Daily Tech News 13 September 2021

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  • Apple won a battle to lose the war. (500ish)

    An interesting examination of the recent ruling that suggests Apple is incapable of doing what is needed to avoid further antitrust cases - which they will eventually lose.


  • Another look at the Apple ruling. (MacStories)

    This one gets key facts immediately and comically wrong, spinning wildly in Apple's favour, and even it says that Apple lost.


  • Ethereum sucks. I don't mean the ecosystem or the inflationary nature or the weird cult followers or any of that, I mean the technical implementation of the blockchain. It's fucking garbage.



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Second Order Problem Video of the Day



A nice illustration of how making one element of a system better can make the overall system worse. The example is a little contrived for simplicity, but this has really happened in the real world, such as it is.


Disclaimer: New worlds for old!

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1 Content

Morning Horde.

Posted by: Golfman at September 13, 2021 04:08 AM (hOMhY)

2 >>>the real world, such as it is

heh

Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 04:12 AM (SJbY/)

3 "Up or Down?"

Yes.

Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 04:16 AM (SJbY/)

4 Good morning horde

Posted by: Skip at September 13, 2021 04:16 AM (2JoB8)

5 hiya

Posted by: JT at September 13, 2021 04:20 AM (arJlL)

6 Spring guy is tricky

Posted by: Skip at September 13, 2021 04:33 AM (2JoB8)

7 O/T well before the 100
"Madonna's MTV VMAs show opening ensemble goes viral during surprise appearance" AKA "Aging Strumpet Flashes Her Tawdry Wares Again". I think everyone but her realizes she's well into the "Rappin' Grannie" phase where the applause is polite and encouraging, but ultimately just pity...which I suppose beats snickering.

Posted by: Downcast at September 13, 2021 04:35 AM (JjMWb)

8 O/T well before the 100
"Madonna's MTV VMAs show opening ensemble goes viral during surprise appearance" AKA "Aging Strumpet Flashes Her Tawdry Wares Again". I think everyone but her realizes she's well into the "Rappin' Grannie" phase where the applause is polite and encouraging, but ultimately just pity...which I suppose beats snickering.
Posted by: Downcast

Was she sporting her Englishter accent?

Posted by: Bruce at September 13, 2021 04:38 AM (vd8XM)

9 Why Firefox is losing users. (It's FOSS)

I was done with Mozilla when they pushed out Brendan Eich. You don't want to deal with people who have different politics? That's fine - neither do I, then.

Of course, it wasn't much of a sacrifice since I'd uninstalled Firefox years earlier. There were a lot of web pages it simply wouldn't render properly, and beyond that it would sometimes lock up my PC, and occasionally wipe my settings when it did. I don't need to look at the code to know it's bad.

I don't have much love for Google as a company, but Chrome is really a very good browser.

Posted by: Ace's liver at September 13, 2021 04:44 AM (wGeit)

10 If you want to laugh or cry read Sundowner's ramblings to that NPR reporter on 9/11
https://tinyurl.com/27t4jara

Posted by: Skip at September 13, 2021 04:48 AM (2JoB8)

11 10 If you want to laugh or cry read Sundowner's ramblings to that NPR reporter on 9/11
https://tinyurl.com/27t4jara
Posted by: Skip at September 13, 2021 04:48 AM (2JoB
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After reading that, laugh at this:
https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1437221788937826305

Posted by: Biden's Dog at September 13, 2021 05:04 AM (XOHmk)

12 Mornin', folk,

Back home, and used my alarm clock and my seersucker robe for the first time in more than 2 weeks. Seems odd in some ways, perfectly normal in others. I need to work out today, to fill up the car and hit the grocery, and visit my office briefly to pick up a couple of things. Plus do some remote work, and inform my boss that I'm back. We may have a Zoom meeting today.

