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  • Physicists have built the first time crystal, a device that oscillates perpetually without consuming energy. (Quanta)

    It's only a handful of atoms, it has to be kept at cryogenic temperatures inside a diamond inside a quantum computer, it doesn't do anything useful, and if you look at it too hard it breaks - literally - but it's still better than Wish.Com.


  • Chromebook sales grew 75% in Q2. (Thurrott.com)

    I understand the appeal, but you're handing complete control of your data to crazy people.


  • Virtual contact is worse than no contact for people over sixty in locked down cities. (The Guardian)

    I'm in the latter but not the former category, but I can confirm my life would be vastly improved if Skype stopped ringing at two in the morning.


  • The GAO has told Jeff Bezos to fuck off. (CNBC)

    He sued over the award of a lunar lander contract to SpaceX, and the ruling affirms that everything about the contract followed regulations. Also that SpaceX actually gets shit done.


  • GitHub now provides free legal assistance to projects hit by DMCA takedown notices. (VentureBeat)

    That... Sounds good. Waiting for it to go horribly wrong somehow.


  • The Asus ProArt Studiopro Pro 16 Pro leaked on Amazon China. (WCCFTech)

    Wait, Amazon China?

    Anyway, it has a top-of-the-line Ryzen 5900HX (actually I think there's a 5950HX that is the tiniest smidgen faster), Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics, a 16" 3840x2400 OLED display, 32GB of RAM, 2TB of SSD, and probably the Four Essential Keys. The current 15" and 17" models have them.

    Around $3000, so not cheap, but there's literally nothing wrong with it.


  • Samsung will be producing 24Gb DDR5 chips. (WCCFTech)

    One thing I noted immediately in the DDR5 spec was support for 24Gb memory sizes. Generally only powers of 2 are supported, and current chips are all either 8Gb or 16Gb.

    Problem is memory technology hasn't been shrinking as fast as processors, and 32Gb chips aren't quite economical yet. So the committee planned ahead and fitted in a half-node increase.

    So in a year or so you'll start seeing 12GB, 24GB, and 48GB modules. The spec allows for modules up to 128GB - and up to 512GB total on a typical DDR5-enabled desktop CPU - but those sizes will take a lot longer to arrive.


  • Exactly 20 years later, Intel's Itanium is dead. (Tom's Hardware)

    This was Intel's attempt to lock up the server market, by designing a brand new 64-bit architecture and not licensing it to anyone.

    It ran headlong into the torpedo of AMD's own 64-bit chips, which were faster, much, much cheaper, and could run all existing software. Intel had to license AMD's architecture but had long-term contracts and were stuck supporting Itanium as well.





Hololive Teaser Trailer of the Day #1



Hololive English please-don't-call-it-Generation-2 inbound. Probably within a week; they don't let much time pass between these teases and the launch.

The voice is IRyS, the HoloEN "vsinger" - that is, a vtuber who focuses on music - who debuted three weeks ago and already has over half a million subscribers.

As to what the hell the video is talking about... Nobody knows. I think they put Haachama in charge of marketing.

Best comment:
The Ascendant │ Ame's apostle【2nd of the Twelve】 7 hours ago
So... it's official guys, the earth is a cube.



Hololive Teaser Trailer of the Day #2



This looks to be a horror game of some kind*, voiced by the Hololive talents. Hololive - well, Cover Corp, which manages Hololive and Holostars and INNK Music - has a money printer going brrr right now, and it looks like they're trying do diversify before the money printer burns out.

Which I don't think is likely any time soon; they are very good at finding talent, and pretty good at nurturing it.

* I mean, the horror part might seem clear enough, but those scenes wouldn't be out of place in half the dating sims sold in Japan.



Disclaimer: I'll get you, my pretty, and the horse you rode in on.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 03:47 AM




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1
The Itanium, or has it became later know, the Itanic.

One of the biggest jokes was calling AMD's 64-bit extensions, the x86_64 was "iAMD64".

If you want a laugh look at a graph of Itanic sales projections vs reality.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion (Mzdiz) at August 01, 2021 02:56 AM (Mzdiz)

2 Things did not quite turn out as Intel had hoped.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 01, 2021 02:58 AM (MqQvv)

3

Posted by: JQ, a hick in the sticks at August 01, 2021 02:58 AM (dB4Iz)

4 'morning...

