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Monday, June 21

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Daily News Stuff 21 June 2021

All That Jazz Edition

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  • You won't believe what kids are into these days.



    Oh, they deleted it.

    This being The New Yorker, they do their best to blame anime on Donald Trump.


Anime of the day is Akanesasu Shoujo from 2018, a.k.a The Girl in Twilight which is news to me, in which five girls from the high school radio club save the universe using only discarded communications equipment and fish sausages.

No, really.

Also, don't put chikuwas in your air fryer.  Reine from Hololive tried it live on stream and posted the results.  The term carbonised comes to mind.

Tech News



Anime Catshark Girl Music Video of the Day



Gura from Hololive has good taste in anime.  She sang Tsumugi's shark song from Amaama to Inazuma live on stream.  A fan reanimated the entire scene to her song, with other Hololive characters dropped into the remaining roles.



Gamers Nexus Cheap Video Card Review of the Day



Steve's back again, this time with Intel's DG1 video card, which you can't buy and couldn't use even if you could.  It's an OEM product with very restrictive hardware and firmware requirements.

Also, it's slower than AMD's integrated graphics, and suffers badly from inconsistent performance.


Disclaimer: I mean, so do I, but I'm taking medication and it's getting better.

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Sunday, June 20

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Daily News Stuff 20 June 2021

Putting The Egg Cart Before The Chicken Horse Edition

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  • DDR5 RAM is here.  (WCCFTech)

    These are the first modules that actually have a price - $400 for 32GB - and a shipping date - end of this month.

    They're 4800MHz modules, and that price matches existing overclocked DDR4-4800 modules.  (That listing is for 16GB; I couldn't find any 32GB kits.)  It's about double the price of mainstream DDR4-3200 though.

    Also, these modules have a 40 cycle latency which is definitely not fast.  I'm not sure exactly how that relates to DDR4 latencies though.

    Also also, if you follow that link, don't read the comments.  WCCFTech is great for leaks and the very latest hardware news, but the comments are full of bored 14-year-olds.



Anime of the day is Time Travel Shoujo: Mari Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi from 2016, a.k.a Time Travel Girl: Mari, Waka, and the Eight Scientists, a.k.a Time Travel Girl, a.ka. MariWaka.

It's the story of a girl looking for her scientist father who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and of the history of scientific research into electricity and magnetism from William Gilbert in the 16th century through to Thomas Edison.

It's the first time I've seen a simple explanation of the Curie point of ferromagnetic materials - never mind in anime, in any medium - and also the first time I've seen characters of a story construct a stable time loop using nothing more than whipped cream, sponge cake, and a magnetised needle stuck through a cork.

Time travel aside, the historical and scientific elements of the story are accurate to the best of my knowledge.  Not so sure about the cake parts, which get about as much screen time as the other elements.

There's also a scene where a defibrillator is used properly and under appropriate circumstances.
 


Tech News

  • Qnap has a dual-port 100GbE network adaptor for their high-end NAS offerings.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Their high end NAS offerings are very high end, with AMD Epyc server CPUs, up to 256GB of RAM, and 24 NVMe SSDs.  That's enough I/O to flood even dual-port 100GbE.  But dual-port 100GbE uses most of the bandwidth of a PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, so right now it's the fastest practical server interface.

    There are faster versions of Ethernet - 200 and 400 gigabit, with 800 gigabit announced but not shipping yet - but those are reserved to high end switches with six digit price tags.  A 100GbE card can be found for a few hundred dollars.


  • Some bright sparks have got the idea of pretending to be Russian hackers in order to shake down companies.  (Bleeping Computer)

    I think mob hits should not only be legal under these circumstances, but required by law.


  • North Korea hacked South Korea's nuclear research agency.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Not Russia for once.

    The same North Korean hacking organisation - which would be under government control because internet access in North Korea is under government control - also hacked several other South Korean government agencies and senior officials.


  • Google is reportedly force-installing a Bat Plague tracking app on the devices of Massachusetts residents.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Without notification, let alone consent.

    The lawyers are going to make out like bandits on the class action suit for this one.


  • %p%s%s%s%s%n  (Bleeping Computer)

    If you join a WiFi hotspot with that SSID from an iPhone, your WiFi will stop working entirely.  Turning your WiFi off and on again won't help, and nor will rebooting your device.

    Only option is to go into Settings and reset all the network settings, and then have the fun of entering all your details again.