Life. It's better than the alternative.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 13, 2021 05:06 AM (c6xtn)

13 If Breyer sticks around until the 2022 elections, RBG's the Democrats, and then Biden loses the Senate, will there be enough spine in the new majority to pull another Garland stoppage?

Posted by: Downcast at September 13, 2021 05:07 AM (JjMWb)

14 'morning....

That was one hell of a storm...

Posted by: Oldowan at September 13, 2021 05:14 AM (Mfqer)

15 You know, never tried a link on my phone, can highlight it like my tablet bit won't copy it as it should.

Posted by: Skip's Phone at September 13, 2021 05:16 AM (NeWHJ)

16 Good morning!

Let's smile & be happy & strike fear in the hearts of killjoy leftists everywhere.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 13, 2021 05:19 AM (u82oZ)

17 Figured it out, obviously the handlers are letting him hang himself if he wants.

Posted by: Skip's Phone at September 13, 2021 05:20 AM (NeWHJ)

18
Another look at the Apple ruling. (MacStories)

This one gets key facts immediately and comically wrong, spinning wildly in Apple's favour, and even it says that Apple lost.


So. What you are saying is that MacStories is a wholly owned mouthpiece of Apple, and even they can't spin the plates fast enough. WaPo riding Bezos dick.



I *could* be missing the mark here, but I prefer to think it's just another term for swallowing. Spitters are quitters.

Posted by: GnuBreed, no circumstance at September 13, 2021 05:21 AM (F0YaR)

19 Skip's Phone

Who is really in the on-deck circle? Satan?

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 13, 2021 05:25 AM (u82oZ)

20 I will consider wearing a mask when all Dems do it, and there are no political exemptions.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 13, 2021 05:27 AM (u82oZ)

21 Monday work preps.

Have a sunny day, everyone. With an extra helping of a low threshold of pleasure.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 13, 2021 05:28 AM (u82oZ)

22 On deck is The Ho, who is the puppeteer I wish I knew.
And think that twitter link blew the margin but really can't tell from here.

Posted by: Skip's Phone at September 13, 2021 05:28 AM (NeWHJ)

23 Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt

So get the jab for your own good, no really.
Oh, and get the next one too because this one works for shit.

Vaccines are like Lays potato chips

You can't just have one!

Posted by: Bruce at September 13, 2021 05:30 AM (vd8XM)

24 And, I watched the spring analogy video. Mr. Smartypants is right, if you assume that the faster path has the same risk of 'hang-ups' as the dual slower path; also it ignores entirely the issue of tolls and rush hour jams.

If you are gonna simulate an issue, don't oversimplify that bitch. Boing boing on the head.

Posted by: GnuBreed, no circumstance at September 13, 2021 05:30 AM (F0YaR)

25 20 I will consider wearing a mask when all Dems do it, and there are no political exemptions.

Posted by: NaCly Dog (u82oZ) at September 13, 2021 05:27 AM (u82oZ)


You mean like Congress members and staff being exempt from vaccine requirements?

They are gonna need larger caliber weapons if they want my compliance.

Posted by: GnuBreed, no circumstance at September 13, 2021 05:33 AM (F0YaR)

26 And, I watched the spring analogy video. Mr. Smartypants is right, if you assume that the faster path has the same risk of 'hang-ups' as the dual slower path; also it ignores entirely the issue of tolls and rush hour jams.


Around here, when they were adding subdivisions and strip malls to every thru road, they also added traffic lights. Traffic lights that no matter the traffic conditions will turn red and stop 10 cars on the main road so that one car, that could have made a right turn on red easily enough, to now lead the pack of cars to the next subdivision stop light.....

Posted by: Bruce at September 13, 2021 05:34 AM (vd8XM)

27
g'mornin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at September 13, 2021 05:35 AM (DUIap)

28 You mean like Congress members and staff being exempt from vaccine requirements?

They are gonna need larger caliber weapons if they want my compliance.
Posted by: GnuBreed

Do we have to get a vaccine when it doesn't meet the definition of a vaccine?

