Tuesday, September 25
- Zhaoxin announced an 8 core 3GHz x86 CPU fabbed by TSMC on their 16nm process. (AnandTech)
Wait, what? Who? Only three companies have licenses to produce x86 chips, and those are Intel, AMD, and - oh. This is Via, back from the mostly dead.
- Microsoft has announced new Surface Hub thingies with swappable processor modules. (Tom's Hardware)
Those huge touchscreens are hugely expensive, because the usual capacitative or resistive touch sensors don't work at a large scale. So keeping the screen and periodically upgrading the processor module makes a lot of sense.
- Google's new version of Chrome might be violating the GDPR.
- California has passed an IoT security bill. (diginomica)
Unnoticed in the fine print was an allocation of $40 billion to the San Mateo Maker Faire. State officials have not been able yet to determine at what point that clause was added.
- The Cosmic Cuttlefish are coming! (Phoronix)
They only just got the Bionic Beavers working properly, dammit. (These are Ubuntu Linux 18.10 and 18.04, respectively.)
- Online CRM provider Zoho got taken offline by their domain registrar over phishing complaints that may not have even happened. (Bleeping Computer)
The outage affected an estimated 30 million users.
Cost of a .com registration: $11 per year.
Don't trust one of anything. Even intangible items like domain names can fail.
- Zotac's ZBOX-CI660 Nano is a fanless quad-core i7 system. (NotebookCheck)
It's a bit bigger than other, similar mini-PCs for an interesting reason: It has no fan. It is passively cooled, and completely silent.
- Image recognition systems are bad at coping with unexpected elephants. (Quanta)
So, to tell the truth, are most of us. I mean, just the other day I found three of them in the upstairs bathroom...
- NBN upgrades its backbone network to 19.2Tbps, still can't be bothered to connect any customers. (ZDNet)
Social Media News
- Yes, Virginia, there is a draft executive order to regulate social media floating around the White House. (TechDirt)
But it's just a draft, and officials have officially disavowed any intent to put it into action. There's speculation that Yelp might be behind it, but I have no idea whether such speculation is any better informed than the rest of the nonsense sloshing around Washington this week.
- If you need a laugh this absurdly stupid take on the split between the open internet and the we-will-drag-you-off-to-Siberia/Manchuria-at-3AM internet might do the trick. (TechCrunch)
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That Zotac? Sounds nice. Gets pretty hot, and loses a lot of CPU speed under sustained load, but that's par for the course for the 8000u series. My 8250 Acer drops from 3.4 to about 2.0 after a couple minutes of Handbrake. But that's still higher than the base clock (my model has cTDP up from the default of 1.6 to 1.8, which is nice), and I recently discovered that even when plugged in it's still set for balanced performance. I need to retest it and see how it does both performance and noise-wise on performance mode. The fan, as it stands now, is noticeable but not obnoxious.
"The focus has been on repeated rounds of tariffs that will ensure that Chinese goods â€” particularly in high-tech industries â€” are more expensive to American consumers, allowing domestic manufacturers to better compete."
Ahh. Do you think this is just ignorance or pigheaded anti-Trump stupidity? (I bet I can guess!) The goal of Trump's tariffs is to bludgeon other countries into dropping theirs.
Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, September 25 2018 11:40 PM (Q/JG2)
Claiming their new 8-core 3GHz has "equivalent compute performance" to a quad-core Kaby Lake i5 isn't terribly impressive, but it sounds like it's a lot more powerful than their last stuff. It'll probably be plenty cromulent for basic office stuff.
Posted by: Rick C at Wednesday, September 26 2018 03:43 AM (Q/JG2)
Via? I don't recognize that name... (googles)
CYRIX??? THIS is what's left of CYRIX??? Ye gods and little fishes.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Wednesday, September 26 2018 11:52 AM (8i+JN)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, September 26 2018 05:46 PM (PiXy!)
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