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Wednesday, October 17

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Daily News Stuff 17 October 2018

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  • Nvidia's RTX 2070 is out and reviewers are taking it for a spin.  (AnandTech)

    The 2080 and 2080 Ti are good cards but overpriced for what they can deliver today, trading on promises of a brighter future to justify their price tags.

    Has Nvidia turned the tables with the 2070?

    No.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • Crucial announced their first NVMe SSD.  (AnandTech)

    [Crucial are the consumer division of Micron.  Micron have had NVMe SSDs for some time, just not aimed at consumers.]

    It's a QLC device like Intel's 660p, so it's fine for desktops (probably; QLC is pretty new) but something to avoid for workstations and servers.

    It has an SLC cache which can grow up to 10% of the drive size - which means it would use 40% of the available capacity (since this works by using 4-bit cells to store 1 bit).  That should provide solid and consistent performance as long as you don't fill the drive beyond about 70%.

  • Qualcomm announced 802.11ay chipsets.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Just when we'd got things nicely sorted out into Wi-Fi 1 through 6, 802.11ay breaks everything.  The problem is that it gets better performance by jumping from the 5GHz band (which can go through or around minor barriers) to the 60GHz band (which is effectively line-of-sight).  I guess they can say Wi-Fi 7 is a device supporting both 802.11ax and 802.11ay.

  • MongoDB have changed their license agreement.  (TechCrunch)

    What does the new license say?  Who the fuck knows.  It's dozens of paragraphs of impenetrable crap.  It is the license of a company that wants to pretend to being open source without allowing users any freedom at all.

    People are taking this calmly.  (Hacker News)
    Vice President of the Open Source Initiative here.

    MongoDB submitted this new license for approval by OSI at the same time that they announced that they'd relicensed all of their code. We wish they'd started the process prior to the announcement, but what's done is done. The result, however, is that at this moment, MongoDB is under a non-approved license and therefore IS NOT OPEN SOURCE.


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Tuesday, October 16

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Monday, October 15

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Daily News Stuff 15 October 2018

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  • A new camera operating at 10 trillion frames per second (which is quite a lot) allows scientists to follow the progress of a beam of light.  (TechCrunch)

    By scattering, of course; the camera can only see the light that actually reaches it.  But still remarkable.  Light travels only 30 microns per frame, so the resolution is amazing, and they're planning to take it even further.

  • Those idiots at Bloomberg are sticking by their story.  One of their co-workers (not one of the authors) was on This Week in Tech, but no-one ever asked the obvious question: So where is the chip?

    He said, and I quote: "For the purpose of this reporting, we had a mountain of evidence of the Supermicro attack and how prevalent it was."

    So where is the chip?


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Sunday, October 14

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Saturday, October 13

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  • Remember Facebook's data breach affecting 50 million people?  Remember how it was possible that as well as your private details, your access tokens (OAuth) might have been leaked?

    Well, that second, even worse problem affects 30 million people.  (Bleeping Computer)

    If you're using OAuth in an app, you need to be looking seriously at notifying users and requiring 2FA when they log in from a new device.


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Friday, October 12

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Daily News Stuff 12 October 2018

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  • Razer announced the Razer Phone 2.  (AnandTech)

    It's a phone.  It does game stuff.  It has a 5.7" 2560x1440 120Hz HDR display, a Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM, and 64GB of storage.  Dual exposed front-facing speakers as well, so sound will be better than most.  No headphone jack though.

  • Huawei announced the Honor 8X.  (Anandtech)

    It's a phone.  It does big screen stuff.  It has a 6.5" 2340x1080 display, up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and a Kirin 710 CPU.

  • Samsung announced the Galaxy A9.  (AnandTech)

    It's a phone.  It does camera stuff.

    Exact CPU is not specified, but it has 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, a 6.3" 2220x1080 AMOLED display, and one-two-three-four-five cameras.

