Sunday, October 18


Daily News Stuff 18 October 2020

Waker, Sleep Edition

Tech News

  • It's definitely a loose connection.  Spare Laptop charged to 57% after being left alone for a while.  I used it for half an hour, then switched the settings so that closing the lid would put it into sleep mode, and left to do other things.

    Came back and it was dead as a doornail.

    Three hours later I poked it again, and it booted up and showed that it was at 86%, but not charging.  Fiddled with the power connecter and it started charging again.

    Okay.  Still replacing you, though, Spare Laptop.

  • My 1.2TB of microSD cards arrived, so I can populate my mobile devices, for when I go out, which I don't do, or into the office, which I also don't do.

    Update: Old Spare Laptop and New Spare Laptop both already have 200GB cards as it turns out.  So one of these goes in Index, one in Railgun, and the other one I'll keep for my next phone - I'll probably get an Oppo A52 or A91.

  • The New York Post's Twitter account is still locked.  (Fox Business)

    Twitter is apparently insisting that the Post delete several tweets.  The Post is, understandingly, telling Twitter to go fuck itself with a piledriver and twelve feet of curare-tipped wrought-iron fence and no lubricant.

  • I am shocked, shocked, to find partisan corruption going on in this social network.

  • Nobody knows what this is.  (AliExpress)

    Well, everyone knows what it says it is - a small motherboard with an embedded AMD A9-9820 CPU.  Only problem is that AMD never produced an A9-9820.  (ExtremeTech)

    Speculation is that these are failed Xbox One S dies.  At $125 just for the board, most people would be better off getting the new and far more powerful Xbox Series S, but it is a curiosity.  Other Linus mentioned that he had already ordered one for testing.

  • The Argon One M.2 gets more out of your Raspberry Pi 4.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's a bit larger than the average Raspberry Pi case, but it does add a fan, full size HDMI ports, and a (SATA) M.2 slot.

  • Building a new PC and want something faster than Gigabit Ethernet?  The Inventec SmartNIC C5020X has dual 50GbE ports.  (Serve the Home)

    And an FPGA, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a Xeon-D processor.

    That should do the trick.

  • There are no signs at all that this will become a gigantic clusterfuck.  (

    Twenty-five European governments have pledged a total of €10 billion to build an alternative to AWS.

    I'll get the popcorn.

  • Friends don't let friends use Node.  (ZDNet)

    Just the latest list of malware that had been sitting in NPM undetected for (checks notes) two years.

  • Bay Area politicians are panicking over a recent suggestion that tech workers be required to work from home three days a week.  (MSN)

    The problem, they suggest, is that if required to work from home, the workers could just as easily work from home somewhere that isn't an overpriced overtaxed socialist shithole.

    They are right.

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1 Loose power connectors are the worst.  That's the nice thing about laptops with multiple ports you can use for charging, like a proprietary charger and a USB-C port that can charge.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, October 19 2020 01:19 AM (eqaFC)

2 Yep.  I have two 2013 Nexus 7s.  Their USB ports died long ago, but because they have wireless charging, I can still use them.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, October 19 2020 03:15 AM (PiXy!)

3 We should "experimentally" cut those social networks open and see what is inside.  Sure they might not survive, but not a great loss to the mental health of humanity, if you ask me.

Posted by: normal at Monday, October 19 2020 05:36 AM (obo9H)

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