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Daily News Stuff 31 December 2020

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December

  • On December 1 we got a new server and accidentally gave it the same name as this server right here, but on the other hand it's a 452 microsecond ping away so they might as well be the same, AWS had non-virtual virtual Macs, colapsado el Observatorio de Arecibo meant pretty much what it sounded like, and Nvidia launched the RTX 3060 Ti and for some reason it's absurdly overpriced in Australia.


  • On December 2 ZFS all the things, even the ones that already have filesystems, the 3060 Ti performed close to the 2080 Super, SSDs that aren't what they were, Saleseforce bought Slack, Pharmaceuticals for Algernon, AWS had gaudy habaneros, and Big Tech fled San Francisco.


  • On December 3 Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 888, Supermicro had a reasonably-priced dual 100GbE card, everything was in short supply, the PlayStation 5 played fan supplier lotto, and Botanx vs. Shubangelion.



    Polka being Polka built a circus tent directly between the two. The tent looks pretty good though.


  • On December 4 my SSDs reached Sydney, one of Micron's fabs lost power for an hour, wrecking days worth of production, Intel's 11900K was nearly as fast as the 5800X, the iPhone's wifi got hacked even though it was turned off at the time, and Google used the your proposal is acceptable line.




  • On December 5 my new washing machine arrived, yay, and played music, yay, Rally (one of my two desktops) died and then promptly undied, we looked at 8TB consumer SSDs, AMD had some interesting mobile parts in the pipeline, and Apple released the second beta for the patch to the fix to the update to Bug Sir.


  • On December 6 we ignored warning labels, Razer had a sixteen pound NUC, Big Tech outsourced everything to Bangalore, a caddy caddy caddy for hot-swap NVMe, spores from planet Yuggoth were safely returned to Earth, and we rediscovered the Surveyor 2 booster stage.


  • On December 7 Timnit Gebru was surprise removed, the Ryzen 5800X cost $50 too much for perfection, SpaceX Eats, and broadcasting TV over ESP.


  • On December 8 Hynix joined the 176-layer NAND party, incredibly expensive datacentre GPUs are also out of stock, Microsoft Teams had worms, and Gigabyte had a dual Epyc EATX motherboard.


  • On December 9 things didn't go quite as planned, ASRock had new graphics cards, Shuttle had a new barebone system that fit in a 5" drive bay, don't use a message queue as a transactional database you idiots, CentOS 8's EOL got pulled forward by about seven years, Apple announced their new PodMax MaxPod Pro, and YouTube banned Kiara.

    I guess they had their reasons.




  • On December 10 working 8 to 1 - 1 the next morning - what a way to make a living, YouTube banned everyone because reasons, every detail of the story banned because reasons turned out to be true, the FTC sued to break up Facebook, the latest Starship test was 95% successful, ducks could swim, and Google screwed up the only intelligent thing they had done in two years.


  • On December 11 Intel's W-1200 server platform was kind of meh, Western Digital's Black SN850 SSD was kind of expensive, the Orange Pi might make a good little router, democracy vs. Facebook, a single-chip 25.6Tbps switch, Microsoft forced upgrades from Windows 10 to Windows 10, and Spotify leaked passwords somehow.


  • On December 12 we did not recommend the Corsair MP400, though the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus looked good, the Hackboard 2 was a tiny Atom-based single-board computer, Oracle fled San Francisco, we got a Bat Flu vaccine, the $72,000-per-day free cloud server, fork you, CentOS, and Ryzen 5600X servers.




  • On December 13 Intel's 11900K was slower than the 10900K, Nvidia shot off all its toes, virtual events sucked, Nox Archaist was released for the Apple II, and the mainstream media lost the Jacobins. Also, she did warn us.




  • On December 14 I clicked the button on 64GB of RAM, AMD's Epyc Milan would hit 4GHz, working in pyjamas wouldn't hurt productivity, but a global Google outage sure would.


  • On December 15 the rest of my computer upgrade bits arrived, and so did my groceries, putting a slow NVMe SSD on a USB interface made it faster, the FTC woke from its nap, and Google ran out of disk space.




  • On December 16 LG had a 32" 4K monitor for $350, Gmail fell over again, SolarWinds was a complete fucking mess, Twitter got fined €450,000 for reporting and fixing a bug, the new Arm-based iPhoneBook was adequate, and Amazon offered chaos-as-a-service. And Hololive would rock you.




