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Sunday, January 20

Geek

Daily News Stuff 20 January 2019

Tech News

  • Kingston is aiming to bring NVMe SSD prices below SATA. (AnandTech)

    I don't know of any specific reason why this would be impossible.  The flash chips are the same and there's little difference in controllers.

    They're aiming for 1500MB/s writes and 2000MB/s read, which is middle-of-the-pack for NVMe but three to four times faster than SATA.

    Launch date and pricing are yet to be set.

  • Netflix is full of shit. (Gamasutra)

    Netflix VP: We are losing subscribers.  Quick, what do we blame to placate investors?
    Exec 1: The trade war?
    Exec 2: Fortnite?
    Exec 3: All our original content sucks, competition is stronger than ever, and we just increased our pricing?

    [Exec 3 exits via window.]

  • Two is one and one is none.

    Also, if it's Synology, two may be none, because those things seem to simply drop dead without warning.

  • Apple users are very, very slowly coming to the realisation that a hermetically sealed ecosystem might not be great for consumers. (Apple Insider)

    Very, very, very slowly.

  • According to Amazon 50,000 retailers on their platform had more than $500,000 in sales in 2018. (TechSpot)

    200,000 had sales over $100,000.

    That's a lot of small businesses making good money.  I don't entirely like Amazon, but they don't suck the life out of everything they touch the way Facebook and Google do.

  • We had a recent mention of a bug in scp where a hostile server could attack your client.  Usually this sort of problem runs in the other direction.

    Well, there's a similar bug in MySQL, though you're even less likely to actually run into it.  scp is used to connect to remote hosts all the time; it is far less common to connect to a MySQL server outside your control, for dozens of excellent reasons.

Social Media News


Video of the Day



Bonus Video of the Day

Good morning sewer babies!


This... Might actually be good.


Anime Op/Ed of the Day



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Speak softly, carry a 300lb sledgehammer, and wear your enemy as a hat.

Art by Yang Zhen.


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Saturday, January 19

Geek

Daily News Stuff 19 January 2019

Tech News


Social Media News

  • Nice one, Facebook. Way to go. (TechDirt)

    Refusing to refund charges run up by underage users is a surefire PR coup.

  • There is joy in Mudville - the EU's godawful copyright legislation has unexpectedly struck out!
    Note that it's only mostly dead.  Mostly dead is still partly alive.

  • The GDPR is still in full and hideous effect, though, with Amazon, Apple, and other companies facing potential fines totalling up to €18.8 billion.  (Bleeping Computer)

    This week.  For complaints from one advocacy group.

  • Mike Godwin (yes, that Mike Godwin) reports on the problem of epistemic closure.  (TechDirt)

    The book Network Propaganda demonstrated that the problem with epistemic closure in American news sources lies not with explicitly biased sources like blogs, but with the mainstream media.  But Mike apparently suffered an aneurysm mid-way through the article when he offered this hypothetical for the reader's consideration:
    Consider: if progressives had cocooned themselves in a media ecosystem that had cut itself from the facts—that valued tribal loyalty and shared identity over mere factual accuracy—conservatives and centrists would be justified in pointing out not merely that the left's media were unmoored but also that its insistence on doctrinal purity in the face of factual disproof was positively destructive.
    Mike, you idiot, that's precisely what has happened.

    67% of Democratic voters believe that the Russians changed the vote counts in the 2016 election.  (The Economist/YouGov poll, November 4-6, 2018)

    This is of course completely false, and everyone in the administration is on record as saying it is completely false, but it is the mainstream belief among Democrats.

  • Oh, snap.  (Tech Crunch)

    Sorry.  Had to.

Video of the Day

So where the heck did Navi go anyway?



The first 11 minutes are explaining that leaks are unofficial pre-release information subject to change because people apparently no longer understand "grain of salt".


