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July 11, 2023

Daily Tech News 11 July 2023

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  • Instagram's Threads has 100 million "users". (Top Story)

    The scare quotes because it has less than 100 million messages, total. As I said before, it's just Instagram without the pictures.

    Oh, and it fell over today. No mention of that in the article, because that would also be awkward for the narrative. (Musk bad, free speech bad, walled gardens good.)

  • Meanwhile Tumblr is trying to attract the crazies fleeing from Twitter now that that site no longer coddles them to their satisfaction. (The Verge)

    Or rather, re-attract. All this mess started in the great Tumblr Containment Breach of 2018. Tumblr at the time was owned by Verizon, which felt that porn, and particularly the creepy fetish porn that was all over Tumblr at the time, was not good for the brand.

    So they banned it and the fetishists and furries - and worse - decamped and infected every other site on the internet.

    Tumblr, if you want to do something useful, take them back.

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  • I was wandering around Amazon today checking to see if there were any compelling Prime Day deals, which is a dangerous thing to do. Fire TV devices are half price and there are some nice discounts on Arduino kits, but (a) I already have computers everywhere and I'm not sure I want to pay for a spy device, not even half price, and (b) Arduino is cool but underpowered for what I have in mind, and the Pi Pico was not on sale.

    But while I was doing that I tripped over something else: All the Hololive Pop Up Parade figures are currently available to order without paying scalper prices to sellers you've never heard of. The only one that's not in stock is Korone, which was selling for as much as A$200 earlier. These retail for around A$80 if you can find one locally ($40-$50 in the US), but prices go up fast if you miss out on the initial production run.

    But they just announced a reissue of the Korone figure and you can pre-order the second run from Amazon US right now for $33.99. Which even with the current terrible exchange rate is a lot less than A$200.

    So that's another seven eight ten eleven figures ordered / pre-ordered: Fubuki, Mio, Korone, Okayu, Pekora, Miko, Marine, Subaru, Aqua, and Sora, plus the Gura and Kiara figures that I bought previously. I checked to see if there was a Subaru figure because I was watching her stream earlier, and it turns out that one comes out next week, so I pre-ordered that as well, and then found that I'd missed Aqua and Sora and had to buy those too. And now Ayame too, though that one doesn't ship for months yet.

    I was able to ignore these when they weren't available except from scalpers, but I'd be annoyed if I had the opportunity and missed it.

    What I need all these figures for I don't know, but I have very little in the way of purely decorative items in the new house, so they'll at least add some colour.

    And no, I'm not planning to get the Figmas or the Nendoroids, or that 1/7 scale figure of Choco-sensei. Happy to complete one set. (Though if Hyte keeps issuing Hololive-themed cases, I can always use more computers.)

Disclaimer: One little, two little, three little... ...nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen little Hololive figures. And counting, because there are currently fifty-four members of Hololive. At least it's not Nijisanji.
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