Thursday, August 29


Daily News Stuff 29 August 2019

Metal As Anything Edition

Tech News

  • Threadripper 3 will not be ignored dammit.  (Tom's Hardware)

    This is the third benchmark leak of an engineering sample of a Ryzen 2 Threadripper.  Base clock of 3.6GHz up from 3.0GHz on the 2990WX, plus the 15% IPC uplift we've seen, plus more consistent memory latency with the new I/O die means this will be a high-end workhorse rather than a niche part.  And that Intel is gonna get stomped.

  • Comet Lake S is Intel's response to Ryzen 2.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Not much of a response, admittedly.  10 cores at 125W where Ryzen is already shipping 12 cores at 105W and will soon have 16 cores.  I don't know if AMD have been more specific than "September" but then Intel haven't been more specific than "next year".

  • The DOJ is considering blocking a cable from Los Angeles to Hong Kong for national security reasons because there totally aren't any other internet routes between America and China.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Possibly because Facebook and Google (who are funding the cable's construction) won't let them tap it.  Of course the Chinese government will be listening to everything on the other end.

  • Google just deleted an open source Android app and terminated the developer's account because
    After reviewing your appeal, we have confirmed our initial decision and will not be able to reinstate your developer account.
    they have apparently morphed into Twitter.

  • Analog Devices and MIT have teamed up to build a real live working microprocessor out of carbon nanotubes.  (Ars Technica)

    It's a RISC-V core (open source and very popular) with around 14,000 transistors.

    It runs at a clock speed of...  Oh.  It runs at a clock speed of 10kHz.

    This one might need some more work, guys.

  • Microsoft has approved exFAT support in Linux and it's coming whether you like it or not.  (Phoronix)
    I know the code is horrible, but I will gladly take horrible code into staging. If it bothers you, just please ignore it. That's what staging is there for smile
    Let he who has not pushed horrible code into staging cast the first revert.

  • Gravitational wave observatories have discovered a black hole that shouldn't exist.  (Quanta)

    It's in the gap between regular supernova remnants and supermassive black holes where black holes should be exceptionally rare - far too rare for our gravity wave telescopes to have found one yet.  Depending on their mass, dying stars form white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes.  But extremely large stars - above 65 solar masses - don't leave anything behind at all: The supernova obliterates the star entirely.

    This black hole looks to be around 100 solar masses, and it shouldn't be there.


    10/10 would not buy again.

  • Google may be moving Pixel production from communist China to...  Vietnam?  (ZDNet)

    I guess that's an improvement.  Maybe?

  • The Xioami Redmi Note 8 Pro has five cameras including a 64 megapixel main sensor.  (The Next Web)

    Chinese pricing tops out at $252 with 8GB RAM and 128GB flash.  Expect it to cost a little more than that if it comes to Western shores, even grey market.

    CPU is a 2.05GHz dual-core A76 plus six A55 cores, which is the latest technology if not the highest clock speed, and should do pretty well.  Screen is 2340x1080, and it has a 4500mAh battery.

    And yes, it has a headphone jack.  (GSMArena)  And a microSD slot.

  • High-end TVs from several manufacturers' 2020 lineups are expected to ship with an experimental leave the video the fuck alone mode.  (Ars Technica)

    In this mode, the advanced adaptive artificial intelligence in your TV set will be whacked across the nose with a newspaper (included) and told to leave the video the fuck alone.

Video of the Day

How to cook the perfect steak - in 1.3 seconds.

Honestly, this guy doesn't make that much more noise than my current neighbours, and he probably doesn't do it at 4AM.

Disclaimer: Ethereum, Ethereum, wherefore fucking art thou, Ethereum?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 11:25 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
Post contains 671 words, total size 6 kb.

1 The Redmi Chinese version has miserable coverage of US bands, making it a non-starter in the US unless they come out with a global version (based on a cursory search).  The phone has a "gaming-focused" GPU, although it looks midrange at best (hard to say, as MediaTek's website calls it the G76-3EEMC4 or something that doesn't match the usual naming convention.  I assumed it's equivalent to an MP10, which is weaker than an Adreno 612.  Still, could be good if you don't need a high-performance GPU (or you play mostly Fortnite/PUBG, which it specifically claims to be good at, or games that don't need a lot of graphical power.)

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, August 30 2019 12:33 AM (Iwkd4)

2 But extremely large stars - above 65 solar masses - don't leave anything behind at all: The supernova obliterates the star entirely.

Some day, R136a1 will disappear, leaving nothing but emptiness, as well as the usual debris of a supernova.  And we still have not figured out what SN1961v actually is.

Posted by: cxt217 at Friday, August 30 2019 09:47 AM (LMsTt)

3 Cooking your skin even half a mm deep is gonna hurt like holy hell... just saying.

Posted by: Mauser at Friday, August 30 2019 01:32 PM (Ix1l6)

4 I did that once to a small patch on the back of my wrist.  You're not wrong.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, August 30 2019 01:56 PM (PiXy!)

Hide Comments | Add Comment

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

55kb generated in CPU 0.0138, elapsed 0.314 seconds.
58 queries taking 0.3041 seconds, 343 records returned.
Powered by Minx 1.1.6c-pink.