Monday, December 28


Daily News Stuff 28 December 2020

Back On The Chain Gang Edition

Tech News

  • Back to work tomorrow - just for two days because there was no-one else to cover support.  Then I have a few more days off.

  • Turbo is a framework for building single-page apps without having to write JavaScript.  (Hotwire)

    Written in JavaScript.

    Well, TypeScript.  Which is just JavaScript but with a nun with a ruler standing over you.

    I think you can use it as the front end for any back end though.  They mention Ruby on Rails specifically.

    The idea is that it decomposes your page into a bunch of sub-requests, calls them all on the server in parallel, builds the page, and ships it out.  And when one part of the page needs updating, it makes just the request needed for that part.

    So page loads get rendered on the server, but page updates are rendered incrementally, without needing to write extra code.

    Could be worth a closer look.
    You can install Turbo from npm
    Or on the other hand they can fuck the hell off and never darken my door again.

  • China's planned regulations for Alibaba and the broader Ant group....  Seem to make sense  (Tech Crunch)

    I mean, I trust the CCP even less than Google, which is to say as much as gas station sushi in Alabama in August in 1962, but what they are actually saying is not outrageous.

  • They raised the level caps in Idle Champions.

  • A high-tech two-acre vertical farm can outproduce a 720-acre real farm.  (Intelligent Living)

    This is easy enough to achieve if cost is factored out entirely and you only care about salads.  Not even good salads.  Kale.  Useful for the Moon and Mars though.

Explaining Hololive

This is real.

And for Wonderduck, here's a subtitled version of the Pekora Minecraft clip from before.  Hope this clears everything up for you, Wonderduck.


  • On September 1 we looked at some classic Japanese home computers, and... Oh, right, the specs of the initial RTX 3000 cards were leaked.

  • On September 2 Ethereum gas prices peaked at 660, Intel launched their Tiger Lake family, whichever one that is, Acer announced some Tiger Lake laptops which were actually quite nice but would be better if they used AMD, Nvidia launched their RTX 3000 range making the earlier leak a bit of a non-event, and bubble memory was surprisingly slow.

  • On September 3 we looked more closely at wavetable synthesis both on a 3MHz 10-bit CPU and in modern software, Qualcomm announced the 8cx gen 2 which was the exact same chip as the 8cx gen 1, and Arm announced the Cortex R82 which is an embedded processor capable of directly addressing 1TB of RAM.

  • On September 4 Ethereum gas prices peaked at 28,925 - I had forgotten that, restaging Gallipoli with rubber duckies, Melbourne went full Stalin, kicking down doors of people accused of posting on Facebook, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold 2, and we discovered that NEC had a 9MB floppy drive all the way back in 1988. Oh, and full specs for the Imagine 1000.

  • On September 5 we died of dysentery after downloading 100,000 pages of documentation for 1980s computers, text editing for podcast, how modern digital pregnancy tests really work (hint: very small rabbits), and I couldn't do math.

  • On September 6 the HP Omen 15 had the four essential keys, we found a PDP-11/70 emulator that runs in your browser, Snap sucked, and HP Basic didn't.

  • On September 7 QB64 was a 64-bit Basic compiler, we discovered some really nice game resource packs on, the Poco X3 NFC seemed like a decent phone, magenta did not exist, and Google fixed one of the worst Chrome misfeatures.

  • On September 8 Microsoft announced the Sbox, the SiPearl Rhea had 72 Zeus cores, Jasper Lake was, well, something, Ryzen 4000 would include 10-core parts (this has very much not happened), Progress bought Chef, and Italy and Australia opened noticed Apple-kouhai. Oh, and is just full of resource kits suitable for classic computer games.

  • On September 9 BEEEEP, the Sbox cost less than its components, some Western Digital 5400rpm drives turned out to run at 7200 rpm, and squeezing 256 colours into 5 bits.

  • On September 10 AMD took over the top ten slots in Passmark entirely (today the best Intel result is a $7500 Xeon coming in at #15 while costing more than every AMD part above it), get your own Threadripper Pro 3995WX system for just $18,000, AMD announced its upcoming Zen 3 and RDNA 2 announcements.

  • On September 11 the Surface Duo was a brilliant $299 device priced at $1399, Synology introduced their first desktop 10Gbit device, promising rumours the RTX 3060 Ti surfaced (and it did in fact turn out to be a nice card), and the iPhone camera app normalised the California fires out of existence. Oh, and the SNES hardware was insane. It did a matrix multiplication for address calculation, on every single clock cycle.

  • On September 12 the Nightmare 13 was horrible, the Phantom 9 was a Z90, and the Mirage 11 was one louder, I started writing an emulator generator, time to download an Amiga, the first benchmarks of the Radeon 6000 range leaked (and were on the low side of what was actually released), YAML was bad, Apple continued to Apple its customers, and long cat could get its own damn coffee.

  • On September 13 multiple register banks were the way to go - and also multiple stack pointers, because why not, the Iconikal SBC was $7.99 on Amazon except they didn't have any, per explodia ad astra, and a look at the classic HP 150 touchscreen PC.

