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Daily Tech News 18 March 2023

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  • Silicon Valley Bank went broke, but not because it was woke. (The Verge)

    Actually, from the sounds of what the article says supposedly in SVB's defense, it's because it was woke, the clients were woke, the investors were woke, and the state and federal governments were woke.

    Poor fuckers never stood a chance.

    The article does have a good point in that ESG isn't as harmful as it might be, because it's all a scam anyway. Nobody actually puts serious money into woke causes, they just say the words to keep the money coming in, and then skim their take off the top with the iron-clad defense that they wore the juice.


  • Oh, yeah, about that: Even after being bailed out, SVB is out of money and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Tech Crunch)

    Everything is going swimmingly. Wearing concrete boots.


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  • Midjourney v5 is here and it's actually a big improvement. (Ars Technica)

    It still has heavy censorship on prompts - worse than ChatGPT - but it can now draw hands with four fingers and a thumb, and not folded backwards, eighteen inches long, or attached directly to the elbow, at least some of the time.

    When I tried it last year it was still at v2, so the improvement has been rapid. But the censorship has only gotten worse, and it's not just porn that it refuses to create, but anything containing any of a very long list of words. Which they don't tell you.


  • Qualcomm's Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 has a Cortex X2. (AnandTech)

    So this midrange chip is in line with high-end chips from a year ago. Which isn't bad.


  • AMD's 7040HS laptops are delayed until next month. (AnandTech)

    I'm hoping to find one with the 14" OLED panel that's becoming increasingly common, 32GB of RAM, and the Four Essential Keys. There is nothing like that at the moment - you can get the 14" OLED and 32GB, or 14" OLED and 4EK, or a 16" laptop with 32GB and the 4EK, but not the combination I want.


  • Intel could be shipping 2nm desktop CPUs in the first half of 2024. (Tom's Hardware)

    Or not. The original plan was 4nm chips in H2 this year and 2nm in H2 next year, but signs are there won't be any new Intel desktop CPUs this year.


  • Intel's Emerald Rapids server chips are coming to replace the disappointing Sapphire Rapids. (WCCFTech)

    Two Sapphire Rapids chips are usually slower than a single AMD Epyc CPU, cost more, and use more power. With Emerald Rapids, it's likely that two Intel chips will be slightly faster than one AMD chip - while costing more and using more power - except that AMD is increasing core counts from 96 to 128 this year.



Disclaimer: Do not taunt electric penguin.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 04:00 AM




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1 hiya

Posted by: JT at March 18, 2023 04:06 AM (T4tVD)

2 Hiya Pixy !

Posted by: JT at March 18, 2023 04:08 AM (T4tVD)

3
Soap on a rope. That is all.

Posted by: Divide by Zero at March 18, 2023 04:11 AM (enJYY)

4 Good morning morons

The corned beef was a fail but the whiskey helped.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 04:15 AM (EZebt)

5 Happy 'F it all Friday' night, Pixy!

Hope you're enjoying some mild weather...

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 04:17 AM (o0Fxd)

6 I see that a CNN crew got robbed in your city, San Franpsycho.

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 04:18 AM (Kr+3r)

7 Or, is it Saturday now, downunder?

Ugh, I'm such a dumbass...

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 04:18 AM (o0Fxd)

8 A googling of "London Breed" brings up a 2-sentence blurb.

Sentence 1: Mayor London Breed is the 45th Mayor of San Francisco and the first African-American woman elected to the position.

O.k.

Sentence 2: Mayor Breed's Housing for All strategy implements San Francisco's ambitious plan to allow for 82,000 new homes over the next 8 years.

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 04:21 AM (Kr+3r)

9 The words: "London Breed" ... sounds like some kind of disease.

Yeah, yeah.....

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 04:23 AM (o0Fxd)

10 Oh, so-and-so is the First (fill -in -the -blank -grievance -entity) Such and Such...

Bleh.

EFF all that. Hasn't meant sh!t to me since Oblahblah's reign of error

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 04:28 AM (o0Fxd)

11 I see that a CNN crew got robbed in your city, San Franpsycho.
Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 04:18 AM (Kr+3r)
===

Yes, right outside City Hall. *grins smugly*

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 04:33 AM (EZebt)

12 Style Guide requires Genius Mayor London Breed

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 04:35 AM (EZebt)

13
g'mornin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at March 18, 2023 04:40 AM (ENBF0)

14 12 Style Guide requires Genius Mayor London Breed
Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 04:35 AM (EZebt)

Sorry; forgot; lashings await.

