Brexit cutting and increasing food prices

Five years ago the Daily Express was busy campaigning about how leaving the European Union would result in lower food prices, any talk that it would increase food prices due to additional trade-related paperwork was labelled “project fear”. Earlier this month: Supermarket bills set to sour due to EU red tape. Ahhh yes the “new” EU red-tape we avoided by being members. Of course they use the language “new” to imply these are recent changes the EU have made, and as such trying to imply its the EU’s fault....

Saturday, 12 June 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Workaround for raytracing performance issues in Minecraft

I’ve been playing a bit of Minecraft this weekend and noticed much worse raytracing performance than previously. After a bit of investigation it looks like a regression was introduced with 1.16.220 which has substantially reduced performance, dropping from around 90+fps to 30ish, this is on an RTX 3080 with DLSS turned on at 3440x1440. After a bit of troubleshooting it looks like its related to v-sync, changing: gfx_vsync:1 to gfx_vsync:0...

Sunday, 2 May 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

CityFibre/Zen 900Mbps install and initial impressions

In 2020 CityFibre started digging up parts of Worthing to install Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), they sell this wholesale to ISPs, similar to BT Openreach. Their network allows for gigabit-ish speeds. The main difference for consumers however is CityFibre offer a symmetrical connection for residential and not just business customers, so around 900Mbps down and up. In comparison BT Openreach FTTP residential packages offer around 900Mbps down and 100Mbps up....

Monday, 26 April 2021 · 3 min · Paul Smith

Brexit blame flowchart

I know the Brexiteers have been out in force lately trying to blame the EU, remainers or anyone else for Project Fear becoming Project Reality, but this flowchart will help them figure out who’s responsible for this shitshow.

Monday, 12 April 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

'Meddling Adonis' wants a meeting with Lord Frost

Damn those remainers, asking government ministers for meetings to discuss ways to help out many industries now suffering due to trade issues with the European Union. The Daily Express headline clearly demonstrating how remainers are plotting. The Daily Express, buried under all the fake-outrage, ultra nationalism and clickbait headlines actually goes on to mention some figures: “But I am sure he would agree we have a particular problem at the moment with the export of animals, meat and shellfish, where exports are down by between 56 and 83 percent....

Sunday, 21 March 2021 · 2 min · Paul Smith

Remark42 on Apache without a subdomain

I've recently been porting a fairly substantial website over to a static generator from a CMS, I've wanted to maintain a commenting system on it however as it is still fairly active. So I decided to use Remark42 as its self-hosted and pretty powerful, plus still under development. One of the areas not well documented was running it on Apache without a subdomain. I figured it would be easier to run it under a folder, and not have to worry about getting Let's Encrypt through a proxy for SSL renewals....

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 · 2 min · Paul Smith

Increasing view distance with raytracing enabled in Minecraft

One of the main reasons for getting a GeForce RTX 3080 last year was for Minecraft, so I can play with raytraced/RTX lighting enabled. I was expecting to take a substantial hit in draw distance - with RTX disabled I’d always play with at least a 64 chunk draw distance. Disappointingly the maximum view distance in Minecraft with raytracing enabled is only 24 chunks, at least as far as setting it in the user interface....

Sunday, 7 March 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

EU's devastating Brexit export ban cripples UK fishing industry

More blatantly misleading headlines from everyone's favourite Brexit-supporting newspaper the Daily Express. EU's 'devastating' Brexit export ban cripples UK fishing industry Should read: United Kingdom leaving the European Union, means its no longer treated like an EU member. Ya know like the Daily Express wanted...? Nicki Holmyard, director of Offshore Shellfish in Brixham, Devon, said she is bracing for the "disastrous" worst case scenario of having to close her shellfish farm due to the post-Brexit trade fiasco....

Thursday, 4 March 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

UK government guilty of breaking the law over Covid contracts

However the media in this country feel that bullying Meghan Markle is a more important story based on today's front pages. Tory press bullying Meghan Markle again Meanwhile we're stuck with a government that's left over one hundred thousand British citizens dead, while simultaneously giving the survivors the worst economic decline in the western world. A government that continues to get away with that and dishing out dodgy contracts to their donors as they break transparency laws with not a word about it mentioned in most of the press....

Saturday, 20 February 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith

Perseverance successfully lands on Mars

After traveling since July 2020, the new Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars. Hopefully it'll go on to be as successful as Pathfinder's Sojourner rover, Spirit, Opportunity and the still active Curiosity. First photos from Perseverance Only low-resolution images from its engineering cameras have been transmitted back, but they're enough to confirm its safely on the surface.

Thursday, 18 February 2021 · 1 min · Paul Smith