Tuesday, May 11
Totally Normal Edition
- Congratulations on your purchase of a new iPhone, made using slave labour under a genocidal fascist regime! (The Information)
Original article requires registration but most of the details have been reposted elsewhere. (The Verge)
Apple gets the stick in the headline, but the investigation also implicates contract manufacturers used by Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google.
Rumiko Takahashi has always been great at starting stories, but only once managed to finish one.
- Amazon destroyed 2 million counterfeit products in 2020. (Ars Technica)
The comments note that (a) it's likely that a lot of these weren't counterfeit, but merely undocumented products from smaller sellers - Amazon is infamous for simply taking and destroying sellers' entire stock without explanation or recourse, and (b) the site is awash with obviously fake products.
Ars Technica is a left-leaning site that agrees with Amazon's politics (though it wasn't always thus) so this is not political animus speaking, but bitter experience.
- You're sciencing it wrong!
Researchers at MIT are horrified to find that mask mandate skeptics are doing rigorous research and not blaming everything on white supremacy.
I am not making this up.
You can read the full paper for yourself. (Arxiv.org)
It reads like a bad parody of woke "science", but it's real.
- Supermicro put two of Intel's new Ice Lake Xeons on a standard ATX motherboard. (AnandTech)
Due to space constraints - these are huge chips, and there's two of them - it only supports four of the eight memory channels on each CPU, and only one module per channel, though that's still enough for 1TB of RAM, or even 2TB if you can find the high-capacity modules necessary.
I think the only reason this exists is that you need two Intel server CPUs to compete with one from AMD; it makes no sense otherwise.
- The DHS is spying on you for your own good. (NBC News)
You will learn to love Big Brother, you ungrateful little bastards.
- Petrol supplies - what you folks call "gas" even though it's a liquid - may resume in the eastern US states by the end of the week. (ZDNet)
The FBI and the perpetrators have both confirmed this was caused by a Russian hacking group, supposedly not at all under the thumb of the Russian government.
Pull the other one, it's got little Brooklyn Bridges on.
- It's not a labour shortage, it's just that the country is run by retards. (Washington Post)
When you subsidise bad behaviour, you get more of it.
Subsidising Bad Behaviour Video of the Day
The one factor working in our favour is that our self-appointed fascist overlords are really, really dumb.
You know it's 'gasoline', right? Or, as I've heard you Down Under folks call it, 'guzzleline'.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, May 12 2021 12:22 AM (eqaFC)
I'm not trying to defend publications coming out of universities.
It isn't clear to me what strategic objective Russia is hoping to achieve here. Hitting the east coast makes sense for activities in Europe or Africa, but it is a really short window of opportunity.
One possibility is miscalculation wrt US internal tensions.
Another is that they are collaborating with the Biden regime to frame regime opponents as Russian.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Wednesday, May 12 2021 12:47 AM (6y7dz)
The dog in the park folks admitted it when asked, and apparently then disclosed everything that they had been pulling.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Wednesday, May 12 2021 12:52 AM (6y7dz)
The most annoying thing Amazon is doing to me these days is bait-and-switching the seller. I add something to my cart that's supposedly Prime shipping from Amazon, and when I go to check out, it's a week to ten days from a brand new Marketplace dealer with no history who's playing pricing games. I used to have a laptop on one of my wishlists, and every time the "prime" price went down, it turned out to be a dealer with no history that somehow was the "best" choice.
Posted by: J Greely at Wednesday, May 12 2021 12:57 AM (ZlYZd)
Expect more stupid research into this that is likewise wildly off base.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Wednesday, May 12 2021 01:00 AM (6y7dz)
I think I've had one, or maybe two at most, packages a day or so late. But since I moved to Galveston, where most of my Prime orders are shipped USPS, probably because they don't have a local carrier, I've run into a problem I've never seen before: two times, an order was marked as delivered, and wasn't actually in my mailbox. Apparently my postman sometimes marks packages as delivered before actually putting them in the box.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, May 12 2021 02:08 AM (eqaFC)
Posted by: J Greely at Wednesday, May 12 2021 04:17 AM (ZlYZd)
Bob Berdella: I can't see any evidence of murder or homosexual rape.
Posted by: normal at Wednesday, May 12 2021 11:41 AM (obo9H)
Actually, now that I think of it, I am not sure if that is good news.
Posted by: cxt217 at Wednesday, May 12 2021 01:09 PM (4i7w0)
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, May 13 2021 04:30 AM (eqaFC)
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