Monday, January 17

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Daily News Stuff 17 January 2022

Starting The Day With A Thud Edition

Top Story

  • We were down for a few hours overnight my time.  I blame volcanic activity in the server room.  Or possibly the server burped at 2AM and when I fixed it I forgot to restart the cache service and then it filled all its RAM with Sendmail instances trying to notify me of this failure.

    Sigh.


  • The main internet link to Tonga went down for a very good reason - it got blown up by a volcano.  (ZDNet)

    The country's satellite links are also being blocked by the volcanic ash cloud meaning that communication with the rest of the world currently consists of SPEAKING VERY LOUDLY.

    Australia and New Zealand sent survey planes today to assess the damage and work out the best way to deliver aid - particularly tricky given that the volcano is still active. The first relief flight out of Australia is planned for tomorrow.


Tech News

  • Businesses have started to notice that Democrats are not their friends.  (Inside Track)

    The Big Tech of the 19th century has just now noticed that socialism has failed every time it was tried:
    "Criminals are caught and arrested, turned over to local authorities for booking, arraigned before the local courts, charges are reduced to a misdemeanor or petty offense, and the criminal is released after paying a nominal fine," said the letter. "These individuals are generally caught and released back onto the streets in less than 24 hours. Even with all the arrests made, the no-cash bail policy and extended timeframe for suspects to appear in court is causing re-victimization to Union Pacific by these same criminals."
    At some point, when a person or a state is utterly determined to self-destruct, you have to be prepared to walk away.


  • Don't buy Lenovo PCs.  (Serve the Home)

    This isn't an issue with laptops or tablets, but on their servers, workstations, an desktops, they are locking the CPUs so that they can't be used in anything but Lenovo hardware.

    Someone should sue them under California law for creating avoidable e-waste.


  • NPM dependency hell link of the day.  (Bleeping Computer)

    If you're using Node.js in the first place, you deserve this.


  • Emulating the Sega Genesis.  (Jabberywocky)

    This is the sort of thing we should be doing more of, and less of all the other nonsense.


  • Nvidia's RTX 3090 Ti could cost between $3500 and $4500 if you can find one at all.  (WCCFTech)

    And we complained when the 3090 was originally priced at $1499.



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