  • Journalists - even tech journalists sometimes - are turning mental illness into performance art.  (ZDNet)

    Don't bother with the article; it blames Windows 11 on Donald Trump.


  • Speaking of Windows 11, if you wanted to get the leaked preview it's being taken down.  (TorrentFreak)

    Unsurprising, and you probably didn't wat it anyway.

    Microsoft has left reviews alone as long as they didn't link directly to download sites.  In the US they wouldn't have a legal basis for a takedown anyway.  Not that this tends to stop the DMCA notices.


Not Exactly Tech News

  • There's a weird ripple effect going on in Hololive.  Not a bad thing, but interesting.

    Coco recently announced her retirement to pursue her indie career.  If you know where to find her, she has another YouTube channel with half a million subscribers.

    Anyway, the usual suspects from China hate Coco because she referred to Taiwan as a country live on stream and then refused to back down in the face of their delusional outrage.  That debacle led to the shuttering of Hololive China, which was a troubled venture from the start because YouTube is banned in China.

    Anyway, in the weeks before her departure Coco is taking the opportunity to collab with as many members as possible. 

    The nutcases follow her to each collab stream and flood that channel with spam.

    The girl running that channel sets chat to members only to stop the spam.

    Then they get a flood of new paid members because people want to join in the chat.

    Right now Reine is teaching her how to swear in Indonesian.


Ryzen APU Review Video of the Day



Today it's the 5700G which also isn't out as a retail component but is available in prebuilt systems.  This model has 8 cores and 8 graphics units, up from 6 cores and 7 graphics units on yesterday's 5600G.

It's not a lot faster for gaming than the 5600G - less than 10% on the integrated graphics - so you'd only want this if you want a high-end CPU and passable graphics.  
 
I'd be interested in seeing it tested with faster RAM; you can get DDR4-4000 memory for not much more than standard DDR4-3200, and that should give quite a boost to integrated graphics.


Disclaimer: Break glass in case of stable time loop caused by broken glass.

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Saturday, June 19

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Daily News Stuff 19 June 2021

Least Common Superpower Edition

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  • How many inconsistent user interface designs are there in Windows 10?  (NTDev)

    Eight.  

    The oldest thing that has survived completely unchanged is the Management Console which appeared in Windows 2000, but there are elements from Windows 95 / NT 4 that are the same except for a quick coat of paint.

    On the other hand, MacOS has UI features that have stubbornly remained intact since 1984 when there was only one model and it had a 9" monochrome screen.



Anime of the day is My Hero Academia from 2016 (and continuing to air right now, currently half way through season 5).  It's the story of Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where 80% of the population has a superpower of some description.

It's a Shounen Jump property and does hit all the tropes, but it's also a superhero story that understands the reason for superhero stories, something that the American comic industry has almost entirely forgotten.

It's worth checking out if you liked comics before they turned into first self-referential crap, then grimdark crap, then woke crap.

Except for the first half of season two.  Wait, there is no first half of season two.  It starts with, what, episode 13?  Even the characters in the second half of season two think the first half was garbage.  I have a screenshot of that but this margin is too small to contain it.



Tech News

  • The US Senate has proposed a 25% tax credit for US companies building silicon foundries in the US.  (Tom's Hardware)

    They point out that most of the cost difference between US and overseas production is due to subsidies provided by other countries, and not direct costs.

    This is in addition to the recent $52 billion incentive program.  As I said before, while the plan isn't ideal, of all the things the Senate has done recently this is one of the least idiotic.

    The article notes that South Korea's government is pushing a $450 billion plan to support its own chip industry - which accounts for 15% of the country's exports.


  • You can now get anime RAM.  (WCCFTech)

    It's DDR4-3600 with decent timings - CL18 - but the modules only go up to 16GB.

    It's also not particularly cheap, even allowing for the price increases on RAM from the lows last year.  It would be more cost effective to buy brand-name RAM with the same specs, and a sheet of printable stickers, and a printer, and stick your favourite anime characters on the heatsink yourself.


  • Handy HTML tricks.  (Marko Denic)

    Many of them genuinely handy and some of them I didn't know about.


  • How does Intel's new 32 core Ice Lake server CPU compare to AMD's Rome chip of the same size?  (Serve the Home)

    The parts are roughly the same price, so it's a level playing field.  Only problem is that the AMD chip beats Intel on every benchmark, by between 20 and 45%.  AMD also has a much cheaper 28 core model with less cache that would likely still beat the Intel part.


