Wednesday, March 11


Daily News Stuff 11 March 2020

Not Quite Dinosaurs Edition

Tech News

  • Don't Panic.

    Got my weekly grocery delivery today.  Pulled it forward by a day, after last week's delivery was late by a day because - surprise! - delivery slots were booked out.

    Everything I ordered arrived.  No missing items, no substitutions.  I wasn't able to order antibacterial hand wipes but I still have a couple of packs of those, and they seem to be back in stock now.  Not sure how useful those things are against viruses anyway.  

  • Xilinx has announced its new high-end Versal range of FPGAs.  (Tom's Hardware)

    They come with support for PCIe 5.0 with CCIX and CXL interconnect, 100Gb and 600Gb Ethernet, and 112Gb PAM4 transceivers, which will likely form the basis of PCIe 7.0 when the time comes.  (Super-high-speed Ethernet uses multiple transceivers.  Even medium-high-speed Ethernet does, for that matter.)

  • Where are all the Ryzen 4000 laptops?  Oh, there they are.  (Tom's Hardware)

    Asus will be shipping three models on March 16, including some with their special edition 4800HS CPU.

  • There's a lawyer who's sure all that glitters is gold, and he's filing a lawsuit to Heaven.  (TechDirt)

    When he got there, the 9th Circuit was closed, and it turned out he couldn't get what he came for after all.

  • Teach your panda to do tricks.  (Toward Data Science)

    I needed to use Pandas for real production work for the first time today - working with the Google Trends API, such as it is.  It did the job just fine.

  • The dish is down.  The voyager falls silent.  (ZDNet)

    Well, not technically.  The Canberra radio telescope, part of the Deep Space Network, is offline for maintenance to replace a transmitter system that has been in operation for forty years.  This matters because it is the only transmitter that can send commands to Voyager 2, though others can receive data from the spacecraft.

    The Parkes radio telescope, which is the dish in the movie The Dish, will be getting its own upgrades following the Canberra dish.

  • More like GeForce Not.  (TechReport)

    2K Games is the latest to take their ball and go home, pulling all their titles from GeForce Now.  They're not saying why, but it's a safe bet they want more money, even though you have to buy the game before you can use it on GeForce Now.

Disclaimer: It does make you wonder.

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