May. 8, 2022

Virtuous Malware

On March 7th, 2022, node-ipc developer RIAEvangelist, Brandon Nozaki Miller, pushed a commit containing malicious code which were carefully obfuscated. The commit, signed off as “added ssl check”, added a Geo location check on the end-user’s IP address which, and if it successfully matched an Russian or Belarus IP, it would erase all files on the infected system. The project owner and author of the malicious code made repeated attempts at hiding comments which brought up this new undesired behavior, deleting opened Issues on GitHub as well repeatedly as editing other GitHub users’ comments.

Apr. 26, 2022

Elon's Musk Envelops Social Media Platform Twitter

What in the hell is this guy thinking? Seriously, $44 Billion for the Internet’s sewage pipes? Who in their right mind would ever pay that much for– Oh, right, Elon Musk, apparently. Still, seeing the raging morons of Twitter be crapping themselves in pure terror is priceless entertainment of the highest order. For those who currently feels that the platform’s current state of things are bad, and would like for the “free speech”-aspect to improve, I wouldn’t be counting on the situation changing for the better any time soon, however, and anyone who does will no doubt end up disappointed.

Feb. 25, 2022

Rushia Got Rushied Out

Fandead turned Fansad as Uruha Rushia’s termination has been announced by Cover Corp. Just in case there’s anyone in the vtuber-fandom sphere that hasn’t heard about it already, the story begun during a stream where Rushia got a message from another online personality by the name of Mafumafu. The message which read something along the line of “[…] I’m coming home now.” So, just how is that controversial or problematic? Well, rabid incels who believe their favorite streamer actually loves them because they buy lots of their stuff and donate “reds” think so.

Jan. 22, 2022

Ayakashi Triangle Chapters 74&75 Denied Publication

Welp, time to add Shueisha and Viz to the No Buying From-list. Oh, right, Viz already were on the list, about a hundred times over. Remember folks, companies that do not care to give you a decent product do not deserve your money either. Do not settle for leftovers when there’s perfectly good sources. Cough, that one cat-tracker, cough, and MangaDex, cough.

Dec. 7, 2021

Kizuna AI Retires

Pulling a fraction of their previous number of views, it should perhaps not come as a surprise that the company behind Kizuna AI has finally decided to send this particular “Artificial Intelligence” to the digital graveyard. That said, while AI is no longer going to be making regular videos, the model is now apparently being repurposed to sell overpriced digital collector’s cards to otakus. How wonderful. Wonder how long until the other ’tuber compaies does the same…?

Nov. 30, 2021

VSho[u]?jo vs Nuzlocke Taco

I should start off this post by saying that I don’t actually give much of a crap about any of the “talents” that this company employs, nor do I care for Nux’s persona or his content. With that said, I can’t help but want to side with the Taco on this one. For one, every single claim that the company and its “talents” has made doesn’t add up, and considering a certain character’s historic statements on him, and their position within the company, I really do feel like she might’ve had something to do with it all.

Nov. 4, 2021

SolPress Is Finished

After heavy speculation surrounding the company, it is now – given the status of Sol Press, LLC – official that the company’s days are almost certainly numbered. While the common phrase everyone says in response to what happened is simply that they’ve not payed their taxes, the exact status for the company is: “FTB FORFEITED”. This status indicator is more than a simply “they’ve not payed their taxes,” though one might argue it is perhaps sufficient as a response to the question.

Nov. 1, 2021

Tencent Acquires (Part of) Kadokawa

Tencent has through Sixjoy Hong Kong Limited, wholly owned by Tencent Holdings Limited, acquired 6.86% of Kadokawa Corporation. While Tencent already owns significant portions of branch companies of Kadokawa, they’ve now managed to set their claws into the main business. Which will, of course, have absolutely no impact on how the future of the company will look like. Any fan of Japanese media – including anime, manga, light novels, etc – will no doubt be sweating right about now.