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Sunday, October 31


Daily News Stuff 31 October 2021

K-i-l-l-e-d "Revoked" Edition

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  • Of the four big projects of the Eternal October, three down, two to go.

    Yes, they added another pilot project at the very last minute, but sanity has prevailed and they're planning to use existing software for that and not try to do the custom launch they originally wanted.

    The one that required jamming six weeks of work into three days is also mostly done, thanks to an earlier outbreak of sanity.

    These posts should return to their earlier form, with the daily anime videos, some time in November, once I've had a chance to go to the bathroom and stuff like that.

  • Key takeaways from the Facebook Papers.  (MSN / Washington Post)

    1. Somebody somewhere said something mean.
    2. So the government should have absolute control over all forms of human expression.
    3. If you disagree, you're a Nazi.

Tech News

  • New features in Python 3.10.  (Real Python)

    Better errors, case statements, better static typing, and various improvements to the standard library.

    Meanwhile PyPy has updated to Python 3.8.  Since I use PyPy - because it's four times faster on average - that means it will be at least a year before I get to use case statements in production code.

  • The 11 worst features of Windows 11 and how to raise wolves.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Option 1: Don't install Windows 11 in the first place.
    Option 2: Start11 from Stardock.

    Start8 was essential with Windows 8.  Start10 was nice to have with Windows 10 but you could live without it.  Looks like Start11 is back to being essential.

    It's in beta right now, and will be $5 on release.

  • Fuck Razer.  (Tom's Hardware)

    At best they're being cynical and manipulative, raking in money from overpaid neurotic cretins.  At worst, they actually think they're doing something worthwhile.

    Either way, into the volcano.

Disclaimer: Volcano's full.

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Saturday, October 30


Daily News Stuff 30 October 2021

Again Unexpectedly Edition

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  • Good news, everyone!

    We've missed you, BEEG sis.

  • Them: You know that job we needed done by Monday?  What if we do this instead.
    Me, thinking: That would reduce the work by 98.3%.
    Me: I like this plan.

  • If you're planning a political dirty tricks campaign, maybe don't post your own photo to social media.

  • The metaverse is bullshit.  (Outline)

    Because we already have it.  It's called the internet.  This is, as always, a land grab.

Tech News

  • Can't find an Nvidia RTX 3080 on the store shelves?  You can now get one in the cloud.  (Hot Hardware)

    The problem with such cloud gaming efforts has always been that the latency is terrible.  The rendering throughput is fine - it's a real RTX 3080.  But the time between you hitting a control in your game and seeing the results has been more like playing with low-end integrated graphics than with a high-end card.

    Nvidia claims they've fixed this.  The article, uselessly, provides Nvidia's chart showing the performance.  Which doesn't include any comparison to any dedicated video card.  The reviewer didn't try to measure this, just frame rates, which were never going to be an issue in the first place.

  • AMD's next-generation GPU has been taped out.  (WCCFTech)

    "Taped out" is a very old industry term, from when the first integrated circuits were designed using strips of tape on a sheet of glass.

    RDNA3 is expected to arrive in Q4 next year - it takes quite a while from tape-out to shipping product - and will bump performance up by two notches.  The planned RX 7700 XT has roughly the same hardware capabilities as the current high-end RX 6900 XT.  At the high end, things could get up to three times faster, but also more expensive.

  • OpenWorm is an open worm.  (GitHub)

    It's an open source virtual C. elegans.  Because you know you needed a cyber nematode in your life.

  • Samsing is working to triple its chip foundry capacity over the next five years.  (WCCFTech)

    They also expect to enter mass production of 3nm in the first half of next year.

    It will still be at least a year before hardware availability returns to anything like normal.

Disclaimer: You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Friday, October 29


Daily News Stuff 29 October 2021

Blockchain Is Dogshit Edition

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  • The blockchain is like a database server with a thousand-dollar-a-day crack habit.

    Some days it has flashes of brilliance, but most of the time its out with your car and your credit card trying to pick up tranny hookers.

  • The HP Elite X2 G8 is very similar to my late(ish), lamented Spectre X2s, with updated hardware.  Same 3000x2000 display, silver finish instead of charcoal and copper, and with a 4 core 11th gen CPU rather than the 2 core 7th gen I had.

    Hopefully also the battery has been fixed so that it doesn't swell up and destroy the device.

  • A trillion dollar company with the most feted industrial design team on the planet vs. a menu bar.

    Well, that's kind of shit.

Tech News

And Not the Good Kind Either Video of the Day


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Thursday, October 28


Daily News Stuff 28 October 2021

Error 444 Profanity Inadequate Edition

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  • Them: How long will that take?
    Me, thinking: Normally six weeks, can probably get something in two.
    Them: Because we promised it would be ready on Monday.

  • Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake desktop CPUs arrive next week.  (AnandTech)

    Prices have been announced, and the 12600K costs 10% more than the 11600K.  It's 20% to 40% faster, so that's not a bad deal.

    No benchmark data yet except for the fluff from Intel and random leaks, but it's worth waiting a week to see.

    Laptop parts are expected to be announced at CES in January.

Tech News

Anime Ending Video of the Day

Holomyth Season 1.  Season 2 is airing now.

(Actually the whole thing was drawn and animated by one slightly crazy fan.  The music is Ina's original song, Violet.)

Disclaimer: Just say "bah" and wave your paw.

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Wednesday, October 27


Daily News Stuff 27 October 2021

All My Octobers Edition

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  • Somehow my day job and its largest customers conspired to schedule four major events in the space of ten days, all requiring different software.  Yay.

    I mentioned some time ago that I expected October to be insane.  At that time I only knew about one of these events.

    Two down, two to go.  Yeah, working late again tonight.  Eighteen hour day on five hours sleep, just what I like best.

  • AMD reported another record quarter.  (AnandTech)

    Revenue up 54% year on year; net income up 137%.  Nice work if you can get it.

  • There's a new Penric and Desdemona story out, Knot of Shadows.  I've been re-reading the series recently and just got up to the last volume, The Assassins of Thasalon, which came out in May.  Checked to see if there was a new story scheduled for publication and it turned out the answer was yes - six days ago.

    If you haven't already committed to buying each one as it comes out, the first six stories (they're each novella or short novel length) are collected in two volumes from Baen, Penric's Progress and Penric's Travels.

    Though I'd suggest starting at the beginning, with The Curse of Chalion.

Tech News

Discerning Shorks Prefer Linus Tech Tips Video of the Day

Disclaimer:  I guess?

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Tuesday, October 26


Daily News Stuff 26 October 2021

Gosh Darn It Roy Jean Edition

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Tech News

Disclaimer: Still.

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Monday, October 25


Daily News Stuff 25 October 2021


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  • One thing I have to give Dell credit for: Service manuals.  (PDF)

    Need step-by-step instructions for replacing the WiFi module or the GPU fan for your laptop?   All in there.

    Also, the Inspiron 15 Plus, like the 16 Plus I currently have, has dual M.2 slots.  Though one is a mini-me 2230 slot.Also, the Inspiron 15 and 15 Plus, like the 16 Plus I currently have, have dual M.2 slots. Though one is a mini-me 2230 slot, like the 16 Plus. Would it kill them to just make them both full size?

    Plus, the Inspiron 15 (non-plus) is available with an AMD 5700U just like the Inspiron 14, and with the dual M.2 slots makes an even more attractive NUC replacement - once it goes on sale at 35% or 40% off, which it currently is not. Only problem is it's too big to fit in a document tray, which was my clever idea for creating a budget desktop rack.

    It looks like the 14" models would fit perfectly, with the 16" on the top shelf and disks and routers and stuff below.  Well, maybe not the router; the one I'm looking at has open sides but the shelves are metal mesh.  Disks and switches and stuff, then.

    Update: Huh.  Those AMD models are not available in the US, though some others are.

Tech News

  • Old and busted: Don't be evil.

    New hotness:

    These are allegations, not proven in court, but a lot of them are familiar to those watching this nonsense in recent years.

  • But wait, there's more:

  • Prince of Persia has been ported to the Atari XL.  (Vintage is the New Old)

    You will need a model with 128k of RAM though.

  • AMD's "Zen 3D" CPUs - the ones with the stacked cache chips - will go into production next month.  (WCCFTech)

    And launch in February.  I'm not sure if that means they had to do a die revision to bring these into production, but it kind of sounds like it.

  • I thought I'd missed the 2021 Hololive sports festival.

    Which would be sad because it's the social event of the year.

    But what I missed was the announcement of the 2021 Hololive sports festival.  It's scheduled for November 6 - Saturday afternoon for me.

    Everyone except Calli (who apparently has a scheduling conflict) will be participating, from JP Gen 0 to EN Gen 2.  I think that's 47 in total, plus A-chan trying to keep the chaos under control.


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Sunday, October 24


Daily News Stuff 24 October 2021

Notebook Is The New NUC Edition

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  • Intel's upcoming Alder Lake 12900HK laptop part is faster than Apple's M1 Max.  (WCCFTech)

    On Geekbench, yes, but it wins on both single and multi-threaded tests, so that is comparing rotten apples to rotten apples.  Plus Alder Lake is built on Intel's 10nm process (now called Intel 7 because marketing) where the M1 is built on TSMC's 5nm, so that's some solid work by Intel's CPU design team.

  • Speaking of which, Apple's M1 has a PassMark score.  (CPUBenchmark.org)

    I didn't even think to look.

