Wednesday, July 24


Daily News Stuff 24 July 2019

It's Completely Fine Edition

Tech News

  • Way to go Steve, almost making me feel sorry for Nvidia.

    The RTX 2080 Super is about 6% faster than the RTX 2080.  And that's basically it.  The 2070 Super is much better value, and so is the 5700 XT.

  • AG Barr, who I was really warming up to, has joined the ban arithmetic brigade.  (Tech Crunch)

    He wants to outlaw unbreakable encryption.

    Unbreakable encryption is just arithmetic.

  • Walmart spent $17 billion to acquire Flipkart last year.  It was widely considered an unwise purchase.

    Just one of Flipkart's subsidiaries that was included in the transaction - mobile payments firm Phone Pe - is now estimated to be worth $10-$15 billion.  (ZDNet)

  • BipBop has acquired DupTape, a British DweebCore startup.  (Tech Crunch)


  • Anonymised data is not anonymous.  (Tech Crunch)

    Even if a database is only searchable in general terms and returns statistical results, with enough queries you can triangulate any individual.

    This is not new.  We covered this in my Databases and Networks class at university, which was, oh, several years ago now.

  • An 8-core AMD APU with Navi graphics has surfaced on a benchmark site.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's evidently a power-constrained part, with a base clock of just 1.6GHz and a boost clock of a more respectable 3.2GHz.

    Graphics were identified as Navi 10 Lite running at up to 1.8 GHz, which is encouraging, because the recently released Radeon 5700 and 5700 XT are Navi 10, and clock in the same range.

    If this is the Xbox Next chip, it promises to be twice as fast as the Xbox One X on graphics, and up to four times as fast on CPU.

  • Apple is looking to buy Intel's mobile modem unit because it's cheaper than dealing with Qualcomm.  (Tom's Hardware)

  • The developer board I wanted for my A800 project is back in stock, so I'll be getting that and polishing up my C skills.  Or maybe Rust.  But probably C.

    This has the STM32H743, the $19 big brother of the $11 H750 chip I want to use.

    It's the same core and peripherals, but with 2MB of flash instead of just 128KB.  For my own board I'm planning to add two external 8MB flash chips - one for code, one for data - which will cost a total of $2.76.  They just use a 4 or 6 wire interface so it's easy enough and gives a lot more flexibility.  For the dev board the 2MB is plenty and very convenient.

Video of the Day

Ever wondered what's inside a 40-channel mixing console?

Someone nodded!  Someone at the back nodded!

Here you go.

Disclaimer: Objects in the mirror are BEHIND YOU!

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1 Everyone's doing "ermagerd, the 2080 super is so lame" videos this week, apparently.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, July 26 2019 12:08 AM (Iwkd4)

2 Yeah, pretty much.  It's not a bad card at all, just and underwhelming announcement.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 26 2019 01:15 AM (PiXy!)

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