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Monday, December 10


Daily News Stuff 10 December 2018

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Sunday, December 09


Daily News Stuff 9 December 2018

Tech News

  • I'm almost out of disk space.  Except for the 2TB free on the external drives on my Mac, and the 8TB drive that is still sitting in Nagi, my old Windows system that Tohru replaced last year, and the brand new 8TB drive that is sitting in a box in the spare bedroom...  And about 25TB of RAID-Z storage on the new servers.  Maybe not quite out of disk space.

  • I haven't looked at FreeNAS, but my recent positive experience with ZFS suggest that maybe I should.  Anyway, FreeNAS 11.2 is out and just the thing for the software component of that latter-day Cobalt Qube.  (Serve the Home)

  • If you update your Mac to Mojave and apps start demanding to take over your computer via accessibilty, you can either (a) let them or (b) they stop working.

    You can control it in System Preferences / Security & Privacy / Accessibility / Allow the apps below to control your computer.

    Trillion dollar company spent thirty cents on that design decision.

    Also the settings panels in iTunes are now, for some reason, mauve.

    And iTunes still stops downloading your podcasts whenever it feels like it, and the Download All button has been MIA for at least seven releases.

  • In unrelated news, Pocket Casts is down for emergency server maintenance.

  • Why you need a supercomputer to build a house.  (Tech Crunch)

    Because the box a laptop comes in is too small.

  • AMD's Navi 10 may launch in mid-2019 and compete head-to-head with Nvidia's RTX 2070.  (WCCFTech)

    Even WCCFTech suggest that you take this one with a bucket of salt.  What makes the story plausible is that it still cedes the high-end market to Nvidia - there's no competitor even rumoured for the 2080, 2080 Ti, or Titan.

  • You know what this $1 comics bundle needs?  A bunch of 4GB PDFs..  (Humble Bundle)

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Video of the Day

This trailer for CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 looks amazing and leaves me with no desire whatsoever to buy the game, or even to download it if they give it away for free.

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Saturday, December 08


Daily News Stuff 8 December 2018

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  • Looking for a single-chip 64-port 200GbE switch?  Go Barefoot.

    That's quite a lot of bandwidth.  And we're still waiting for consumer-priced 10GbE switches.

  • The Asus ZenBook Pro - the one with the screen in the touchpad - gets a hands-on review.  (ZDNet)

    Shows how spoiled we are getting when a major complaint is that it is nearly 19mm thick and weighs almost 1.9kg.

    Wasn't very long ago when that was a thin-and-light model.

  • This Sunday marks the 50th Anniversary of The Mother of All Demos. (TechDirt)

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Video of the Day

Yeah, sorry, I'm not that into first-person RPGs any more.

Shut up and take my money!

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Friday, December 07


Daily News Stuff 7 December 2018

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Thursday, December 06


Daily News Stuff 6 December 2018

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  • Don't blink.  Don't even blink.  Blink and you're dead.

  • The Fallout 76 customer support application is not only worse than you imagine, it's worse than you can imagine.

    Basically, anyone who opened a support ticket could see and update all the other tickets, including all private information attached.

  • TSMC's 7nm capacity is not sold out for 1H19.  (DigiTimes)

    Reported cutbacks on mobile chip orders from Apple, Qualcomm, and HiSilicon leave them only 80-90% full.  This is good news for AMD, because the one obvious thing that could derail their plans for 2019 is capacity constraints at TSMC.

  • Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 is twice the speed of its competitors.  (Fudzilla)

    If you are very careful when selecting your benchmark.  The CPU is an ordinary Arm Cortex A76 - by no means bad, but a standard core that anyone can license - but the DSP has been significantly upgraded.

  • Microsoft has open-sourced WPF, WinForms, amd Win UI.  (ZDNet)

    Okay, great, but...  Why?

  • Innodisk has squooshed a graphics card into an M.2 slot.  (AnandTech)

    A niche market, but the people who need it really need it.

  • The 4TB Samsung 860 EVO is now just a hair over A$1000.  If I save my pennies I could ditch my 5TB external hard disk and put everything on SSD.

    Clunk clunk clunk thud sploooooosh.

    Or I could buy a new washing machine.