  • On September 14 writing a Basic compiler in Python, Nvidia bought Arm, Microsoft did not buy TikTok, Nikola imploded, and the CBP impounded 2000 sets of OnePlus-branded OnePlus ear buds for not being Apple. Oh, and cheating in text mode for fun and legibility, and actual 1980s hardware did it first.

  • On September 15 3D-printing BMO, don't write a recursive-descent parser, another nice game resource pack, an 1121 qubit quantum computer, and no-one was going to get a PS5 for Christmas.

  • On September 16 the RTX 3080 was great and you can't have one, Apple's new iPads were okay, I guess, China fucked itself, I accidentally reproduced the Microbee Gamma on paper, and yes, Virginia, Nim can compile to a Raspberry Pi.

  • On September 17 Sony revealed the PS5 and also the Xperia 5 II, Tiger Lake was the CPU of choice for Dwarf Fortress, an LL(1) expression parser in 100 lines of Python that didn't work, and what happened to the Z800.

  • On September 18 SiFive was preparing a desktop RISC-V processor, a rather nice imaginary computer, Apple complained that Epic Games was interfering with its ongoing abuse of its monopoly position, the PS5 could run PS4 games but not PS1 or PS2 games even though the PS4 could run PS1 and PS2 games, and we watched far too many Dragon Spirit videos.

  • On September 19 the RTX 3080 was released and immediately sold out, and the PlayStation 5 went up for pre-order and immediately sold out, VueJS hit 3.0, MSX1 was bad, and the Sharp X68000 was good.

  • On September 20 the Amiga was a hell of a lot better than the Atari ST, a motherboard with 20 USB ports, the new Spider Man game was a 105GB download, Intel submitted their secure enclave patches for inclusion in the Linux kernel again - after being rejected thirty-seven times, Russia headed back to Venus maybe, and tricks you could play with one bit.

  • On September 21 it wasn't Chrome fucking up the comments but an expired SSL certificate, China was at war with everyone, the US Air Force skunk-worked like they had never skunk-worked before, I knew why the Hololive JP girls referred to to Gura as Same-chan, and the Ars Technica comments were very briefly worth reading.

    Plus twelve hours of high-spec chiptunes.

  • On September 22 Arm announced the N2 and V1 cores, Microsoft bought Bethesda, and the 74LS861 was magic. Also, Elasticsearch took seven seconds to search 28,000 records on a 4.5GHz 24-core Threadripper server.

  • On September 23 we had a day, the Samsung Pro 980 abandoned MLC, Intel found some atoms somewhere, and AMD was preparing a next-plus-one generation APU.

  • On September 24 HP had a 4K laptop with 8GB of non-upgradable RAM, the RTX 3090 arrived and immediately sold out, Amazon showed off their fall lineup of telescreens, and a 1TB storage module for the Sbox cost nearly as much as the Sbox itself. Also, free anime.

  • On September 25 we decoded Intel's 10nm mess, Google decided that an Apple a day was a good way to fuck its customers, and an entry-level Epyc server from ASRock. Entry-level as in it's limited to 1TB of RAM.

  • On September 26 Seagate released a buzzword-laden announcement of a new object storage platform that managed to hide the key fact that the whole thing was open source and available for download immediately on GitHub, the RTX 3000 capacitor fiasco, Dimgrey Cavefish joined the school, and Google Maps removed photos of Ayer's Rock.

  • On September 27 Navy Flounder joined Sienna Cichlid and Dimgrey Cavefish, PyPy updated to Python 3.7, Toshiba announced 25Gb Ethernet SSDs, and San Francisco asked everyone to please leave.

  • On September 28 we fell completely down the rabbit hole, the RTX 3060 would have more cores and worse performance than the 2080 Ti, researchers found the man page for a secret Nazi supercomputer, and tried turning it off and on again, which would explain the remainder of 2020, SectorForth was a complete Forth system that fit in a boot sector, and the source code for the original BBC Micro version of Elite was rediscovered, annotated, and published.

  • On September 29 the Cortex 78AE was an embedded Cortext A78, the Thinpad X1 Nano was a smaller Thinpad X1, reasonably enough, the X1 Fold was a notebook that - novel idea - folded, and DuckDuckGo had about a zillion magic search codes.

    Still down the rabbit hole, if you were wondering.

    There are a lot more rabbits now, but Roboco still doesn't have any pants. Actually looking back at this, they've grown up a lot in just six months.

  • And on September 30 we never update our operating system, we found someone even worse at SQL extensions than the PostgreSQL team, Neo4j fixed the limitations that made me sideline it previously, and this house.

Disclaimer: Good morning, motherfuckers.

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1 But yootoob's subtitles actually worked pretty well on the first version!!!
Though, I'll admit, seeing the line "rabbit pants" really cleared up things for me.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Tuesday, December 29 2020 11:42 AM (Bkp4m)

2 Roboco still doesn't have any pants.
I first encountered Roboco in this video, and I'll admit to being fascinated by her pants or lack thereof.  I actually spent a couple of hours trying to figure out just exactly how that legwear would work in real life. Once I realized that she's actually an android in canon, it became a lot easier.
Eventually I settled on "bodysuit with the so-called pants attached to that."  Otherwise you're looking at implanting snaps into her pelvis, and that seems like a big deal for a fashion statement. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at Tuesday, December 29 2020 08:06 PM (Bkp4m)

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

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