  • Wegmans suffered a security breach due to a misconfigured server.  (Bleeping Computer)

    The leaked data included names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, birth dates, and hashed passwords, but not - it is important to note - your mother-in-law's maiden name.


  • Russia has banned Opera VPN and VyprVPN.  (Bleeping Computer)

    This is a good indication that those networks are secure.  If Russia could hack them they'd have no interest in banning them.

    The company that is now behind Opera has engaged in some remarkably scummy practices - like offering high-interest loans in impoverished regions of Africa - so I still wouldn't trust them, but I haven't heard of any out-of-the-ordinary security issues.

    Russia insisted in 2019 that VPNs provide access to the government to allow the automated blocking of websites.  Kaspersky complied.  Everyone else told the Russians to pound sand.

    The previously banned ProtonVPN and ProtonMail.  I don't know that much about ProtonVPN, but ProtonMail has a solid track record.


  • Meanwhile, Russia invaded Poland...  's email servers.  (Bleeping Computer)

    That's as far as it went because right now they have no convenient Nazis to stage a joint operation.


  • XPG is planning to launch DDR5-7400 RAM and is targeting overclocks to DDR5-12600.  (VideoCardz)

    DDR5 is likely to launch at around 4800MHz and go up to 8400MHz.  You can get DDR4 RAM at speeds over 4800MHz right now, but that's a big overclock and what you actually get depends on your CPU and motherboard and, in a large part, your luck.


  • Ageing process is unstoppable, finds scientifically illiterate journalist.  (The Guardian)

    To be fair, there was a scientist only too eager to provide a money quote to support the headline.  Only problem is the study is online and that's not what it says at all.  (Nature)

    What the study does show is that there is no significant variation in ageing in healthy individuals within any particular primate species, once other variables are controlled.  Increases in human life expectancy are due to drastically reduced early death rates and to better overall health, and not to reduced aging rates.

    Which doesn't imply that we can't change ageing rates.  It just means that we don't have a convenient natural model.  There's no rare tribe of monkeys that lives for 300 years.

    But we - meaning not the idiots who write for The Guardian - knew that already.


  • Oregon has legalised human composting.  (Motherboard)

    A good friend will help you move, but a true friend will help you move a body.  Across state lines.


Not At All Tech News

  • Auditions are open for a second wave of Nijisanji EN.  (Reddit)

    I mostly watch Hololive, but I also mostly watch Minecraft, and while Hololive streamed 25 hours of Minecraft in the last day, it was all in Japanese.

    The Nijisanji EN girls - who debuted this time last month - have been playing a lot of Minecraft since it's an easy and popular game and doesn't require special permission to stream, so I checked them out and have come back to report that we are all Pomu.



    Anyway, they're looking for four new female streamers - they have four characters designed, though they also have the option to audition as an entirely new character - and for an unspecified number guys as well.  That will mean a big and rapid expansion for Nijisanji EN, which currently has just 3 members.

    Nijisanji Indonesia has 17 members, and Korea 16, so they're not shy about adding lots of new channels quickly.

    Work and life and the world generally has been pretty blah the past year or so, and vtubers have helped keep me sane.  While I like Hololive they do have an enormous following and it's basically a crapshoot whether they see your messages or not.  When things get crazy $100 superchats zoom by and disappear.  So it's nice sometimes to check out a stream with 30 viewers online rather than 30,000.




  • In indie Vtuber news, Mooyü from what I call VMN* had her own debut today.



    I almost missed this one but was able to catch it in time and suggest that her fanbase should be called mootuals.

    * VMN is the Vyomoonym Media Network - they don't call it that, but I do - of Vyolfers, Mooyü, and Nymroot, three English-language streamers from Indonesia.  Vyolfers caught attention early on because she did artwork for every single member of Hololive - one a day for nearly two months.  Mooyü and Nymroot are artist friends of hers who have done Minecraft collabs with her and are now launching their own channels.


Desktop APU Review Video of the Day



Steve reviews the Ryzen 5600G, which isn't available as a retail part for another few weeks but has been shipping in pre-built systems for a couple of months.

And finds it...  Pretty good actually.

If you want to play lighter games like Minecraft, Fortnite, or Rocket League, it consistently gets 100 fps or better at 1080p on medium settings.  That's better in many cases than an Intel CPU with a low-end card like the Nvidia 1030, and much better than an Intel CPU running with its own integrated graphics.

Intel's mainstream laptop Xe graphics are quite good, but the parts shipping for high-end laptops (six and eight cores) and for desktops have one third or even one quarter the graphics hardware, and kind of suck.

