Daily Tech News 25 June 2022

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  • So, went to the Ikea site today to price some bookshelves.

    Last chance to buy.

    What? You've sold like a hundred million of the damn things. You can't possibly be so stupid as to stop making them.
    It ïs estïmated that every fïve seconds, one BILLY bookcase ïs sold somewhere ïn the world. Pretty ïmpressïve consïderïng we launched BILLY ïn 1979. It's the booklovers choïce that never goes out of style.
    Well, not anymore. (Fast Company)

    For decades, Billy bookcases have come in two versions: The cheap white ones coated with foil paper, and the more expensive wood veneer ones.

    There will no longer be a wood veneer option. At all. In fact, they're already gone, so if you were planning on putting anything other than the cheap white version in your brand new house, tough shit.

    With my revised plan to put shelves in the hallways, I was planning on using the cheap white version anyway. Guess I'll do something else in the rooms where I want to match furniture and not just have it be inoffensive.


  • At least there are donuts on the way.


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  • Speaking of which, the best small Android tablet has gone the way of wood veneer as well. I mean, there was only one adequate small Android tablet as it was - the Lenovo Tab M8 FHD - and that's gone. As far as I can tell everything left on the market has the same screen resolution as the original Nexus 7 from 2012. The crappy one, not the 2013 model that was actually pretty good.

    Lenovo's new Legion Y700 would be perfect - 2560x1600 8.8" screen and Arm A77 cores that blow the old A53 cores in the Tab M8 out of the water. Except that it's kind of expensive - and only available in China.


  • Everyone else just leaks stuff online: A Japanese city council worker has lost a USB drive containing personal details of every resident of Amagasaki - about half a million people. (The Guardian)

    In his defense, he was very drunk.


  • AMD's Zen 4 has a somewhat disappointing IPC uplift over Zen 3 - only 8-10%. Overall performance will improve by more than that because clock speeds will be significantly higher and multi-threading is improved on the high-end models.

    Intel meanwhile is promising up to double-digit performance improvements. (WCCFTech)

    In theory that means anything up to 99%, but I think they mean anything up to 10%.

    They are also packing in an extra eight Efficiency cores though, which should improve the multi-threaded performance by up to 30% on top of those single-threaded gains.


Disclaimer: No veneer for you.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 04:30 AM




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1 Mirning

Posted by: Bruce at June 25, 2022 04:36 AM (vd8XM)

2 Pixy, Ace could put some shelves up for you, if you wanted

Posted by: Bruce at June 25, 2022 04:37 AM (vd8XM)

3 We have shelves - but at what cost?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at June 25, 2022 04:37 AM (Whn1N)

4 7"~ tablets are great. Bigger just feel like sitting too close to the TV. Nvidia shield tablet was a great deal in it's day.

Posted by: Shiggz at June 25, 2022 04:39 AM (giver)

5 Willowed:

Ah, I have two retarded senators. It boggles the mind.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 04:36 AM (IcyNP)


Most states, unfortunately, do. So if I had to guess which state you're in -- and was wrong, it's quite possible at least my first ten guesses wouldn't count as the make-up of the Senate is that bad.

Never was a government chamber so full of imbecilic knaves spouting codswallop than the US Senate chamber in session.

Posted by: RickZ at June 25, 2022 04:46 AM (ldL4g)

6 Hmm, donuts. Too bad local place doesn't open for another 3 hrs.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 04:47 AM (IcyNP)

7 RickZ, CO.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 04:49 AM (IcyNP)

8 Pixy, any alternatives to Ikea? We don't even have one here.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 04:53 AM (IcyNP)

9 RickZ, CO.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 04:49 AM (IcyNP)


NY: Bride of Chucky Schumer and Kirsten Jellybean. One of them had the chutzpah to run for president and it wasn't the Jewish one.

Posted by: RickZ at June 25, 2022 04:56 AM (ldL4g)

10 RickZ, we had one that tried to run for pres. Ours both look like fags. Now we really have a fag bot for gov. Makes me want to vomit.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 04:58 AM (IcyNP)

11 opps, typo works.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 04:59 AM (IcyNP)

12 I have noticed that women are not yet wearing their handmaids outfits.

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at June 25, 2022 05:07 AM (t3/qz)

13 This has got to be the hottest take I have seen all day:

Jacqueline S. Homan - #LibertyAndJustice4All
@jacquelinehoman

Why aren't MEN forced to relinquish control over THEIR bodies to provide blood transfusions, bone marrow donations, kidney donations, etc. to those unborn humans (resulting from their sperm) after they become post-born humans who may need those body parts in order to live?

