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Wednesday, May 25

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Daily News Stuff 25 May 2022

Sometimes We Can Have Nice Things Edition

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  • Seth Green - Oz from Buffy and Dr Evil's son Scott from the Austin Powers movies - had plans for a TV series based on an NFT.



    Then it got stolen.



    Since he no longer owns the ugly monkey jpeg in question he also loses film rights and the project is toast.



    Sometimes things do work out for the best.

Tech News

  • Nvidia had it's own big Computex announcement the day after AMD.  If you want a server-only GPU that uses 600W and costs tens of thousands of dollars and can't actually output video, they're all over that.

    Not particularly interesting for you or me, but it does make them a lot of money.


  • Asus announced a new 500Hz gaming monitor.  (AnandTech)

    Why?


  • Asus also announced their high-end AM5 motherboard for the upcoming Ryzen 7000 series.  (AnandTech)

    The ROG Crosshair X670E supports two full-length PCIe 5.0 slots, plus a x4 slot running at a lower speed but I don't know what, and 5 M.2 slots two of which are also PCIe 5.  Plus USB 4.  Which when you add it all up requires more PCIe lanes than the CPU has available.  Not sure what they've done there.


  • Spain is investing $13 billion to upgrade the country's semiconductor industry.  (AP News)

    I was looking around what countries had semiconductor factories and I believe Spain was on the list - they're not starting from zero.  And there are worse ways to spend $13 billion, as our governments prove to use every day.

    I do not expect much to come of this nonetheless.

Disclaimer: Quoth the raven, "You want to complain?  Look at these shoes.  I've only had them for two weeks-"

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Tuesday, May 24

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Daily News Stuff 24 May 2022

167 Hour Ahmed Edition

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Disclaimer: To sleep, perchance to wake up again.

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Monday, May 23

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Daily News Stuff 23 May 2022

Because I Don't Have Enough To Do Edition

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  • Spun up a virtual server running Ubuntu 22.04 today. So far I have nothing to complain about.  Which is good, if dull.


  • AMD officially announced Ryzen 7000, due "this fall".  (AnandTech)

    Most of the information we already had about it has been confirmed - though the 24 core model turns out to be wishful thinking at this point.

    The base model is 15% faster than the special edition Ryzen 5800X3D, which is good though not huge.  But it will go up to 16 cores where the X3D is limited to 8.

    Onboard RDNA2 graphics are confirmed for all Ryzen 7000 models, and clock speeds up to 5.5GHz.


  • Also confirmed is that dual-chip chipset.  (Angstronomics)

    The chip is call Promontory 21 and is designed by Taiwanese company ASMedia - not a respin of the CPU's I/O chiplet.  It's not a high-end design, but you can simply run two of them to get more I/O.  They daisy-chain so you only get 4 downstream PCIe lanes from the first chipset, and 8 from the second.

    It's a 7W part so it won't need a chipset fan, which was a problem with the AMD's first X570 chips.

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Sunday, May 22

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Daily News Stuff 22 May 2022

On Beyond Zebra Edition

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  • Semiconductor research group IMEC has published a roadmap taking the industry far beyond 1nm.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The most advanced process currently in production (at TSMC and Samsung) is a nominal 4nm.  Nothing about the process is truly 4nm, but it's as much 4nm as the old 14nm process was 14nm, so it's useful for comparison.

    The roadmap looks forward to the 3nm and 2nm nodes that are already under development at TSMC, Samsung, and Intel - and then beyond all the way to what they call A2 - a nominal 0.2nm - sometime around 2036.

    By which time I hope to be less concerned about annual increments in CPU performance, but faster computers let us solve problems that are too expensive to be practical at the moment, so this is a win even if you don't plan to put together a 26th generation Intel gaming rig with dual RTX 18080 Ti cards to play Minecraft 1.37.

    There's not a lot of detail about the sub-1nm nodes, but at 2nm they expect a billion transistors per square millimetre - about 6 times the current 5nm process.

