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  • Lenovo Tab M8 FHD 4/5

    I basically chose the M8 FHD for its 1920x1200 screen, with everything else being secondary. Fortunately it turns out the the screen is genuinely good - bright, sharp, and colourful without being oversaturated - with everything else being adequate.

    The CPU (a Mediatek P22T with eight A53 cores) is fast enough for most things - I opened up Final Fantasy III and there was no noticeable delay and the opening video was glitch-free even when I rotated the tablet by 180 degrees to make it rotate the video as well. The Kindle and Audible apps bog down when installing lots of content, but I think that's just because those apps are garbage. The tablet is otherwise responsive when those apps are glitching.

    Almost everything is installing neatly to the microSD card, with the exceptions being Google stuff and browsers, which are probably tied to internal storage for security reasons.

    Sound is, well, it's there. There's only one speaker and it's adequate, but no more than that. There's a headphone jack though if you want something better - no awkward USB dongles needed.

    Software is Android 10 with the November 2021 updates. Given the limited improvements in Android in recent years that's fine. I installed Nova Launcher as always so I'm not sure what Lenovo might have done with the default UI. Nova Launcher erases such nonsense.

    Note sure of battery life under normal use yet, since I've been busy installing about 200GB of content. That drains the battery pretty fast, but I have fibre internet now (well, FTTC), so it's installing the content pretty fast too. If it's draining the battery 3x faster than my old tablet but installing content 6x faster - which is my guess - that's not really a problem.

    Overall it gets a 4/5. It was on sale as low as $89 over the holidays, so keep that in mind if you're looking to buy one - the regular price is $159.


  • If you want something a little upmarket and don't mind waiting Lenovo is also bringing their Legion Y700 gaming tablet to market. (Liliputing)

    This is a little larger - 8.8" rather than 8" - with a 120Hz 2560x1600 screen and 100% of DCI-P3 colour. The CPU is a Snapdragon 870 (A77 core) which is much faster than the P22T - on GeekBench single-threaded test it's between four and five times faster.

    If this is made available in Australia and the price isn't insane I'll consider it, but it's certainly going to cost a lot more than the M8 FHD.


  • Lenovo's P12 Pro also has a 120Hz 2560x1600 display and a Snapdragon 870 CPU, and costs $630. (Liliputing)

    Well, it did but it's out of stock right now.

    That's a 12.6" model and includes a pen, so I'm hoping the Y700 comes in a bit cheaper.


  • If you want a mid-size Android tablet Samsung's new Tab A8 is one. (Liliputing)

    Priced starting at $230 (3/32GB) up to $330 (4/128GB). The CPU on this one has A75 cores so it's more than twice as fast as cheaper A53-based tablets, and the 1920x1200 display should be fine.


  • Blockchains suck. (Molly White)

    True, but the alternative also sucks.


  • A former official in the DHS OIG has pleaded guilty to stealing personal information on government employees. (Bleeping Computer)

    It sounds like this was for commercial gain and not sold to Russia or China, so that's fine I guess.


  • FedEx wants to deploy laser missile-defense systems on its planes. (Gizmodo)

    Everything is going swimmingly.


  • John Deere has been hit with a class action lawsuit over right-to-repair. (Motherboard)

    John Deere absolutely sucks in this area. Everything on their modern equipment is locked down and impossible to repair independently. They're the Apple of tractors. The only upside is a booming market for second-hand farm equipment.


  • Newly released documents from the Google antitrust lawsuit allege that the company engaged in outright fraud in setting ad prices. (Wired)

    Google denies the allegations. And Google wouldn't lie, would they? Their corporate motto after all is "...".


  • Asus has some new portable display / drawing tablets that look interesting. (Liliputing)

    At the high end this includes a 15.6" 4K screen that includes a pressure-sensitive pen. At $799 it's not exactly cheap, but there are also three 1080p models, including one with WiFi and an internal battery that are likely more budget-friendly.


