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May 31, 2022

Daily Tech News 31 May 2022

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  • Quick one because of a double helping of reasons today.


  • Vodafone is planning to add carrier-level tracking to bust ad blockers. (Bleeping Computer)

    This is designed to work around such problematic features as privacy controls and end-to-end encryption and hand power back to the advertisers, because fuck you that's why.

    Let's hope they get sued.


  • Ryzen 7000 may clock as high as 5.85GHz. (WCCFTech)

    Or it may not, but we have seen a live demo at 5.5GHz multi-core, so 5.85GHz single core is not out of the question. But is fast.


  • Thou shalt not speak English. (The Guardian)

    The French are back at their favourite pastime, taking simple and widely-used English-language terms - "streamer" - and replacing them with drivel - "joueur-animateur en direct".


  • Blockchain: The amazing solution for almost nothing. (The Correspondent)

    For the work I do, I need a cryptographically verifiable public ledger - and that's what the blockchain is. I'm taking things that would usually just be a record in a corporate database and handing them over into the control of the customer.

    It might not be much, but it's yours. If the company cancels your account, it's still yours. If the company goes out of business entirely, it's still yours. So long as the blockchain itself stays up somewhere.

    But it would be much easier, much cheaper, much faster, much more reliable to just use a database. Blockchains are like databases except they have a thousand-dollar-a-day cocaine habit and sometimes just don't show up on Monday morning.

    If your work doesn't actually need to be publicly verifiable and provably outside your control, don't use a blockchain. Use a database. Or clay tablets.


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