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 04:40 AM (Kr+3r)

15 Anyway, she must not be paying attention because Gavin Newsom's brilliant policies ended homelessness here in 2018. That is how he got himself elected governor.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 04:40 AM (EZebt)

16 12 Style Guide requires Genius Mayor London Breed
Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 04:35 AM (EZebt)

LOL you should write that edit into her Wikipedia page.

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 04:40 AM (Kr+3r)

17 City Halls across America have become home to geniuses in economics, technology, climate science, and engineering. All members of one Party.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 04:43 AM (EZebt)

18 I haven't conversed with her but I have with Gavin Newsom, which is when I first created this prestigious title.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 04:45 AM (EZebt)

19 >>>Everything is going swimmingly. Wearing concrete boots.

heh

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 04:48 AM (Kr+3r)

20 Do not taunt electric penguin.

He started it.

Posted by: Bruce at March 18, 2023 04:51 AM (vd8XM)

21 I've told this story before but maybe there are new ears here.

When I was in the mayor's office there were people who knew I did not support Gavin's campaign, only a few people whom I trusted. As a civil servant I did not make public endorsement.

One was a community organizer I had worked with for a few years in the ghetto even before I was in city hall. She called me up the day after the runoff so we could console each other, and I remember her distinctly telling me, "They are gonna make this motherf*cker President!"

I told her she was nuts. This was 2003.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 04:51 AM (EZebt)

22 Do not taunt electric penguin.


Do android sheep dream of electric penguins?

Posted by: Puddleglum at work at March 18, 2023 04:52 AM (bA3Ln)

23 Do android sheep dream of electric penguins?
Posted by: Puddleglum

You mean like a sex dream?

I bet they do.

Posted by: Bruce at March 18, 2023 05:00 AM (vd8XM)

24 On our family group text yesterday, and I mention someone being a Karen.
My sister did not know what I was talking about.

I found it's tough to explain on a text.

Posted by: Bruce at March 18, 2023 05:02 AM (vd8XM)

25 I would vote for 'Shaun The Sheep' for preezy

Considering all the other candidates, of course!

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 05:02 AM (o0Fxd)

26 Farmageddon!

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 05:04 AM (o0Fxd)

27 So now Xi Jinping is visiting Moscow while the ICC issues an arrest warrant for Putin.

Our adversaries are preparing and organizing to destroy us while we dither about pronouns.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 05:05 AM (EZebt)

28 Morning, 'rons and 'ettes.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2023 05:08 AM (ju2Fy)

29 Our adversaries are preparing and organizing to destroy us while we dither about pronouns.
Posted by: San Franpsycho
------------

It's ridiculous, isn't it?

'Twas a good run, methinks. Nearly 250 years...

IG would shun me for this, but: I believe we're done. Goodbye, America. We couldn't save our Republic.

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 05:09 AM (o0Fxd)

30 Fk. Now I feel sick to my stomach.

A-hole commies...

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 05:12 AM (o0Fxd)

31 youtu.be/MiLKTKd5pgs

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 05:17 AM (o0Fxd)

32 9 The words: "London Breed" ... sounds like some kind of disease.

Yeah, yeah.....

Posted by: JQ at March 18, 2023 04:23 AM (o0Fxd)
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Anything involving the D party is diseased and rottting. The R party is playing catch up.

Posted by: Ciampino - would you like to buy dirty pictures? at March 18, 2023 05:22 AM (qfLjt)

33 23 Do android sheep dream of electric penguins?
Posted by: Puddleglum

You mean like a sex dream?

I bet they do.

Posted by: Bruce at March 18, 2023 05:00 AM (vd8XM)
----
Electrifying orgasms. It's shocking I tell you.

Posted by: Ciampino - How many phases in those dreams? at March 18, 2023 05:24 AM (qfLjt)

34 Electrifying orgasms. It's shocking I tell you.
Posted by: Ciampino

I saw Electrifying Orgasms open for Jefferson Airplane at...

Posted by: Bruce at March 18, 2023 05:27 AM (vd8XM)

35 Harkening back to cats -- my ex is a cat whisperer. She has had 2 cats in her life. Both had been feral adults before preferring indoor living. She quickly cradled esch one like holding a baby in front of her. They love(d) it. They would just lay in her arms and make eye contact.

