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  • Deploying a new blockchain - I hate those things - for an urgent project. Everything goes swimmingly in test. It's complicated, but doesn't require an entire new programming language the way Ethereum does.

    Switch over to production. Discover production network is significantly slower than test and the timeout is hard-coded in the API library, so every transaction fails.

    Hack a sensible timeout into the library.

    Now only 25% of transactions fail. We issue them and they disappear without trace.

    Contact the blockchain developers directly.

    "Yeah, 25% sounds about right."

    Never mind the commies, we need to throw the blockchain people into a volcano.


  • Get an urgent ticket from hosting provider at 4AM. I missed the previous ticket because it arrived two days ago - also at 4AM - when I got to sleep at 3AM, and by the time I woke up I had fifty other emails to go through.

    Report that a domain is hosting malware. Ask for details.

    Get back a link with - literally - 77 virus checkers reporting it clean and one reporting a problem. No information at all as to what the problem is, or why one positive outweighs 77 negatives.


  • If Amazon's game New World killed your EVGA RTX 3090, it will be replaced under warranty immediately and without question. (Tom's Hardware)

    Problems with the game have now been reported on multiple cards from both Nvidia and AMD, though, so it might be safest just to play Minecraft until this all blows over.




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O Fuck Canada Video of the Day



Thousands of indigenous children died - of tuberculosis and other diseases of the day - in government-run boarding schools starting in the 1880s. It got so bad that many of the deaths simply went unrecorded. This has been known for decades and a seven-year inquest published a detailed report on it all back in 2015.

So why is it suddenly an headline issue now? Because politics ruins everything.


Axolotls Cause Sleep Disorders Video of the Day

Hololive JP went axolotl crazy with the new Minecraft release. There's a very rare blue axolotl in the game that has a 1 in 1200 chance of appearing when you breed two axolotls. To breed two axolotls you need live tropical fish, which aren't easy to find either.

Kanata (Coco's friend and real-life roommate) bred over 3000 axolotls before finally achieving blue heaven. She spent so much time live-streaming all this that she developed sleep apnea.

Here's Officer Oozoru investigating the conditions on Kanata's unlicensed axolotl ranch.




Usada Pekora Sings the Opening Theme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Video the Day



I'm not even kidding. It's called Roto's Theme.





That FrameWork Laptop Might Actually Not Suck Video of the Day



Schematics or Die.

I don't know the people behind this laptop, but Louis Rossman has been calling out electronics manufactures for years over the irreparable crap they spew out, and he's cautiously optimistic.


That Ryzen Alienware R10? Yeah, Nah Video of the Day



People have complained - a lot - about the fan noise on these Alienware systems. Now you get to see why. If for whatever reason you get one of these, pay extra for water cooling. The air-cooled model tested here instantly failed thermal testing.


You Know What Also Fails Thermal Testing Video of the Day



In this case, an RTX 3090 that melts the temperature probe.



Disclaimer: In Soviet Russia, temperature probe melts you.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 02:09 AM




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1 Early-bird tech-column!

Posted by: m at July 24, 2021 01:13 AM (Zsfob)

2
Wait...software can destroy a video card? Is that what I understand?
[wanders away, dazed and confused]

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at July 24, 2021 01:28 AM (KDCRD)

3 Never mind the commies, we need to throw the blockchain people into a volcano.

Or find a roomier volcano. C'mon, man, you got 20 choices...

Although detailed statistics are not kept on daily activity, generally there are around 20 volcanoes actively erupting on any particular day.

I bet if they had one erupting 500 yards from their home's backdoor, they'd be a whole LOT more interested in detailed statistics.

Incidentally, with 20 of 'em poppin' off every day, I can embrace the power of AND.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 24, 2021 01:33 AM (F0YaR)

4 Have you checked out Solid Clouds, developers of the Starborne game. They get millions in grants from Iceland, run a beta that never gets unbugged, and then move on to a new "project" to do it all over again, I guess.

https://tinyurl.com/szdvr6c4

Seems like a scam

Posted by: Hoyt's Paid Turkish Provocateur at July 24, 2021 01:40 AM (49Exr)

5 >>>Rather than learning the lesson that censorship is bad, we wants everyone he disagrees with censored.

change "we wants" to "he wants"
Took me a minute to figure out which side you were on!