  • On December 17 we looked at the best desktop APUs you can't get, the ASRock 4x4 turned out to have remote management, Smashing was a dashboard app, Ethereum pooped itself again, Intel had new Optane drives with 6µs access times, Google and Facebook got sued some more, and China ruined everything, twice.


  • On December 18 Gigabyte had a Threadripper Pro motherboard, Ampere's Altra Arm server CPU turned out to be pretty good, Apple's Bug Sir prevented you from having it update itself, Twitter cut off tweets, DON'T USE AUTO-SCALING, Google got sued again, and three days later all the cows exploded. Oh, and tarantula hotpot.




  • On December 19 we found cheap gluten-free pizza, Microsoft didn't co-develop squat, Intel was working on DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 for some time between now and the heat death of the Universe, Zoom's Security Technical Lead was literally a communist spy, and a bug in the Magecart malware provided a handy list of all the infected servers.

    Oh, that's what that sound was.


  • On December 20 we looked forward to replacing Google with Nextcloud, and backward to January.
    • On January 1 Google was rotten to the core.
    • On January 2 Samsung's DRAM fab lost power for an entire minute.
    • On January 3 Python 2.7 reached EOL and we switched to PyPy.
    • On January 4 literally everything was on fire.
    • On January 5 Bruce Perens resigned from the OSI over stupid licenses.
    • On January 6 Ricky Gervais warned us about brown M&Ms.
    • On January 7 the ABC thought that literally everything was on fire.
    • On January 8 Google announced nothing and IBM dropped Swift.
    • On January 9 Jussie Smollett glowed in the dark, but so did everyone.
    • On January 10 scientists fitted cuttlefish with 3D glasses and ZFS.
    • On January 11 John Carmack discovered that $30 1TB USB drives are a scam.
    • On January 12 NASA discovered the first known Class M planet.
    • On January 13 Razer showed off a desktop PC.
    • On January 14 Threadripper Pro wasn't real.
    • On January 15 a critical security bug was fixed before it caused disaster.
    • On January 16 the new Edge was released - and it actually worked.
    • On January 17 I ordered an NBN after waiting eleven years.
    • On January 18 California asked tech companies what are you going to do, move to Texas?
    • On January 19 the YouTube Embedding Conjecture was proven false.
    • On January 20 stupid tweets were forever - the stupider, the foreverer.
    • On January 21 I switched to DuckDuckGo
    • On January 22 AMD's 5600XT turned out better than expected.
    • On January 23 dealing with $60,000 in unexpected donations.
    • On January 24 I got a decent internet connection.
    • On January 25 you can't copyright a number, you wombats.
    • On January 26 overclocking a 32-core Threadripper to 5.4GHz.
    • On January 27 the Doomsday Clock moved to two minutes to midday.
    • On January 28 Intel got hit by another speculative execution attack.
    • On January 29 we refused to eat bugs or live in a pod.
    • On January 30 the Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague confirmed cases chart went vertical.
    • And on January 31 YouTube fucked everything up.



  • On December 21 Apple tied up 80% of TSMC's 5nm capacity through 2021, AMD chose to go with 6nm for some reason, F5 fixed YouTube, and we dreamed a little dream of February.

    • On February 1 we dropped your phone in molten iron.
    • On February 2 we wondered who the hell was still running mail servers as root.
    • On February 3 we discovered a new Heinlein novel.
    • On February 4 Twitter leaked everyone's mobile number that they demanded you had over.
    • On February 6 Windows desktop search went down worldwide somehow.
    • On February 7 Doctor Who had not yet entirely erased itself.
    • On February 8 Twitter and Bluetooth both got hacked.
    • On February 9 Big Tech fucked up the new privacy rules.
    • On February 10 Mobile World Congress unravelled over WBSDP.
    • On February 11 China ruined Equifax.
    • On February 12 we got 82Mbps and a six-digit IP address.
    • On February 13 Amii Stewart explained Wordpress plugin security.
    • On February 14 MacOS Catalina was a total mess.
    • On February 15 Twitter ran an ad for a human organ market.
    • On February 16 Linux patched the Y2K038 bug.
    • On February 17 we got with Cream of Bat soup.
    • On February 18 a new device generated electricity from humidity gradients.
    • On February 19 everyone spoke up about censorship - they wanted more of it.
    • On February 20 we examined the Bitcoin pipe wrench vulnerability.
    • On February 21 Repairman Jack also switched to DuckDuckGo.
    • On February 22 it had always been AWS.
    • On February 23 Samsung started 7nm production.
    • On February 24 Sony announced the Xperia 1 II.
    • On February 25 the Xbox Series X would be nice when you can actually get one.
    • On February 26 Microsoft expected you to use an online login to access your own computer.
    • On February 27 fuck Node.js anyway.
    • On February 28 China ruined everything, including China.
    • And on February 29 Go morphed into Node.js and Node.js morphed into into Nyarlathotep.



