anime news, Log Horizon is more original than I'd thought.  Our main hero is an evil scheming rules-lawyering bastard, but he fights for what is right.

Disclaimer: Live by the Node, die by the Node.

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