Party Like It's 1980 Video of the Day





Disclaimer: The walls were shaking, the earth was quaking, the water was receding from the bay... Oh shit.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 04:00 AM




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1 Let there be Pixy.

Posted by: GnuBreed at January 15, 2022 04:05 AM (F0YaR)

2 And there was Pixy.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 15, 2022 04:07 AM (MqQvv)

3 Google's motto, which has been adopted by Farcebook, Twatter et al is

If we get caught, will the fine exceed our expected revenue gainzz?

And like Big Bank, the answer is No. Jail time is never included. Minuscule fines are factored in as a cost of doing business. And so it goes.

Posted by: GnuBreed at January 15, 2022 04:15 AM (F0YaR)

4 Blackrock, which according to ZH has over 10 TRILLION FUCKING DOLLARS in managed assets, has twice the US federal gubmint's annual revenues under their control.

I dunno, but that sounds kinda BIG. Sounds even a bit SCARY.

But hey, I'm just a plebe.

Posted by: GnuBreed at January 15, 2022 04:23 AM (F0YaR)

5 They'd have to be leveraged like crazy, but that doesn't make it any less scary.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 15, 2022 04:25 AM (MqQvv)

6 "...knocking me out with those American thighs..." is one of the most memorable lyrics in rock.

Hubba hubba.

Posted by: GnuBreed at January 15, 2022 04:30 AM (F0YaR)

7 >>>Disclaimer: The walls were shaking, the earth was quaking, the water was receding from the bay...

Overnight dehydration, maybe.

Posted by: m at January 15, 2022 04:31 AM (hGIMd)

8 1 Let there be Pixy.
Posted by: GnuBreed at January 15, 2022 04:05 AM (F0YaR)

2 And there was Pixy.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at January 15, 2022 04:07 AM (MqQvv)

Ha!

Posted by: m at January 15, 2022 04:32 AM (hGIMd)

9 If I'm looking to purchase a desktop to be used primarily for playing the occasional game on the intertubes with intertube (nothing demanding on a system) friends in a different state, but need it to have the ability to do some serious video editing, and have a budget of less than $1000, what would you recommend?

Posted by: Filthy Lurker at January 15, 2022 04:35 AM (gbhx2)

10 Google denies the allegations. And Google wouldn't lie, would they? Their corporate motto after all is "...".


"Lie smugly"

Posted by: Puddleglum at January 15, 2022 04:38 AM (sAmhv)

11 AC/DC rules. Some other of my favorites:
Money Talks:
https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=2lqdErI9uss
C'mon, c'mon, love me for the money! That's our modern world.

Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap:
https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=BaWwrpBzxms
Joan Jett cover of same:
https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=2sky1tt8vLA

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 15, 2022 04:39 AM (Mzdiz)

12 9 If I'm looking to purchase a desktop to be used primarily for playing the occasional game on the intertubes with intertube (nothing demanding on a system) friends in a different state, but need it to have the ability to do some serious video editing, and have a budget of less than $1000, what would you recommend?

Posted by: Filthy Lurker at January 15, 2022 04:35 AM (gbhx2)


Burglary?

Posted by: GnuBreed at January 15, 2022 04:40 AM (F0YaR)

13
Dirty deeds, done with sheep:
https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=O-4lk2-UA_I

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 15, 2022 04:42 AM (Mzdiz)

14 DeSantis said on Thursday after the SCOTUS ruling that he would enforce the Florida law banning private employers' vaccine mandates as well as requirements for public workers.

'We're going to make sure that that is enforced, and we're going to make sure we're providing protections for people so that they don't have their livelihoods ruined by an unconstitutional and really ham-handed federal mandate,' DeSantis said.
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Meanwhile TX governor Abbott continues pandering to CA tech cos.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 04:48 AM (g34rg)

15 Lord Of The Thighs was a 1974 cut released by Aerosmith on the album Get Your Wings

https://youtu.be/zNu0VIoY9nY

It is a parody on Lord Of The Flies.

