Wednesday, January 29
Don't Mind The Bees Edition
- Good news from AMD: Revenues up 50%, debt down 50%. (AnandTech)
Navi 2 will be out later this year, the new game consoles launch before Christmas, and Ryzen 4000 and Epyc - um, Milan? Yes, Milan - will be out in the second half of the year.
- Ultraram is a new, faster, much lower power replacement for DRAM. (PC Perspective)
What it is certainly not going to be, though, is cheap or easy to manufacture. It uses multiple layers of different III-V semiconductors rather than simple silicon. Aluminium antimonide, indium arsenide, and gallium antimonide.
- Stop blaming social media companies and their algorithms for entirely fictional threats to democracy. (TechDirt)
Well, it's TechDirt, they don't quite twig to the fact that the threats are imaginary, but they do stand up for algorithm rights or something.
- YouTube is radicalising innocent youths!!!!! (Tech Crunch)
Unless it isn't.
The paper is the same vacuous nonsense as always, explicitly subjective, and completely free of hard evidence. Er, except for evidence against their hypothesis, since they note that the YouTube recommendation algorithm has only a 0.05% chance of recommending "alt-right" material after you view an "alt-lite" video.
- I will not eat bugs. I will not live in a pod. (Engadget)
The usual suspects seem awfully eager to sell people on the idea of eating insects. Probably they're in the pocket of Big Bug.
Only real problem is the anime translates "Slay Vega", which is an already odd enough term, as "Sleigh Beggy". And it gets used a lot in the first few episodes.
The manga has - deliberately - very few cues as to exactly when it is set. When they visit London only the old landmarks are actually drawn. There's a double-decker bus seen crossing a bridge, but those have been around since the 1950s. A fairy indicates that skyscrapers exist, and boxy ones rather than nice Art Deco ones, so again the 1950s or later.
But the Magus himself mentions computers with multi-user operating systems as a metaphor he'd expect a teenager to understand, so despite all the peaceful English countryside and steam trains it's definitely the 21st century.
Ian Cutress had better take note and not lick a wafer of this stuff!
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, January 30 2020 01:58 AM (Iwkd4)
Nah, just neo-Malthusians. "Oh, we're going to run out of land to grow food." Someone says "no, just look at all the arable unused land just in the US, and how Israel produces 95% of its food and it's mostly desert", and the usual "but all the land will be ruined by climate catastrophe!!!!1" stuff. Maybe all these busybodies should try to tackle the biggest cause of inadequate food, African warlords.
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, January 30 2020 02:07 AM (Iwkd4)
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