Sunday, November 24


Daily News Stuff 24 November 2019

Rey Is Palpatine Edition

Tech News

  • Google is killing Cloud Print.  (Ars Technica)

    Admittedly, this is their core competency.  That is, killing products that people like and that simply work.

  • The .org TLD got sold off to a private equity firm.  (Ars Technica)

    Right after ICANN approved the removal of pricing caps.

    No corruption here.  Nothing to see.

  • Walmart is selling an Asus Vivobook for $249.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The other day I was criticising high-end laptops for only having 1080p screens.  At this price point though, 1080p is a selling point.  It's a 15.6" IPS model, though I wouldn't expect HDR or DCI-P3 at this price.

    CPU is a dual-core Ryzen 3 3200U, with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD.  That's just enough to be useful, but in a pleasant surprise both memory and storage are user-upgradable.  Looks like RAM is 4GB fixed and one DIMM slot for up to 8GB more (though it most likely would work just fine with even a 32GB module).

    One USB-C, one USB 3, one USB 2, HDMI, microSD, and a headphone jack.

  • 100K page views a month is not much for a static website.  (Running in Production)

    That's on a $5 server, and runs on a $50 server.  But is fully dynamic and has delivered (life to date) 1,527,342,654 pages.


    Maybe I should have worked harder to monetise this thing.

  • The bus ticket theory of genius.  (Paul Graham)

    Obsession is necessary but not sufficient.

  • Rust won't have a working GUI for twenty years.

  • Elon Musk vs. the League of Indignant Astronomers.  (Slashdot)

    Linking to /. because the original story is on Forbes and their site is just a mess.

    SpaceX is planning - among other things - to launch 30,000 internet satellites to blanket the entire planet with fast broadband and blanket the night sky with bright, fast-moving scraps of junk.

    The latest episode of The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe had Fraser Cain of Universe Today as a guest and he spoke about this.  As an astronomer and space enthusiast he has a love/mild irritation relationship with SpaceX.

    Ultimately the solution - if SpaceX succeeds, or even partly succeeds in its goals - is to use the increased launch capacity and greatly reduced costs to put more and better space telescopes into orbit above the endless constellations of internet drones.

Video of the Day

This looks a lot better than season 11.

But still...  Here's season 10, which was not a great season (though it has some strong episodes).

And here's the season 9 trailer.  This is how you make a trailer.

Or even this, for season 8, which was frankly a bit of a mess:

Well, I'll give it a try at least.

Disclaimer: Cargo not wanted on voyage.

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1 If I don't have to pay to watch season 12 (or subscribe to Yet Another Streaming Service), I'm willing to record the new episodes and give it a try. They'll have to work really really hard to earn back my trust, though.


Posted by: J Greely at Monday, November 25 2019 02:22 AM (ZlYZd)

2 Even the commenters at Arse Technica felt let down by Season 11, although the complaint was mostly a rather generic "not good stories."

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, November 25 2019 03:12 AM (Iwkd4)

3 When you've gone so woke you've lost Ars Technica....

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, November 25 2019 09:20 AM (PiXy!)

4 ...physicists will use the black hole so created to detect the wokiton, the messenger particle of wokeness, the only thing that can escape from the ever-widening gyre of shrieking busybodies.

Posted by: Jay at Monday, November 25 2019 02:18 PM (vuQH5)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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