Picture of the Day

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Friday, January 18

Geek

Daily News Stuff 18 January 2019

Tech News

  • PCIe 5.0 is on its way. (Tom's Hardware)

    The 5.0 spec is expected out in the next two months. 3.0 has been the standard for a long time, so this rapid update is really just getting things back on track.

    PCIe 5.0 is likely to take some time to deploy to the consumer space, though. Where PCIe 4.0 can work on some existing motherboards, 5.0 - which is twice as fast again as 4.0 - will require new materials and layouts.

  • A fascinating examination of the death of the tech industry by a writer who places the tech industry's "first era" as beginning in two thousand and fucking seven. (The Atlantic)

    Author Derek mentions Apple (founded in 1976) and Samsung (founded in 1938) but displays no idea that they existed prior to the iPhone and the Galaxy range.

    If someone told him that Nintendo has been around since the 19th century, he'd probably expire on the spot.

  • Singapore is half the distance from Sydney as San Francisco, but ping times are only 6% better. Interestingly, I have better ping times to San Francisco from my home than from the virtual server I run here in Sydney, even though the virtual server is plugged straight into a ten gigabit uplink and is a couple of milliseconds away from the AU-US cable head.

    Someone needs to fix that speed of light thing. It's annoying.

  • An AMD APU with eight Zen cores and Navi graphics?  (Computerbase.de)

    This is an engineering sample and looks like another semi-custom part like the on in the Subor game console.  Might be next-gen Xbox or Playstation, but it seems early for that.

    Speaking of that Subor game console, other Linus got his hands on a pre-release version.



Social Media News



Video of the Day



Picture of the Day

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Dumb Fact of the Day

The lyricist for the song Rum and Coca Cola, made famous in 1945 by the Andrews Sisters who recorded it as an extra in ten minutes of spare studio time and then sold seven million copies and spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard charts - the lyricist was named Lord Invader.


No relation.




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Thursday, January 17

Geek

Daily News stuff 17 January 2019

Tech News


Social Media News


Video of the Day




Picture of the Day

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Quick touch of the old Instagram Emshwiller filter and the SpaceX Starship test rig is ready for its close-up.


Bonus Picture of the Day

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I'll take the 2019 SpaceX Starship and a side order of 1956 Pontiac Club de Mer.


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Wednesday, January 16

Geek

Daily News Stuff 16 January 2019

Tech News

  • The game Red Dead Redemption 2, set in the Old West in the late 19th century, features a couple of characters who work for the Pinkerton Detective Agency.

    Which is fine and all, because Pinkerton really existed and played a role in several real-life stories of the Old West.

    Only problem is that Pinkerton still exists today and filed a C&D letter with Take 2 Interactive over trademark abuse.  (TechDirt)

    It's not clear, given the murky nature of trademark law, who is in the right here.

  • The telescreen was behind the painting.  (TechDirt)

    Sorry, spoiler warning.

  • Netflix is hiking prices for US subscribers, secure in the knowledge that they will return for such hit series as [insert name of hit series].  (Tech Crunch)

    Don't look at me, I already cancelled.  Netflix Australia is garbage.

  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 8 comes bundled with several databases, including MySQL, MariaDB (a MySQL fork), PostgreSQL, not you MongoDB, and Redis.

    Because MongoDB's new open source license isn't.

  • Intel still doesn't have a CEO and it's starting to become obvious.  (Network World)

    Looking at you, Core i9 9990XE.

  • The Ada 202x Draft Reference Manual.

    It's no Algol 60, but it's not all bad either.

  • A planned upgrade to the Ethereum network has been put on hold after security researchers found a bug in the behaviour of smart contracts that could have allowed malicuous contact owners to steal all your monies.  (ZDNet)

    Ethereum is fully programmable - you can actually write programs and run them on the blockchain.  This makes it extremely powerful and also a giant fucking pain.


Video of the Day



WE GOT ONE!!!