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at June 25, 2022 05:14 AM (t3/qz)

14 What father would not donate a part of his liver, kidney or blood to his child if he could?

Posted by: Cat Ass Trophy at June 25, 2022 05:15 AM (t3/qz)

15 Did they burn down DC?

Posted by: Braenyard's phone at June 25, 2022 05:17 AM (4BdKk)

16 Not yet. I don't understand the worshiping of death of the innocent.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 05:20 AM (IcyNP)

17 Dark moments, deep prayers. A reflection on Psalm 143-which is linked at the top of the devotional-from ""Our Daily Bread":

https://tinyurl.com/zyxcfce8

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 25, 2022 05:21 AM (FZ2cV)

18 RickZ, we had one that tried to run for pres. Ours both look like fags. Now we really have a fag bot for gov. Makes me want to vomit.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 04:58 AM (IcyNP)


NY governors: In the 21st Century, we've had two governors resign: One for using high-end (pun intended) prostitutes and money laundering the payments and the other for being a sexual creep and using government resources to write his book, as well as earning his Indian spirit name, Gov. Granny Killer. After the first one resigned, we got a blind lt. governor stepping up to the plate. After the second one resigned, we now have a governor who thinks the 2nd Amendment only applies to muskets. 1/2

Posted by: RickZ at June 25, 2022 05:23 AM (ldL4g)

19 So, the truck that plowed into the DC pro abortion crowd was actually ideling forward.

Posted by: Braenyard's phone at June 25, 2022 05:23 AM (4BdKk)

20 Other than that, NY is doing fine--, ah who the hell am I kidding? We are one fucked up state. Even one of the shittiest mayors in NYC history, even worse than Crown Heights Riots Dinkins, progressive former Mayor Big Bird, nee Warren Wilhelm (daddy issues, you see), thought he could/should be president. Unfounded egos without a clue abound here in the Empire State.

Possibly Andrew Cuomo's greatest claim to historical fame is that he and his crappy brother, Fredo, may have brought down CNN. 2/2

Posted by: RickZ at June 25, 2022 05:23 AM (ldL4g)

21 This spam filter error message is driving me batshit crazy.

Posted by: RickZ at June 25, 2022 05:24 AM (ldL4g)

22 Reading the Ikea article...

"But it's worth noting that to get all this durability, foil paper is generally coated in polyurethane, which is a plastic. Ikea clarified that it's not technically using polyurethane on the new Billy. It will use another plastic, but Ikea says, overall, the new coating will be a net gain for the environment."

There ya go. Net gain for the environment. They won't say what the new plastic is, but it's "better"

Posted by: Bruce at June 25, 2022 05:26 AM (vd8XM)

23 Good evening Pixy
Good morning horde

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 05:29 AM (2JoB8)

24 Wrong text sends an act of kindness cross country:

https://tinyurl.com/4upc5faj

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 25, 2022 05:29 AM (Dt0YA)

25 Pro Abortion protestors were out in our area. Went by about 30 of them along the 4 lane with home made signs.

I laughed as I went by. They were out in front of one of the large liquor store chains.

Posted by: Bruce at June 25, 2022 05:30 AM (vd8XM)

26 Thank you for that, Fen.

Posted by: Infidel at June 25, 2022 05:34 AM (IcyNP)

27 You are welcome, Infidel.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 25, 2022 05:39 AM (Dt0YA)

28 Coffee first

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 05:40 AM (2JoB8)

29 They really have their hearts set on murdering babies

Posted by: Skip at June 25, 2022 05:41 AM (2JoB8)

30 New tech day! New Dell laptop arrived yesterday for Mrs Canuck.

Too busy to play with it today though gotta coach one of the little Canuck's traveling soccer team.

Posted by: CanuckJack at June 25, 2022 05:45 AM (n6C6K)

31 I work for a tech company, very surprised how many people were comfortable spouting off about the evil USA in chat channels yesterday.

No doubt if I excised my views I'd be talking to HR...

Posted by: CanuckJack at June 25, 2022 05:48 AM (n6C6K)

32 Too busy to play with it today though gotta coach one of the little Canuck's traveling soccer team.
Posted by: CanuckJack

WooHoo!! Fun time on the 'puter when you get home.