  • On December 22 I went cold-turkey on Hololive for nearly two whole days while their big annual live event was on, the Ryzen 5800X was much, much faster than the 1800X, DMCA shenanigans, and we went for a March.

    • On March 1 a Space X prototype very much did went kerplooie.
    • On March 2 Amazon banned a million products but not fake SD cards.
    • On March 3 Datastax acquired The Last Pickle.
    • On March 4 let's Encrypt revoked three million SSL certificates.
    • On March 5 everyone DMCA'd everyone.
    • On March 6 a truckload of toilet paper crashed and caught fire in Brisbane.
    • On March 7 researchers found a bug in AMD chhips for a change.
    • On March 8 stop pissing around with event loops.
    • On March 9 IBM's X15 processor had over 1GB of cache.
    • On March 10 don't use free VPNs.
    • On March 11 my groceries arrived.
    • On March 12 your personal information was worth about a dollar.
    • On March 13 glorkums passed harmlessly through the shade.
    • On March 14 AMD rubbed salt into Intel's wounds.
    • On March 15 we got WSL2, and Pokemon Go went.
    • On March 16 grocery deliveries stopped entirely across Australia.
    • On March 17 Eureka was good.
    • On March 18 all([ ]) was true.
    • On March 19 Ethereum sucked and the Aussie dollar cratered.
    • On March 20 Twitter rebranded itself as MiniTwi.
    • On March 21 Twitter suspended arch-conservative Cory Doctorow.
    • On March 22 Google and Microsoft took pity on sysadmins.
    • On March 23 don't single-source your bread wrappers from Kazakhstan.
    • On March 24 DON'T EAT FISH MEDICINE.
    • On March 25 nobody had ever heard of Brandenburg v. Ohio.
    • On March 26 Navi got stolen and we ran out of cloud.
    • On March 27 Zoom was the hot new cancer.
    • On March 28 CNN was completely fucking insane.
    • On March 29 the price for crude oil went negative for the first time ever.
    • On March 30 doctors continued to disappear in Wuhan.
    • And on March 31 gas dropped to $1 per gallon in London.... Kentucky.



  • On December 23 the Fast Food Console wars began, helpful tricks for Nim programmers, the SEC sued Ripple, Hololive returned to save the day, and April flowers.

    • On April 1 the Atlantic embraced fascism and Xerox didn't buy HP.
    • On April 2 96TB of RAID storage landed on my doorstep.
    • On April 3 everything was worse than we thought, particularly Zoom.
    • On April 4 seriously, Zoom was a disaster.
    • On April 5 we ran out of COBOL programmers.
    • On April 6 New York banned Zoom.
    • On April 7 Mochizuki's inter-universal Teichmüller proof was published.
    • On April 8 Sydney welcomed visiting plague rats.
    • On April 9 a Microsoft spider tried to take out this site.
    • On April 10 we sheltered in place and ate Vegemite.
    • On April 11 the aptly named Zhaoxin KaiXian KX-U6780A arrived.
    • On April 12 Google returned no search results for "can I feed my dinosaur ramen".
    • On April 13 BEEEEEEP, wait, Risu, durian donuts, seriously?
    • On April 14 every copy of Valorant came with a free rootkit.
    • On April 15 Python morphed into Node.js.
    • On April 16 there were no lamingtons.
    • On April 17 YouTube was full of horrible perverts.
    • On April 18 we discovered dinosaur DNA. What could go wrong?
    • On April 19 a fake Intel quad 10GbE network card worked perfectly.
    • On April 20 we were living through Connie Willis's Remake.
    • On April 21 LG's Vervet had a headphone jack.
    • On April 22 Stripe was obviously retarded.
    • On April 23 we dropped the Staten Island groundhog.
    • On April 24 we compared the iPhone SE to the DOOGEE X95.
    • On April 25 TURN OFF YOUR BLUETOOTH! NOW! TURN IT OFF NOW!!!
    • On April 26 a bug in a one-line Node.js package broke 3.4 million projects.
    • On April 27 Monkey vs. Opossum Lady.
    • On April 28 the Atlantic embraced fascism, again.
    • On April 29 Google killed Shoelace. RIP Shoelace.
    • On April 30 USB 4 supported DisplayPort 2 - except as it turned out, not.


