Tuesday, November 19
Shocked Shocked Edition
- Google Stadia is here and to everyone's surprise it pretty much sucks. (Tom's Hardware)
Performance is more-or-less adequate on games that don't require fast response if you live in New York and have high-speed fiber internet.
- It's not just Andrew Yang's monetary policy that's a train wreck. (TechDirt)
His tech policy is also - and I quote - "unbelievably dumb".
- A look at the bits inside the MacBook 16. (iFixit)
It turns out that the new keyboard is much the same as the old keyboard - not the new old keyboard, but the old old keyboard. They compare it to the iMac Magic Keyboard which they call "a well-liked, reliable design" but is in fact a spongy disgusting piece of garbage that should never have seen the light of day.
(Yes, I own one.)
- YouTube's handling of copyright continues to be a clusterfuck. (TorrentFreak)
Copyright-free music used in thousands of videos and supplied by YouTube itself has been hit by copyright claims.
- AMD's B550 chipset is on its way at last. (Tom's Hardware)
The X570 is great technically but it's expensive and requires active cooling.
The B550 looks like an updated X470, with two extra SATA ports and an added downstream PCIe 3.0 x4 bus, so that motherboard makers can easily have two full-speed M.2 slots.
It doesn't itself support PCIe 4.0, but that doesn't mean the motherboard can't.
- Interpol clarifies that it both is and is not opposed to strong encryption and has no statement to make at this time. (TechDirt)
That's very helpful, thanks.
- Wait, they're still alive? Via has announced a new 8 core x86 CPU with an integrated 20 TOPS AI engine. (Phoronix)
This is aimed at embedded apps rather than the desktop. Probably.
- The only secure camera is one covered with black electrical tape. (ZDNet)
I have some festive black-and-orange tape from Halloween a couple of years ago that works nicely.
- The only secure online store is - wait, that's a trick question, there is no secure online store. (ZDNet)
There is no entirely secure offline store either, of course, but at least the thieves are required to show up in person.
Not just no, but hell no.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, November 20 2019 12:36 AM (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, November 20 2019 12:42 AM (Iwkd4)
Yeah, I know I love being a product.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, November 20 2019 12:47 AM (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, November 20 2019 12:50 AM (Iwkd4)
I said yesterday elsewhere you could almost certainly end the fake copyright claims to steal ad revenue by escrowing the ad revenue instead of giving it to the claimant. At this point, though, Youtube should also punish people who make false claims. Warner, you wanna pull this garbage? Fine, you can't make copyright claims for a week. Do it again, you lose the ability for a month. Third strike? Well, since Youtubers can lose their entire account, how about you lose, forever, the ability to make copyright claims? (Or maybe make them pay to make a claim or something, I dunno.)
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, November 20 2019 12:54 AM (Iwkd4)
Apparently, only if you are using multiple PCIe 4 devices? I know I haven't heard the chipset fan once.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, November 20 2019 12:57 AM (Iwkd4)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, November 20 2019 08:25 AM (PiXy!)
They also want to relieve players of having to actually play the game by having smart algorithms play the game for them, so...Lag will no longer be a problem!
Somehow, people at Google thought Stadia would not only work, but was worth throwing money at developing.
So...Yeah, Google are idiots.
Posted by: cxt217 at Wednesday, November 20 2019 12:24 PM (LMsTt)
Posted by: Jay at Wednesday, November 20 2019 01:35 PM (vuQH5)
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