Friday, June 19

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Daily News Stuff 19 June 2020

Meet The New Normal Edition

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  • Went out to the shops this evening.  If I had slept through the last three months somehow, I mightn't have noticed anything amiss.  Restaurants are open, entire families are wandering around the shopping mall.  Very few people wearing masks, certainly no more than this time of year anyway, since we're into flu season.

    Everything I wanted to get was in stock, even Heinz Beanz in Ham Sauce, which disappeared off the face of the Earth three months ago.  They're made in New Zealand, which shut down pretty much completely.  I had a stockpile because they went on sale at half price just before the entire planet went to Hell.


  • A big roundup of AMD B550 motherboards.  (AnandTech)

    Some of these can be had for a pretty reasonable price - I noticed one Gigabyte board available locally for $169.  Adjusting for sales tax and our present abominable exchange rate, that would be under US$100, for a decent basic board.

    PCIe 4.0 x16, PCIe 3.0 x4 in a x16 slot, one M.2 4.0 x 4, one M.2 3.0 x2, four DIMM slots - up to 128GB of RAM with ECC support, four SATA ports.

    We've reached the point where a cheap - not budget, but cheap - motherboard's worst flaw is "oh no, my secondary SSD is capped at 2GB per second".


  • Content moderation at scale is impossible.  (TechDirt)

    Well, that's TechDirt's mantra, anyway.  In fact, it's not impossible at all; we've been doing just fine for most of the past five thousand years.

    It is impossible if you hire morons to do it.  But everything becomes impossible if you hire morons to do it.


  • Case in point.  (The Hill)

    It's a fucking triangle, you retards.


  • Twitter doesn't have a team dedicated to accessibility.  (Tech Crunch)

    No shit.  You just noticed that?  Their vaunted site redesign is an unmitigated clusterfuck and they aren't even attempting to fix it.  It will scroll your feed while you are typing.


  • Go+ is Go that sucks less.  (GitHub)

    It's still Go, so it still sucks, of course.

    And it's focused on data science rather than Google's day-to-day business needs, so it's basically hipster Fortran instead of hipster Cobol.


  • Remember those 106 Chrome extensions Google removed for stealing user data?

    Google done fucked up.  (Medium)

    Not only did they remove an accessiblity extension with paying customers, they are offering less than zero support for the developers' efforts to get it back on line.


  • Mozilla VPN is now not available.  (Phoronix)

    Servers in 30 countries.  Available only in the US.  Sign up for the waitlist now.

    Three of these things are not like the others...


  • Dammit guys you stole my line.  (ZDNet)

    Google has announced Keen, a Pinterest clone.
    Google has not yet announced when it plans to shut the service down.


  • Twitter thinks its users are morons.



    If you view that tweet on Twitter it will come with a Manipulated media warning, when the entire point of the video is to call out media manipulation.


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1 It's the ol' thing where liars think that everyone is a liar, cheaters think that everyone cheats, and twitter thinks that everyone is an idiot.

Posted by: normal at Friday, June 19 2020 08:58 PM (obo9H)

2 "It will scroll your feed while you are typing."
Now would be a great time for a lawyer to bring an ADA lawsuit.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 20 2020 03:01 AM (Iwkd4)

3 ...aaaaand it's gone. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Saturday, June 20 2020 09:34 AM (5iiQK)

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