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Thursday, August 18

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Daily News Stuff 18 August 2022

What The What Edition

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I Think People Figured It Out Video of the Day


In which a certain former vtuber slowly goes insane and also gets 8000 simultaneous viewers.


Disclaimer: I love pink cat.

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Wednesday, August 17

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Daily News Stuff 17 August 2022

Announcement Announcement Edition 

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  • AMD has announced a launch event for Ryzen 7000 on August 29.  (Tom's Hardware)

    With hardware presumably shipping a few weeks later during September.

    I'll keep an eye on the event and post the details here, but I think everything about Ryzen 7000 has already either been officially announced or leaked.

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Unrelated Music Video of the Day




Disclaimer: On second thought, let's not go there.  It is a silly place.

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Tuesday, August 16

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Daily News Stuff 16 August 2022

Uh Edition

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  • Android 13 is here, bringing with it uh.  (Thurrott.com)

    Apparently you can stream certain things from a thing to another thing, and it has spatial audio support for headphones - it makes the sound feel like you're walking around in a room.

    Okay.

    I think the last Android release which was really a must-have was version 6 with adoptable storage.  Of course, most of the major manufacturers - particularly Samsung and Sony - immediately broke adoptable storage and leave it broken to this day, and Google's own hardware can't support adoptable storage because it has no storage to adopt.

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Disclaimer: A communist clock is still right once a day.

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Monday, August 15

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Daily News Stuff 15 August 2022

Worst Of Both Worlds Edition

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Disclaimer: Tenchi, El Hazard, Ranma, Urusei Yatsura, the original Oh My Goddess AMV, and at least one Sailor Moon cel with the background painting.

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Things Found

Something I've been looking for all throughout the move - a folder of original anime cels - finally showed up while I was cleaning out the garage at the old place.  Slightly the worse for wear, but only slightly.  

And given what happened to the sofa, that's a relief.

And I ordered this:


The case is a Hyte Y60, which Gamers Nexus reviewed and thought was actually good:


Though not without its quirks.  You would not want to try building a server in this case.

It originally wasn't available in Australia, but PC Casegear - who I've used for years - has picked it up for pre-order.

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Sunday, August 14

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Daily News Stuff 14 August 2022

No News Is No News Edition

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  • Running Android without Google.  (Tom's Guide)

    Okay, so the hardware in the two tests reported here is sold by google - the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 - but the software is two versions of Android - /e/OS and GrapheneOS - stripped of all the Google-specific software and tracking.

    You can still install the Play Store and install all your usual apps, and they will (mostly) work the same as before.  The one thing highlighted here is that you will lose Google's custom camera app - and this results in a marked drop in photo quality because the software is doing most of the magic there.

    But if you want out of the Google trap without losing compatibility entirely, either of these might be a viable option.

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  • What's coming up in AMD motherboards.  (PC Magazine)

    AMD launches Ryzen 7000 and the matching Socket AM5 motherboards on September 15, and the motherboard makers have gone beyond leaks to official previews of the hardware.

    The new boards will bring a few new features: PCIe 5 for double the I/O bandwidth, DDR5 for about 60% more memory bandwidth, and USB 4 for double the bandwidth there if and when 40Gbps USB devices show up.

    10Gb Ethernet also seems to be more common than on the last generation, which is welcome given the paucity of PCIe slots these days.


  • AMD is also releasing a new range of video cards this year.  (Tom's Hardware)

    These will offer a lot more compute power than the current generation - two to three times at the high end, but it remains to be seen what that translates to in terms of graphics performance and power consumption.  I suspect you'll get something like a 50% improvement at the same MSRP and TDP, with the high-end cards being way out there on both numbers.


  • Does the Dog Die is a cute idea driven into the ground and then nuked from orbit.  (Does the Dog Die)

    There's a Twitter account CanYouPetTheDog which simply documents what video gams let you pet a dog.  That's fun.

    Does the Dog Die tries to catalog every potential trigger for the most hyper-neurotic people in existence.  That's not fun at all.

Disclaimer: You can pet the dog in Holocure.  You'll probably get killed by the swarms of enemies if you try, but you can do it.

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Saturday, August 13

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Daily News Stuff 13 August 2022

Working In The Coal Mine Edition

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Disclaimer: The live studio audience was behind the painting.

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Friday, August 12

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Daily News Stuff 12 August 2022

Dunkin' Dromedaries Edition

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  • $15 well spent I'd say.  (Towards AI)

    For $15 the author got, well, see for yourself.

    Most of the $15 was spent figuring out how to ask for what he wanted, but that's kind of the deal in any artistic endeavour.

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  • The ThinkPad Carbon X1 Gen 10 is another thin-and-light laptop with the goods.  (Thurrott.com)

    12th gen Intel CPU, up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD**, choice of displays up to a 3840x2400 touchscreen, dual Thunderbolt ports, dual USB-A, HDMI, and headphone jack.  No microSD slot but at least with USB-A you can plug in a little adaptor.

    Base model is more reasonably priced in Australia than the HP Pavilion Plus - the ThinkPad is currently on sale - but neither the 32GB nor 2TB options are available here.


  • Redis explained.  (Architecture Notes)

    Redis is not a database server, it's a data structure server.  I wouldn't recommend it for permanent data storage (though you can do that, and I have), but for manipulating data before writing it to your primary database it is unrivalled.


  • The CDC says forget all that stuff we told you about COVID; we give up.  (Ars Technica)

    Thanks guys.


  • Intel has dumped an estimated $3.5 billion into its GPU division so far.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's my estimation that it will take the company five years to come up with a truly competitive product, which would likely mean spending another $3.5 billion.  Industry analysts are 50/50 on whether the company is willing to commit to that.

    Most of the benefit would be in the datacenter - accelerator cards for things like the dunking llama in the first item sell for far higher prices than desktop graphics cards.  Do they need the volume side of the business to keep the effort afloat?  I don't know.  Should you buy a first-generation Arc graphics card?  Absolutely not.

Disclaimer: There's no knives or forks either.  Someone's nicked the entire bleedin' cutlery set.

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Thursday, August 11

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Daily News Stuff 11 August 2022

Slowly Then All At Once Edition

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  • Too many employees, but few work.  (Business Standard)

    Mark Zuckerberg:
    Realistically, there are probably a bunch of people at the company who shouldn’t be here.  And part of my hope by raising expectations and having more aggressive goals, and just kind of turning up the heat a little bit, is that I think some of you might just say that this place isn’t for you. And that self-selection is okay with me.
    Sundar Pichai:
    There are real concerns that our productivity as a whole is not where it needs to be for the head count we have. [We need to] create a culture that is more mission-focused, more focused on our products, more customer-focused
    Maybe you should have thought of that before you spent ten years hiring communists and destroying your respective companies from the inside.


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Disclaimer: Wait, I actually am Marie of Roumania?

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Wednesday, August 10

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Daily News Stuff 10 August 2022

Quick one today.



Disclaimer: Could it be when I was young, someone dropped me on my head?

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