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Wednesday, December 05


Daily News Stuff 5 December 2018

Tech News

  • All of AMD's desktop plans for 2019 may have just leaked.  (WCCFTech)

    Yes, WCCFTech, but also at Reddit and AdoredTV, so two independent sources that agree on most of the details.  And none of it is prima facie implausible.

    Summary of the leaked CPUs:

     Part  Cores  Clock  TDP  Price
     3300  6  3.2 / 4.0  50W
     3300X  6  3.5 / 4.3  65W  $129
     3300G  6 + 15 CU  3.0 / 3.8  65W  $129
     3600  8  3.6 / 4.4  65W  $179
     3600X  8  4.0 / 4.8  95W  $229
     3600G  8 + 20 CU  3.2 / 4.0  95W  $199
     3700  12  3.8 / 4.6  95W  $299
     3700X  12  4.2 / 5.0  105W  $329
     3800X  16  3.9 / 4.7  125W  $449
     3850X  16  4.3 / 5.1  135W  $499

    All the parts have SMT, so 6 cores means 12 threads, and so on.  The G series parts are APUs with built-in graphics, so the 3300G has 6 CPU cores + 15 GPU cores (called CU, for compute units).  The current 2400G has 4 CPU cores and 11 CU, and the Radeon 560 card has 16 CU, so that's a significant upgrade.

    The low-end 6 and 8 core parts (low-end!) have one of the new CPU chiplets. The APU parts have a CPU chiplet and a GPU chiplet, and the high-end parts have two CPU chiplets.  The new design lets AMD mix and match without having to design and test new dies.

    The CPUs are expected to be announced at CES in January (where AMD CEO Lisa Su has the keynote), except the 3850X which is believed to be a special 50th Anniversary limited edition and will arrive in May.  The APUs will be along in the second half of next year.

    The 3800X and 3850X may need updated motherboards as they exceed the power specs for the AM4 socket.  There will be a new X570 chipset as well.

    There are new graphics cards coming as well, but information on those is scant.  If you want all the details, watch this video.

  • Nvidia's Titan RTX is a bigger and more expensive RTX 2080 Ti.  (AnandTech)

    Not a lot faster except for the AI performance which is clearly artificially limited on the consumer graphics cards.  But double the memory - 24GB vs 11GB - which could be a big win for heavy processing tasks.

  • Razer has updated the Razer Blade Stealth with crappy dedicated graphics to replace the crappy integrated graphics.  (AnandTech)

    Really, it's intended to use an external GPU over Thunderbolt.  The Nvidia MX150 just makes it suck a little less when being used on the go.

  • Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855.  (Fudzilla)

    Details: It's designed by Qualcomm and is called the Snapdragon 855.  Yeah, not much of an announcement really.

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Bees and Puppycat of the Day

That's the complete run so far, in two convenient bundles.  The second bundle runs a little over an hour, so get some snacks, maybe a drink.

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Tuesday, December 04


Daily News Stuff 4 December 2018

Tech News

  • Intel's i9-9900K (and other members of the "9th generation") have hardware updates to patch Spectre and Meltdown.  Do they improve performance over the earlier software patches?  No.  (AnandTech)

  • LG's Gram 17 is a 17" notebook that weighs less than 3 pounds.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It has a 2560x1600 display, which is not bad.  4k would be better, but 2560x1600 at 17" is about the same as 1920x1080 at 13".  I have a notebook that size with that resolution (a few years old now) and it's fine.  You can tell it's not "retina" but only if you stop and look.  And the return of 16:10 is welcome.

  • Quora, the question-and-answer site that demanded you register with an email and password to use it, got hacked and leaked all those emails and passwords.  For 100 million people.  (Tech Crunch)

    The passwords were encrypted, so there's that.  And your email address leaked years ago.

  • The return of the return of 24 cores and I can't move my mouse.

    That can't-move-my-mouse thing happens to me sometimes, though I only have 8 cores.  I use Chrome very heavily, so I should go back to the previous articles and check if this has something to do with it.

  • Sigh.  It's Sir Tony.  You use the given name, not the surname.

