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May 11, 2021

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Going all the way back to 1981 today with the first of many opening themes from Urusei Yatsura. The show ran for 196 episodes, with 12 OVA specials and 6 theatrical movies.

Rumiko Takahashi has always been great at starting stories, but only once managed to finish one.



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  • Amazon destroyed 2 million counterfeit products in 2020. (Ars Technica)

    The comments note that (a) it's likely that a lot of these weren't counterfeit, but merely undocumented products from smaller sellers - Amazon is infamous for simply taking and destroying sellers' entire stock without explanation or recourse, and (b) the site is awash with obviously fake products.

    Ars Technica is a left-leaning site that agrees with Amazon's politics (though it wasn't always thus) so this is not political animus speaking, but bitter experience.


  • You're sciencing it wrong!



    Researchers at MIT are horrified to find that mask mandate skeptics are doing rigorous research and not blaming everything on white supremacy.

    I am not making this up.







    You can read the full paper for yourself. (Arxiv.org)

    It reads like a bad parody of woke "science", but it's real.


  • Supermicro put two of Intel's new Ice Lake Xeons on a standard ATX motherboard. (AnandTech)

    Due to space constraints - these are huge chips, and there's two of them - it only supports four of the eight memory channels on each CPU, and only one module per channel, though that's still enough for 1TB of RAM, or even 2TB if you can find the high-capacity modules necessary.

    I think the only reason this exists is that you need two Intel server CPUs to compete with one from AMD; it makes no sense otherwise.


  • The DHS is spying on you for your own good. (NBC News)

    You will learn to love Big Brother, you ungrateful little bastards.


  • Petrol supplies - what you folks call "gas" even though it's a liquid - may resume in the eastern US states by the end of the week. (ZDNet)

    The FBI and the perpetrators have both confirmed this was caused by a Russian hacking group, supposedly not at all under the thumb of the Russian government.

    Pull the other one, it's got little Brooklyn Bridges on.


  • It's not a labour shortage, it's just that the country is run by retards. (Washington Post)

    When you subsidise bad behaviour, you get more of it.




Subsidising Bad Behaviour Video of the Day



The one factor working in our favour is that our self-appointed fascist overlords are really, really dumb.


Disclaimer: The question is whether they are dumb enough. And the answer is yes, they are all the dumb.
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