Wednesday, January 13


Daily News Stuff 13 January 2021

Fuck You Too Patch Tuesday Edition

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  • Took a nap, came back to my desk, both my computers had rebooted for updates and Tohru was down to 8GB of usable RAM again.

    Restart, enter BIOS, exit BIOS, and Windows finds all the RAM again.

    Ugh.  Well, I'll be doing a full reinstall soon, so if it's Windows itself that will fix it.

  • On the up side I've been having trouble with Multiplicity and with both machines freshly restarted there was no reason not to fiddle with it.  I couldn't break any running apps because there weren't any.

    Turns out there was nothing wrong with Multiplicity, but instead our new VPN client had rolled back some fixes I made to my hosts file, and while Multiplicity could discover Rally from Tohru it then got fed the wrong IP address.

    Now it's all working properly.

  • AMD has launched Ryzen 5000 Mobile.  (AnandTech)

    It's their big day at Pretend CES so there were a few announcements.

    There are eight H-series variants and two U-series models, with either 6 cores / 12 threads or 8 cores / 16 threads.

    In addition there are three rebadged Ryzen 4000 models as was leaked previously, making up the low end.  However, all 13 parts have threading enabled, and all but one have at least six cores.

    There's supposedly another mobile APU range coming this year with RDNA2 rather than Vega graphics, but that wasn't announced today.

  • Threadripper Pro is no longer just for big OEMs.  (AnandTech)

    It's not clear if it will be available at regular retail, but Supermicro, Asus, and Gigabyte have all announced motherboards.

    All support at least six PCIe 4.0 x16 slots and 1TB of RAM, including registered and load-reduced DIMMs and ECC.

    Serve the Home has more detail of the Supermicro offering.

    It includes remote management, 10Gb Ethernet, and four M.2 slots.

  • Also Epyc.  (AnandTech)

    There was a demo of Zen 3 Epyc and a benchmark comparison against Intel - which AMD naturally won - but no dates, specs, or prices.

  • The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 has a Ryzen 5000 APU and an RTX 3000 GPU.  (AnandTech)

    Up to 32GB RAM and 1TB NVMe SSD, and a basic 1080p display or a 1440p 165Hz model with 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut.

    But it lacks the Four Essential Keys because we can't have nice things.  Also good chance finding one when it eventually ships.

  • Oh yes - Nvidia announced RTX 3000 Mobile.  (AnandTech)

    There will be various models of 3060, 3070, and 3080, with 6GB RAM on the 3060 and 8GB on the 3070 and 3080.

  • Speaking of the RTX 3060 Nvidia announced the RTX 3060.  (AnandTech)

    Where the 3060 Ti is 80% of a 3070 at 80% of the price, this is 80% of a 3060 Ti and 80% of the price.  Except for memory, where it is 150% of a 3060 Ti.

    Nvidia reduced this to a 192-bit bus to cut costs, but 6GB RAM isn't enough for modern games, so they had to double it.  That's not bad overall; $329 for the full RTX 3000 feature set and 12GB of RAM.

    If it costs $329 at retail, and if you can actually find it at retail.

  • Apple has announced that it is racist.  (9to5Mac)

    It will be spending $100 million to tackle its problems with using child slaves to assemble its overpriced fashion access...  Wait, not, it's not doing any of that.  Fuck the child slaves.

  • JuiceFS is a Posix-compliant filesystem built on top of, uh, built on top of Redis and S3-compatible object storage.  (GitHub)

    It's inherently a shared filesystem, and apparently performance isn't entirely awful.  But I use Redis and S3 storage in my day job and the notion of gluing them together like that is slightly horrifying.

  • Beaker is a browser with a built-in peer-to-peer web server.  (Beaker Browser)

    That doesn't necessarily mean that your computer will get hacked and all your files deleted, but it does seem likely.

  • Apple's App store is a trash fire on MacOS too.  (Wireguard Mailing List)

    Just making sure Mac users and developers don't feel left out of all the fun with inconsistent review policies, bizarre demands for a 30% cut of everything, and weeks-long delays for critical bugfixes.

  • Fuck GoDaddy.  (Not the Bee)

    I've given GoDaddy some credit because when someone tried to hijack one of my domains all it took was one ticket for them to jump in and yank it back for me.  But this is abject shittery.

  • Just look at these fuckbiscuits.

    Twitter is getting ratioed to hell on Twitter.

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1 Run your browsers in a chroot, and you don't have to worry quite as much about them doing naughty stuff to your filesystem.  But, yeah, taht beaker browser had better not be able to access anything outside of its sandbox.

Posted by: normal at Thursday, January 14 2021 12:27 AM (LADmw)

2 Try clearing CMOS on your BIOS, maybe even going so far as to pull the battery to reset it.  It's rare but settings that can mess the computer up can stick around in there.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, January 14 2021 01:32 AM (eqaFC)

3 I see arrow keys on the G15.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, January 14 2021 01:35 AM (eqaFC)

4 Yeah, the "Four Essential Keys" are PgUp/PgDn/Home/End.  As a programmer it drives me crazy not to have them as separate keys.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, January 14 2021 01:43 AM (PiXy!)

5 John Clark was a rocket fuels chemist, and talks about red fuming nitric acid and white fuming nitric acid in his book 'Ignition!'

I'm guessing the red fumes are a result of a mix of impurities that favor the gas the youtuber was talking about.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Thursday, January 14 2021 01:43 AM (6y7dz)

6 I will try pulling the CMOS battery when I open it up.  It does seem consistent that if I simply go into BIOS, then exit and let it boot, it properly recognises all the memory again.  I ran a memory test and there's no errors so it's not hardware.  (Actually, hardware would be an easy fix since I have a new memory kit for it.)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, January 14 2021 01:45 AM (PiXy!)

7 15" lapbook without pgup/pgdn/home/end keys should be illegal.  It's not really even that much of a chore to fit 'em on a 13".  I'm going to guess that Asus has been poaching design "talent" from Apple.

Posted by: normal at Thursday, January 14 2021 02:33 AM (LADmw)

8 Apple designers moving to other companies are like Californians moving to Texas: they're determined to turn their new home into the same cesspool they fled.


Posted by: J Greely at Thursday, January 14 2021 02:56 AM (ZlYZd)

9 "the "Four Essential Keys" are PgUp/PgDn/Home/End."
I couldn't remember whether it was those or the arrows.  I personally probably wouldn't mind them being on an Fn+key layer, but I haven't experienced it so  maybe not.
Laptop keyboards suck anyway.  I actually carry a 60% around with me.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, January 14 2021 06:43 AM (eqaFC)

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