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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.

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  • 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 at 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.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 03:19 AM


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1 Happy Sunday!

Posted by: m at June 13, 2021 02:33 AM (fVJPF)

2 >>>Try selecting the text on the laptop screen.

That's . . . cool? It selected the text on the laptop screen; I could cut and paste it. It's like:

raise "Invalid Reporter type"

def self.parse_results(args)
parser_class = Res.parser_class(args[:parser])

Posted by: m at June 13, 2021 02:36 AM (fVJPF)

3 I copy pasted the text, used Ctrl A to get it all, and it was the opening from the 1984 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text based game.

Posted by: Fyathyrio at June 13, 2021 02:40 AM (56irt)

4 I just noticed that the code is different each time you load the page.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 13, 2021 02:53 AM (MqQvv)

5 That's extra cool.

Posted by: m at June 13, 2021 03:06 AM (fVJPF)

6 See that stock photo of a programmer sitting at a laptop? Try selecting the text on the laptop screen.
Heh. I got:
Infocom interactive fiction - a science fiction story
Copyright (c) 1984 by Infocom, Inc. All rights reserved.
Release 59 / Serial number 851108

You wake up...

Posted by: Biden's Dog at June 13, 2021 03:07 AM (sdXdm)

7 The "OPM hack" is another gem, often used even by people who should know better. The government under the watchful eye of everybody outsourced the OPM database - every federal government employee, ever, including military to a chinese cutout, including access to root.

I think maybe some or even a lot of the "data compromise" stuff, the "We wuz hacked!" awfully convenient, or a CYA. Personal data and info is sold. Hacking is the excuse.

Posted by: Common Tater at June 13, 2021 03:09 AM (Ejylv)

8 Text I got (just the beginning):

Fibonacci Numbers with Caramel Sauce.

This recipe prints the first 100 Fibonacci numbers. It uses an auxiliary recipe for caramel sauce to define Fibonacci numbers recursively. This results in an awful lot of caramel sauce! Definitely one for the sweet-tooths.

Posted by: The Atom Bomb of Loving Kindness at June 13, 2021 03:14 AM (lXZ2r)

9 China's New Power Play: More Control of Tech Companies' Troves of Data

Beijing is calling on tech giants to share their information - and asserting its authority over data held by U.S. companies in China as well

Posted by: SMOD at June 13, 2021 03:15 AM (X5CsJ)

10 House lawmakers introduce five bipartisan bills to unwind tech monopolies

The proposals could reshape the tech industry as we know it

Posted by: SMOD at June 13, 2021 03:16 AM (X5CsJ)

11 hiya

Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 03:20 AM (arJlL)

12 loaded the bbc page again and got:

10 PRINT "BBC Developer Portal"
20 GOTO 10

Do people even learn BASIC anymore?

Posted by: The Atom Bomb of Loving Kindness at June 13, 2021 03:21 AM (lXZ2r)

13 C:\>
C:\> DOS

Posted by: The Atom Bomb of Loving Kindness at June 13, 2021 03:32 AM (lXZ2r)

14 C:\> Del *.*


Posted by: Common Tater at June 13, 2021 03:46 AM (Ejylv)

15 C:\> Del *.*

Delaware ?

Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 03:51 AM (arJlL)

16 They replaced their shell script with a 43MB binary-compiled Node.js application using 579 third-party libraries.

Holy shit. That's retard to the retard-th power.

The dude who did that deserves to be doxxed and be prohibited from ever using a computer again.

Posted by: nobody at June 13, 2021 03:52 AM (dZAtt)

17 As the rumbling in my stummy strums
it tells me something wicked this way comes

Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 03:53 AM (arJlL)

18 Click on this link. (BBC)

Yeah, I got the first 100 fibonacci numbers with caramel sauce.

Wut.a.gyp. The USB port produced nothing.

Posted by: GnuBreed at June 13, 2021 04:03 AM (F0YaR)

19 Audi / Volkswagen got hacked, if the term hacked is relevant when you connect a database directly to the internet. (Bleeping Computer)

Wait, wasn't VW the one that was cheating the world on diesel emission test results? Oh yeah, they paid a $4.3 billion fine. The only customer base dumber than the VW one is the GM one, that royally rogered every customer with a warranty when they faked a bankruptcy.

GAF meter implodes, creating a mini black hole. All their customers get sucked into it, ejected into Universe 666, where they live stupidly everafter.

Posted by: GnuBreed at June 13, 2021 04:09 AM (F0YaR)

20 Read a article yesterday, paying off hackers only will get you more of it.

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 04:27 AM (Cxk7w)

21 Cool trick with that laptop image. I got some meaningless Javascript.

How did they rotate the text?

Posted by: nobody at June 13, 2021 04:30 AM (Weyc+)

radioactive recycled hamster bedding from North Korea

I am interested in subscribing to your suppliers' list ...

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at June 13, 2021 04:45 AM (uhU//)

23 Read a article yesterday, paying off hackers only will get you more of it.
Posted by: Skip

yielding to bullies only leads to more bullying.

Posted by: JT at June 13, 2021 04:48 AM (arJlL)

24 Once you start paying Danegeld you never rid yourself of the Dane. The end result being running out of said geld and being pillaged by the Dane anyway.

Radioactive hamsters? Wasn't that a rip=off of the TMNT franchise?

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 13, 2021 04:58 AM (FW1Ik)

25 Have not a clue what you all are talking about.
Anyone need a new roof built on your house?

Posted by: Skip at June 13, 2021 05:00 AM (Cxk7w)

26 Coffee is up
And BTW so is KRAK

Posted by: Skip guy who says NOOD at June 13, 2021 05:01 AM (Cxk7w)

27 Good morning. That video is too racy for American eyes?

Posted by: San Franpsycho at June 13, 2021 05:06 AM (EZebt)

28 That's amusing about selecting the text on the laptop.

Any use? Or is it a bad thing? Or is it a statement by some ad programmer?

Posted by: jakee308 at June 13, 2021 06:50 AM (gHWbw)

29 Companies obsession with outsourcing doesn't help infosec

Posted by: In Exile at June 13, 2021 06:54 AM (/bbyo)

30 Note that you can also edit the text on the laptop screen.

Posted by: Sunbane at June 13, 2021 06:57 AM (Lrpzn)

31 Pixy, your posts are early so I never get here in time to participate, but I wanted to thank you for your contributions to the AoSHQ.

So, thank you! I appreciate your posts!

Posted by: Emmie at June 13, 2021 07:12 AM (tcsxg)

32 "an event not discovered for two months, leaving their users exposed that entire time"

Initech: "Your password must include uppercase, lowercase, numerals, a hieroglyphic and an imaginary number. To ensure you can't remember it after today, it may not resemble any other password you have used in your entire life. ...No that password is already taken, please try again. ...No that password is also taken, please try again."

Also Initech: "We regret to inform you that we were hacked two months ago and all of your personal information may have been exposed and sold to Nigeria. Please enter your SSN, phone, email, and bank routing/account number to find out. Your security matters to us!"

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 13, 2021 08:11 AM (83lwH)

33 I replaced the Umaru-chan opening with one that isn't blocked in 17 countries. It was an official licensed version, too, not a third-party upload.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 13, 2021 08:17 AM (MqQvv)

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