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Saturday, February 04

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Daily News Stuff 4 February 2023

Enemy Gliders Edition

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Friday, February 03

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Daily News Stuff 3 February 2023

Not With A Pop But With A Ppppppttt Edition

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  • First time as tragedy, second time as farce, third time as an episode of Seinfeld: There's a Chinese spy balloon drifting over Montana.  (ABC News - no, the other one)

    The Pentagon is tracking it but not taking any action due to the risks involved.

    Of a balloon.

    Over Montana.

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  • AMD's 128 core Bergamo CPUs have been confirmed for launch in the first half of this year.  (WCCFTech)

    That's one of three expected server CPU launches from AMD this year: Bergamo with 128 cores,  Genoa-X with 96 cores but over 1GB of cache, and Siena, a smaller, cheaper version of Epyc that will nonetheless still offer more cores than not only Intel's latest Sapphire Rapids chips but also Intel's next-generation Emerald Rapids.


  • Twitter is cancelling free access to its API and replacing it with a "basic paid tier".  (The Verge)

    Details are somewhere between sketchy and non-existent at the moment except for the date - February 9th.

    I suspect the focus here is not so much on revenue as on bots.  Twitter is just awash in bots, and has been for years.

    I'm not saying the stupid posts you see coming from Twitter are all fake though.  Sorry if I got your hopes up.  No, people really are that stupid and the world will end in flames pretty soon.


Disclaimer: If we're lucky.

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Thursday, February 02

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Daily News Stuff 2 February 2023

Groundhog Day Edition

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  • AMD's Ryzen 7000X3D lineup has prices and schedules, with the top-of-the-line 7950X3D due on February 28th at a price of $699.  (AnandTech)

    If you've been following along, you might notice that this is exactly the same MSRP as the regular 7950X, making the X3D version something of a bargain.  But if you've been following along, you might notice that Micro Center will sell you a 7950X and 32GB of DDR5-6000 RAM for under $600.  Assuming you live somewhere with a Micro Center because that's an offer designed to get you into the store, and not available for delivery.

    Still, it's basically a stealth price cut - AMD trying to avoid sabotaging its perceived value while tacitly acknowledging that the market ain't what it was and won't be for a while.

    And it's likely to be the fastest desktop CPU around for a couple of years.  Intel's Meteor Lake range should be out this year but may be only for laptops, and AMD isn't expecting Zen 5 to be ready until next year.


  • Mission accomplished.  (BBC)

    That tiny deadly radioactive thingy - a quarter inch wide lost in a state encompassing a million square miles - has been found.  120 miles from its starting point it fell out of the truck and rolled off the road.

    Fortunately with suitably sensitive detectors it glows like a furnace and it had not in fact lodged in the tyres of a passing car and disappeared to parts unknown, so a few days scouring the highway waiting for the clicks to turn into a scream was enough to hunt it down.

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Disclaimer: I don't know, what if Columbus was right?

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Wednesday, February 01

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Daily News Stuff 1 February 2023

Beginning Of Part Two Edition

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History Doesn't Repeat But Sometimes the Ink Bleeds Through Video of the Day



This is the same guy as yesterday, but reacting to a different source, one that is rather topical given the complete fucking insanity that goes on in the crypto markets.

The South Sea Company was formed to take on the British government's debt, but its share value ballooned out to ten times that before the bubble popped, equivalent to a single US company today having a market cap of $315 trillion - about eight times the combined value of all American companies across all stock exchanges.


Disclaimer: Or 0.0003% of the mineral value of the asteroid 16 Psyche.

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Tuesday, January 31

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Daily News Stuff 31 January 2023

End Of Part One Edition

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Getting All Your Ducks in a Row Video of the Day



The video he's reacting to is by CGP Grey who I've mentioned before, but this channel is new to me.  And he's quite good.  I haven't caught him in an error, and he's caught every error that I caught in content he was responding to, plus some errors I didn't catch.

He's knowledgeable, seems to be conservative-leaning though not outspoken about it, and likes to explore historical what-ifs.  Oh, and he loathes Woodrow Wilson.



Disclaimer: As do all right-thinking people.

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Monday, January 30

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Daily News Stuff 30 January 2023

Ode To A Different Ow Edition

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  • Salesforce - yes, that Salesforce - is using AI to develop enzymes that can digest plastic and bacteria and has published the source code on GitHub so that anyone else can do the same.  (Neowin)

    Grey goo anyone?