Posted by: SFGoth at March 18, 2023 05:28 AM (KAi1n)

36 I think of ig too when I am feeling hopeless. He also comments similarly at zip and I always find his optimism comforting.

I have a deep faith in our systems (and values) but have lost all faith in the honesty, impartiality, and competence of the people who run them.

What I see around me here now is too much of what I saw in the late-stage Soviet Union.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 05:28 AM (EZebt)

37 G'Day everyone
Fell back asleep about 03:50 waiting for Pixy

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2023 05:30 AM (xhxe8)

38 24 On our family group text yesterday, and I mention someone being a Karen.
My sister did not know what I was talking about.

I found it's tough to explain on a text.
Posted by: Bruce at March 18, 2023 05:02 AM (vd8XM)

"Sure, Jan" might get them partway there.

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 05:30 AM (Kr+3r)

39 DJT has a video up on Rumble referring to "Ron DeSanctimonious."

Don't lose me President Trump, you can't afford to lose me with this b.s.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 05:34 AM (EZebt)

40 39 DJT has a video up on Rumble referring to "Ron DeSanctimonious."

Don't lose me President Trump, you can't afford to lose me with this b.s.
Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 05:34 AM (EZebt)

Luckily, 63% of American voters can't define "sanctimonious."

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 05:35 AM (Kr+3r)

41 Luckily, 63% of American voters can't define "sanctimonious."
Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 05:35 AM (Kr+3r)
===

Good point. *unclenches*

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 05:38 AM (EZebt)

42 Yeah, DeSantis is not DJT's problem when the Deep State has been trying to incarcerate him for the last 6 years.

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2023 05:40 AM (xhxe8)

43 Trump gets bad advice because he does not make good personnel choices.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at March 18, 2023 05:43 AM (EZebt)

44 KRAK OF DAWN HAS ARRIVED

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2023 06:01 AM (xhxe8)

45 Trump will get the R nomination but lose the general to Biden by 20m votes. This is the DS plan, IMO.

Posted by: Jamaica NYC at March 18, 2023 06:01 AM (Eeb9P)

46 And playing on DeSantis's name risks alienating Hispanics, I would think.

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 06:04 AM (Kr+3r)

47 Bleh. Maybe Trump is right and DeSantis really is a schnook and a sellout. Maybe they're in cahoots and Trump is sandbagging his popularity on purpose to give DeSantis momentum. Maybe Trump's just a chaotic asshole and DeSantis is just a crooked politician like the rest who sees the GOPe is losing the rubes and need to actually deliver something once in a while. Maybe the hoop stress in Adam Schiff's noggin will finally surpass KIc and he'll pop open like a quinceanera pinata full of stupid and p3derasty. I'm not willing to say for sure on any of it.

Posted by: Warai-otoko at March 18, 2023 06:07 AM (9UlRk)

48 47 Maybe the hoop stress in Adam Schiff's noggin will finally surpass KIc and he'll pop open like a quinceanera pinata full of stupid and p3derasty.
Posted by: Warai-otoko at March 18, 2023 06:07 AM (9UlRk)

Never say never!

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 06:09 AM (Kr+3r)

49 If you spark up a fat spliff while doing your taxes, does that count as filing jointly?

Posted by: Warai-otoko at March 18, 2023 06:16 AM (9UlRk)

50 50!

Posted by: m at March 18, 2023 06:28 AM (Kr+3r)

51 The Verge writes and publishes fables, just like the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Fables.

Posted by: Jim at March 18, 2023 06:28 AM (zhWvq)

52

No matter how good you think things are, within a few hours you will discover it they actually suck.

PS: the universe actually wants you dead, and is amused by your suffering.

Posted by: My Pimp Shot My Dealer at March 18, 2023 06:41 AM (qkngI)

53 > But the censorship has only gotten worse

Stable Diffusion isn't as good as Midjourney, but you can download the source code and run it yourself. It also has built-in censorship, but that's pretty easy to defeat (since you have the source code).

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at March 18, 2023 06:55 AM (bW8dp)

54 > And playing on DeSantis's name risks alienating Hispanics, I would think.

I think he's Italian.

Posted by: Rodrigo Borgia at March 18, 2023 07:16 AM (bW8dp)

55 Word on the street is that several European banks are in big trouble too. But, y'know, Covid is over and we've nothing to worry about because our betters pushed the magic Start Economy button.

Posted by: CppThis at March 18, 2023 10:58 AM (PZvjL)

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