Article note: ...There's something off if you buy _absolute garbage_ bulbs and/or use them in ways not indicated.
If you use the ones with chopper power supply designs that probably say "Not Dimmable" on the box with an upstream chopper dimmer, their power supply dies. If you buy the dollar store bulbs driving the cheapest LEDs they could find at 110% of their rated current through a power supply at 110% of the rated output for the design the manufacture made a cost-cut clone of then built with no-name crapacitors, they die. If you buy the ones with the cheapest LEDs pumping the cheapest phosphor coatings, they throw terrible notchy spectrum light.
Quality LEDs driven with quality PSUs in quality envelopes are only moderately more expensive and are excellent. Cool. Efficient. No flicker. High CRI. Long-lived. It's just a problem that identifying the ones that aren't garbage is harder than it should be because the market is flooded with cost-cut trash.
Article note: The design of the domain specific Fuzzer is really cool.
The profusion of exploitable edge cases part of video decoding is ...obvious in retrospect, but it's such a big space it's actually hard to explore.
Article note: This is one of my favorite things about retro-computing.
Some things on old machines are _slow_ (like disc access; sitting and listening to the older flavors of spinning rust buzz is an experience), but in general software is dramatically more responsive in orders of magnitude less compute power and memory.
Article note: I don't even need to comment, it's exhaustively correct.
Tech incumbents are engaging in dumb fad chasing for market manipulation purposes, and fucking up everything they do in the process.
Article note: We don't need to "Ban TikTok!" because it's likely a Chinese intelligence op, we need real data-protection laws that ban _everyone_ from engaging in that kind of invasive data collection behavior.
But our government is broken and the interests of the domestic competitors to TikTok, the interests of the domestic intelligence agencies, and the interests of the domestic public manipulators are all aligning to make the discussion about setting up some kind of national ban/firewall on TikTok and fucking up the Internet by letting the US government censor "undesirables" (determined by those currently in power) online, instead of fixing the Internet and forbidding the problematic data collection behavior for all players.
Article note: Calling a device that isn't based on an ATMega 8/168/328 compatible an "Arduino Uno" seems like a bad decision ecosystem comprehensibility wise.
Especially with a Renesas part, they are not known for their accessible high-quality documentation.
Judge John G. Koeltl decided that the Internet Archive had done nothing more than create “derivative works,” and so would have needed authorization from the books’ copyright holders — the publishers — before lending them out through its National Emergency Library program.
As much as we all want the Internet Archive to be right – and morally, they are – copyright law, as outdated, dumb, and counterproductive as it is, was pretty clear in this case. Sadly.
Article note: Responsiveness-oriented schedulers are super tricky.
AFIK modern Windows does some clever things like giving preferential treatment to processes woken by IO interrupts or belonging to a foreground window that in principle give it a bit of an edge, but somehow it doesn't seem to actually get an edge.
Article note: My own opinion that if you can't cancel via the same medium you use to sign up, it's at very least fraud adjacent might be getting formalized into policy.
Canceling a subscription should be just as easy as signing up for the service, the Federal Trade Commission said in a proposed "click-to-cancel" rule announced today. If approved, the plan "would put an end to companies requiring you to call customer service to cancel an account that you opened on their website," FTC commissioners said.
The FTC said the click-to-cancel rule would require sellers "to make it as easy for consumers to cancel their enrollment as it was to sign up," and "go a long way to rescuing consumers from seemingly never-ending struggles to cancel unwanted subscription payment plans for everything from cosmetics to newspapers to gym memberships."
The FTC said the proposed rule would be enforced with civil penalties and let the commission return money to harmed consumers.
Article note: Yeah, that's not surprising.
Everyone has determined the specialized quantum annealing model machines are largely useless, but are still holding out hope the gate-model ones.
Share price slides below $1 for 30 days straight, but company vows it will comply with NYSE regs again
D-Wave Quantum Inc is being warned by the New York Stock Exchange that it no longer complies with the regulations that govern listed businesses because its share price has been sitting under $1 for 30 trading days.…