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Daily News Stuff 17 March 2023

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  • A new treatment for prostate cancer kills the tumour with a nanoknife.  (Telegraph)

    Which is basically a tiny electrified scalpel, which can kill the cancerous cells while leaving the healthy tissue intact.  It's minimally invasive, can be done on an outpatient basis, and early cases indicate it has significantly few side-effects and less chance of infection than even over minimally invasive methods.

  • The 2023 version of the Asus Zenbook Pro 14 Duo OLED is here.  (Asus)

    This one has a 14.5" 2880x1800 120Hz OLED touchscreen (with 100% of DCI-P3 colour space), a 12.7" 2880x864 IPS display with stylus support, and in the model sold here in Australia, a 14 core Intel 13900H, 32GB of RAM, Nvidia RTX 4050 graphics with 6GB of VRAM, a 1TB SSD, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one regular USB port, HDMI 2.1, a headphone jack, and a microSD slot.  Plus a barrel jack for a power supply so you don't need to tie up a Thunderbolt port for charging.

    It doesn't have the Four Essential Keys, but that's not a design mistake: There's no room.  What it does have is an app that lets you put custom controls on the second screen that can do whatever you want, so you can make your own Four Essential Keys.

    The RTX 4050 looks to be somewhere between the performance of the laptop and desktop versions of the 3060, so it's pretty decent for basic gaming.  There's also a version of the laptop with an RTX 4060 but it doesn't seem that model has made it to these shores.

    It's not cheap, and it's a bit heavy for a 14" laptop at 1.75kg (3.85lb) but it's a very capable little machine.

  • The Xerox Alto is 50 years old this month.  (The Register)

    This is the system that showed off the very first graphical user interface - and had the very first mouse.

    This isn't the one that inspired Steve Jobs to create the Macintosh - that was the later Xerox Star - but its direct ancestor.

Disclaimer: Or descendent if the idiots in the first article are right.

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1 I was going to pile on that vice/motherboard piece, but then I read the line "like waking up with a killer hangover." and I says to myself, these are some highly educated physicists we're talking about here, not just a bunch of drooling journalists who couldn't count to twenty without taking off their shoes.

Posted by: normal at Friday, March 17 2023 09:40 PM (obo9H)

2 I'd be possibly interested in a 'growing consensus' among some flavor of scholar if I wasn't pretty strongly convinced by skepticism towards academia.

I think society now is pretty nuts.

I think universities have had a pretty high crazy factor for a long time. 

I think a lot of scholarly fields are fraud or insanity.

I would expect a lot of baseless insanity from academia to amplified now.

Physics is harder, so you might think I am more positive on it than I am the likes of sociology and ecology.  I am.

That still means that most of what interests me there is either the stuff that is pretty well established, or the stuff that may be both epicycles built on a crazy foundation, and disproveable.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Saturday, March 18 2023 03:25 PM (r9O5h)

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

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