Sunday, January 10


Daily News Stuff 10 January 2021

Things That Aged Poorly Edition

Tech News

  • Yeah, about that, Jack.

  • Move Amazon over to the Fascist column. (Instapundit)

    Instapundit in turn links to Buzzfeed, which uses Facebook comments. which rather illustrates the problem here.

    Ah. Let's try this.

    Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet. There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on amazons proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products. We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies. This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out. #speakfreely

    -- John Matze 🇺🇸 John Sunday, January 10, 2021

    I'll have to see if there's a way to generate that embed from the URL.  This is a new feature; they didn't have embeds last time I looked.

    Update: There is a way to do it automatically, but automatic or manual it glitches slightly if you - oh, wait.  Yeah, fixed.

  • I signed up with MeWe in the meantime.

    This is their privacy policy.

    It's pretty solid. It's about as good as it is possible to be and still maintain a functioning social media site. The site itself seems to work well and loads quickly, though it all looks a bit 2012-ish. But then so does Facebook.

    Don't seem to be able to read anything unless you're logged in, though.

  • Walter Duranty has a YouTube channel.

    The article is paywalled, and it's a British paper that's actually bothered to report in this.  I haven't seen any coverage from the American mainstream media at all.  Australia's Sky News has good coverage of China, and we're currently in a low-key trade war with them so there's not a lot of positive sentiment for the commie bastards generally.

    Here's a longer article from last year about the wumao - China's fifty cent army.  (Medium)

    Because that's how much they're paid for each piece of propaganda they post.

    They should really talk to the New York Times again.  They would do it for free.

  • There are engineering samples of Zen 3 desktop APUs floating around.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Not sure that means much since you still can't get your hands on Zen 2 desktop APUs.

  • Nvidia's RTX 3080 Max-Q could deliver 26% of the performance of a desktop 3080.  (NotebookCheck)

    That's...  Not great.  They've had to clock it wayyy down to get it into a laptop power envelope at all.

    Also - if leaked information is correct - some RTX 3070 mobile parts will be faster than some RTX 3080 mobile parts.  I'll wait for Nvidia to confirm that before I jump on their heads though.

  • There are also reportedly Ryzen 5800 and 5900 - non-X - models on the way.  (WCCFTech)

    8 and 12 core 65W parts respectively.  Same disclaimer as above - wait, let me check.  Yep, same disclaimer as above.

  • It's not just an American - or even Western - thing.  (The Lowdown)

    Interesting tale of how Alibaba buys smaller companies and destroys them through the usual mix of arrogance and incompetence.

  • Elon Musk told his Twitter followers to drop Facebook for Signal.  (Digital Trends)

    Not sure what problem that really solves, but fuck Facebook, so okay.

  • Fuck Discord.

    The UI is a disaster anyway.

  • Fuck Mozilla.

    The Brendan Eich situation was bad enough, but now they've clearly aligned themselves with the fascists.

  • But while I was looking for that tweet, I stumbled onto something that reminded me I was thinking too narrowly.

    My thinking was mostly that American Big Tech had told America they are not to be trusted.  But that's too narrow.  After all, I'm not American.

    American Big Tech has told the entire world they are not to be trusted.

    That's a completely different proposition.  Under the Biden Administration, there aren't going to be any rulings curtailing their depredations.  But every other country in the world will be taking note of this.

    Lots of interesting discussion on this point from Indian techies on Twitter.  Let a thousand social networks bloom.

  • Section 230 ruined the internet.  (The Atlantic)

    Wait, what?

    It's actually an insightful and well-written piece.  It points out that Section 230 promotes centralised platforms at the expense of smaller ones, bad moderation at the expense of good, and uniformity of thought at the expense of individualism and free expression.

Tiny Explosions Video of the Day

Everything on this channel is great.  You might wonder how it has survived given the way YouTube is, and the answer as you might expect is it didn't.  This is the second channel; the original, along with six years of content, got completely wiped a couple of years ago.

Comfy Block Video of the Day

This stream got privated shortly after it aired because of an accidental bad word - Gura had just one fumbled vowel sound, but that meant three hours of video had to be recompressed and re-uploaded to fix it, and she had other streams scheduled, and given the way YouTube is, leaving it up would mean the end of her career and those of everyone around her, and probably everyone around them and also some of their pets.