Posted by: Bruce at June 25, 2022 05:49 AM (vd8XM)

33 Morning tech preps!
We have the wood veneer Billy; around 23 years old

Hey Pixy & nerds, I have a tech question:
There's a old site (which probably isn't maintained anymore) with Latin & English prayers. The Latin prayers used to be rendered perfectly, but now they are messed up, showing weird characters instead of diacritical marks.
Is there any simple way for me to fix it/ switch it back if I were to copy and paste the text to my computer for my own reference?

http://prayers.gleeson.us/

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 25, 2022 05:53 AM (hZGhJ)

34 hiya

Posted by: JT at June 25, 2022 05:54 AM (arJlL)

35 EMT is up.

Posted by: Somewhere South of I-80 at June 25, 2022 05:56 AM (1DgE4)

36 Darn, willwrrd again

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 25, 2022 06:06 AM (hZGhJ)

37 My question to the drunk councilman- why did you have the USB on you outside of work? You're fired and you get to spend 5 years in prison.

Posted by: sidney at June 25, 2022 07:08 AM (itAo5)

38 A power surge took out the power supply in my household server yesterday. I must have been asleep when I plugged it in to the wrong side of the UPS, but it's too late to worry about that now. I ordered a new 1000W power supply from Amazon and it arrived three hours later. I'll install it after I get back from my walk.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at June 25, 2022 07:37 AM (LJSpF)

39 Not a fan of particle board furniture. IKEA disposables and kitchen odds and ends are OK but the only furniture I like is a couple of their laminated bent wood chairs.

Good luck with the long term durability of the shelves.

Posted by: madmike at June 25, 2022 09:48 AM (NlirN)

40 Hey pixy did you hear MS is sunsetting Atom to force more people onto VS editor? I think Atom came out well before them acquiring gethub. So they bought gethub and are sticking the shiv into it. I expect more of this.

Posted by: banana Dream at June 25, 2022 10:56 AM (0fVbu)

41 From what I'm hearing Zen 4 and Raptor Lake are going to be very comparable. The real question becomes whether Raptor Lake will actually make it to market before or after Zen 4.

If Zen 4 is a 5.5ghz chip, AM5 is probably a four year platform, and Vcache basically means you don't have to go beyond the base DDR5 ram spec to get everything, if both CPUs are pretty comparable, I can't see a huge upside to Raptor Lake, even if it ends up 5-10% faster.

Posted by: Voyager at June 25, 2022 10:56 AM (u5PZm)

42 >>> My question to the drunk councilman- why did you have the USB on you outside of work? You're fired and you get to spend 5 years in prison.
Posted by: sidney at June 25, 2022 07:08 AM (itAo5)


Maybe the USB drive had a useful integrated bottle opener attachment.

Posted by: banana Dream at June 25, 2022 10:58 AM (0fVbu)

43 >>> Hey Pixy & nerds, I have a tech question:
Is there any simple way for me to fix it/ switch it back if I were to copy and paste the text to my computer for my own reference?
http://prayers.gleeson.us/
Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at June 25, 2022 05:53 AM (hZGhJ)



This is an encoding decoding website:

https://tinyurl.com/encodedec

I tried from ISO-8859-1 to utf-8 and it was close but not quite. You could try pasting some text from the website there into the box and try a few combinations.

Posted by: banana Dream at June 25, 2022 11:21 AM (0fVbu)

44 2 Pixy, Ace could put some shelves up for you
Posted by: Bruce at June 25, 2022 04:37 AM (vd8XM)

The word "not" has inexplicable dropped out of your phrasing, there.

Posted by: m at June 25, 2022 11:26 AM (YtnN4)

45 The best selection is encode with ISO-8859-15 decode with utf-8

It just won't show the "ae" though. Everything else it does. But I'm sure that's the coding fix.

Posted by: banana Dream at June 25, 2022 11:44 AM (0fVbu)

46 "In his defense, he was very drunk."

NOT in his defense, he (and the government) never should have had that data anyway.

Posted by: GWB at June 25, 2022 11:47 AM (uWt6J)

47 *inexplicably

Posted by: m at June 25, 2022 12:02 PM (YtnN4)

48 Should be able to get some shelving advice here, if anywhere.

Posted by: Advo at June 26, 2022 12:14 PM (LcnVR)

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