    That's a 24MP front-facing camera, a 24MP rear main camera, an 8MP rear 120° wide angle camera, a 10MP rear zoom camera, and a 5MP depth-of-field camera.  The last camera is used in combination with the others to improve the image quality.

  • An IBM PC emulator in 4043 bytes.

  • Tomas Bohr - Niels Bohr's grandson - investigated to see if there could be a classical solution to quantum mechanics along the lines of de Broglie's pilot waves.  Nope.  Turns out grandpa was right all along.  Bohr the Younger came up with a thought experiment that would decide the matter one way or the other - and then conducted the experiment for real. 

    This is cool, but not a surprise to most physicists, who are firmly in the "the Universe is fundamentally weird" camp.

  • Google's Pixel 3 supports wireless charging and works with a Samsung charging pad.  (Android Central)

    So does the Nexus 4, from 2012.

  • In Australia?  Can't buy the Pixel Slate?  Too bloody expensive anyway?  Missed out on HP's September sale?

    No worries mate!  HP's October sale has the same Spectre x2 with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD, including keyboard and pen, for the same A$1350 including tax and delivery.  Again, that's about the same price as the entry level Celeron/4GB/32GB Pixel Slate with keyboard and pen.

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Thursday, October 11

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Full episodes are now showing up on YouTube, all legal and stuff.

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Wednesday, October 10

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  • Intel announced their brand new 8 core mainstream processors - expensive but good.  They showed off benchmarks that displayed the benefits of the new chips relative to AMD's own 8 core mainstream processors.

    Reviewers are under embargo until the 19th, so no detailed benchmarks are available except for the official Intel ones.

    Which are a bit...  Odd.

    The Intel results seem fine - mostly - but the comparison AMD results are...  Off.  Lower than they should be.

    Almost as if the AMD CPU had been, I don't know, artificially limited by inappropriate settings and software.



  • Things just keep getting worse for Bloomberg.  Another of their sources has spoken out against the Ricegate article saying that his research has been misrepresented.  (Serve the Home)
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    Specifically, this researcher has seen hardware hacks on specific individual servers, not limited to SuperMicro, and not done as part of a production run, but added after the fact and switched during shipment.

    Bloomberg, meanwhile, is refusing interviews and instead has published a new article alleging that unnamed sources say that unnamed unspecified chips added to unknown motherboards at an indeterminate manufacturer were used to break security at an unmentioned major US phone company.  Every major US telco has gone on record to deny this.  (Ars Technica)  [Don't read the comments.  After the first page it's complete crazy town.]

    Bloomberg seem to have gone full Dan Rather.  Maybe they'll be vindicated, but I rather (hah) doubt that.

  • TSMC has taped out their first second-generation 7nm parts with 5nm to enter risk production in Q2 2019.  (AnandTech)

    Intel is still hoping to get 10nm parts into mass production by the end of 2019, which will put them roughly in parity with TSMC's first generation 7nm.  (The numbers are about 40% real and 60% marketing fluff.)

    [While this is bad for Intel, having multiple companies on a roughly level playing field is good for the consumer in the long term.  Intel clearly held back technology from consumers for many years because of a lack of competition, as we can see by how quickly they released 6 and 8 core parts after AMD challenged them with Ryzen.]

    TSMC's 5nm is about 45% smaller than their 7nm process, but only uses 20% less power.  So you can roughly double the number of transistors on a chip, but that would lead to a 60% increase in power consumption.

    This sort of thing is why Nvidia have divided their new GPUs into specific modules for rasterisation, ray-tracing, and AI.  If all you're doing is rasterisation, the other modules can sit idle and not use any power.  And since the rasterisation cores don't need to be able to do ray-tracing or AI, they can be kept simple and power-efficient.

    Expect to see a lot more of that in the future as we head on down to 3nm.

  • Google announced the Pixel Slate, their first ChromeOS tablet.  (AnandTech)

    It's a 12.3" device with a 3000x2000 display and a detachable keyboard and optional pen, with up to a Core i7 CPU and 16GB RAM.

