What is that?
It's a duck pond.
Why aren't there any ducks?
I don't know. There's never any ducks.
Then how do you know it's a duck pond?

Friday, January 17


Daily News Stuff 17 January 2020

Faster Better Cheaper Edition

Tech News

Disclaimer: Or if you do, make sure you have it installed on another device so you can keep going while you wait for customer service to get back to you.

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Daily News Stuff 16 January 2020

Do The Sploot Edition

Tech News

  • Is Comet Lake better than Ice Lake, or vice versa?  What about Whiskey Lake?  And they were talking Tiger Lake at CES, what's up with that?

    If you're confused, read this article and you'll still be confused but at least if anyone asks you'll know exactly why you're confused.  (AnandTech)

    Intel presented a lot of charts showing off the performance of Comet Lake and Ice Lake, but in each case comparing against Ryzen 3000 APUs, and never against each other.  Plus of course AMD announced Ryzen 4000 APUs the very next day and stomped all over everything Intel has.

  • Intel has trimmed its Xeon lineup and in the process offered some price cuts.  (AnandTech)

    M-series large-memory versions are gone and L-series Optane-supporting really large memory versions have replaced them at M prices.  In the case of the Xeon Gold 5215L this means a price cut of more than 50% - which sounds great until you look closer and realise that Intel's 10 core processor still costs as much as a 64 core Epyc.

  • Microsoft's new Edge - now based on Chromium - is available on Windows and Mac.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This is good news for Chrome fans who want support from a company that is only traditionally predatory rather than batshit insane.

  • Speaking of batshit insane, what the hell have you done with your search results, Google?  That's close to unreadable.  I was actually using Bing today, that's how bad you are now.

  • Content moderation is impossible to do well at scale.  It's impossibler when your company is run by idiots.  (TechDirt)

    YouTube is always going to screw up content moderation, but it's their three strikes policy that actually ruins lives.  That has to die, right now.

  • How Sweden believed in gremlins.  (Medium)

    It's not that shocking.  People in the US talk about Myers-Brigg as though it were meaningful, and in Japan it's blood types.

  • The other side of AB5: Yes, the California gig economy bill is hot garbage, but the California companies leading the gig economy are also hot garbage.  (New Republic)

    Legislation is justified and perhaps even necessary.  The current legislation though will only make the situation worse.

  • Mozilla has laid off 70 staff - 7% of its total workforce - as it trims staff to match revenues rather than revenue projections.  (Tech Crunch)

    That's bad for the 70 people involved (though they reportedly receive generous severance packages) but Mozilla is one of the few players in the consumer internet that has both a substantial role and financial independence, and we need them to survive.

    Mozilla also has a VPN coming, and is probably one of the more trustworthy entities offering such services, given multiple recent public flameouts.  If you are in the US you can try the browser extension now, and the full-device option is due soon at $5 per month.

    The actual networking is offered by Cloudflare, yet another giant company that has all your data and can track you anywhere, but at least Cloudflare has shown some awareness of the impact of their actions.

  • Oracle just patched hundreds of security bugs across its product suite.  (ZDNet)

    Including 191 that could be exploited remotely without authentication.  If you're responsible for an Oracle deployment, my sympathies.

  • Apple bought Xnor making people invisible to Wyze cameras.  (The Verge)

    This is literally true.  It is the 21st century after all.

Disclaimer: You can't trick me, young man.  It's hot garbage all the way down.

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Wednesday, January 15


Daily News Stuff 15 January 2020

From The Middle Twice Edition

Tech News

  • How big is the Ryzen 4000 APU die?  150mm2.  (AnandTech)

    That's 30% smaller than the Ryzen 3000 APU despite doubling the number of CPU cores.  In fact, the CPU only takes up about one third of that area; the remainder is the GPU and I/O since this is a monolithic design without a separate I/O die.

    Early benchmarks indicate that it delivers about two thirds of the multi-threaded performance of the desktop Ryzen 3700X:

    Which means that a hypothetical 30W 300mm2 part could potentially deliver close to the performance of a 3900X, and have built-in graphics sufficient for 1080p gaming.  And on TSMC's 5nm process - which is in risk production right now, I believe - that would be a ~21W 165mm2 part.

  • Speaking of AMD notebooks, here's one with a Ryzen 3900.  (AnandTech)

    That's the 65W non-X version, which you can't buy, but don't need to since you can configure a 3900X to a 65W TDP in software anyway.

