Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Friday, May 06


Daily News Stuff 6 May 2022

Build Your Own Europe Edition

Top Story

  • Elon Musk is not going it alone on his buyout of Twitter - Larry Ellison of Oracle is among the takeover backers chipping in a few billion.  (Ars Technica)

    Ellison is of course just wildly popular with the kind of person panicking at the possibility of the wrong kind of people being permitted to speak, for example:
    Fuck all of those guys.
    Funny how the most hated of Silicon Valley are in this deal. I wonder id they got trolled too much and are trying to get even.

    The only Twitter I read is from reporters so I have no idea first hand knowledge of how Musk and Ellison were treated.
    Clearly an expert opinion, as is this:
    Libertarian billionaires. Just the people we want controlling social media. /s
    This, but unironically.

Tech News

Disclaimer: You can't get the wood, you know.

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Thursday, May 05


Daily News Stuff 5 May 2022

Land Of A Thousand Hour Weeks Edition

Top Story

  • If you're running the brand new Chrome version 100 upgrade to 101 right now.  (TechSpot)

    Chrome 100 has 29 security vulnerabilities, six of them considered serious.

Tech News

Disclaimer: You want to hear about the cow story?  I told the cow story.

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Wednesday, May 04


Daily News Stuff 4 May 2022

Wormhole Extreme Edition

Top Story

  • Chinese state hackers are targeting the Russian government.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Yes, and everyone else on the planet as well, but it's worth noting that China and Russia are not allies.  At best they momentarily share some of the same enemies.

    China has also been caught hacking Ukraine.  Not sure if Russia has been caught recently hacking China, but I have no doubt they are doing so.

Tech News

  • AMD has confirmed the rumoured Dragon Range laptop CPU due next year.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This will be a Zen 4 chip for high-end gaming laptops - probably with 16 cores.

    Intel already has 16 core parts but those are 8 performance cores plus 8 much slower efficiency cores.  The AMD design will have 16 performance cores.

  • Speaking of high-end gaming laptops the Gigabyte Aero 16 is one.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Well, sort of.  It has a Core i7 12700H and an Nvidia 3070 Ti (Max-Q) which are good but not top-of-the-line parts, but it also has a 3840x2400 OLED display, dual RAM slots, dual M.2 slots, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, and the Four Essential Keys.

    It's about 20% faster single-threaded than my Dell Inspiron 16 Plus, but unfortunately costs twice as much in Australia.  I'm in no hurry to upgrade.

    (The Inspiron 16 Plus doesn't have dedicated keys for the FEK, but it has a numeric keypad which does double duty.)

  • The 3080 Ti is selling at MSRP.  (Tom's Hardware)

    A mere $1200.

    For a card that will be obsolete in a few months.

  • Axios is garbage.  (Axios)

    In their why free speech is bad article, they note that without some moderation, social networks die.  But they also make it very clear that they are arguing in bad faith:
    Why it matters: Even much smaller social networks that aimed to minimize content moderation have found that an "anything goes if it's legal" policy quickly devolves into a miasma of violence, spam, fraud and bullying.
    Speech is violence and violence is speech.

  • Overshooting the target: NASA requires the Artemis Moon lander to be able to deliver a payload of 865kg to the lunar surface; SpaceX's Starship can deliver 100 tons.  (Ars Technica)

    That completely changes what is possible for future Moon missions.  Just shove everything and the kitchen sink onto the rocket; it doesn't matter if it turns out you don't need it.

Disclaimer: Just remember not to pack the car keys.  Yes, I did that once.

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Tuesday, May 03


Daily News Stuff 3 May 2022

What's The Absolute Worst That Could Happen Edition

Top Story

Tech News

Disclaimer: And on the eleventh hand, banning cryptography means banning arithmetic.

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Monday, May 02


Daily News Stuff 2 May 2022

Twelve Terabytes Of Crap Edition

Top Story

Tech News

Disclaimer: Pack 50 boxes and what do you get?  Lower back pain and you're not half done yet.

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Sunday, May 01


Daily News Stuff 1 May 2022

Death To Commies Edition

Top Story

Questions and Answers

  • From Another Anon:
    My understanding of BlockChain is that a new entry, or a Block, has to be calculated based on every other Block in the history of the Chain to validate that it is cryptographically correct and thus valid. Basically, do the math on previous blocks ("N") to confirm the next block ("N+1") is accurate and true.

    That said, does this mean that BlockChain is, by design, a victim of the "Schlemiel the Painter's algorithm"? IE: The painter paints X feet of lines on a road the first day, 4/5ths of X feet on day two, 2/5ths of X day, and then worse... because it takes him longer and longer to get to the paint bucket that he left at the very start of all the lines? (Joke being that said painter never picked up and carried the bucket with him, at all.)
    Every implementation I know of is smart enough to move the bucket - that is, it can verify new transactions based on previous verifications. Blockchains do rely on having multiple nodes verify transactions though - it's possible for a bad node to verify a transaction that later gets rejected, or vice versa.

  • From MadItalian:
    Anyway to stop the link hijacking ads? I click on more info / read more and it opens in a new tab for the story at Ace Comments and then redirects the original tab to the ad.

    I know ad revenue is in the toilet but that action is frustrating.
    Anyone else seeing this? That's a pretty minimal piece of JavaScript that shouldn't be doing anything like that.

Tech News

Possibly Not Totally Crap Notebook Review Video of the Day

A full review of the new 14-core thin-and-lite Dell XPS 13. A lot was sacrificed in pursuit of an ultra-slim design with a high-end CPU, including I/O and battery life. But it is very, very fast.

Disclaimer: Do not, under any circumstances, do the dinosaur.

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Saturday, April 30


Daily News Stuff 30 April 2022

Blaargh Edition

Top Story

  • It's the weekend again and that means something, I don't remember what. Beer, maybe.  Do I like beer?

  • The FBI searched the data of millions of Americans without warrants. (Bloomberg)

    I am shocked, shocked, to find that the FBI is the largest organised criminal gang in the country.

    Even the ACLU is against it. Probably because they got searched, but whatever.

Tech News

Did Elon Musk Disparage Twitter?  No, You're All Idiots Video of the Day

Particularly telling point that Twitter's own CEO said much the same thing a year ago.

Money quote:
When you talk about disparagement, it really has to be something that disparages.

Sort of Anime Music Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bleeto.

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Friday, April 29


Daily News Stuff 29 April 2022

Top Story

Tech News

Disclaimer: Ugh.  Double ugh.

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Thursday, April 28


Daily News Stuff 28 April 2022

Late Final Beeswax Edition

Top Story

  • Quick one today because I worked until 1:30 AM because we have two major customers launching at the same time and then got woken up at 3:00 AM because I made an error in change management because a normally non-critical function is critical today only. Yay.

  • Well, someone's enjoying himself.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Bzzt.

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Vijaya Gadde Is So Fired They'll Have To Invent A New Word For It

That mush-brained Maoist gets paid $17 million a year.

Got paid $17 million a year.

Not for much longer.

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