Posted by: m at July 24, 2021 01:43 AM (Zsfob)

6 I've been meaning to getting around to trying Minecraft, but really, I've got it scheduled for after the heat death of the universe or Sunday, whichever comes last.

Posted by: GnuBreed at July 24, 2021 01:44 AM (F0YaR)

7 5 >>>Rather than learning the lesson that censorship is bad, we wants everyone he disagrees with censored.

change "we wants" to "he wants"


Fixed. Short on sleep here....

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 24, 2021 02:04 AM (MqQvv)

8 <i>Get back a link with - literally - 77 virus checkers reporting it
clean and one reporting a problem. No information at all as to what the
problem is, or why one positive outweighs 77 negatives.</i>
Been there. This is where the reputation matters. If the negative report is from an outfit that has it together, yeah, it's bad. If it's an outfit prone to false positives- say, CheckPoint- f'em.

Posted by: rosignol at July 24, 2021 02:11 AM (e/teT)

9 I'm wondering if this was the new blockchain/smart contract people you were talking about using back in Dec. and Feb. of this year.

(I don't really care, I just want to make sure it wasn't the guys my friend recommended, which I don't remember now).

Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain, Chernyenko My Coat At The Cleaners at July 24, 2021 02:28 AM (Clxcy)

10 hiya

Posted by: JT at July 24, 2021 02:40 AM (arJlL)

11 Mornin'
(sips coffee)

The NoVAMoMe is tonight so I'll be stopping by that on my way home from work. Won't be staying to long. Have to pack as I start my Amish Golf Vacation Sunday.

Posted by: Puddleglum at July 24, 2021 02:45 AM (QFVV9)

12 Squeeeee! Here's a cute dog-cat-kitten thing:

https://tinyurl.com/2ysbufde

Posted by: m at July 24, 2021 02:50 AM (Zsfob)

13 "If for whatever reason you get one of these, pay extra for water cooling."

If I remember correctly, GN did pay extra for water cooled and still got air cooled.

Posted by: James Schuler at July 24, 2021 03:21 AM (j7w9/)

14 The NoVAMoMe is tonight so I'll be stopping by that on my way home from work. Won't be staying to long. Have to pack as I start my Amish Golf Vacation Sunday.
Posted by: Puddleglum at July 24, 2021 02:45

I'll bet you all had a blast. I hope to make there some year.

Posted by: Farmer at July 24, 2021 03:29 AM (55Qr6)

15 I would be a awesome chance to go to a MoMe

Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 03:35 AM (Cxk7w)

16 Law abiding citizens have nothing to fear from thrir government!

- worst fairytale ever

Posted by: vmom restituere verum papam at July 24, 2021 03:36 AM (oEn12)

17 I keep thinking I should start an upper midwest MoMe.

Maybe after my life becomes less insane

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at July 24, 2021 03:37 AM (Z/jzm)

18 Have a nice night here, window open.
And nothing to do until it's daylight.

Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 03:43 AM (Cxk7w)

19 Pixy; if you don't mind I have a personal question?
Are you Aussie or Kiwi? or what?-I ask because I long had great respect for Aussies with they're F off mate attitude towards gov't and all. A do it yourself kind of thing and made no bones about it. Something like I imagine the US used to be like. -And now I see where the Aussies have enacted a lockdown of lockdowns where the gov't actively patrols the skies to prevent any violations and one gal got arrested cause she used a drone to get some cigarettes? W.T.F.
A Drone. I didn't realize a drone could transport the virus.

(Kiwis have always been socialistic from way back. Visited there in the late 60s so I know what I speak of. Sorry if you're a kiwi. I assume you somehow escaped the brainwashing.)

Anyway I just wondered how you are fairing under that lockdown regime and WTF happened to the real Aussies of years gone by.

