Thursday, October 15
Bright Cold Day In April Edition
- I mostly try to steer Daily News Stuff clear of politics - except when I'm suspended on Twitter and have no primary outlet for such stuff. But in the last twenty-four hours, politics and tech news have collided like a runaway sewage truck ploughing through a special-needs kindergarten.
It was not pretty.
- The original story was this: Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, left a computer containing damaging videos and incriminating emails with a laptop repair store and then forgot to go back and pick it up. (New York Post)
After a period of some months the store owner checked the contents of the laptop and notified the FBI, who subpoenaed the owner and seized the device, and are now refusing to speak as to whether or not there is an investigation.
However, the store owner first copied the data; whether that was as a legitimate part of the repair procedure or for more prurient than prudent reasons is unspecified.
In any case, the data eventually passed to Rudy Giuliani, and thence the the New York Post, which acted like a newspaper and reported on the story.
And then all hell broke loose.
- Twitter locked the Post's account. (New York Post)
Twitter blocked users from tweeting the article. Twitter blocked users from retweeting tweets about the article. Twitter suspended accounts of journalists discussing the story. (Twitter) Twitter suspended the account of White House Presss Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. (New York Post) Twitter blocked the House Judiciary Committee. (Twitchy)
Hours later, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologised for doing this without providing an explanation. He did not apologise in any way for the actions themselves - and the Post's Twitter account is still locked at time of writing. He only apologised for not providing a reason why all this censorship was taking place.
And then a reason was provided: Twitter will not permit the circulation of news stories using information provided without authorisation.
- Which is a flaming pile of bullshit because that excludes everything but press releases and the weather.
- The Biden campaign is now claiming that Twitter's censorship of the story is evidence that it is false, which is even more lame than their earlier assertion that there was no meeting between Joe Biden and the named Burisma executive recorded in the VP's official schedule.
- Facebook followed Twitter's shining example, refusing to allow users to link to the article until their fact checkers had had their way with it. (The American Spectator)
This restriction appears to still be in place.
- Don't expect an answer.
- Sums it up nicely.
- More reporting at Victory Girls.
- Webster's altered their online dictionary to support a far-left attack on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. (The Post Millennial)
A day ago, that was big news.
- Oh, and the New York Times has come out against the First Amendment.
- The first room-temperature superconductor has been discovered. (Science News)
Room temperature, that is, assuming that it's a bright cold day in April and you've left your windows open and also that you're at the bottom on an ocean fifteen thousand miles deep.
Room temperature, yes, but at over two million atmospheres of pressure.
- Dell has an Epyc server with 160 PCIe 4.0 lanes. (Serve the Home)
All direct from the two CPUs. This is achieved by cutting the link between the CPUs from 64 lanes to 48, which is viable because the speed of those lanes has doubled over first generation Epyc.
- My spare laptop must have read this blog because apparently it has forgotten that when plugged in to the charger, the desired result is, well, charging. It seems to have bottomed out at 20% and it's currently still working, but I've backed up all my files just in case.
Oh, that's your attitude? Naked partisanship? OK, eff you. I unsubscribed from their marketing emails, and they're lucky there's no "why are you leaving?" box on their unsubscribe form or they'd get an earful, starting with "I used to be a fan but now I'm glad you closed all your DFW theaters." They could've felt as anti-Trump as they wanted and just kept quiet about it, but nope, they had to open their mouths.
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Also, last night I bought a cheap electric skillet so I could engage in pan-fried solder reflow!
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