Friday, January 15


Daily News Stuff 15 January 2021

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Tech News

  • Was looking at software packaging options today.  I could write everything in Crystal or Nim and produce standalone and fairly portable binaries, but that would require writing everything in Crystal or Nim.

    I could use Nuitka - a Python-to-C compiler designed for 100% compatibility rather than maximum performance.  This seems to work, but it takes about 10 minutes to build Mana, and if I'm trying to build a single-file app, it doesn't actually build the single file.  That feature only arrived last month and is marked as experimental, so maybe for now it is what it is.

    Or PyInstaller, which takes your app, your Python interpreter, and all the libraries you're using, and squashes them all together.  This works, unless you are using the Munch library, in which case your app fails at runtime.

    Mana uses Munch everywhere.

    In this case though there's a GitHub issue with a detailed discussion and the necessary configuration to fix it.  It's something odd Munch does with imports that leaves it out of the build, even if you tell PyInstaller to include it.

    Next I'm going to see if it works with PyPy.  Just because.

  • Samsung has announced the Galaxy S21 range.  (AnandTech)

    Better, faster, and for a welcome change also cheaper than the S20.  It has everything you'd expect including five rear cameras on the top-of-the-line S21 Ultra, and is based on the Snapdragon 888 with the new Arm X1 high-performance core.

    It also adds support for - but does not ship with - the S-Pen that comes with the Note and some Samsung tablets.

    Prices start at $799 and range up to $1379 for the S21 Ultra with 16GB of RAM and 512GB storage.

  • Nvidia is considering manufacturing cards specifically for crypto miners again.  (AnandTech)

    This is understandable and provides them a welcome opportunity to shift excess stock of RTX 3000-series card- WHAT THE FUCKING HELL ARE YOU FUCKING FUCKS FUCKING THINKING?!

  • A look a the Dell Poweredge R7525 server.  (Serve the Home)

    If you're overly familiar with Dell's product numbering scheme you might have just said wait, is that an AMD system?

    It is indeed an AMD system.  What's more, it's an AMD system that supports even the specialised high-end Epyc SKUs that are targeted mostly to supercomputer builders.

    It supports up to 128 cores, 24 NVMe SSDs, a total of 160 lanes of PCIe 4.0, and as much as 8TB of RAM in a standard 2U server.  It also has an industry-standard OCP module for networking, for up to dual 100GbE.

  • Twitter can fight a land war with Uganda but Bitcoin scammers are given free rein.  (BleepingComputer)

    No, Elon Musk is not going to give you $58,000.  Robot catgirl maids, yes.  $58,000, no.

  • The problem with getting Linux to run on Apple's M1 processor.  (ZDNet)

    In a word, no documentation.  Wait, that's two words.  Undocumented.  User mode is mostly standard - not entirely, but mostly - but the system side of it?  Good luck, pal.

  • How to instantly corrupt your NTFS hard drive.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Several very simple ways of doing this are listed.  Don't try this at home.

  • A worthy successor to Bill de Blasio.  (Al Jazeera)

    At least, as all this goes up in flames, we'll still be able to laugh at New York.

Laughing At New York Video of the Day

With the city's economy wrecked and retail almost extinguished, rents have gone up.

Disclaimer: When the recipe calls for both sous vide and supercritical carbon dioxide, you know you're in for a fun evening.

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1 S21:  Anandtech's bashing it because Samsung dialed back a few things--slightly lower display resolution and the like.  Pure snobbery.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, January 16 2021 01:20 AM (eqaFC)

2 nGreedia:  don't hold back, Pixy, tell us what you really think.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, January 16 2021 01:21 AM (eqaFC)

3 "Participants would receive the cash through monthly transfers to a bank account opened in their name at a newly-created "People’s Bank.”"

JFC.  Tone-deaf, on top of everything else.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, January 16 2021 01:36 AM (eqaFC)

4 Gotta ask...What was the recipe?

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Saturday, January 16 2021 02:16 AM (5iiQK)

5 Making aerogels at home for fun and profit.  Actually, the most interesting ingredient was probably the chemical whose vapour will turn your eyes into sand from the inside out and I'm not even exaggerating.

Will add the video to the next Daily News Stuff.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, January 16 2021 08:19 AM (PiXy!)

6 Rick C - there's a reason I call him Blockchain Stalin and it's not because of his moustache.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, January 16 2021 08:19 AM (PiXy!)

7 Oh "turn your eyeballs into sand while making aerogel!"  Ah, nilered/blue/green/yellow/whatever.  I dunno if he has a stunningly dry sense of humour, or if he's just autistic as fuck, but I find his videos funny and fun.

Posted by: normal at Saturday, January 16 2021 10:03 AM (obo9H)

8 I finally read that STH article, and (while they need a copy editor like nobody's business) I think my favourite is the "AMD-curious" throw-away on the last page.  I nearly got gin in my sinuses on that one.

Posted by: normal at Saturday, January 16 2021 12:17 PM (obo9H)

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

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