Tuesday, May 05


Daily News Stuff 5 May 2020

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Tech News

  • Why is there no man page for LXD?  The lxc and lxd commands have help options, but that's it.  Want to know the valid options for --compression on lxc export?  Haha fuck you.  Want to know anything at all about lxc network?  See above.

  • The Acer Swift 3 SF314 is a Ryzen 4000U laptop.  (AnandTech)

    Specifically the 4500U and 4700U, though if the pricing given in the review is correct you'd have to be nuts to buy the 4500U.  Update: The pricing matches that on Acer's online store.  Don't buy the 4500U model.

    For $649 you get an eight-core CPU, Vega 7 graphics, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, and a 14" 1080p IPS screen, weighing 1.2kg.  No Thunderbolt but it does have USB-C with power delivery and DisplayPort out, and separate USB-A and HDMI, and a traditional charging port.

    It has dedicated PgUp and PgDn keys but not Home and End.

  • Oh and there's a new 13" MacBook Pro.  (AnandTech)

  • Why does the 2TB model cost three times as much as the 1TB model?  (Tom's Hardware)

    Oh, right.  Patriot P300, budget M.2 NVMe SSD.

  • Backblaze B2 is now S3 compatible.  (Backblaze)

    It originally had a more complicated API that was harder to use but cheaper for Backblaze to deploy.  Now it's directly compatible with S3 and thus with everything else.

    For $5 per terabyte per month, and $10 per terabyte for transfers out.  The competition charges up to 12 times as much for bandwidth.  (Though transfers in are free for all of them.)

  • Julia 1.5 can capture Heisenbugs.  (JuliaLang)

    But not recursive Heisenbugs.  The new bug reporter can capture bugs on a user's system and reproduce them on the developer's machine, no matter what the underlying cause of the bug is, unless the bug stops happening when you turn on the bug reporter.

  • It may now be cheaper to shoot space scenes in space than to do them in CGI.  (Deadline)

  • Apple's T2 security chip prevents MacBooks from being refurbished.  (Vice)

    Without the password, you're left with $12 worth of scrap.

Disclaimer: Okay, $12 and a dead raccoon, but that's my best offer.

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1 If you mail the dead raccoon to Tim Cook, I'll take it!

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, May 06 2020 01:13 AM (Iwkd4)

2 Someone ought to spread the meme "Apple is wasteful and doesn't believe in recycling hardware".

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, May 06 2020 01:13 AM (Iwkd4)

3 "Apple is wasteful and doesn't believe in recycling hardware"
"Waste is okay when Sterv Jerbs does it." --mactards everywhere
Also, if that Acer had the 4800U and was only a hundred or so more, I would buy it right now.

Posted by: normal at Wednesday, May 06 2020 02:16 AM (LADmw)

 Why is there no man page for LXD? 

 Because obviously that would give aid and comfort to the patriarchy and not serve diversity in any way. (Duh!)

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Wednesday, May 06 2020 08:49 AM (5iiQK)

5 normal - The 4700U is fine for me.  I have a laptop with a much nicer display, pen input, twice the memory and storage - but it's only a dual core.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, May 06 2020 04:29 PM (PiXy!)

6 Oh, and mine doesn't have dedicated PgUp/PgDn/Home/End keys.  It's what convinced me of their necessity.

I used to have a reserved desk at the office with a keyboard and monitor that I'd plug my laptop into on the days I went in.  I no longer do, so I actually need to type on the laptop keyboard, and immediately discovered that this is not fun on most laptops.
Of course right now I'm sitting at home with a full-sized keyboard and dual 27" screens so it's become a non-problem again.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, May 06 2020 04:33 PM (PiXy!)

7 At $650 the 4700u might be fine for me too (I have a 3200u (2 core, 4 thread), which I picked up for <$300 which is fine, actually).  I agree 100% on the pgup/pgdn keys.

Posted by: normal at Wednesday, May 06 2020 10:44 PM (obo9H)

8 Pixy, why not just get an extra keyboard & bring it with you when you go in?  (I got tired years ago of the garbage keyboards Dells ship with and convinced my company to buy me a mechanical keyboard for my desktop. smile )
Also, someday my Ergodox will get built & shipped, I'm just sure of it!  I'll probably need to douse it in hand sanitizer, though.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, May 07 2020 12:02 AM (Iwkd4)

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