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June 13, 2021

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Anime of the day is Himoutou! Umaru-chan from 2015, the story of a teenage girl who is the perfect student at school but immediately devolves into a cola-swilling chip-eating game-playing gremlin the moment she gets home.

That's a fun premise, but it wouldn't be enough except that in her gremlin form she's drawn as being about two feet tall - and the virtual camera angles used in the animation follow that little absurdity as if it had been carved in stone and handed down on Mount Sinai. They never call attention to it directly, but it's there in every scene.

It also helps that she's not actually bad, or lazy, she just human and can't maintain her perfect image 24x7.

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  • Blockchain ruins everything, Part 378: The free plan at Docker Hub no longer includes Autobuild. (Docker)

    Because people have found a way to write build scripts that mine cryptocurrencies. It's astounding inefficient, but that doesn't matter because they're not paying for it.

    Docker has been suspending thousands of free accounts each week, and has now decided to stop playing whack-a-mole.

  • China's ban on cryptocurrency mining is also expanding. (Tom's Hardware)

    China was mining about half the Bitcoin in the world, and is the home to the Chia plague. The growing restrictions have caused the price to sink, at least temporarily. I have no idea what will happen longer term.

  • PLC flash is years away. thank goodness. (Tom's Hardware)

    Flash memory comes in four densities at the moment - SLC (1 bit per cell), MLC (2 bits), TLC, the most common (3 bits), and QLC (4 bits), used in SD cards and low-end SSDs.

    For each additional bit they try to pack in, the circuitry needs to be twice as sensitive. Single-bit cells have two electrical levels, two-bit cells have four, three-bit cells eight, and so on.

    QLC seems to be okay so far, but a major feature of newer drives is being able to switch storage blocks between SLC mode and TLC or QLC. A drive that is mostly empty could actually be running entirely in SLC mode, and will gradually switch over - and slow down - as it fills up.

    PLC - 5 bits per cell, with 32 electrical levels - sounds like a bridge too far to me. The cost savings are minimal - they're already pretty small for QLC vs TLC - and the lifespan would be at best a quarter of current mainstream TLC drives.

  • Click on this link. (BBC)

    Yeah, login required. Never mind that.

    See that stock photo of a programmer sitting at a laptop? Try selecting the text on the laptop screen.

When In Doubt Bribe the Reviewer Video of the Day

Hardware Unboxed made news not long ago when they posted a critical review of an Nvidia graphics card and Nvidia blacklisted them from receiving review samples.

That caused a shitstorm across all the popular review sites and YouTube channels. Hardware Unboxed is a smaller Australian channel and even they have nearly 800,000 subscribers. Linus Tech tips has over 13 million subscribers and they picked up that story and Nvidia was forced to back down.

Same thing here. LG has contacted Hardware Unboxed and said, in effect, that the people responsible for firing the people responsible, have now been fired. The LG division involved in this - their IT services department, not the producer of the product under review - has been relieve of any future involvement in that process.

I don't trust LG, but they probably won't repeat that particular mistake. Multiple people have pointed out that the whole thing was pointless anyway, because the product and the center of the controversy is actually good.

I May Have Already Used This Anime Music Video of the Day

I need to start keeping a list.

Disclaimer: And they'll none of them be missed.
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