Pictures of the Day

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Tuesday, January 15

Geek

Daily News Stuff 15 January 2019

Tech News
  • Micron has bought Intel's share of their flash memory joint venture.  (AnandTech)

    That's still big news, though something that has been in the works for over a year.  The IMFT joint venture is the manufacturer for Intel's Optane chips, and now Micron will own it.

  • How is Intel going to respond to AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3000 series?  With the Core i9-9990XE, a 14 core 255W part with a base clock of 4.0GHz and a boost clock of 5.0GHz.  (AnandTech)

    About that power draw:
    Motherboard vendors will have to support 420 amps on the power delivery for the chip (which at 1.3 volts would be 546 watts), and up to 30 amps per core. It will be for the socket 2066 X299 motherboards already on the market, and perhaps importantly, there is no warranty from Intel.
    Oh, and the price?  There is no price.  It will be sold only to approved system vendors by private auction.

  • The Opteron whichwhat?  The Opteron X3421 is...  Oh, that's Excavator, isn't it?  (Serve the Home)

    Yes, Excavator.  Meh.

  • Apple says Qualcomm refused to sell them modems for the latest iPhones.  (Thurrott.com)

    Qualcomm says Apple already owes them thirty-seven trillion dollars, so of course they didn't sell them any more chips.

  • Why is my keyboard connected to the cloud?  (ZDNet)

    Good question, I'll ask Google.

    Hmm, the answer appears to be It is safe and secure.  Please remain calm and stay in your current location.

  • Xapiand is a search engine designed to compete with Elasticsearch but written in nice clean C++ and not icky Java.

    (Or is that the other way around?)

    Anyway, it's clearly written around the Xapian search library, which I have used extensively and works well.  I haven't looked at it for about four years so I'm not sure if it's entirely kept up, but even at the state it was in then it's a solid foundation.

    Xapiand specifically is in a pre-release state and needs some love, most obviously in the documentation.  But it's all on GitHub and it's MIT licensed, so it's open to anyone who wants to help out.


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Monday, January 14

Geek

Daily News Stuff 14 January 2019

Tech News
  • I really need to get that autosave feature working.

  • Wacom's Cintiq 16 is their least expensive Cintiq yet at $649.  (PC Perspective)

    The display is cut down significantly - from 4K on the Cintiq 16 Pro to 1080p - but the pen function is all there.

  • Intel's new GPU-free CPUs save you exactly nothing.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Yes, the price is exactly the same as the version with the iGPU, because Intel.

  • Tech Crunch frets that Trump is driving dream unicorns to extinction.

    The Bay Area is another planet.

  • Porting Cowgol to the Z80.

    Cowgol is just a hobby project but is better designed than 98% of progamming languages in the industry.

  • Correction: The Radeon VII doesn't support double precision.  (TechGage)

    Even without DP support it still has faster DP than Nvidia's RTX, but only by a factor of two, not sixteen, so there's little reason for anybody to buy Radeon VII at all.

    Oh well.  The card was interesting for nearly a day.

    I suspect that AMD isn't planning to sell any of these but needed something to show at CES because Navi is delayed a few months.  I don't have any direct evidence of this, but only a couple of months ago, AMD was saying it would not release a consumer version of 7nm Vega.

  • Way back in 2010, someone stole a bunch of Bitcoin with an overflow attack.  (Hackernoon)

    The bug was promptly fixed and the blockchain was forked to orphan those coins, but if that hadn't happened those coins would be worth $650 trillion at today's prices.  Well, in reality Bitcoin would have died and the coins would be worth exactly zero, but that's less interesting.  Maybe better for the world, but less interesting.

  • How Kubernetes solves the persistent storage problem.

    1. Make it so unnecessarily complicated and downright painful that you are forced to hire someone to manage just that one function.

    2. Now it's their problem.

  • NTT DoCoMo and NEC used 5G to stream 8K video of steam trains.  (ZDNet)

    Priorities.

  • Apple Death Watch: Prices of iPhone XR and iPhone 8 slashed by up to 20% - in China.  (ZDNet)

    Doooom.

