Tuesday, October 09

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Daily News Stuff 9 October 2018

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  • That Bloomberg China rice chip hacking story continues to spiral down the plughole.  Risky Business has an update to their earlier podcast including an extensive and enlightening interview with one of Bloomberg's sources, who has, um, reservations about the story as published. 

    Specifically, he notes that Bloomberg seems to have taken hypothetical instances he provided as background information, "confirmed" them with other sources, and printed them as fact.
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  • Intel's 9th generation chips are here.  (AnandTech)

    The leaks had every detail exactly right, so the launch is not especially exciting.  They are, nevertheless, great chips, reclaiming the high ground of the mainstream desktop from AMD, albeit at a higher price.  AMD is set to fire back with 7nm parts at CES in January.

    Top of the line i9-9900K has 8 cores and 16 threads for $488.  That's not cheap, but it's half the price of earlier 8 core chips from Intel.

    The i7-9700K and i5-9600K have the usual pricing, 8 cores and 6 cores respectively, and no hyperthreading.  That means that performance for those parts is basically unchanged from 8th generation - more cores, but fewer threads.

    They also have fixes for some of the Spectre / Meltdown security bugs - except on the top-of-the-line 28 core parts.  That will have to wait until next year.

  • Google+ is dead sunsetted.  (TechCrunch)

    They had a data breach affecting 496,951 users - not passwords, but names, addresses, occupations and stuff like that.

    So 1/100th the size and far less severe than the Facebook breach.  I guess Google was looking to pull the plug anyway.

    Jason Snell adds:
    Sunset as a verb means what you might think it means. It’s moving to a farm upstate. It’s going to a better place. It’s following Frodo to Valinor, the Undying Lands across the sea to the west. Where does the sun set? Where Frodo is, probably happy and playing with your childhood pets every day. It is an ex-service.
      (Six Colors)
  • Amazon has home brands.  (Quartz)

    Which is good, because half the stuff on Amazon is either garbage or fake, or fake garbage.

  • Urmila Mahadev has solved a surprising - and surprisingly difficult - problem in quantum computing: How to tell if a quantum computer has actually quantumed.  (Quanta)

Video of the Day



I'd give the pilot of Series 11 a solid B.  It's no Eleventh Hour, but it lays good groundwork.  Jodie Whittaker does well and I think will be an excellent Doctor.  Cringe factor is quite low in the episode itself, though the surrounding materials are apparently triple-distilled.  (I avoided most of them.)

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1  "I guess Google was looking to pull the plug anyway."

Which is really funny, considering how they forced it down everyone's throats.
I thought Whittaker's first episode was good overall, although the annoying anti-knife slur annoyed me.  John Pertwee's Doctor would bitch-slap any of the New Who Doctors.  With Venusian karate.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, October 09 2018 10:27 PM (Iwkd4)

2 Yes, that was the one cringe moment.  The BBC just had to stick their left-wing oar in.  If they'd cut out just one line it would have been a much stronger moment, but the urge to club viewers over the head was irresistible.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, October 10 2018 12:33 AM (PiXy!)

3 On one level, I get it.  A "culture" that has debased itself enough to have needed the name "Glasgow smile" probably *does* need to bubble-wrap everything.
Be careful googling that term if you don't already know what it is.  You don't really want to see pictures of it.

Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, October 10 2018 12:48 AM (Q/JG2)

4 Ah, I see we were all jerked out of the story by the Public Service Announcement. Of course, when she says the line "and now with Sheffield steel", spoons weren't the first thing that came to mind...

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Wednesday, October 10 2018 12:59 AM (tgyIO)

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