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Daily News Stuff 9 May 2024

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  • Underpants gnomes, eat your heart out.

    Stack Overflow signed a deal with OpenAI - creators of ChatGPT - to sell off user data at a presumably enormous profit.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The users of course don't see a penny of this.

    Understandably annoyed, those users started editing their content.  They can't delete answers that have been accepted due to the way Stack Overflow works, but they can update them and render the data worthless.

    So Stack Overflow started banning its own best users.

    To rub salt into the wound, Stack Overflow has long banned its users from using generative AI to help write those answers, but has no qualms whatsoever about selling your work.

    This likely violates the terms of Europe's GDPR, so let's see what the lawsuit fairy brings.

Tech News

  • Don't buy an Intel 14900K for gaming.

    Now that Intel has walked back its chip-frying levels of automated overclocking, Hardware Unboxed has re-tested the 14900K against AMD's 7800X3D on a range of games.

    The two chips perform about the same.

    But the Intel chip is 50% more expensive and uses twice as much power.

    Note that this is still with the Intel chip running at 250W at all times, just not previous levels that went as high as 400W.

    Intel now recommends default power settings of 125W, which will definitely reduce performance - and is still more power than the AMD chip uses.

  • US libraries are fighting for a better deal on e-books.  (Axios)
    "We need the coercive power of the state sitting behind us at the table saying, 'We need a special slice of the pie.'"
    Suddenly I'm feeling that the people who burned the library at Alexandria weren't all bad.

  • Google is leaving its godawful offices in San Francisco.  (SF Chronicle)

    Continuing the hollowing out of what I'm told used to be a nice town.

    Google is not yet leaving the city entirely, much less the state.  But maybe.

  • Minisforum's AtomMan X7 has an Intel 185H CPU (6 P cores and 10 E cores), up to 96GB of RAM, four video outputs, two M.2 slots, and a four inch built-in display.  (Notebook Check)

    And dual 5Gbit Ethernet ports and, somehow, a camera.

    Which sound neat until you look at the photos and realise that it's not plugged in to anything.  The configuration pictured would need a minimum of five cables.

Vtuber Music Video of the Day

Today it's Neuro-sama singing Dubidubidu, which was originally performed by Christell Jazmin Rodriguez Carrillo on Chilean television in 2003, when she was...  Five.  Then for no apparent reason other than it is kind of catchy it suddenly became a huge meme last year.

Neuro-sama herself is an AI, and I don't use the term lightly.  Although she's the work of a single developer and has the intellect of a precocious and bratty five year old herself, that's infinitely preferable to billion-dollar corporate efforts like OpenAI's ChatGPT or Google's Whatever It's Name is Today, which exist solely to lie to you and call you racist.

Neuro-sama exists to drive you insane and send you bankrupt.

Disclaimer: Don't let her order pizza.

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1 I'm really glad I went for a 14700K instead of the 14900 in January.  Supposedly they're potentially susceptible to the same problem but I haven't seen it.  I leave my BIOS settings to whatever ASUS MCE defaults to, so I get something like a 5.5GHZ all-P-core speed, and (almost) no problems with gaming.  (A couple weeks ago I was playing Diablo IV on fairly close to Ultra settings all day and got a couple of crash-to-desktops, but it's possible that was my GPU, too.)  Beyond that, no problems at all.
Plus I saved a couple hundred bucks.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, May 10 2024 12:02 AM (BMUHC)

2 "Google is not yet leaving the city entirely, much less the state."

Ugh.  I hope Texas passes a law forbidding them from moving here like Musk did.  Let Colorado have them--housing is already far too expensive because of all the people (including me, to be fair) who've moved here in the last 20 years, and that's entirely before considering their atrocious politics.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, May 10 2024 12:08 AM (BMUHC)

3 To be fair, the Minisforum has 6 USB ports (according to their website) plus a DP and an HDMI port.  (I use a hub on my Beelink to get a couple of extra ports for a webcam and headset for Teams--it's only got 5 USB.)

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, May 10 2024 12:10 AM (BMUHC)

4 Neuro made me laugh out loud. At work. While I'm trying to work. I think there might be some bad judgement there, on my part.

Posted by: Kurt Duncan at Friday, May 10 2024 01:30 AM (p4k5F)

5 Ha! So the idiots at substack are trying to reddit themselves? Great idea! Then again, I use it mostly for linux help, since (thanks lennart, you insufferable bag of roasted dicks) linux has gone the route of pointless configuration hell that shifts gratuitously every 6 months. "Why did `cc -o turd turd.c poop.c` stop working?" "Ah, you have to create a new systemd service which will automatically compile that for you on startup."

Posted by: normal at Friday, May 10 2024 04:12 AM (LADmw)

6 Wonderduck's pond is getting all spammed up. Maybe it's time to clean it and disable comments.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Friday, May 10 2024 02:11 PM (LZ7Bg)

7 Yes, I'll do that.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, May 10 2024 04:28 PM (PiXy!)

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