Man of Action

Vox Day:

If you've noticed, we don't advertise any of our projects anywhere. Arkhaven, Castalia, Infogalactic, VFM and Unauthorized all refuse to pay-to-play on Amazon, Facebook, Google, or anywhere else. We would rather rely upon our core supporters, focus upon serving them, and gradually grow that strong foundation than try to catch a big wave on Amazon or wherever.

Why? Because the wave belongs to the wave maker and is entirely under its control! We've seen, repeatedly, that even million-selling Amazon authors have ZERO support outside of Amazon.

Vox Day is building platforms for books, comics, TV, and movies where the structures are anti-fragile.

Forget material support, the majority of the Right doesn't even bother to provide links to his efforts. They'd rather keep crying and bitching about their enemies in the Leftist-controlled media world.


Four orders of magnitude

My first laptop had a 2.1 GB hard drive 21 years ago. I very quickly had to choose between playing Quake II or keeping my music. Thank God for CD burners! Now, Western Digital is releasing a real beast:

As operators of cloud datacenters need more storage capacity, higher capacity HDDs are being developed. As data hoarders need more capacity, higher capacity HDDs are needed. Last week Western Digital introduced its new Utrastar DC HC650 20 TB drives - hitting a new barrier in rotating data.

That's roughly 10,000 times bigger than the cramped drive I had in the previous century.


Sexy beast

Lotus’ Evija electric hypercar is, according to the British marque, “the world’s most powerful production car,” but it looks to be a lot more than just that.

Lotus Evija? Sounds like Asian-Hispanic fusion cuisine.

Maximum output is a whopping 2,000 kW, which can send the vehicle to 250 km/h in just nine seconds, and way over that not much later. Each of the four electric motors has a target output of 492 horsepower, making for a combined output equivalent to 1,968 horsepower.

This Lotus sounds even more crazier than the upcoming new Tesla Roadster.

Price? $2.7 million. I think I can afford one of its tires.


AMD Ryzen Stuns

TechSpot:

The Ryzen 9 3900X is a 12-core, 24-thread processor with a massive 64MB L3 cache. It runs at a base frequency of 3.8 GHz with a boost frequency of 4.6 GHz. It costs $500, placing it in direct competition with the Core i9-9900K. Then the Ryzen 7 3700X costs $330 and AMD suggests it’s taking on the more expensive 9700K. It's an 8-core, 16-thread CPU with a 32MB L3 cache and clocks ranging from 3.6 GHz to 4.4 GHz.

Just two years ago, AMD launched the first eight-core consumer processor. Today, they launched the first 12-core consumer CPU.

They'll be releasing their high-end, 16-core CPU for the consumer market in two months! Granted it's priced at $749, so almost nobody will buy it but still that's an impressive jump in just a couple of years.

The most stunning performance improvement:

The changes AMD made with the Zen 2 architecture have had a profound impact on WinRAR performance, for example. The 3700X is a staggering 84% faster than the 2700X, allowing it to comfortably beat the 8700K and almost match the Core i9-7900X. The 3900X also put on a show, though it was only 15% faster than the 3700X and couldn’t quite match the 9900K. Overall a remarkable performance uplift over the 2nd-gen parts.

Every YouTuber is going to love the new Ryzen CPUs:

We use Adobe Premiere on a daily basis, currently with a TR 2950X. Here we see the 3900X is 8% faster than the 2920X, so the 3950X will beat the 2950X when it’s released in a few months' time, we can’t even imagine what the 3rd-gen Threadripper series will deliver.

Ryzen is faster, cheaper, and uses less power than comparable Intel CPUs. Unless you're a hardcore gamer who cares about every extra fps, Intel has got nothing today.


Luxurious Balls

They do look like palantirs!

As the artist held his orb up to the sky, you might sooner guess that we were touring Saruman’s tower in Middle Earth than an extraction facility in Seattle. But this globe is no crystal ball or palantir – it’s 3,000 grams of pure cannabis extract measuring up to a staggering 99% THC.

