Wednesday, July 29


Daily News Stuff 28 July 2020

Don't Talk To Me About Life Edition

Tech News

  • Intel's Chief Engineering Officer has gotten the boot following five years of nothing.  (AnandTech)

    He features significantly in AdoredTV's latest video as the source of much of the internal politics that has derailed Intel these last few years.

    I have no independent information so I don't know if he's the cause of the problems, a convenient scapegoat, or a voluntary sacrifice to appease investors.

  • On the other hand there is now an i9-10850K.  (AnandTech)

    This is a 10900K only 100MHz slower and $35 cheaper.  I wonder how scaling it back just 100MHz affects power consumption.  I suspect the difference may be quite substantial.

  • A spiritual successor to the wildly popular Suikoden series - which I have never played - launched on Kickstarter and immediately crashed the entire site.  (Kickstarter)

    Three times, apparently.

    Despite that it was fully funded inside three hours and is now at three times its initial goal of Â¥53,808,516.  Which seems oddly specific.  Oh, and has already unlocked seven stretch goals.

  • Intel may or may not be outsourcing fabrication of their discrete GPUs to TSMC.  (WCCFTech)

    It would make more sense to do this with a brand new product with no existing market than with any of their core products, and TSMC is very familiar with producing GPUs.

  • Intel's Ice Pickle.  (Serve the Home)

    AMD's second-generation Epyc Rome parts, launched last year, were intended to head off Intel's 10nm Ice Lake Xeons.

    Rome launched on schedule.  Ice Lake didn't, still hasn't, and has only been promised to trickle out in limited quantities before the end of the year.  At which time AMD will be shipping the Zen 3 based...  Genoa?  Venice?  San Marino?  Milan, that's it.

    Which leaves Intel in a bind because their storage, networking, and FPGA divisions have started producing PCIe 4.0 devices, but the only x86 CPUs available with PCIe 4.0 are from AMD.

  • S3 considered harmful.  (Twilio)

    Why, yes, a cloud storage option that can be accidentally configured to be writeable by the entire fucking internet is a sensible idea that the world's largest cloud services provider should definitely offer.

  • Arm-based Macs will change the world.  (ZDNet)

  • Arm-based Macs are irrelevant - even to Apple.  (ZDNet)

    Clearly ZDNet got their writers to do these two articles as a deliberately provcative pair, but the first one comes across as, frankly, slightly insane.

  • Campbell's Law.  (Wikipedia)
    The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor.
    This is very close to one of Pixy's Laws - or at least a point I've discussed in relation to Google's Pagerank algorithm and its role in creating the entire comment spam industry.

    Not really surprising that someone pointed it out decades before me.

    Slightly surprising that I learned of this specific formulation from a left-wing educator explaining why left-wing education policy (which is to say, all education policy) so often does more harm than good.

Pixy Is Currently Reading

Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta... a.k.a Bakarina and Jishou Akuyaku Reijou na Konyakusha no Kansatsu Kiroku a.k.a Bertia.

They're isekai / otome manga where the heroine is stuck in the role of the main villain.  Both girls work tirelessly to make things work out okay in the worlds they find themselves trapped in, hampered only by the fact that they collectively have the IQ of dish soap.

Wakfu Music Video of the Day

I know I've posted this one before, but I really like it so here it is again.

Anime Music Video of the Day

By the same creator.  I wasn't sold on this one instantly, but by the end I realised that it perfectly achieved what it set out to do.  And Ano Natsu de Matteru was a really nice little series.

Which is in two respects is the reverse of this one:

That video introduced me to Saint Motel, who I now love, and hooked me instantly.  But Konosuba is just kind of, well, bad.

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