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Wednesday, March 15


Daily News Stuff 15 March 2023

Digital Intern't Edition

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Disclaimer: It's termites all the way down.

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Tuesday, March 14


Daily News Stuff 14 March 2023

Oh No Edition

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Disclaimer: A printed copy, at that.

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Monday, March 13


Daily News Stuff 13 March 2023

Oops They Did It Again Edition

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Disclaimer: Splut, it's what's for breakfast!

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Sunday, March 12


Daily News Stuff 12 March 2023

Still Splut Edition

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  • This just in: Silicon Valley Bank is still splut.

  • No, Apple's A17 Bionic mobile CPU is not going to be 59% faster in single-threaded performance than the A16.  (WCCFTech)

    As a rule of thumb, CPU performance rises with the square root of the issue width, and complexity and transistor count (and also power consumption) rises with the square of the issue width, so to increase performance by 59% without increasing the clock speed Apple would need to make a chip more than six times larger using six times the power.

    Increasing the clock speed by the same amount would have similar effects on power consumption.

    And both approaches have limits where requirements zoom off the charts for minimal gains.  You can see this in existing chips, where the 170W Ryzen 7900X is only 7% faster than the 65W 7900 non-X model.

    This supposed leak is garbage.

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Disclaimer: Where's the new Nexus 7 you assholes?

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Saturday, March 11


Daily News Stuff 11 March 2023

Splut Edition

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  • The EU, being run by retards, effectively banned 8k TVs.  (Tom's Guide)

    8k TVs use more power than lower resolution models, and the EU set power consumption limits that would require 8k TVs to run at miserably low brightness settings.

    So Samsung, not being run by retards, set its 8k TVs in Europe to run at miserably low brightness settings out of the box, with a button to turn off the crippling eco mode, which since it's an action by the individual and not the company does not violate the regulations.

  • G.Skill has announced 8GHz 24GB DDR5 memory modules.  (WCCFTech)

    Pricing was not announced.  It will be interesting to see what it costs - and what voltage it runs at - because that is faster than LPDDR5X laptop memory.

Disclaimer: Bean the umpire?

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Friday, March 10


Daily News Stuff 10 March 2023

Entire Stock Edition

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  • Need a workstation with 120 cores, four high-end Nvidia graphics cards, 2TB if RAM, and 28TB of SSD, but you also want it to look cool?  Lenovo has you covered.  (AnandTech)

    As long as someone else is paying, because that configuration will cost over $100k.

    They do have smaller, cheaper models, but none of them are actually small or cheap.

Tech News

  • If you want to build a small, cheap workstation/server - for example in a discontinued Silverstone case that arrived at your door yesterday - here are a couple of tips.

    Gigabyte's B650I is a solid motherboard with three M.2 slots, four SATA ports, and 2.5Gb Ethernet.  It can drive three displays over DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C (one of each).

    That's an AMD motherboard, but AMD CPUs use less power than Intel, even when they have the same 65W power rating.  The 7900 for example peaks at 89W, and is 50% faster than the 13500 which peaks at 151W.  Not a drama in a desktop system but these cases are quite small and will be packed full of drives, so I want something relatively low power.

    Silverstone, the same company that made the case, also makes an M.2 SATA controller.  The case can hold eight drives, and the motherboard only has four SATA ports, so this is handy.  There are other models, but this one comes with a chunky heatsink, which is apparently a necessity if you want these little controllers to work consistently.

    And if you want something faster than the built-in 2.5Gb Ethernet, since the PCIe slot is still free you can add a dual 25Gb Ethernet card for about $80.  Which is crazy overkill for a small server like this but the price can't be beat.  25Gb switches aren't cheap but it will work fine with 10Gb SFP+ switches or RJ45 transceivers.  (25Gb Ethernet uses SFP28, which is not the same as SFP+, but is backwards compatible.)

  • The Solidigm P44 Pro seems like a decent SSD if you can find one for a decent price.  (Hot Hardware)

    Who the hell is Solidigm?  Well, a while ago Intel sold its consumer SSD division to Korean group SK Hynix.  This is them.

    Also, Nextorage is Sony.  Why they don't just call it Sony I don't know.

Disclaimer: My hovercraft is full of beans.

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Thursday, March 09


Daily News Stuff 9 March 2023

Choosing Poorly Edition

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  • ASRock Rack has a new server motherboard for Ryzen 7000, with dual built-in 10Gb Ethernet ports and 8 SATA ports.  (Serve the Home)

    It's microATX, but if they release a mini-ITX version - and they did for Ryzen 5000 - I'll buy two of them.

  • AMD's 7745HX appears to be as fast as Intel's 13700HX.  (WCCFTech)

    The 7745HX is the low end of the high-end Dragon Range family of laptop chips, with 8 cores; the 13700HX has 16 cores (8P + 8E).

    On the other hand, the 7745HX uses 50W when playing games, which is a lot for a laptop chip, where the 13700HX uses 80W.

    Oh.  That's the same hand.

  • GDDR7 uses PAM3.  (AnandTech)

    GDDR7 is the next generation of memory for video cards, and will be about 50% faster than the latest current GDDR6X (and twice as fast as typical GDDR6).

    PAM3 is more interesting: It's trinary.  It runs at three voltages, -1, 0, and 1.  This allows three bits to be encoded as two signals - there are nine possible values and 0, 0 is treated as an error.

    The upcoming USB 4 v2 (which will hopefully become USB 5 before it arrives) also uses PAM3 to reach speeds of 80Gbps, twice as fast as regular USB 4.

Disclaimer: Poo.

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Wednesday, March 08


Daily News Stuff 8 March 2023

Tendies For Brunch Edition

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  • ChatGPT cannot think, only speak.  (foobuzz)

    This is quite a good examination of how ChatGPT works and why it can look very smart sometimes only to immediately fall on its face a moment later.

    It is literally incapable of thinking if it's not talking.

    On the other hand, we all know people like that.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Ble.

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Tuesday, March 07


Daily News Stuff 7 March 2023

Because Aargh Edition

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  • Quick one today because aargh.

  • Gresham always wins: All streaming boxes suck.  (The Verge)

    Bad X drives out Good X for all values of X.

  • There might be a new iMac this year, based on the new M3 chip.  (9to5Mac)

    And it might not be crippled by being limited to 16GB of RAM.

  • Intel has a solution for intermittent failures on its 2.5Gb network chips: Turn up the power.  (AnandTech)

    Disabling efficiency mode reduces but doesn't quite eliminate the random network dropouts.  Though people are saying in the comments that the problems are relatively rare and you shouldn't worry unless you are rolling out 10,000 systems to a corporate environment in which case you have other things to worry about, like users.

Disclaimer: Like users?  Not much, no.

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Monday, March 06


Daily News Stuff 6 March 2023

Dumb Is As Dumb Does Edition

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  • ChatGPT broke the EU's plan to regulate AI.  (Politico)

    Faced with regulating the thing they are trying to regulate, Europe's plans have fallen into chaos.

    I just want to say that this article is dumb, Politico is dumb, the EU is dumb, and ChatGPT is particularly dumb.

    This quote is spot on, though:
    "These systems have no ethical understanding of the world, have no sense of truth, and they're not reliable,” said Gary Marcus, an AI expert and vocal critic.

Tech News

Disclaimer: Every time I buy something these days its with the tacit - or explicit - assumption that if I don't it will never be available ever again.  It's getting a little tiresome.

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