Friday, August 24
Australian Political News
- California is close to passing its own net neutrality legislation. Approved 9-3 by the committee [Even numbers? Idiots.] and on its way to the Assembly. (Ars Technica)
I'm sure the bill is garbage - this is California we're talking about - but voting in garbage legislation and suffering the consequences is what states are for.
- Intel tried to prevent people benchmarking microcode changes, got yelled at, immediately fixed it. (Tom's Hardware)
Dumb move, smart response.
- Steam's policy on adult-oriented games is a mess. (Techdirt)
Remarkably, Kotaku seems to be on the right side of this debacle. (Kotaku)
- Apple has booted Facebook's VPN app from their store because it's spyware. (Techdirt)
Yes, it's an official Facebook app. Yes, it's spyware. Don't use it.
- The DNC was not attacked. The story is wrong. They set up their own phishing page to see if their staff were still falling for it. (Fudzilla)
- Amazon appears to have deployed their drones to deliver good news to Twitter. (TechCrunch)
This is just weird. Amazon, what are you doing? Don't do that.
- TSMC is reportedly happy with 7nm and ramping up production - and preparing for 5nm next year. (Guru3d)
Intel expects to release 10nm parts by the end of 2019. Intel's original launch date for 10nm was 2015, so that's a pretty big step backwards. Also, unconfirmed reports are that they've had to also take a step back on the process itself, so it's both late and less technically advanced than Intel had hoped.
Intel's originally planned 10nm process was roughly in line with 7nm from everyone else (the numbers are 83.6% marketing) but now everyone else has 7nm and Intel still doesn't have 10nm, so the point is extremely moot.
AMD are getting 7nm parts from both TSMC and Global Foundries, which will give them a full year with a solid fabrication lead on Intel, as well as the advantages of the Zen design.
- By pure coincidence AMD's stock is up another 6.65% making it one of the top performers in the S&P 500. (MarketWatch)
- Netflix tells Apple to go fuck itself and its 30% cut of everything. (Engadget)
- Amazon have cut the prices for their Lightsail cloud VMs by 50% in most cases. Prices for Windows servers have been cut by about 30%, and new high-end plans added with 16GB and 32GB of RAM respectively. (ZDNet)
This is a big deal. The mid-tier cloud providers - Digital Ocean, Linode, and Vultr - cut prices last year one after another and left Amazon in the dust, even though Lightsail was much cheaper than Amazon's enterprise-oriented EC2 servers. Now Amazon is competitive again. There are differences in the exact configuration levels - at a given price point, Digital Ocean might offer more CPUs but less bandwidth, or vice-versa - but the basic price tiers all line up.
Amazon offers a much broader range of services than the mid-tier competition, but as a result their platform is painfully complicated. But $5 now gets you a virtual server on Amazon with 1GB RAM and 1 CPU (standard across all the providers), and 40GB of SSD and 2TB bandwidth. Digital Ocean offers 25GB SSD and 1TB bandwidth at $5.
Nodes in India and Australia only get half the bandwidth provided in North America, Europe, and east Asia (Japan, Korea, Singapore), but (a) that's still damn good value, and (b) Digital Ocean doesn't have a datacenter in Australia at all, nor does Linode. Vultr does, but doesn't offer virtual disks outside of their New Jersey location, so it's much less useful.
WAIT. I JUST BOUGHT A NEW COMPUTER SPECIFICALLY TO RUN VIRTUAL MACHINES AND NOW EVERYTHING I NEED IS AVAILABLE FOR A REASONABLE PRICE WITH 15MS PING?!
Really, though, I wanted a second one of these the moment I got the first up and running. And with Lightsail, there's always the chance of something like this:
- Portland is run by idiots.
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Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, August 25 2018 08:57 AM (ITnFO)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 25 2018 11:19 AM (PiXy!)
Ah...But does Clive Palmer actually know that?
Everything I read from Tim Blair about him would suggest he does not.
Posted by: cxt217 at Saturday, August 25 2018 12:36 PM (BcQU4)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 25 2018 01:53 PM (PiXy!)
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Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, August 25 2018 02:42 PM (PiXy!)
I love this region, I hate its leadership.
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Posted by: صيانة سيمنس at Thursday, September 06 2018 08:35 PM (m2gaw)
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