Wednesday, March 24
And Then Exploded Edition
- Sorry folks, canal's closed. Camel out front should've told ya. (ABC)
The Suez is going to need one hell of a laxative.
- Intel is back, says Intel. (AnandTech)
We shall see.
- They will at least be offering x86 core designs for third-parties to embed in their own chips. (AnandTech)
Which cores was not mentioned.
- Two 32 core Ice Lake Xeons are 4% faster than a single 64 core Epyc. (WCCFTech)
Epyc Rome, here, not Milan, though Milan averages only 17% faster due to thermal constraints.
Speaking of Epyc Rome, we might be getting a 128 core Epyc server at my day job to replace the 24 core Threadripper that just died. It's more expensive, but not as much as you might expect, and it comes with twice the RAM and SSD.
- Google has removed ClearURL from the Chome extension store for garbage reasons. (Hacker News)
On the other hand, someone in the comments notes that ClearURL allows remote code execution via its blacklist, which is a really bad idea. There's only one source for the blacklist, but that server has a big target painted on its back.
- Reddit has set itself on fire.
- The Nazis - sorry, I mean "free software advocates" - have come for RMS and the FSF. (Ars Technica)
Not worth reading, really; it's Ars Technica at its most Ars. I told them off in the comments and then left.
But it's a useful reminder that the New Left despises the Old Left.
- Was the Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague human-engineered? Has Cream of Bat Soup been unfairly maligned all these years? (MIT Technology Review)
Maybe. The virus has odd features for both an engineered and a natural pathogen.
Mom, I Need A 3090 So I Can Play Minecraft Video of the Day
Gura just got herself a new PC with a 3090. The 3090 is overkill and horribly expensive, but because of the steep price it is actually available when not much else is.
Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Minecraft Dungeon Video of the Day
Okay, that's slightly impressive.
For those who do not know, the late founder of Taiwan-based Evergreen Group was, for the longest time before his death, a strong backer of the Taiwanese independence movement and a supporter of the DPP. While his heirs are not as nearly as public, the company itself is still associated with both.
Posted by: cxt217 at Thursday, March 25 2021 03:04 AM (4i7w0)
I kinda wanna go looking to see just how many downvotes you get. The first dozen comments were full of self-righteous nonentities who, no doubt, have nothing approaching a fraction of Stallman's accomplishments.
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, March 25 2021 03:35 AM (eqaFC)
It is just that when I start breaking down the design elements, I get the urge to realize a more complex extreme. More rugged terrain, less regular lay out, fortifications that were obviously built in projects by different overseers at different times, drainage, more variety of buildings, etc.
I start comparing to the design of the Yin Eclipse in my recent go to example, Memories of the Fall, but the geography there is also kind of standard, with usual choice of tools and features. Okay, the supplemental references include five maps for overlapping areas, and you do kind of want to have all five to refer to, so the place as presented in the story is complex and interesting. But if you look at the geographical maps of Eastern Azure, you will think it can pass for a standard fantasy world. Likewise, the geographical maps of the missing areas of Heavensward, on their own they are fantasy world maps. Undergrove at least is a flooded mine on a staggering scale.
Anyway, Minecraft is the sort of thing that feeds the addictive aspects of my personality. I am fortunate that I never really got into it.
It is interesting that they are working on doing fancier things in it. I have to wonder if part of Minecraft's appeal over alternative space modeling schemes is the simplicity.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Thursday, March 25 2021 03:39 AM (6y7dz)
Of course, a) I am a nobody, and will always be a nobody b) communists are big murderers of communists, so murdering communists does not make one a good person or a productive member of a society.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Thursday, March 25 2021 03:42 AM (6y7dz)
Semi-related, I've heard that the way these timelapse videos go is they actually build the city, and the video itself is of them tearing it down, played backwards. Not sure if that's true or not.
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, March 25 2021 06:42 AM (eqaFC)
Those of us who don't really play Minecraft (I didn't even own a copy until this year) underestimate how big a deal it is.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, March 25 2021 09:16 AM (PiXy!)
Yeah, Minecraft's big. It may be the most-selling game of all time.
Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, March 25 2021 01:42 PM (eqaFC)
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