Saturday, June 15


Daily News Stuff 15 June 2019

Frantically Googling Error Messages Edition

Tech News

  • Wait, M.4 is a thing?  (AnandTech)

    No, as it turns out.  They've just jammed two M.2 connectors next to each other.

  • SD Express is on its way with chips for cards from Phison and chips for readers from Realtek.  (AnandTech)

    Basically a single lane of PCIe 3.0, so speeds close to 1GB/s, and supports device sizes up to 128TB.  Which will be great right up until you sneeze and you lose the entire corporate database cluster.

  • Ethiopia shut off the internet.  (Tech Crunch)

    In Ethiopia.

  • Returning to the Moon could cost US taxpayers $30 billion.  (Tech Crunch)

    Which means...  Carry the twelve...  You could colonise the entire Solar System and the seventeen nearest stars for less than than the price of the Green New Deal ($93 trillion).

  • A 64 core Threadripper could be coming later this year unless it isn't.  (WCCFTech)

    This week's WAN Show (Other Linus' weekly news show) talked about how this seems impractical and expensive for such a niche product.  But even more than with Threadripper 1 & 2, this will just be an alternate power profile for an Epyc chip.  Allow it to draw 250W instead of 180W, and let your packaging designers go nuts.

    It's the same socket as Epyc, same chiplets, same substrate.  Gen 1 had a fixed limit of 4 memory channels, but now with the I/O die they don't even need to do that.  Epyc could run just fine on Threadripper boards and vice versa, with a suitable BIOS.

  • If you need to run BBC Basic on your CP/M system today is your lucky day.

  • AMD's X570 chipset has been making all the noise recently but B550 and A520 are also on their way.  (Digitimes)

    These don't support PCIe 4.0; they are updated versions of the B450 and A320 (I don't think there was ever an A420).  But you get 20 lanes of PCIe 4.0 from the CPU regardless.

  • So just how fast is PCIe 4.0?  On, for example, that upcoming Phison SSD controller? (Tom's Hardware)

    They actually got their hands on a sample device and were able to run a full suite of tests, using an adaptor card that converts PCIe 3.0 x 16 to PCIe 4.0 x 8 (since PCIe 4.0 motherboards will be scarce for another three weeks).

    It hit 5GB/s in one test, but while it did well overall the faster interface alone was not enough to make it the unqualified winner.

  • It's 2019.  Why aren't Docker and LXC/LXD secure by default?  (Bleeping Computer)

    And MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch...  It's not enough to have a guidebook to securing commonly used infrastructure; it must install that way automatically and have a guidebook to punch holes in the security model only when needed.

  • Huawei has put its Mate X on hold following Samsung's trouble and the fact that no-one will buy it anyway.  (

  • YouTube censored a video discussing Pinterest censoring links to conservative blogs.  (One Angry Gamer)

    I have no particular need to see Glenn Reynolds naked but at the same time I'm pretty sure Instapundit doesn't prominently feature nudity.

    This comes a day after Twitter suspended Project Veritas for reporting on the same incident.

    They're all playing "Notice me senpai!" with the DOJ.

The Net Interprets Brain Damage As Censorship And Routes Around It

First they came for Tim Pool, and we all laughed because he's already on three other platforms.

Anime Trailer of the Day

Apart from the first half of season two - which is where I got stuck the first time - the show is generally strong.  Worth getting past that part, even if just for the Froppy episode.

Picture of the Day

Look, I'm not saying no, I'm just saying there are certain practical considerations.  Art by @tao15102

Disclaimer: Git projects built by small teams should not be more than a gigabyte.  What are you people putting in there?

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1 Re: the Moon.  Rand Simberg at thinks it could be done for a lot less if we didn't have the NASA mafia in Congress forcing SLS/Orion and LOP-G.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 15 2019 11:41 PM (Iwkd4)

2 There's a lot of salt needed for that WCCF article.  Threadripper 3 on 14nm?  Why?  That'd be crazy.  The smart bet is it's going to be using the same chiplets and IO as the rest of Zen 2.
Also, people keep going on about NUMA starving the two off cores in TR2 but that was pretty much shown to be not the problem at the beginning of this year; IIRC it's mainly the Windows scheduler.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 15 2019 11:45 PM (Iwkd4)

3 I'm waiting to hear if there's going to be a new generation of PBO/PB/XFR in the X570; if not, I will skip it, as I don't have any need in the next year or so for PCIe 4.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 15 2019 11:52 PM (Iwkd4)

4 Apropos of nothing, when I needed a BT name for my phone, I called it "notice mi sempai."

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, June 15 2019 11:54 PM (Iwkd4)

5 Yeah, there is no way AMD can do 64 cores at 14nm; it won't fit.  But the I/O die is 14nm, so maybe WCCFTech are just confused about which bits of it are 14nm.

With the new I/O die all cores will have equal access to memory, and with Infinity Fabric 2 they'll have twice the bandwidth and lower latency than before (though we don't yet know how much lower latency).  So if there's any advantage of shipping a 64 core HEDT part, even just bragging rights, they can do it.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, June 15 2019 11:57 PM (PiXy!)

6 RE: M4
This should not be a problem, The issue is going to be the next iteration and making sure that Dr. Daystrom doesn't use his own brain engrams to program it. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sunday, June 16 2019 09:16 AM (xOgT9)

7 64 cores/14nm:  not only that but it would be a wild departure for TR 3000 not to use the same dies/chiplets as the other two product lines.

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