Tuesday, August 21


Daily News Stuff 21 August 2018

Tech News

  • Paper launch day for Nvidia's RTX 2000 family.  Cards will actually be available following Talk Like a Pirate Day.  (I don't know why either.)  (AnandTech)

    Despite WCCFTech being WCCFTech, their leaks on these cards were 100% accurate.  Top of the line 2080 Ti will have 4352 shaders and 11GB of 14Gbps GDDR6 memory.

    More interesting (potentially) is that these are the new Turing architecture with Tensor cores for AI processing and a dedicated ray-tracing unit.  When Nvidia talk about huge performance gains, they are talking about these new functions, not about the actual graphics, which look to be only 10-20% faster depending on the card. 

    Also, price increases across the board, so you have that to look forward to.  Though to be fair, these are far cheaper than the recently announced professional versions, and I don't think you'll find the same AI or ray-tracing performance cheaper anywhere.

  • The annual Hot Chips conference is on and one of the first presentations is on Samsung's M3 chip, a high-end fully custom ARM design.  Samsung are working to catch up with Apple here, because Qualcomm are dragging their feet in that department.  (AnandTech)

  • Apple may release a new MacBook Air and a replacement for the 97-year-old Mac Mini.  Or not.  (Bloomberg, via Tom's Hardware)

  • Shuttle announced this chunky little nugget.  (WCCFTech)
    No, I don't know why either.

  • Template languages always end up Turing complete.  The Minx template language is Turing complete, if you really want to do that.  (Well, mostly.  The template engine solves the Halting Problem by nuking your page if your template code issues too many instructions.)

    So either plan for that, or don't implement a template language.

  • There is a new vulnerability that impacts everything.  Unless there isn't or it doesn't.  It gave me a headache and I closed the page, and now I've lost the link.  Just assume you've already been hacked and everything is gone.

Social Media News

  • Turkeys of a feather flock together.  Does that chart stack vertically, or overlap?  Either way, it's bad.  Turkey is responsible for something between 40% and 80% of the censored Twitter accounts worldwide, depending.  (Techdirt)

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