  • On December 24 Intel's Maple Ridge Thunderbolt 4 controller shipped, we looked at the Asus PN50 with the optional collapsible stock, fintech was social cancer, China fined people for I don't know what exactly, but they May.

    • On May 1 server monitoring sucked - and we didn't know the half of it then.
    • On May 2 Quibi died and nobody mourned.
    • On May 3 California passed a well-intended law that made things worse.
    • On May 4 YouTube banned David Icke for spreading the wrong type of conspiracy theory.
    • On May 5 Julia captured Heisenbugs.
    • On May 6 Elasticsearch was a disaster.
    • On May 7 Microsoft released new Surfaces and the EU went bananas for cookies.
    • On May 8 Apple, Sonos, and Spotify were battling for the worst developer support crown.
    • On May 9 Go was still hipster COBOL.
    • On May 10 Meizu released a 17" smartphone - unless they didn't.
    • On May 11 /r/animetitties was safe for work.
    • On May 12 birdless Birds, and the 125W Intel 10900K used 235W.
    • On May 13 we were mostly swearing at LXD.
    • On May 14 Deno was Node.js only using TypeScript and written in Rust.
    • On May 15 Facebook bought Giphy for some bizarre reason.
    • On May 16 I tried out SSDNodes and pronounced it mostly not sucky.
    • On May 17 GIFs were considered harmful and WSL was pronounced weasel.
    • On May 18 we learned how to add ZFS on servers after the fact.
    • On May 19 Minecraft had sold 200 MILLION copies.
    • On May 20 Intel's Comet Lake arrived, whichever that one was.
    • On May 21 Twitter fucked Twitter up yet again.
    • On May 22 Rocket Lake leaked, whichever that one was.
    • On May 23 we listed fictional inventions by year of publication.
    • On May 24 we had pizza arbitrage and safe spaces.
    • On May 25 Elasticsearch did what it's best at - leaking private data.
    • On May 26 every singly iPhone got jailbroken.
    • On May 27 DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES UNINSTALL THE LAUNCHER.
    • On May 28 Twitter was the problem with Twitter.
    • On May 29 everything got hacked and YouTube was run by morons.
    • On May 30 Hivelocity declared war on catgirls.
    • And on May 31 all of D&D - all of it.


  • On December 25 we looked at installing Windows on an Xbox One, sort of, Ruby 3.0 was out, China launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba, Amazon got sued for burning people's houses down, and June bugs.

    • On June 1 the apatosaurus reached the ISS.
    • On June 2 Sienna Cichlid reported for NPR.
    • On June 3 what was this, a console for ants?
    • On June 4 the Chuwi Larkbox was small and Big Navi was big.
    • On June 5 Sim Refinery was rediscovered.
    • On June 6 we experience sudden total existence failure.
    • On June 7 Brave didn't do what they were accused of, not exactly.
    • On June 8 Tiger Lake was on its way, whichever one that was.
    • On June 9 I officially fell down the rabbit hole.



