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Daily News Stuff 29 March 2024

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  • FuryGPU is completely open-source - including the hardware - and can run Quake at 60 fps.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Not the 2021 version; the 1996 version.  Which would run on most domestic appliances these days.


  • Unless you source your domestic appliances from Russia, where half the CPUs don't work.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Russia, like China, has been cut off from advanced chip production facilities.

    China has its own 14nm production.  That's a long way behind TSMC, Intel, or Samsung, but it's not terrible.

    Russia is still at 90nm.


  • The race to replace Redis.  (LWN)

    Redis isn't a conventional database, but rather a kind of Swiss army chainsaw for short-term data storage and manipulation.  It's extremely useful and justifiably popular and has been included in most Linux distributions for the past decade - and it just stopped being open source.

    So the race is on to replace it because otherwise you won't be able to update to new Linux releases without things breaking.


  • The race to replace VMWare ESXi.  (Serve the Home)

    VMWare ESXi was a free, entry-level version of VMWare's enterprise platform, intended for engineers to run on their own computers so that they could experiment with the software and provide better support.

    VMWare got bought by Broadcom, which appears determined to kill it.

    Proxmox VE can now import and run your VMWare ESXi servers, which solves your problem if you were using it, but does nothing for Broadcom's self-inflicted wounds.


  • Oh, outrageCloud hosting provider Vultr has hastily removed some wording from its terms of service after users noticed.  (The Register)

    The legalese was supposed to grant Vultr rights to reproduce your content that you posted to their online support forums, which is normal because you can't run an online forum without that.

    But the way it was worded made it look like they could just make off with the data on your servers.  Which would be bad.

* Except maybe Robert L. Forward in his work Self-Limiting.**
** He proposed making currency out of plutonium.

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