What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Monday, February 18

Geek

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Picture of the Day

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Disclaimer: Do not dangle the mouse by its cable or throw the mouse at co-workers.  Do not drive cars in ocean.  Do not drive in fields.  Do not remove this disclaimer under penalty of law.

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Sunday, February 17

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Video of the Day



Disclaimer: Objects in the mirror are actually behind you.

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Saturday, February 16

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Disclaimer: 40 inches of snow are expected across the lower 48 states, though some areas may get less.

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Friday, February 15

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Thursday, February 14

Geek

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Tech News

  • South Korea has set up its own Little Firewall.  (Bleeping Computer)

    They are blocking websites using SNI and forcing search engines to filter results.  Not nasty dark web stuff like drug sales, but ordinary adult content.

  • IBM has a cloud platform.  (The Next Platform)

    Who knew?

  • Singtel lost 40 million mobile customers.  (ZDNet)

    Have they looked down the back of the sofa?  I found $2.40 last time I pulled the cushions out.

  • Hardkernel's Odroid N2 is a wee bit more powerful than the Raspberry Pi.

    It has A73 cores instead of A53 cores.  The A5x series is low power; the A7x series is high performance.  Not that the A53 is terrible, but the A73 is more than twice as fast.

    Which means it uses more power, of course, so it won't fit everywhere you might want to put a Pi, and it's more expensive as well.  But choice is good.

    Boards will ship in April, $63 with 2GB RAM, $79 with 4GB.

    There was to be an Odroid N1 last year, but it was cancelled because the memory chips became unavailable without warning.

  • DigitalOcean introduces managed databases, starting with PostgreSQL.

    Because...  Just because.

    Pricing starts at $15 for a database node with 1 CPU and 1GB of RAM, which is three times the cost of a regular VPS of that size.

    PostreSQL is better than MySQL in every way except for actually using it.

    Full-text indexing in MySQL: Put a full-text index on the desired fields.

    Full-text indexing in PostgreSQL: Take your text fields, and create a new field that is a doubly-inverted flip list of the communitised k-terms.  Then simply apply a Queequeg-Moravec hash-trie index to the denormalised wave function of the tetragrammaton.  The search operator is &*==!=? and the match terms take the form of a sonnet.  In Flemish.  You may experience database outages if your Flemish is not period-accurate to the late 16th century.


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Wednesday, February 13

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Disclaimer: This blog is an electron-free zone.  Thank you for spontaneously dissociating.

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Tuesday, February 12

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Video of the Day


Don't look too closely; just enjoy it.  

Apparently she actually did play bass on some of the songs - she's right handed but even learned to play left-handed for the performance - but not this one.


Picture of the Day

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Found on Twitter.  I'll have to look up the artist and give proper credit; they basically did a whole fake fashion magazine in this style.

Update: Art by @youcapriccioWeebly page.  Pixiv profile.

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Monday, February 11

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Picture of the Day

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Also featuring in Python 3.8.  (Seriously, check out Kobayashi's computer screen when she's working.)


Anime Op/Ed of the Day



Celebratory Repeat AMV of the Day



Disclaimer: Store bubble bath in a cool, dry place.  Stack no more than 4 high.  Store in original containers.  Strike before closing cover.

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Sunday, February 10

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  • If Facebook is outlawed only outlaws will have Facebook.  (Wired)

    This is an analysis of the German antitrust ruling against Facebook's advertising model.  Facebook is toast in Germany if they don't win on appeal, and that seems unlikely.

Picture of the Day

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Saturday, February 09

World

We're Going To Need A Bigger Envelope

I've been doing some back-of-the-envelope calculations on the real-world impact of the Green New Deal, based on existing projects like the California and Texas high-speed rail lines, and the cost escalation involved in running a multitude of such megaprojects simultaneously and on impossible deadlines.

First, if we take the published GND outline literally, the cost would run to around $375T per year, about four times the Gross World Product.

Second, during the execution of the 10 Year Plan, industrial and transport activity would be multiplied by roughly a factor of six - and so of course would greenhouse emissions.  Replacing air transport with high speed rail, for example, would take 500 years to show a net reduction in CO2 emissions.

Third...  I'm not sure if there even is a third.  This is insane.

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