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Tuesday, July 31


Daily News Stuff 31 July 2018

Tech News

  • AnandTech reviews Intel's Xeon W.  Spoiler, the final page is titled "Conclusion: Is Intel Serious About Xeon W?"  (AnandTech)

  • New York has kicked out Charter Communications for failing to meet agreements and this writer at Tom's Hardware is terrified that he may need to use Verizon Fios or [shudder] DSL.  Because he has so few choices.  And the government should do something about that.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Listen, bub: I live somewhere where the government did something about that.  Result: I have been waiting nine years for them to upgrade my connection from DSL.  I can't get cable, because they're going to run fiber - eventually.  I can't get fixed 4G, because they're going to run fiber - eventually.  My options are DSL or [cough] satellite - in a city of five million people. 

    And the DSL infrastructure hasn't been upgraded at all during that time.  Because they're going to run fiber - eventually.

    The only worse thing than a monopoly is a government-run monopoly.

  • It's just a scratch.

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Monday, July 30


Daily News Stuff 30 July 2018

See the next post for an update on the database glitch overnight that affected all the mee.nu blogs.

Tech News

  • Microsoft has a Windows update to reduce the impact of Windows updates by using a predictive AI model of user behaviour rather than, I don't know, FUCKING ASKING ME.  Not that I am annoyed with Windows 10 today, not at all.  (Fudzilla)

  • AMD's 32-core Threadripper 2990WX Turbo Diesel Anthrax Monster Plutonium Limited Edition was listed briefly by a Canadian retailer for the equivalent of US$1835.

    Intel's fastest workstation processors, the Core i9 7980XE and Xeon W-2195, have 18 cores and cost $1999 and $2500 respectively.  (WCCFTech)

  • You can now run vi in your browser.  (No, I don't know why either.)

  • Hello, World on z/OS in under a week.

  • Samsung announces V-NAND 5G.  Major features are more faster (1.4Gbps), less powers (down from 1.8v to 1.2v), and layers everywhere.  "Over 90 layers" which probably means they tried for 96 like Toshiba but they don't all quite work.  (ServeTheHome)

  • My ISP has stopped showing an NBN connection date of June 29 and is now just showing "not available" with no further details.  I could run Cat 5 from my house to the fiber endpoint.  The one thing worse than a private company having a local monopoly on internet access is the government having a national monopoly.

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Sunday, July 29


Daily News Stuff 29 July 2018

Tech News

  • Intel announces record second quarter earnings, a 78% increase in profits, and expects 10% year-on-year growth - and gets hammered on the stock market.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The last part is because AMD's second generation EPYC server chips will be out early next year, offering 48 or 64 cores where Intel's largest chips have 28 cores.  Intel won't have a response ready until 2020.

  • Do I have NBN?  No, I do not.

  • Vibora is a very fast Python web framework with out-of-the-box support for async and Redis caching.  Critical parts are written in Cython for speed.  Which means that you can't use PyPy for speed for your own code, because the PyPy / Cython interface suuuuucks.

    Which means that you'd likely be better off using PyPy and something simple like CherryPy, ignoring the horrors of async entirely and letting uWSGI manage your workers.  Which is, as it happens, also faster than the major Swift web frameworks like Vapor and Kitura.

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Lappings of the waves, Anders Zorn, 1887

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Saturday, July 28


Daily News Stuff 28 July 2018

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Friday, July 27


Daily News Stuff 27 July 2018

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Thursday, July 26


Daily News Stuff 26 July 2018

Tech News

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Wednesday, July 25


Daily News Stuff 25 July 2018

Tech News

  • Baked Apples? There's a patch for that. (AnandTech)

    The thermal throttling problem on the i9 Macbook Pro looks to only happen with certain workloads - though not specific applications - and Apple have released a patch which alleviates the problem.

    Apple's statement, via Six Colors:
    Following extensive performance testing under numerous workloads, we’ve identified that there is a missing digital key in the firmware that impacts the thermal management system and could drive clock speeds down under heavy thermal loads on the new MacBook Pro. A bug fix is included in today’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update and is recommended. We apologize to any customer who has experienced less than optimal performance on their new systems. Customers can expect the new 15-inch MacBook Pro to be up to 70% faster, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to be up to 2X faster, as shown in the performance results on our website.
    That's a fairly substantial difference.

  • AMD's upcoming Zen 2 will be between 10% and 130% faster than current chips depending on stuff. (Fudzilla)

  • For those of you busy building your very own C256 prototypes but finding supplies of the 6851 SID chips rather constrained, you can now emulate it using a Teensy 3.6.

    Which being a 180MHz 32-bit RISC processor is likely more powerful than everything else in your C256 combined. (Hackaday)

  • YouTube loading slow? Might be a case of Invented Here Syndrome.

    In case this guy has you blocked too:

  • It's just gone eight o'clock and time for the battery on your RAID controller to explode. I think that happened to us once. (ServeTheHome)

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Tuesday, July 24


Daily News Stuff 24 July 2018

Tech News

  • I mentioned that my Dell has a fast Toshiba XG5 drive.  They just announced the even faster XG6.  M.2 SSDs are pretty much at the limit of PCIe performance now, so there won't be any significant performance changes until PCIe 4.0 arrives...  Next year.  (AnandTech)

    AnandTech also offers their recommendations for the best SSDs for mid-2018.  Interestingly, the M.2 NVMe drive they suggest is not from Samsung or Intel or even Toshiba, but the HP EX920.  Mainly because it's about 30% cheaper without suffering much in performance.

    Slight problem in my case is that it's not available in Australia.  At all.  Anywhere.  Not even from NewEgg, who have it in stock.

  • If you have a 2018 MacBook Pro back up your data regularly.  Because if the chip that controls the touchbar fails, you may lose all your data permanently. 

    Or just send it back for a refund and buy a real computer.  (MacRumors)

  • Details of Intel's upcoming 8 core desktop chips may or may not have leaked.  If the leaks are correct, hyperthreading will be disabled on all but the new top-end i9 9900K, which means that you'll be comparing a 6-core 12-thread 8700K with an 8-core 8-thread 9700K - performance gains will likely be small.  (WCCFTech)

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Monday, July 23


Daily News Stuff 23 July 2018

Tech News

  • Benchspotter reviews Seagate's 2.5" FireCuda SSHD.  The results are meh; the added 8GB solid-state cache is enough to make a 5400 rpm drive run like a 7200 rpm drive, but it is not remotely like a true SSD.  (Benchspotter)

    I wish they'd put a useful amount of cache in these drives - 32GB at least; 128GB better.  That would increase the price, sure, but on the other hand it would actually be useful.

  • ServeTheHome have EPYC video of hot-swap NVMe action which is frankly not that exciting because it all just worked.  NVMe drives on EPYC systems are wired directly to the CPU, not the chipset, so this is fairly neat anyway.

  • I still don't have NBN.

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Sunday, July 22


Daily News Stuff 22 July 2018

Tech News

  • HP has some teeny weeny workstations with the new Xeon E CPUs.  At 8 inches square they're a lot bigger than recent mini-PCs (the one mentioned yesterday is 5 inches square) but support workstation CPUs and graphics and ECC RAM.  (AnandTech)

  • Ubuntu 18.04 is still a pain in the bum.  If you use Percona packages or the official MongoDB release, things will break.

  • Minecraft now supports Windows.  Not in way you might think.  Video

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