Tech News

  • Some next-gen AMD motherboards appear to have two chipsets.  (Tom's Hardware)

    There will be two chipsets available for Ryzen 7000 when it shows up later this year - the mainstream B650 and the high-end X670.  But it seems that they might be the same chip, only the X670 is two B650s.

    Which would make complete sense and fits in with AMD's design strategy for the past several years - design one really good chip and then glue a bunch of them together for bigger systems.

    A Ryzen desktop CPU consists of one or two CPU chiplets (up to 8 cores each) and an I/O chiplet.  The current motherboard chipset is the exact same chip as the I/O chiplet on the CPU itself, just rotated 180 degrees so the two can face each other.

    They're probably not going to do that with this generation because the new CPUs will have embedded graphics on the I/O chiplet, so it makes sense to have a generic motherboard chipset and use one on mainstream boards and two on high-end ones.

    Or the leaks might all be wrong.  One or the other.


  • But they're going to show off these motherboards tomorrow so we don't have to wait long to find out.


  • Apple is planning to expand manufacturing outside China.  (9to5Mac)

    The company is looking toward India (where labour relations have been somewhat fraught) and Vietnam.


  • Apple is also dumping a Chinese display manufacturer and sourcing from South Korea instead.  (WCCFTech)

    BOE reportedly decided to adjust the designs for their iPhone 13 screens to cut costs - without bothering to tell Apple.


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Saturday, May 21

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Daily News Stuff 21 May 2022

Ratception Edition

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  • One thing I hadn't considered closely with this move was Amazon deliveries.  Turns out my free one day delivery now becomes free one week delivery.  So if I need something right away I'm just out of luck.

    Fortunately the new house is much, much bigger than my current place and I can just stockpile consumables, which hasn't been practical here.  (Which is why I went for a much, much larger place.)


  • Cut off from Western* technology due to its ill-advised military adventure, Russia is turning to China for CPUs.  (The Register)

    Unfortunately for Russia, China's CPUs are dogshit.

    On PassMark, the ZHAOXIN KaiXian KX-6640MA scores 1566.  

    That's just ahead of AMD's Phenom II X3 B75 from 2009 at 1560.

    It doesn't compare so well with current AMD chips, like the 5700X which scores 26,384.


Tech News



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Friday, May 20

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Daily News Stuff 20 May 2022

Blorkchain Edition

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Disclaimer: Tomorrow.

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Thursday, May 19

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Daily News Stuff 19 May 2022

I Can Has Houseburger Edition

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  • I have a house.


  • I ended up working until 2AM yesterday tracking down a difficult performance issue, then was doing house-related stuff until 4AM, then got up again at 7AM for a meeting, which was lots of fun.


  • A new plastic-eating enzyme could eliminate billions of tons of landfill waste.  (UT News)

    Normally this is a what could possibly go wrong item, but they're talking about an enzyme here, not bacteria or anything that can reproduce itself.  Enzymes are catalysts - a small amount of an enzyme can process a large amount of raw material - but still finite and will break down fairly quickly.

    So...  Good?

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Wednesday, May 18

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Daily News Stuff 18 May 2022

Five Things After Another

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  • More running around in outside land today.  Now I have matching blisters on both heels because my comfy shoes had a sudden total existence failure and I had to grab the last spare pair that I never wore because they don't fit.

    Ouch.

    Had to get one more document certified for the new house before settlement which is fine except that -


  • My mobile phone was set to be cancelled on the day of settlement for the new house - tomorrow - because my provider is changing networks and hates having customers, and I couldn't log in to the portal to activate the new SIM because the SMS confirmation was disappearing into the ether and they have no way to confirm anything except sending you an SMS.

    So that was fun.


  • Also still working 14 hours a day.


  • And while I was out in the outside without a laptop one of my servers fell over. 


  • While I was out I passed two random guys in the street discussing the Luna / Terra collapse - and actually getting the facts right.


