Friday, October 18

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Daily News Stuff 18 October 2019

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Tech News

  • PyPy 7.2 is out.  (MorePyPy)

    This release includes full Python 3.6 compatibility (right in time for Python 3.8), Arm support (this is a JIT compiler, so they need to build that in themselves), and a new, faster JSON decoder (I care mostly about encode performance and that was already very good).

    Work is now under way on full Python 3.7 compatibility and updates to the secure sandbox that lets you run parts of your application in a restricted environment.

  • Ubuntu 19.10 is here, including Raspberry Pi 4 support.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • Record your journey to your personal Mordor.  (Etsy)

  • Easily install Crystal on any platform!  (Crystal-lang.org)

    Except Windows, because it doesn't run on Windows yet.  It does work on WSL though, except if you want to use memory-mapped I/O, because memory-mapped I/O doesn't run on WSL yet.

  • Caddy 2.0 is on its way - currently at 2.0 beta 6.  (Caddyserver.org)

    This includes lots of added goodness on top of an already great server.  All the paid "enterprise" extras have been rolled back into the open source version under the Apache license, so you're free to use it anywhere. 

    The new config API means you can manage live updates from your own app or configuration management platform.  Of course that also gives you the opportunity to lose your configuration, but you can stick to classic config files if you prefer.  It can even read existing Nginx config files.

    It speaks HTTP 1, 2, and 3, and WebSockets on the front end, and can route your requests to pretty much anything.

  • MongoDB 4.2 supports Lucene.  (MongoDB)

    This might not sound like much, but at my day job I support large MongoDB databases (terabytes) that are replicated into Elasticsearch (based on Lucene) for, well, search.  Elasticsearch has slightly different data rules than MongoDB, and sometimes records that are just fine in one cannot be stored in the other.  (And this issue seems to be getting worse with recent revisions.)

    This update means I'll be able to drop the replication process and the separate search servers and just have all my eggs in one basket.

  • Percona Backup for MongoDB lets you back up your basket.  (Percona)

    You can also run it on ZFS and use fsynclock() before a snapshot to get a ready-to-go point-in-time backup, but Percona's backup tool has nice features like writing to S3-compatible storage and backup verification.

  • Yahoo Groups is not shutting down.  They're just deleting all the content.  (ResearchBuzz)

    Ugh.

  • Faster than Intel, one quarter the price.  (Serve the Home)

    How does AMD's Epyc 7502P stack up against the Intel Xeon Platinum 8280?  Wait, I just told you.  Oops.

  • A malicious Tor browser is stealing cryptocurrency from people buying illegal stuff on the Dark Web.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Just like real life only you don't get stabbed.

  • Fake wordpress plugins mine cryptocurrency on your server.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Which then gets stolen by a malicious Tor browser while shopping for illegal stuff on the Dark Web.

  • Luna Display can now display your Mac screen on your Mac.  (Six Colors)

    Your other Mac, that is.  All Thunderbolt Macs used to support this using Target Display Mode, but it died with Retina and still hasn't been restored.

    My Dell Inspiron 27s just have HDMI input.  It works.  Well, 99.8% of the time, anyway.

  • Thirdripper is expected to be announced November 5th.  (Videocardz)

    24 and 32 core models available November 19th, and the unspecified 3990X - either 48 or 64 cores - to follow in January.

  • Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, YouTube, and even Blizzard haven't done anything spectacularly stupid in public for an entire day.

  • Fomantic-UI is a community fork of Semantic-UI with a dumb name.

    Apart from the name, though, it's all good.  Semantic-UI is in most ways superior to Bootstrap, but didn't have the corporate backing and hasn't taken off commercially (so far, at least).  Updates on the official repo have slowed this past year so the community stepped in to keep things moving.


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