They are my oldest and deadliest enemy. You cannot trust them.
If Hitler invaded Hell, I would give a favourable reference to the Devil.

Friday, May 24


Daily News Stuff 24 May 2019

Sailing The Digital Ocean Blue Edition

Tech News

  • QNAP has a USB 5Gb Ethernet adaptor.  (AnandTech)

    This works for all-in-ones and laptops and also - pure coincidence - for small NAS boxes that have USB 3.0 or later but only 1Gb Ethernet.

    The switch situation is still pretty dire though.

  • Techdirt is suing ICE.  (TechDirt)

    For good cause.  ICE boasted of seizing a million websites over the past few years, often on very shaky grounds.  TechDirt filed a FOIA request for information about the million sites they publicly claimed to have seized.  ICE responded, "never heard of them".

  • Chinese company clones a popular game.  Chinese company trademarks name of the game in China.  Chinese company then files a trademark complaint against the original game with the App Store.

    Apple removes the original game..  (Reddit)

    Don't be Apple.

  • Crossfit has always been at war with Facebook.

    Crossfit is marginally less annoying.

  • It's basically the Dread PirateBay Roberts.

  • Google doesn't know what to do with Gophers anymore.


  • The US Senate is coming for loot boxes.  (Tech Crunch)

    Demarcation dispute, I take it.

  • File it under "Sure, Jan": China isn't spying on Americans.  (ZDNet)

  • One of the reasons I didn't go with DigitalOcean before and ended up paying a heap of money for a server I never really managed to use was because all the cloud providers lock you into their infrastructure.

    Here's how to migrate your VPS between DigitalOcean, Vultr, and LunaNode.  It's harder than it needs to be, but it works.

    I have DigitalOcean and Vultr accounts.  DO has a better range of services; Vultr has broader distribution, including, importantly, Sydney.  (DO says "use Singapore".  Ping times from Sydney to Singapore are often worse than San Francisco, rendering it worse than useless.)

  • You can use DigitalOcean's Spaces (object storage) as a filesystem.

    Sort of.  Reading mostly works fine.  Creating, deleting, and replacing files is fine.  Updating files is a train wreck.  Not surprising that it has a problem; it's doing well to work at all.

    It's a fifth the price of block storage and can be shared across multiple servers.  If you're publicly service files out of your Space storage they also offer a free global CDN.  Australian CDN nodes are in beta, but I'll see if it's at least a public beta.

Anime Opening of the Day

Well, that was different.

Disclaimer: Things fall apart.  The CentOS cannot stand.  Mere Antergos is loosed upon the world.  Fuck everything about Linux networking.

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Yeah, Well, About That

That shiny (and expensive) new server I got months ago so we could all migrate into a brand new virtualised environment with LXC and ZFS and all the other latest and greatest toys?

Just opened a ticket to cancel it.

I can not get it to work properly.

This server - this one right here - is running in a virtualised environment using OpenVZ.  That just works.  Dead simple.  But it's also dead dead now; EOL is November this year.

I tried setting up LXC, couldn't get networking right.  Tried setting up Proxmox VE, couldn't get networking right.  Tried setting up VMware ESXi, couldn't get it to even install.

We're moving to Digital Ocean.  This server isn't as urgent - we still have six months in theory and maybe more in practice, but Ace is on an old server and it needs to be fixed.

It's a shame.  The new server would have given us a great environment going forward.  But I've spent several days now installing and configuring and reinstalling and reconfiguring without any sign of progress.  I should probably have done this three months ago.

I can get a Digital Ocean instance up and running for $6 per month, including automated backups and 1TB of bandwidth, in two minutes flat.  Sure, I need to install the software, but that doesn't simply refuse to work for no reason.  Except sometimes MySQL.

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Thursday, May 23


Daily News Stuff 23 May 2019

It's Going To Be Epi-Wait For It-Dary Edition

Tech News

Anime Opening of the Day

NetoJuu is definitely better than Netoge.

Disclaimer: ALVIN!