Get Your Wings is maybe, yes, my favorite album from Aerosmith.

Posted by: GnuBreed at January 15, 2022 04:49 AM (F0YaR)

16 Joan Jett cover of same:
https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=2sky1tt8vLA
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion
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This link doesn't go to Joan Jett.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 04:51 AM (g34rg)

17 >> This link doesn't go to Joan Jett.

Does right here.

Try this:
https://tinyurl.com/2p94a2yn

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at January 15, 2022 04:54 AM (Mzdiz)

18 hiya

Posted by: JT at January 15, 2022 05:02 AM (arJlL)

19 16 Joan Jett cover of same:
https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=2sky1tt8vLA
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion
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This link doesn't go to Joan Jett.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 04:51 AM (g34rg)

https://tinyurl.com/4xzjkz8h

Posted by: m at January 15, 2022 05:05 AM (hGIMd)

20 Try this:
https://tinyurl.com/2p94a2yn
Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion
----

That works, thanks.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 05:07 AM (g34rg)

21 Lots of Ac/DC in 1980
I need coffee

Posted by: Skip at January 15, 2022 05:16 AM (2JoB8)

22 from Caldron Pool twitter:

Kurt Mahlburg
@k_mahlburg
Turns out that when you mix politics and science, you get politics.

Posted by: m at January 15, 2022 05:16 AM (hGIMd)

23 Good morning Horde.

The John Deere story hits home. The company I work for has several of these big tractors. The ECU's are a pain.

But I'll take it another step further. Boss's chain saw was giving him some trouble. Saw shop says the carburetor has a chip and will need to be hooked up to a LAPTOP! A chain saw???

Posted by: golfman at January 15, 2022 05:17 AM (hOMhY)

24 https://tinyurl.com/39ms2ptb
20 Tweets from Bad Blue

Posted by: Skip at January 15, 2022 05:18 AM (2JoB8)

25 Thanks, Skip.

Posted by: m at January 15, 2022 05:21 AM (hGIMd)

26 What they need to do with chainsaw motors is use parts that cheap gas will not degrade, that's all.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 05:26 AM (g34rg)

27 Should I get up now or wait for Krak?

Posted by: Skip at January 15, 2022 05:31 AM (2JoB8)

28 Not that kind of chip Braenyard

Posted by: Button Pushing Monkey at January 15, 2022 05:36 AM (BJcQt)

29 used farm equipment, no kidding ... very big item around here.
see a lot of those really big 70's tractors; Ford, White, IH, still running everyday. and of course tons of the standard size ones, a lot of farms around here seem to dedicate one to each task and just leave it configured, rather than swapping around.

the big harvesters & combines, well, they just bite the bullet and pay the man, JD does pretty much rule that segment of the market.

a breezy 8 degrees, overcast, maybe an inch of dryish, blowy snow from yesterday, hardly worth shoveling.

G'mornin' everyone !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 15, 2022 05:39 AM (9CuDT)

30 Thanks Skip !

Posted by: JT at January 15, 2022 05:41 AM (arJlL)

31 Use to go to Grange Fair every year, working farm tractors easy back to 1940s running fine. Co-worker has a Massey from late 50s I think.

Posted by: Skip at January 15, 2022 05:42 AM (2JoB8)

32 General Electric Suspends Vaccine Requirement After Supreme Court Ruling

Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 05:45 AM (g34rg)

33 hey y'all

Posted by: Big V Caffeinated at January 15, 2022 05:49 AM (Adlwz)

34 Morning, Tech Peeps

Posted by: fluffy at January 15, 2022 05:49 AM (UnQlg)

35 Yet if I got it right some Hospital give notice no Fake Vax your fired.

Posted by: Skip at January 15, 2022 05:54 AM (2JoB8)

36 32 General Electric Suspends Vaccine Requirement After Supreme Court Ruling
Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 05:45 AM (g34rg)

Thank God.