And no fair changing the definition of vaccine.

Posted by: Bruce at September 13, 2021 05:36 AM (vd8XM)

29 Yesterday, I saw a Prius doing 80 mph down the interstate. Now don't get me wrong, I left that sucka inhaling my exhaust fumes, but I've gotta give him credit --

The electrodes connected to his ballz must have been delivering stun gun levels of amperage, and he persisted. Planet killer levels. Oh, my ballz.

Posted by: GnuBreed, no circumstance at September 13, 2021 05:40 AM (F0YaR)

30 The electrodes connected to his ballz must have been delivering stun gun levels of amperage, and he persisted. Planet killer levels. Oh, my ballz.
Posted by: GnuBreed

A Himi engine?

Posted by: Bruce at September 13, 2021 05:42 AM (vd8XM)

31 Bruce they did change the definition really.

I known I couldn't get in until 7 I should have gone back to bed.

Posted by: Skip's Phone at September 13, 2021 05:45 AM (NeWHJ)

32 Good morning. Back at work. Time to start swearing at the computer...

Posted by: Rosasharn at September 13, 2021 05:48 AM (yEBFM)

33 17 Figured it out, obviously the handlers are letting him hang himself if he wants.
Posted by: Skip's Phone at September 13, 2021 05:20 AM (NeWHJ)

This has to be right.

Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 05:49 AM (SJbY/)

34 Bruce, I've gotta assume that any Prius owner driving at 10 mph over the speed limit actually hates Mother Gaia and is trying to assassinate her in her sleep.

Maybe it was a stolen car. It did look kinda new. Maybe he forgot to watch the indoctrination video.

Posted by: GnuBreed, no circumstance at September 13, 2021 05:50 AM (F0YaR)

35 32 Good morning. Back at work. Time to start swearing at the computer...

Posted by: Rosasharn at September 13, 2021 05:48 AM (yEBFM)


Wait. I do this at home, on my own time, all the time.

I can GET PAID for this? Fuckity.

Posted by: GnuBreed, no circumstance at September 13, 2021 05:52 AM (F0YaR)

36 Oh, my ballz.
Posted by: GnuBreed, no circumstance at September 13, 2021


***
I found out last night that Idiocracy is available, free with ads, on YooToob.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 13, 2021 05:53 AM (c6xtn)

37 I found out last night that Idiocracy is available, free with ads, on YooToob.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 13, 2021 05:53 AM (c6xtn)


For us oldtimers, Maetenloch found a hotlink on youtube to that movie (for free) quite a few years ago. No ads.

There are many depressing similarities to today's world in that movie.

Posted by: GnuBreed, no circumstance at September 13, 2021 05:57 AM (F0YaR)

38 mornin' y'all

Posted by: Big V Caffeinated at September 13, 2021 05:58 AM (oSy3T)

39 Breakfast time!!!

And start watering again. No rain showing for the next 10 days....

Posted by: Bruce at September 13, 2021 05:59 AM (vd8XM)

40
If you want to laugh or cry read Sundowner's ramblings to that NPR reporter on 9/11
https://tinyurl.com/27t4jara
Posted by: Skip


That was incoherent ... and released with pride on the WH letterhead. Our betters ...

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at September 13, 2021 06:07 AM (+2sc/)

41 Boker Tov Patriots

Posted by: Nevergiveup at September 13, 2021 06:08 AM (GPwVZ)

42 Morning, 'rons and 'ettes.

Posted by: olddog in mo, Pontoon Captain* (like a real captain, only drunker) at September 13, 2021 06:11 AM (lBknB)

43 Hey! It grew the economy, where, you know - where, you know, the 40 percent - anyway, I am not kidding. My word as , uh, you know, the thing.

