Monday, September 30
Duck Tales (Clean Edit) Edition
- Just when you thought it was safe to go back into consumer SSDs Intel and Toshiba are working on PLC technology. (Ars Technica)
As in 5 bits per cell - 32 levels. Intel uses a floating gate design rather than the more common charge trap cell, which is supposedly better at high numbers of levels, but this is really pushing things. The cost/benefit doesn't seem to be worthwhile at all.
- A recent Windows update means that it no longer trusts SSDs to properly handle encryption themselves. (Tom's Hardware)
You can optionally enable self-encryption, and existing drives don't change, but the new default is to use software encryption. Given that some popular drives have been found to have default master passwords, store the password in plantext, or just not encrypt the data at all (ZDNet) this is a wise move.
- The EcoFlow Delta, a Kickstarter portable "battery generator", is... Not fake. (Tech Crunch)
Not where I expected the article to go whe I started reading it. Complaints are that the fans are noisy - but it needs active cooling to charge and discharge quickly, so you can't make such a device without them.
- Speaking of Kickstarter, the idiots in management are still at war with their idiot employees. (Current Affairs)
To give an idea of the slant of that article:
So we got together with our colleagues at Protean Magazine, Pinko Magazine, the Nib, and the Baffler (all of whom had done Kickstarter campaigns in the past) and released a statement condemning the firings and expressing solidarity with the union.Kickstarter's response was surprisingly commendable, being, roughly paraphrased, Fuck you and the fucking horse you fucking rode in on, you fucking Marxist fucks.
- The iPhone 11 is Apple's best product in years. (Six Colors)
Partly because it's thicker and heavier than last year's model - not enough to notice, but enough to deliver better performance and battery life.
- Cuphead has sold five million copies. (One Angry Gamer)
That's quite a lot for an indie game. That's quite a lot for any game.
- Linux 5.4 has a new security lockdown feature that restricts some kernel features even from the root account. (ZDNet)
That's something that was traditional in mainframe and minicomputer operating systems, but Unix has always granted free rein to the root account.
Video of the Day
Kumo desu ga, nani ka intensifies.
Oscillatory air circulators, by their very nature are creating pressure waves in the surrounding atmosphere that are always going to have a non-zero decibel level. This thing looks like it's intended for emergency situations and can be used indoors so the concern about the audible noise level seems misplaced.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Monday, September 30 2019 08:08 PM (YUAc9)
Posted by: Jay at Monday, September 30 2019 10:59 PM (mrlXS)
Their position is that they're competing against gas generators, not other battery-based products.
Also, +1 to Jay's comment. (I was reading a book the other day and the author mentioned 'solar generators' a couple of times. Oookaaaay.)
Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, October 01 2019 02:00 AM (Iwkd4)
So you stick it in the corner, turn it on, and it spits out AAAs?
Posted by: Wonderduck at Tuesday, October 01 2019 07:07 AM (7cxC9)
It can only generated AAAA batteries, then it hides them for six months before revealing their location.
Posted by: cxt217 at Tuesday, October 01 2019 09:06 AM (LMsTt)
Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, October 01 2019 09:17 AM (Iwkd4)
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