Saturday, October 30


Daily News Stuff 30 October 2021

Again Unexpectedly Edition

Top Story

  • Good news, everyone!

    We've missed you, BEEG sis.

  • Them: You know that job we needed done by Monday?  What if we do this instead.
    Me, thinking: That would reduce the work by 98.3%.
    Me: I like this plan.

  • If you're planning a political dirty tricks campaign, maybe don't post your own photo to social media.

  • The metaverse is bullshit.  (Outline)

    Because we already have it.  It's called the internet.  This is, as always, a land grab.

Tech News

  • Can't find an Nvidia RTX 3080 on the store shelves?  You can now get one in the cloud.  (Hot Hardware)

    The problem with such cloud gaming efforts has always been that the latency is terrible.  The rendering throughput is fine - it's a real RTX 3080.  But the time between you hitting a control in your game and seeing the results has been more like playing with low-end integrated graphics than with a high-end card.

    Nvidia claims they've fixed this.  The article, uselessly, provides Nvidia's chart showing the performance.  Which doesn't include any comparison to any dedicated video card.  The reviewer didn't try to measure this, just frame rates, which were never going to be an issue in the first place.

  • AMD's next-generation GPU has been taped out.  (WCCFTech)

    "Taped out" is a very old industry term, from when the first integrated circuits were designed using strips of tape on a sheet of glass.

    RDNA3 is expected to arrive in Q4 next year - it takes quite a while from tape-out to shipping product - and will bump performance up by two notches.  The planned RX 7700 XT has roughly the same hardware capabilities as the current high-end RX 6900 XT.  At the high end, things could get up to three times faster, but also more expensive.

  • OpenWorm is an open worm.  (GitHub)

    It's an open source virtual C. elegans.  Because you know you needed a cyber nematode in your life.

  • Samsing is working to triple its chip foundry capacity over the next five years.  (WCCFTech)

    They also expect to enter mass production of 3nm in the first half of next year.

    It will still be at least a year before hardware availability returns to anything like normal.

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