I'm in the future. Like hundreds of years in the future. I've been dead for centuries.
Oh, lovely, you're a cheery one aren't you?

Monday, May 27


Daily News Stuff 27 May 2024

Nice Generators Don't Explode Edition

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  • Widespread power failure at one of the two data centers where I have servers.  In fact, it was so widespread that it took out servers I have with two different providers.

    Yes, they have battery backup and generators.

    No, those didn't work.  At all.

    But at least this time they didn't explode and set off the sprinkler system leaving the company with weeks of cleanup work.

  • Families of the victims in the Uvalde shooting, and the remoras with legs they call lawyers, are suing Activision and Facebook.  (Tech Crunch)

    They blame Call of Duty for turning a psychopath into, well, a psychopath.

    The Call of Duty series has sold around half a billion copies over the past twenty years.  If it were the problem, we would know.

Tech News

  • The Unreal Engine license requires programmers to use inclusive language in their code.  (Bounding into Comics)

    In particular, the license takes aim at using genders where none are specifically required by the context, and to avoid vernacular that might be unclear to those not familiar with English.

    That's going to go down well with the speakers of gendered languages like French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, whose languages Unreal owner Epic Games just collectively mega-aggressed.

  • Is the RTX 4060 really better than the RTX 3060.  Yes.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's not worth upgrading, perhaps, but there are very few cases where the 3060 is objectively better.

  • Windows 11 IoT Enterprise LTSC is coming - and it can run in 2GB of RAM.  (Tom's Hardware)

    That's because it strips out all the crap that nobody wants.  It doesn't even have the TPM requirement that Microsoft declared an absolute minimum for Windows 11 compatibility.

    Which is why you're not allowed to buy it.

  • One in nine US children are being diagnosed as children.  (NPR)
    Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a professor of pediatric neurology at Case Western Reserve University, says he suspects some parents may be reluctant to put their kids on ADHD medication out of misguided concerns. "There's the myth that it's addictive, which it's not." He says studies have shown people treated with ADHD have no increased risk of drug abuse.
    Really?  Let's ask another expert.
    The hypotheses underlying the procedure might be called into question; the ... intervention might be considered very audacious; but such arguments occupy a secondary position because it can be affirmed now that [this is] not prejudicial to either physical or psychic life of the patient, and also that recovery or improvement may be obtained frequently in this way.
    Oh, my mistake.  The second quote was talking about lobotomies.

  • ICQ is shutting down after 28 years.  (The Verge)

    I don't think I ever used it.

Disclaimer: I don't want to set the data center on fire; I just want to start a little flame in your motherboard.

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Well, at least it wasn't a fire.
At roughly 6:20am EST the facility where [name of hosting company] operates its DAL1 data center ... lost utility power.  Redundant power sources, UPS and generators, did not operate as designed thus causing the entire facility to lose power.
A few hours later:
All [name of hosting company] servers and infrastructure now have power fully restored. If you are experiencing any issues with your server(s), please open a support ticket so that we can troubleshoot the problem.
This server needed some manual intervention before the blogs were accessible again.

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Sunday, May 26


Daily News Stuff 26 May 2024

Curtainsed Edition

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Tech News

Disclaimer: According to to this jar of satay sauce I identify as a family of four.

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Saturday, May 25


Daily News Stuff 25 May 2024

You Wouldn't Download Shakespeare Edition

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Disclaimer: A pebble a day helps you work, rest, and play.

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Friday, May 24


Daily News Stuff 24 May 2024

Eaten By A Grue Edition

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  • Google promised better search - now it's telling us to put glue on pizza. (The Verge)

    AI - the LLM version of AI, which is all that makes the news these days - requires human input to learn. It only takes a few iterations of training AI on AI output for it to turn completely to shit.

    Yes, even more than usual.

    Which is why OpenAI and Google made deals with Reddit to train their respective AI engines on that vast trove of human-generated data.

    Only problem is, Reddit is Reddit:
    Imagine this: you've carved out an evening to unwind and decide to make a homemade pizza. You assemble your pie, throw it in the oven, and are excited to start eating. But once you get ready to take a bite of your oily creation, you run into a problem - the cheese falls right off. Frustrated, you turn to Google for a solution.

    "Add some glue," Google answers. "Mix about 1/8 cup of Elmer's glue in with the sauce. Non-toxic glue will work."

    Google will literally tell you to do this, because it found that answer in a ten year old Reddit thread.

    Obviously it's a joke. Obviously it's a bad idea. But AI doesn't know those things, because AI doesn't know anything except, statistically, which words are likely to be found together.
    Look, Google didn't promise this would be perfect, and it even slaps a "Generative AI is experimental" label at the bottom of the AI answers. But it’s clear these tools aren’t ready to accurately provide information at scale.
    They work just fine if you don't care about the answers. They work just fine if an answer that looks right, is right.

    That's why AI is advancing rapidly in image generation (and in producing astoundingly mediocre music) but is absolute garbage at anything that requires a factual answer.

    It's not a bug. It's baked in to the design.

Tech News

Well, Fuck Samsung Then Video of the Day

It's nothing Apple hasn't done, but it's shit no matter who is doing it.

Disclaimer: I shall most likely kill you in the morning.

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Thursday, May 23


Daily News Stuff 23 May 2024

Revenge Of The Bleen Edition

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Disclaimer: There are doors.

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Wednesday, May 22


Daily News Stuff 22 May 2024

Scarlett Skies Edition

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Anime Music Video of the Day

<s>Song is Engel by Rammstein.  Anime is Neon Genesis Evangelion, which is kind of a mess.

