Friday, January 15
Ain't Not Misbehavin' Edition
- Intel has named former CTO Pat Gelsinger as its new CEO. (AnandTech)
Gelsinger is well-respected in the industry and this may be a sign that Intel has finally chosen to unfuck itself.
- I've been playing with Minds some more.
It seems to work best of the alternative platforms I've tried so far and I actually know some people on it. Except they're mostly shitposters who are getting purged right now and my feed is more chaotic than insightful. Though that's true of Twitter as well, and Minds has rather fewer fascists who want to see my children taken away.
It does have a focus on independent creators monetizing content, which skews it away from what I personally want to do, but it's an entirely valid angle.
Going to experiment with cross-posting these blog entries over there.
Update: Well, that was a short-lived experiment. They want my phone number and Ethereum wallet before I can post a blog entry.
Major Limitations: The platform - not the software, which is open source, but the platform - locks you in. You can't read it without an account, you can't embed content in third-party pages, you can't export your own data, and there is no public API.
It's helpful for people fleeing the Twitter purge, but it's not a solution.
It's also useful for me to see those problems and figure out solutions.
I'll write a separate blog post this weekend comparing as many of the social media platforms as I can.
- Intel has announced their NUC 11 Phantom Canyon with Tiger Lake CPUs and Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics. (Tom's Hardware)
Great timing on that one, guys.
- TSMC will start producing Intel Core i3 parts on their 5nm process later this year unless they won't. (WCCFTech)
Intel is outsourcing some of its production, they've announced that already. They haven't mentioned CPUs in that so far, but it may well be true.
- Microsoft has announce their Cloud for Retail, bundling software and Azure services. (ZDNet)
Azure is the second largest cloud platform but it is far in the lead in the retail sector because nobody there trusts Amazon with their data.
- Qualcomm has acquired Nuvia for $1.4 billion. (AnandTech)
In public, Nuvia has been exceptionally vague on the tech they are working on, but they must have told somebody because they previously raised $300 million in VC funding - and they have the chief architect of Apple's processors through A13 on board.
That Qualcomm spent over a billion dollars on them pretty much establishes that they're working on Arm cores and not RISC-V or any other architecture.
- iOS has extremely robust cryptography that it doesn't actually bother to use much of the time. (9to5Mac)
Android too, which should surprise no-one.
- Phison has announced new USB flash controllers. (AnandTech)
That is, chips that interface directly from USB to the flash storage, not USB to SATA or USB to NVMe.
This is something I've been pushing for a while, because even 10Gb USB is twice as fast as SATA and can provide power over the same cable. And they also have a 20Gb USB model.
They are DRAMless designs so not suitable for high-end applications - but for that you'd want NVMe anyway, so probably not a problem.
Time for SATA to fade away and USB to take its place.
- Parler's new serverless architecture. (Last Week in AWS)
This is from a company that provides AWS services, so they are desperately dodging the only possible conclusion, which is don't trust Amazon for anything, ever - and other cloud providers aren't much better.
- The reality of the lizard people. (Armed and Dangerous)
Lizard people are real - they're just mental rather than biological reptiles. Though sometimes it's hard to be certain of that. (Content warning: Lizard person)
Posted by: PatBuckman at Friday, January 15 2021 01:17 AM (6y7dz)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 15 2021 01:20 AM (PiXy!)
And also, I hope ESR is oaky. Comments don't post on his weblog any more, and he hasn't posted since September.
Posted by: normal at Friday, January 15 2021 01:43 AM (LADmw)
Posted by: PatBuckman at Friday, January 15 2021 01:48 AM (6y7dz)
Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 15 2021 02:08 AM (eqaFC)
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Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 15 2021 02:10 AM (eqaFC)
Do they want some ethereum or do they want the actual keys?
Posted by: Philip Fraering at Friday, January 15 2021 02:11 AM (Clxcy)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 15 2021 02:23 AM (PiXy!)
With no way to flee from, Minds sounds like a terrible place to flee to.
Posted by: J Greely at Friday, January 15 2021 03:15 AM (ZlYZd)
Of course you can't say anything in an appeal, like "I guess you chowderheads want violence, since you blocked my warning about it."
Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 15 2021 03:57 AM (eqaFC)
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