Friday, July 24


Daily News Stuff 23 July 2020

Flagshipping Edition

Tech News

  • The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro provides near flagship specs for just €999.  (AnandTech)

    Yay, I guess.

  • Shoulda bought AMD stock back in 2016.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Of course, had no money back in 2016.

    AMD has its earnings call next week, and will likely give us hints of future goodies to fuel uninformed speculation by tech bloggers.  Cough cough.

  • TechDirt is not partisan.  (TechDirt)

    Whenever you see a publication insist that it is not partisan, you know you have at most three paragraphs before they accuse Trump of putting children in cages.

  • Why Google needs a $99 tablet.  (ZDNet)

    I'd settle for $199 if it's any good.  (The article gives a reasonable list of requirements and says $150, despite the headline.)

  • Every problem I have with PyPy is due to its garbage collection.

    Case in point: If you use partials inside a loop in a Mustache template and process it through Pystache under PyPy, it can be an order of magnitude slower than CPython, despite the fact that PyPy averages 4.4x faster than CPython across a broad suite of benchmarks.  (And indeed outside of this specific case, Pystache is 4.5x faster under PyPy than CPython.)

    Another case in point: PyPy uses far more memory than Python.  Simple tasks that work fine under Python can leak gigabytes of memory and get the attention of the OOMK if you're not paying attention.

    I'm not sure how central to PyPy's performance that choice of garbage collection algorithm is to PyPy's performance, but it's annoying since it really has no other major flaws.  (Startup time for the JIT aside.)

    On the other hand, I was able to shave 1.5 seconds off the load time of a web application at my day job this afternoon.  We migrated servers a couple of months ago, from aging physical servers to the cloud, and in the process replaced EOL'd CPython 2.7 with still-supported PyPy 7.2.  This one app had been slow ever since, and today I finally got time to go down that rabbit hole.

  • In the fuck this shit department:

    We have Ethereum integrations into several of our apps at my day job.  Those integrations start to have problems when the gas price is above 4, and stop working when it's above 10 unless someone manually intervenes.

    Fortunately, at a gas price of 100 nobody's Ethereum integrations are working.  It's like using Amazon or Cloudflare - if they go down, so does half the internet, so no-one blames you for it.

Disclaimer: Still using my Nexus 7 after all these years.  Not the 2012 model, though.  That died.

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1 I dunno if it's version or platform or what, but I can't see those embeds on firefox, and I can see them on chromium (same platform, though).  And on that old fire tablet.

Posted by: normal at Friday, July 24 2020 11:20 AM (obo9H)


Posted by: normal at Friday, July 24 2020 11:26 AM (obo9H)

3 I think the issue with Firefox and Twitter embeds is the tracking protection.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, July 24 2020 02:32 PM (Iwkd4)

4 Probably.  I use the lazy method to embed Twitter links, and if it fails it doesn't give you a text version the way their full embed code does.  I'll put it on my list of nonsense things I need to fix.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 24 2020 02:38 PM (PiXy!)

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