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Wednesday, June 19


Daily News Stuff 19 June 2024

Into The Out Of Edition

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  • An AI product without so much AI in it: Gigabytes 2TB AI TOP 100E SSD has an endurance rating of 219PB.  (Tom's Hardware)

    I don't know what changes they've made to achieve that, but that is a lot.  A typical drive in this category has an endurance rating around 1PB.  With the Gigabyte drive you can use the entire disk 100,000 times before you have to start worrying about it wearing out.

    Pricing not yet available, but if it's horribly expensive you'll know why.

  • Meta (that is, Facebook) has announced a method to watermark AI-generated speech.  (MIT Technology Review)

    The code - available on GitHub - adds markers to an audio file that are inaudible to humans but easily detected by the same program.

    Which of course means you can simply run the program to delete the markers, but who would do that?

  • If you were hoping for an Arm model of the Framework laptop, sorry, but here's a RISC-V motherboard for it.  (Liliputing)

    With four 1.5GHz CPU cores it's not going to set any records though.  Also, unlike regular Framework laptops, you can't expand the memory or the storage.

    It's really just for people developing software for RISC-V embedded systems.  Not a huge market but I'm sure they'll welcome this.

  • I'd sooner swallow a wasp: An AI app called Butterflies promises to destroy social media forever.  (The Verge)

    When you sign up, you create an AI personality called a Butterfly that can post text and pictures on your behalf, and interact with other Butterflies on the platform, so that you can log out and go for a walk while your account that has all your personal information attached discusses homeschooling with an FBIfly.

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Uh-oh, it's another one.

I wasn't expecting HoloEN Gen 4 this year, certainly not before HoloID Gen 4.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

The backstory is that they're a team of investigators dispatched to track down HoloEN Gen 3, whose backstory is that they're escaped supercriminals.

That will last for about 0.3 milliseconds before it devolves into chaos.

Uh, yeah, that's one of our terrifying supercriminals there.

Also, if you're looking for Reiny or Shizukou, two British indie vtubers who retired earlier this year, you might want to check Globie.

Disclaimer: The doggo and the racing giraffe, respectively.

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Tuesday, June 18


Daily News Stuff 18 June 2024

Cartesian't Edition

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Monday, June 17


Daily News Stuff 17 June 2024

Street VGA Edition

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  • Emulating a Macintosh on a Raspberry Pi...  Pico.  (

    A rather neat little project.

    The original Mac had 128k of RAM, and the Pi Pico has 256k of main memory, so in theory this should be possible.  All you need to do is squeeze a Motorola 68000 emulator and the Mac ROMs and hardware emulation into that remaining 128k.

    Oh, and that hardware emulation includes the video, and the Pi Pico has no video hardware.

    No problem, not with the help of some street cables and a bit of inspired cheating.

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  • Asus has promised to stop doing what it promised to stop doing a year ago and didn't.  (Gamers Nexus)

    A year ago the news sites gave them the benefit of doubt.  This time, not so much.

  • The future is bright for electric vehicles, say analysts as they switch their personal investments into oil and gas.  (Yahoo)
    A global survey conducted by consulting firm McKinsey, also released Wednesday, included this shocker: 29% of EV owners told McKinsey they plan to replace the EV they bought with a gasoline or diesel car, a figure that jumps to 38% for U.S. EV owners.
    This is why California is planning to outright ban all non-E Vs.  Can't have the peasants choosing what works for them.

  • Cases of flesh-eating bacteria are skyrocketing in Japan.  (MSN)

    More cases have been reported so far this year than in all of 2023, and the mortality rate is 30%.

    It's just streptococcus, but streptococcus caused a whole host of nasty diseases before readily-available antiseptics and antibiotics, many of them fatal.

  • Minisforum has a couple of new midi-PCs.  (Liliputing)

    These are eight inches square and two inches tall - much bigger than NUCs which are around four inches square, but not big.  The Mac Mini is about this size.

    The AMD model takes a low-power desktop CPU, up to 96GB of RAM, and four M.2 SSDs, and has two 2.5Gb Ethernet ports, USB 4, OCuLink, HDMI, DisplayPort, and the usual swarm of USB 3 ports.

    The Intel model includes a choice of 12th and 13th generation laptop chips, and supports 64GB of RAM, two M.2 slots, a half-height PCIe slot, two USB 4 ports, two 10Gb SFP+ Ethernet ports, two 2.5Gb Ethernet ports, plus HDMI and the usual USB 3 and USB 2 ports.

    If you want something small but with more flexibility than a NUC, these might suit.

  • Apple has joined the race to find an AI icon.  (Tech Crunch)

    And they mean that in the technical sense, a little graphical symbol that says "You are stupid and racist, now give me your credit card."

    I suggest a mugger wearing an N95 mask.

  • How can we convert OpenAI's pricing page into a news article?  (Tech Crunch)

    Oh how we will laugh when you are all replaced by the very systems you pretend to report on.

Disclaimer: Ha ha ha.  Like that.  That's how we will laugh.

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Sunday, June 16


Daily News Stuff 16 June 2024

Voyaging Edition

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  • Voyager 1 is communicating again.  (The Register)

    The probe launched in 1977 and completed its primary mission - flybys of Jupiter and Saturn - in 1980, and since then it has been travelling deeper into space just chilling (literally) and enjoying the view.