Posted by: Oldowan at August 01, 2021 03:00 AM (NXStS)

5 Willowed from previous thread (space in link)

Miklos, have you ever listened to My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult? hit and Run Holiday was their most accessible album, thought you might enjoy it -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvcRxCad8uY&list= OLAK5uy_kt8Ao4uU_CSqKad0Y4Cm8OGNGMchou3bA

Posted by: Slash Buzz at August 01, 2021 03:10 AM (tjGJt)

6 "Chinese hacking group APT31 uses mesh of home routers to disguise attacks"
..
Can anyone point me to a site that explains how to beef up router security?

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at August 01, 2021 03:21 AM (CjFDo)

7 I understand the appeal, but you're handing complete control of your data to crazy people.
This. All of this.
And don't even get me started on the insanity that is the Internet of Things. It's like no one has ever seen a movie...

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at August 01, 2021 03:39 AM (CcOog)

8 Pixy has an open tag on the Disclaimer. Italicizing the front page.

Posted by: buzzion at August 01, 2021 03:40 AM (vMCab)

9 Pixy has an open tag on the Disclaimer. Italicizing the front page.

Posted by: buzzion at August 01, 2021 03:40 AM (vMCab)

Well...it was somewhere. And there was more than one, but I fixed it.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at August 01, 2021 03:50 AM (Q9lwr)

10 I just noticed that everything downstream of this thread is in italics.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at August 01, 2021 03:52 AM (CcOog)

11 Ah. That's better.

Posted by: GGE of the Moron Horde, NC Chapter at August 01, 2021 03:53 AM (CcOog)

12 Hey, we liked it!

Posted by: The Italicans at August 01, 2021 04:11 AM (EZebt)

13 Oops.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 01, 2021 04:19 AM (MqQvv)

14 hiya

Posted by: JT at August 01, 2021 04:20 AM (arJlL)

15
g'mornin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at August 01, 2021 04:27 AM (DUIap)

16 It probably just looked italicized because Pixy typed it in Australia. The curvature of the earth makes the pixels look slanted.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at August 01, 2021 04:33 AM (QU5/8)

17 Pixy is crossing the streams of Idiocracy and Office Space.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at August 01, 2021 04:36 AM (csEWM)

18 Australians should show more respect for the language. Stop making up your own words, people.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at August 01, 2021 04:36 AM (EZebt)

19 What? You going to stay in bed all day?

Posted by: Skip at August 01, 2021 04:42 AM (Cxk7w)

20 16 It probably just looked italicized because Pixy typed it in Australia. The curvature of the earth makes the pixels look slanted.
Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at August 01, 2021 04:33 AM (QU5/

The Clitorious Effect

Posted by: rhennigantx at August 01, 2021 04:42 AM (yrol0)

21 >> What? You going to stay in bed all day?
Posted by: Skip at August 01, 2021 04:42 AM (Cxk7w)

*pulls covers up to chin* Yes, please

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at August 01, 2021 04:44 AM (Z/jzm)

22 Hiya MLiiGRAM !

Posted by: JT at August 01, 2021 04:46 AM (arJlL)

23 How's yer foot Skip ?

Posted by: JT at August 01, 2021 04:47 AM (arJlL)

24 Well, unless someone makes me breakfast.

If a blueberry muffin or a scone is included I might even be willing to have a pleasant conversation!

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at August 01, 2021 04:47 AM (Z/jzm)

25 Hey JT!

What did you do to your foot Skip?

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at August 01, 2021 04:48 AM (Z/jzm)

26 End is B&B, it is cut up a bit but can walk. Was bothering e most of night

Posted by: Skip at August 01, 2021 04:48 AM (Cxk7w)

27 I was working on my project, bare foot most of day as been doing all summer a lot, went to basement to get a few craft paints and no idea where it was but knocked my mini steel square onto my foot and it mostly hit middle toe.

