Tuesday, April 06
Recovering Dataholic Edition
- Oracle has lost its copyright suit against Google over the latter's use of the Java API. (ZDNet)
This was a hugely important case; a win here for Oracle would have destroyed the US software industry, which has its problems but doesn't deserve to be wiped out.
Interesting to note that the 6-2 split had Thomas and Alito dissenting. I'll need to read their opinion because they are not idiots.
The full decision is here.
The decision doesn't sound particularly decisive according to commenters at Hacker News.
- Microsoft Edge has grown its userbase by 1300% in the past year to become the second most popular browser. (Bleeping Computer)
Get wrecked, Mozilla. You pissed in your boat and tried to eat it too.
- The Erdős-Faber-Lovász conjecture has been settled after 50 years. (Quanta)
It's true. Which they don't mention until the sixth paragraph, because it's all about the clicks baby.
Pikamee offers her expert opinion.
- The new Razer Book 13 lacks the Four Essential Keys. (Thurrott.com)
It's not just me. Paul Thurrott specifically highlights this deficiency in an otherwise positive review.
- It was DNS. (ZDNet)
When a traditional datacenter goes offline, it's power.
When a cloud datacenter goes offline, it's DNS.
In this case it was Azure, and it was self-inflicted.
- Colorado has denied its people the right to repair devices they own. (Motherboard)
Stuck with a broken wheelchair and can't get an approved tech out to repair it for two months even though you have the parts and tools to do it yourself? You can sit at home and rot, says the Colorado state legislature.
- It's a bubble. (CNN)
No shit, Sherlock. There are real uses for NFTs, but none that are worth $69 million.
- Meanwhile the combined market cap of cryptocurrencies has passed $2 trillion. (Tom's Hardware)
That's not entirely a bubble; it's largely fueled by governments trying to shut them down. If it were still legal and easy to launch your own cryptocurrencies they wouldn't be nearly as valuable.
- Yahoo Answers is shutting down. (Motherboard)
We'll have to find new idiots to make fun of.
- Amazon acted illegally in firing commies, says the NLRB. (New York Times)
One would need a heart of stone not to gigglesnort.
- Lenovo is vendor-locking the Threadripper Pro parts used in their workstations. (Serve the Home)
This is sucky behaviour, but Lenovo did arrange to be the exclusive launch partner for Threadripper Pro, so maybe there was some reason behind it apart from just being annoying.
- The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus can hit 6.6GBps on sequential writes, 7.1GBps on reads, and up to 700k IOPs. (Tom's Hardware)
Those used to be seriously high-end enterprise numbers, now they're available for $200 per terabyte.
- You can upgrade the RAM and storage in your Mac Mini M1. (Tom's Hardware)
All you need is a reflow station and a very steady hand, because it's all soldered-on surface-mount parts.
- The Asus ROG Strix does have the Four Essential Keys. (Tom's Hardware)
Also an eight-core Ryzen 5900HX and Radeon 6800M graphics with 12GB of GDDR6.
- Want a Core i9-11900K? Try $1100 on Amazon. (WCCFTech)
That's a high price for a CPU that reviewers have described thus:
Lower-end parts still seem to be selling at their recommended prices, but that might change.
- It's not just high-end brand name chips that are in short supply. (Bloomberg)
Display drivers, the chips found in everything with a display, are also hard to get.
And there are very few electronic devices these days that do not include a display. At least my washing machine only has a basic segmented LCD. I think it's an LCD.
- Kallithea is an open source alternative to GitHub. (Kallithea)
So is GitLab, more or less. But all of Kallithea is open source, and only parts of GitLab.
- I'm fine with this.
Facebook Stans Sailor V Video of the Day
If you use Sailor Moon's trademark phrase In the name of the Moon, I will punish you - or any variation thereof - you will get banned. No appeal.
Note that my hosting provider is posting updates the Facebook and not to their own site, and you can't read Facebook without an account.
Disclaimer: <chorus>Because fuck you, that's why.</chorus>
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The scroll buttons on screen don't do that, because [see chorus].
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