    Depending on configuration this laptop weighs up to 2.7kg and comes with a 230W power brick, so this is probably not one for the all-day-battery ultra-portable crowd.

  • A 600-series Ryzen chipset is expected this year.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Since desktop Ryzen 4000 is due this year and the high-end chipset is literally just a relabelled desktop Ryzen I/O die, this is not a surprise.

  • The NSA found a critical bug in Windows certificate management.  (Tech Crunch)

    They told Microsoft.

    Microsoft fixed it.

    And they all lived happily ever after, or until next Patch Tuesday, whichever comes first.

  • Would it not be simpler for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?  (Stack Exchange)

    Stack Exchange seems to have fired or otherwise lost their top community liaisons, and to also be mishandling to fallout of this, neither of which is helpful for a site that is entirely dependent on community goodwill.

  • If you want to get annoyed here's a garbage article about the alleged Russian hacking of Burisma.  (ZDNet)

    The author hamfistedly whitewashes Biden's role and tries to connect Russia to Trump as if the past three fucking years hadn't happened.

Disclaimer: The past three fucking years did happen.  Probably twice.

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Daily News Stuff 14 January 2020

There Is No Rule Six Edition

Tech News

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Dragon's Lair by Varguy

Disclaimer: Turns out a lot of farmers buy computers.

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Tuesday, January 14


Daily News Stuff 13 January 2020

End Of Summer (Break) Edition

Tech News

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Fishing Day by Linif-MUU

Disclaimer: Parity is for farmers.

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Monday, January 13


Daily News Stuff 12 January 2020

Now With Comments Edition

Tech News

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Catgirl Artist by 貓臉@お仕事募集中

Disclaimer: The brain worms are strong with this one.

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Sunday, January 12


Feeding The Dog

Oops.  Comments should be fixed now.

The bug only affected this site, which was exactly the point of splitting it off to its own environment.

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Saturday, January 11


Daily News Stuff 11 January 2020

A Tragedy In 317,962 Parts Edition

Dogfood Warning

I've switched just this blog over to a test environment as I work towards the Great Awakening.  There may be a few hiccups over the next couple of weeks.

Note to self: Don't paste the Twitter card excerpt into the meta field.

One effect is that this is how this post appears in Twitter, with no need for adding any custom HTML.

Tech News

  • Nobody saw that coming.

    Okay, everybody saw that coming.

  • If you thought the 1.8GHz base clock on the Ryzen 4800U was bad, take a look at what Intel has in store. (AnandTech)

    The Core i7-1065G7 - which is a four core 15W part - has a base clock of just 1.3GHz.

    Only the 2.3GHz base clock of the 28W i7-1068G7 actually beats the 4800U, which has twice as many cores at half the TDP.

  • Windows 7 support ends in three days.  Upgrade now.  Or replace it with Linux Mint.  (ZDNet)

    I have a little Lenovo laptop with a 32GB eMMC disk drive.  (The hardware is quite nice and it was very cheap.) 

    It has a 128GB SD card which is plenty of storage for files, but Windows can't work out how to use that for its updates, so I have to reset it to factory default to get back enough space to actually update to new Windows 10 releases.

    Linux Mint it is then.

  • A decade of iPads: "Movie Kindle" to paperweight.  (9to5Mac)

    I haven't used mine in three years.

  • Lenovo's IdeaPad Duet Chromebook is a...  Oh, it's in the name.  (AnandTech)

    For $280 you get a quad Cortex A73, 4GB RAM, 128GB flash, a 1920x1200 10" screen, and a bundled detachable keyboard.

    If it runs Android and Linux cleanly it might be a nice little device.

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And then at the crossroads... by Neytirix

Disclaimer: The answer is none.  None more English.

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Friday, January 10


Daily News Stuff 10 January 2020

Kangaroo Flambé Edition

Tech News

* Yes, and yes.

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That InWin robotic ARGB glass pinecone costs $14,500.

Picture of the Day


Italian Summer by Lorenzo Lanfranconi

Disclaimer: What exactly is a coffee achiever anyway?

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Daily News Stuff 9 January 2020

Let Me Out Of Here Edition

Tech News

  • Samsung showed off their 4th generation external SSD - the T7 - now with a fingerprint sensor.  (AnandTech)

    That's a very useful feature for mobile storage.  There's also a slightly cheaper model without the sensor.

