Well that's good. Fantastic. That gives us 20 minutes to save the world and I've got a post office. And it's shut!

Monday, August 08


Daily News Stuff 8 August 2022

The Menace From Earth Edition

Top Story

  • If you absolutely need an RTX 3090 Ti This is your lucky day. (Tom's Hardware)

    EVGA has slashed the prices on two models by close to 50% to a merely exorbitant $1149 and $1199.

    This sort of price cut does suggest the RTX 4000 range are (a) close and (b) a significant upgrade over current cards - enough that existing inventory will be dead weight once the new cards ship.

Tech News

  • The best thing we can do with JavaScript is retire it. (Dev Class)

    Well, the second best thing we can do with JavaScript is retire it. The best thing is to take it out the barn and kill it with an axe. And a chainsaw. And ten gallons of kerosene and a box of matches.

    What the person saying this - Douglas Crockford, inventor of JSON - wants to replace the world's most popular programming language with is E:
    The E language provides a convenient and familiar notation for the ELib computational model, so you can program in one model rather than two. Under the covers, this notation expands into Kernel-E, a minimalist lambda-language much like Scheme or Smalltalk.
    Objects written in the E language are only able to interact with other objects according to ELib's semantics, enabling object granularity intra-process security, including the ability to safely run untrusted mobile code (such as caplets).
    Yeah, I suspect you may have your work cut out there.

  • Do not disturb is no longer enough. (The Register)

    We need a STFU mode for computers and mobile devices.

  • Build your own Windows tablet. (Instructables)

    A large, heavy, power-hungry Windows tablet, based on laptop gizzards, but still.

The True Story Video of the Day

Yep, it was the ice cream truck scene.

Disclaimer: Do not taunt happy fun owl.

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Sunday, August 07


Daily News Stuff 7 August 2022

Bordered In Black Edition


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  • Amazon is acquiring Roomba maker iRobot for $1.7 billion.  (Ars Technica)

    Given Amazon's habit of handing out Ring doorbell video footage without the tedious drudgery of asking or telling the owners, my inclination to buy a Roomba has abruptly evaporated.  At least a doorbell is - by design - on the front of the house facing outwards, not roaming around inside.

Tech News


  • Why did you get a variable rate mortgage? Are you stupid or something?

    Long-term fixed-rate mortgages are almost unknown outside the US, and certainly don't exist in Australia. If you think about it, there's no way a bank would offer a long term fixed rate loan when interest rates are at historic lows, because they can only lose on the deal... Unless something is propping them up on the other end.

  • Are blockchains / cryptocurrencies / NFTs / stablecoins / decentralised finance a scam?

    Mostly, yes. Not entirely, but it's the way to bet.

  • You keep mentioning gluten-free stuff. Isn't that also a scam?

    Unless you have celiac disease, yes.

    If you do have celiac disease, gluten-free meals are the difference between living a relatively normal life and being a hermit subsisting on boiled rice and carrot sticks.

  • Who is that vtuber you referred to obliquely the other day?

    If I referred to them obliquely it would only be a retired Hololive member, and there's only four of those (not counting Hitomi Chris, who no-one remembers): Aloe, Coco, Rushia, and most recently Sana. And the reason for the obliquity is that all four have other online personas kept separate from Hololive for privacy / contractual reasons. On my non-technical posts I will sometimes be less oblique - or a quick Google search will probably tell you more than you ever wanted to know.

I Survived, Bishes Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Read Stardust instead, or The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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Saturday, August 06


Daily News Stuff 6 August 2022

Stockholm Syndrome Anonymous Edition

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  • Right to jail, right away: How a crypto developer faked an ecosystem. (CoinDesk)

    Using eleven different names, one programmer built a multi-layered financial platform on top of the Solana blockchain. At its peak the Saber stablecoin exchange and the services built on top of it had a "total value locked" - TVL - around $7.5 billion, but that involved a lot of double counting.

    And no-one knows how much because one of those services - Cashio - got hacked and the whole thing imploded.
    Seven Saber ecosystem users told CoinDesk they felt abandoned by the Macalinao brothers. Some lost money in CASH tokens (the erstwhile stablecoin went to zero). Others say their crypto is stuck in derivative tokens issued by Sunny. One pseudonymous user, Brad_Garlic_Bread, said he lost around $300,000 across Sunny and Saber – "there's a lot of people worse off than me."

