Saturday, December 29


Daily News Stuff 29 December 2018

Tech News

  • Nvidia's RTX 2060 is on its way.  Also the RTX 2060, the RTX 2060, the RTX 2060, the RTX 2060, the RTX 2060, and the RTX 2060.

    Gigabyte alone lists 39 models.  (

  • HDMI 2.1 is coming, eventually.  (CNet)

    It will support resolutions up to 10k/120, 16 bit colour,and HDR - though admittedly not all at once, as that combination would require 300 Gbps and HDMI 2.1 only delivers 48 Gbps.  It is exactly fast enough to support uncompressed 8k/60 video in 8 bit colour.

    Most importantly, it's not here yet.  You can't buy HDMI 2.1 televisions, HDMI 2.1 Blu-Ray players, or HDMI 2.1 cables.  You don't need any of those for 4k, but you need all of them at once for 8k.

  • Speaking of which, Is 8K worth it? No.  (High-Def Digest)

    More specifically, not yet, unless you are editing major motion pictures (you're probably not) or doing technical computing or publishing work and someone else is footing the bill.

    For a TV, no.  It will be the Next Big Thing, and prices will come down fast, and I would love a curved ultrawide monitor of 10240x4320 or something similar that will come as panels move to mass production, but right now, no.

  • Microsoft is currently the most valuable tech company, but Apple makes as much profit - and nearly as much revenue - as Microsoft, Google, and Facebook combined.  (ZDNet)

  • How does Facebook guarantee that trillions of pointless drunken New Years' greetings are delivered promptly and accurately without overloading their servers?

    Like generations of smart engineers before them, they lose your message and lie about it.  (IEEE Spectrum)

    Harsh as it seems, this is actually a sound strategy.  If too many messages are coming into the network for you to deliver, your options are to crash and not deliver any of them, provide back pressure to slow down the influx of messages - the network equivalent of surge pricing - or just drop some of the messages on the floor.

    If you don't plan to do at least one of those, you will end up doing all three.

  • libpostal parses street addresses so you don't have to.

    It has a Python binding too.

  • Every time I do this roundup I have to shut down Chrome and restart it because it just stops working.  Will look at other browsers and see how they do, because that's nonsense.

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1 I've been meaning to mention this for a while and keep forgetting, but when you touch a link in Chrome mobile, it changes the font of that paragraph to super-tiny.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, December 30 2018 10:52 AM (Iwkd4)

2 Yeah, I'll see what I can do about that.  A Chrome update broke it a while ago, and I've been meaning to get it fixed somehow.

Doesn't happen on desktop though.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, December 31 2018 02:42 AM (PiXy!)

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

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