    • On June 10 IBM Cloud crashed across the entire world due to a bad BGP packet.
    • On June 11 Twitter went full Karen.
    • On June 12 Itch.io released a good bundle for a bad cause.
    • On June 13 Zoom bad, Huawei also bad, and HSBC did what?
    • On June 14 how to grow your project to 13,000 dependencies with one line of code.
    • On June 15 AMD's latest APUs work just fine with no cooling whatsoever.
    • On June 16 Amazon Prime on the Moon.
    • On June 17 Google lied through their fucking teeth.
    • On June 18 Intel's Copper Lake - Cooper Lake? Really?
    • On June 19 content moderation at scale was impossible if you hired morons to do it.
    • On June 20 the server exploded and I'm still fixing some bits.
    • On June 21 cat sitting on keyboard crashed lightdm.
    • On June 22 I remoted-mounted a CD-ROM from the other side of the planet.
    • On June 23 Apple did not mention Arm once.
    • On June 24 everyone went full Kafka.
    • On June 25 TikTok was spyware, fancy that.
    • On June 26 Twitter's kafkabot went insane.
    • On June 27 we dove head first into Brave New World.
    • On June 28 the Pico-8 was upgraded to 32 colours.
    • On June 29 GitHub went down worldwide.
    • And on June 30 MongoDB indexing was a Swiss Army chainsaw.



  • On December 26 we looked at a $225 mini-PC, some settings to adjust and some rules to ignore when reinstalling Windows, Coindesk lost the Slashdot audience, a Korean tokamak achieved 100 million degrees for 20 seconds, and we had to go back to July


    • On July 1 Apple killed the PC as we knew it.
    • On July 2 we looked at Intel's Field Lake. Wait, Lakefield? Really?
    • On July 3 23,000 MongoDB databases got hacked and not Elasticsearch this time.
    • On July 4 the Ryzen 4700G (which you can't get) matched the 3800X (which you can).
    • On July 5 the next big thing from Apple was higher prices and shit no-one asked for.
    • On July 6 we used DEX as a dump stat.
    • On July 7 Slack imploded, then exploded.
    • On July 8 the WHO noted that Bat Flu was, and we quote, "a thing".
    • On July 9 117 out of 117 home routers failed security scans.
    • On July 10 Threadripper Pro appeared and Google banned its competitors.
    • On July 11 1TBVPS.com sold 1TB VPSes.
    • On July 12 we discovered MariaDB support for temporal tables.
    • On July 13 Github went down again.
    • On July 14 New York celebrated a mountain of corpses.
    • On July 15 Google ruined everything and Patch Tuesday fixed 123 vulnerabilities.
    • On July 16 we banned Tencent and Twitter got hacked again.
    • On July 17 the Twitter hacker had inside help.
    • On July 18 Cloudflare went down and took GitLab, Patreon, Authy, and Digital Ocean.
    • On July 19 Citrine was an incredibly bad idea.
    • On July 20 Loren Chariot Addy the Titbit of Cholame questioned Cele Garth Alda and 16 windy frogs.
    • On July 21 AMD officially launched their desktop APU range which you can't get.
    • On July 22 Metacritic saw a bright new future in fraud.
    • On July 23 the Xioami Mi 10 offered near-flagship specs at flagship prices.
    • On July 24 Intel's 7nm process was a year late and getting later by the day.
    • On July 25 TechDirt was tilting at wombats imagining they were windmills.
    • On July 26 it turned out there a world outside of Europe.
    • On July 27 PHP 8 caught up with ALGOL 60 - in one specific feature.
    • On July 28 a Suikoden sequel crashed Kickstarter by giving it too much money.
    • On July 29 Wikipedia claimed that all DDR5 modules were registered.
    • On July 30 a Grub bug nibbled a hole in UEFI.
    • On July 31 we journeyed beyond the shoe event horizon.



  • On December 27 we were back after a not particularly secret midnight bomber bombed at midnight and disrupted the internet a little bit, someone sneezed in Sydney's north, AMD needed a 5700X, Asus leaked two very different 12GB graphics cards, how to make your APIs horrible, iCloud fell over, 5x4 is a bad thing in SSDs, and August was a thing that happened.