  • Viewsonic has a 55" 4K OLED monitor too.  (AnandTech)

    No price, of course.

  • The HP Envy 32 looks like a pretty damn nice all-in-one system.  (AnandTech)

    32" 4K HDR 600 DCI-P3 display, up to a Core i7 9700S (the 65W version) and RTX 2080, up to 32GB RAM and 1TB of SSD, and an integrated Bang and Olufsen sound bar.  Exact selection of ports not listed but includes Thunderbolt 3.

    I would prefer a Ryzen 3900, which is also a 65W part, but AMD systems with Thunderbolt are pretty rare.

  • Asus' Dual RTX 2070 Mini is something of a disappointment.  (PC Perspective)

    The only thing dual about it are the fans.  It doesn't even have dual DisplayPort ports.  Though there might be a reason for that.

  • Intel announced their NUC 9 Pro and NUC 9 Extreme, which are...  ITX systems.  (ZDNet)

    Or rather, ITX-sized but not actually ITX systems to guarantee vendor lock-in.  They're a lot bigger than existing NUCs, but are still about as small as any ITX case you can find and can fit a 500W power supply and an 8" video card.

    They also have built-in Thunderbolt support, which I suspect is where the other video outputs of the Asus Dual RTX 2070 Mini went, since it was shown off specifically with a NUC 9.

    The 9 Pro supports Xeon E CPUs, up to 64GB of ECC RAM, two M.2 slots, the aforementioned dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3.1 ports, one HDMI 2.0, WiFi 6, and dual Ethernet ports - but gigabit only, which is disappointing.

    Of slightly more interest is that these have a passive PCIe backplane: The entire guts of the system are packed into a dual-width 8" PCIe card, the same size as the 2070 Mini.  So you could yank out the entire working part of your computer and....  Yeah, not sure what you're supposed to do with it after that.

    If you could use the second slot for a second Compute Unit that would be interesting.  You can't.

  • Did AMD just confirm Big Navi is coming?  Yes.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • Phison showed off an 8TB M.2 NVMe SSD.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's a QLC device to pack that much storage into such a small space, but still delivers 3.5GB per second reads and 3.0GB per second writes.  This is a reference design, since Phison make the controllers and don't sell SSDs themselves, so no pricing or availability dates.

  • Twitter is testing a new mode that prevents anyone replying to your tweets.  (Tech Crunch)

    This has been hailed as a breakthrough by the usual idiots.  Tech Crunch are at least smart enough to ask What if Trump uses this? but not smart enough to realise the answer is So what if Trump uses this?

    Despite Twitter's best efforts, you can still quote-tweet someone who's blocked you.  Just takes an extra 30 seconds.

  • Seagate showed off its HAMR and dual-actuator disk drives.  (AnandTech)

    I didn't see the point of the return of dual actuators in an age of RAID and cheap SSDs, but this tidbit enlightened me: These drives have a peak transfer rate of 480MB per second.  That's basically the same as a SATA SSD and is easily a new record for spinning rust.

    As usual, no pricing or availability dates.

  • AnandTech apparently has a scoop on the upcoming Threadripper TRX80 systems but it hasn't been posted yet.  It was mentioned earlier today on YouTube but without any details.

  • A Circuit judge has ordered Google to hand over a year's worth of Jussie Smollett's data to investigators, including emails.  (Chicago Tribune)

    The ramifications of this are huge, and I expect TechDirt will set themselves on fire pretty shortly.  Not without reason.

  • You can no longer write an indie web browser.

    At least, not a competitive one, not since W3C approved DRM as part of the web standards.  I posted about this previously but this new article includes more up-to-date details.

  • ACSOTGSFM.  (Serve the Home)

    (Another cheap SFP-only 10Gb switch from Microtik.)

  • Thunderbolt 4 is one louder.  (CNet)

    Seriously, that seems to be about the size of it.

  • You glow in the dark.  Yes, you.  (PLOS)

    Just...  Not very much.

  • YouTube's vaunted algorithm has reportedly flagged Happy Tree Friends as suitable for children.

    Good.  Let the little bastards learn that they can't trust anyone.  We'll get an entire generation of libertarians.

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Night Bus by 雪丸まほ

Disclaimer: Be what you is, not what you ain't.

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