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

Tuesday, July 18

World

Australian Politics, Ladies And Gentleman

Turns out that the Australian Greens' Scott Ludlam was ineligible to run for Senate.


It turns out that Greens deputy leader Larissa Walter was also ineligible to run for Senate.

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Monday, July 17

Cool

Generation Z Is A Definite Improvement

Me: Play them Dirty Deeds.  Play them Dirty...  YEAH.


This is Western Civilisation in a nutshell: A nine year old girl in a Cupcakes & Sprinkles & Confetti tee-shirt rocking out to AC/DC.

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Cool

Cautiously Optimistic

It took more than 50 years for movie technology to catch up with one woman's imagination, but here we are.

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Tuesday, July 11

Geek

SMR Drives Are Not The Fastest Things In The World...

Actually, they're bimodal.  If you try doing random writes to an SMR drive (like the Seagate Archive models) you can hit 1000 IOPS for the first 20GB of data, after which it will plummet to about 5 IOPS.  This is because they implement a WAFL cache.

For reads, they're just like any other hard drive.

Currently backing up 20 million files - about 5TB in total.  Transfer completed, verifying now.

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Sunday, July 09

Geek

I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!

Had to transfer files from some old servers to their replacements this weekend, so I can shut off the old servers and save money for new toys.

First I thought I'd make sure the new servers were all up to date, so I did the usual apt update; apt upgrade dance and they didn't boot anymore and instead showed an absence of bootable drives and a kernel panic.

Which isn't possible, because without a bootable drive there'd be no kernel to panic, so I knew something else was going on.  Fortunately at that point I was logged in on the console using VNC (which sucks when you have to use it from the other side of the planet, let me tell you) and was able to coax them both into booting again from an older kernel.  Seems there's something amiss in 4.4.0-81 and -83 on these particular machines, though I have others running just fine.

Thankfully it was nothing worse; once I purge the newer kernels both machines rebooted just fine.  Now the file transfer is running and I can just leave it to do its job; it's about 30 million files so it will take a day or so.

Update: And there's a bad drive on one of the new servers.  Yay.  At least I can hand that off to someone else to sort out.

Update: Went to the bathroom, came back, and they'd replaced the drive for me.  These guys are good!

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Anime

Fuwa Fuwa Witch

Helpful hint: Don't eat the yellow rhubarb.

Update: What?  The parents aren't dead?  What kind of anime is this?

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Saturday, July 08

Anime

Alice To Zouroku

What I Watched

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What I Got

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What I Also Got

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What I Also Also Got


What I Also Also Also Got

 

 
I give it four little piggies out of four.  🐷🐷🐷🐷

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Friday, July 07

Geek

California Vs Texas

California Approach

iMac Pro: 8 cores, beautiful integrated retina display, starts at $4999, zero user-serviceable parts.

Texas Approach

Dell Inspiron 27: 8 cores, beautiful integrated retina display, starts at $1799*, user can replace memory, solid state drive, hard drive, processor, wifi, camera, speakers, display panel...  Basically, everything.

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Oh, and the Dell has an HDMI input so it doubles as a monitor, something the iMac used to be able to do.  I'm probably going to order one next week.


* $1799 configured with 8 cores, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 8GB Radeon RX 580, and a 4K retina display.  Models start at $999.

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Tuesday, July 04

Geek

Go Mine Somewhere Else, Damn You

So I'm finally ready to place an order for my new PC - I'm thinking an AMD Ryzen 1700 - and I just took a look online to see what the situation is with video cards.

Well...

On the AMD side, there are no Radeon 580 or 570 cards available, and no 4GB 560 cards either.  Only the 2GB model, which doesn't have enough memory for effective mining, and the low-end 550.

On the nVidia side, there are almost no 1070s in stock, and the price has jumped on all of them, stock or not.  The cheaper 1080s are all gone.  The 1060s are all gone.  There's some 1050s and a couple of 1050 Ti cards, and there's some 1080 Ti cards available if I want to spend $1200 on a video card.

Bah.

I may go ahead and just get a 1050 Ti until the situation improves.  I don't have much time to play games at the moment anyway.

Update: Wait, Newegg now ships to Australia.  They have some RX 580 cards in stock at non-inflated prices, but only in bundles with the Ryzen 1700X.  Hmm.

Update Part Deux: There's also this puppy:

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It offers an 8-core Ryzen 1700, 16GB memory, Radeon RX 580 8GB video card, 27" 4K IPS display, and a 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB spinny drive.  It also has HDMI in so it can act as a monitor.

I checked the service manual, and memory, SSD, disk drive, and even the CPU are user-upgradeable.  It does cost a bit more than building it myself, but still a lot cheaper than my iMac.

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Sunday, July 02

Life

Uh-Oh

Little Witch Academia and Doctor Who are both done.  Now what?

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