Monday, August 17


Daily News Stuff 17 August 2020

Seven Twenny Pee Edition

Tech News

  • A look at that new HP Envy with its 4K AMOLED display.  (Tom's Hardware)

    It's a pretty nice configuration: Core i7-10750H (6 cores / 12 threads, 5GHz boost clock), 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD plus 32GB Optane (?), RTX 2060 Max-Q, and the aforementioned 15" 4K screen.  It weighs a reasonably light 2.1kg and costs a reasonably light $1500.

    And it has the four essential keys in a nice layout.

    Colour gamut is 143% of DCI-P3, which is crazy.  My iMac is ninety-something percent of DCI-P3 and it shows colours I'd never seen before on a computer monitor.  Maybe my next system will have an OLED screen.

    RAM is in two SO-DIMM slots and can be upgraded to 64GB; storage is in two M.2 slots and can be upgraded to 16TB.

    Battery life is the downside: Just a little over five hours.  Nice as it is, I'd hold off for the next generation from Intel - or the current generation from AMD.

  • Notepad++ has been banned in China.  (Tech Crunch)

    Good for you, Notepad++.  Though I hope you didn't do another of those weird scrolling text announcements that made a million users think they had a virus.

  • IBM has announced the Power10.  (IBM)

    Wait, when's Hot Chips this year?  Oh.  It's now.

    I expect Ian Cutress at AnandTech will be along tomorrow to analyse all the goings on; the IBM press release is mostly fluff.

  • Google News may disappear from Australia.  (Gizmodo)


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Posted by: J Greely at Monday, August 17 2020 11:16 PM (ZlYZd)

2 "When the ‘Free Uyghur’ version came out late last year, an army of patriotic users, posting in Chinese, bombarded the Github repository of Notepad++."
Uh-huh.  "patriotic users."

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, August 18 2020 12:17 AM (Iwkd4)

3 I wonder if HP has fixed their repair business or if they're still just sending broken laptops back unfixed.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, August 18 2020 12:18 AM (Iwkd4)

4 That Gizmodo article is hot garbage.  What's the problem?  Is it like in Spain and other countries, where the newspapers want to be paid for links?  If so, I'm sure the Aussies will win this time--they just need the right laws, just like how real Communism just needs the right people.
But you'd never know what the actual threat, if any, to Google is, from reading the article.  All it says is a watchdog was asked to develop "rules for a negotiation between news publishers and tech platforms."

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, August 18 2020 12:23 AM (Iwkd4)

5 "That Gizmodo article is hot garbage."  That's like calling water wet.

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, August 18 2020 01:08 AM (LADmw)

6 Yeah, I know.  It's especially egregious, though, because it doesn't actually tell you anything--something that's happened a lot the last few years.  "Here's a bunch of superficial word salad that doesn't actually tell you anything."  It's like IFLScience.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, August 18 2020 03:35 AM (Iwkd4)

7 HP laptop link fixed.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 18 2020 08:26 AM (PiXy!)

8 If anyone's wondering about that Google thing, here's a better article that actually mentions the core issue!
"The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) "News Media Bargaining Code" proposes to compel large tech companies to inform media outlets when changes to their algorithms will affect their search rankings. Perhaps more importantly, it also grants more bargaining power to news organizations, effectively giving them what Google says is an "unfair advantage" in trade negotiations. The regulation limits this requirement to only Australian news outlets making more than $150,000 per year."

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, August 18 2020 01:38 PM (Iwkd4)

9 Thanks for that.  It's a vague proposal of a poorly-considered law, so right now it's mostly noise anyway.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, August 18 2020 11:33 PM (PiXy!)

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