  • Google has discovered that it makes something called Chromecast Audio that is cheap and well-received by users and killed it.  (Thurrott.com)

  • There was a security bug in systemd.  My servers all automatically patched themselves.  And that set off all their watchdogs that check for modifications to critical files, and they felt that they absolutely had to tell me about this.  It's like having thirty babies that all start screaming at the exact same moment.

  • Why do Nvidia's cards only have 12GB of RAM?  (Actually 11GB mostly, but anyway.)



    Because wiring.  Further on in the video he really dumps on Nvidia, but he doesn't say he'd buy this card either.

  • The manufacturers' TDP figures for AMD's Athlon 200GE and Intel's Pentium Gold G5400 do not present an accurate picture.  (AnandTech)

    The AMD part is rated at 35W, but under full load it actually uses...  A little over 18W.   The Intel chip is rated at a higher 58W, but the truth of the matter is that it will uses as much as, um, 24W.

    Well, that was anticlimactic.


Video of the Day



Chris Hadfield on the highs and lows of outer space.



Bonus Video of the Day


The complete Batman Window Cameos.


Picture of the Day

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Alright early birds, time to go out there and get that worm.


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Sunday, January 13

Geek

Daily News Stuff 13 January 2019

Tech News
  • AMD released benchmarks of Radeon VII across 25 different games showing performance gains of up to 68% over Vega 64.  (EuroGamer)

    Only problem, the one game that got that level of increase was Fallout 76, which doesn't exist.

    Also, it seems that the Radeon VII has the full compute capacity of the MI50, 6.9 TFLOPS of double precision.  If you are in the market for an affordable double precision compute card with plenty of RAM, that puts it so far ahead of Nvidia that they might as well not exist: The Nvidia Titan RTX has a peak double precision throughput of just 0.5 TFLOPS.  For single precision Nvidia is more competitive.

    An evenly optimised chip would deliver around 1/4 the single precision performance when calculating double precision.  The Radeon VII delivers 1/2 performance, which means it's designed for double precision at the expense of single precision.  The RTX series delivers just 1/32, because it's designed for single precision - games - with no consideration for double precision compute at all.

  • Asus' ProArt PA32UCK has 1000 lighting zones with brightness ranging from 0.003 to 1200 nits.  (AnandTech)

    That's a lot of nits.

    Oh, and it's 4k, HDR, 10 bit, 98% DCI-P3, with DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and HDMI inputs.  Price is expected to be in "Pro" territory.

  • Don't host your site with GoDaddy.

    (Only applies to their shared hosting, not to other services.)

  • Download your open source nuclear reactor today.

  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 has a 48 megapixel camera and starts at $150.  (Thurrott.com)

    Only one camera?  What is the world coming to?


Video of the Day


Other Linus shows off the Nubia X, with its 160% screen-to-body ratio.

He also got his hands on a foldable phone - not the Samsung one, which is still in development, but something called the FlexPai.




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Saturday, January 12

Geek

Daily News Stuff 12 January 2019

Tech News

  • Correction to an earlier post: It looks like the Radeon VII will still have 64 ROPs, like Vega 64.  (ExtremeTech)

    This makes sense given that it's a graphics version of the MI50 compute card which doesn't particularly need huge ROP throughput, but is disappointing nonetheless.  The card will only be an incremental improvement over Vega 64 after all.  When a high-end Navi card will appear is anyone's guess, but low-end Navi is still on track for 2019.  (PC Perspective)

  •  AMD says no chiplet APU version of Matisse.  (AnandTech)

    Matisse is the codename of the interesting version of Ryzen 3000, the one that will go up to 12 or 16 cores.  There is space for a second CPU chiplet on the package, and AMD has confirmed that will happen.  But there won't be a version where the second chiplet is a GPU, at least not in the Ryzen 3000 family.

