Monday, January 28

Geek

Daily News Stuff 28 January 2019

Tech News

  • Julia turns 1.1!

    Wait, when did it turn 1.0?  And do they have an option for static compilation yet?  (I know that means specialisation doesn't work, but still...)

    Update: There is a static compiler!

  • Huawei has launched the View 20, which I mentioned previously...  Sometime.  (AnandTech)

    This has a 48MP main camera, and the latest Kirin 980 with Cortex A76.  A 6.4" 1080x2340 display, a big 4000mAh battery, 6/128GB or 8/256GB, a 25MP front camera (why?) and a headphone jack.

    That might be a suitable replacement for my old Xperia Z Ultra if I had any money to spare.  (My Z Ultra still works, but it overheated at some point and the battery swelled by half a millimetre or so and the back popped off.  So I'm a wee bit cautious about continuing to use it.)

  • Raspberry Pi's CM3+ is a Raspberry Pi 3B+, minus all the I/O ports, on a DDR2 SO-DIMM module.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Nothing to do with memory, it's just a cheap, standard connector that's the right size and has the right number of pins, so you can build a board with all the I/O and then pop the CPU and its attached RAM and flash straight into it.

  • How to outperform anything with anything else.

    The answer is: Cheat.  The example shows Python outrunning carefully optimised C++ code, but it does that by cheating.

    90% of programming is knowing how to cheat.

  • SK Hynix says DDR5 will be here next year and DDR6 is already in development.  (Guru3D)

    Their initial DDR5 chips run at 5.2GHz, with plans to hit 6.4GHz by 2022.

  • Steam aren't the only company randomly censoring games.  Sony are at it too.  (One Angry Gamer)

    http://ai.mee.nu/images/BeforeSony.jpg?size=640x&q=95
    http://ai.mee.nu/images/AfterSony.jpg?size=640x&q=95

    Thanks Sony!  Where would we be without you to save us from the terrifying outline of already-censored cartoon boobs?

  • Samsung is ditching plastic packaging.  (Tech Crunch)

    Prepare for more day one dings and scratches on your future appliance purchases.

Social Media News

  • The dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe.

    Or in this case, Cameroon.  (TechDirt)

    The Cameroonian military is jailing journalists for publishing fake news.  Much as I'd like to see the mainstream media dropped into a supermassive black hole, I don't want to see them in jail.

  • More GDPR bad news may be on the way for Google.  (Tech Crunch)

    Hmm.


Anime Op/Ed of the Day



Speaking of anime, Re:Slime is pretty good, but the ops and eds are not.  They needed Megumi Hayashibara.


Video of the Day



This video is pretty cool, shame about the encoding quality.  Hey, wait.  (Whacks YouTube with a stick.  Coughs up 1080p60.)  There you go!

Update: And it went away.  The entire account got splatted.  Found another copy in 720p.

Bonus Video of the Day



Other Linus has been trying to build a six-user video editing workstation for months, not because it is in any way remotely practical or cost-effective, but because videos of computers failing in interesting ways get a lot of hits.  Also, he has a habit of dropping fragile $7000 components, so these things can turn without warning into the IT crowd equivalent of a slasher film.

Does he succeed this time?  It's worth a look, because this rig resembles Doc Brown's workshop more than it does the usual neat RGB-lit builds that feature on YouTube tech channels.


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