Posted by: m at January 15, 2022 05:57 AM (hGIMd)

37 heh

In the form of a flowchart.

Are the vaccines effective --> Yes -> Then Vaccine passports are pointless

Are the vaccines effective --> No --> Then Vaccine passports are pointles

Posted by: m at January 15, 2022 06:00 AM (hGIMd)

38 Hospitals seem to be all over the spectrum.
FL/DeSantis has a big KMA to the Supremes others are hiring nurses who test positive.

Just saw a lede that Maryland nurses are going to take it back to the Supremes.

It's a big power play. The old threat is better defined by the four to three co-moralities.
The threat is gone.

Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 06:02 AM (g34rg)

39 there never was a threat.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 15, 2022 06:03 AM (9CuDT)

40 38 The old threat is better defined by the four to three co-moralities.
Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 06:02 AM (g34rg)

Excellent typo.

Posted by: m at January 15, 2022 06:04 AM (hGIMd)

41 and nood !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (9CuDT) at January 15, 2022 06:04 AM (9CuDT)

42 Pixy Misa, could you please give a few new browser recommendations, with a brief explanation why you like them? I would really love to get the hell away from Google, Microsoft, etc.

Posted by: Sam Adams at January 15, 2022 06:04 AM (VDbGO)

43 A friend up in the hills has an old Allis-Chalmers, he loves that thing.

Posted by: Infidel at January 15, 2022 06:15 AM (qpolg)

44 Excellent typo.
Posted by: m at January 15, 2022 06:04 AM (hGIMd)
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Ha!!!

Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 06:26 AM (g34rg)

45 I'm in on that browser question.
Use brave here. The best thing about it is it's not Google. FireFox 25 had all the features.

Why can't we have nice things?

Posted by: Braenyard at January 15, 2022 06:35 AM (g34rg)

46 So I'm in a pretty good mood today. After trying for months to get selected in a NewEgg Shuffle for any RTX card at a non scalper price. I gave up and was going to go to MicroCenter and was going to buy a complete pre-built or buy their barebones PC builder that was a bit more expensive than I would like. But when I went there last night they miraculously actually had ASUS RTX 3070TIs in stock. So I was able to successfully get a new graphics card for under $1000.

Posted by: buzzion at January 15, 2022 06:54 AM (vMCab)

47 You mentioned Lenovo today. My understanding is that the company is owned by the Chinese which, let's face it, means the CCP. Is there any indication that their computers come preloaded with viruses or other malware to make it easier for them to spy on you?

Posted by: mongo at January 15, 2022 06:56 AM (+qx8U)

48 I wouldn't believe anything coming out of the illegal junta in the White House if I were you... I don't.

Posted by: sidney at January 15, 2022 08:35 AM (7/kmB)

49 Fed Ex needs to just deliver stuff. I've got a package that was supposed to be here on the 10th, everyday since it's been promised for that day then late at night rescheduled for the next day. Now scheduled for the 17th.

Posted by: geoffb at January 15, 2022 09:49 AM (r//c2)

50 Blockchains suck. (Molly White)

I thought I was the only one saying stuff like that. I think I'm in love.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at January 15, 2022 10:23 AM (ezpv1)

51 Why does it take 900 network requests and one minute for ace.mu.nu to load (using the Brave browser on Linux)?

Posted by: Inquiring minds want to know at January 15, 2022 11:58 AM (psq2p)

52 I didn't see a "no trolling allowed" sign on the Q&A section, so...

I like my current PC but it's probably going to start giving trouble in a few years. If I start sourcing components for a new build this year, including a GPU, will they all become available and make it through the supply chain by 2026?

Posted by: CppThis at January 15, 2022 12:49 PM (UewuT)

53 "Russia says it has "neutralised" the REvil hacker gang"

Does 'neutralised' mean they will stand trial or does it mean they were hired by the GRU/FSB?

Posted by: vaadu at January 17, 2022 12:11 AM (fKrE4)

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