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.


For your safety

Independent reporting or footage that doesn't fit the Narrative will be deleted. For example, a video of a future Kyle Rittenhouse defending himself will be blocked because the attackers didn't give consent.


The Empire Strikes Back!

8-core CPUs went mainstream in 2017. Now, 16 cores are king. Before the end of 2024, we'll have CPUs with 32 cores for the average consumer. The last time we got such performance increases was with the Conroe debut in 2006. Photo and video editors should benefit the most when the software takes advantage of the cores.


5 weeks for 11

It finally goes to 11:

Microsoft is announcing that Windows 11 will be released on October 5th. The new operating system will be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs, or on new hardware that ships with Windows 11 pre-loaded.

Why didn't Microsoft wait till October 11!? Come to think of it, November 11 would have been even better: Get Windows 11 on 11/11.

Microsoft clarified its minimum system requirements for Windows 11 last week, but also revealed a workaround for those who don’t meet them. You can install Windows 11 on any hardware using an ISO method, as long as the PC has a 64-bit 1GHz processor with two or more cores, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a TPM 1.2 chip. But if you use the workaround, your PC will be in an unsupported state.

It's strange that processors like the Ryzen 1000 series from 2017 will be in an unsupported state. Millions of people can and will install the new Windows but their system won't be secure. Lots of old people with old systems will be the target for viruses and scams.


A shocking oops

The PC build commentary at the 24 minute mark made me laugh. I'm glad that none of my computer components are from Gigabyte. I wonder how many people waited months to get a  $1,000+ graphics card as part of a combo in a shuffle to then see it get fried by a defective power supply?


The B stands for Broken

The Tech Giant of old can't handle the modern stuff:

IBM's planned company-wide email migration has gone off the rails, leaving many employees unable to use email or schedule calendar events. And this has been going on for several days.

Current and former IBMers have confirmed to The Register that the migration, 18 months in the making, has been a disaster.

Reminds me of my workplace. The old email system was ugly, clunky, and slow. After the company moved over to a shiny, new email system, my boss came up to me and asked a question about something he emailed to us the day before. I had a confused look. "I didn't get the email."

"...What!?"

Apparently, some people did get it while others didn't. It was a fun few weeks.

Among those employees unable to access their email, there's concern that disappeared messages may not be restored. We've even heard that IBM employees have been approached by recruiters posing questions like, "Why are you still at IBM? They can't even get email straight."

At least, they're super woke!


Powered by debt

Millions have lost their jobs or had their pay slashed in the last year. Now, they'll face the full wrath of the money printer:

The invisible tax of rising inflation will do far more to harm working and middle-class Americans than Biden’s proposed tax hikes. The trillions of dollars in congressional spending and money printing from the Federal Reserve is already having a dramatic effect on the price of ordinary goods. [...]

Over the past year, food prices are up 3.5 percent, with eggs and meat up by over 5 percent; gas is up 22 percent and is expected to get even higher by this summer; lumber is up 250 percent; new home prices are up $36,000, with overall housing up 11 percent; and new cars are up 9 percent, the highest in 68 years. In April, 13 percent of new car buyers paid more than the sticker price. Other goods — from household items, baby care and general merchandise — are already up between 5.2 and 7.2 percent from this time last year. The cost of eating out shot up by 3.7 percent over the past year, and some takeout specials such as chicken wings have nearly doubled. Coffee futures are up 24 percent since October. Even growing your own food has surged in price, with the cost of seeds and potted plants jumping by 10.5 percent.

I was thinking about buying a new PC recently. The actual price of the whole build comes out to almost double the MSRP! And that's assuming all the parts are even available for purchase. As of right now, the top three 3000 series GPUs from Nvidia are sold out in Canada.

The primary driver of the current inflation comes through money printing by the Federal Reserve. The Fed nearly doubled its bond purchases since the beginning of the pandemic, pumping almost $4 trillion into the economy. This is about as much as the Fed purchased between 2008 and 2014, during the worst of the Great Recession. From February 2020 to March 2021, the total of circulating cash, mutual funds and banking deposit money supply increased from $15.473 trillion to $19,896 trillion. The Fed effectively monetizes the federal government’s debt, creating both a cover for higher deficits and increasing the money supply further. From 2019 to now, the national debt jumped from just under 80 percent of gross domestic product to over 100 percent.

We had a one-month stock market crash last year. We're due for a giant meltdown like we had in 2000 and in 2008.


Please, don't snigger

Tech juggernaut Intel announced this week that they have developed artificial intelligence intended for online gaming voice chat that will censor “toxic slurs” such as “Misogyny,” “Swearing,” “Aggression,” “Ableism and Body Shaming,” “White Nationalism,” “LGBTQ+ Hate,” and the “N-Word.”

If Intel had focused more on building new chips, then they wouldn't have had their ass handed to them by AMD in the past few years.


Does this count as "misinformation"?

Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony recently said that Pakistan’s religious minorities enjoy full religious freedom in Pakistan.

It's somewhat amusing that total religious freedom is against Islamic rules but he has to lie on the global stage and not bring attention to the ugly reality:

Pakistan’s constitution bans any religious minority from holding the role of president, prime minister or chief justice – a blatantly discriminatory measure that sends a message throughout Pakistani society on the role and status of religious minorities.

Imagine the fake outrage if the US decided that only Christians could hold political office.


What are we chasing?

What a bunch of incompetent buffoons:

Match officials had to stop play in unprecedented circumstances soon after Bangladesh began their chase in the second T20I in Napier, as they were unsure what their actual target was. Play had to stop nine balls into Bangladesh's innings against New Zealand because even then it wasn't clear whether their revised target was 148, 170 or 171.

This surprised me:

"[When we met the match referee] they were still waiting for the printouts and calculations to take place. I think if you are waiting, the game can't start before you get it. What was explained now was that they normally get it one or two balls into the innings, but hadn't received it yet. They were waiting for it. There were delays and all sorts of stuff. No excuses [for the defeat], but this is just very frustrating for us.

Why don't the officials and the playing teams have a simple software program that shows the dynamic par and winning scores as the first innings goes past the ten overs? Why the hell are they "waiting for the printouts and calculations" in an international game?


How does it click?

Another reason why I've never bought any product from Apple:

I wasn't surprised to hear that the SSD is non-modular. That's Apple being Apple. What did shock me was the sheer amount of writes on the drive. What the hell is the operating system doing? The SSD is going to be toast way too soon and then the customer will be forced to buy a whole new laptop.

Also, 8GB of RAM in 2021? Utterly mediocre.


The curse of volatility

Elon Musk is not dumb:

Bitcoin crashed from $20,000 to $3,000 in a one-year period starting from late 2017. If that happens again, then Tesla will be very happy to refund in Bitcoin.

Yup. Bitcoin has been the most spectacular gamble of the last decade but it's not a currency given its volatility: down 16% in just the last two weeks.


Not enough juice

When Toyota offers an opinion on the car market, it’s probably worth listening to. This week, Toyota reiterated an opinion it has offered before. That opinion is straightforward: The world is not yet ready to support a fully electric auto fleet.

Toyota’s head of energy and environmental research Robert Wimmer testified before the Senate this week, and said: “If we are to make dramatic progress in electrification, it will require overcoming tremendous challenges, including refueling infrastructure, battery availability, consumer acceptance, and affordability.”

The US has enough trouble in consistently generating electric power at current levels.

Electrifying the auto fleet will require a massive overhaul of the power grid and an enormous increase in power generation. Elon Musk recently said we might need double the amount of power we’re currently generating if we go electric.

Thanks to the government, we won't see double the generation which means that electricity prices will go up a lot more soon.