    • On August 1 Twitter got hacked by a 17-year-old kid from Florida.
    • On August 2 the Dragon returned to Earth.
    • On August 3 we visited Derepedia.
    • On August 4 we were reincarnated as a wombat in a world where P=NP.
    • On August 5 Apple released new iMacs, overpriced and already obsolete on launch day.
    • On August 6 Twitter locked the Trump campaign out of its account over a fact.
    • On August 7 MySQL decided to drop 20% of incoming connection.
    • On August 8 Google Focal and immediately bricked all their existing devices.
    • On August 9 Twitter was in talks with TikTok to create the worst website ever envisioned.
    • On August 10 Department of Corporate Slave Rabbits came to an end.
    • On August 11 the Oppo Reno3 came with an A75, A76, or A77 core depending.
    • On August 12 we looked at a 128-core six-screen laptop for very large laps.
    • On August 14 the Yam cryptocurrency self-destructed due to a tiny but unfixable bug.
    • On August 13 Humble Bundle had Vegas and Acid and it's back right now.
    • On August 15 notes on writing your own virtual machine.
    • On August 16 Google Cloud had more death flags than an otome game isekai manga main character villainess.
    • On August 17 Notepad++ got banned in China.
    • On August 18 IBM's Power 10 and z15 CPUs were too complicated to even describe coherently.
    • On August 19 the A520 chipset was in fact a chipset.
    • On August 20 Intel remembered for ten minutes which one Tiger Lake was.
    • On August 21 a Lightroom update freed up space by deleting all your photos.
    • On August 22 the 6502 was fucking weird - and so was the BBC Micro that used it.
    • On August 23 I tried out Nim for the first time and it worked exactly as described.
    • On August 24 server-side rendering was the new hotness.
    • On August 25 why not write your configuration files in JavaScript?
    • On August 26 birds were kind of dumb.
    • On August 27 Arwes made your app look like 2020 as seen from 1980.
    • On August 28 Google declared war on the Fediverse.
    • On August 29 a malloc Geiger counter was actually kind of a good idea.
    • On August 30 I completed the programming model for my 10-bit 1983 home computer.
    • And on August 31 we explored how to cheat wavetable synthesis into existence in 1983.


  • On December 28 we said no to Turbo, China completed its antitrust investigations of Alibaba, a two-acre vertical farm outproduced a 720-acre real farm if you simply ignored reality, and September exited stage left.

    • On September 1 we looked at classic Japanese home computers.
    • On September 2 Intel launched Tiger Lake, whichever one that was.
    • On September 3 we examined wavetable synthesis in fantasy 1983 and in 2020.
    • On September 4 Ethereum gas prices peaked at 28,925.
    • On September 5 we downloaded 100,000 pages of ocs for 1980s computers.
    • On September 6 the HP Omen 15 had the four essential keys.
    • On September 7 QB64 was a 64-bit Basic compiler.
    • On September 8 Microsoft announced the Sbox.
    • On September 9 BEEEEP.
    • On September 10 AMD took over the top ten slots in Passmark entirely.
    • On September 11 the Surface Duo was a brilliant $299 device priced at $1399.
    • On September 12 it was time to download an Amiga.
    • On September 13 per explodia ad astra.
    • On September 14 Nvidia bought Arm and Microsoft did not buy TikTok.
    • On September 15 IBM was working on a 1121 qubit quantum computer.
    • On September 16 yes, Virginia, Nim can compile to a Raspberry Pi.
    • On September 17 Sony revealed the PS5 and also the Xperia 5 II.
    • On September 18 Apple complained that Epic Games was interfering with monopoly.
    • On September 19 everything sold out immediately upon launch.
    • On September 20Intel submitted their secure enclave patches for Linux for the 38th time.
    • On September 21 the US Air Force designed, built, and flew a new prototype fighter in under 12 months.
    • On September 22 Elasticsearch took seven seconds to search 28,000 records.
    • On September 23 we had a day.
    • On September 24 HP had a 4K laptop with 8GB of non-upgradable RAM.
    • On September 25 we interpreted Intel's 10nm nightmare.
    • On September 26 Google Maps removed photos of Ayer's Rock.
    • On September 27 Navy Flounder joined Sienna Cichlid and Dimgrey Cavefish.
    • On September 28 researchers found the man page for a secret Nazi supercomputer.
    • On September 29 DuckDuckGo had about a zillion magic search codes.
    • And on September 30 we never updated our operating systems. NEVER.



  • On December 29 Xiaomi announced the Mi 11, Gigabyte had a nice B550 microATX motherboard, the Ryzen 5900X was nearly as fast as the 10900K, Nissin waited sixty years for this moment, echo 'BBuaBubaBubbbaBubbbbaBubbbbbaBubbbbbba' | watson decode -t json, remote management over Thunderbolt, China ruined China, and October looked good in retrospect.