This is a 4K AI upscale of the HD remastered version, which was a frame-for-frame remake of the SD remastered version, which was a frame-for-frame remake of the original version, which was cut together with two VCRs and a stopwatch.</s>

Well, that's blocked in the US, all four versions of it.  So here's The Irresponsible Captain Tylor.

Disclaimer: Give me Windows 10 or give me death!

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Tuesday, May 21


Daily News Stuff 21 May 2024

Turtle Recall Edition

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  • Microsoft Recall is the AI-powered future of PCs.  (The Verge)

    This new feature coming to Windows 11 lets you find and replay any moment in your PC's history...  By constantly taking screenshots.  Of everything.  Private email.  Passwords.  Personal chat messages.  Confidential business documents.  Credit card numbers.  Personal identification.  Everything.

    Not DRM-restricted content, though.  That would be taking things too far.

    And don't worry, all this information will be kept safe on your computer and Microsoft takes security very seriously.  (Tech Radar)

  • I just set up two PCs running Windows 10.

Tech News

Anime Music Video of the Day

Song is Stick Together by Elias Naslin, featuring Lucy and Elbot.  I don't know who any of those people are, but the song works well here.

Anime is Little Witch Academia, which started out as a short film, then got a Kickstarter-funded sequel, and was finally expanded into a 25-episode TV series.  The TV series differs a little in continuity from the original films, but it is very good.

Disclaimer: Never pick a fight with someone who once blew up the Moon by accident.

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Monday, May 20


Daily News Stuff 20 May 2024

First Catch Your Rabbit Edition

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I'm not sure what programmers are thinking when they do things like this.  Two cases I ran into over the weekend:
  • In the LXD service for managing containers and virtual servers, you can route individual ports from the public internet to specific containers.  If you have an email server in a container, you can route just the email ports (SMTP, POP, IMAP and so on) to it, without exposing anything else.

    If you want to preserve the public IP address - important in a lot of tasks - you have to set up this route in NAT mode.

    You can't do that; your container needs a static IP first.

    You can't add a static IP to your container; you can't override the network connection on the default bridge.

    You can't override the default bridge...  Wait, you can override the default bridge?  Why can I do that, but not just assign a static IP, which is a much more trivial operation?

  • When setting up multiple blogs under WordPress, the first thing you need to do is edit the WordPress source code.

    Then you have to disable all your plugins.

    Then you can run the setup routine to configure a multi-site network.

    What that setup routine does is give you a list of additional changes you need to make to the WordPress source code - and to your Apache configuration.

    This makes my own blogging software feel like a beacon of light in a howling void, when at this point it's mostly kind of meh and seriously needs updating.

Tech News

Anime Music Video of the Day

Song is Counting Stars by OneRepublic.  Anime is of course Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea.  Some people don't think highly of Ponyo.  Those people are bad.

Disclaimer: So is PHP.

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Sunday, May 19


Daily News Stuff 19 May 2024

If You Give A Rat A Cookie Edition

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Tech News

  • Section 230 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act protects online platforms from most civil and criminal action if all they do is faithfully present data provided by their users (and take appropriate action when informed that action needs to be taken).

    But that law may not provide any protection at all when the data is rewritten using AI.  (MSN)

    Oh no.


  • AMD's beastly Strix Point Halo CPU could be even more of a beast than previously anticipated.  (Hot Hardware)

    This chip - or rather, module, since it seems to consist of three smaller chiplets - will have 16 full Zen 5 CPU cores (rather than the anticipated Zen 5c, which is fully compatible but smaller and slower) and 40 RDNA3 graphics cores, with a 256-bit bus.

    It will also have some number of Zen 5c cores on the graphics part of the module, though we don't yet know how many.

    It's basically a PlayStation 5 except with three times the CPU performance.

    (AMD also designed the chip for the PlayStation 5.  And the Xbox Series X and S.)

  • It's not a bubble!  With AI startups booming, the rest of the Silicon Valley bullshit is back too.  (Tech Crunch)

    It's a bubble.

  • LXD can do anything.

    You just have to be prepared to jump through seventeen flaming hoops to get there.

    Was having a lot of trouble preserving client IP addresses coming into a containerised proxy.  This is the solution:

    1. Forget binding public IPs to your containers; use LXD's proxy devices wheich are more specific and hence more secure.

    2. To preserve the client IP the proxy device must be running either in NAT mode or proxy protocol mode.

    3. Proxy protocol mode doesn't work at all with Caddy, at least in default settings.  It just turns every request into a 400 error.

    4. To configure NAT mode just add nat=true to your proxy commands, e.g.

    lxc config device add $MY_CONTAINER http-proxy proxy listen=tcp:$PUBLIC_IP:80 connect=tcp:$CONTAINER_IP:80 nat=true

    5. This will fail.

    6. You need to make CONTAINER_IP a static address - by default it's picked up from the hosts file.

    7. You can't.

    8.  Unless...  You delete and then re-add the container's network device following the instructions here.

    9. Now your proxy server will keep the client IP addresses.

    10. Yay.  I only spent five hours on that.

Anime Music Video of the Day

Song is Long Gone and Moved On by The Script.  Anime is Usagi Drop a.k.a Bunny Drop, which tells the story of a family gathering when the clan patriarch passes away - only to find he's left them an unexpected gift in the form of his six year old daughter.  

When the ostensible adults in the room are discussing what should be done with her - the mother has disappeared - Daikichi, the 30-something man you can see in the video, says Fuck you guys, she's family, I'll take her in if you're all too useless.

He knows absolutely nothing about raising children, but he finds a way to make it work.

Disclaimer: I'll pass on the recommendation not to read the manga for this one.  I took the advice so I can't confirm it either way.  The anime though is utterly delightful.

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