Monday, June 25


Daily New Stuff 25 June 2018

Tech News


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Sunday, June 24


Daily News Stuff 24 June 2018

Tech News

  • Qualcomm's Snapdragon 1000 is aiming to take on low-end and mid-range laptop chips.  Windows on ARM is already a thing (and ChromeOS and Android and other flavours of Linux, of course).

    Apple are already playing in this performance space, but their chips are not available to other manufacturers, or running anything but iOS, so the point is moot.

  • Not a bird cage from Versailles, but IBM's 50Q quantum computer.


  • Gigabyte has you covered if you want to get ready for ThreadRipper 2's 32 cores later this year.  The board has everything you could want except for 10Gb ethernet.

  • Motherboard (part of Vice, but less worse than the rest of that site) has two updates on the EU's terrible horrible no good very bad copyright bill by Cory Doctorow and Karl Bode respectively.

    The one bright point is that the proposed law is so poorly designed that if passed it will be repealed in weeks as the internet grinds to a complete halt across Europe.  Because while having penalties for copyright infringement, legally obligating sites to establish automated filters, and broadening the scope of what constitutes infringement almost to infinity, there are no penalties for false reports.

    The EU Parliament have collectively painted a target on their butts and screamed "Kick me, 4chan!" with this one.

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Saturday, June 23


Daily News Stuff 23 June 2018

Tech News

  • Shadowrun Returns WAS FREE ON HUMBLY BUNDLY TODAY ONLY ACT NOW ACT NOW TOO LATE!  Still 75% off though.

  • TSMC are ramping up 7nm to full production including orders from AMD for both GPUs and CPUs, with more than 50 chips taped.  An enhanced 7nm process using EUV fairy dust is set to enter risk production in 2019, and 5nm starting in 2020.

    AMD normally uses Global Foundries for CPUs, but this time are spreading production across two suppliers.  7nm is very new so likely a wise move despite the increased costs.

  • Gluon is a new embedded scripting language written in Rust, statically but not explicitly typed.  It's designed to inherit Rust's strict guarantees of thread safety, though exactly how fast this will be in practice is a question to be examined.  Versions of Python without the global interpreter lock are quite noticeably slower than the regular release.

  • STH has one of those days.  I get to deal with lots of those days, only they are a fifteen minute drive from their datacenter, and I'm a fifteen hour flight from mine.

    I'm seriously considering migrating everything over to DigitalOcean and forgetting about running my own servers.

Picture of the Day

Wut?  Image by 12019 on Pixabay


Musical Interlude

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Friday, June 22


Daily News Stuff 22 June 2018

  • Samsung announces an 8TB PCIe 4.0 M.3 SSD.  Yes, those numbers are correct.  Although it's not clear why it uses PCIe 4.0 since nothing else does and its peak transfer rate could be handled easily by PCIe 3.0.  Still, nice to see that this is a real thing.

  • The 3nm node apparently has major cost problems.  3nm?  7nm should be moving into full production next year, with 5nm in 2021 or 2022, followed by 4nm, so possibly not your primary concern unless you happen to be named Nvidia.

    The article actually covers a lot more ground than its own headline suggests, going into all the thorny problems and clever solutions swirling around the next five to ten years of semiconductor technology, not least that everyone is now talking about 3nm as a straightforward matter of fact when not that long ago it was fairy dust.  For comparison, until last year AMD was still manufacturing their CPUs at 28nm.

  • MSI has you covered if you need 10GB per second of I/O bandwidth and a cute little fan to keep it cool.  I have to wonder how many people are asking for this, because it seems everyone and their sea monkey has an NVMe RAID solution all of a sudden.

  • Anandtech's CPU roundup is out and the Ryzen 2200G wins best potato.  Not a putdown; if you want a decent computer without spending a ton of money, it beats the hell out of the competition.

  • The EU is still run by idiots.  European Court of Human Rights says "surveillance, shmurvaillance".

  • California is also run by idiots...  Which we knew, sure.  While I was against the heavy-handed net neutrality rules handed down by the former FCC under Title II of the Quills and Parchment Act of 1534, I was more sanguine about legislation passed at the state level.  Looks like lobbyists successfully white-anted the California legislation because, as we noted, the state is run by idiots, and all the right people are upset which makes me happy even though I'm not actually against the idea.

  • Twitter has bought a company called - I shit you not - Smyte in order to more efficiently fuck up relationships with their users.  And also with Smyte's users, as Twitter's first action was to shut down the API without warning and leave everyone in the lurch.  They apparently think they're Google or something.

  • If you have an iPhone and are an EU citizen living in Britain, learn to swim.