    Given that the Ryzen 3000 APUs have already been announced, that could simply mean that Ryzen 4000 APUs will show up early.  Or it could mean there won't be any high-end APUs until DDR5 arrives next year to provide the necessary bandwidth.

    The AnandTech article also notes that Ryzen 3000 will have the same TDP range as Ryzen 2000, but AMD seems to have said Ryzen 3000 will have the same TDP envelope as Ryzen 2000, which is a bit more vague.  Don't be surprised if they do nudge it up another ten or twenty watts on the high-end parts.

  • Is your 11.6" notebook weighing you down?  The GPD Micro PC might be more your speed.  (Tom's Hardware)

    6" 1280x720 display, Celeron N4100 CPU (Atom, but the good Atom), 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13 ounces. (395g)  HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port (which is used for charging), wired Ethernet, and a good old fashioned serial port for people who still use good old fashioned serial ports.

    Take that, Macbook.

  • Bungie has pulled the cord and is separating from Activision to seek its own destiny.  (WCCFTech)

    That's a joke, because....  Never mind.

  • How to redecentralise the web.

    Step One: Fix the speed of light.  Because as this plan is described, it will work great for people who live in San Francisco, and be a complete fucking disaster for everyone else.

  • US carriers promise to stop selling customer location data after being caught selling customer location data.  (Bleeping Computer)

    As they did in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (twice), 2017, and 2018.

    Guys, at least raise the price.  Seriously, $12.95?

    The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has asked the FCC to provide an emergency briefing.  (ZDNet)

    A spokesman said the FCC is currently hibernating and won't be back until March.



Social Media News

  • Cory Doctorow flips scooter company the bird.  (TechDirt)

    Bird sent Doctorow a notice that his reporting about other companies' kits to refit Bird's scooters was a violation of the DMCA's anti-circumvention section.  The factual reporting of the existence of such kits.

    Doctorow and the EFF fired back and didn't mince words.

    Also, Bird's Senior Corporate Counsel is named Linda Kwak.

  • GoFundMe is in the process of pulling that build-the-wall campaign and will be issuing refunds.  (Tech Crunch)

    That article contains several inaccuracies, but the central fact is that if existing donors do not reaffirm their pledge in the next 90 days, their donation will be refunded.

    This seems to have been prompted by assertions from the organiser that the US Government would not be in a position to accept the funds "any time soon" and a complete change in how the funds would be spent.  Which is odd, because the US Government absolutely will take your money at any time.  Just send a cheque to the IRS.

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger's Twitter account disappeared, reappeared with no followers, and disappeared again and no-one is saying anything.  (Laughing Place)


Video of the Day

Jim from AdoredTV, the guy who reported on the chiplets leak, comes to the same conclusion I did: What AMD showed off at CES was a low-mid-range 65W Ryzen 5 matching the performance of Intel's 9900K.



The big question is, since AMD clearly can produce 12 and 16 core parts any time they want, how will Intel respond?

Intel has 10 core CPUs that they could perhaps repackage to Socket 1151, but those have no iGPU.  That may not be such a barrier as I had thought, because Intel this week announced a whole family of Socket 1151 processors without iGPUs.  (TechPowerup)

So they could drop a 10 core part with little delay.  Their next step up, though, is a much larger die - more than 60% bigger - that may not be suitable for the Socket 1151 package.

And even then, AMD is matching Intel's 125W part (95W on paper, but not really) with a 75W part (65W on paper).  To counter Ryzen 3000, Intel needs a working 10nm process - a good 10nm process - and a 12 core part.  It took them two years to catch up with Ryzen the first time around, and I expect that to be true this time as well.


Bonus Video of the Day


All automated.  I'm not sure if they even had a direct link to the lander at the time.


Picture of the Day

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Julie Newmar, pre-Catwoman.


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Julie Newmar, pre-Catwoman, and Tina Louise, pre-Ginger, backstage during a Broadway performance of Lil' Abner.



