Tuesday, August 11


Daily News Stuff 11 August 2020

128K Is Enough Edition

Tech News

  • The Oppo Reno3 is available with an A75, A76, or A77.  (AnandTech)

    The Reno3 Pro has an A75.  The Reno3 5G has an A77, but is only available in China.  And the Reno3 Pro 5G has an A76. 

    Why?  Because.

  • Speaking of Oppo, their A52 looks like the current best deal in Australia.  (GadgetGuy)

    For A$299 you get a perfectly adequate phone: 6.5" 2400x1080 IPS screen, 4 x A73 and 4 x A53 cores, 4GB RAM, 64GB flash, two SIMs, five cameras, microSD, and a headphone jack.

    And I can just walk to the store (because I'm not in Melbourne) and pick it up.

    The A73 isn't blazing fast, but it's a lot faster than an A53.

  • Reddit's CEO says that while many of its staff and most of its users are lunatics, he personally is not dumb enough to turn away easy money.  (Tech Crunch)

    Reddit is dead.  It just hasn't stopped moving yet.  And I don't give Tech Crunch more than 18 months, to be honest.

  • PDFs are just fine, the problem is users are whiny idiot children.  (NNGroup)

  • 112 lanes, no waiting.  (Serve the Home)

    The ASRack ROMED8-2T is a standard ATX size Epyc motherboard.  Single socket only, since the Epyc socket is huge, and only eight DIMM slots.  But it does have seven PCIe slots, all 4.0, and all x16, providing a ton of bandwidth for whatever you might need a ton of bandwidth for.

    Rear-panel I/O is limited to dual 10GbE, three USB ports, VGA, and serial, and an extra Ethernet port for remote management.  They also managed to squeeze in two M.2 slots, and two mini-SAS connectors providing 4 SATA ports each with the right cable.

  • China can't spy on TLS 1.3 connections, so they've blocked them all.  (ZDNet)

    Older protocols sent the host name in clear text before establishing the connection; TLS 1.3 encrypts that as well.  (The reason for this is that the certificate used to encrypt the connection is based on the host name, so you have to jump through some extra hoops if you want to encrypt the host name itself.)

  • Ceres has an ocean.  (CNet)

    It's underground, but based on images from the Dawn probe they're pretty certain it's there.  Dawn orbited Ceres from 2015 to 2018, and came as close as 20 miles from the surface, providing 100,000 photos and a ton of new data for scientists to analyse.  The results have just been published in Nature.

  • 2020 summed up in one tweet.

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1 Ugh, PDF can't even get the one thing it's supposed to to well done right.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, August 11 2020 11:31 PM (LADmw)

2 True, but neither can anything else.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, August 12 2020 12:03 AM (PiXy!)

3 I've probably still got a copy of the manifesto Beyond Paper, which laid out Adobe's original plans for PDF. As I recall, it was a very top-down corporate sort of vision that involved expensive hardware/software licenses that Big Business would use to tame their paperwork demons. Most of what makes PDF useful today, and all of what makes it suck, wasn't in the book.


Posted by: J Greely at Wednesday, August 12 2020 02:31 AM (ZlYZd)

4 We generate a bunch of PDFs at work, for various court stuff. People don't appreciate just -how bad- web pages are when it comes to having to worry about legal issues.
"Oh, well, here's our web site. It's made up of 4,000 separate files that link to each other in a weird spaghetti of navigation links, no file is really comprehensible without also loading 20 others, all of it needs to run in a web browser so that the dynamic content works, searching relies on submitting a request to our server, and any part of this might have changed at any time without any way for us to verify whether that's true or not."
It's super expensive to turn that kind of content into a court document in such a way that you've got someone prepared to put hand on heart and say "yes, your honor, this is an accurate reflection of what was online on this particular date". But if the same content is in a PDF, it's... well, only moderately expensive.

Posted by: Avatar at Wednesday, August 12 2020 07:59 AM (v29Tn)

5 Reddit will allow reserved buys, which will require the Trump campaign to work directly with the sales team. These ads will feature comments to enable users to engage with the ad.
Oh, that's going to go swimmingly, I can tell.  I'm sure that reddit users will be both thoughtful and well-behaved in these comment sections.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Wednesday, August 12 2020 10:29 AM (D9Okp)

6 J - it's amusing that Beyond Paper is only available on paper.

Avatar - yep.  There's a ton of applications where PDF is the right answer.  Not an ideal answer, but the right answer.

Wonderduck - Reddit will shut down subreddits that aren't moderated.  So...  Do they allow the advertiser to moderate comments on ads?  How does that work?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, August 12 2020 10:34 AM (PiXy!)

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