Posted by: Joe Biteum at September 13, 2021 06:13 AM (Tnijr)

44 43 Hey! It grew the economy, where, you know - where, you know, the 40 percent - anyway, I am not kidding. My word as , uh, you know, the thing.

Posted by: Joe Biteum at September 13, 2021 06:13 AM (Tnijr)

That is coherent.
bzzzzzt

Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 06:15 AM (SJbY/)

45 Firefox doesn't work.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at September 13, 2021 06:17 AM (rETzh)

46 We hold these trutths...I mean, we never lived up to it, but we've never walked away from it, except the last - previous four years.

Posted by: Joe Biteum at September 13, 2021 06:17 AM (Tnijr)

47 >>>"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom."

We are reading that as a warning.
Some would read that as advice.

Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 06:18 AM (SJbY/)

48 Why Firefox is losing users. (It's FOSS)

**

They lost me five or six years ago when they changed the way people were allowed to use add-ons.

Nope. What was a fantastic browser became unusable almost overnight.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - (BMWRT) The booster shots are unchanged doses for COVID-2019. It's 2021. at September 13, 2021 06:22 AM (HBEnm)

49 I mean, you know. And I just -- I just think -- I thought that President Bush made a really good speech today -- genuinely good speech -- about who we are. We're not -- the core of who we are is not divided. It's just this notion of -- I don't know how to explain it.

There's where you went wrong this time, Bush. When an incoherent Meat Puppet endorses whatever you said, then you know it was drastically wrong.

You are awarded no points, and may God forgive you.

Posted by: Huck Follywood at September 13, 2021 06:23 AM (rETzh)

50 >>>"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom."

We are reading that as a warning.
Some would read that as advice.
Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 06:18 AM (SJbY/)

It's *always* about liberty.

They simply think liberty is not universal.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at September 13, 2021 06:23 AM (6FeV1)

51 What is the only program constantly reading and writing to disk despite doing nothing?


Yes. This is the reason I dumped firefox a decade ago. My computing resources were slim and this thing was always scrambling.

It was designed by a teenager in his bedroom to be fast and nimble. It became the opposite. Every time I started it i was either forced to update or had to click through the new update splash screen.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at September 13, 2021 06:23 AM (y1UMU)

52 Firefox made me switch to chrome which is made by a company that hates me and wants me dead.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at September 13, 2021 06:24 AM (y1UMU)

53 Can confirm about Firefox. The only reason I use that browser is because you could click in the address bar and you'd see a list of the sites you visited most. They've been trying to purge that feature for the last couple of years.

Woke coders, I assume.

Posted by: Beckoningchasm phone at September 13, 2021 06:26 AM (mpkEP)

54 Slanty nood!

Posted by: I used to have a different nic at September 13, 2021 06:27 AM (EjmvJ)

55 Yesterday, I saw a Prius doing 80 mph down the interstate.

Technology making up for poor habits.

I have 4x4 and traction control, so I can drive 80 in the snow

I have a fuel efficient car, so I can have a lead foot.

I am on metformin, so I can eat whatever I want.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at September 13, 2021 06:27 AM (y1UMU)

56 It's fine to believe that you're smarter than someone else. The problem comes when you use that belief to "help" the people you think are dumber than you, even though they're perfectly capable of making their own decisions and learning from the actions.

DC is full of smart people, unfortunately.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - what if Marek's was the experiment? at September 13, 2021 06:27 AM (3DjGn)

57 Bush is the Firefox of Presidents

Posted by: Huck Follywood at September 13, 2021 06:28 AM (rETzh)

58 Hey! I went golfing with Corn Pop yesterday and he told me the the papers are wet so hit him with my shoehorn. True story! My word as a Biteum!

