Perfidy

Trump wasn't kidding when he called the media The Enemy of the People.


Pain for Mr. Payne

Range Anxiety is quite real:

Payne wrote that he charged the truck to a full 100 percent charge ahead of the trip, and that the manufacturer claimed that a full charge should have allowed him to travel the whole distance without another charge.

The next part made me laugh.

Payne wrote that as he sat at his third charging station of the day, another driver asked what sort of mileage he was getting on his roughly $93,000 EV truck.

“I’m getting about 170 miles of range on this trip up I-75,” he told the other driver. “How about you?”

The man replied, “I’ve got the turbo-6 cylinder. I’m getting 600 miles and 22 mpg. I don’t think I’ll ever get one of those electrics.”

A sitcom can get a lot of mileage out of the shortcomings of an EV.


Fascist America

The Democrats portray the opposition as against democracy. It's quite the projection. They silence their opposition online and conjure up magical votes to get Creepy in power. Their panic over twitter shows that they don't have total control over Elon. Given how closely divided the US is, even a small shift in the Narrative could mean huge election losses that are outside the margin of fraud.


USB 4.20 Gen 6x9

A strict standard for clearly labelled USB ports (max. bandwidth) and USB-C cables (max. data transfer rate, max. power delivery) would be a simple solution to this mess. Come to think of it, it's strange that they haven't done that in over two decades.


USB naming changing. Again!

Take USB naming schemes and combine that with different kinds of USB cables and it's a headache for the average consumer.

Just pick up a USB-C cable and the basic text on it tells you its max speed capability and max power delivery. That would be an awesome start. What's so complicated about that!?


Not so universal

An amazing guide on how NOT to name new tech for consumers:

In 2013, USB-IF announced that it was taking USB up to 10 Gbps and, in doing so, changed the version number for all USB 3.x products. So USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) became USB 3.1 Gen 1 and the new, 10 Gbps speed became USB 3.1 Gen 2.

In 2017, the organization rolled out a 20 Gbps speed for USB 3.x devices. In honor of the new speed, the version number changed for all speeds so the 5 Gbps speed became USB 3.2 Gen 1 and the 10 Gbps speed became USB 3.2 Gen 2 and the 20 Gbps speed became USB 3.2 Gen 2x2.

They renamed older tech twice! Also, the "Gen 2x2" never fails to amuse. The cherry on top of this confusion is that one has to worry about USB cables. For example, you can connect your phone to your PC using a USB-C cable and then ... nothing happens. So, one has to check the relevant USB version and have the proper cable.


Leading the pack

Samsung makes some of the best NVMe SSDs but they've topped out at 2TBs for too many years. Finally, a big player goes big with NVMe drives:

Corsair has quietly added an 8TB SSD model to its MP600 Pro XT family of premium PCIe 4.0 drives and started their sales in Europe, perhaps months before the company begins sales of its next-generation MP700 SSDs with a PCIe 5.0 interface. The new drives offer a massive capacity, but their performance is slightly lower when compared to other SSDs from this family.

They are pricey but their speed, small physical size, efficiency, and better reliability make them superior to hard drives. Windows, games, and higher MP cameras are pushing capacities. It's nice to keep everything on one drive.


Premium Fab

The pinnacle of technology is not cheap:

[...] Micron's latest investment will become the first all-new memory manufacturing fab constructed within the U.S. in the past two decades. According to Micron, only 2 percent of memory available on the global market is produced domestically.

Micron's current timetable states that actual construction on the Boise fab will commence in early 2023. Cleanroom space will become available in phases, starting in 2025. Later that year, Micron will be ramping production of DRAM products. However, the fab won't operate full-tilt until the latter part of this decade, once the entire 600,000 square feet of cleanroom space becomes available.

Micron will spend a mind-boggling $15 billion for just this one location.


Infinite Storage!

30TB SSD for $39:

[...] Windows detects the unit as two 15TB drives. In reality, the microSD cards were smaller. He noted that the USB-C to USB-C 3.1 cable is a sham and the drive sticks to the USB 2.0 standard, allowing transfer speeds up to 60 MBps. The hacked firmware writes new data on top of the old data and keeps the directory. It appears to be working, but when you try to access your files, there's nothing there.

30TB in that form factor doesn't even exist. Even if it did, it'll be easily over $3,000.

I do wonder how many people ordered this "amazing" deal.


Taiwanese engineering

My laptop in the late 90s had data transfer speeds at around 10-15 MB/s. With the latest NVMe SSD drives, one can hit 10-15 GB/s. That level of data throughput would have sounded absolutely ludicrous back when my total hard disk size was 2 GB!

This upcoming ASUS motherboard will have space for four NVMe SSDs without the use of add-in cards. That's going to be nirvana for serious gamers, photographers, and video editors.

New CPUs, motherboards, and GPUs are coming in Q4. It should be an excellent time to upgrade for those who were discouraged by the GPU prices of the past two years.


Nothing just about it

I couldn't help but laugh when "Max GPU Length" and "Slot Width" showed up as metrics for comparison at the very top! The most important piece of information, memory size, is the fifth item to be mentioned.

