Friday, January 04
- OWC has bought AKiTiO. (AnandTech)
If you've ever needed a weird overpriced (but generally well-designed) peripheral for a Mac, this creates a one-stop shop.
- Samsung has announced its most powerful Arm CPU to date. (AnandTech)
Eight A76 cores, three independent Mali G76 GPUs (not specified how many shaders each one contains), support for up to six displays and twelve cameras, oh, and it's for cars.
Looks like a good robotics CPU generally.
- The USB IF has proposed using DRM to prevent dodgy cables destroying your equipment. (PC Perspective)
Dodgy cables will be restricted to safe operations and not allowed, for example, to run in power delivery mode.
This is a genuine problem. A Google engineer reviewed dozens of USB cables and chargers after a cheap cable destroyed his laptop. (Amazon)
- Apple stock is in free-fall after the company announced that its quarterly profit was down to $916 quadrillion, 0.013% off earlier guidelines. (Tech Crunch)
- The Universe has ECC, so you can stop fretting about that false vacuum state collapse. (Quanta)
Also, if you fall into a black hole, you can be restored from redundant packets by scanning three quarters of the rest of the Universe. Like a RAR file downloaded from Usenet.
- Asus has announced the ProArt PA90, a
cheapknock-off of the despised Mac Pro Trashbin. (Overclock3d)
It appears they managed to make it almost as expensive as the Mac Pro. Starts at just £2499. It does at least have Thunderbolt.
- The Microsoft Store finally has a purpose: You can download Python. (Bleeping Computer)
And it updates itself automatically. Not sure how they're addressing the problem with distributing C extensions.
- Apple Death Watch: The Ride Is Over. (Tom's Guide)
This is a shocking development for any idiots who didn't pay attention when Apple stopped disclosing unit sales figures in their quarterly reports.
Social Media News
- This one is not Facebook's fault. (TechDirt)
When you have over a billion users, statistically some of them will commit suicide. And then
well-meaning peopleidiots will demand you "do something".
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Posted by: StargazerA5 at Saturday, January 05 2019 05:18 AM (TWAZc)
Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, January 05 2019 06:53 AM (Q/JG2)
The thing is, USB security and standards compliance is a complete disaster. Even major manufacturers don't follow the rules. And now that you can push 20V at 5A across a USB cable, you can easily destroy your hardware with a faulty cable.
Some companies are working around this already by blocking all third-party chargers, which completely defeats the point of USB-C charging. So this likely won't actually make things worse.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, January 05 2019 02:49 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, January 05 2019 03:54 PM (Iwkd4)
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