Article note: Rename to confuse the waters because your brand has become so toxic that the name recognition is of negative value. Like Comcast calling itself "Xfinity."
As part of a Connect 2021 keynote presentation today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rolled out the name "Meta" as a new corporate identity reflecting the company's "new north star—to help bring the metaverse to life."
The name, which Zuckerberg noted comes from the Greek word for "beyond," is "a new company brand to encompass everything that we do." That means the company will be "looking at and reporting on our business as two different segments, one for a family of apps and one for work on future platforms," he said.
The name "Facebook," Zuckerberg said, "just doesn't encompass everything we do" anymore. While social media apps will "always" be a focus for Meta, it has been limiting to have a "brand that is so tightly linked to one product that it can't possibly represent everything we're doing today, let alone in the future," he said.
Article note: Huh, I'd never read what the post-pseudoephedrine-restriction meth synthesis methods were, the chemistry alone in this article is interesting. The apparently-in-vogue methods are a little less attractive-nuisance easy looking, but not exactly difficult, and starting with pretty common stock.
Also, holy shit there is a lot of meth being made and consumed.
Article note: Oh man, that's a lot of utility in a tiny $15 package.
The diminutive Raspberry Pi Zero is getting its first upgrade in nearly five years. Today, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton announced the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, a new $15 product that puts the processor from the Raspberry Pi 3 into a board the exact same size as the original Zero.
The new board swaps the old Zero's 1 GHz single-core ARM11 processor for a quad-core Cortex A53-based Broadcom BCM2710A1 processor, also clocked at 1 GHz—the same processor used in the original Raspberry Pi 3 released back in 2016, albeit clocked slightly lower. This is a substantial increase in power and capability for the Pi Zero, going from one core to four and from 32 bits to 64.
Upton said that the performance increase over the original Zero "varies across workloads" but that for multithreaded tasks like those simulated by sysbench, "it is almost exactly five times faster." Heat dissipation is provided by "thick internal copper layers" in the board, which should help prevent thermal throttling without the use of additional fans or heatsinks.
Article note: This is a nifty idea, to make a single-build-system tool for writing language tutorials that can manage the (markdown) content as well as the source and output and such.
Now that everyone has decided language churn can go along at a breakneck pace, we need better tooling to make tutorials not misleading 3 months after they're published.
Article note: New platforms get picked up by the people least served by the existing platforms.
That used to mean all kinds of weird and wonderful niches.
Now that social platforms are so thoroughly penetrated, it means stupid Nazis.
Not the smarter, well-heeled maybe-Nazis who pay for narrative adjusting ads and sock-puppet armies on the existing platforms and speak in dogwhistles.
Not the random cancel victim of the week who failed to adequately supplicate themselves to the niche populist "progressive" issue of the week getting called a Nazi.
The deep human failure "my identity is racial animus because I have nothing else going for me" actual self-identified Nazis.
It's a real problem because that situation has made it hard to try new formats, and allowed a greater degree of censorship of things that probably shouldn't be, platform manipulation, and general shittyness by the incumbents than would be tolerated if it were still easy to jump ship.
Article note: I hate linking Twitter threads that would be more legible in any other format, but damn that's guilty.
I'd lost track of the degree to which Google is pulling a large cut of even other middle men's advertising by controlling and rentseeking the brokering process.
Article note: Oooh.
I have an unspeakable number of hours in Stardew Valley, and (for better or worse) this look like the same game with a slightly different premise.
Emphasis on "in development." There's no release date for this Stardew Valley successor just yet. [credit:
On Thursday, Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone dropped a two-minute teaser video for an entirely new game pretty much out of nowhere. The new game, titled Haunted Chocolatier, looks a lot like Stardew Valley, which means it's a refreshingly lovely homage to all things SNES and Squaresoft.
As Barone's first new video game since SV's 2016 launch, Haunted Chocolatier currently doesn't have a release date estimate of any kind. To avoid being "tied down to any particular concept of what the game is" before its eventual launch, Barone has not yet finalized Haunted Chocolatier's gameplay systems, either. HC's reveal came alongside a lengthy FAQ, whose site has been pounded by fans' immediate interest in the new game, and it clarifies that the game revolves around "a chocolatier living in a haunted castle" who must "gather rare ingredients, make delicious chocolates, and sell them in a chocolate shop."
If that sounds pedestrian to you, you clearly haven't gotten sucked into the addictive Harvest Moon homage that is Stardew Valley, which has sold millions of copies in its six years on PC and most console families. (There's also a board game version.) Like that game, Barone suggests that HC will be an entirely self-made project (programming, art, music, and more), with outside help only coming once the game is finalized and needs help with language translations and ports to other platforms. (As of press time, Barone is only committing to a launch on PC, with other platform announcements to come later.)
Article note: Well, that's gross on Google's part, even as compared to Roku's "Customer buys the hardware, Customer watches the screen full of ads, Services pay ~~bribes~~ to be supported/listed/promoted" triple dip behavior.
At least it's YouTubeTV not YouTube.
This is why (IMO) the general purpose computer behind the TV is a superior solution, the "appliances that interface with services" model is primarily a thing to support abusive rentseeking.
Where most of the users’ time will be spent in routine operation of the product, and where learning is only a small part of the picture, designing for productivity – even if it requires retraining- is often the correct decision.