Thursday, October 31
Extra SpOoOky Edition
- SiFive announces the first OoO RISC-V core. (AnandTech)
The U84 core is a pretty straightforward 3-issue superscalar out-of-order architecture, but that's enough to make it four to five times faster than current RISC-V cores. And a quad core complex with 2MB L2 cache measures just 2.63mm2.
It will be followed next year by the U87, which will add vector processing.
- The Cray ClusterStore E1000 delivers up to 50 million IOPS per rack. (AnandTech)
The article says originally said 50,000 IOPS, but that's the level of a budget consumer SSD, which the Cray ClusterStor E1000 most definitely ain't.
- Beware of untitled geese. (PC Perspective)
Save files for Untitled Goose Game can execute arbitrary code. This is considered harmful. It's fairly specific since you need to load the save file into Untitled Goose Game for anything to happen, but still.
- Intel is preparing a 38 core server processor for 2020. (Tom's Hardware)
The numbers are weird because the cores are arranged in an MxN grid with two spaces in the grid reserved for I/O. So the current 28 core processors are 5x6, and this will be 5x8.
- Running the world's largest social network is hard. It's even harder if all your employees are morons. (TechDirt)
The Idaho health department placed a series of 14 ads promoting vaccinations; Facebook removed them all.
A group chaired by Robert F Kennedy, Jr placed 10 ads promoting anti-vax conspiracy theories and they stayed up.
- Twitter has banned political ads which they define as advertising by anyone they don't like. (Tech Crunch)
- Why SaaSification is bad. (ZeroTier)
This is not a complaint about Software-as-a-Service in principle, but about companies like Amazon and Google taking a product - say, PostgreSQL - and offering it as a service without providing any benefits to the people who actually develop and support the code.
This is an argument for viral licenses like GPL or AGPL in place of permissive licenses like MIT or Apache, at least if you have any aim to earn money from your work.
This isn't great in principle, but it seems to be increasingly necessary in practice.
- If you're using ZFS with zlib it could be about to get a lot faster. (Phoronix)
This is due to an odd memory allocation decision dating back to Solaris. I did some performance testing when I first started using ZFS and chose to go with lz4 over gzip because it was significantly faster. This may be more due to the memory allocation than the differences in the algorithms.
- Chrome has removed Reopen Closed Tab from the tab menu because it is developed by savages. (ZDNet)
You can still find it if you carefully click in the 2.63mm2 of the title bar that is not taken up by tabs.
- The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro is big, clunky, heavy, expensive, and has only middling specs. (ZDNet)
On the other hand, it is waterproof, has a 15 hour battery life, and has a user-replaceable battery. And a headphone jack.
For environments were an iPad Pro would get folded in half on the first day it looks like a good choice.
I am deleting the review. Pray I don't delete it any further. (Tech Crunch)
Apple accidentally deleted 20 million app ratings.
Some of the commenters there are hilariously dismissive of the chip, as if SiFive's reached the zenith of their design.
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