Saturday, January 30


Daily News Stuff 30 January 2021

That's Not Even A Word Edition

Tech News

  • How GitHub made its new home page fast and performant.  (GitHub)

    As opposed to what?  Slow and performant?  Fast and inperformant?  Slimewise and frogly?

    Also, GitHub has a home page?

  • 11 million IOPS with a Threadripper Pro and consumer SSDs.  (Tanel Poder)

    This is just a low-end model - 16 cores - but all Threadripper Pro models support 128 lanes of PCIe 4.0 so you can attach dozens of NVMe drives if you want to.  In this case, just ten Samsung 980 Pro M.2 drives.

  • A USB-C to U.2 converter?  Sure, why not?  (Serve the Home)

    Really this is the same chip as found in (now) common USB to M.2 adapters, just with a different connector, and optional 12V DC power since some U.2 drives can be pretty demanding.

  • Eat your bugs, live in your pods, buy iPhones, says Apple CEO and noted child slavery aficionado Tim Cook.  (ZDNet)

    With all due respect, Tim, get fucked you vapid, fascist sack of crap.

  • What's next for Microsoft Edge?  (Microsoft Edge Insider)

    Squash and quinoa, apparently.  Yech.

    Kidding aside, a good list of planned features and their expected release dates in the only browser from a major vendor that hasn't utterly disgraced itself.

  • Reddit saved AMC theaters.  (Polygon)

    Equity firm Silver Lake - no angels - held $600 million in debt owed by AMC.  This week they converted that into shares, wiping out the debt, making AMC viable again as the Wuhan Bat Soup Death Flu vaccines roll out, and making a small profit for themselves.

  • One share only.  (CNBC)

    True to their word, Robinhood is allowing customers to buy shares in GameStop.

    Well, not shares, exactly.


  • Meanwhile the SEC is looking at brokerages and market makers in this mess, and not just /u/Bumfluff4545.  (NPR)

    Which means that nothing is going to happen, because nothing ever does.  Unless Robinhood has information that would lead to the arrest of Hilary Clinton....  Or has been otherwise deemed an acceptable casualty.

  • SQLite inserts running slow?  Why not try
    PRAGMA journal_mode = WAL

    It beats putting everything in a RAM disk.  In a quick benchmark it ran over 3x faster in terms of both real and CPU time; the only downside is the database can't be opened by older versions of SQLite, which is apparently why it is not the default.

    Also, if you do this in PyPy, you have to explicitly close the cursor you used for the PRAGMA command and open a new one, or you will get inexplicable errors on every other SQL statement.

I Am Not A Professional In Anything At All And If You Take This As Advice You Deserve To Be Eaten By One Dozen Crazed Starving Weasels Video of the Day

Robinhood is manipulating the market in real time to avoid losses for hedge funds.  Wall Street is entirely prepared to sacrifice both Robinhood and the retail traders in order to save themselves.

Robinhood was looking at perhaps a $20 billion IPO.  Short-sellers have lost $70 billion this month alone.  If Robinhood goes bankrupt and their executives go to jail, that's considered an acceptable loss.

And Robinhood explained this as though they were doing their customers a favour because the truth would have killed the company.

Only problem is the lie will kill the company and send the directors to jail.

Disclaimer: Yeb.  (Squirrel laughter receding into middle distance.)

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1 I'm actually a bit suspicious of Rossman, I saw a similar argument to one of his videos posted on a board by someone that presented an apparently conflicting detail. That said, the similar features may well have been driven by having the same necessities.

Anyway, near term, probably no jail time.  A couple guys I know who seem to be plugged into finance think that the SEC is going to handle the business crookedly.

Longer term, I think the US political situation will change, and we will see what happens.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Sunday, January 31 2021 02:07 AM (6y7dz)

2 Github TL/DR: we made our annoying animations generate less load on your computer.


Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, January 31 2021 02:40 AM (ZlYZd)

3 I feel like we're getting to the point where if someone uses the words "misinformation" or "disinformation" in a sentence about how bad they are, you should actively ignore anything else they say.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, January 31 2021 03:09 AM (eqaFC)

4 Contrarian jerk that I am, I want to argue for defensible statements of the sort that you describe.

The levels of coordinated falsehoods have been growing ever more obvious for decades, if one tests statements, remembers results, and has even a cruddy map that approximates truth.

The folks only now realizing that there are potential problems would seem to have no way of navigating to truth, or to have been born yesterday.

So I don't have a good argument to make.  Smart move for me would have been to shut up.  Apparently I very much want everyone to know that I am a fool.  smile

Posted by: PatBuckman at Sunday, January 31 2021 04:11 AM (6y7dz)

5 Rossmann doesn't always get it right; the reason I appreciate his videos is that if he gets something wrong he'll post another video tomorrow explaining exactly how he screwed up and calling himself a dumbfuck.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, January 31 2021 04:14 AM (PiXy!)

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