  • Twitter's unspoken corporate motto: Commie as fuck. (Daily Mail)

    Project Veritas doing the dirty work of actually reporting the news again.
    'You know, our jobs are at stake,' he said. 'He's a capitalist and we weren't really operating as capitalists, more like very socialist. Like we're all commie as f***.'
    Yes, we know.


Tech News

  • Need a desktop cluster of ARM compute modules?  Yes?  Why?

    Anyway, here you go.  (Kickstarter)

    You can plug in a variety of modules via adaptors, including the Raspberry Pi 4 Compute Module and Nvidia's Jetson AI boards, and you get shared HDMI, USB, Ethernet, SATA, USB, and two mini PCIe slots.

    Obviously someone wants this thing because the project funded in three minutes.


  • Which Linux desktop is the easiest for new users?  (ZDNet)

    It doesn't matter because there's 21 to choose from and they're all the same.  (The Register)

    Actually not quite; the first article talks about desktop distributions - they recommend Mint and Kubuntu - and the second is talking about individual desktop environments.

    Just use Mint, probably.


  • Hong Kong is planning to block messaging app Telegram as part of a broader plan to block messenger app Telegram.  (IBTimes)

    I guess if you want to block messenger app Telegram, that's the way to go about it.


  • Demand has dropped like a rock says Chinese chipmaker SMIC.  (Nikkei)
    "Many smartphone, PC and home appliance companies had exposure in Russia and Ukraine, and their revenues [from those markets] are now gone. Sales in their home market [of China] have also fallen due to the COVID situation domestically," Zhao said.

    Demand for consumer electronics "dropped like a rock, very seriously," the executive said. "Some of our customers are holding more than five months of that type of inventory."
    SMIC's own factories are still running at 100%, producing chips for other markets that are still in short supply - unglamorous but essential stuff like power management chips and embedded microcontrollers.

    The cause of the sudden market collapse is easy to identify, and since the CCP isn't going anywhere, is only likely to get worse for China.


  • The Pentagon has vowed to get to the bottom of UFO sightings.  (Reuters)

    That's actually pretty simple.  They're not real.
    UAPs are unexplained, it's true. But they are real.
    Horseshit.


  • Small Android phone.  (SmallAndroidPhone)


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Tuesday, May 17

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Daily News Stuff 17 May 2022

Quick one today because I have to scurry off and do stuff.

Disclaimer: Outside?  I have to go outside?  Again?

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Monday, May 16

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Daily News Stuff 16 May 2022

Now Officially Extra Dead Edition

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  • When Luna implodes, Venus catches a cold.  Or something  (The Record)

    Venus Protocol - a decentralised finance thing of some sort - lost $11 million because it was using a pricing feed, Chainlink, that still had a minimum price of $0.10 when the price of Luna plummeted from over $100 to $0.01.

    So people could deposit worthless imaginary money and then use it as imaginary collateral to borrow imaginary money that had not yet collapsed.

    Other DeFi sites were hit by the same issue, though losses appear to be small compared to the $40 billion wipeout of Luna itself.

Tech News

  • Python is slow but is about to get faster.  (ZDNet)

    Python 3.11 is expected to be 1.25x faster than Python 3.10.

    PyPy - which already exists - is 4.5x faster than Python 3.10.


  • Will the upcoming Ryzen 7950X have 24 cores?  (WCCFTech)

    Maybe.  Would be nice.  With the other details we know (5nm process, DDR5 RAM, 170W max TDP) it should be possible.  And it would reduce the need for the lower-end Threadripper parts - a 24-core Zen 4 pat would be close to the speed of a 32-core Zen 3.

    And Intel is planning 24-core desktop chips for later this year, albeit 8 fast cores and 16 slow cores, where AMD's chips would have 24 full-size cores.


  • In 500 metres, crash directly into the ground.  (Business Insider)

    Crashed Russian aircraft in Ukraine allegedly have consumer grade GPS receivers taped to the flight console.  Had.  Had consumer grade GPS receivers taped to the flight console.


  • Heroku is having a bad day.  (Brandur)

    And has been for three weeks.



Disclaimer: Which is about average for my bad days, now that I think about it.

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