    • On October 1 Humble's Corel Draw Bundle didn't actually contain Corel Draw.
    • On October 2 Dwarf Fortress turned out to be a great source of bitmapped fonts.
    • On October 3 we took a guided tour of the pixel-packing plant.
    • On October 4 Green Sardine joined Navy Flounder and Sienna Cichlid.
    • On October 5 running Doom 3 on an RTX 3090 - as a RAM disk.
    • On October 6 Nvidia replaced codecs with video puppets.
    • On October 7 the House Judiciary Committee took off and nuked the entire site from orbit.
    • On October 8 Intel announced its new Rocket Lake, whichever that is.
    • On October 9 YouTube chat was terrible but in a different way this time.
    • On October 10 you could no longer run Star Citizen on a Pentium.
    • On October 11 all DRAM has the same access speed - around 15ns.
    • On October 12 the Pentagon contracted SpaceX to deliver mail by rocket.
    • On October 13 serverless was always bullshit.
    • On October 14 Amazon Prime Video wasn't good but Netflix was even worse.
    • On October 15 mainstream media and social media companies didn't tell the truth once.
    • On October 16 Twitter crashed, and Slack decided that looked like fun and joined in.
    • On October 17 Atlassian told its customers to get fucked.
    • On October 18 the New York Post's Twitter account was still locked.
    • On October 19 God Mode in Windows 10. Literally.
    • On October 20 Intel sold its flash memory division to Hynix.
    • On October 21 Osiris Rex landed safely on Bennu.
    • On October 22 OAuth 3 was heading our way to make everything worse.
    • On October 23 a small shark hit one million subscribers.
    • On October 24 GitLab crashed and Xerox PARC got a DARPA contract.
    • On October 25 it was fourteen degrees in Sydney in late October.
    • On October 26 Azerbaijan posted Armenian ceasefire violations before they happened.
    • On October 27 Zoom censored warnings about Zoom censorship.
    • On October 28 AMD recorded record records.
    • On October 29AMD's Radeon RX 6000 arrived for approximately seven femtoseconds.
    • On October 30 Zen 3 was a lot better than Zen 2 which was a lot better than Zen 1 which was vastly superior to Bulldozer which was not very good at all.
    • And on October 31 it was time to launch Twitter Safety into the Sun.


  • On December 30 HololiveJP found new and exciting ways to die in Minecraft, Intel's upcoming Alder lake looked frankly awful, the MacOS internet recover feature would recover you to the previous release, and we revisited an entire month of gunpowder, treason, and plot in November

    • On November 1 since when did Terraria have minecarts?
    • On November 2 the Raspberry Pi 400 was 2020's answer to the ZX 80.
    • On November 3 Apple invited everyone into their roach motel.
    • On November 4 Twitch suspended musicians for playing their own music.
    • On November 5 Xioami unveiled the Xioami Ningmei Rubik's Cube Mini.
    • On November 6 I Vultr fixed my server in three minutes and thirty-nine seconds.
    • On November 7 "><SCRIPT SRC=HTTPS://MJT.XSS.HT> LTD was forced to change its name.
    • On November 8 Twitter went all in on reasons and locked me out of my account.
    • On November 9 Facebook was only reasons because they loved you.
    • On November 10 we got MariaDB temporal tables working and they were genuinely great.
    • On November 11 this claim was disputed and also considered harmful.
    • On November 12 Twitch set itself on fire, just because they are idiots.
    • On November 13 MacOS Bug Sir arrived and Apple immediately fucked everything up.
    • On November 14 we just used GZip with ZFS.
    • On November 15 Amazon was on fire, and spiders.
    • On November 16 Wordpress booted sites because reasons.
    • On November 17 we looked into a dual-core Intel CPU from 1977.
    • On November 18 Resellee wanted to be the Pinduoduo of Southeast Asia.
    • On November 19 I found two hosting providers who don't reasons their customers.
    • On November 20 Twitter's new feature that no-one wanted survived less than a day.
    • On November 21 YouTube chat was terrible again.
    • On November 22 Asus did not announce their new Tinkerboard 2.
    • On November 23 S3 was a semantic minefield.
    • On November 24 PayPal screwed up all my paypalments.
    • On November 25 Vivaldi was putting the good stuff back into their browser.
    • On November 26 we were back in Twitmo and zombie minks attacked.
    • On November 27 AWS collapsed in a heap and took the New York Subway with it.
    • On November 28 scientists found water of the coast of Hawaii.
    • On November 29 journalists were outraged that Facebook was still allowing people to post.
    • And on November 30 we snaffled two 1TB Western Digital Black SN750s.



