Monday, August 10


Daily News Stuff 10 August 2020

One Of These Days Edition

Tech News

  • Good news: There's a new volume out of Department of Corporate Slave Rabbits.

    Bad news: It's the final volume.

  • How to save $6000 on a top-of-the-line Intel Xeon.  (AnandTech)

    Buy AMD.

    Or get the Xeon Gold 6258R in place of the Xeon Platinum 8280.  It's the exact same chip with one QPI link disabled so it only supports two sockets and not eight.

    Even on such a dry article - benchmarking two identical chips to prove that they are indeed identical - the comments are full of crazy people.

  • AMD has filed for a patent on a new approach to heterogenous cores.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's much like Arm's big.LITTLE approach, except that it looks like AMD is planning hardware-level thread migration.  When your code needs AVX it pops over to the high performance AVX core and then when it's out of the AVX loop it pops back over to the low power core, without the operating system needing to intervene.

    Of course it's just a patent, not a product.  Interesting nonetheless.

  • A new class of laser doesn't defy the laws of physics.  (New Atlas)

    Yes, I know what the headline says.  Whenever you see something like this they're always talking about something like wavefront propagation and not the speed of the light itself.  It has potential applications but it does not in any way violate the laws of physics.

  • How the fashion industry ate itself.  (New York Times)

    If you sell an expensive product that no-one actually needs, or indeed wants, then sooner or later a woodpecker is going to come along and destroy civilisation.

    This fate is not, of course, limited to the fashion industry.

  • Turning humidity into alcohol.  (ANL)

    Argonne National Laboratory has discovered a new, high-efficiency catalyst for converting carbon dioxide and water - plus electricity - into ethanol.  It's not an energy source, of course, but an efficient way to convert excess electricity into storeable energy at peak solar/wind times is critical if renewable energy is to be successful.

Anime Trailers of the Day

I forgot about this one.  I'm pretty sure I saw an announcement for it a while back, then it fell off my radar because 2020.

Not familiar with this series, but the art and animation look pretty good.

Kumo Kumo Kumo Spider is confirmed for January 2021, alongside the new seasons of Non Non Biyori and Log Horizon, which pretty much confirms that 2020 is a time loop and we'll never escape.

That's the same old trailer from 2018 though.  Nothing new yet.

Oh, and while I wasn't watching a wild Bakarina appeared.

There's a Crunchyroll trailer too, but that makes it look terrible.  They honestly have an anti-talent for trailers.  Now, Madman knows how to create a trailer, just as ADV did back in the day.

Disclaimer: Also, free booze.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 11:43 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 They honestly have an anti-talent for trailers. Also, free booze.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, August 11 2020 07:10 AM (obo9H)

2 Cause and effect.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 11 2020 08:38 AM (PiXy!)

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