Thursday, January 28


Daily News Stuff 28 January 2021

Hail Eris Edition

Tech News

  • The guys from r/WallStreetBets set up a Discord server a while back in case Reddit nuked them.

    Discord nuked them.  (The Verge)

    Discord's official statement says:
    Today, we decided to remove the server and its owner from Discord for continuing to allow hateful and discriminatory content after repeated warnings.
    The WSB community refer to themselves in often colourful language.  Self-deprecating humour is now just another excuse for deplatforming.  Unfortunately for Discord, the company is run by idiots and following paragraph immediately gives the game away:
    To be clear, we did not ban this server due to financial fraud related to GameStop or other stocks.
    Financial fraud, Discord?  Who the fuck mentioned financial fraud?

    Meanwhile, the original subreddit was set to private by the mod team due to an influx of hoarders and wreckers who might have triggered the same action from Reddit itself.  Certainly a group that wipes $20 billion and counting off Wall Street's balance sheet in a matter of days is going to come under the crosshairs.

    Meanwhile, Jen Psaki, asked what action the government might take, noted that they had the first female Treasury Secretary.

    That, uh, doesn't actually answer the question, Jen.

    Glenn Greenwald sums up the debacle quite well.

    Sure, I've had my disagreements with Greenwald in the past, but he's done much to rehabilitate his reputation, such as getting booted from the news outlet he co-founded for insisting on reporting actual news.

  • Intel's DG1 graphics cards don't actually work with anything.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Specifically, they don't work with 8th generation or older Intel chips, they don't work with current 11th gen Intel chips, and they don't work with any AMD chips at all.  They can only be used by OEMs still shipping 9th and 10th gen systems, which are going to be phased out by March, and even then they need a specific chipset and a custom BIOS.

    Good work, Intel.

  • On the other hand, the only graphics cards available in Australia are the GTX 1650 and the RTX 3070.  Literally every other card is out of stock.

    It's worse than it was immediately after the recent launches; it's worse than in 2017 when I was forced to buy a Dell all-in-one instead of building my own system as I had planned.

  • In spite of absolutely everything being out of stock absolutely everywhere, AMD turned in record quarterly sales figures and record profits.  (AnandTech)

    Up 53% over their record quarter in Q4 2019, and up 16% over their most recent record quarter in Q3 2020.

    So they really were selling lots of chips, just not enough to meet demand.

  • When I turn on the lights in my downstairs bathroom, every light in the house goes out.  This is not good.  I think the extractor fan (which is ducted and not easy to replace) has died, and the circuit breaker is doing its job.  That part is good.  Better than a house fire, anyway.

    My upstairs bathroom is being torn apart because the concrete slab has cracked.  So, yay.

    I have a rechargeable combination nightlight/motion-sensitive lamp/flashlight thingy in the kitchen in case of blackouts, so that has migrated to the bathroom until someone can come out and crawl into the ceiling to replace the fan.

Disclaimer: Big ups to Ralph124C41+ (manic recorder noises).

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1 I dunno about Discord, but IIRC it's based on IRC, and the beauty of the latter is anyone can stand up a server, with the unfortunately modern caveat about watching out for treacherous hosting providers and things like DDoSes.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 29 2021 01:29 AM (eqaFC)

2 DG1 specifically doesn't work with the Z-series overclockable chipsets[1], which is kind of interesting, although one would thing the union of the sets "people who want to overclock" and "people who want a low-end discrete GPU" would be small.  One assumes that decision was made because allowing DG1 on those motherboards would look bad somehow.
[1] until such time as one of the BIOS manufacturers hacks such support in, anyway.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 29 2021 01:32 AM (eqaFC)

3 I mean, I know there are tons of 9rd & 10st generation intel stuff out there, but what's the point?  If you just want some (not very good) graphics to go along with your (outdated) CPU, wouldn't literally any $10 used card be a better idea?

Posted by: normal at Friday, January 29 2021 10:05 AM (obo9H)

4 I'm really not sure what the point is.  Intel salvaging something from an otherwise useless card, I guess.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 29 2021 11:44 AM (PiXy!)

5 Insane conspiracy theory: If there were a combination of the incompetence caused by the Gramscian march, and the corruption of information caused by state enforcement of lies (such as seen in the failure modes of the USSR), then one would at some point expect organizations to start flailing around uselessly.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Friday, January 29 2021 02:01 PM (6y7dz)

6 The best guess I've seen is testing the waters.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 29 2021 03:12 PM (eqaFC)

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