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What I always do - stay out of trouble... Badly.

Friday, December 06


Daily News Stuff 5 December 2019

What A Dump Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: Your mom's an Epic exclusive.

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Thursday, December 05


Daily News Stuff 4 December 2019

Blargh Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: No, seriously.

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Tuesday, December 03


Daily News Stuff 3 December 2019

It's Only A Little One Edition

Tech News

Picture of the Day

That awkward moment when an interesting rock formation blinks.

Disclaimer: May contain traces.

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Daily News Stuff 2 December 2019

Belladonna 3X Edition

Tech News

  • Password-free and exposed to the internet is no way to go through life.  (Tech Crunch)

    I'm guessing MongoDB.  Even 4.2 doesn't force you to create a default database, though it does complain at you if you don't.

  • Only two things are certain: Taxes and journalists promoting censorship.  (Tech Crunch)

    Here Susan Wojcicki, YouTube's CEO, comes across as a rational, honest, non-partisan defender of free speech, which she is not - at least, not in Sane World.  But in contrast with Clown World denizens like 60 Minutes' Leslie Stahl and Tech Crunch's Connie Loizos, she is Thomas Jefferson's ancap younger sister.

  • The 3950X is sold out.  (WCCFTech)

    I think what AMD needs to do is offer a 3950 non-X with lower clocks at, say, $650.  They seem to have enough dies, because the 3700X is readily available, just not enough of the top-binned dies they want for the 3900X and 3950X.

  • Django 3.0 is out.

    Django is a very popular Python web framework - the Python equivalent of Ruby on Rails.

    Noteworthy in this release is that it not only doesn't support Python 2.7, it doesn't support Python 3.0 through 3.5 either.  3.6 and up - and PyPy is only up to 3.6.

    I should take a look, at least, though I'm not sure it has any advantages for what I'm doing.  I want a pared-down system that does exactly and only what I need, and I'm happy enough writing SQL queries manually.

  • The problem with Google.  (ZDNet)

    The problem with Google - one of the problems, for there are many - is that they keep killing products that people depend on.  At least if you buy an overpriced WiFi router you can replace it with something cheaper that works just as well and doesn't fucking spy on you deliberately.  (Only accidentally.)

Disclaimer: You think you do, but you don't.

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Sunday, December 01


Daily News Stuff 1 December 2019

No News December Edition

Tech News

  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been cancelled by Netflix.  (Forbes)

    This marks the 27th time the show has been cancelled, but the first time it has been cancelled specifically by Netflix.

  • The replacement for SMS has been hacked even before it gets implemented, sort of.  (Vice)

    It's not that RCS is broken so much as telcos (or "telecos" as Vice would have it) are idiots.

  • Modern Javacript tooling is too complicated.  (Changelog)

    Or rather, it's a fractally horrifying can of Plutonian nightmare worms.

  • UPX is the ultimate packer for executables.  (GitHub)

    It reduces my 8.3MB binary to 3.2MB with the minor downside that it breaks exception tracebacks (even if I don't strip the binary) and randomly segfaults on WSL.

    So not great in development but for delivering a production binary on platforms other than WSL it's a useful option.  Not only can you run a UPX binary directly, you can uncompress it to get back the exact original file.

    The resulting files are a little smaller than zip/gzip and you don't need to unzip them.  Unless you're getting tracebacks in production, anyway.

  • Election polls aren't broken, they're just...  No, wait, they're broken after all.  (Ars Technica)
    It’s easy to write off the power of polls when they pick the wrong winner. But doing so misses the intended purpose (and acknowledged capability) of polling: to capture a snapshot of public opinion—not to make a prediction.
    But when it comes to an election, that snapshot of public opinion is a prediction.

  • Files are hard.  Use SQLite.

    This isn't the usual complaint like "threads are hard", but a proper examination of what is required to provide a correct filesystem abstraction under all circumstances up to and including unreliable hardware.

    The answer is - if you want local ACID-compliant storage - just use SQLite.

Disclaimer: Plutonian nightmare worms are the worst kind of nightmare worms.

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Saturday, November 30


Daily News Stuff 30 November 2019

Negotiating The Price Edition

Tech News

  • At least they didn't sell themselves cheap: The .org domain sold for $1.135 billion.

    Further discussion and links here.  (Hacker News)

  • AMD's Threadripper 3970X presents a much more uniform memory architecture than the 2990WX, with fewer but faster chip-to-chip links and a central memory controller.

    This is good news for Windows users delivering performance generally competitive with Linux.  (Phoronix)

    Windows is still slowest overall (compared to several flavours of Linux across ten pages of benchmarks) but not by much.

    Threadripper was originally a low-cost low-risk play for the workstation market, and it was good enough to create a niche for itself.  Threadripper 3 is a much better design and no longer the underdog.

  • Your smart TV tracks everything you do.  (Washington Post)

    That page - you probably don't want to click on it - uses 78 cookies and 195 local storage entries.

  • Yes, still slow news time.  At least tech news.  At least good tech news.

  • Oh.  MongoDB 4.2 doesn't support Lucene search.  MongoDB's SAAS platform based on MongoDB 4.2 supports Lucene search.  Unfortunately it would cost us our entire server budget, and we'd have to switch hosting providers.

    So I'll be stuck with Elasticsearch for a while yet it seems.

  • Was doing some coding in Crystal today.  Nothing complicated - a data collector for server monitoring - but I wanted a portable, static binary and I didn't want to use Go.

    Good news: Once I got past the obvious errors (mostly compile time errors due to this being the first real Crystal code I've written, plus other things like not calling the right method in my own code) it worked.  No weird runtime nonsense, no fussing about with JSON-encoding my hash.  It scooped up the server status and squirted it over to the data collector (written in Python).

    Good news: The static binary, built on WSL running Ubuntu 18.04, runs just fine on an old CentOS 6 system.

    Bad news: It's 5MB stripped.  The linker isn't at all smart about removing unused libraries, and when I added the HTTP client library it hauled in a few megabytes of dependencies.

    Good news: Still builds in 8 seconds even with all that baggage.

Suddenly Topical Video of the Day

Disclaimer: Just don't let them touch your balls.

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Friday, November 29


Daily News Stuff 29 November 2019

Five Parts Turkey Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: Burp.

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Thursday, November 28


Daily News Stuff 28 November 2019

As God Is My Witness Edition

Tech News

Video of the Day

Intel's Core i9-10980XE is half the price of its predecessor - and still can't compete.

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Wednesday, November 27


Daily News Stuff 27 November 2019

What The Heck Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: Well, fuck.

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Tuesday, November 26


Daily News Stuff 26 November 2019

Blame Canada Edition

Tech News

Video of the Day

That thing is huge.

Bonus Video of the Day

This loops after a while.  Its video wallpaper rather than an animated story, but it's really nice video wallpaper.

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