Tuesday, June 30


Daily News Stuff 30 June 2020

Pardox Of Insanity Edition

Tech News

  • Get your Humble Mapmaking Bundle today!  (Humble Bundle)

    For A$51 - what, US$35? - you get a lifetime license for Campaign Cartographer 3+, City Designer 3, Dungeon Designer 3, Perspectives 3 (to do 3D projections of dungeons and buildings), and a bunch of related books and resources.

    That's all the core modules - the other two are Cosmographer for designing star systems and stuff like that, and Fractal Terrain for automatically generating entire planets (which can then be imported into Campaign Cartographer to produce more conventional fantasy maps).

    I've been meaning to buy Campaign Cartographer for years, but getting everything costs a small fortune.  This is a good way to start.

  • I know, MongoDB is web scale and all that.  But MongoDB's index support is a Swiss Army chainsaw when it comes to just getting the job done.

    Need to index every field in a table, even ones you haven't created yet?  One command.

    Sorry, that should have been a full-text index?  Still one command.

    Oh, you need a full-text index on every field, including ones not yet created, but it needs to be secondary to a top-level key, so that each user account has their own full-text index?  Still one command.

    Need to index an array?  You can do this in MySQL nowadays; you just create a JSON field, make sure you put array data in it since there's no validation, create a function that pulls the data out of that array, bind the function to a virtual field, and build an index on that field.  Or in MongoDB you just index the array and done.

    Shame it doesn't do a better job at joins.

  • Forget Google and Amazon, regulate the payment processors.  (Medium)

    Do that and most other things will sort themselves out.

  • The modern web makes me want to throw up.  (Seph)

    Not everything has to be an app.  Most of the time a web page is better.

  • Everybody is mad at everybody.  (Thurrott.com)

    Microsoft has suspended advertising on Facebook because Facebook has user-generated content that whiny babies don't agree with.

    Microsoft doesn't have a problem with user-generated content because all their social media projects have died.

  • Amazon is building a 200,000m2 robotic fulfulment centre on the outskirts of Sydney.  (ZDNet)

    Does this mean Amazon Australia will stop being total garbage?  No, probably not.

  • That didn't take long.

    The first benchmarks of Apple's Arm developer kits have leaked out.  (Thurrott.com)

    It looks like Rosetta 2 actually works well enough to merely be slow and not a total embarrassment.

  • Reddit has gone full-on fascist.

    Not only have they banned 2000 sub-reddits for refusing to believe what the Party tells them, they now explicit condone racist and sexist attacks on people outside the Party.

    Just a coincidence that YouTube and Twitch are doing the same thing at the same time.

    Reddit used to be a useful site.  Now I'll be happy to see it burn.

Disclaimer: Some men just want to watch the world burn.  Me, I want to make some popcorn first.

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1 I'm not sure nationalizing credit card processors will lead to an improvement.

"MongoDB is web scale"
Tee hee--always funny, Manny.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, July 01 2020 12:26 AM (Iwkd4)

2 Your Apple Arm link is busted.
Haven't read the article yet but I'm waiting for actual comparison between a native app that's on x86 and the same thing compiled for Arm, not just comparison of Geekbench numbers.  Give me Doom Ultimate FPS[1] comparisons, "total time to compile Chrome" comparisons, etc., etc.  That'll tell us how good these new Arm Macs are.

[1] yeah, I know, iGPU.  I'd still like actual apples-to-apples (heh) performance comparisons of real-world stuff.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, July 01 2020 12:30 AM (Iwkd4)

3 Apple--ah-hah!  First comment points out the devkit's geekbench is 811/2871, which beats an Arm Surface at 764/2983...but a Dell XPS gets 4194/10883.  While it's still just Geekbench (and an i7 Dell), so much for "APPLE'S ARMS DESTROOOOY LOW-TO-MID-RANGE WINDOWS LAPTOPS!!!1"

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, July 01 2020 12:33 AM (Iwkd4)

4 Link fixed, thanks.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, July 01 2020 08:45 AM (PiXy!)

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