    Waaaait a minute....

    Yeah, it's pretty much the same hardware as my Spectre x2, though with slightly better battery life, a lot less storage (maximum is 256GB), only one USB port, and way more expensive.  Starting at US$599 for the 4GB model with a Celeron CPU and just 32GB of storage, plus $100 for the pen and $200 for the keyboard, the cheapest config runs as much as I paid for the Spectre x2 with a Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 1TB of SSD.

    Fortunately that doesn't matter because it's not available in Australia at all.  (Finder)

    Also, why would anyone even want a premium ChromeOS tablet?  Cheap Chrome laptops for education, absolutely, but a tablet that runs close to US$2000 when fully configured?

  • Google also released the Pixel 3.  (Android Central)

    It's a phone.  It does phone stuff.

  • Evil-doers are using the EU's fictional right to be forgotten to erase stories about them using the EU's fictional right to be forgotten to erase stories about their evil-doing.  (TechDirt)

    Everything goes down the memory hole.

  • Microsoft may be looking to buy Obsidian.  (WCCFTech)

    I'm okay with that.  If anyone is going to buy Obsidian, I'd prefer it to be Microsoft.  But WCCFTech, so take it with a pound of salt.

  • Boltons is a collection of small libraries for Python that augment the builtins.  Hence the name.

    Supports 2.6, 2.7, 3.3 and up, and PyPy.

  • RedHat's Flatpak considered harmful?


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Tuesday, October 09

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Daily News Stuff 9 October 2018

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  • That Bloomberg China rice chip hacking story continues to spiral down the plughole.  Risky Business has an update to their earlier podcast including an extensive and enlightening interview with one of Bloomberg's sources, who has, um, reservations about the story as published. 

    Specifically, he notes that Bloomberg seems to have taken hypothetical instances he provided as background information, "confirmed" them with other sources, and printed them as fact.
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  • Intel's 9th generation chips are here.  (AnandTech)

    The leaks had every detail exactly right, so the launch is not especially exciting.  They are, nevertheless, great chips, reclaiming the high ground of the mainstream desktop from AMD, albeit at a higher price.  AMD is set to fire back with 7nm parts at CES in January.

    Top of the line i9-9900K has 8 cores and 16 threads for $488.  That's not cheap, but it's half the price of earlier 8 core chips from Intel.

    The i7-9700K and i5-9600K have the usual pricing, 8 cores and 6 cores respectively, and no hyperthreading.  That means that performance for those parts is basically unchanged from 8th generation - more cores, but fewer threads.

    They also have fixes for some of the Spectre / Meltdown security bugs - except on the top-of-the-line 28 core parts.  That will have to wait until next year.

  • Google+ is dead sunsetted.  (TechCrunch)

    They had a data breach affecting 496,951 users - not passwords, but names, addresses, occupations and stuff like that.

    So 1/100th the size and far less severe than the Facebook breach.  I guess Google was looking to pull the plug anyway.

    Jason Snell adds:
    Sunset as a verb means what you might think it means. It’s moving to a farm upstate. It’s going to a better place. It’s following Frodo to Valinor, the Undying Lands across the sea to the west. Where does the sun set? Where Frodo is, probably happy and playing with your childhood pets every day. It is an ex-service.
      (Six Colors)
  • Amazon has home brands.  (Quartz)

    Which is good, because half the stuff on Amazon is either garbage or fake, or fake garbage.

  • Urmila Mahadev has solved a surprising - and surprisingly difficult - problem in quantum computing: How to tell if a quantum computer has actually quantumed.  (Quanta)

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I'd give the pilot of Series 11 a solid B.  It's no Eleventh Hour, but it lays good groundwork.  Jodie Whittaker does well and I think will be an excellent Doctor.  Cringe factor is quite low in the episode itself, though the surrounding materials are apparently triple-distilled.  (I avoided most of them.)

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Monday, October 08

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