Tuesday, March 10

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Daily News Stuff 10 March 2020

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  • It seems I have only one copy of Pathfinder: Kingmaker.  I forgot to follow up on the backer registration thingy and now it doesn't work.  I'll send them an email and see what happens.

    Meanwhile, the Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous campaign has cleared two more stretch goals with 18 hours left on the clock.


  • Stop trying to make Arm servers happen, they're not going to...  Oh.  (AnandTech)

    Amazon's Graviton 2 processors are pretty competitive against AMD's Epyc 1 and Intel's Xeon Whatever.  Also, cheaper, since Amazon would like you to rent their hardware rather than AMD's or Intel's.

    Of course Epyc 2 is already here, but per core it's not a revolutionary improvement, at least on the integer side.  Looks like Arm really is viable on servers now, and not just on paper.


  • A $100 laptop?  (AnandTech)

    Well, $100 if you can find it on sale for $100.  List price is $240.

    The good: 4GB RAM, a 13.3" 1080p screen, a sensible keyboard layout with dedicated PgUp/PgDn/Home/End keys, and room for an M.2 SATA drive.  And the low-power Atom CPU means it gets nearly nine hours of battery life.

    The bad: Only 32GB of eMMC storage built in, so it will poop itself at the first major Windows update, and the N3350 CPU, while one of the newer and better Atom chips, is one of the slowest of the newer and better Atom chips.  Also the speakers are terrible, but the sound output on the headphone jack is fine.

    It should still be adequate for web browsing and watching videos.  All you need to do is find somewhere that actually sells it, then wait for it to go on sale.


  • If you want a laptop that's cheap but not that cheap, here are some solid options.  (ZDNet)

    Including a 17" HP with 8GB RAM and 1TB of disk for $299.  It has one of those old dual-core AMD Excavator APUs which were never very good, so it comes as no surprise that...  Oh.  That it is exactly twice as fast as the Atom in the $100 laptop above, which actually pushes it into the "pretty usable" category. 

    The screen in the $299 model is only 1600x900 though, and not IPS.  A 1080p IPS screen adds another $100 to the price, and you can get an entire laptop for that.


  • Pricing for all of Intel's 10th generation desktop CPUs has leaked.  (Tom's Hardware)

    AMD doesn't have much to worry about.  The 10-core 10900K is $562, vs. $499 for the 12-core 3900X.


  • You can't get one though.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Although details are embargoed, the embargo dates have leaked, and they don't all end until June 26.


  • TechDirt is drunk again.


  • The only thing worse than a VPN app that spies on you is a VPN app that gets you to install a root certificate and then spies on you.  (BuzzFeed)

    Who needs fancy DNS hijacking and MITM attacks when you can just steal the data right from the user's device?


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