    Enzymes don't reproduce themselves - or at least I don't know of any enzymes that can reproduce themselves, though given the existence of prion diseases (enzymes and prions are both proteins) I would be reluctant to state that it is impossible - so you have to keep producing the enzyme somehow and the reaction can't just take over and melt the world.

    Unless you genetically engineer a microbe to produce the enzyme.

    Which nobody is crazy enough to attempt.  The world is peaceful and stable and not at all run entirely by a coterie of imbeciles and lunatics.

    Well, it's been a good run.  See you all in the next simulation.


  • No major kidney stones today or over the weekend - though a smaller one did make a brief appearance and then pass without comment.

    So I have a migraine instead.

    Which is fine.  My migraines pass of their own accord so long as I sit in a dark room for three hours or so and don't, uh, use a computer.



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  • The ASRock NUCS BOX-1360P/D4 is as the name would suggest a NUCS - definitely not a NUC, that doesn't appear to be trademarked by Intel but best to play it safe - with a 1360P, a 13th generation laptop CPU (or maybe a 12th generation laptop CPU rebranded, I'm not sure yet since this is the first such device to appear), and ECC.  (AnandTech)

    All DDR5 memory has internal ECC, which protects (somewhat) against data errors within the memory chip, but not against data errors that happen on the bus between the CPU and the RAM.  You can get DDR5 ECC modules for servers, and there are probable unbuffered DDR5 ECC module for desktop CPUs though since Intel doesn't support ECC on desktops and AMD doesn't officially support ECC on desktops the market for those is not huge and good luck finding any.

    Except...  It turns out that Intel does support ECC on desktops (except that it doesn't, more on that in a moment); it just doesn't support ECC memory.  What it does instead is take regular memory, encode the ECC separately, and write that ECC data to a reserved area in the same RAM rather than to an additional RAM chip added for the purpose (or in the case of DDR5, two chips).

    And...  It works.  It does slow down the system a bit and use about 3% of your RAM to store the extra ECC data, but it corrects single bit errors and detects double-bit errors...  At which point your computer crashes because Windows has no idea what to do with any of this nonsense.


  • Build your own Redis.  (Build Your Own)

    Here's one I built* earlier.

    It's a book explaining how to rather than a sensible suggestion, rather like a detailed guide to constructing Chartres Cathedral when that building rather notably already exists and has done so for eight centuries.

    Though if you were going to build your own Redis, it might not be the worst possible idea to replace the hash table as the primary data structure with, say, an AVL tree, so that you can fucking find the data after you have stored it.

    Also it might be handy if Chartres Cathedral had wheels so that it could be moved to a more sensible location during winters.

    * That is, downloaded and compiled.



Disclaimer: I see that Redis now has wheels and Chartres Cathedral has self-organising storage buckets.  This is not quite what I had in mind but I will not quibble.

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Sunday, January 29

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Daily News Stuff 29 January 2023

Doom Bat Edition

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  • Now that AMD's low-power Ryzen 7900 (non-X) is out there's never been a better time to build a high-end PC except what's that Lassie the 7900X is faster, cheaper, and comes bundled with 32GB of DDR5 RAM if you buy it from Microcenter?  (WCCFTech)

    Oh.

    The 7900X runs at 170W while the 7900 (without the X) runs at 65W.  Despite using 60% less power, it's only 6% slower on multi-threaded tasks and 3% slower single-threaded.

    On the other hand you can configure the 7900X to a 65W TDP, which turns it into a 7900.

    On the seventeenth hand you can configure the 7900 to run in PBO mode which turns it into a 7900X.

    On the forty-eighth hand, the 7900X comes with 32GB of free RAM.  On the seventy-second hand, the 7900 comes with a fairly good CPU cooler, which is an extra cost on the 7900X.  On the three-hundred and twenty-eighth hand, that cooler is only fairly good and won't suffice if you enable PBO to turn your 7900 into a 7900X anyway.

    Just buy whatever.  It's a good chip.


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Someone Is Wrong on the Internet Video of the Day



The quickest way to uncover a deeply buried fact is to be confidently wrong about the subject in as embarrassing a manner as possible.



Disclaimer: That goat was just like a goat to me.