Purely as a CPU, the 5600G falls in between two other 6 core AMD processors, the older 3600X and the current 5600X.  That means it pretty good.  If you get it now because you can't find a graphics card at a sane price, you can play Minecraft for a few months and then add a video card once prices return to Earth, and not really regret your choice.

It will be interesting to see what happens once AMD has both DDR5 and their new die-stacked caches available.  We already know they're capable of producing high-end integrated graphics, because that's what's in the current and previous generations of Xbox and PlayStation.  They've been limited by memory bandwidth on PCs, but with this combination of technologies that will soon change.



Disclaimer: I'm Pomu.  You're Pomu.  We're all Pomu here.

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Friday, June 18

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Daily News Stuff 18 June 2021

Working For The Man Edition

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  • If you're one of the 3.3 million people whose data was potentially exposed in the Audi / Volkswagen breach you can stop worrying and start panicking.  (Bleeping Computer)

    Your data is now for sale at disreputable online stores everywhere.


Anime of the day is the postpostapocalyptic travel diary of two potatoes and a Kettenkrad known as Girls' Last Tour from 2017.  It's a beautiful and uplifting adventure story through a landscape that looks as if the Ostfront dragged on for another forty years or so.  The truth, we slowly learn, is more complicated than that, but no prettier.

I do recommend it, but be prepared for...  Well, just be prepared.


Tech News



Disclaimer: Whose bright idea was it to make an entire week out of Fridays?

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Thursday, June 17

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Daily News Stuff 17 June 2021

Bigger Than Linux Edition

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Anime of the day is A Place Further Than the Universe from 2018, the story of four girls who all - each for different reasons - dream of visiting Antarctica, and do.

It's the first time I've ever seen Fremantle - my mother's home town - depicted on television, never mind in anime.  It makes perfect sense if you're travelling by ship from Japan to Antarctica; it's exactly where you'd go.

The premise is a bit of a downer - one of the girls is seeking closure after her mother was lost on a previous expedition - but the show manages to remain cheerful without ever losing sight of that.


Tech News


Disclaimer: And maybe even some of the incompetent ones.

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Wednesday, June 16

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Daily News Stuff 16 June 2021

Unholy Offspring R Us Edition

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  • Windows 11 has leaked.  (Thurrott.com)

    Microsoft has adopted a MacOS style application dock but kept the Start button, which makes no sense.  Fortunately you can change a setting - somewhere - to make it go back to normal.

    More screenshots.

    It does look pretty, for the most part.  You will be shocked to learn that the computer management interface still hasn't been updated from NT 4.

    Essentially the Windows 10 UI has been refreshed but all the older stuff - Windows 8 holdovers, Windows 7, 2000, NT, whatever - hasn't changed at all.

    That said, this is a leaked preview build and not the final product, so maybe something will be fixed before release.



Anime of the day is Kimi ni Todoke, a delightful high school romance series from 2009.  The manga was originally envisioned as a one-shot - that is, a single comic of perhaps 30 pages - but in the end it ran for 30 volumes.

The anime series aired early during the manga run so it doesn't get anywhere near the end of the overall story, but the first season wraps things up very nicely.  A little too nicely, because I was actually rather irritated by the start of season two when they had to create conflict to get things moving again.

Funny thing is, if you check the Wikipedia page and search for Asperger's you won't find it, but heroine Sawako Kuronuma is an absolute textbook case.  It's quite a good study of it, in fact.



Tech News



Little Glee Monster Anime Music Video of the Day


Song is Seishun Photograph.  Anime is a whole lot.


Disclaimer: Yup yup.

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Tuesday, June 15

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Daily News Stuff 15 June 2021

Stickmin Forever Edition

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  • Apple: You can't run any sort of dynamic code on iOS.
    Also Apple: If you don't like it, use a web app.
    Also also Apple: You can't bring your own browser to iOS.  They're all just skins over Safari.
    Also also also Apple: Safari is broken.



    You're holding it wrong.



Anime of the day is Shirobako, from 2014, a not entirely unrealistic look inside the anime industry.   Yes, everything is a bit too clean, but the depiction of people working unreasonable hours under insane constraints for crappy pay is pretty accurate.

It's also a great show in its own right.




Tech News


It's Not A Phase Mom Video of the Day



So, just in the first moments - Slayers, Evangelion, 3x3 Eyes, Escaflowne - to be fair, in that case the guy just has long hair, he's not cross-dressing, and El Hazard.  And then Project A-ko, Sorcerer Hunters, Dual: Parallel Trouble Adventure, Dragon Half, Ranma, and Utena...