  • AMD's EPYC 7371 is the fastest 16 core server CPU.  (Serve the Home)

    Basically they gave the 16 core model the same power budget as the 32 core model, and used that to crank up the clock speeds. 

    Rome will do much better at this game.  Firstly because of the 7nm process, which is faster and uses less power.  But also because with Naples - current generation EPYC - every chip needs 12 active Infinity Fabric links, which use up a lot of that power budget.  (AnandTech)  A 16 core Rome chip only needs two - one for each 8 core chiplet.

  • Spam comes to your printer.  (Bleeping Computer)

  • Australia's garbage internet insecurity legislation now has bipartisan support.  (ZDNet)

    We had one senator who understood computer security, and he was a Green, and anyway he's gone following that foreign citizenship kerfuffle that eventually embroiled half our federal government.

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Monday, December 03


Daily News Stuff 3 December 2018

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Why do cats meow?  Because if they let on they could talk we'd make them buy their own tuna.

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Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll get an otter." Now they have two problems.

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Had a memory leak that sideswiped the Redis cache.  Fixed now.

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Sunday, December 02


Daily News Stuff 2 December 2018

Tech News

  • Ryzen 3000 and the X570 chipset look set to deliver PCIe 4.0 to the desktop.  (WCCFTech)

    On the one hand, yeah, WCCFTech.  On the other hand, AMD themselves have said that Zen 2 includes PCIe 4.0 support, so this is the least unlikely rumour they've ever published.

    This is still on the AM4 socket, though you won't get PCIe 4.0 support on existing motherboards.  It just means that new CPUs will work on older motherboards (with a BIOS update) and old CPUs will work on new motherboards (but only provide PCIe 3.0 speeds).

    A new socket is likely to appear in 2020 with the arrival of DDR5 RAM.

    One of the few real constraints with Ryzen desktop CPUs is they only have 24 PCIe lanes.  PCIe 4.0 will effectively double that, at least once PCIe 4.0 video cards roll out.

  • Florida-based hosting provider Hivelocity has acquired Texas-based Incero.  This adds Dallas and Seattle locations to their existing network in Miami and Tampa, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta.

    All my servers are hosted with Incero, except for a couple of Sydney-based VPSes at Vultr.  Hivelocity seems to have a pretty good reputation, so I'm hoping for the best.

  • Amazon has announced Glacier Deep Archive, a long-term archival storage solution that costs just 0.1¢ per GB per month - $1 per TB.

    The real cost comes if you want to retrieve that data.  It starts out at $2.50 per TB and goes up from there.  Local requests for regular S3 storage are much cheaper.  So this is great if you're an enterprise that needs to reliably store petabytes of data for compliance and disaster recovery reasons.  In that case you'd be silly not to use it.

    Backblaze offers regular disk storage with access times in the tens of milliseconds at 0.5¢ per GB per month.  But they don't offer virtual servers, so you will always incur a bandwidth charge. Which is relatively cheap at $10 per TB, but still substantially more than the cheapest Glacier tier.

  • Portal for the Commodore 64.

  • A digital media advertising story that isn't "everything sucks and I hate it".

    I listen to a ton of podcasts, and I tune out of most irrelevant advertising, but if I'm listening to a tech podcast and they're advertising a tech thing that they actually use and personally recommend, I will pay attention.

  • Microsoft is dead, a post from April 2007. 

  • YouTube Premium is dead, a post from November 2018.  (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • This Panasonic Let's Note has a quad-core eighth generation Intel CPU, 8GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, 1920x1200 display, WiFi 5 (802.11ac), Bluetooth, LTE, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, and wired Ethernet, even if it looks like it was made 15 years ago.


    Also, that's a Thunderbolt external SSD on the left. (AnandTech)

  • Can a $180 4k IPS monitor possibly be any good?


    Downside is they're using Samsung reject panels, so you will have some dead pixels.  At 4k that's much less of a problem than at lower resolutions -  a dead pixel at 4k is equivalent to a 75% working pixel at 1080p.  If your budget is tight and you're willing to return it if you get a particularly bad unit, might be worth considering.

Video of the Day

Other Linus covers most of the points I did yesterday on how AMD has sunk Intel's market segmentation battleship.  I swear I hadn't watched this when I wrote yesterday's piece.

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