P.S. I've mentioned before; love the tech updates. I can barely understand most of it but I like having a bit of info about that stuff since some of it bears on our future.-Cheers

Posted by: jakee308 at July 24, 2021 03:46 AM (wb4G5)

20 I love Pekora. I can't understand some of what she's doing and even with the subtitles on I still can't get what's going on but I love her giggle and mild insanity. (i like the one where she plants fireworks all over and blows the place up)

Some of the other anime is just beyond me. I think it's a generational thing. I expect my cartoons to beat each other up and wise crack.

Posted by: jakee308 at July 24, 2021 03:49 AM (wb4G5)

21 Been lots of good suggestions for anime series these last few weeks, I need to find another one to watch.

Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 03:51 AM (Cxk7w)

22 https://comedyjedi.com/worlds-bizarre-women-earth/5/
Anime girl
Saw a girl in Philadelphia couple times across street where I was working a years ago. ago.

Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 03:58 AM (Cxk7w)

23 Hiya MLiiGRAM !

Posted by: JT at July 24, 2021 04:05 AM (arJlL)

24 Hey there, JT

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at July 24, 2021 04:06 AM (Z/jzm)

25
g'mornin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at July 24, 2021 04:07 AM (DUIap)

26 I get why freight trains would want to move this early, but do they really need to lay on the horns?

Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 04:08 AM (Cxk7w)

27 g'mornin' everyone !

software breaking hardware ?

you're right, Pixy, at least with potatoes you know where you are.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (T/XHv) at July 24, 2021 04:09 AM (T/XHv)

28 Potatoes, hmm
Was going to make ham, egg and cheese omelet but a fried potato and everything else thrown in might be better.

Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 04:12 AM (Cxk7w)

29 Do You Want To Date My Avatar?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urNyg1ftMIU

Posted by: MachiasPrivateer at July 24, 2021 04:14 AM (EMi53)

30 fried potatoes can make lots of otherwise good things even better !
go for it, Skip !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (T/XHv) at July 24, 2021 04:16 AM (T/XHv)

31 https://comedyjedi.com/worlds-bizarre-women-earth/5/

Gack, I clicked ahead to a photo of a hugly tattooed woman. Ick.

Posted by: m at July 24, 2021 04:21 AM (Zsfob)

32 hugly-->highly

Posted by: m at July 24, 2021 04:22 AM (Zsfob)

33 19 Pixy; if you don't mind I have a personal question?
Are you Aussie or Kiwi? or what?


An Aussie. And one looking for third-party candidates in the next election, because fuck both our major parties.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 24, 2021 04:23 AM (MqQvv)

34 I have no reason to get up but talked myself into it.
It only took a hour.

Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 04:24 AM (Cxk7w)

35 20 I love Pekora. I can't understand some of what she's doing and even with the subtitles on I still can't get what's going on but I love her giggle and mild insanity. (i like the one where she plants fireworks all over and blows the place up)

I mean, she's basically a cute female Bugs Bunny. What's not to like?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 24, 2021 04:25 AM (MqQvv)

36 "because fuck both our major parties."

well put, we have the same problem here in the States.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (T/XHv) at July 24, 2021 04:28 AM (T/XHv)

37 Potatoes, hmm
Was going to make ham, egg and cheese omelet but a fried potato and everything else thrown in might be better.
Posted by: Skip

Sounds great !

Posted by: JT at July 24, 2021 04:35 AM (arJlL)

38 Have sweet pepper to add as well.

Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 04:39 AM (Cxk7w)

39 Been a while since I've made an omelet. I usually do what i call a skillet scramble. Fried potatoes with the stuff mixed in, over easy eggs placed on top

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at July 24, 2021 04:43 AM (Z/jzm)

40 well, there ya go then !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (T/XHv) at July 24, 2021 04:44 AM (T/XHv)

41 I get why freight trains would want to move this early, but do they really need to lay on the horns?
Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 04:08 AM (Cxk7w)

Federal Transport Law. There's a sign before every grade crossing that marks when they must begin to blow the horn.

