You know when grown-ups tell you everything's going to be fine, and you think they're probably lying to make you feel better?
Yes.
Everything's going to be fine.

Tuesday, February 23

World

Daily News Stuff 23 February 2021

Minitru Approved Edition

Tech News

  • Building ByteDance's censorship machine.  (Protocol)

    If you're using a Chinese online platform, the Chinese government reads everything you say.  If you speak a language the spies don't know, you will encounter technical difficulties until you stop doing that.


  • They both blinked.  (Sydney Morning Herald)

    Facebook is unbanning Australia after some minor amendments to the shitty new link tax legislation.  They still have to pay the link tax, they just have more time to negotiate deals before any arbitration is triggered.


  • Samsung's S21 Ultra is a brilliant flagship phone but.  (AnandTech)

    Lacks a headphone socket, has no options for expandable storage, and starts at $1200.


  • JPEG XL is JPEG 2000 only good.  (Cloudinary)

    It supports transparency, overlays, animation (albeit very basic animation), and can be transcoded losslessly from existing JPEG images.  That is, both JPEG and JPEG XL are lossy, but there's no additional loss in the conversion.

    The sample images show that some of the competing formats - not JPEG XL - have interesting artifacts at high compression levels.  That is, they don't look like artifacts; they're not blocky, blurry, or smeared.  They just get the details wrong.  Flick between the original and compressed version and some of the fine details move.


  • JWCC is JSON with commas and comments.  (GitHub)

    Seems reasonable.


  • Concise Encoding is JSON with the lot.  (Concise Encoding)

    And a fried egg on top and spam.

    If you want JSON with the lot, the spec looks good.  If you want it in a language other than Go, time to roll up your sleeves.


  • Yes you can.  (Late Checkout)

    Article about Reddit - and how it is undervalued relative to the other social networks - mentions as a glaring flaw that you can't search within a subreddit.

    You can.  The UI isn't great; you either need to know the syntax, or enter your search and then choose to narrow it to a particular subreddit, but it absolutely works.

    Much of the advice given in the article seems similarly wrong.  The numbers are interesting, though.  Unless they are also wrong.  I didn't check.



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Wednesday, January 13

World

He Has A Point, You Know




Meanwhile...

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Tuesday, January 12

World

Some Actual Reporting For A Change

Catherine Herridge from CBS is a national treasure: A reporter in an age of journalists.

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Monday, January 11

World

China, Working Tirelessly To Make You Feel Better About Whatever Fucked-Up Shithole You Personally Live In

Yeah, them again.

Population change, huh?

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Friday, January 08

World

Never Mind The Genocide, Feel The Width

Tim Cook hates Donald Trump.  But he's just fine doing business with China.



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Thursday, November 26

World

Twitter Archipelago

Back in Twitter Jail, which is the nicest part of Twitter to be perfectly frank.  That's what I get for moderating my language.

Meanwhile...

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Wednesday, November 11

World

Where We Are Right Now




The media is claiming that the whistleblower alleging vote fraud in Pennsylvania has recanted after being questioned by investigators.  But apparently he was wearing a wire and the interrogation is the creepiest shit you have ever heard.  (Instapundit)

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Sunday, November 08

World

Good News For Some

Apparently Parler has just hit two million users with growth rates off the chart.  Things are a bit flaky over there right now, but they're working on it.

Meanwhile my GitLab server has died.  Don't use dynamically-sized virtual disks with VirtualBox, kids.

I'm able to get in and take a full file-level backup, so in theory I can get it back, and in practice everything in there is also in my dev folder.

Update: Holy crap, but GitLab is robust.  That system was hosed, and I expected to spend hours putting it back together and reloading the data.

Nope.  Copy /opt/gitlab and /var/opt/gitlab over to a new Ubuntu instance, add the necessary entries to /etc/passwd and /etc/group, and run gitlab-ctl reconfigure and it scans and fixes everything automatically.

It was so easy that I'm going to do it a second time and move it all over to Ubuntu 20.10 and ZFS.

Update Two: That worked, but I tried to go one step further and update it to the latest version and it didn't like that very much.  So it's back to an old version of GitLab on the latest version of Linux.

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Wednesday, October 21

World

Uh Oh

CBS News is now doing straight reporting on the totally not a story Russian disinformation I don't need to deny it smear campaign.


It's not much, but the dam has cracked.

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Friday, April 10

World

The Media Can Die In A Fire 10 April 2020

Shelter in place and eat Vegemite. It works.


(Nothing wrong with that tweet.  Decided to start the day with something positive.)


Stupidity has consequences.  Let's ban consequences.



It's starting to look like the New York Times has one honest but stealthy sub-editor.


This keeps happening.  Article comes out with accurate headline, then gets progressively updated until it's pure propaganda.


We're getting through this pandemic, at great cost, so let's try some communism.



Gotta be the New York Times.  Nobody else could be that retarded.

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