    Compared to, oh, the Ryzen 5700U, to pick a competing chip totally at random, it has substantially better single-threaded performance but slightly worse multi-threaded performance at the same TDP.  

    I trust PassMark more than GeekBench because it very closely tracks the measured performance of Python for the code I write.  This may not mean anything to anyone else but makes it a handy guide for my own purchases.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Sana, Pina, Pika, Pomu, Lumi, and Gwem.  That's six.

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Saturday, October 23


Daily News Stuff 23 October 2021

Kill It With Fire Edition

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  • Do not use Node.js, under any circumstances, for anything.  (Reddit)

    Yet another massive package compromise because the entire ecosystem is built and managed by morons.  (Not the good kind either.)

    I don't know who it was or why they decided we needed something worse than PHP, but that's what we have.

Tech News

  • Apple's new M1 Max has the GPU compute power of an RTX 3060.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Benchmarks on GPU acceleration in Adobe Premiere Pro are in line with the raw specs listed by Apple, rather than with the synthetic OpenGL benchmarks that put it closer to an RTX 3080.

    It's still very, very good for integrated graphics.

    The M1 Max is a huge chip - three times the size of AMD's 8 core laptop chips despite being built on the smaller 5nm process.  What I think they've done is undervolted it to keep power consumption low, and that is constraining GPU performance (though not CPU performance, since the chip is 80% GPU).

    In a desktop system with twice the power budget it might perform quite a bit better.  Not twice as fast, but better.

  • Intel's discrete GPUs will be available at retail in Q1 2022.  (AnandTech)

    Finally, we'll have a source of graphics cards not restricted by the limited space available TSMC and Samsung's production lines.
    The fundamental building block of Alchemist is the Xe Core. For manufacturing, Intel is turning to TSMC’s N6 process to do it.
    Well, crap.

  • The ASRock X570S Riptide has PCIe slots.  (AnandTech)

    Specifically, six of them.  Most ATX motherboards these days only have three.  With the built-in hardware on those boards you can get away with just one, for a GPU, but if you then add a 10Gb Ethernet card, and one of the slots shares lanes with an M.2 slot, you suddenly run out.

    This board gives you one x16 slot, one x4, one x2, and three x1.  Which is fine; a PCIe 4 x1 slot is enough for 10Gb Ethernet and nearly enough for dual 10Gb.  Plus two M.2 slots, built-in 2.5Gb Ethernet, and the other usual stuff.

  • The Polygon blockchain paid a security researcher $2 million for finding a bug and then not stealing $600 million.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Not crime pays sometimes.

  • DDR5 will be 60% more expensive than DDR4, at least initially.  (WCCFTech)

    Not unexpected, and previous memory generation shifts have been worse.

  • Working in tech kind of sucks.  (ZDNet)

    On the other hand, these people are idiots:
    So pervasive were the feelings of burnout amongst data engineers that 78% said they wished their job came with a therapist to help them manage stress

  • Intel's future depends on making everyone else's chips.  (Ars Technica)

    No it doesn't.

  • Safari is the new Internet Explorer.  (The Register)

    Chrome supports 94% of the 2021 web compatibility suite.  Firefox manages 91%.  Safari just 71%.

    At my day job the UI team curses Safari constantly.  But it's the only browser available on iOS.  No matter what you install, it's just Safari with a coat of paint over it.

Disclaimer: Never eat stale watermelon.

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Friday, October 22


Daily News Stuff 22 October 2021

Let's Not Do This Again Sometime Edition

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  • Remaking Wordpress in JS stack.  (ITNext)

    Remaking Love Canal in Chernobyl.
    Remaking syphilis in Ebola.
    Remaking East Germany in North Korea.

    How about not?

Tech News

  • Kneel before Qod: Qodana from JetBrains is a linter.  (i Programmer)

    They call it a complete code quality platform, but what it does is picks lint out of your code.  JetBrains IDEs already do a pretty good job of this, but this supposedly picks even more lint.

    I'll take look.  I use JetBrains tools every day and if they can pick that lint for me so I don't have to work 30 hours a day, great.

  • I linked to the Visual Impact bundle yesterday, which gives you Painter, PaintShopPro, AfterShot, VideoStudio, and ParticleShop for under $30.

    A reader wrote in to mention Affinity Photo, which is another good choice for a solid image editing package that's a one-time purchase rather than a subscription.  Affinity also (so far) offer updates forever; there's no upgrade fees or license renewals; you buy it, and they just keep sending you updates.

    There's also Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher, which I also have but haven't used.

  • Microsoft has pushed the fix for the AMD cache bug in Windows 11.  (Bleeping Computer)

    And still no explanation of what the bug actually is.

I Was Told There Would Be No Math Peko Video of the Day

Disclaimer: The lie detector has detected that was a lie peko.

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