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Saturday, October 20


Daily News Stuff 20 October 2018

Tech News

  • Intel's Core i9 9900K is here and the reviews have been unleashed!  (AnandTech)

    Eight cores, up to 5.0GHz.  For many tasks it's the fastest mainstream desktop CPU, supplanting AMD's Ryzen 2700X (though considerably more expensive).

    It's impressive that Intel have managed to rapidly grow from four cores to eight, while increasing clock speeds and fixing bugs, and still keep the TDP at 95W.  Oh, wait, the power figures are a complete lie.  Under load, the 95W part uses around 170W.

    [AnandTech originally had power figures over 200W, but that turned out to be an issue with the BIOS on the first board they tested with setting the voltage substantially higher than necessary.  Other reviewers didn't see such a high power consumption, and AnandTech re-ran their tests with a different board.  Peer review, only at super speed.]

    This doesn't matter if you're building your own PC, in which case you'll go with a high-end air cooler or an all-in-one water cooler.  But for Apple, for example, who might be looking to put this into the next iMac, this is a problem.

  • Apple has declared Bloomberg anathema and called for a holy war.  (TechDirt)

    I am totally astonished by this completely unexpected turn of events.

  • Gaudi's Sagrada Familia has been under construction for 130 years without a permit.  (BBC)

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Friday, October 19


Daily News Stuff 19 October 2018

Tech News
  • Corsair has a new line of M.2 NVMe SSDs.  (AnandTech)

    Wait, didn't we do that yesterday?  Oh, that was Crucial?  Never mind.

    This one is TLC rather than QLC, so it's fine for most purposes.  And surprisingly, it stands up next to the best TLC drives on the market, like the Samsung 970 EVO.  The only thing consistently faster are Intel's Optane drives, which are far more expensive.

  • Samung's Galaxy Book2 is asecond generation Windows Arm laptop.  (AnandTech)

    While these have great battery life, performance on third-party apps is terrible due to the x86 emulation layer.

  • This article protesting the incoherence of the Many Worlds Interpretation is itself incoherent.  (Quanta)

    Must have been a slow news day.  Having run this daily update just for a few months, they have my sympathies.

  • PostgreSQL 11 is out.

    It doesn't look like a huge update, but PostgreSQL was pretty solid already.

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Thursday, October 18


Daily News Stuff 18 October 2018

Tech News

  • Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is a thing that exists.  (AnandTech)

    Compared with last year's version, it has a quad-core CPU.

    Oh, and it's available in black as well as grey.

    Performance is actually worse than last year's model in many tests, because most desktop tasks don't use four cores, and the previous version's dual-core CPU had a slightly higher clock speed and Iris Plus graphics, with twice as many shaders and a 64MB L4 cache.  (This is also what the 2017 Spectre x2 has.)

    If you are running tasks that can use four cores, though, it's a clear winner.

    Intel don't yet offer an ultra-low power quad-core part with Iris Plus / Iris Pro graphics, so Microsoft didn't have an option there.

  • Micron is set to start DDR5 production by the end of next year.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This confirms the planned schedule.  Initial speeds for DDR5 are expected to be 4800MHz, scaling up to at least 6400MHz.

  • Responder is a Python web framework aimed at API services by the author of Requests, the de facto standard Python web client library.

    It avoids being written in Ruby, which is good.  It only works with Python 3.6 and later, which is not so good, since PyPy is only at 3.5.

    It supports GraphQL and OpenAPI  out of the box, which is good.  And async stuffs.

  • LibSSH (not the standard SSH server, but a library for adding SSH logins to your own apps) had a bug that left it open to Jedi mind tricks.  (Bleeping Computer)

    As in:
    LibSSH: Identification please.
    Hacker: You have already authenticated me.
    LibSSH: I have already authenticated you.
    Hacker: I have root access.
    LibSSH: You have root access.
    Hacker: And a pony.
    LibSSH: We're out of ponies.
  • Photoshop is coming to the iPad. (Macworld)

    The iPad Pro has 4GB of RAM.  Photoshop struggles with 16GB of RAM.  This will not end as happily as the tame Apple press seems to believe.

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Wednesday, October 17


Daily News Stuff 17 October 2018

Tech News

  • Nvidia's RTX 2070 is out and reviewers are taking it for a spin.  (AnandTech)

    The 2080 and 2080 Ti are good cards but overpriced for what they can deliver today, trading on promises of a brighter future to justify their price tags.

    Has Nvidia turned the tables with the 2070?

    No.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • Crucial announced their first NVMe SSD.  (AnandTech)

    [Crucial are the consumer division of Micron.  Micron have had NVMe SSDs for some time, just not aimed at consumers.]