Posted by: Skip at August 01, 2021 04:54 AM (Cxk7w)

Posted by: Vic at August 01, 2021 04:55 AM (mpXpK)

29 If I didn't know it was all a power grab, I'd start to think tech was run by stupid people in 2021.

Then again, power of "and".

Posted by: Brother Tim sez at August 01, 2021 04:55 AM (Mooke)

30 29 If I didn't know it was all a power grab, I'd start to think tech was run by stupid people in 2021.

They're definitely stupid, or at best, narrowly intelligent. It's pretty common for a genius in one narrow field to think they can apply that very specific knowledge to fix the lives of everyone else.

One of my first jobs was customising software for various industries. So I'd get dropped in at a customer working in a field I knew nothing about, and I'd have to come up to speed on their specific requirements, and why they had those requirements.

Like the accounting system for a wholesale nursery (as in, plants) whose products would spontaneously change category if they weren't sold by a certain date, because they would keep growing. Or would have to write off thousands of dollars of product as "eaten by ducks".

So for years I got reinforced every few months that there were a whole lot of things I knew nothing about.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 01, 2021 05:00 AM (MqQvv)

31 KRAK OF DAWN IS UP

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

32 Skip! Ouch!

I am barefoot as often as possible.

My bedroom here has a bump out wall from the closet just past the doorway. *This was also my room when I grew up here* My small toe on my right foot is permanently deformed from smashing it into the shoe moulding. ...you'd think I'd remember...

Posted by: My Life is Insanity at August 01, 2021 05:01 AM (Z/jzm)

33 32 Posted by: My Life is Insanity at August 01, 2021 05:01 AM (Z/jzm)

Wife's little toes look like thumbs....

factory must have been messed up.

Posted by: sven at August 01, 2021 06:34 AM (Lzpvj)

34 5 Posted by: Slash Buzz at August 01, 2021 03:10 AM (tjGJt)

https://youtu.be/3WB6VgucIys

MLWTKK-Daisy Chain for Satan

Posted by: sven at August 01, 2021 06:35 AM (Lzpvj)

35 I'm tech ignorant, but I will never trust clouds. Someone should update Aristophanes.

Posted by: Brett at August 01, 2021 07:11 AM (D+HzM)

36 Black [Pipelines] Matter? Did they print t-shirts, too?

Posted by: Abby Normal at August 01, 2021 07:45 AM (nqHyW)

37 Crocodile Lumbergh.

Posted by: klaftern at August 01, 2021 07:56 AM (r4sI4)

38 Wait till I got my stuff from Amazon I've got on order okay?

Posted by: jakee308 at August 01, 2021 07:57 AM (wb4G5)

39 Oh and that crystal thingy? Yeah entropy is God. Since it apparently doesn't lose energy then there's something wrong with the experiment.

We go thru this every few years. Some one comes along and says we did this and so and used up no energy. (note we have yet to have one give back energy). And it winds up that it's some artifact of the setup or their measuring means or some such thing.

Since the big bang the universe has been expanding/slowing down. You can't make energy from nothing and you can't destroy energy it just disappears into the cosmos. the energy is still there it's just expanded so much that there's none available to measure or do any work. It will take a looooooonnnnnngggggg time.

Posted by: jakee308 at August 01, 2021 08:03 AM (wb4G5)

40 I think chicoms are under tight MSS control, but the Russians are more like independent contractors who know not to touch anything related to Putin.

Posted by: Jean at August 01, 2021 08:03 AM (U/0zO)

41 I wonder if Chrome book sales grew naturally, or more than likely the government just purchased a large supply (payoff to its tech friends for manipulating the world) for students and government workers.

Posted by: Rbastid at August 01, 2021 08:21 AM (ogajO)

42 jakee308

That's the theory. Something is wrong though. It's not working out to explain some of the things that appear to be going on now.

Posted by: pawn at August 01, 2021 08:36 AM (Cfk8j)

43 30 So for years I got reinforced every few months that there were a whole lot of things I knew nothing about.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 01, 2021 05:00 AM (MqQvv)

nice

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Glad to hear that. There was a story, on Caldron Pool, saying "NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Mick Willing says more than 1,300 officers deployed in and around Sydney on Saturday successfully stopped a "potential mass seeding incident" in the city."

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