Then it's one blast, pause, then 2 blasts, paus then as they pass the crossing one long blast. The rules vary a tiny bit per RR but they must blow the horn at a grade crossing even one protected by crossing gates.

Technically a town or city can get a waiver for the horn blowing but the RR doesn't have to follow it they may still blow their horn. It's because of all the nimrods who either can't hear, don't look or are just plain stupid and think that a couple minutes wait isn't doable for their agenda.

Believe me I've got a major road comes by and from late in the eventing till about 6 am that's pretty constant and it's only a few thousand feet and up a hill so it gets amplified.

Posted by: jakee308 at July 24, 2021 04:45 AM (wb4G5)

42 Look at it this way (it's what I do) if you didn't have any trains going by we'd (the country) be in very sad shape economically.

I could tell when things were going good in the economy or bad by how many trains went thru town at night. Really.

So silence means no trains means no economic activity requiring transport of goods.

Posted by: jakee308 at July 24, 2021 04:47 AM (wb4G5)

43 in case anyone needs a bit of mild amusement:

https://is.gd/30StWV

bookworm room, nothing too disturbing ...

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (T/XHv) at July 24, 2021 04:47 AM (T/XHv)

44 42 Look at it this way (it's what I do) if you didn't have any trains going by we'd (the country) be in very sad shape economically.

I could tell when things were going good in the economy or bad by how many trains went thru town at night. Really.

So silence means no trains means no economic activity requiring transport of goods.
Posted by: jakee308 at July 24, 2021 04:47 AM (wb4G5)

I do this brain trick, too. For things like crazy-loud construction: "Oh, yay, people are employed."

Posted by: m at July 24, 2021 04:49 AM (Zsfob)

45 Did you see the flooding in China. They say 6000 died in one car tunnel.

Posted by: rhennigantx at July 24, 2021 04:50 AM (yrol0)

46 Flooding and everyone ran into the tunnel?

Posted by: Skip at July 24, 2021 04:54 AM (Cxk7w)

47 That musta been a YUUUUUUGE tunnel !

Posted by: JT at July 24, 2021 04:55 AM (arJlL)

48 Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announces the three pillars of his new initiative called the Baltimore City Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan:
Public Health Approach to Violence,
Community Engagement and Interagency Accountability and Evaluation and Accountability.

I bet murder is up about 25% by YE.

Posted by: rhennigantx at July 24, 2021 04:55 AM (yrol0)

49 x

Posted by: Vic at July 24, 2021 04:56 AM (mpXpK)

50 שבת שלום early riser Morons especially bluebell and weasel and cheers to everyone at the big pow wow.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at July 24, 2021 04:56 AM (EZebt)

51 KRAK OF DAWN IS UP

Posted by: Skip guy who says NOOD at July 24, 2021 05:01 AM (Cxk7w)

52 Aussieland closes down for 900 deaths crazytown

https://tinyurl.com/36cz56vw

Posted by: rhennigantx at July 24, 2021 05:04 AM (yrol0)

53 52 Aussieland closes down for 900 deaths crazytown

900 deaths in 18 months.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 24, 2021 05:10 AM (MqQvv)

54 important point, that !

thx for the news, Pixy, see ya tomorrow !

Posted by: sock_rat_eez (T/XHv) at July 24, 2021 05:13 AM (T/XHv)

55 900 deaths in 18 months.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 24, 2021 05:10 AM (MqQvv)

Texas highways kill that many every quarter

Posted by: rhennigantx at July 24, 2021 05:13 AM (yrol0)

56 Caldron Pool
@CaldronPool
11h
All Israelis will be required to provide either a vaccination certificate or a recent negative test result, at their own expense, whenever authorities demand "Your papers, please."

Posted by: m at July 24, 2021 05:13 AM (Zsfob)

57 Idris Elba wants social media sites to make users prove their identities so they cannot troll people anonymously, Goldberg began. Now, do you think this would work, Sunny?

I really do, and I think this is a terrific, terrific idea.

