Thursday, April 04


Daily News Stuff 4 April 2024

Let A Hundred Thousand Mintomos Bloom Edition

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  • If you comply with the rules, we'll change the rules: The US Commerce Department has banned Nvidia's RTX 4090D from sale in China.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The 4090D was designed specifically to comply with the ruling that banned the 4090.

    A little too specifically, perhaps.  But maybe Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo should post the rules she wants companies to actually follow rather than expecting them to play some psychotic game of red light green light.

  • The LSST camera did not cost $350 billion dollars.  (Gizmodo)
    To do this, the team needed a Rolls Royce of a digital camera. Mind you, the camera actually cost many million times that of an actual Royce Royce, and at 6,200 pounds (2,812 kilograms), it weighs a lot more than a fancy car.
    It's an amazing camera - the largest digital camera ever built, with a resolution of 3.2 gigapixels - but the entire LSST project - the buildings, the telescope assembly, the massive mirrors - the primary mirror is 28 feet across - and this camera is less than 0.2% of that.

    (A basic Rolls Royce Ghost costs around $350,000, and weighs 5700 pounds, so they're off on the weight too; just not by three orders of magnitude.)

  • Can AMD's 3D Vcache improve game performance for low-end graphics cards?  (Hot Hardware)

    I was fully expecting the answer to be no, but if you're doing a budget build with a previous generation AMD chip and a card like AMD's own 7600, Intel's 750, or Nvidia's 3060, it might actually be worth the extra money for a 5000-series X3D chip.

    The biggest difference was Cyberpunk 2077 with an Intel Arc 750, where average frame rates jumped 30% from 46 to 60 fps just by upgrading from a 5800X to a 5800X3D.  About half the games tests showed negligible difference though.

    Which makes the newer 5700X3D an interesting proposition.  It's 10% slower than the 5800X3D but 25% cheaper, and if you're on a budget might just hit the sweet spot.

  • Cannot remove files, disk is full.  Please remove file to free up space and try again.  Lol.  (Six Colors)

    Okay, Apple, I can understand that you were trying to make everything user-friendly so that you can un-delete files that were removed by accident, but what you actually achieved was users having to wipe and reinstall the entire system because you ran out of space.

    And these are experienced tech journalists we're talking about, who...  Yeah, off by three orders of magnitude.  Never mind.

  • Ubuntu 24.04 might become Ubuntu 24.05.  (Tom's Hardware)

    The unreleased beta version had the xz unpleasantness, and Ubuntu wants to be super-duper sure that it's been expunged with utmost prejudice.  So the planned release data of April 25 could slip into next month.

    I doubt that anyone would be upset about Ubuntu taking that precaution.  Except perhaps for North Korea.

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1 Read some blog about how a court has banned AI "enhanced" video for use in evidence. This is a welcome and unexpected outbreak of sanity, if so The weird thing is the discussion full of comments raging about the decision
"Linear interpolation is math, AI neural networks are just math. What are you, some kind of math-flat-Earther?" I don't understand how this can be an innocent mistake, or what would motivate people to prefer evidence in court contaminated by bias from a training set.
Stupidity isn't an adequate model for what is driving this .... shilling for inappropriately, wrongly applied technology. Stupidity would be random errors or errors born from a lack of experience with what is really going on with the technology. This is something else

Posted by: madrocketsci at Friday, April 05 2024 12:44 AM (hRoyQ)

2 If we put the evidence on the blockchain, that would solve everything.

Then we can sell it off as NFTs afterwards.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, April 05 2024 10:30 AM (PiXy!)

3 I could understand one utterly idiotic path to such a position.  'If CRT types are saying it is racist and bad, then it must be good.' 

Another flavor of idiocy is all the folks who want magic computers to solve their problems for them, and refuse to learn anything about the limits of computing, or how computers actually work.

I trust certain internet conspiracy theorists who are pretty sure that there are for pay trolls who are more active during Moscow daylight hours. 

I think a model of 'a lot of people are insane now' combined with hype over AI, and especially Effective Altruism's alleged funding of the AI doom bandwagon could lead to all sorts of weird tribal behavior.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Friday, April 05 2024 02:10 PM (rcPLc)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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