Friday, January 15


Daily News Stuff 14 January 2021

Ain't Not Misbehavin' Edition

Tech News

  • 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)

Not At All Tech News

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  • Conclusion

Comfy Chaos Video of the Day

This was a fun stream because their approaches are polar opposites - Ina streams like a children's librarian and Kiara like the Wiggles hopped up on goofballs.

Kiara's POV

Ina's POV

Disclaimer: I aim to misbehave.  Rather a lot.

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1 Do you follow Armed and Dangerous regularly, or did Sarah Hoyt post that on instapundit last night?

Posted by: PatBuckman at Friday, January 15 2021 01:17 AM (6y7dz)

2 I follow ESR intermittently, Sarah called my attention to that one, though I think I saw it before.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 15 2021 01:20 AM (PiXy!)

3 SATA solid state drives really only made sense from a compatibility stand: there's a massive body of stuff that has SATA ports, why not put 'em to use while the equipment isn't utterly obsolete?  But flash drives don't need 12v, so yeah, no point in bothering with all the complexity.  And USB is pretty good with hotswap, from what I read, and backwards compatibility shouldn't be that hard to get right.
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)

4 Jay Maynard posts rarely to According To Hoyt, and Ian and Orvan post there fairly frequently.  They say ESR is okay, just that there is something to do with the host that is difficult to unbreak. 

Posted by: PatBuckman at Friday, January 15 2021 01:48 AM (6y7dz)

5 ESR comments, rarely, on Instapundit, and while I haven't seen him there recently I have seen him since his last Armed and  Dangerous post.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 15 2021 02:08 AM (eqaFC)

6 Minds:  if I have to create an account just to view stuff I'm not likely to stick around.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 15 2021 02:09 AM (eqaFC)

7 Nuc:  It's got a 2060 because Intel couldn't find any Ampere GPUs.

Posted by: Rick C at Friday, January 15 2021 02:10 AM (eqaFC)

8 Ethereum Wallet?
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)

9 They don't want the wallet keys, but they want your wallet address, and it has to have something in it.  I'm not planning on giving it to them, but it has a certain value as a unique but anonymous identifier.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 15 2021 02:23 AM (PiXy!)

10 So what is the minimum amount you can anonymously convert from cash and put in an Ethereum wallet, and can this be easily scripted to distribute large quantities of anonymous "IDs", he asks the person who does this sort of thing at his day job.

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)

11 I posted that image on FB a couple days ago, saying above it "do not go to this, it sounds like a false flag operation" and got a notice within a couple of minutes saying the post had been hidden because it went against their terms, which are "cover up anything we don't like".
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)

12 J - if you have any ETH, it's dead simple to write a program to subdivide it and send it out to any number of wallets.  Big problem is that transaction fees are currently insane.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 15 2021 05:15 AM (PiXy!)

13 I have a Minds account. I don't have an Etherium wallet. It isn't necessary. They also have some kind of internal currency that isn't freely convertible, but can be used to promote posts etc. (Tokens, IIRC).

Posted by: Mauser at Friday, January 15 2021 04:00 PM (Ix1l6)

14 The Ethereum wallet is only needed to use their blogging feature.  Which I wanted to try, but seems a bit pointless given those (and other) restrictions.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 15 2021 10:30 PM (PiXy!)

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