Thursday, June 20


Daily News Stuff 20 June 2019

Talkin' Bout Shaft Edition

Tech News

  • Everyone's favourite SSD controller company with a dumb name has announced a controller for the USB standard with a dumb name - with a dumb name.  (AnandTech)

    Phison's PS2251-17 is a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 interface directly to flash, delivering up to 1.3GB/s.  Which is a bit slow for USB 20, but a lot faster than SATA.

    I'll take it.

  • A Google partner company hoovered up the content of lyrics site Genius.  (TechDirt) 

    Genius caught them red-handed by using alternating patters of regular and fancy apostrophes to embed a message in Morse Code.

    But -

    First, only 100 songs out of 1.5 million have been identified as having been copied. 

    Second, Genius doesn't own the copyright to the lyrics.  They license them, and Google's partner also has a license.

    Third, a previous court ruling on the use of "trap streets" in street directories held that trap streets in themselves were not copyrightable, so by that precedent neither are Genius's apostrophes.

    And fourth, Amazon and Microsoft have the same copied lyrics.

  • Why Google+ failed.  (OneZero)

    Not necessarily correct, but a worthwhile look at why Google's design choices may have doomed the network from the start.

  • Intel most definitely either is or is not outsourcing some 14nm production to Samsung.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • Infinity nines, HPE?  (Serve the Home)

    I guess you can write an SLA promising 100% uptime, so long as the penalties for missing the target still leave room for profit.

    Basically, though, this is a network storage array where everything is redundant and hot-swap.  Dual-attach SAS drives mean even a backplane failure leaves you up and running.

  • Australian prices for the Intel 660p have come down to Earth with a thump, and are now within a couple of percent of US prices (allowing for exchange rates and sales tax).  Time for a 2TB upgrade!

Video of the Day

There's a new Shaft movie out, it seems.  It's supposed to be both fun and faithful to the 70s original.  It has a 95% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes - and a 33% critic score.

Rotten Tomatoes now insists that you verify your movie tickets before they count your vote in the viewer score.  So that 95% is from a verified audience.

Disclaimer: <rant mode="penn jillette">He's a complicated man AND nobody understands him but his woman.</rant>

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1 Genius:  It certainly shows a certain scumminess on Google's (or their "other partner"'s part), though.  Back in the 90s there was a company that made an x86 assembler that claimed to do the same sort of thing:  they claimed that they made use of a pattern of various alternate MOV opcodes to prove a given executable had been generated by their assembler, in case they ever wanted to sue a company for not buying their product.
On the other hand, Genius is a relatively obnoxious lyrics site anyway; I prefer azlyrics, myself.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, June 21 2019 12:00 AM (Iwkd4)

2 Shaft is a god-damned serial Jaywalker!

Posted by: Mauser at Friday, June 21 2019 12:01 PM (Ix1l6)

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