Friday, October 25


Daily News Stuff 25 October 2019

Mango Chicken Edition

Tech News

  • Intel has discovered a new atom.  (AnandTech)

    This is a new core design called Tremont, that follows on from Goldmont and Goldmont+.  Goldmont and Goldmont+ have been used in the Apollo Lake and Gemini Lake families respectively, which are the first Atoms to not suck.

    Tremont is supposed to increase IPC by 30% over Goldmont+, which should make for a quite competent low-end processor for home storage, network, and media devices.  If power consumption is kept down it could work well for tablets too.

  • Realtek 2.5GbE cards are now available from...  The well-known global brand of Area Mr. Jack.  (AnandTech)

    Of course, there are exactly zero 2.5GbE switches available.

    GbE came out about 37 years ago.  Get your house in order, guys.

  • The Outer Worlds is out.  (PC Perspective)

    You can get it from Crappy Communist Game Store for full price, or via the Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Thing for Windows for A$1 for the first month and A$5 per month thereafter.

    Steam is not an option, and CCGS is not an option as far as I'm concerned.  I tried waving my dollar at Microsoft earlier today but I couldn't get the confirmation email.  Not that I'll have time to play it for at least another week.

  • Google's Pixelbook Go is kind of not terrible.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It did show an 11+ hour battery life in their tests, and even the 1080p screen is pretty good.  The high-end model is 4k, but 1080p on a 13" screen is by no means bad.  I have an older 13" 1080p laptop and the screen resolution was never really a problem, though I do love the 3000x2000 screen on my Spectre X2.

  • SoftBank is not having a good week.  (Tech Crunch)

    That said, conflating assets with revenue is fatuous nonsense propagated by the terminally innumerate.

  • "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the TikTokMan.  (Tech Crunch)

    Is everyone an idiot now or am I just unusually cranky today?

  • Zen 3, 4, and 5 are on the way unless they aren't.  (WCCFTech)

    Zen 3 has already been confirmed for next year, will be socket-compatible, and apparently is already sampling.  Zen 4 will follow "by 2022" and use a new socket - presumably for DDR5 support - and Zen 5 will come some unspecified time after that.

  • The Darling River in Australia has run dry which has never happened before for at least a couple of years.  (Reuters)

  • Why aren't people more upset about security bugs on flagship Android devices?  (ZDNet)

    The Galaxy S10 and Note 10 could be unlocked by anyone if you set up fingerprint recognition with a certain type of screen protector installed (because it uses a fancy new in-screen fingerprint sensor), and the Pixel 4's face unlock works even if you're dead.  Which...  I'm not sure how they found that out, and not sure I want to know how they found that out, but it wouldn't matter except that Google took the fingerprint sensor out of the Pixel 4 because they are idiots.

  • Turtles all the way down.  (Motherboard)

    The Universe may be made of universes.

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1 " Google took the fingerprint sensor out of the Pixel 4 because they are idiots."

On the contrary.  Biometric identification is a bad idea at this point in time, mainly because they keep screwing it up.  (*'ll ignore the privacy issues for the moment.)

Posted by: Rick C at Saturday, October 26 2019 02:25 AM (Iwkd4)

2 The big problem with biometrics in smartphones is that these vendors are doing it wrong. It should be biometrics + something you know. I'd like fingerprint + short pin (or some other challenge) as an alternate authentication of long password, rather than fingerprint OR password.

Posted by: Kayle at Saturday, October 26 2019 03:35 AM (xGpde)

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