Wow. The price for one gram of near-100% THC oil is around $50 in the US. That means that the dragon balls are worth $150,000.


Teslanomics

Elon Musk fought against the laws of economics. Tesla cars are too expensive for the average consumer. His company has lost nearly $10 billion in ten years.

Elon Musk’s growth story is looking more like a fable as Tesla Inc. enters survival mode.

Just over two weeks ago, Musk boasted to stock analysts and big investors that the company was on course to reach half a trillion dollars in market value. Since then, Tesla’s stock price has dropped 19.5%, vaporizing $8.8 billion in market value. The remaining $36-billion market capitalization is 7% of what Musk is telling the world Tesla will be worth.

The share price is now at $190 -- the same as it was in September of 2013. The extended weakness has wiped out nearly six years of gains for buy-and-hold investors. Since Tesla doesn't pay a dividend, that's a sharp and painful opportunity cost for many people.

Rumors have been flying for years that a particular fruit company has been interested in buying Tesla. A $250 price per share all-cash offer wouldn't be too shabby.


HardOCP "mothballed"

Kyle Bennett:

Effective April 1, 2019 I will be taking on the position of Director of Enthusiast Engagement for Intel’s Technology Leadership Marketing group. Intel wants to reconnect with the top of the high-performance consumer pyramid which contains hardware enthusiasts, overclockers, gamers, and content creators. This is the part of our community that has great influence through word of mouth and online engagement. I’ll be focusing on helping Intel get back in touch with this audience and re-establishing a voice and dialog on where the company is going with its future technologies.

Lucky Intel.


What, exactly, is not racist?

The crazy media has been at it for some time:


Unnecessary Serious Bewilderment

Core 2 Duos and 2 Quads have got nothing on this naming disaster:

The USB standard has just gotten even more confusing for end users. If you're one of the three people in the world who actually knew the difference between USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1/Gen 2, and so on, ...well, sorry: USB 3.2 has been announced, and all the names change once again.

Behold the new USB monikers:

  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 (previously referred to as USB 3.0, or formally as USB 3.1 Gen 1) has a 5Gbps transfer rate and is officially known by the marketing name SuperSpeed USB.
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 (previously referred to as USB 3.1, or formally as USB 3.1 Gen 2) has a 10Gbps transfer rate and is now officially known as SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps.
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (the latest spec) has a 20Gbps transfer rate and is now officially known as SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps.

What's really puzzling is why they want to go back and rename the older standards again! Had they continued with their simple numerical scheme, then the newest USB standard would be USB 5.0. Instead, we have this confusing, bloated convention that keeps getting modified every few years.

Then, on top of that, throw in the ten different types of USB connectors and you've got annoyed retailers and a lot of baffled customers.


Won't you feel sorry for this Muslim girl?

A British jihadi bride allowed to return to the UK after joining Islamic State (IS) has escaped prosecution – despite being told by a judge she is too dangerous to raise her daughter.

The Brits are literally paying for their own destruction:

But this newspaper can reveal she is now at large in East London where it is understood she has been given a council flat at taxpayers’ expense.


How NOT to build a PC

The colored clown in the Verge video doesn't know the names of things, makes up shit and layers thermal paste on ... thermal paste. He, and his team, could have gone on YouTube and watched a few videos by experts. They didn't have that basic level of curiosity and motivation.

They did this nonsense with something so basic like building a PC. Now, imagine how much they lie to you about issues that really matter.


Diversity tech is upset

Vox Media is leveraging copyright strikes against YouTube channels that mocked The Verge's infamous PC build video. The company has allegedly manually filed a copyright strike against Kyle of Bitwit for creating a parody video of The Verge PC build video.

This is really strange behavior by Vox Media. The truly atrocious PC build happened five months ago. I had fun writing about it. Why bring it up again? Idiots.