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Saturday, January 28

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Daily News Stuff 28 January 2023

To Sleb Perchance To Drem Edition

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  • You can't play Forspoken on a Radeon 580.  (WCCFTech)

    The 580 is a few years old now but it was a pretty good graphics card - it was my primary GPU until it got packed in a box in May, and it's still a very popular card in Steam hardware surveys.  But it doesn't support DirectX 12_1 and Forspoken requires that as a minimum feature set.  Nvdia's GTX 1060 from the same era does support DirectX 12_1.

    On the other hand, neither card is fast enough to handle the game; it's very demanding and the recommended hardware - AMD's Radeon 6700 XT and Nvidia's RTX 3070 - is not only much newer but significantly more powerful (and more expensive, of course).

    On the third hand, current generation consoles - the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X - are also much newer and more powerful than the Radeon 580.

    On the fourth hand, Forspoken is hot garbage and nobody wants to play it anyway.

    This kind of thing rarely happens with CPUs - you have to be using a truly ancient CPU for code to no longer run on it.  (Unless you have a Mac in which case you're fucked the moment they decide you're not worth their time anymore.)  GPUs are fixed-function devices designed to run, well, pretty much DirectX these days, and if they don't keep up with that specification their days are numbered.


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  • Pioneering English-language Vtuber agency Tsunderia has closed its doors.  (DotESports)

    They've done the right thing by their talents, at least, releasing them from their contracts, leaving all the existing content up, and handing over rights to continue independently using the same designs.

    The smaller agencies seem to be in a tight spot.  Vshojo and Phase Connect might be doing okay, but Prism was bought by Sony (which has two in-house vtuber agencies as well as investments elsewhere), and Aetheria (formerly Cyberlive) went the same route as Tsunderia last year.

    Vtubing exploded in 2020 when everyone was welded into their homes and Hololive launched its own English-language division (a few months after Tsunderia), but now that people are permitted once more to stumble blinking into the sunlight - and that the global economy has been wrecked by the same people who locked everyone up in the first place - it's much tougher going.


  • Speaking of much tougher going toy company Hasbro has laid off 15% of its staff after announcing declining sales and profitability in the last quarter.  (The Hollywood Reporter)

    The only division of Hasbro that improved sales last quarter was Wizards of the Coast - creator of Magic the Gathering and owner of Dungeons and Dragons - which under the steady hand of Hasbro just burned down, fell over, and sank into the swamp, handing the market to direct competitor Paizo.

    The most recent D&D game I played wasn't D&D at all, but Paizo's Pathfinder.


  • The Lenovo Thinkstation P620 is a beast but.  (PC Perspective)

    This system is based on the 64 core Threadripper 5995WX, but is otherwise nothing special in terms of features.  It's fast for heavily multi-threaded tasks, but it's a Zen 3 chip and the Zen 4 7950X is not that far behind while being much, much cheaper.  It's only really aimed at industries where time is money, where saving an hour on a 3D or video production task means you can bill another client for that hour.

    Also, Lenovo has the nasty habit of locking CPUs to Lenovo motherboards and nobody should buy their workstations.


You're Never Lost When You Have AZKi (TM) Video of the Day



GeoGuessr is a game that drops you into a random place in the world using Google Street View and similar image databases and leaves you to figure out where you are.  This is the one where fellow Hololive talent IRyS (AZKi's EN counterpart) took two minutes to find Australia on a map.

AZKi does a little better.  It takes her less time than that to pinpoint her location within two metres.



Disclaimer: Now shipping new AZKi Gold guidance systems, with three-part voice harmonies Starlink support.

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Friday, January 27

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Daily News Stuff 27 January 2023

Sleb Edition

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Disclaimer: Instead of live bobcat, package contained office chair. 2/5 would not buy again.

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Thursday, January 26

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Daily News Stuff 26 January 2023

Return Of The Revenge Edition

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  • The new M2 Mac Mini is twice as fast as the Mac Pro for a fraction of the price...  In single-threaded benchmarks.  (WCCFTech)

    Which means nothing because even when the Mac Pro was new - back in 2019, shortly after the Laurentide Ice Sheet receded - the Intel Xeon chips had unimpressive single-threaded performance and were easily beaten by much cheaper desktop chips and even some laptop chips.

    Actually, those Intel Xeon chips kind of sucked and Apple would have been much better off with AMD Threadrippers, but they probably couldn't get the production guarantees that Intel could provide.


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Disclaimer: I write all my code in SNOBOL on CTOS.  Even if it leaks there are about three people in the world who can still read it.

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