This wouldn't have happened with Gainsborough or one of those proper painters.

Wednesday, February 21


Daily News Stuff 21 February 2024

Pyrrhic Moral Victory Edition

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  • If you want to build your own mini-ITX storage server, there aren't many great motherboard options.  The Topton N11 is one.  (Liliputing)

    If you don't mind buying a $500 motherboard from AliExpress.

    It has a built-in Ryzen 7840HS CPU, nine SATA ports, four 2.5Gb Ethernet ports, two M.2 2280 slots, two DDR5 SODIMM slots, a PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, supports three monitors over HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C, plus three regular USB 3 ports and one audio jack.

    If you want something a bit cheaper, the same company offers a $166 version of the board with an Intel N100 CPU.  Two of the USB ports are downgraded to USB 2, the PCIe slot is just x1, and it has six SATA ports rather than nine, but the networking and video configuration is the same.

  • If you're tired of seeing good SSDs at five cents per gigabyte, the Crucial T705 costs four times that.  (AnandTech)

    It does run at 14.5GB per second, but so do four cheap SSDs in RAID-0.

  • Asus' Zenfone was one of the last remaining reasonably-sized phones, though with a 5.9" screen not actually small.  So Asus is making it bigger.  (The Verge)

    As the article notes, even Apple can't convince people to buy smaller phones anymore.  I'm just waiting for screens to reach 8" so I can buy a decent tablet once again.

Disclaimer: Don't let the sudden outbreak of World War III distract you from the fact that Pekora bought a faqing monkey.

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Tuesday, February 20


Daily News Stuff 20 February 2024

Grand Central Rat Edition

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Disclaimer: However, please note that this is purely theoretical, as woodpeckers don't actually peck wood.

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Monday, February 19


Daily News Stuff 19 February 2024

But Wait There's Less Edition

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Wholesome Hot Mic Moments Video of the Day

The bit about Kobo's parents being Calli and Kiara is just a joke, but Kobo not only plays into it on stream, she plays into it when she's not on stream.

Also, you can't convince me that Kobo isn't actually nine years old.

Disclaimer: Nine going on fifteen, but still nine.

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Sunday, February 18


Daily News Stuff 18 February 2024

Final Offer Edition

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Everything You Never Really Wanted to Know About the Nijisanji Train Wreck and Didn't Ask Explained in Excruciating Detail by a Former Corporate Lawyer Videos - Plural - of the Day

Yeah, twelve twenty twenty-four hours of it.

Plus Canadian bonus lawyer:

And a sad rabbit reacting to the lawyer reacting to Nijisanji:

Plus a detour into WACTOR, which is somehow even worse:

Disclaimer: I do not understand why everything in this script must inevitably explode.

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Saturday, February 17


Daily News Stuff 17 February 2024

Grand Unified Rrat Edition

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  • Microsoft is retiring Azure IoS Central, its hub service for the Internet of Insecure Pieces of Crap.  (The Register)

    This is the problem with specialised cloud services.

    Cloud servers are fine, if you're either small enough that they're cheap, or big enough that you can get a deal.  If you run containers on top of them - LXC or Docker, pick your poison - it is possible - not easy, but possible - to move to any other cloud provider, or to leased servers, or to your own hardware.

    S3 storage is fine, because everyone supports that, and there are open source solution as well.  Although S3 storage in general is awful if you need to do any sort of file management.

    The service will stay running for existing customers until March 31, 2027, but we're likely to see a bunch of devices simply stop working the next day.

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If You Live There Put a Ring on It - Or Maybe Don’t - Video of the Day

Disclaimer: We have to go to triple secret probation.

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Friday, February 16


Daily News Stuff 16 February 2024

Rrat Edition

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Eggs Video of the Day

Disclaimer: I told you not to click.

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Thursday, February 15


Daily News Stuff 15 February 2024

Rule One Of Diggy Diggy Hole Edition

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We Do What We Must Because We Can Video of the Day


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Wednesday, February 14


Daily News Stuff 14 February 2024

Diggy Diggy Hole Edition

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  • A judge has dismissed most of the claims in a series lawsuits by several authors against OpenAI.  (Ars Technica)

    The authors claimed that every text produced by ChatGPT was an infringement of their work because...  Because, basically, it had read their work.  Though they had no proof even of that.

    There is a surviving claim of unfair business practices under California law, by, essentially, reading the author's works without written permission, but that merely hasn't been dismissed out of hand; it still has to withstand trial.

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Diggy Diggy Hole Music Video of the Day

Disclaimer: I work for Nijisanji and I'm digging a hole...

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Tuesday, February 13


Daily News Stuff 13 February 2024

Are Jeopards Dangerous Edition

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Disclaimer: Anycolor, so long as it's black.

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Monday, February 12


Daily News Stuff 12 February 2024

Pippalodon Edition

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  • How Venus got its Zoozve back.  (Sky and Telescope)

    Back in the dim, dusty reaches of two weeks ago, a cute and amusing story appeared on Twitter about how a children's poster of the Solar System came out with a moon of Venus mistakenly labelled Zoozve.

    Mistakenly because (a) Venus doesn't have any moons - not exactly, anyway - and because the designation of the asteroid so labelled is actually 2002VE 68.  The creation of Zoozve was an accident of the artist's bad handwriting.

    But 2002VE 68 is not just any asteroid, but what is known as a quasi-moon; it doesn't orbit Venus the way the Moon orbits the Earth, but dances a intricate gavotte around both Venus and the Sun that is expected to last several hundred years before the partners part ways.

    It was the first such quasi-moon discovered; since 2002 another eight have been found, seven of them around Earth.

    And since all it had - until now - was a catalog number, it was eligible to be named if someone could (a) submit a formal proposal and (b) convince enough members of the relevant IAU committee to vote for it.

    So they did, and now the poster is retroactively correct.

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  • The future is hydrogen.  (Inside EEVs)

    In five billion years when the Sun expands and swallows the Earth.

    In the meantime, not so much.

  • Switzerland was not invaded by three million zombie toothbrushes. (Ars Technica)


  • Zen 5 could have double the floating point performance of Zen 4.  (WCCFTech)

    Zen 4 already squashes Zen 3 and Intel chips on any benchmark that can use AVX512 instructions, because while Zen 4 only implements a cut-down version of AVX512 that breaks 512-bit instructions into two 256-bit instructions, Zen 3 and Intel's consumer chips don't support it at all.

    Zen 3 because it just doesn't; Intel because the P cores do but the E cores don't, and that created such a headache that it was simpler to just burn the functionality out with a laser before the chips left the factory.

    How good it is we don't know yet.  Intel's server chips that implement full AVX512 have to significantly reduce clock speeds when you are using those instructions because it burns power like mad.  But AMD chips are more power-efficient than Intel - currently - so they might not feel as much heat.

  • Palworld creator PocketPair is hiring.  (WCCFTech)

    You do need to be able to program, though, so that leaves out most of the recent Big Tech castaways.

Disclaimer: I admit nothing!

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