Friday, April 16
Raisin 5900X Edition
- A power outage halted production at TSMC's Fab14A on Wednesday. (Tom's Hardware)
This is an older plant working on nodes from 40nm to 90m, mostly for the automotive industry - parts that are already in desperately short supply. Since a power outage is likely to ruin many of the wafers in production at the time - and wafers take weeks to complete - this is not going to help things.
Apparently the outage was caused by construction workers (when you invest $100 billion in new factories you're going to have some construction) cutting through an underground power cable. Given how much electricity these factories use, this must have been exciting for those on the ground.
- Our datacenter, which suffered a fire and a flood during a recent power outage, had another power outage this week. Since they're still restoring their UPS and backup power systems from the previous disaster, that meant that 75% of the servers we have with them at my day job went off line.
- Speaking of TSMC they expect chip shortages to continue well into next year. (Tom's Hardware)
They're investing $30 billion in new plant and equipment this year alone, so it's hard to blame them for the situation.
- Having accidentally released a test driver that breaks the crypto mining limits on their RTX 3060 Nvidia is preparing a new version of the 3060 with the limits enforced in hardware. (WCCFTech)
How will you know which version you are getting? You won't. Because - everyone sing along - fuck you, that's why.
- Nvidia has called Ampere - that is, the RTX 3000 family - their best product launch ever. (WCCFTech)
Can you buy one? No.
- Google's business model is privacy violation. Here's how to fight back. (Plausible)
Simplest answer is, don't use Chrome. Use Brave or something similar.
- Why Rust strings seem hard. (Brandons.me)
Rust strings are hard, because the Rust developers hate you and hate strings, and because Unicode is a semantic superfund site.
- A microATX Epyc server motherboard from ASRock. (Serve the Home)
It only supports six channel memory, because they just plain don't have room for more, but it has four x16 PCIe slots, supports up to 20 SATA drives right off the motherboard, dual 10GbE, dual 1GbE, yet another 1GbE just for management, two USB, and a VGA port.
- Celsius Network had a minor data breach. (Bleeping Computer)
But that minor breach leaked contact information for customers, which the hackers then used in a phishing attack that gave users a fake crypto wallet.
And then anything you put in that wallet got stolen.
- Can you game on the brand new Microsoft Surface Laptop 4? (Thurrott.com)
- Twitter is taking a closer look at their algorithms to reduce bias. (ZDNet)
This ignores the key problem, that their employees span the political range from Marxist-Leninist to Stalinist, but I expect they'll address that issue any day now.
- Bank error in your favour. Collect a lawsuit. (Reuters)
Charles Schwab sent a payment of $1.2 million when they meant to send $82.56. I know, happens to us all.
The lucky recipient bought a house.
And then - surprise - got sued.
- Sony made a lot of fuss about how fast the storage is on the new PlayStation 5. (Ars Technica)
Unfortunately, there's enough space for three, maybe four games. And even though there is an expansion slot right there waiting for you to add more storage, you can't. It doesn't work.
What you can now do is transfer your data to a USB drive, and then load it back onto the internal storage when you want to actually play a game, because you can't play games from external storage. That's probably faster than downloading it again, at least.
- The Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague vaccines are 99.992% effective - sort of - if you get both doses. (Ars Technica)
That is, only 0.008% of fully vaccinated people have contracted WBSDP after the fact.
The usual suspects will now insist that you wear three masks. Because it was never about the disease.
- A better article showing the new Dell Inspiron laptop lineup. (Ars Technica)
None of them, not one, has the Four Essential Keys. The 15" and 16" models have numeric keypads, which normally double as cursor keys - even my full-size desktop keyboard does that = but in this case they don't because - all together now - fuck you, that's why.
Raisin 5900X Load Testing Video of the Day
Which she did.
By filling a bowl with 12.3kg of raisins in Cooking Simulator.
On her old PC she only managed to get to 3.2kg, after which the game became unplayable and the raisins all ended up on the floor. This time she got a lot further, but though the CPU could cope with it - albeit at a pace measured in seconds per frame - the game could not.
And that's the stream, basically. Three hours of chit-chat while waiting for a computer to crash.
She could be doing my job.
Disclaimer: Except that I rarely need to wait that long.
Translation: "I wish to give up the concept of ownership."
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2 Blog software seems to be still barfing up internal variable names, btw. That last post was me.Was the site realllly slow when it happened? I think it's some sort of race condition.
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