Sunday, January 31


Daily News Stuff 31 January 2021

It's A Problem Problem Edition

Tech News

  • The Asus Pro WS WRX80E-SAGE SE WiFi does have a chipset fan after all.  (AnandTech)

    I couldn't spot it under the 1.5kg heatsink.

    This is not a review since they don't yet have a Threadripper Pro processor to go along with the Threadripper Pro motherboard, but they do have their hands on the board.

  • A look at the Intel DG1.  (Igor's Lab)

    TL;DR: It doesn't work.  This is purely an OEM part; it doesn't even have firmware on the board.  Without a custom BIOS it's a paperweight.

  • A not-insane technology stack.  (Simplecto)

    Docker, Traefik (I use Caddy but Traefik looks good too), PostgreSQL, Django, and Intercooler / HTMX on the client.

    HTMX actually looks pretty nice.  It's just 9k of code and lets you make any HTML object server-interactive with just an added attribute.  No need to build your entire app around any given framework; if you have one field that needs this, apply it to that one field.

  • Microsoft has a new idea: A Turing-complete programming language.  (Visual Studio Magazine)

    Specifically, though, the formula language for Excel is now Turing-complete.  Slashdot (not being what it once was) reported this as Excel itself being Turing-complete, which has been the case for...  Ever, I think.

Revised and Updated Video of the Day

Basically, the story is that Robinhood prevented its users from buying GameStop shares because they didn't have enough cash on hand for collateral at their clearing house after said clearing house increased the collateral requirements from 3% to 100%.  But they couldn't say they didn't have enough cash on hand because then people would assume they were undercapitalised...  Which they are.  So they lied.

Disclaimer: For every problem there is an equal and opposite public relations screwup.

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1 Tom's Hardware had a story rehashing the Igor's Lab one.  There was a hilarious bit near the end saying the reason it doesn't have a firmware of its own is because there's no EEPROM on it.  That one cracked me up.  SMT SPI EEPROMs are tiny and dirt-cheap.  4MB chips are about a buck fifty, quantity one, at Digikey, and it's a small board.  That means Intel simply didn't want the firmware on-board for whatever reason.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, February 01 2021 06:23 AM (eqaFC)

2 I think what's going on here is that the drivers simply aren't ready for general use, so they've made it impossible to use the card except in supported systems.

It's better for everyone to say up-front that it doesn't work as an add-on to existing systems than to have everyone scrambling to fix a half-working card.

Since it's the same graphics core as on the 11th gen laptop chips it obviously is functional hardware, at least.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, February 01 2021 10:21 AM (PiXy!)

3 Yeah, although that raises the question of why release a nonfunctional product to the OEMs.  (And, of course, Intel's a huge chipmaker. There's nothing to stop them from adding flash to another chip on the board, either.)

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, February 01 2021 03:28 PM (eqaFC)

4 Yeah, the reason there's no flash chip is because they didn't want a flash chip.  They wanted these boards to be locked down as much as possible.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, February 01 2021 09:42 PM (PiXy!)

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