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Friday, January 11

Geek

Daily News Stuff 11 January 2019

Tech News

  • Lenovo's thin-and-light X1 Yoga is an X1 Carbon with more yoga and less carbon.  (AnandTech)

    It's the same hardware as the X1 Carbon but in an aluminium frame rather than carbon fibre.  That makes it a little heavier but has the advantage of being made of aluminium.

    Not sure why that's an advantage, actually.

  • The HyperX QuadCast microphone doubles as a hurricane lamp.  (PC Perspective)

    Well, maybe not technically.

  • With AMD's announcement of PCIe 4.0 support on Ryzen 3000 (non-boring edition) I was wondering when we'd start to see PCIe 4.0 SSDs, since we're already hitting the limits of PCIe 3.0 x4.

    Phison are on it.  (Tom's Hardware)

    They're one of the few (only?) remaining independent SSD controller designers, and their engineering sample currently delivers 4GBps and 900,000 IOPS.  That will improve with faster flash, something that wasn't needed previously because existing flash could fill the PCIe 3.0 interface anyway.

    Which is good news because 900,000 IOPS, pfft.  Those are rookie numbers.

  • Unity (which I have heard of) just nuked Improbable (which has raised $600 million in funding but which I have never heard of) over license violations relating to game streaming.  (Tech Crunch)

    Developers got angry with Unity, but it seems that Unity had previously informed Improbable that they were in violation of the standard license and needed to negotiate a tailored license for their use case....  Over a year ago.

  • Amazon is now providing DocumentDB, a service compatible with the MongoDB 3.6 API.  (Tech Crunch)

    Not the API to MongoDB 4.0, which has multi-document transactions but has a much more restrictive license.  Whether that's due to the license (does it apply to the API or just the software?) or due to Amazon's particular implementation I don't know.

    MongoDB and Amazon are currently engaged in hissing at each other like two cats stuck inside due to bad weather.

  • SWAGGINZZZ won Nethack.

    I don't think I have ever won a recent version of Nethack, though I've won at Rogue, the original Hack, and Larn.  SWAGGINZZZ cheats just a tiny bit, however - it uses a cluster of AWS servers to reverse-engineer the seed of pseudo-random number generator based on the observable dungeon and then predict the rest of the dungeon.

  • It would seem that US carriers are selling your location data to anyone with the cash.  (Motherboard)

    And it's not even very much cash.  Via four intermediaries, anyone with $12.95 and your cell phone number can track you down in real time.

    Guys, if you don't want to see your industry stomped by overbearing European-style privacy regulation, stop that nonsense right now.

  • ZFS doesn't work on the Linux 5.0 kernel due to changes in floating point support. (Phoronix)

    The response so far appears to be DONTCARE/WONTFIX.  This does not fill me with joy.

Social Media News

  • LinkedIn blocked a user's content from being visible in China.  (TechDirt)

    This isn't a huge story, except for the slightly surprising fact that LinkedIn is visible inside China at all.  The total number of content removal requests reported by LinkedIn, worldwide, is 15.

  • Google says Section 230 for me, but not for thee.  (TechDirt)

    Google is involved in a slow motion slap fight with TechDirt over the latter's report on the difficulty of properly moderating user-generated content.  Google's actions just keep proving TechDirt correct, but the irony is lost on them.

  • The EU's execrable Article 13 is on the fast track to disaster.  (Julia Reda)

    In short, it makes all online platforms liable for user-generated content.  Platforms don't have to filter content, says the legislation, but are required to filter content.

    Yes, that's really what it says.

    How much filtering you are required to do depends.  On...  Stuff.

    Oh, and you're not allowed to block content that doesn't infringe.  And you have to be able to detect parodies and other fair use.

Picture of the Day

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You know it makes sense.


Bonus Picture of the Day

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The test rocket for the SpaceX Starship, assembled at the launch site.  Robert Heinlein would be proud.


Disclaimer: Double-insulated.  Do not earth.

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