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Daily News Stuff 10 July 2020

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Tech News

  • Still ow.  Been in bed reading manhwa all day - A Stepmother's Märchen and Dungeon Reset.

    I particularly liked the dark fairytale style of the first chapter of A Stepmother's Märchen - though I wouldn't want to read an entire book like that.

    Both of them are quite good, and although presented in the vertical scrolling style rather than traditional pages, they show that Korean artists are really getting a handle on telling stories like this.

    China less so; the output is there and the art is often good but the writing is barely grade-school level.  Haven't found any...  Manhua is the Chinese one, right?  Any manhua I'd recommend so far.

    I already had today off, but had planned to spend it a bit more actively than that.

    My Mangadex reading list is here but a few of those you'll need to find on another site because they've been taken down.

  • A wild Threadripper 3995WX appeared!  (Guru3D)

    When third-generation Threadripper was first discussed, there were rumours of multiple chipsets, including TRX40 (which is what we have now) and TRX80 (which has been conspicuously absent).

    This looks like the TRX80 version: It supports eight channel memory and registered DIMMs, up to 2TB in total.  This makes perfect sense, because it's just an Epyc part binned for clock speed rather than power efficiency.  In effect they are already selling these CPUs; they just need to convince a partner to make a suitable workstation motherboard.

    It also fills a gap in AMD's lineup.  Intel already has workstation parts that support 1.5TB of RAM, but they max out at 28 cores.  AMD has 64-core workstation CPUs, but they max out at 256GB of RAM.  And people who need 64 cores often need more than 256GB of RAM.

    Update: An afterthought - I wonder if they will unlock all 128 PCIe lanes?  Current Threadripper parts only have 64 lanes in total.  8 connect to the TRX40 chipset, which provides another 16 lanes.

    Epyc motherboards don't (as far as I know) have chipsets, because all Ryzen family CPUs have built-in SATA and USB controllers anyway.  So this might be a chipsetless design aimed at high-end workstations with all or mostly NVMe storage.

  • Who said irony was dead?

  • Chinese telecommunications equipment is riddled with vulnerabilities.  (ZDNet)

    They have Telnet active on the WAN port.  You can log in as guest with no password.  And there are local privilege escalation vulnerabilities so you can jump from there to root - including the ability to list account passwords, which are apparently not even hashed.

    This surprises absolutely no-one except TechDirt who are drunk again.

  • That's so obvious I never even thought of it.  (The Verge)

    The upcoming Arm-based Macs will support Thunderbolt.  This is an obvious minimal requirement since Thunderbolt is the only port most Macs have these days.

    But no Arm products - including Apple's, even their new developer kit - currently support Thunderbolt, so it's not clear exactly what they are doing or how.

  • MongoDB 4.4 is at RC12 - that is, their twelfth release candidate.

    That's probably a longer shakedown cruise than they had planned, but I'm not waiting on any specific features in this release and 4.2 is working well, so I'd much rather they take the time and knock out the remaining bugs.

  • Facebook updated their API and broke everything.  (9to5Mac)

    We have a Facebook integration with our software platform at our day job, and every time I log in to Facebook I get a notification that their API has changed and we need to update to the new version.

    It's kind of annoying.

    Elasticsearch does this bullshit too.  Oh, sorry, we deprecated that.  You'll just have to rewrite every single search query.

Disclaimer: It's actually a lot annoying.

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1 Korean titles have never impressed me from a story-writing perspective.  The art has generally been very good, but in many ways, that has been the easier part to learn.  Plot, character background and development, and world-building, has been singularly unimpressive in the Korean works I have consumed.

To this day, I am still at a loss to explain why Seven Seas thought Freezing is a good license to pay money for.

Chinese titles have the same issues as Korean titles when it comes to story, except for a notable tendency to rehash plots from the Four Classics of Chinese Literature.  They have also been more erratic regarding quality of their art.

Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, July 12 2020 09:34 AM (4i7w0)

2 Checking my Mangadex list, I've followed about 230 Japanese titles, 8 Korean, and 1 Chinese. 

So the ratio isn't great but there are three Korean titles I would recommend - the two above and A Returner's Magic Should Be Special.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, July 13 2020 01:45 AM (PiXy!)

3 No love for _Solo Leveling_? It seems to have stalled just now, but what's available is fun, and the LN wasn't bad.

Posted by: jabrwok at Monday, July 13 2020 07:04 AM (T4WaI)

4 I have read Solo Leveling, and it's well done, but I haven't caught up with it in a while.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, July 13 2020 09:49 AM (PiXy!)

5 Amusing note: I tried to read Solo Levelling last night, and thought the story was horribly disjointed and oddly repetitive. Then I discovered that the site I was reading it on was skipping more than half the chapters and repeating multiple copies of various pages with different translations.

Perhaps I'll try again... :-)


Posted by: J Greely at Tuesday, July 14 2020 05:49 AM (ZlYZd)

6 Yep, that'll do it.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, July 14 2020 08:03 AM (PiXy!)

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