Tuesday, April 07


Daily News Stuff 7 April 2020

Trolling Popehat Edition

Tech News

  • We have two more Threadripper servers being configured at my day job. 

    I'm going to set them all up as an LXD 4.0 cluster.  We're probably going to need Docker, which is not exactly best friends with LXD, but with LXD 4.0 I can run a full virtual machine and then run Docker inside that.

    72 cores at up to 4.5GHz, 384GB RAM, 45TB of enterprise MLC NVMe SSD, and 48TB of spinning rust across three servers.

    I could have gone for the 3970X, but I don't think we need those extra cores, and the price difference will pay for a nice little dev server - probably a Xeon 2276.

  • Yes, we don't like Fox News.  No, that doesn't mean this lawsuit against them is anything more than goat vomit.  (TechDirt)

    This is why TechDirt remains sort of worth reading.  On the third hand, they note:
    The San Diego article has quite the interview with Arthur West, who runs WASHLITE, and it feels like every word he said is designed to troll Ken "Popehat" White
    Which seems laudable to me.

  • The most 2020 headline ever.  (Tech Crunch)

  • The stupid you will have with you always.  (Tech Crunch)

    In this case it's almost certainly moderately stupid grifters shaking down the truly stupid, but the result is the same.

  • This video will die in 100 days.

  • AMD, could you release another CPU please?  The last one gave me content for days.

  • Crystal 0.34 is out.  (Crystal-Lang)

    Not a lot of language changes; things are getting more stable as they approach 1.0.  They have tidied up some features so that, for example, a case statement will detect whether you are checking all the possible values and refuse to compile if not.  You can include an else condition as a catch-all, but you have to do that explicitly.

    I like Crystal, and I like the direction it's headed in.  I need to catch up on Nim as well and see where that is, because I'd like to be able to deploy to Windows and Crystal won't be there for a while yet.

  • Mochizuki's inter-universal Teichmüller proof has been published.  (Phys.org)

    Mathematicians are still debating whether it actually is a proof, and Mochizuki and Teichmüller themselves aren't being terribly helpful.

    This - if it is validated - would prove the abc conjecture, which would in turn prove a whole bunch of stuff, including a much simpler proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.  (Which has been proven, but is fiendishly complicated.)

  • The hot new game for 2020 is finding a time when your supermarket both has toilet paper in stock and has delivery slots open.

    Right now it's a but not b.  Earlier it was b but not a.

    I went out yesterday - I needed to resupply on antihistamines, because if my allergies started playing up and I was sneezing all the time I wouldn't be able to go out in public - and not only was the toilet paper aisle empty, the toilet paper aisle was gone.  

    Lots and lots of nappies where it would have normally been.  If you're a tiny baby - or elderly and infirm, I suppose - you can continue pooping on your regular schedule.

    I have groceries arriving tomorrow morning between 4 AM and 9 AM, which is a time slot that didn't exist in pre-apocalypse days, though the ETA is between 6:50 and 7:50 which is not entirely insane.  If I get what I ordered or some reasonable facsimile I'll be good for three weeks.

    Food I already have.  There's no shortage of food.  Food is goddamn everywhere.

    Except somehow Easter eggs, but I bought some yesterday so that's okay.

Not Exactly Tech News

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1 " resupply on antihistamines,"
Sam's Club or Costco or whatever are usually great for this--400 count bottles of generic Benadryl, say, at a per-pill cost a tenth what the brand-name is.  Ditto stuff like Zyrtec.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, April 08 2020 01:40 AM (Iwkd4)

2 I know nothing of this Berserk manga but "GRRM will complete The Winds of Winter before we get a new chapter of Berserk" is probably going to leave a mark.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, April 08 2020 01:58 AM (Iwkd4)

3 I watched that LTT video on Floatplane last week.  Taking some of the load off the intake servers is actually pretty cool.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, April 08 2020 01:59 AM (Iwkd4)

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

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