Saturday, March 14


Daily News Stuff 14 March 2020

Burning Down The House Edition

Tech News

  • AMD is just rubbing salt into Intel's wounds now.  (AnandTech)

    The 3900X was upwards of $700 at retail just a few months ago, is now $449 list price, and $419 at Amazon.

    Lower down the list the 3600X has been reduced from $249 to $224 and is actually available for $200, making it cheaper than toilet paper.

  • Global Foundries and Everspin are forging ahead with MRAM.  (AnandTech)

    One of the interesting points is that Global Foundries will be introducing embedded MRAM on their mainstream 12nm node, so that any chip can have MRAM added to it.

    MRAM isn't incredibly dense - the highest capacity chips are currently 1Gb - but there are a huge volume of microcontrollers produced every year with some small amount of flash storage - from kilobytes to megabytes.  Billions of them  Flash has more specific process requirements than MRAM, so those microcontrollers need to be built on flash-friendly process nodes rather than the ones that would be otherwise ideal.

    MRAM is faster and longer-lasting than common NAND flash, and is byte-addressable.  So while it still isn't poised to sweep the market for mobile phones or laptops, it has potential replace flash throughout the embedded space.

  • The usual suspects are giddy to have caught President Trump in a lie that Google is building a Wuhan Bat Soup Death Plague screening site.  (Tech Crunch)

    Because it's actually another division of Alphabet that's building the site!  Haha, walls are closing in now, sucker!

  • Et tu, C#?  (

    Microsoft is ending feature development on Visual Basic after 97 years.

  • Apple is closing all its retail stores.  (9to5Mac)

    Outside of China.

    For two weeks.

    So, nothing, basically.

    I mean, they're basically cafes without any coffee.

Disclaimer: Not that there's anything wrong with a cafe without coffee.  Personally can't stand the stuff.

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1 The 3600X is $180 if you, like me, are fortunate enough to live near a Micro Center.  Plus if you buy one with a motherboard you can get another $20 off.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, March 15 2020 02:51 AM (Iwkd4)

2 The commenters at TechCrunch aren't letting the author get away with the TDS.  It's beautiful.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, March 15 2020 02:53 AM (Iwkd4)

3 I like how an 'influencer' in the comments decided to join the author of the article in playing stupid games to get stupid prizes, and was immediately slapped down.

Posted by: cxt217 at Monday, March 16 2020 05:33 AM (LMsTt)

4 Arse Technica is just as bad here--they're repeating the whole "tRump was wrong, Google isn't making the site, and it's not finished" thing.
Approximately nobody cares about the distinction between Google, Verily, and Alphabet, but the Arseians gotta get their two-minute hate on.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, March 16 2020 06:45 AM (Iwkd4)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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