Monday, July 05


Daily News Stuff 5 July 2021

All The Minecrafts Edition

Tech News

  • The Russian ransomware attack that had hit over five hundred companies a couple of days ago has now expanded to thousands of victims in 17 countries.  (AP)

    The attack vector was managed services provider Kaseya.  (Who?)

    I look on all such companies as disease vectors.  I've had to integrate with some of them to meet customer requirements but those integrations live in their own little containers with tightly controlled access.

    Coincidentally, REvil, the group behind the attack, is also a managed services provider - of ransomware.

  • Speaking of vtubers trying to kill me with Minecraft streams, today's lineup included Pomu and Elira from Nijisanji EN, Vyolfers, Mooyü, Nymroot, and Hyanna from VMN having a 4th of July fireworks party, Pina Pengin from PRISM, Ollie from Hololive Indonesia - live right now - and shortly Pikamee from VOMS.

    All in English, or at least multilingual.

Anime of the day is Hellsing from 2001 - the original TV series, not the later OVA series, which I haven't seen.

The series follows the work of the Hellsing Organisation, led by Sir Integra Hellsing - the blond woman you can see ranting in the opening credits, Japan still not quite grasping British titles - to defend Britain against the depredations of the Catholic Church, or at least rogue elements thereof.

It also features Alucard - never much of a pseudonym, that - and Seras Victoria, a policewoman-turned-vampire who carries first a .50 sniper rifle, and later, when things start to get rough, twin 30mm autocannons.

Hellsing Ultimate is supposed to be a better and more complete adaptation, but the animation in the clips I've seen drove me forcibly away.

Tech News

  • How to install Windows 11 in a virtual machine.  (Tom's Hardware)

    That's not a bad idea.  It's very tempting, in fact.

    I'm not sure how well virtualisation handles gaming these days, not that I have time to play anything more demanding than Minecraft - and the last few weeks, not that either.

  • Qualcomm might move to TSMC's 4nm node for the Snapdragon 895+.  (WCCFTech)

    The other reason the 888+ is barely faster than the 888 is that Samsung hasn't made much with its fab technology in the past year.  Qualcomm is using Samsung because - like Nvidia - they waited too long to book capacity at TSMC.

    Not that Samsung is bad; they're just a year or so behind the cutting edge.

  • Well, you can't prove it wasn't a cosmic ray.  (Google Groups)

    An SSL certificate chain got derailed by a single-bit error in one of the entries.  The hashes used to verify this have no built-in error-checking or redundancy; that's expected to be handled at lower levels.  So if a bit flip happens in a way to escape those checks, the whole thing falls over.

    Well, one copy of the whole thing.  There are also multiple copies.

  • PCIe 5.0 SSDs are on their way.  (Serve the Home)

    For servers, anyway.  Not for you just yet.

    One of the use cases is for redundant backplane links for high availability.  These drives can provide two x2 connections to different controllers, each as fast as an existing PCIe 4.0 x4 interface.

  • Windows on Arm is not great.  (ZDNet)

    Microsoft's support is half-hearted, and Qualcomm's hardware is half-assed.  And the devices are not designed to be fixed when they go wrong.

    Like Apple, only somehow worse.

  • Rent seekers gonna rent seek.  (TorrentFreak)

    "The Smart Fund is not a tax, as a tax would be paid to government.  It's good old-fashioned extortion," The Smart Fund says.

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1 The Manga, first show, and Ultimate are the same in starting off with having someone turning folks into vampires, and having the first enemy vampire be a Priest of some sort in the town of Chedder.  IIRC on the last.

I gather that in the first TV series, the mechanism of transformation is definitely chips implanted in the brains of humans.  I also understand the the main villain is an old weird vampire from somewhere, who isn't Catholic. 

In the manga, and I gather in Ultimate, the villain or villains are South American Nazis.  There are definitely Catholics, but they are mainly there to spice up the three way battle royale at the end. 

Hellsing definitely imagines itself as a continuation of Stoker's Dracula, as well as some backstory during WWII of Alucard and Walter being deployed against the Nazis.  At some point, they got Mina Harker's body, and used the strain of vampirism from that.  Apparently that strain is worse than what Hellsing's experiments permitted Alucard to spread in story.

The Major is the chief antagonist in the Nazi faction of the story.  If one was writing a text on procurement decisions around anime examples, The Major would definitely be one of the bad examples.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Monday, July 05 2021 11:16 PM (6y7dz)

2 "Academy Award winner Olivia Colman" is not an artist or a content producer.  She probably can't even use a damned shovel without someone else telling her how to hold it, and she wants to get paid for just existing.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, July 06 2021 03:03 AM (obo9H)

3 If only they would go on strike until people like me gave them money.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, July 06 2021 03:06 AM (obo9H)

4 "I'm not sure how well virtualisation handles gaming these days"
Supposedly pretty well, if you use a feature that allows the VM direct hardware access to the GPU, or so I've read.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, July 06 2021 07:16 AM (eqaFC)

5 "There is no reason why the cost of a smartphone, tablet or any other device should increase with the Smart Fund."

Sure, hardware makers will just eat the cost, and totally not pass it on to the consumer like they always do.  Also, doesn't Canada already have a piracy tax on media?  How well has that worked, I wonder.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, July 06 2021 07:21 AM (eqaFC)

6 Also, we all know that the vast majority of any money that goes to "creatives" will disproportionately go to people at the top of the pyramid.  My modest proposal is to invert that.  Earmark (let's just say, for a starting point) 50% of the tax to go to English Youtubers, in inverse relation to the number of subscribers.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, July 06 2021 07:22 AM (eqaFC)

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