Thursday, July 09


Daily News Stuff 8 July 2020

Aftereffects Edition

Tech News

  • Ow.

  • Hivelocity - the hosting company where this blog is presently located - just opened sixteen new datacenters.  Though I expect many of them are actually a couple of locked cabinets in someone else's datacenter.

    I looked at the map, and noticed that it covered basically the whole world except Australia.  Well, and also except South America and Africa, which kind of shows my bias, and nothing in central or southern Asia either.

    Anyway, I scrolled down the page and yeah, I always forget how far south Sydney is.  They only have two configurations available in their smaller "datecenters" and they're not exceptionally cheap, but they're priced comparably to a fast virtual server from Vultr (who also have a Sydney datacenter that is probably a couple of locked cabinets).

  • Thunderbolt 4 is coming this year.  (AnandTech)

    It's no faster than Thunderbolt 3 - the cables and transceivers don't really allow for that yet - but it cleans things up a bit.

    And it looks like USB 4 ports will be labelled 20 and 40 rather than with some arcane sigil or USB 4.0 gen 3x2 or whatever.

    Now they just need to retroactively rename all the existing ports.  In theory, there's two different 10Gb modes that are actually different speeds, but no-one implements USB 3.2 gen 1x2 without also implementing 2x2 so that probably doesn't matter.

  • Hot Chips 2020 is...  Wait, this looks awfully familiar.  (AnandTech)

    I'm not going crazy, they bumped the story from May since the date is now approaching.  I also note this time around that since it's virtual, the price for attending the whole thing is just $125.  I don't think I will since (a) no time and (b) my dryer just dropped dead but that's a pretty good deal for any industry people.

  • The Phanteks P500A is kind of large, kind of cheap, kind of absurd, and kind of going into my next PC build.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's a full-size ATX case with 10 3.5" drive bays, so you can just shovel it full of disks.  The basic model without RGB nonsense is $99, which seems pretty reasonable.

    Oh, and it has room for a second ITX motherboard just in case you need both Windows and Linux running on bare metal - which I do.

    This won't be happening this year, but my newest desktop is now two years old and my iMac is approaching five, so next year looks like an upgrade year.  Zen 4 here I come!

    Come to think of it....  If I contine to use my two Dell all-in-ones as 4K monitors (they have HDMI input) they can run Linux and the new system just needs to run Windows.  Maybe.

  • The World Health Organisation has concluded that Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague can be transmitted through coughing and sneezing and not just Chinese restaurants.  (New York Times)

    Actually, no.  The debate is over whether the virus itself can be airborne rather than carried in tiny droplets from coughs and sneezes.  The answer is, maybe.

Disclaimer: Which would be bad.

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1 If the (lying idiot) experts at the WHO can show that this coof really is an airborne virus, then all that mask wearing really was for naught.  It would also mean that we've all probably been exposed, which means that all this shutdown was about was political control.  Which it is for the most part anyway.

Posted by: normal at Thursday, July 09 2020 02:29 AM (LADmw)

2 If that case had an intake filter, it would be on my list for the next build.

Posted by: Jay at Thursday, July 09 2020 02:44 AM (0jVI9)

3 If that case had a vape module built in . . . or does that only come in the RGB version?

Posted by: normal at Thursday, July 09 2020 06:15 AM (obo9H)

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