Now do voting!

Posted by: rhennigantx at July 24, 2021 05:31 AM (yrol0)

58 'morning....

Posted by: Oldowan at July 24, 2021 05:32 AM (Mfqer)

59 Go Viva!!!! Nice guy even compared to your typical Canadian but he is starting to develop an excellent rant mode.

Posted by: Fred at July 24, 2021 06:00 AM (VEOOY)

60 Never mind the commies, we need to throw the blockchain people into a volcano.

Avoiding corporate interference has a cost. I'd rather have a slow system than a system that was taken down by a Stasi corporation.

Posted by: Federal Agent #PiSquared at July 24, 2021 07:04 AM (gh9Is)

61 Urgent call! I here ya. 40 years in IT, probably about 35 on-call. Wasn't a problem when it was MVS/VM/Univac. "Midrange" killed it with all the bogus alerts. As our footprint grew we had way to many bogus alerts. CPU was a biggie. Fixing the alert issues was a challenge. Don't wake up the team for bogus crap.

Email for Urgent always got me. If it's truly urgent it should be a phone call. Of course a phone for a 1 out of 77 failure at 4am would result in a lot of open positions as people left.

Posted by: JerseyDevilRider at July 24, 2021 07:49 AM (ae/RN)

62 Never mind the commies, we need to throw the blockchain people into a volcano.

I rate this as: TRUE

Posted by: Cybersmythe at July 24, 2021 07:50 AM (17UTy)

63 Wow I never heard of a game destroying tons of video cards before. That's f'd up. What does it do, cause them to go into some massive calculations loop until they melt?

Posted by: SamIam at July 24, 2021 08:21 AM (oasF3)

64 Jakee308 re questions for Pixy, things are getting so fascist there now that Pixy simply can't say certain things here because they could use it to prosecute her.

Posted by: SamIam at July 24, 2021 08:28 AM (oasF3)

65 Test should be your slowest network

Posted by: Jay at July 24, 2021 09:02 AM (yZZ3W)

66 I read your posts everyday. One thing I am no clear on. What are the 4 essential keys?

Posted by: realkirk at July 24, 2021 09:14 AM (cKQxb)

67 Dragon Quest is the best RPG series ever. US localization has sucked for a while but eh.

Posted by: Hello! at July 24, 2021 10:37 AM (jQ1gV)

68 Test test test

Posted by: Test at July 24, 2021 11:45 AM (qvXUX)

69 Way late to the party, but I have to thank and tip my cap to Pixy for the DTN. The rest of tech coverage is either fawning fanboi-ism, or transcripts of the manufacturers' press releases. The Daily Tech News summarizes the important happenings without that crap, yet with a high snark factor as a bonus. {salute}

Posted by: Schnorflepuppy at July 24, 2021 11:46 AM (Agr8U)

70 While I've never had a GPU destroyed by a game, I have had my computer bricked, twice, by uninstalling a program made for a subsection of 3D modeling. I'll never touch that company's products again - I had to install for school and a) it's too expensive for a broke ass individual (like just about every program out there, but employers expect employees to buy their own licenses on their own, no I'm not bitter or anything) and b) it bricks computers upon uninstallation.

Posted by: soulpile at July 24, 2021 02:56 PM (hiX0r)

71 I know tech news is not typical fare for this sites audience, but I appreciate it. The asshats running Slashdot, then Wired, then ArsTechnica (thanks parent company Condé Nast who also owns Vanity Fair/Vogue/etc) started bleeding in more and more left wing political BS onto their pages. Any non-Mao approved comments were suppressed, and too many SJW agenda non-tech pieces. (Sorry for punctuation - site errors if wrong characters like apostrophe are used)

Posted by: demonsheep at July 24, 2021 05:46 PM (ApEAj)

72 Schematics released only to verified repair shops under an enforceable NDA, instead of to everyone is SOP. Why?

To make your competitors expend the effort to reverse engineer it.

Posted by: buddhaha at July 27, 2021 08:05 PM (JoJLN)

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