Anyway, it's back and it's good fun.

Now that the [youtube] tag supports anonymous playlists (you can just give it a list of video IDs separated by commas) I'm going to build a page - maybe a separate blog - hosting collections of videos I like.

Well, the tag does that on this site, anyway.  Haven't pushed it out to the rest of yet.  Next day or so.

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1 I can see those youtube videos.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Monday, January 11 2021 02:30 AM (6y7dz)

2 Yes, should work everywhere now except possibly SeaMonkey.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, January 11 2021 03:03 AM (PiXy!)

3 It's interesting that Zuckerberg contributed so much money and power to the stolen election this time around but they insist on blaming him for Trump's 2016 victory anyway.
Yellow Lovecraft-Robot Bad?

Posted by: Philip Fraering at Monday, January 11 2021 03:47 AM (Clxcy)

4 "Also - if leaked information is correct - some RTX 3070 mobile parts will be faster than some RTX 3080 mobile parts."
Gross, but unsurprising.  I think this was the case with the last generation too, and we won't mention Intel Mac laptop CPUs.
I think the 2020 Max-Q in my Zephyrus can use up to 65W.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, January 11 2021 03:48 AM (eqaFC)

5 Re: Musk: "In a series of tweets, Musk shareda memereferencing Facebook’s role in the spread of misinformation leading to the attack on Congress this week"

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, January 11 2021 04:15 AM (eqaFC)

6 Freak, what browser am I to use now that Mozilla has proven themselves to be part of the Plutocracy?

Posted by: cxt217 at Monday, January 11 2021 05:56 AM (4i7w0)

7 Team that makes Vivaldi apparently left Opera when the Chicoms got to Opera, so I'd want evidence before I'd be sure Vivaldi was compromised. Video appears like it will work in Seamonkey.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Monday, January 11 2021 06:36 AM (6y7dz)

8 Feasible options seem to be Brave, Vivaldi, Waterfox, and of all things, Microsoft Edge.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, January 11 2021 06:58 AM (PiXy!)

9 I'm mostly using Edge, because I haven't gotten around to downloading Brave yet, but that's what I'm going to try next.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, January 11 2021 07:15 AM (eqaFC)

10 Any recommendations on unwanted-ware blockers for them?  One of the major reasons I have really taken to Firefox is because UBlock Origins has done a magnificent job of killing the undesirable vectors for malware from appearing when I browse.

Posted by: cxt217 at Monday, January 11 2021 07:31 AM (4i7w0)

11 Given that brave is just a mildly customized build of chromium (the ungoogled version of chrome), I'd wager that ublock will work there.

Posted by: normal at Monday, January 11 2021 08:18 AM (+Kfbd)

12 UBlock Origin should work in most browsers, since they're all based on either Chromium or Firefox.  But installation might be trickier for some.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, January 11 2021 08:38 AM (PiXy!)

13 Hmm...I am going to have to play around with some browsers, which I would have to do anyway since I did not manually install Ublock from a file but added it as an extension, thus requiring finding and fiddling around with an install file.
I actually used Edge extensively the first time I used a Windows 10 machine.  I did not find it a pleasant experience I wanted to repeat, but it has been several years since that period.

Posted by: cxt217 at Monday, January 11 2021 09:26 AM (4i7w0)

14 Vivaldi has added their own ad-blocker as part of the platform.  It's fairly early in functionality, but they have committed to continue building it out.  So far I've used it in conjunction with uBlock Origin (UBO) without issue for months.
There is some concern about UBO and the vast majority of other 3rd party ad blockers no longer functioning once Google changes some of the APIs in both Chrome and Chromium.  Vivaldi, Brave, and a lot of other Chromium-based browsers have committed to making sure they continue to work on their browsers after that happens.  What form that takes we'll have to wait and see.  Mozilla isn't following suit in the short term, but some of their vacillating language on this has lead some to believe they will eventually due to the amount of money Google pays them.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Monday, January 11 2021 12:37 PM (u/3ql)

15 cxt217 - There's a brand new version of Edge built on the Chromium codebase that came out last year.  Faster and more compatible, works with almost all Chrome extensions, and isn't tied to Google.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, January 11 2021 01:25 PM (PiXy!)

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