    It's a QLC device like Intel's 660p, so it's fine for desktops (probably; QLC is pretty new) but something to avoid for workstations and servers.

    It has an SLC cache which can grow up to 10% of the drive size - which means it would use 40% of the available capacity (since this works by using 4-bit cells to store 1 bit).  That should provide solid and consistent performance as long as you don't fill the drive beyond about 70%.

  • Qualcomm announced 802.11ay chipsets.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Just when we'd got things nicely sorted out into Wi-Fi 1 through 6, 802.11ay breaks everything.  The problem is that it gets better performance by jumping from the 5GHz band (which can go through or around minor barriers) to the 60GHz band (which is effectively line-of-sight).  I guess they can say Wi-Fi 7 is a device supporting both 802.11ax and 802.11ay.

  • MongoDB have changed their license agreement.  (TechCrunch)

    What does the new license say?  Who the fuck knows.  It's dozens of paragraphs of impenetrable crap.  It is the license of a company that wants to pretend to being open source without allowing users any freedom at all.

    People are taking this calmly.  (Hacker News)
    Vice President of the Open Source Initiative here.

    MongoDB submitted this new license for approval by OSI at the same time that they announced that they'd relicensed all of their code. We wish they'd started the process prior to the announcement, but what's done is done. The result, however, is that at this moment, MongoDB is under a non-approved license and therefore IS NOT OPEN SOURCE.

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Tuesday, October 16


Daily News Stuff 16 October 2018

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Monday, October 15


Daily News Stuff 15 October 2018

Tech News

  • A new camera operating at 10 trillion frames per second (which is quite a lot) allows scientists to follow the progress of a beam of light.  (TechCrunch)

    By scattering, of course; the camera can only see the light that actually reaches it.  But still remarkable.  Light travels only 30 microns per frame, so the resolution is amazing, and they're planning to take it even further.

  • Those idiots at Bloomberg are sticking by their story.  One of their co-workers (not one of the authors) was on This Week in Tech, but no-one ever asked the obvious question: So where is the chip?

    He said, and I quote: "For the purpose of this reporting, we had a mountain of evidence of the Supermicro attack and how prevalent it was."

    So where is the chip?

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Sunday, October 14


Daily News Stuff 14 October 2018

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Saturday, October 13


Daily News Stuff 13 October 2018

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  • Remember Facebook's data breach affecting 50 million people?  Remember how it was possible that as well as your private details, your access tokens (OAuth) might have been leaked?

    Well, that second, even worse problem affects 30 million people.  (Bleeping Computer)

    If you're using OAuth in an app, you need to be looking seriously at notifying users and requiring 2FA when they log in from a new device.

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Friday, October 12


Daily News Stuff 12 October 2018

Tech News

  • Razer announced the Razer Phone 2.  (AnandTech)

    It's a phone.  It does game stuff.  It has a 5.7" 2560x1440 120Hz HDR display, a Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM, and 64GB of storage.  Dual exposed front-facing speakers as well, so sound will be better than most.  No headphone jack though.

  • Huawei announced the Honor 8X.  (Anandtech)

    It's a phone.  It does big screen stuff.  It has a 6.5" 2340x1080 display, up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, and a Kirin 710 CPU.

  • Samsung announced the Galaxy A9.  (AnandTech)

    It's a phone.  It does camera stuff.

    Exact CPU is not specified, but it has 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, a 6.3" 2220x1080 AMOLED display, and one-two-three-four-five cameras.

    That's a 24MP front-facing camera, a 24MP rear main camera, an 8MP rear 120° wide angle camera, a 10MP rear zoom camera, and a 5MP depth-of-field camera.  The last camera is used in combination with the others to improve the image quality.

  • An IBM PC emulator in 4043 bytes.

  • Tomas Bohr - Niels Bohr's grandson - investigated to see if there could be a classical solution to quantum mechanics along the lines of de Broglie's pilot waves.  Nope.  Turns out grandpa was right all along.  Bohr the Younger came up with a thought experiment that would decide the matter one way or the other - and then conducted the experiment for real. 

    This is cool, but not a surprise to most physicists, who are firmly in the "the Universe is fundamentally weird" camp.

  • Google's Pixel 3 supports wireless charging and works with a Samsung charging pad.  (Android Central)

    So does the Nexus 4, from 2012.

  • In Australia?  Can't buy the Pixel Slate?  Too bloody expensive anyway?  Missed out on HP's September sale?

    No worries mate!  HP's October sale has the same Spectre x2 with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD, including keyboard and pen, for the same A$1350 including tax and delivery.  Again, that's about the same price as the entry level Celeron/4GB/32GB Pixel Slate with keyboard and pen.

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Thursday, October 11


Daily News Stuff 11 October 2018

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