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Wednesday, May 22


Daily News Stuff 22 May 2019

Too Many Tabs Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: If you need to open more than three browser tabs to solve a problem, whatever it is you're working with is fucked.

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Tuesday, May 21


Daily News Stuff 21 May 2019

Yet Another Edition

Tech News

Anime Opening of the Day

Finished watching Noragami season one.  It's perhaps not groundbreaking and a bit confused about what it wants to be when it grows up, but the art and animation direction, soundtrack, and acting are all first rate.  It's like spotting something shiny in the distance that looks like it might be a silver dollar and when you get there and pick it up turns out to be a silver dollar.

Disclaimer: I told you butter wouldn't suit the works.

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Monday, May 20


Daily News Stuff 20 May 2019

Oops There Goes Huawei Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: The computer is your friend.  The computer is scheduled to restart outside of active hours.  Do not disconnect power from the computer.  Insufficient storage available for update.  Please free up 137PB and press any key to continue.  Failure to comply is punishable by dddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

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Sunday, May 19


Daily News Stuff 19 May 2019

Skipped A Day Somewhere Edition

Tech News

Anime Stuff

Netoge: I Can't Believe My Party's Healer Is A Complete Airhead But At Least She's Got Big Tits: Not great, not even particularly good, but watchable.  And the soundtrack is good.  Interesting conceit that everything in the real world is brighter and more colourful than in the fantasy world, where so often it's the other way around.

Really, the single biggest problem with this series - after the school uniforms, which are believably hideous - is that all the girls have exactly the same smile.  Aforementioned airhead, pettanko tsundere, student council president, only sane woman, even the teacher.  Lazy character design there, and the end result is slightly creepy.

Inō-Batoru wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de: Just when you think it might actually get interesting, it falls off a cliff.  Dropped hard.

Actually, I Am: Terrible rubbish.

Noragami: Ah, that's what I was looking for.

Disclaimer: Ask not for whom your country's bell tolls.  Ask rather what bell you can toll for your country.

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Daily News Stuff 18 May 2019

Pyloric Victory Edition

Local News

  • It looks like the Liberals (Australia's conservative party) have pulled off an upset win against Labor to retain power for the nineteenth consecutive year.* (Sydney Morning Herald)

    The Liberals suck and deserved to lose, but Labor are markedly worse, so... Eh.

    * Numbers may total to more than 100% due to rounding.

Tech News

Disclaimer: I guess I'm glad that the least worst party won.  I just wish we had a less worst party that could have won instead so I could rub it in their faces.  In the meantime, I have a busy day ahead, lots of dopey mopey leftists to make fun of.

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Saturday, May 18


Daily News Stuff 17 May 2019

Abject Apologies to Robert Frost Edition

Some say we'll end in Brave New World,
Some say in 1984.
I stand with corporate flag unfurled
And push like hell for Brave New World.
But if we had to fall once more,
I know enough of politics
To say that 1984
Could be the fix
I'm looking for.

Tech News

  • HPE is buying Cray for $1.3 billion.  (AnandTech)

    Seems like a good purchase.  HP Enterprise previously bought SGI in 2016, and Cray just won a $500 million dollar contract partnering with AMD to build a 1.5 exaflop supercomputer for the Department of Energy.

    What are such supercomputers used for?  Well, for example, in the Fukushima nuclear incident someone had the idea of pouring sand over the troubled reactor.  The DoE ran a simulation overnight and came back and said: Do NOT pour sand on the troubled reactor.  That would be bad.

  • Samsung is sampling 32Gb DDR4 chips.  (AnandTech)

    Already?  That was quick.  They only just got 16Gb chips shipping in any volume.

    Turns out the answer is no.  These are 16Gb chips, they're just two 16Gb chips.

    Exactly how they present logically and electrically, and whether they would allow you to put 4x64GB UDIMMs on a typical current generation CPU is not clear.

  • Good work guys.  Now even Canada doesn't like you.  (TechDirt)

    In the United States the social networks are protected by the First Amendment and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  The rest of the world is pretty much a free-fire zone for speech rights.  None of the major players seems to have worked out what this means.

