Tuesday, May 19


Daily News Stuff 19 May 2020

That'll Slow The Fish Down Edition

Tech News

  • A look at the ASRack X470D4U Ryzen server motherboard.  (Serve the Home)

    Coming soon to a mee.nu near you, because this is the exact board in Akane III.

    It is an X470 motherboard, so it's PCIe 3.0, but for now that's not a huge problem.  My SSD (a 3.2TB Samsung enterprise NVMe model) is also PCIe 3.0, and I'm not running a graphics card.

    It has two M.2 slots, in an interesting and sensible configuration given the limitations of the chipset: One is PCIe 3.0 x2, and the other is PCIe 2.0 x 4.  That means both have 2GB/s bandwidth, while leaving PCIe lanes available for the extra network controllers and BMC chip that are included.

    Which does mean I don't get quite the full speed of the SSD (3.1GB/s read, 2GB/s write) but if I add another it should work exactly the same.

    X570 would be much better, allowing two PCIe 4.0 x 4 M.2 slots.  But even our new Threadripper-based production systems rarely break 1GB/s of I/O, and they run RAID-0 arrays of PCIe 3.0 x 8 SSDs.

    Also, Akane's CPU is running at 33°C.  I think it needs more work to do.

  • Trillions of QNAP storage arrays are vulnerable to remote attack.  (ZDNet)

    Well, half a million anyway.  Well, if they're connected to the internet.  Or sitting on a corporate network with bad people wandering about.

    The bug is in the photo app, which, um, runs as root.  That seems ill-advised.

  • Minecraft hits 200 million sales.  (Thurrott.com)

    That's a lot.  It certainly justifies the price Microsoft paid Notch.

  • Associated Press not only wants you to hand over your video of news events without payment, they want you to personally indemnify them against an resulting...  Anything.  (TechDirt)

    And indemnify anyone they relicence or sublicence your content to, an infinite cascade of legal liability with no compensation.

    Also, they're blocking anyone on Twitter who dares to criticise them over it.

  • Samsung has a new 50MP camera sensor.  (AnandTech)

    Yes, that's half the number of their previous sensor, but those were pushing the limits of the wavelength of visible light, and using fewer but larger pixels is likely to work better overall.

    Also, even with the previous 108MP sensor, Samsung phones defaulted to taking 12MP photos. 

  • Formatting code is hard.  (Stuff With Stuff)

    Mostly I just hit Ctrl-Alt-L.

Video of the Day

Yes.  No.  No?  Yes.  Yes?  No?  Yes!  Mostly.

Looks like Ryzen 4000 is back on the cards for 400-series motherboards.

It's still not possible to support all AM4 CPUs on a single BIOS, so if you were planning to jump from a 1600 to a 4600 you may have a tricky upgrade process ahead of you.  Which is why AMD didn't want to do it in the first place.

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