Saturday, October 17


Daily News Stuff 16 October 2020

Party Like It's 1985 Edition

Tech News

  • Twitter fell down.  (Tech Crunch)

  • So did Slack.  (Slack)

    Slack is still a thing, right?

  • Twitter and Facebook crossed a line.  (The Intercept)

    Glenn Greenwald - yes, that Glenn Greenwald - writes a thorough, incisive, and scathing analysis of the Orwellian events of the last 48 hours.

    Also this:

  • Matt Taibbi - another lefty journalist who can actually report straight news some of the time - shuts down a Huntergate Truther:

  • Twitter announced changes to its "hacked materials" policy after realising they'd just banned journalism.

  • Nim 1.4 is out.  (Nim-lang)

    Looks like mostly improvements to the standard library, plus a new garbage collector that handles circular references properly.

  • A look a the Crucial P5 SSD.  (Serve the Home)

    This is a mid-range TLC PCIe 3.0 device, which in 2020 means that it can transfer 3.4GB per second.  That puts it about 40% ahead of the WD Blue SN550, but on the other hand it's 50% more expensive.

  • Looks like Spare Laptop has a loose connection somewhere in the power circuit; it charges about 1% per hour if I'm lucky.

    Everything is backed up now, since it has soldered-in storage and if it stops charging completely there is no way for me to recover it.  Not that it had much on it - it has just 64GB of internal storage and I have a 64TB Synology farm in the spare bedroom.

    Looks like it will be getting an upgrade this weekend - from an old-model Atom with 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 1366x768 TN display, to a Core i5, dedicated Radeon graphics, 16GB RAM, 4GB VRAM, 1TB of SSD, and a 4k IPS touchscreen.

    Which just happen to be the precise specs of my work laptop.  Since I work entirely from home now, and I have the HP Spectre for when we do start having in-person sessions again, I might as well use the hardware I already have.

    I did have other laptops still working, and with better specs than Spare Laptop, but I handed them down to my nephews.

    Only catch - Spare Laptop had the Four Essential keys.  Work Laptop, which cost me roughly six times as much, does not.

  • Networking is the one odd corner of computing where you can simply plunk down cash and buy speed.  (Serve the Home)

    Gigabit Ethernet is still the standard for end users, but if you want a four port 100GbE card, they are readily available.

    This Silcom SnartNIC is probably not the cheapest option, since it also includes a high-end Stratix 10 DX FPGA, 8GB of HBM RAM, and 32GB of DDR4.

  • Amazon Women With iPhones on the Moon.  (UPI)

    NASA has awarded Nokia a contract to provide cell phone service on the Moon.

  • It is, after all, the 21st century.  (BBC News)

    This is the second time recently that a person has been spotted flying a jetpack at an altitude of a mile over Los Angeles.

Disclaimer: Which seems like a safe minimum distance.

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