Tuesday, January 05
Fuck All The Words Edition
- Sydney has gone into, well, not a lockdown, but a something, with masks mandated for pretty much anyone out in public.
We had five Bat Flu cases yesterday.
I mean, it's not like I want to go outside anyway. Sydney is catching the edge of the Cyclone Imogen storm system right now and it's absolutely pissing down. And Warragamba Dam is 98% full already, so we can expect flooding in western Sydney at any moment.
(This time last year it was 63% full and western Sydney was on fire.)
- Crypto miners say fuck you to anyone hoping to get a new graphics card. (Tom's Hardware)
With Bitcoin and Ethereum on the zoom again it's likely that mid-range and last-gen cards will quickly become impossible to find as well.
And it's not just theoretical. (WCCFTech)
Some guy got hold of 78 RTX 3080s and built them into a mining rig. Some other people are slightly peeved.
If crypto prices keep increasing, AMD CPUs will also become viable, and the shortage of 5000-series parts is already causing increases in 3000-series pricing.
- Original Linus says fuck Intel and their short-sighted policy on ECC memory. (Tom's Hardware)
ECC absolutely matters.He also doesn't like 80 character line limits.
ECC availability matters a lot - exactly because Intel has been instrumental in killing the whole ECC industry with it's horribly bad market segmentation.
- A Windows guy is taking a look at the new Arm-based Mac Mini. (Thurrott.com)
Just an unboxing so far, but he's pretty fair with both praise and criticism and not a member of the tame Apple press, so the follow-ups should be worth reading.
- There's a new PlayStation game out: Magic Castle. (Engadget)
Where by PlayStation we mean PlayStation. None of this numbered bullshit.
- Ether - the Ethereum currency - has hit $1000 again. (Ars Technica)
Coupled with high gas fees this makes the network completely unusable. But I should be able to swap a tiny amount of ETH for a ton of Matic for the work I'm doing at my day job.
- Alibaba CEO Jack Ma hasn't been seen in public since October due to a scheduling conflict. (Reuters)
The conflict being not wanting to get vanned by the CCP.
Minecraft ASMR Video of the Day
This hasn't yet streamed at time of posting, but if anyone can do Minecraft ASMR it's Roboco.
Disclaimer: We use "fuck" for everything. We're eco-fucking-nomical.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Wednesday, January 06 2021 02:16 AM (6y7dz)
I went to that news site for hackers this morning and one of the top links was something on "Inflation truthers."
Thanks to the Great Firewall of Cascadia, you can't talk about a great deal of things in "polite company" on the centralized parts of the net, including the censorship on the centralized parts of the net. But you can talk about how Bitcoin is neat for "Oh, no reason, I guess it's just a superior ponzi scheme. Now tell me more about MMT again, I hear that's neat too. And about how Biden is lucid and stuff, since I can never see it for myself."
Meanwhile, I expect them to be switching, or switching back, from emphasizing Orange Man Bad to Orange Money Bad. Or to embrace the healing power of "and."
I don't know what the deal is with Ethereum per se, but I _suspect_ there's more tokenized bitcoins floating around the ethereum blockchain than is generally known, and at least some of them are in the forms of futures contracts. So every time the price of bitcoin goes up or down 5 to 10% (i.e. days ending in 'y') or some smart contracts get caught in a short squeeze and suddenly they need to execute a lot of code and the gas price spikes as a result.
I don't know if there's enough easily available public data to test this hypothesis.
Posted by: Philip Fraering at Wednesday, January 06 2021 04:05 AM (Clxcy)
This seems to be the right link:
Posted by: Philip Fraering at Wednesday, January 06 2021 06:59 AM (Clxcy)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, January 06 2021 09:16 AM (PiXy!)
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