    Only four of the original eleven instruments on board are still operational, but that's enough for it to return interesting data for a little longer.

    Both Voyager probes are powered by short-lived radioisotope generators, and within the next decade the power output will have been reduced to a point where none of the instruments will work.  Shortly after that they will pass beyond the range of the Deep Space Network and we will lose contact until 2270.

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Disclaimer: Laugh while you can, monkey boy!

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Saturday, June 15


Daily News Stuff 15 June 2024

Never Say Anything Edition

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Disclaimer: Welcome to Dystopias R Us.  Do you have your receipt?

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Friday, June 14


Daily News Stuff 14 June 2024

Antiantivirus Edition

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Disclaimer: Out of a <smack> ouch.

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Thursday, June 13


Daily News Stuff 13 June 2024

Disemdelawarisationism Edition

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  • Has Elon Musk finally lost Tesla shareholders?  (New York Magazine)

    In the balance: Shareholder votes on whether to restore Musk's $50 billion compensation package, and to tell the state of Delaware to go fuck itself and reincorporate in Texas.

  • No.  (Yahoo News)

    Both votes at the Tesla AGM have reportedly passed by substantial margins.

    Ars Technica commentariat hardest hit.

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Disclaimer: A broken arrow frog is like a poison dart frog, but radioactive.

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Wednesday, June 12


Daily News Stuff 12 June 2024

Retromingent Jaguars Edition

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  • Twitter is about to hide likes.  (The Verge)

    Which is to say, the like button will still be there, and the like count will still be there, and you'll be able to see which posts you liked and who liked your posts.

    But you won't be able to see who liked someone else's posts.  Just the count.

    And the psychopathy rampant in The Verge's comment section shows that Elon Musk is entirely correct in pushing for this change.

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Disclaimer: Currently reading Scampidor Dali and the Case of the Aerial Alligator.

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Tuesday, June 11


Daily News Stuff 11 June 2024

Escape From New Hampshire Edition

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Mushoku Tensei continues to be an amazing adaptation of a fairly decent story.  Or in the case of episode seven of season two, an amazing adaptation of an incredibly stupid story.

Well, we can't have Frieren and Apothecary Diaries every season.

I don't know why, but we can't.

Update: Also the commenters on Crunchy love to refer to this as "the grandfather of isekai" because the novel series started in....  2012.  Get off my lawn.

Update 2: After a couple of dumb episodes, it redeems itself.

Disclaimer: Almost.

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Monday, June 10


Daily News Stuff 10 June 2024

Clockwork Orrery Edition

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  • How a single ChatGPT mistake cost us $10,000.  (Asim)

    The error is actually fairly subtle, but it's another one of those cases where multiple individual bad ideas* combine to create a disaster.

    In this case, the account ID for new users was not assigned when the user was created, but in each worker thread when the server was started up.

    Nobody saw this during testing because they were restarting the server all the time, and each restart generated a new pool of available user IDs.

    But the moment things were working...  They stopped working.

    * Interpreted, weakly dynamically typed languages, database definitions in generic code, and using fucking ChatGPT, for starters.

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  • Designing a Lego orrery.  (Marian)

    Just the Earth-Moon-Sun system, though there's a preliminary idea at the end of doing a simpler version for the entire solar system - just doing planetary orbits and leaving out orbital inclinations, axial tilts, and moons.

    Putting all of those features in, building it out of Lego, and keeping it accurate would make it extremely complicated.

    Also, quite large.

  • Over a thousand malicious extension to Microsoft's Visual Studio Code have been discovered with hundreds of millions of total installations worldwide.  (Bleeping Computer)

    The idea behind Visual Studio Code is that it's a useless piece of garbage but is easy for people to extend.

    Which is like selling homes that are just a frame of 2x4s vaguely nailed together, covered with tarps and some exposed drains and wiring.

    Cheap.  Easy to upgrade.  Hilariously unsafe.

  • HP shipped a bad BIOS update that bricked many of its ProBook laptops.  (Tom's Hardware)

    And of course it was an automatic update, so you'd just wake up one morning, running late for work because your alarm didn't go off, and find that your computer had committed suicide during the night.

    Or, worse - since these are business laptops - you work in corporate IT, and you have a hundred dead laptops to deal with all at once, and all that HP is offering is a motherboard replacement that costs nearly as much as a new laptop.

    Oh, and the BIOS file HP installed?  Wasn't even a BIOS file.  But the automated update tried to install it anyway.


Watching season two (the real season two, not the second half of season one which Funi tried to call season two) of Mushoku Tensei, a.k.a That Time a Slime was Reincarnated.  I rewatched the first season over the weekend and it held up well enough.  The main character starts out unlikeable but he knows it and works to improve.  Mostly.

And now we get to find out what was going on with that Cyber Sylphie we briefly glimpsed late in season one.

I tried watching a recent series called Re:Monster - that's really its name - and it was just like Re:Slime (not really its name) if that series had been written by a fourteen year old boy on a quest to tick off every unfair stereotype of fourteen year old boys.  Not recommended for everyone.  

Ignore the 4.5 stars on Crunchy and read the reviews instead, which are scathing.  The main character's progression is exactly the reverse of Rudeus from Mushoku Tensei.

Scale Model Solar Systems R Us Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Do not install James Joyce's Ulysses when the system requests a firmware update.  It has been reported that this may negatively affect your user experience.

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