Sunday, September 16


Daily News Stuff 16 September 2018

Tech News

  • ADATA's new SSDs offer up to 1.2GB per second and sizes up to 256GB.  (AnandTech)

    So what, you ask. 

    So...  They're half an inch square.

  • Nvidia won't have the RTX 2080Ti out for Talk Like a Pirate Day  (Tom's Hardware)

    A week's delay probably just means it needed a flash update.

  • Chrome 70 (does anyone keep track of Chrome version numbers any more?)  can detect things like faces and barcodes within images in a web page.  (Tom's Hardware)

    If this actually runs in the browser, it's pretty impressive.  If it's using cloud services, it's a big bucket of warm frog vomit.

  • CSS can crash your iPhone.  (TechCrunch)

    Your A$2668 iPhone.*

    I never did like CSS.

    This applies to every iOS app that renders third-party HTML, because the only HTML renderer allowed on iOS is WebKit.

  • Amazon stopped selling physical goods to Australia through their US store at the end of July, but have now started selling items from their US store through their Australian store.  The only really odd thing about that is that they didn't do it from day one.

    I mention this because I'm not sure if the model of the HP notebooks I'm getting includes the pen - the one I ordered originally did not, but then they gave me a free upgrade to the top-of-the-line model which is shown with the pen in all photos.  If the pen is not included, it's about 40% cheaper on Amazon than from HP's own online store.

    In fact, buying from Amazon's US store via Amazon's AU store can be 25% cheaper than buying the identical product directly from Amazon Australia.

* Australian list price for iPhone XS Max 512GB including AppleCare.

Video of the Day

Dumping with Scrump is not for everyone - warning, may contain targeted profanity and illegal memes - but it regularly provides insightful comments on the idiotic social media kerfufflery du jour.   (Also, Scrump is one of the few people banned from Twitter more often than me.)  This weekend's episode is on the cancerous European copyright legislation. 

They focus here on Articles 11 and 13, which are the most widely cited for being utterly pathological, but the whole thing is a disaster and I'll be looking for good videos or articles taking on the rest of it.

Axel Voss, the lunatic-in-chief of this five-ring clown show has backed away from his earlier support, saying that the legislation contains rules he hadn't intended, after his bill had passed a vote in the EU Parliament.

Under Article 11 I would have to pay even to post these daily updates if I lived in the EU, or had a business there.   Which simply means I will never, ever do that.

About half-way in they get to Article 13, and an instance where a comic was banned in Germany.  You can't tell from the video but the comic has a character skirting Holocaust denial and being hushed by another character.  So it's not just that Holocaust denial is being suppressed, but that discussion of the suppression of Holocaust denial is being suppressed. 

Again it's not clear from the video, but the suppression of the comic would not be related to Article 13, but to existing German laws making Holocaust denial illegal.

Now, I fully understand modern German reactions to their appalling 20th century history.  But we can see that they are already careering down the slippery slope of censorship. And they just led the EU in radically expanding the scope of censorship laws, in ways that are entirely unprecedented in the so-called Free World.

Fuck these assholes.

Bonus Video of the Day

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1 Is there anyway we can just black hole Europe from the Internet and be done with it?  Despite 'Big Mistakes Numbers One and Two,' as well as the 'Would have been Big Mistake Number Three except for the people that the Europeans on 9/11 were wishing would lose another two towers,' it appears that Europeans have drawn all the wrong lessons, and been infecting everyone else with it.   Perhaps, just perhaps, the world would be a better place if we wrote-off the entire misbegotten abomination and seal Europe into a box by themselves.

Posted by: cxt217 at Monday, September 17 2018 07:00 AM (EGo5e)

 If this actually runs in the browser, it's pretty impressive.  If it's using cloud services, it's a big bucket of warm frog vomit.

OK. (oh, wait...can't say that any more, sorry)
Alright. why the difference between browser and cloud...and if it is in the browser it is it impressive in a good, bad, or terrifying way?

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Monday, September 17 2018 11:54 AM (3bBAK)

3 If it's in the browser itself, first, that's a cool technical achievement (though not groundbreaking); second, it means there's no (or at least, fewer) concerns about privacy issues and "big data"; third, it's still there if the cloud goes away; and fourth, if it's part of the Chromium source and not a purely Google add-on, it's open-source and other people can use it.

If it's a cloud service none of that applies.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, September 17 2018 12:52 PM (PiXy!)

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