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Daily Tech News 25 April 2024

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  • Snap is the worst thing since systemd.

    If you are running LXD, and you install it with Snap, MAKE SURE TO PIN THE VERSION OR IT WILL DIE.

  • Meanwhile, Ubuntu 24.04 is here.  (Techzine)

    The beta version was delayed by a week due to the near-catastrophe with the xz hack, while the team at Canonical (makers of Ubuntu) rebuilt every single package to ensure that no trace of the hack was left.

    I had expected the release of the live version to be likewise delayed, but it has shipped on time.

    While I wouldn't install it on a production server just yet, the 22.04 release was remarkably trouble free.  And I do have a couple of Beelink mini-PCs waiting to be set up.

    (Ubuntu releases twice a year, and the even-number year April releases are LTS - guaranteed free support for five years with paid support for another five beyond that.)

  • IBM is buying Hashicorp for $6.4 billion.  (Tech Crunch)

    Hashicorp does...  Stuff.  I dunno.  Docket strangulation, something like that.

  • Stellar Blade is here and the perpetually outraged classes have a new game to be perpetually outraged about.  (WCCFTech)

    In this case, they're mostly outraged that the game represents impossible standards of feminine beauty, a claim somewhat weakened by the fact that the in-game character looks almost exactly like the motion-capture actress who worked with the animation team.

    WCCFTech, which is not a game review site, gives it 9 out of 10.

    The actual game review sites hate it because they're all run by the perpetually outraged classes.

  • The man who destroyed Google.  (Where's Your Ed)

    The man running Google Search for the past five years - replacing the man who built Google Search for the previous 20 - was previously head of search at Yahoo.

    Which was such a success that they had to replace it with Bing.
    Raghavan's story is unique, insofar as the damage he's managed to inflict (or, if we're being exceptionally charitable, failed to avoid in the case of Yahoo) on two industry-defining companies, and the fact that he did it without being a CEO or founder.  Perhaps more remarkable, he's achieved this while maintaining a certain degree of anonymity. Everyone knows who Musk and Zuckerberg are, but Raghavan's known only in his corner of the Internet. Or at least he was.
    Did Google Search fall or was it pushed?

    A little of both, it seems.

Disclaimer: Or rather, a whole lot of both.

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1 And the TikTok bill doesn't take effect until AFTER the election. And maybe not then if they help push the influence hard enough....

Posted by: Mauser at Friday, April 26 2024 03:21 AM (nk1Z+)

2 I like my Beelink mini pc, although I wish the 1340P had been available instead of the 1235U.  It's decent but a little choppy, probably partly because there are only two P cores, and partly because the SSD is QLC.  The other problem is Beelink hasn't issued any driver updates since the thing came out, although Windows Update has stuff from time to time.
I'd love to consolidate a couple of machines into something like a Ryzen 8840 (or so) with an Oculink or TB4 port for an eGPU just in case.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, April 26 2024 04:04 AM (BMUHC)

3 Stellar Blade--I guess she's kinda cute if you like the modern version of pointy-chinned whatever the term was (I was gonna say "bishie" but then I looked up the term to make sure it was the right word, and it wasn't).  Don't hate.  I don't watch a lot of anime.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, April 26 2024 04:08 AM (BMUHC)

4 Bishoujo.  "Bishie" somehow only applies to males.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, April 26 2024 06:35 PM (PiXy!)

5 Huh, ok.  When I DDG'ed "bishie" I got taken to Urban Dictionary, of all places, that said it was short for bishonen.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, April 27 2024 10:03 AM (BMUHC)

6 Yep, that's correct.  Terms for both sexes exist, but the shortened form is somehow male-exclusive.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, April 27 2024 10:26 PM (PiXy!)

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

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