    The community assumes Ian is running the show "but no one knows for sure," Brad_Garlic_Bread said.

    He’s still trying to get Ian’s attention. On July 16, Brad asked if Ian "can pretend to be Surya [one of the fake identities] for like a day" to help Sunny Aggregator's investors recover locked tokens. Ian was answering questions in the Saber Discord; he skipped Brad’s.

    Other SUNNY token-holders asked Ian for clues about the yield aggregator's future. Saber is moving to Aptos – will Sunny do the same? They asked what became of Sunny's lead developer.

    There is a time to ask questions, and there is a time to file lawsuits and press criminal charges. If these idiots can't work out what time it is, I have little sympathy for them.

    More generally, though: If someone offers you an investment opportunity in a "stablecoin", it's a scam. If they promise 17% returns per month, as some of these ventures have done, then it's your own fault if you fall for it.

Tech News

Disclaimer: I expect to arrive in orbit in December too.

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Friday, August 05


Daily News Stuff 5 August 2022

Bats In My Face Edition

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  • AMD's Ryzen 7000 range looks set to go zoom.  (WCCFTech)

    The new top of the line 7950x has a base clock speed of 4.5GHz and a maximum speed of 5.7GHz.  The current 5950X has a much more sedate base speed of 3.4GHz and a top speed of 4.9GHz.

    Coupled with a 15% improvement in performance per clock that should result in some speedy chips.

Tech News

Not At All Tech News

  • How it started:

  • How it's going:

  • If you watch the video in that first one, then yes, that's who you think it is.

Disclaimer: Unless you think it's someone other than who it is, in which case it's not.

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Thursday, August 04


Daily News Stuff 4 August 2022

So this server crashed while I was standing in line for security. Fortunately I had the audible alarm switched off and didn't have to explain why my bag was beeping.


- GitLab is planning to delete projects that are not updated for a year, which everyone agrees is insane.

- Robinhood is firing a quarter of its staff. If you have the option, take it, because the company is probably doomed anyway.

- My flight is boarding.

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Wednesday, August 03


Daily News Stuff 3 August 2022

Short one today because I have finally lost my marbles.

Tech News

Disclaimer: It's like a regular oops, only quantum.

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Tuesday, August 02


Daily News Stuff 2 August 2022

Coat Of Arms Edition

Top Story

  • Just on that "best small laptop" from yesterday: It's a great deal in the US ($1029) but crazy expensive in Australia ($2699).

    By comparison the Dell Inspiron 16 Plus - the top of the line model - is...  Oh.  Well, I guess they've fixed that then.  I'll wait for that to go on sale as well.  At US$1949 vs. A$3399 it's pretty close to what I'd expect (the Australian price includes sales tax) but it was A$2499 last week.

  • Congress has said the CHIPS Act is not a $50 billion cash grab for semiconductor companies.  (The Register)

    "Yeah, sure" say the semiconductor companies standing in line with their hands out.

Tech News

  • If you want a Radeon 6900XT now might be the time.  I'm seeing them cheaper than the 6800XT, 6800, 6750XT, and some models of 6700XT.  Of course there will be new cards coming along soon but pricing and availability of those is a big unknown right now.

    It's one of the cheapest cards around relative to recent prices.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Not cheap in absolute terms though.

  • Intel's Sapphire Rapids server CPUs are reportedly on their 12th revision ("respin") already and aren't even shipping yet.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's completely normal for a new chip to require a couple of hardware revisions before launch - expensive, but normal.  Twelve is unusual.

  • Is Winamp back to whip the llama's ass?  (Bleeping Computer)

    Maybe.  The project has been migrated from Visual Studio 2008 to VS 2019 so that they can actually compile it for modern operating systems, and there's a new release available to download.  Not a lot of new features yet though.

  • China's new 7nm chips aren't.  (The Register)

    All those numbers are marketing bullshit anyway, but this is a double helping.  China doesn't have access to the EUV (extreme ultraviolet) lithography equipment, or the components for that equipment, or the machines to make those components, so what they've done is applied older DUV processes and used multi-patterning to produce chips that they then slap a 7nm label on.