It's so confusing when retailers pull these stunts. There are dozens of popular reviewers with years of experience who have mountains of data which easily and thoroughly contradicts what Newegg is displaying. Fake benchmarks are only going to deteriorate its reputation.

Thanks, Steve!


Nvidia is so nice

Last year, new graphics cards were sold out almost immediately upon delivery in stores. People would wait in line overnight to get theirs. Of course, some of them were scalpers who would sell the card online for over double the retail price. I saw $1,000 3080s going for over $2,500.

Now, the shortage is over. The glut is here! Stores have to move inventory as the new series of cards will be launched in the upcoming months. Nvidia just couldn't see their prospective customers suffer with crazy high prices. So, now they're offering some serious price cuts!

Such overwhelming kindness. Oh, their stock is down 55% from the top. Sad!


DSLR cameras are dead

When Nikon released the Z7, the Z7II, and finally the epic Z9, it was clear that DSLRs had been retired. They're simply too complicated and costly to produce. Mirrorless are smaller, lighter, and provide higher margins.

Japanese camera maker Nikon will withdraw from the single-lens reflex camera business and shift toward digital offerings amid intensifying competition from smartphone cameras, Nikkei has learned.

Nikon's SLR cameras have been widely used by professional photographers for more than 60 years and have come to be seen as synonymous with the Japanese company.

The D300 and the D800 were spectacular during their time.


Canada got rogered

A dumb, fragile system crashes and millions are impacted:

Rogers services appear to be coming back online, after a daylong outage at the telecom giant that left millions of Canadians without internet and cellular service, while also disrupting government services and payment systems.

It's logical that Rogers customers couldn't use their telephone or internet services. However, Canadians who have nothing to do with Rogers couldn't use their bank debit cards in grocery stores, restaurants, taxis, etc.

It gets worse:

Rogers-owned flanker brands like Fido and Chatr also went offline, as did services not directly controlled by Rogers, such as emergency services, travel and financial networks. [...]

Government services including already bottlenecked passport offices, Service Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency are also affected.

It would be easier to list services that weren't affected. The Internet traffic in Canada declined by 25% because of this outage. Rogers has been making sweet profits for decades thanks to their market power in Canada. Yet, they couldn't build a robust system. It's time for the fat cats to lose weight.


Theater

Yup. There's no social cost to thrashing a rich White guy. However, when the target is a colored Muslim, then there can be accusations of racism and Islamophobia. They aren't moral or logical; they're dumb, virtue-signaling cowards.


Buy it for life

I had a Black and Decker cheapo blender before. One day, it just stopped working. Did my research and got the best.

That tamper definitely helps. Vitamix is built like a tank. A lot of shops around here have the professional model with the cover. It's powerful and loud! 


Malignant Meta

When a White guy uses the word nigger, it can often be the end of his online life, job, and career. The context is irrelevant. However, forget Very Bad Words, it's acceptable to openly call for the murder of certain White people and leaders of select White nations.

Meta Platforms (FB.O) will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russians and Russian soldiers in the context of the Ukraine invasion, according to internal emails seen by Reuters on Thursday, in a temporary change to its hate speech policy.

The social media company is also temporarily allowing some posts that call for death to Russian President Vladimir Putin or Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in countries including Russia, Ukraine and Poland, according to a series of internal emails to its content moderators.


Meta Murdered

Over $200 billion evaporated in a few minutes:

Facebook parent company Meta (FB) took a shellacking Thursday morning following its Wednesday Q4 earnings results, amid a miss on earnings per share and a dreadful outlook for Q1.

Investors fled the company’s stock, sending it plummeting more than 20%, it’s largest post-earnings drop ever.

[...] Deep in Meta’s earnings slides, the company revealed that its user growth has slowed to a little more than a trickle. And in the case of daily active Facebook users in particular, the company actually lost 1 million users.

It's down 26%. Option holders must have made an absolute killing today.

After markets closed, Meta became number one with an unwanted record:

Facebook parent company Meta shed more than $220 billion in market capitalization on Thursday, the largest such single-day decline for a U.S. company in history.

Meta’s stock closed down more than 26% on Thursday, an 85-point decline. The drop was largely driven by a quarterly earnings report that found the company was hemorrhaging daily users for the first time in its history. CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally lost about $24 billion.


Word goes Woke

The color of political correctness is purple:

Red lines are for spelling errors.

Green lines for grammar mistakes.

And now, purple lines are politically correct language police alerts.

Who asked for this garbage?

The checker can be turned on and off in a menu called “Grammar & Refinements”, which lists everything it checks: Age bias, Cultural bias, Ethnic slurs, Gender bias, Gender-Neutral Pronouns, Gender-Specific Language, Racial Bias, Sexual Orientation Bias and Socioeconomic Bias.

I wonder how long it takes before that on/off option is taken away.


Fake errors

Another aggravating thing that these companies do is to not support old hardware on newer operating systems. Over a decade ago, I built a new computer and after installing the new Windows noticed that my HP printer wasn't supported. So, I simply opened the older OS in a virtual window and got the printer to do its job. And yeah, the manufacturer ink toner costs over a $100. I got it for around $20 from a different supplier.