  • Chuwi has a NUC that looks like an old-style Mac Pro that shrank in the wash but it's on Indienogo and costs a bundle.  Chuwi's whole raison d'etre is sticking one high-end component in an otherwise low-end system, like the Hi13 with it's gorgeous 3K display stapled to a sluglike Atom processor...  And that's exactly what they've done, again, only they usuall manage to come in a lot cheaper.

  • Google is full of idiots and children and idiot children and the management have no idea what to do about it.  This worries me.  I don't care at all if Facebook and Twitter and all the other Bay Area garbage companies dry up and blow away, but Google actually serves a useful function.

  • Micron announces 1Y nm DRAM.  Yeah, that's a real thing; they're not even pretending to provide real numbers any more.

Nobody likes me, everybody hates m - ooh, worms! Image by Gellinger on Pixabay

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Thursday, June 21


Daily News Stuff 21 June 2018

I am a lineman for the county...  Image by darkmoon1968 on Pixabay

* According to usually reliable sources.

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Wednesday, June 20


Daily News Stuff 20 June 2018

  • Programming Ethereum contracts is like writing accounting software in 6502 assembler except that you need to hire an intern to keep turning the crank or the computer crashes and steals all your money and flees to the Bahamas with your cat.

    – Me

  • If you need 19GB per second of I/O, Asus has you covered. You'll also need a high-end desktop - ThreadRipper or Core i9 - to have enough PCIe lanes.

  • TechDirt reports on a trademark cockup.

    MR. REUBER: Your Honor, if I may?

    THE COURT: No. You are out of the case.

    MR. REUBER: I understand, your Honor. But I penned the brief, and there is an error that my client alerted me to this morning in the brief. Specifically, it is first one you just read, Bite Me Cocky, published in 2012. He has learned that that title may have changed as a result of the Cockygate sort of disputes. It might have been originally published as Bite Me and not Bite Me Cocky. I just wanted to point that out.

  • OpenBSD has disabled hyperthreading as a security precaution. This is not a new vulnerability, but rather to preempt the discovery of new vulnerabilities.


Let's all go to the lobby and have ourselves a snack. Image by Einladung_zum_Essen on Pixabay.

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Tuesday, June 19


Daily News Stuff 19 June 2018

  • The EU is busy cementing its self-assigned role as internet cancer, with YouTube an opportunistic infection.

  • AMD offers old chips for new.  Swap your 8086 for a 16-core ThreadRipper!  If you have the right version of the 8086, that is.

  • Humble Bundle has some book bundles that might interest my audience

  • Intel's rumoured 8 core Coffee Lake S has shown up on...  Intel's own website.  I think the rumours are pretty well confirmed at this point.

    AMD are widely expected to fire back next year with a 12 core mainstream Ryzen.  And so it goes.

  • The Internet of Idiotic Things (IoIT) strikes again with an electronic padlock that can be unlocked by anyone with a smartphone in two seconds.

    Or anyone with a web browser even faster.

I meant to do that, photo by Tama66 on Pixabay

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Monday, June 18


Daily News Stuff 18 June 2018

  • Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1987 or thereabouts.

  • If you're using IBM Bluemix (née SoftLayer) their file storage can automatically keep up to 50 snapshots on any mix of hourly, daily, and weekly schedules...  Until it runs out of snapshot space anyway.  (Maximum snapshot space is the same size as the disk.)

  • My heater died.  My toes are cold.

  • Out of news error.  Redo from start.

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Sunday, June 17


Daily News Stuff 17 June 2018

Computer of the week is the Sharp X68000.

Art by the talented @xiao_woo

* Don't buy gold.

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Saturday, June 16


Daily News Stuff 16 June 2018

Winter edition.  I'm sure people who live in stupid places will insist Sydney doesn't have a winter, but pfft to them.
  • Huawei's P20 and P20 Pro seem to be good modern smartphones.  They use Huawei's own Kirin 970, which is not quite the latest hardware compared to Qualcomm and Apple, but couple it with 4GB or 6GB of LPDDR4X.  Two unfortunate design features - the dreaded notch and the lamented absent headphone socket - but you can turn off the notch if you like.

    LPDDR4X is very interesting, a lower-power and faster version of LPDDR4 with speeds up to 4266MHz.  I'd love to see it attached to AMD's next-gen Ryzen APU, which will have its performance constrained by bandwidth more than by core and shader count.

  • The New York senate is full of idiots.

  • GitLab now includes an IDE.  No, I don't know why either.

  • Apple has forgotten it's a computer company and people are starting to notice.

  • Crystal 0.25 is out.



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