Which all came out around the same time.

Okay, maybe it was a phase.



Disclaimer: It was definitely a phase.

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Monday, June 14

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Daily News Stuff 14 June 2021

Corollary's Law Edition

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Anime of the day is Revolutionary Girl Utena from 1997.  Based on a manga by Chiho Saito, the TV series was largely created by former staff from Sailor Moon, led by writer and director Kunihiko Ikuhara.  This led some Sailor Moon fans to look to Utena as the natural successor to that series.

Boy, were they in for a surprise.  Well, not on the lesbian relationships angle, I guess,;even the English dub couldn't erase all of that from Sailor Moon.  Cousins my ass.

There's also a movie, created by the same staff, partly a retelling of the TV show and partly an ending, and it contains the same amount of weirdness as the 39-episode series condensed down to 90 minutes.  Which even for me was a little too much.

The English language release was derailed because after the first 13 episode arc was released to positive reviews the remainder was held up for more than five years by a licensing dispute.


Tech News

  • Turf invaders: Amelia Watson and Gawr Gura of Hololive did a watchalong of the Microsoft / Bethesda announcements at E3.  Well, not the whole thing, it appears that the E3 stream ran for nine hours altogether, but the major announcements from the first 90 minutes or so.



    E3 livestream is here.  It's age-restricted so I can't embed it - though the gremlin commentary above is not.


    Because of the risk of copyright strikes - Hololive has a lot of trouble with YouTube, from shadowbanned streams to accounts with a million subscribers being summarily deleted - they don't show any of the content.  You watch the live stream in one tab and their commentary in another.  Bit of a pain to watch later because you have to sync the streams by trial and error, but better than having your entire channel scrubbed.

    Or you can just watch the Hololive side and they seem to be baked.

    The funny thing is, a huge chunk of the audience of the E3 stream was also watching the Hololive commentary - something like 80% of the YouTube audience - and they were posting references to the commentary in the main chat.  And the girls were roasting the game announcements.


  • Ryzen 5800X vs Intel 11700K: Battle of the 8 core mainstream CPUs.  Again.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Both are readily available now, and are pretty close on performance, but at least in Australia the 11700K is 20% cheaper.  On the other hand, it uses twice as much power, and if you need to upgrade Intel provides you with nothing where AMD has a 16 core part available today.


  • Be careful what you wish for: You might just get it.  It's the 21st century.  Where's my flying car?  (MSN)

    Though with a single-seat model costing $300,000 to build and government red tape being thicker these days than molasses in Boston in January of 1919, it could well be the 22nd century before we actually see these things.


  • There is apparently a movie called 2:22.  I've never heard of it and the IMDB ratings give me little reason to look closer.

    But exactly as you'd expect, automated takedown notices of pirated copies targeted every web page with the digits 222 in the URL.  (TorrentFreak)

    Medium articles?  Linux distros?  IRC chat logs?  Dr Phil episodes?  Japanese porn?

    They will put you on the list, kiddo.



A Prebuilt System That Doesn't Suck Video of the Day


This is a $1000 system built by Newegg.  It's not perfect, but it turned on, played games, and didn't catch fire.  That's what our expectations have been reduced to.

I might end up getting a Dell - not the model Steve panned previously, but something similar - because during their regular sales the entire system costs $500 over the current retail price of the graphics card it contains.


Hamster Duality Anime Music Video of the Day



It's Chaosprojects again, my go-to source for cool AMVs.  He doesn't do a lot of flashy effects but he's a professional video editor and his timing is on point.

He also did this one:


And this one:


You might now recognise clips from Umaru-chan and Amaama to Inazuma in there.  Plus a whole lot of Yuru Camp which we haven't covered yet.


Disclaimer: And several others that are likely to appear in future updates.

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Sunday, June 13

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Daily News Stuff 13 June 2021

It's Not The Codecrime It's The Codecoverup Edition

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Anime of the day is Himoutou! Umaru-chan from 2015, the story of a teenage girl who is the perfect student at school but immediately devolves into a cola-swilling chip-eating game-playing gremlin the moment she gets home.

That's a fun premise, but it wouldn't be enough except that in her gremlin form she's drawn as being about two feet tall - and the virtual camera angles used in the animation follow that little absurdity as if it had been carved in stone and handed down on Mount Sinai.  They never call attention to it directly, but it's there in every scene.