    Basically, what they have is Intel's 14nm+n, for some value of n that doesn't matter because increasing n doesn't change anything.

Disclaimer: I must go, my planet needs me.  Again.  Useless, the lot of them.

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Monday, August 01


Daily News Stuff 1 August 2022

Wait What Edition

Top Story

  • The HP Pavilion Plus 14 could be the new best small laptop, taking over from the HP Pavilion Aero.  (PC Magazine)

    Fully kitted out it has 16GB of RAM (enough for most users, though I'd like a 32GB option), 1TB of SSD, a 2880x1800 90Hz OLED display, and an Intel i7-12700H with 6 Performance cores and 8 Efficiency cores.

    I/O consists of two USB-C ports (not Thunderbolt, but they support DisplayPort video and charging), two USB-A ports, HDMI, microSD, and a headphone jack.  For some reason they're all on the opposite side to my current Dell Inspiron 14 - well, except USB-A where it conveniently has one on each side.

    And it has the Four Essential Keys.

    That configuration will set you back $1029 in the US (on sale right now, normally $1229), or $2699 in Australia.

    Which...  Wow.  Shipping sure is expensive, huh?

    The reason I'd still consider it is that it's 30% faster than my current laptop single-threaded, and two and a half times as fast multi-threaded.  It's faster than my full-size Inspiron 16, and a lot lighter.

Tech News

  • Intel is planning to obsoleterate 12th generation laptops like the Pavilion Plus before the end of the year.  (Tom's Hardware)

    13th generation laptop chips were originally scheduled for early 2023, but have now reportedly been brought forward to this year.  That probably means we'll see laptops with the new chips announced by Christmas but good luck getting your hands on one before March.

  • Meanwhile Intel's Sapphire Rapids server chips, originally expected in Q3 2022, are now due in Q1 2023.  (WCCFTech)

    These are targeted at AMD's third generation Epyc server parts, but will ship months after AMD's fourth generation.

  • Nvidia's upcoming RTX 4070 will be 80% faster than the 3070 for the same price unless it won't.  (WCCFTech)

    There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and computer industry leaks.

  • Linus Torvalds is dogfooding Linux on an Arm-based Mac.  (Kernel.org)

    From the adage "eat your own dogfood", meaning use your own product to catch problems before your customers do.

    Linux has been ported to Apple's Arm-based systems with precisely zero help from Apple, who would rather it didn't exist.

  • They had to count them all: 200 holes in Luna's lithosphere.  (Live Science)

    The existence of the holes isn't the exciting part, though.  The exciting part is they're sheltered and maintain a fairly steady 17C (63F) meaning that we don't need to dig our own holes to construct a comfy Moonbase.

    Huge stockpiles of nuclear waste also entirely optional.

  • Did Anonymous follow through on their Twitter boast and actually hack Russian websites?  Apparently, yes.  (CNBC)

    An independent researcher worked with CNBC and found that 92% of Russian sites in a random survey had been compromised, and the data leaked by Anonymous seems to be legit.  

    In fact the complaint is that there is so much leaked data from Russian sites floating around that no-one has the time to even begin to analyse it all.

    Except probably China.

  • Hololive's Houshou Marine has crossed the two million subscriber mark - the first from the main Japanese branch and only the third worldwide to do so, and Omaru Polka has crossed the one million mark, becoming I think the 32nd Hololive talent with more than a million subscribers.

    Holostars EN seems to be settling in, with all passing the 100k mark in the first week.  (EN Gen 2 all achieved that as well, except thanks to YouTube they had to do it four times.)

    They don't seem to invest as much in rigging the Holostars models though.  If you compare how animated Bae's face is, for example, the Holostars generally look like bad marionettes.

Disclaimer: I'm adopted?!

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Dammit, Again

Bump the window of a WSL shell session and it stops scrolling, which means my server alarm no longer works.

I won't have time to do something about this stupid server until next weekend, I'm afraid, but I'll keep an eye on that WSL window.

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Sunday, July 31


Daily News Stuff 31 July 2022

Totally Not Edition

Top Story

Tech News

Disclaimer: I will not live in the pod.  I will not eat the bugs.  I will not be distracted by the - ooh, shiny.

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