Tuesday, February 09


Daily News Stuff 9 February 2021

Takoyaki Cake Pop Edition

Tech News

  • Need a 28GBps SSD?  Highpoint has you covered, sort of.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's a PCIe 4.0 x16 card with an NVMe RAID controller - just 0/1/10, no 5/6 here - that takes eight M.2 devices and merges them into one big, very fast, blob.

    Price is around $1300.  You can get much cheaper four-slot adaptors, because those can be done with a passive board and the CPU's own PCIe bifurcation support (simply splitting a x16 link into four x4 links), but if you want this many devices on a single card you need the expensive custom chip.

  • Tesla bought $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin.  (Tom's Hardware)

    And announced it would be accepting payments in BTC.

    Given the timing, they've probably already made over $500 million on this.

  • CD Projekt Red got hacked and is being held to ransom.  (WCCFTech)

    Their official response to their Perforce server getting hacked and all the files deleted was Pfft, we use Perforce, there's nothing worse you can do to us.

    Also, they have backups.

  • Zen 4 could deliver a 25% IPC increase and 40% overall performance boost over Zen 3 or not.  (WCCFTech)

    That's an awful lot for a fourth-gen part, but their track record so far makes this entirely plausible.  Zen 4 won't be out this year, but there may be a Zen 3+ update in between.

    Rumours for Zen 4 are only just starting to appear, but the rumours for Zen 3 were pretty darn accurate.  AMD has spoken publicly about Zen 4 but has given few details so far.  (The Street)

  • 20% of all requests to Wikimedia - the image library for Wikipedia - are for one particular photo of a New York aster.  (Wikimedia)

    As in the flower.  (Wikipedia)

    Nobody knows why.

  • PyPI is awash with spam right now.  (ZDNet)

    This is bad, first because it's full of spam, and second because if the moderators are busy fighting spam they might miss malware.

  • Google's fuckup with Terraria is getting more attention now, though not from Google.

    Ars Technica

    Rock Paper Shotgun


    PC Magazine


    The Escapist

    The Verge

    Curiously enough, DuckDuckGo provides much better search results here than Google itself.

    I just wonder how much bad news is required to get Google to respond.  Any competent or honest company would have done something about this already.

  • You can't buy a home donut maker in Australia.  They just don't exist.  Commercial unit that can crank out 1750 donuts an hour, sure.   Amazon AU sells those.  Home unit that makes four or six at a time, no.

    I could order one from Amazon US, but then I'd need a suitable adaptor, which would cost as much as the donut maker itself.

  • Monkeys R Us.

Meanwhile on YouTube Kids Video of the Day

Yes, this video on YouTube Kids is by the same girl who cooked and ate a tarantula, reviewed adult fan art of herself - on four separate occasions, and most recently, um, oh, there's a new one.

It's hard to explain what is happening on her channel right now, except in numbers.  Since she started this weird avant garde performance art kick, she's shot up the charts to be second in subscriber growth behind only Gura, and far and away the top in views for the past week.


If you aren't up to your eyeballs in Haachamania that thumbnail will look perfectly normal.  I've been following a lot of it and without watching the most recent stream this would have passed without comment except for nice, one of her chill Minecraft building streams.

She's about 30 hours away from the million mark (currently 989,000 subscribers) so she'll probably settle back down to her normal levels of creative insanity soon.  I think she wants to feel like she's earned that million.  She has, of course, but she wants to feel it.

Update update:

Oh, it won't show full size even in an embed.  You'll need to click through.  Or not, if you want to sleep ever again.

Reminded of This By Wonderduck Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Bacon donuts, making bacon donuts...

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1 "we are hypothesising there is some mobile app predominantly used in india that hotlinks the above image for e.g. a splash screen."

JWZ, of JWZ infamy, has a way to deal with image hotlinkers.  His webserver detects that and sends...uh...a different image.

Aside:  I just tried highlighting one word in that last paragraph and clicked the italic button and it italicized the entire para instead.  Edgemium 88.  Is that what's supposed to happen?

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, February 10 2021 03:00 AM (eqaFC)

2 "Their official response to their Perforce server getting hacked and all the files deleted wasPfft, we use Perforce, there's nothing worse you can do to us."
One day I'm going to follow one of your links and it's going to turn out to be what you said.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, February 10 2021 03:01 AM (eqaFC)

3 "I just wonder how much bad news is required to get Google to respond."
What's funny is that usually they would've responded by now, once someone with a bit of public visibility called them out on Twitter.  There's a lot of meta stuff going on.  Somehow I wound up on Reddit yesterday in a thread from last fall where someone got locked out of his Google account[1], and the guy who had a story two years ago about how Google sent him a Pixel 3 via Google Fi that disappeared, and it took them 2 months to send him a new one, and when he tried to tell them "never mind, I'm sick of you billing me for a phone I never got" they said "sucks to be you, it's too late to return it.  BTW please send us the $70 you owe for the phone you never got.  No, we're not going to change our mind, but you can quit if you'd like" showed up in the thread.
[1] this one was especially egregious.  He got some service credit on his Fi account that brought his bill to $0.00, and they--just like the old horror stories--suspended his account for non-payment of the $0.0.  Nobody could help him, and it turns out not only did they lock his Google account but they locked his phone number so he couldn't port it away.  People showed up to say if you ever dispute them or report Google to a state agency or BBB or the like, they will lock your account as soon as they find out.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, February 10 2021 03:06 AM (eqaFC)

4 From the monkey faq: "We are licensed through USDA to operate, care for, and own our animals."

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, February 10 2021 03:08 AM (eqaFC)

5 <i>competent or honest</i>

It probably isn't possible to collaborate closely with a communist dictatorship's bureaucracy and remain competent.  It definitely isn't possible to do so for long and remain organizationally honest.

Personal ethics is an aspect of individual competence.

And, it turns out, individual competence cannot be replaced in all circumstances by artificial neural networks.

It is entirely unsurprising that Google's core decision making is apparently showing the same entirely-divorced-from-feedback madness of the Biden affair decision making. 

Posted by: PatBuckman at Wednesday, February 10 2021 03:37 AM (6y7dz)

6 Two things...
#REVIVEHATTO is amazing, mainly because it didn't actually require her to actually be involved with it at all.
...and as with the last time you posted the Pancakes video, I'm STILL disappointed they didn't get anything from the Flying Witch pancake episode in there. They had plenty of time, it had to be a specific decision.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Wednesday, February 10 2021 02:13 PM (Bkp4m)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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