Friday, August 17
- RetroManCave reviews the Sharp X68000 Pro.
The original X68000 with its distinctive dual vertical slices pops up in manga from time to time.
Art by @xiao_woo. Frequently NSFW.
- Google says "We don't collect your location if you turn location tracking off. We don't do that. We don't. Okay, we collect a little bit. Rather a lot, really." (Tom's Hardware)
- Microsoft's Cortana exposed as double-agent. (Tom's Hardware)
If you had certain "skills" enabled, locking your computer didn't really do much, because Cortana is still active. This is fixed in the most recent Windows 10 update, which is why it's being publicly announced now.
- As any D&D player knows, you need to use fire to properly kill a troll. Works on patent trolls too. (TechDirt)
- NVIDIA's 2080 Ti might have 4352 shaders and 14Gbps GDDR6 RAM up from 3584 shaders and 11Gbps GDDR5X RAM on the 1080 Ti. (WCCFTech)
Normally I suggest taking anything from WCCFTech with a pound of salt, but this is so unexciting that it's probably entirely accurate.
- TinyWL is a Wayland compositor in 500 lines of C. That's more than 39 lines of Python, but these things are commonly enormous masses of unreadable code, so it's nice to see.
- If you need a 56 core dual Xeon workstation with 768GB RAM and 7.1 audio the Supermicro X11DAC might be the motherboard for you. (ServeTheHome)
One caveat: It has 16 DIMM slots. It has 12 memory channels. 16 is not divisible by 12. (Apple shipped a Mac Pro with a similar arrangement, years ago.)
- After noting that AMD's 32 core 2990WX runs dramatically faster on Linux than on Windows 10, Phoronix went back and ran those tests under Windows Server as well, both 2016 and the 2019 preview.
Windows Server was generally no better and sometimes significantly worse. (Phoronix)
Linux has the benefit here of having been ported to hundreds of weird architectures over the years. The unbalanced memory paths of the 2990WX are nothing compared to some of the crazy shit out there.
- Mozilla has stomped on another 23 nosy browser extensions. Which means they will be automatically disabled in your browser, so no particular need to worry. (Bleeping Computer)
Social Media News
- The Daily Wire fires back at Twitter's plan to reduce echo chambers by removing users' choice over the what they see, thus creating a single big echo chamber that Twitter controls. (Daily Wire)
- For the articles! Penthouse Australia (yes, that Penthouse) has a good article on the fallout from Google's summary defenestration of James Damore. The article is written by Claire Lehmann of Quillette.
Chip Diagram of the Day
(Those 12G PHYs are just what you think - they run at up to 12Gbps, 50% faster than PCIe 3.0 and twice as fast as SATA. This speed is used for socket interconnect on dual CPU EPYC servers, but not on desktop Ryzen parts.)
Picture of the Day
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