Friday, March 27


Daily News Stuff 27 March 2020

Cowboy Dedup Edition

Tech News

  • If you're using IBM cloud servers with the standard portable storage and ZFS, do not enable deduplication.

    Block compression, fine.  No problem at all.  But deduplication will murder your performance.

    Thankfully performance recovers fairly quickly after you turn it off - duplicated blocks that were deduplicated before are still deduplicated, but it stops trying to do it for new data.

  • Quarantine Day 4444

  • Huawei have announced the P40, P40 Pro, P40 Pro Plus, and P40 Plus Pro.  (AnandTech)

    I think that's right.

    The standout feature is the camera array, with a huge 0.8" diagonal sensor and up to 10x optical zoom on the telephoto lens.  The Pro+ has two different telephoto cameras for a total of five rear cameras plus a 32MP selfie camera and an unspecified IR camera for face recognition.

    Prices from €799 to €1399, no Google services, and you probably can't buy one anyway.

  • Intel's 24 core Xeon Gold 6248R comes close to matching the performance of AMD's 24 core Epyc 7402.  (Serve the Home)

    Unfortunately it comes close to matching the price of the 32 core Epyc 7502 which beats it easily.  And if you're configuring a single-socket system, you can use the Epyc 7402P, which is half the price, or alternately the Threadripper 3960X, which is half the price and 30-40% faster.  (But only has four channel RAM.)

  • Speaking of which, the hardware of my 3960X server is configured and I'm just waiting on the techs to load up Linux and/or give me IPMI access.  This is where cloud servers do win out over dedicated hardware.

  • Achievement unlocked: One exabyte of other people's files.  (BackBlaze)

    I wonder what the aggregate size of BitTorrent is.

  • Zoom is the new hotness in this plague-raddled telecommuting wasteland.  (

    The new hotness that silently sends user data off to Facebook.  Even if you don't have a Facebook account.

  • Thunderbirds are go!  (UPI)

    The first official mission of the US Space Force launched successfully today, carrying a new military communications satellite, and not, as originally expected, rescuing a supersonic passenger jet whose landing gear had failed.

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1 "Prices from€799 to€1399, no Google services, and you probably can't buy one anyway."
You aren't going to want those in the US anyway--they don't have most of the US bands.  Maybe the global version will if/when they release one.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, March 28 2020 01:35 AM (Iwkd4)

2 "The new hotness that silently sends user data off to Facebook. Even if you don't have a Facebook account."
Which means that their app uses a Facebook analytics library, probably.  Lots and lots of apps do this, unfortunately.  There was a news story a few months ago.  By default the library slurps a bunch of info but that can be turned off.  Apparently a lot of app developers didn't know that.

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, March 28 2020 01:46 AM (Iwkd4)

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