Monday, August 01


Daily News Stuff 1 August 2022

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  • The HP Pavilion Plus 14 could be the new best small laptop, taking over from the HP Pavilion Aero.  (PC Magazine)

    Fully kitted out it has 16GB of RAM (enough for most users, though I'd like a 32GB option), 1TB of SSD, a 2880x1800 90Hz OLED display, and an Intel i7-12700H with 6 Performance cores and 8 Efficiency cores.

    I/O consists of two USB-C ports (not Thunderbolt, but they support DisplayPort video and charging), two USB-A ports, HDMI, microSD, and a headphone jack.  For some reason they're all on the opposite side to my current Dell Inspiron 14 - well, except USB-A where it conveniently has one on each side.

    And it has the Four Essential Keys.

    That configuration will set you back $1029 in the US (on sale right now, normally $1229), or $2699 in Australia.

    Which...  Wow.  Shipping sure is expensive, huh?

    The reason I'd still consider it is that it's 30% faster than my current laptop single-threaded, and two and a half times as fast multi-threaded.  It's faster than my full-size Inspiron 16, and a lot lighter.

Tech News

  • Intel is planning to obsoleterate 12th generation laptops like the Pavilion Plus before the end of the year.  (Tom's Hardware)

    13th generation laptop chips were originally scheduled for early 2023, but have now reportedly been brought forward to this year.  That probably means we'll see laptops with the new chips announced by Christmas but good luck getting your hands on one before March.

  • Meanwhile Intel's Sapphire Rapids server chips, originally expected in Q3 2022, are now due in Q1 2023.  (WCCFTech)

    These are targeted at AMD's third generation Epyc server parts, but will ship months after AMD's fourth generation.

  • Nvidia's upcoming RTX 4070 will be 80% faster than the 3070 for the same price unless it won't.  (WCCFTech)

    There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and computer industry leaks.

  • Linus Torvalds is dogfooding Linux on an Arm-based Mac.  (

    From the adage "eat your own dogfood", meaning use your own product to catch problems before your customers do.

    Linux has been ported to Apple's Arm-based systems with precisely zero help from Apple, who would rather it didn't exist.

  • They had to count them all: 200 holes in Luna's lithosphere.  (Live Science)

    The existence of the holes isn't the exciting part, though.  The exciting part is they're sheltered and maintain a fairly steady 17C (63F) meaning that we don't need to dig our own holes to construct a comfy Moonbase.

    Huge stockpiles of nuclear waste also entirely optional.

  • Did Anonymous follow through on their Twitter boast and actually hack Russian websites?  Apparently, yes.  (CNBC)

    An independent researcher worked with CNBC and found that 92% of Russian sites in a random survey had been compromised, and the data leaked by Anonymous seems to be legit.  

    In fact the complaint is that there is so much leaked data from Russian sites floating around that no-one has the time to even begin to analyse it all.

    Except probably China.

  • Hololive's Houshou Marine has crossed the two million subscriber mark - the first from the main Japanese branch and only the third worldwide to do so, and Omaru Polka has crossed the one million mark, becoming I think the 32nd Hololive talent with more than a million subscribers.

    Holostars EN seems to be settling in, with all passing the 100k mark in the first week.  (EN Gen 2 all achieved that as well, except thanks to YouTube they had to do it four times.)

    They don't seem to invest as much in rigging the Holostars models though.  If you compare how animated Bae's face is, for example, the Holostars generally look like bad marionettes.

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1 While they were counting the holes, did they find any beatles?

Posted by: Frank at Monday, August 01 2022 08:32 PM (rglbH)

2 "no-one has the time to even begin to analyse it all"

Oh, they have the time, they're just so very busy chasing phantom `white supremacists` that they can't be bothered.

Posted by: normal at Monday, August 01 2022 09:14 PM (obo9H)

3 I do enjoy the parade of nVidia shills over on WCCF who show up in the comments of nigh every post to tell you how AMD is D00M3D and, by inference, that they don't think GPU prices went high enough last year.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, August 01 2022 11:42 PM (BMUHC)

4 Forget beatles, I wanna know if they spotted the B52 the Weekly World News used to write about.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, August 01 2022 11:48 PM (BMUHC)

5 I did not expect Marine to cross the 2 million subscriber mark before, say, Pekora, but she was one of several Hololive talents who were nearing the 2 million mark, so not much of a surprise.  She is the first Hololive JP to so, there is that.

It is interesting hearing the various explanations on why Kobo became the fastest Hololive talent to 1 million since Gura set the bar.  I think she does have huge growth potential by appealing more to the Indonesian audience, but that comes at the expense of probably having a lower overall total number of subscribers if she does not appeal more to the English speaking audience.

Posted by: cxt217 at Tuesday, August 02 2022 03:01 AM (2tHvf)

6 That's where the EN/ID Blue Kusogaki Exchange Program comes in.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 02 2022 09:41 AM (PiXy!)


Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 02 2022 09:48 AM (PiXy!)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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