  • On December 31 there was not a new but we did remember December.


    • On December 1 colapsado el Observatorio de Arecibo meant pretty much what it sounded like.
    • On December 2 Pharmaceuticals for Algernon.
    • On December 3 Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 888.
    • On December 4 the iPhone's wifi got hacked even if it was turned off at the time.
    • On December 5 Apple released the second beta for the patch to the fix to the update to Bug Sir.
    • On December 6 spores from planet Yuggoth were safely returned to Earth.
    • On December 7 Timnit Gebru was surprise removed and broadcasting TV over ESP.
    • On December 8 Microsoft Teams had worms.
    • On December 9 CentOS 8's EOL got pulled forward by about seven years.
    • On December 10 every detail of the story banned because reasons turned out to be true.
    • On December 11 Spotify leaked passwords somehow.
    • On December 12 we examined a $72,000-per-day free cloud server.
    • On December 13 the mainstream media lost the Jacobins.
    • On December 14 Google ran out of disk space and crashed. Globally.
    • On December 15 putting a slow NVMe SSD on a USB interface made it faster.
    • On December 16 Gmail fell over again and SolarWinds was a complete fucking mess.
    • On December 17 Ethereum pooped itself again.
    • On December 18 Apple's Bug Sir prevented you from updating itself.
    • On December 19 a bug in the Magecart malware provided a handy list of all the infected servers.
    • On December 20 we looked forward to replacing Google with Nextcloud.
    • On December 21 Apple tied up 80% of TSMC's 5nm capacity through 2021.
    • On December 22 I went cold-turkey on Hololive for nearly two whole days.
    • On December 23 the Fast Food Console wars began.
    • On December 24 Intel's Maple Ridge Thunderbolt 4 controller shipped.
    • On December 25 we looked at installing Windows on an Xbox One.
    • On December 26 we looked at a $225 mini-PC.
    • On December 27 we were back after a not particularly secret midnight bomber bombed at midnight.
    • On December 28 we just said no to Turbo.
    • On December 29 echo 'BBuaBubaBubbbaBubbbbaBubbbbbaBubbbbbba' | watson decode -t json.
    • On December 30 the MacOS internet recover feature would recover you to the previous release.
    • On December 31 there was not a new.



Disclaimer: I'm a dragon. I don't wear no undies. I'm fast.

— Kiryu Coco returning from a bathroom break during her New Year's Eve karaoke stream.

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1 I was kind of hoping that when you got to Dec 31 you were going to recurse another level. grin

Posted by: ed hering at Friday, January 01 2021 01:29 AM (yKa6S)

2 I thought about it, but sanity prevailed for once!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 01 2021 01:54 AM (PiXy!)

3 Also seems I have a few typos to fix in the morning.  Problem with these posts is they turn into a sea of red squiggles with all the brand/model names and technical terms.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 01 2021 02:03 AM (PiXy!)

4 December 9 link was broken for me.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Friday, January 01 2021 02:44 AM (6y7dz)

5 "Nvidia launched the RTX 3060 Ti and for some reason it's absurdly overpriced in Australia."
Good (?) news!  It's absurdly overpriced in the US, too, thanks to scalpers.  Bitwit had a video a day or two ago trawling Craigslist for people charging ripoff prices on new GPUs.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 01 2021 07:11 AM (eqaFC)

6 https://https://ai.mee.nu/archive/2020/daily_news_stuff_9_deccember_2020 You just need to learn how to spell "Deccember".

Posted by: normal at Friday, January 01 2021 07:12 AM (LADmw)

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Posted by: normal at Friday, January 01 2021 07:15 AM (LADmw)

9 December is now spelled correctly. smile

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 01 2021 03:45 PM (PiXy!)

10 Also noticed that dec. 10's link goes to dec. 19, but that is much less of an issue.

I found the coverage of the imaginary retrocomputing project interesting.  I'm just starting to have the background to follow what was going on.

I'm still not sure when I started following AI this year.  Looks like early December, or before.  Which is a little surprising, given that this was still during a period when I very much did not have a lot of spoons to spare.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Saturday, January 02 2021 04:01 AM (6y7dz)

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




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