Thursday, September 23


Daily News Stuff 23 September 2021

Dictator Dan Edition

Top Story

  • Knock at the door and the sound of a package being left while I was busy on a video conference.  I assumed it was either the new glasses I ordered or the Dell laptop that I've been waiting on for, hmm, four weeks to the day.

    It was both.

    Which is great because I've been having increasing trouble with both my old PC and my old glasses.

  • If you have been following the protests in Melbourne at all, you should be aware that everything the Victoria state government says is a lie, everything the police say is a lie, and almost everything the mainstream media says is a lie.

    Sometimes it's the same lie, but sometimes it's mutually contradictory lies.


    Okay, this space unintentionally left blank.  The account that was live-tweeting all the Melbourne protests has just erased their Twitter history.

    You'd think if there had been an attack (the discussion of which is now gone) there would be video all over the place but Dictator Dan has banned live video from Melbourne.

    What we do have evidence of is this:

    World's most liveable city, ladies and gentlemen.

    Fortunately the federal courts aren't having it.

    Unfortunately the news networks are worthless.

Tech News

  • Microsoft's new Surface lineup is here.  (AnandTech)

    Looks like the leak was legit.

    The Surface Pro 8 has a 2880x1920 13" display (why not 3000x2000?) with a quad core CPU and up to 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.  The SSD appears to be a tiny M.2 2230 unit that is user-replaceable, which is a nice improvement over the usual state of everything being glued in place.  If you buy the low-end 128GB model you can upgrade it yourself, except you can't because the biggest M.2 2230 cards you can find at retail are 128GB.

    It also has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a headphone jack, but no microSD slot because we can't have nice things.

    There's also a new Surface Laptop model which has a flippy hinge so that the screen lies flat on top of the keyboard in tablet mode, and a Surface Pro X which is Arm-based and sucks.

  • There's also a Surface Duo 2.  (

    Microsoft's dual-screen Android phone is still expensive but at least it now has near-flagship specs, with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of storage.

  • The article doesn't mention the password used this time but we can guess.  (Bleeping Computer)

    A second farming co-op has been hit with ransomware - despite being on the list of industries that Russia should not attack.

  • If you're running a really old Android device - before 6.0 - it's time to install Firefox.  (Tech Crunch)

    Let's Encrypt's old root certificate is expiring at the end of the month.  They already have a new one, but Android versions through 5.0 don't know about it and can't be updated.

    Firefox has its own certificate registry, though, and will continue to work.

Disclaimer: Believe half of what you hear and nothing that you see.

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