Thursday, November 25


Daily News Stuff 25 November 2021

Wonders Never Cease Edition

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  • Slashdot linked to an Axios (spit) story bewailing the failure of the US Senate to approve the nomination of a communist to head up the country's banking regulations.  Not ever mentioning that she's a communist.

    A certain someone pointed out that she's a communist.

    And got voted up +5 Insightful.

  • Speaking of communists, China has suspended Tencent from updating existing apps or launching new ones.  (South China Morning Post)

    Tencent is a holding company for a huge range of investments in both Chinese and foreign businesses - like Engulf and Devour, their motto is Our fingers are in everything.  They run WeChat, which has 1.2 billion users, and own 20% of Universal Music, and a huge list of other stuff.

    They were one of the most valuable corporations in Asia at the start of the year, close to the trillion dollar mark, before Chairman Xi knifed the economy in the front.

    And now they are not permitted to fix bugs in their apps.  I'm sure this will work out just fine for everyone.

  • Speaking of communists and tech companies getting banned, miracle of miracles the Department of Commerce has actually been doing its job.  (The Register)

    Another 27 companies from China and Pakistan have been banned from doing business with the US - including one that has the exclusive distribution rights for HP servers in China.

Tech News

Party Like It's 1979 Video of the Day

This one confused me - I knew in my heart it was a 70s song, but it didn't show on the charts I was looking at.

Because it charted in Australia way back in '76 but not in the US until '81.

Disclaimer: Not that there's anything wrong with...  Wait, yeah, kind of is.

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1 Re AC/DC - I was halfway expecting a following link to the other version of that song:  Dirty Deeds Done With Sheep.

Posted by: Frank at Friday, November 26 2021 04:49 AM (rglbH)

2 Haven't read the CoCo article yet, but I bet the reason is they wanted a single base 10 digit for indicating color in CoCo basic, but of course, the hardware can handle 2^4.

Posted by: Mauser at Friday, November 26 2021 06:48 AM (Ix1l6)

3 And no, that's talking about the text-screen modes. I guessed wrong.

Posted by: Mauser at Friday, November 26 2021 06:53 AM (Ix1l6)

4 Yeah, back in those days they didn't devote the extra transistors needed to detect invalid configurations.  I you stuffed the video registers with garbage you would get something on the screen, and sometimes it was even useful.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, November 26 2021 03:51 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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