Anyway, here's the entertaining video mocking that horrendous PC build:

Yup, Vox Media went after the above video with a copyright strike. YouTube took down the video and then restored it very quickly. Now, more people are clicking and watching the epic incompetence. Absolutely brilliant!


SJWs at it again

Vox Day:

You may have noticed that you can't find any Castalia House ebooks on Amazon right now. That's because Amazon shut down our KDP account on the basis of a wildly spurious claim of publishing material to which we do not have the necessary rights.

Someone was very diligent:

UPDATE: Amazon can't even find the account information. It looks like whoever was responsible actually wiped all the data.

Update: Castalia House officially reinstated.


Billionaire Soyboy

Global News: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos to divorce.

Billionaire Bezos just couldn't handle the attention from young, hot, naughty supermodels. He slipped, the wife found out, and now she's leaving him.

Well, that's what I thought. The truth is so much uglier:

News is out (thanks to Trump’s friends at the National Enquirer) that Bezos cheated on his wife of two decades and had an affair with a 49-year-old woman sporting staypuft lip injections. That’s her above, Lauren “dirty” Sanchez. She is the wife of a friend of the Bezos’. The timeline is murky, but the latest reporting suggests Bezos was slamming Slamchez while both were still married, but you know how these satanic cult elite marriages are arranged to allow for “managed indiscretions”.

The richest man in the universe was having an affair with a married woman who is old enough to be a grandmother! Sad!

Normally, I feel some sympathy for men who get taken to the cleaners by rapacious whores leveraging a corrupt divorce-rape system that enables their thievery, but in this case I will enjoy every minute of this spectacle and every last dollar squeezed out of robber baron Bezos’ Amazog Prime wallet. It couldn’t happen to a nicer globalist.

Also, the alleged texts are pure soy.


Apples gets cooked

Apple has survived on the fumes of greatness since the death of Steve Jobs:

In only three months, Apple has lost $446 billion in market capitalization — and counting, as the tech giant’s stock sinks further on Thursday.

Apple shares have fallen by more than 38 percent since Oct. 3, when the stock hit a 52-week high of $233.47 a share. With its market cap down to about $682 billion, those losses are larger than individual value of 496 members of the S&P 500 — including Facebook and J.P. Morgan.

I've never bought an Apple product. With their asinine prices, poor repair setups, weird quality issues, forced downclocking of processors, and the nth version of an iPhone, a lot of other people are curbing their purchases.


Creeping sharia

Bizarre behavior from Twitter:

The new Twitter police:


Attention whore

Shawn Ahmed says he knew he wanted to participate, as soon as he learned the CRTC asked to hear, in person, from consumers frustrated by their telecom service provider.

"For the average consumer, this affects every one of us," says Ahmed, a Rogers customer who outlined in his submission to the CRTC concerns that he was misled about price.

Then, later, comes this surreal detail:

Ahmed, 37, says that as a gay Muslim and social media activist, he has received death threats and has had to resort to worshipping online to protect his safety. He says the internet is not a luxury like cable TV, it's crucial.

"For people on the margins, like the elderly, disabled or immigrants, we use it as a lifeline," says Ahmed.

"Protect his safety"? He just plastered his name and face in a news story which can be accessed by any Muslim who wants to make a homosexual fly.


Fake news + diversity + tech

I've been buying components and building my computers for the last fifteen years. Today, it's very easy for a novice to start the same process because there are amazing YouTubers who share their awesome computer builds. In just a few hours, one can go out, buy the exact same components, and follow along with a video to assemble a new, powerful PC.

For example, take a look at this beautiful build by JayzTwoCents.

Now, let's see what happens when an idiotic, SJW organization hires an ignorant colored clown to build a PC, records the whole thing, and then shares it with the world:

OMG, how progressive and so-not-racist of The Verge to have a Black guy building a PC. So what if he doesn't have a fucking clue about what he's doing. Merit is, like, so racisss!