It also helps that she's not actually bad, or lazy, she just human and can't maintain her perfect image 24x7.



Tech News

  • Blockchain ruins everything, Part 378: The free plan at Docker Hub no longer includes Autobuild.  (Docker)

    Because people have found a way to write build scripts that mine cryptocurrencies.  It's astounding inefficient, but that doesn't matter because they're not paying for it.

    Docker has been suspending thousands of free accounts each week, and has now decided to stop playing whack-a-mole.


  • China's ban on cryptocurrency mining is also expanding.  (Tom's Hardware)

    China was mining about half the Bitcoin in the world, and is the home to the Chia plague.  The growing restrictions have caused the price to sink, at least temporarily.  I have no idea what will happen longer term.


  • PLC flash is years away. thank goodness.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Flash memory comes in four densities at the moment - SLC (1 bit per cell), MLC (2 bits), TLC, the most common (3 bits), and QLC (4 bits), used in SD cards and low-end SSDs.

    For each additional bit they try to pack in, the circuitry needs to be twice as sensitive.  Single-bit cells have two electrical levels, two-bit cells have four, three-bit cells eight, and so on.

    QLC seems to be okay so far, but a major feature of newer drives is being able to switch storage blocks between SLC mode and TLC or QLC.  A drive that is mostly empty could actually be running entirely in SLC mode, and will gradually switch over - and slow down - as it fills up.

    PLC - 5 bits per cell, with 32 electrical levels - sounds like a bridge too far to me. The cost savings are minimal - they're already pretty small for QLC vs TLC - and the lifespan would be at best a quarter of current mainstream TLC drives.


  • Click on this link.  (BBC)

    Yeah, login required.  Never mind that.

    See that stock photo of a programmer sitting a laptop?  Try selecting the text on the laptop screen.


When In Doubt Bribe the Reviewer Video of the Day



Hardware Unboxed made news not long ago when they posted a critical review of an Nvidia graphics card and Nvidia blacklisted them from receiving review samples.

That caused a shitstorm across all the popular review sites and YouTube channels.  Hardware Unboxed is a smaller Australian channel and even they have nearly 800,000 subscribers.  Linus Tech tips has over 13 million subscribers and they picked up that story and Nvidia was forced to back down.

Same thing here.  LG has contacted Hardware Unboxed and said, in effect, that the people responsible for firing the people responsible, have now been fired.  The LG division involved in this - their IT services department, not the producer of the product under review - has been relieve of any future involvement in that process.

I don't trust LG, but they probably won't repeat that particular mistake.  Multiple people have pointed out that the whole thing was pointless anyway, because the product and the center of the controversy is actually good.


I May Have Already Used This Anime Music Video of the Day



I need to start keeping a list.


Disclaimer: And they'll none of them be missed.

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Saturday, June 12

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Daily News Stuff 12 June 2021

Long Weekend Edition

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  • The last two long weekends here marked the start and the end of the problems related to the datacenter fire, so I not only didn't get long weekends then, I didn't get weekends at all.   This time it looks like I'll at least get the normal two days off.

    I need to configure some new servers tomorrow, but they'll make my life a lot easier.  And make our newly hired sysadmin's life a lot easier, which will make my life even more easier.


  • Regular updates for Windows 10 will end in 2025.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This doesn't mean that support and bugfixes will stop then, but it does indicate that there's an entirely new version of Windows on its way.

    We'll see what that brings.  As long as they don't drop 32-bit application support like MacOS.  I doubt that will happen, because there's still a 32-bit version of Windows and that can still run ancient 16-bit apps.


Anime of the day is Kamichu! from 2005.  It's the story of Yurie Hitotsubashi, who wakes up one morning to discover that she's become a god.  That is, a kami in the Shinto tradition, a minor supernatural being, not the creator deity.

She doesn't know what she's the god of, though, so she tries some experiments with her friends, and soon finds out.

It's lovingly drawn and animated, almost Ghibliesque in its art style, and the story just follows Yurie's daily life as she navigates her new responsibilities and tries to avoid inadvertent natural disasters.

Interesting too is that the show is set in a very specific time and place, from 1983 to 1984 in the city of Onomichi on Japan's Inland Sea.  The background illustrations of the city take great care to capture that particular period.


Tech News



Satellites Anime Music Video of the Day



Not technically groundbreaking but I love the energy of this one.



Disclaimer: The creator of that AMV said he just wanted to put some clips from his favourite anime together before his hard drive exploded.  Mission accomplished.

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