Sunday, October 03
Best Of All Possible Worsts Edition
- Amazon, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Salesforce, Cisco, SAP, and Atlassian have joined forces to establish Trusted Cloud Principles. (ZDNet)
The principles are:
1. A government may not harm a cloud provider's profits, or through inaction, allow a cloud provider's profits to come to harm.The silver lining is that this is self-serving corporate bullshit, which is infinitely less harmful than the self-destructive woke bullshit that is so prevalent these days.
2. A cloud provider must obey the laws enacted by its government except where such laws would conflict with the First Law.
3. Users get screwed.
- Speaking of woke bullshit Ruby has embroiled itself in a code of conduct war. (Bleeping Computer)
"To promote inclusion" they have removed the First Law of their existing code of conduct, which previously read:
Participants will be tolerant of opposing views.The rule of the day is now intolerance in the name of inclusion.
Also, Square's "Global Neurodiversity Chair" is - unexpectedly - a fuckhead.
- HP's Chromebook x2 looks nice. (Thurrott.com)
It's not, of course. It runs Chrome, leaving all your data hostage to the lunatics at Google. But the industrial design is close to that of my deceased Spectre x2, which is very nice indeed.
At $680 including the detachable keyboard and pen it's reasonably priced compared to an iPad or Surface Go, both of which charge a bundle if you want to type or draw anything.
It uses a Snapdragon 7c, which is not a fast chip, but would be fine for ChromeOS or Linux, if you can get it to run your preferred distribution.
- Do not buy an Xbox Series S. (Tom's Guide)
Given that you can't buy an Xbox Series X or a PlayStation 5, that means just don't play games.
Except Minecraft, which will run on a potato with a little overvolting.
- The PlayStation 4 was doomed to die because of a bug that would trigger when the CMOS battery failed. (Ars Technica)
If the battery fails, the console connects to the PlayStation Network to set the clock. If it can't do so, it refuses to play any games. Doesn't matter that the game disk is in the drive, it won't work.
So they fixed it.
- Apple did not fix the phone number field in their AirTag interface, despite being alerted to a security issue. (Ars Technica)
- Everything you never knew you didn't know about JIT compilers and didn't ask because you didn't know you didn't know it. (Carol Chen)
A pretty good look at PyPy and Graal (a Java JIT compiler), with some information on LuaJIT as well.
Corsair Xeneon 32QHD165 Sounds Like A Robot from the Future Video of the Day
They measured the colour gamut at 95% of DCI-P3 and 100% of sRGB and Adobe RGB, for 83% of Rec.2020. Unlike the Razer Raptor monitor which this reviewer thoroughly panned, this monitor is fairly competitive with the best gaming monitors in its price range, thought they give the edge to the Asus Bunchanumbas.
Not the monitor for me, though; I need at least 4K resolution and I'd prefer more.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Sunday, October 03 2021 10:48 PM (r9O5h)
So I've been working on that, and "neurodiverse" occupies the same namespace, and is just as easily perverted if you put some effort into it. It's an idea so mentally ill, it just might work!
Posted by: normal at Sunday, October 03 2021 11:43 PM (obo9H)
b) I'm definitely crazy.
c) neurodiverse and neurodivergent implicitly have the context of an internet joke from decades ago. A very high functioning autistic went 'wait, how am I the dysfunctional one here', and made 'the institute for the study of neurotypical disorder', a website where he described normal social behavior as being pathological. So, both words are trying to conflate a bunch of other things with autism. There are several falsehoods here.
One, the diversity and divergence probably isn't. People who are not ill may in fact be as internally varied as the people who are ill.
Two, the flavors of ill are not all the same, do not need the same remedies, and sure as hell do not need HR, activists, and other such effers speaking on their behalf, and imposing policy on a bunch of people.
Three, rolling mentally ill into LGBT carries the implication that the ill people should be having sex, probably with a bunch of strangers. Having sex with a bunch of strangers won't make fix anything, and very likely will make things worse.
d) I was a weird bookish kid, overly inclined to trust books and other 'authorities'. The environment I was exposed to growing up was already a little bit bad in this way, but not to the degree of today. I've made some estimates of the results had I been gullible enough to take this stuff at face value, and believe it. Not exactly a happy camper here.
e) One of the appeals people make against holding fringe positions is being outside of the consensus, and being thought strange. Back in the day I chose to identify as monster, precisely because the consensus positions on acceptable thought were so obviously morally bankrupt, and promoting evil as being good. (Public school sex ed was not thoughtful or discerning.) There is no situation where I am not strange.
f) Dear HR, By your criteria, I count as disabled. It is your policy to accommodate disabilities. How do you plan to accommodate me by shutting the hell up about speaking on behalf of the disabled? (*cut further discussion of policy*) How do you plan to accommodate me by hanging from a gibbet?
g) Yeah, I wish I had the courage to put that in writing under my own name, and send it. On the bright side, they may be firing me soon, no matter how well I can manage to behave. Down side, I'm wanting them to do so establishing that they are being unreasonable, not simply because of my acting on my increased levels of anger.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Monday, October 04 2021 02:13 AM (r9O5h)
"Psychiatrists often use drugs, imprisonment, and harmful adversives on their victims. The primary area of delusion for in psychiatry centers on being a savior of sorts, who must rescue others from themselves using any means possible."
Strangely (or maybe not so) this is pretty much 100% correct. (I will defend the oxymoronic "pretty much 100%" on the ground that the whole thing is loaded with odd typos, false synonyms, and the weird grammatical errors caused by thinking faster than you can type and refusing to proofread.)
Posted by: normal at Monday, October 04 2021 04:39 AM (obo9H)
Posted by: PatBuckman at Monday, October 04 2021 09:50 AM (r9O5h)
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