Here's my breakdown of the ignorance and stupidity in that video:

00:35 Tweezers? (Laughs.)

00:37 A Swiss army knife! There's a global shortage of Phillips screwdrivers.

00:40 Anti-static bracelet? It's magical! He bought it at Saruman's gift shop.

02:47 The brace!? That's not what it's called.

03:05 He installed the motherboard in the case at the very beginning! This is going to make it more difficult to put the CPU, RAM, and the NVMe SSD in the motherboard later. Order matters! By the way, doesn't your CPU cooler require a back plate? How will you attach that when you've already screwed in the motherboard in the chassis? The magic of editing will take care of that.

03:26 2666 MHz is not "fast" for RAM.

04:34 Did you just install both your RAM sticks right next to each other? That's not how dual channel works. I wouldn't be surprised if the computer doesn't even boot with that setup.

04:39 The graphics card goes in the fastest lane. Period.

05:08 Your power supply is overkill. 600-650 watts would have been enough.

05:19 Insulating pads!? Short circuit what!? (Laughs.) Also, let's place the power supply in the case so that the fan is not facing the outside. Give this man a Nobel!

06:18 "Every power supply is going to come with big bag of velcro cables." False.

07:15 Exposed CPU holder, er, slot. The entertainment is off the charts!

07:22 CPU applicator ... WTF? Just match the triangles and just drop the CPU in the socket.

08:12 This bozo provides false information regarding thermal paste. The thermal paste on the AIO CPU cooler is enough. However, if you're not happy with that, then REMOVE that paste before you apply your own on the CPU. He doesn't remove the thermal paste from the cooler and he goes ape shit with the thermal paste on the CPU. This will create air bubbles between the CPU and the CPU cooler. This will make the CPU run hotter. This is the bloody opposite of what one wants!

09:05 Does the term cable management mean anything to you?

Here's an image of the final build:

Shit show

The CPU cooler is missing a screw on the lower left! It's like showcasing a table that only has three legs. Also, for some strange reason, The Verge has disabled comments and we can't see the numbers of likes and dislikes on this epic disaster gaming PC build. Sad!


Money maker

33 days to go for recreational marijuana legalization in Canada. The news stories and hype will likely result in a manic bubble in the bud sector which will be followed by an epic crash. The big guns will make money as the stock prices spike and then make even more money shorting the sector. It wouldn't be surprising to see year-end news stories about poor fools who went all-in near the all-time highs and are down 50% or worse.


Private property in the cloud

The simple reality:


The Cloud can piss off

Vox Day:

When the whole Cloud thing started being marketed, I wondered who on Earth would fall for it. I mean, it's bad enough to run your programs on someone else's machine, but to actually store your files somewhere else?

My workplace has a few computers. After using them a few times, I gave up and bought my own laptop for work. I would keep my files up to date on my home computer by using a simple flash drive once a week.

The Cloud? Nope. For the same reason as mentioned by Vox Day.


Never on time: The Tesla Story

Tesla is so predictably late that this is now expected of them:

Over the last month, Electrek has received several reports from Model 3 buyers seeing delivery delays. Matt Gribben reserved a Model 3 and placed a $1,000 deposit over 2 years ago when Tesla unveiled the vehicle.

In May, he placed the actual order for the Model 3 and updated it in June when Tesla launched the Performance version.

On August 20, Gribben was told that his vehicle had been produced. Tesla gave him a VIN and a delivery date, but two days later, the automaker contacted him to tell him that there was an issue with the vehicle’s battery pack and he would be “assigned” a new car.

A few days later, they reached out again to give him a new vehicle to be delivered on August 31, but a Tesla representative called a day before the delivery date to tell him that there was actually no new Model 3 assigned and it’s now not clear when he is going to get his car.

I would bet that the two-year wait didn't bother the customer much. However, the multiple layers of incompetence in that two-week period has seriously pissed him off.