Posted by: Joe Biteum at September 13, 2021 06:29 AM (Tnijr)

59 "Me, me, me, me, me" in the first paragraph of Presidential remarks on the 20th anniversary of 9/11:

*I'm* thinking about *my* -- for real, this is
*my* fourth trip here. And *I* was thinking about a guy named Davis Sezna that *I* grew up with, who, like a lot of people, are probably having a tough day today. He -- *I* was sitting at home watching television in 2000 and -- 2000, in September, and *I* was watching TV, and *my* kids were in the swimming pool just outside, and -- and all of a sudden came on TV this guy sitting on a bank in the -- on the Delaware and Chesapeake Canal.

Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 06:29 AM (SJbY/)

60 I was primarily a Firefox user until they went after Brendan Eich; I uninstalled it from all my personal devices.

Posted by: DiesIrae at September 13, 2021 06:30 AM (91nNR)

61 Firefox is excellent at being a browser you keep around in case you ever want to check a website in something else besides Chrome/Chromium, IE, Safari, or whatever, to see if it's actually broken or if it's just you. Pretty shit at anything else though. I'd already stopped using it full-time around when they fired Brendan Eich, that was all I needed to ditch it entirely. You're not good enough at your actual job to piss off that many people, Firefox.

Posted by: hogmartin at September 13, 2021 06:32 AM (P4LRL)

62 50 It's *always* about liberty.
Posted by: Warai-otoko at September 13, 2021 06:23 AM (6FeV1)

It really is.

Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 06:33 AM (SJbY/)

63 on the Delaware and Chesapeake Canal.
Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 06:29 AM (SJbY/)

If he weren't such a known malignant narcissist, i could give him a pass. The "My 9/11 testimonial" has become its own narrative form, and is necessarily going to be heavily first person, and a president doing that in this particular case could almost be a way of showing "I'm one of you... and here's my story of that day that we all hold in common".

But he's a piece a shit, so he can fuck right off.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at September 13, 2021 06:34 AM (6FeV1)

64 63 on the Delaware and Chesapeake Canal.
Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 06:29 AM (SJbY/)

If he weren't such a known malignant narcissist, i could give him a pass. The "My 9/11 testimonial" has become its own narrative form, and is necessarily going to be heavily first person, and a president doing that in this particular case could almost be a way of showing "I'm one of you... and here's my story of that day that we all hold in common".

But he's a piece a shit, so he can fuck right off.
Posted by: Warai-otoko at September 13, 2021 06:34 AM (6FeV1)

You are (over)generous, I think! That whole paragraph is about a moment in the year before 9/11. He can't help himself. And I ain't helping him!

Posted by: m at September 13, 2021 06:37 AM (SJbY/)

65 I was primarily a Firefox user until they went after Brendan Eich; I uninstalled it from all my personal devices.

Which was the desired effect. Some time ago there was this app called "Instagram" that only ran on iOS devices. All the cool kids with iPhones were able to do things that the losers using other platforms couldn't do.

Then it changed and was available on Android. And the weeping an wailing from the pretentious iPhone crowd was heard across the land - they wanted their tribal exclusivity.

So when you got rid of Firefox, the crybullies that remained, unable to understand how a balance sheet works, cheered because their product was shedding off undesirables and "Nazis".

Posted by: Reuben Hick at September 13, 2021 06:38 AM (+LCoQ)

66 Firefox still works for me, though I doubt I'd be as tolerant of it without four add-ons: Privacy Badger, NoScript, CanvasBlocker, and uBlock Origin.

Posted by: Grumpy and Recalcitrant at September 13, 2021 06:57 AM (nRMeC)

67 "The server encountered unexpected condition." What's up with that?

Posted by: MW at September 13, 2021 10:29 AM (u33s0)

68 We have a JSON alternative that is more powerful than JSON without being much more complication, Extensible Data Notation, used in Clojure.

It's way better than JSON, really.

Posted by: moviegique at September 13, 2021 12:05 PM (dhFCT)

69 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyatt_Regency_walkway_collapse

Same thing at the link

Posted by: LiveFreeOrDie at September 13, 2021 03:20 PM (Z4oqp)

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