Monday, December 14


Daily News Stuff 14 December 2020

Double The Fun Twice Edition

Tech News

  • Ordered the RAM upgrade for my two PCs today.  There are finally some good deals on Amazon...  Except it's Amazon UK and delivery might be by Friday or it might be three weeks from Friday.

    So I ended up ordering two 16GB Crucial modules - since Amazon AU helpfully have a 3 per customer limit - and two slightly more expensive Kingston modules.  Should have them tomorrow.

    (I decided not to try messing about with 32GB modules, at least for now.)

    Update: It's here already, already.

  • Third-generation Epyc can hit 4GHz unless it can't.  (WCCFTech)

    We're running a cluster of Threadripper servers at work because they had significantly better single-threaded performance than Epyc did when we got them.  Downside is they don't support registered memory, so the limit is 256GB per system.

    The higher-clocked members of the new Epyc lineup should perform better even on single-threaded workloads and support up to 2TB of RAM.

    Of course, a new generation of Threadripper parts will also be arriving soon and will be even faster again.

  • Working in pyjamas doesn't hurt productivity.  (ZDNet)

    Guess I'll need to fins a new excuse then.

  • Google is forging ahead with Chrome changes that will cripple ad blockers.  (CNet)

    Google is an advertising company, not a tech company.

  • It's not me, it's You(Tube).

    Just went down.  Worldwide, apparently.  Embedded videos still play but the site itself is dead as a doornail.

  • Gmail too.  Oh, good.  Well, since pyjamas are out, there's my excuse.


  • Wait.  Gonna try something.

    Make that some embedded videos still play.

  • Some sites using Google services also got side-swiped by the outage.

    We use Google Cloud for one of our apps at work, but just cloud servers, nothing fancy.  That has continued to run without a blip, as has their DNS.

No Video of the Day

For obvious reasons.  I will just note that Coco's chat has custom emotes for members.

Disclaimer: Bleh.

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1 Manifest V3?  Guess it's time to bring back proxy filters like Proxomitron.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, December 15 2020 12:57 AM (eqaFC)

2 I think I posted a comment a while back about linking to an artcle about using a local unbound instance to blackhole crap domains at DNS.  Of course, you still have to stop your web-browser from ignoring /etc/resolv.conf (or whatever ridiculous convention MS uses for their garbage), which probably means running a real firewall on all _outbound_ traffic at the edge of your network.  Which will take some tweaking.  I mean, does anyone remember realplayer?  Which would use its preferred ports to phone home, but if those were all blocked it would just use 80?  I'm sure google doesn't have the sophistication to manage something that insidious.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, December 15 2020 02:53 AM (LADmw)

3 " Australian study shows working in pyjamas does not hurt productivity

But it could be bad for mental health."

So, mentally ill people are more productive?

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, December 15 2020 03:24 AM (LADmw)

4 Re Chrome ad blocker changes, Chromium based Vivaldi has previously committed to taking steps to ensure ad-blockers continue to work in Vivaldi, in addition to building out their own ad blocker:
Vivaldi Browser - Ad blockers or not your choice matters Vivaldi Browser - Why we introduced Ad blocker to Vivaldi
For those who aren't familiar with Vivaldi, they're the reassembled team that put together the original Opera browser, before it went Chromium, dumped 3/4ths of it's functionality, and became an unmitigated mess.  The Vivaldi team seems to actually care about making the Net a better place via their product.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Tuesday, December 15 2020 02:08 PM (PducE)

5 I think every downstream Chromium browser has committed to undoing Google's changes, even Microsoft.  None of them exactly has a vested interest in allowing Google to escape the ad blockers.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, December 15 2020 02:56 PM (PiXy!)

6 Unfortunately, Microsoft has said they're embracing Manifest V3.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, December 16 2020 01:26 AM (eqaFC)

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

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