  • Black is a Python code formatter from the Python team.

    Being from the Python team, it doesn't work on any version of Python older than 3.6, and enshrines some formatting decisions that no-one really likes.

    I'll stick with Ctrl-Alt-L while I migrate to Crystal, thanks.

  • Salvatore Sanfilippo, the creator of Redis, writes about maintaining an open source project.

    Disclaimer: Redis doesn't suck.

  • Your internet data is rotten.  (The Conversation)

    Oh, rotting?  Well, that too I guess.

  • More like Hack Overflow, amirite?  (Bleeping Computer)

    Sigh.  At least they didn't incessantly demand personal data the way Quora did.

  • We've found enough exoplanets now to start teasing out new theories on planetary formation from the statistical data.  (Quanta)

    In this case, rocky planets 1.5 to 2 times the diameter of Earth are unexpectedly rare, possibly because once a planet reaches a certain size early in its formation, its growth tends to accelerate outside that range.

  • How did we end up in a timeline where Donald Trump is the last defender of free speech on Planet Earth?  (One Angry Gamer)

  • AnimeNYC says no fictional WWI Nazis thanks.  (One Angry Gamer)

    That's the second thing to show up on Twitter in the past 24 hours that has made me want to watch Tanya the Evil.

  • China bans the word "kill" from video games.  (One Angry Gamer)
    Fong brings word from the mainland that in addition to having to avoid games that disrupt China’s "socialist values”, they also have to avoid dismemberment, overt sexual content, bones, guts, human corpses, skeletons, and now blood of any kind.
    This is not about ethics or morality or social order; it's a demarcation dispute.

Videos of the Day


Sarazanmai, this season's NoitaminA entry.


Rick and Morty, of course, back for another 70 episodes starting in November.  No, seriously.

(Also, I spent several seconds after the trailer there thinking we were getting a voice-over from the actress who plays Summer, though YouTuber Alteori doesn't really sound that much like her.)

Much as I love Rick and Morty, the Japanese have animation down cold at this point.  Most new shows look amazing, even bad ones.  Look at the animations of water in Non Non Biyori for example; not that long ago that was a Ghibli signature piece.

Disclaimer: I know that rhyming four with for is lazy but that's all you get at - oh crap - 4AM.

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Thursday, May 16


Daily News Stuff 16 May 2019

Return of the Return of the Nyanpasu Edition

Tech News

  • Only Google can stop forest fires.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Add another one to the Killed by Google list.  Dual booting Windows 10 on Chromebooks is dead even before it shipped.

  • A 12 core Ryzen CPU benchmark leaked out.  (WCCFTech)

    It's an engineering sample with a top speed of 3.7GHz (the same as my Ryzen 1700) but even so outperforms 99.3% of systems on the UserBenchmark site.

  • Wait, Dropbox has an API?

    Now you tell me.

  • Google Pay's privacy settings are private.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Makes sense, I guess.

  • A vague handwavey plan to save the web that won't work.  (ZDNet)

  • Don't Believe the FUD: Ethereum Can Scale.  (Coindesk)

    Yeah, right.

    Ethereum is currently in the third day of its latest meltdown.  I have accumulated $100 just in transaction fees for transfers that have gotten stuck and aren't even showing as processing.

    Now, unlike with a bank, you get refunded the fees when those transactions eventually fail.  But right now the entire Ethereum network is basically unusable for anything more complicated than making payments - unless you are willing to pay transaction fees that are more than the value of the transaction itself.

  • If you want to make payments, you can do it far more quickly and cheaply on Stellar, unless the entire core cluster of nodes has fallen over simultaneously and the network can't figure out a quorum to continue processing.

    Which happened today.

    One of the projects at my day job is a dual blockchain app running on Ethereum and Stellar.  So yes, today was a lot of fun.

Anime Trailer of the Day

More trailers in the post below.  Scroll down.

Disclaimer: Sorry, we are unable to locate this transaction hash.

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